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by Ian Thompson
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: The School Seedbed of Britain’s chess success
Replies: 9
Views: 561

Re: The School Seedbed of Britain’s chess success

From the link The game teaches children to concentrate for long periods of time, to observe correct etiquette and to accept adjudication decisions (Ed: I suspect this means arbiting decisions!). I think it means what it says. Arbiter is a relatively new term, isn't it? In 1948 the term used would p...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 278
Views: 12315

Re: Pedants United

Not sure this is pedantry, but I was amused to read that ChessBase has a sale on today where they say you can buy products at "premium prices".

Perhaps something has been lost in translation.
by Ian Thompson
Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 86
Views: 5485

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:30 pm
I have also been told I can get Netflix on a free months trial...Hmmmmm.
I don't think that's true any more - see https://help.netflix.com/en/node/16282.

This article has some suggestions on how to minimise the cost.
by Ian Thompson
Fri Nov 13, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Online LJCC
Replies: 15
Views: 1052

Re: Online LJCC

Are the proposed LJCC anti-cheating measures any different to the ones used in 4NCL Online events, I wonder. Yes. The 4NCL has an appeals process it manages, so it is possible to continue playing in 4NCL events after a platform ban if the 4NCL appeal is successful. The LJCC has no appeals process o...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 3423

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

In connection with the original thread title only, it might be worth looking at Tony Kosten's record. I don't have any games of his before Manchester 1981 but next time I looked in about 1990, at age approx 32, he was a GM. Relying on memory here so will check and repost if incorrect unless someone...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180595

Re: Cheating in chess

The Regan tests have nothing to do with beating 2100 players, it is how well you match computer selections. Of course there has to be base case to test the performance against, so if you are assuming a player is 1300 and they are actually 1800 then this is going to be a very significant flaw. I wou...
by Ian Thompson
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Element Word Game
Replies: 12
Views: 517

Re: Element Word Game

NigelDonovan wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:04 pm
HAlFmOON?
Arbiter ruling needed. My dictionary only has "half-moon".
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180595

Re: Cheating in chess

Wadih Khoury wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:25 pm
Why would you assume they are not accurate?
Because there's no way of knowing how many people might have got away with it, or how many false positives there might have been.
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180595

Re: Cheating in chess

UKCC: for most of the tournament, the only measured were lichess detection and Regan's software. In an interview, it was claimed that there has been an estimated 100 cheater out of 2000 participants at the UKCC. This is a 5% cheat ratio. French online junior championship: audio, video, screen shari...
by Ian Thompson
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2156
Views: 180595

Re: Cheating in chess

I do wonder slightly how worthwhile it is. Even with all of this there's a variety of ways someone with effort/knowledge could still arrange to cheat. Wouldn't attaching a wireless keyboard, monitor and mouse, all located in a nearby room, be a pretty easy way of cheating by allowing someone else t...
by Ian Thompson
Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Congresses Going Ahead
Replies: 62
Views: 5104

Re: Congresses Going Ahead

There's a website for this event now - https://barcelonachess.com/ . According to the map, you can play in Barcelona, Oporto, Moscow or Bogotá. Maybe Athens as well because there's a chess-results page listing it as a venue. They're now advertising 26 venues in 19 countries , so it will be interest...
by Ian Thompson
Thu Nov 05, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: U.S. Elections 2020
Replies: 15
Views: 840

Re: U.S. Elections 2020

On the subject of the election, I found this newspaper cartoon amusing.
by Ian Thompson
Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Thackray
Replies: 23
Views: 1889

Re: Ian Thackray

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:15 am
John Clarke wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:03 am
Yes, a rare phenomenon indeed. I've personally encountered only one other example.
The Hunt family (Caro, Harriet and Adam) would perhaps be the best known example.
Susan and Peter Lalic was my first thought.
by Ian Thompson
Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Online British championship
Replies: 15
Views: 1167

Re: Online British championship

Joey Stewart wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 3:32 pm
They aren't exactly nations though
Change that to organisations represented on the BICC then.
by Ian Thompson
Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Online British championship
Replies: 15
Views: 1167

Re: Online British championship

• All Events Ticket - Allows the player to take part in any qualifier they are eligible for. In order to participate in these Championships, all players must either: - Have a FIDE Nationality of ENG, IRL, SCO, WLS, GCI or JCI; or - Have been continuously resident in England, Northern Ireland, Scotl...