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by Alistair Campbell
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheater or not - what do you think?
Replies: 25
Views: 2306

Re: Cheater or not - what do you think?

For example, I’m not sure what Mr Thomson is saying (with regard to engine matching). PGNSpy analysis is described here - https://github.com/MGleason1/PGN-Spy . With only two "Undecided Positions" (defined as positions where the player's advantage is less than 2 pawns by default) in 3 games, and no...
by Alistair Campbell
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheater or not - what do you think?
Replies: 25
Views: 2306

Re: Cheater or not - what do you think?

if you define an inaccuracy as a move which is more than one 'pawn' worse than the best move (or whatever the definition is) An estimation Interesting. Am I to infer that if I were to drop a Q whilst playing K+Q+R v K then this would not even be classified as an inaccuracy as I would still be winni...
by Alistair Campbell
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1787
Views: 156241

Re: Cheating in chess

It seems we have several questions here (the answers to which may be unclear despite the attempt of some of the finest minds on the planet to resolve) including: 1. What constitutes cheating? 2. How can cheating be detected? 3. How can such cheating be “proved”? 4. To what extent should the guilty b...
by Alistair Campbell
Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: www.chessgames.com
Replies: 39
Views: 3625

Re: www.chessgames.com

John can you help? I need to find what I posted in the thread: Garry Kasparov vs Stuart C Conquest (1983) (Stuart won - good game, uncharacteristic tactical blunder by Kasparov.) Sleepless quest No.623 is me looking for the Neil Dickinson position. (read on) It would have been something like; BCM M...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1787
Views: 156241

Re: Cheating in chess

Have any of these platforms tested their anti-cheating measures with in-house tournaments when certain "competitors" are given licence to cheat in one of a variety of ways, to see if they can be detected?
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 21150

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

I think they were asked 'On a scale of 1-10 how sure are you that he is guilty'. After analysis, the mean was calculated at 6.66. I assume this was a linear scale :evil: I think it demonstrates the power of phrasing essentially the same question in different ways (as evidenced in much referendum di...
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 21150

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

(Reuben voted Guilty, but told me he would have preferred the Scots option of Not Proven.) Isn't this faintly troubling? Either you find the case against the accused proven (beyond reasonable doubt), in which case you find them guilty, or you don't - in which case the verdict should be "not proven"...
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 367
Views: 27164

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

David Sedgwick wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:33 pm

Alex?
Sorry, I thought I'd read somewhere that Alex M was involved but on reflection this may have been in a more remote capacity.

I have been reliably informed that he is safe and well.
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 367
Views: 27164

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

I hope Alex and Andy can get home safely. (And everyone else, obvs)
by Alistair Campbell
Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 161
Views: 14953

Re: Hastings Congress

Anyone know what happened on board 45, Zheng - Patrick ? Black's position is a bit nasty but that is to be expected after 4...Lc5 I suppose. Something went wrong with the transmission. White won, but in considerably more than 8 moves. That's not what happened. Patrick's mobile went off [snip]. Alex...
by Alistair Campbell
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 48
Views: 5439

Re: General Election 2019

There is an Andrew Muir standing as an Independent in West Dunbartonshire. I assume that is the Scottish IM, and that he will be making better treatment of those with mental health issues a major plank of his platform. Andy previously stood in a similar constituency at the Holyrood election of 2016 ...
by Alistair Campbell
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 553
Views: 51520

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

"If Andrew Smith doesn't do a Bobby Fischer, I will eat my hat" In a nice sense I hope! I'm not that optimistic of 100 %, but he is a dangerous opponent, full of good ideas. For your amusement I attach [Event "Lewisham Quickplay"] [Site "?"] [Date "1999.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Smith, Andrew P"]...
by Alistair Campbell
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 553
Views: 51520

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I've just been trawling through Tim Spanton's blog site in search of (what I believed was) a promised map of Ireland. I was getting really really puzzled. Can I suggest to Tim that his link goes into his signature so that those of us with little brain don't get confused. https://proxy.duckduckgo.co...
by Alistair Campbell
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 3569

Re: The word rook and Persia

Francis may have meant Samuel Johnson's famous dictionary, which he has mentioned before - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Dictionary_of_the_English_Language Is this the same dictionary that famously missed out Contrafibularity, PERICOMBOBULATION, Anaspeptic, Frasmotic and Interfrastically ? The wo...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri May 31, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 6224

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Well, I had a good time. It was a good day out, about an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, and slightly off the beaten track. Motorway closure meant a detour through darkest Fife, passing through Freuchie (of interest to the cricket enthusiast) and Auchtermuchty (ditto the accordionist). Organisation was...