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by Alistair Campbell
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 285
Views: 13398

Re: Pedants United

Pronunciation is a different tea-pot of fish, as a German ex-colleague of mine once said, but surely both “d”s in Wednesday are pronounced?! (Note how I avoided the use of an apostrophe to denote a plural). Mismatch of plural nouns with singular verbs (and vice versa) provides fertile ground. MPs (s...
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 285
Views: 13398

Re: Pedants United

Now, what about interviewees starting answers with 'So....' This is quite a recent phenomena... :evil: There must be literally millions of other examples. One development I've noticed is for a supposedly business email to start with the overly-friendly "Good morning Alistair" (or equivalent) which ...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Superstitions in chess
Replies: 34
Views: 2443

Re: Superstitions in chess

We still toss for colours. I used to train for football on a monday night before chess at the club. 6 seasons with no change of shin pads. I'm tempted to ask if you also wore the shin-pads to the football... I can’t think of many superstitions in chess. A few people like a particular set, or a part...
by Alistair Campbell
Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheater or not - what do you think?
Replies: 25
Views: 2448

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: 2448

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: 2171
Views: 184058

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: 3868

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: 2171
Views: 184058

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: 158
Views: 23187

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: 158
Views: 23187

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: 379
Views: 29488

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: 379
Views: 29488

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: 15357

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: 5607

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: 53374

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"]...