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by Alistair Campbell
Fri May 26, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why you should learn to mate with bishop and knight
Replies: 27
Views: 4248

Re: Why you should learn to mate with bishop and knight

There was some chat on this a few years ago here
by Alistair Campbell
Mon May 15, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League fixtures meeting
Replies: 26
Views: 2231

Re: League fixtures meeting

Are there other leagues that use the same or similar model to Stockport? As far as I know, the situation in Edinburgh & Lothians is as follows: The composition of the divisions is decided somehow. I assume this is a decision made by the council, based on previous league positions, promotions and re...
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ever sat at the Wong Board?
Replies: 20
Views: 3977

Re: Ever sat at the Wong Board?

When I saw Geoff had posted I assumed he was going to mention Phil Condie. I forget the exact details, but I think it involved one of the Edinburgh Congresses in the early 80s - presumably due to numbers, the Major and Challengers tournaments were split in 2 (a recipe for confusion); also, I think ...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Trump and Russia
Replies: 9
Views: 2126

Re: Trump and Russia

Where do people here think this might end President Pence. Maybe the puppet-master already thought of that. To be honest, I know less about this stuff than I know about the Caro-Kann, but that's not going to stop me playing... I guess from Putin's point of view, the concern over Trump was that he w...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Trump and Russia
Replies: 9
Views: 2126

Re: Trump and Russia

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:Where do people here think this might end
President Pence.
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Problem with digital clock
Replies: 26
Views: 2378

Re: Problem with digital clock

Thanks for your responses. It would appear that the captain, had he not been involved in his own time-scramble, could not have legitimately intervened on this, and presumably would have had to bite his tongue. Joey – I’m not sure if you are describing blundering on move 41 (say) as you have squeezed...
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Problem with digital clock
Replies: 26
Views: 2378

Re: Problem with digital clock

On digital clocks with an intermediate time control, players can be confused by whether or not the extra time has been added. The move number on their scoresheet won't tell them. In a way it's taking notes, but legally. You record the clock times both at the time control and when the flag fall disp...
by Alistair Campbell
Sat Feb 04, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Award
Replies: 35
Views: 3208

Re: Award

Playing a lot of non-elo rated opposition had a big impact on my elo rating This is interesting. Presumably, rather than basing a grade on (say) 90 results, were one to base the grade on a random sample of (say) 30 games, the results should not differ too much. Of course, in this case they do (but ...
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Universal Rating System
Replies: 81
Views: 7837

Re: Universal Rating System

Bad news for some players though - a quick perusal of ENG titled players shows a few very large drops... I note IM Mark Condie languishing in 181,103rd place with a rating of 1532. I'm intrigued at the thought process behind this calculation. I don't think Mark has played competitively for 12 years...
by Alistair Campbell
Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 38884

Re: EU referendum aftermath

The Legislative in the UK and EU are both elected that is true; but the executive in the EU is unelected whereas the executive in the UK is made up of elected members within the legislative unit The executive in the UK is appointed by someone who is invited to do so by a (non-elected) sovereign. I ...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 38884

Re: EU referendum aftermath

Does anyone have any idea how the by-election might have gone if the Conservatives had put forward an official candidate? Would that have increased the Lib Dem eventual majority, or might it have confused things still further? I imagine that this would have split Zac's vote, but could also have spl...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 38884

Re: EU referendum aftermath

Since the referendum, the LDs have gained 41 council seats, held 15 and lost only one. In the same time, the Tories and Labour are on a net loss well into double figures, all other parties have a net loss apart from Plaid Cymru, up 1. I think you've excluded Scotland, Paul. From memory there would ...
by Alistair Campbell
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 40860

Re: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November

So Carlsen ends up with 50% after his 10% was appealed down to 5%. The should have given him back the 5% after the Queen sac. 2R5/4bppk/1p1p4/5R1P/4PQ2/5P2/r4q1P/7K w - - 0 50 Carlsen played 50.Qh6!! So when did Karjakin know he had lost? I assume he was down to increments? He plays 48...Qf2 to thr...
by Alistair Campbell
Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2016 European Club Cup
Replies: 74
Views: 8108

Re: 2016 European Club Cup

Chess-results show Henry's Rp after 6 rounds is 2478 and that is actually the rating of today's opponent so clearly a draw is indeed sufficient? (Even without raising his 1877 opponent to 2050.) I've no formal experience of these things, but my interpretation of the regulations concurs with yours, ...
by Alistair Campbell
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship Predictions
Replies: 43
Views: 2646

Re: World Championship Predictions

Carlsen has a rating advantage of 81 points, which is an expected score of 0.61 per game. Not sure what the underlying distribution of results would be, though. You could model the match as a series of 12 independent trials with probabilities of results as 0.3 Carlsen win 0.6 draw 0.1 Carlsen loss ...