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by Chris Goodall
Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 210
Views: 14615

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Has someone turned off the internet in Devon? That's... not actually too far from the truth. Results used to be posted on the WECU/DCCA site. Unfortunately, this was Bill Frost's personal project, and when he died, there was no way for anyone to carry on updating it. Um... admins? I didn't write th...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1961

Re: British Champions in Prison

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:03 pm
There is an offence of wasting police time, and perhaps there should be one of wasting other posters' time as well
If it becomes unbearable, I will let you know.
by Chris Goodall
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess talent
Replies: 8
Views: 1218

Re: Chess talent

You put a white knight on a1 and black pawns on c3, f3, c6 and f6, and time how long it takes them to move the knight to every square around the edge of the board in turn, without capturing or being attacked by any of the pawns. If it's under 2 minutes, they have chess talent. If it's over 2 minutes...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1961

Re: British Champions in Prison

and people had made detailed and credible allegations years before) Detail is cheap. Carl Beech's allegations were detailed. They were lurid, which is not the same thing. Indeed. And also detailed. If you were better than the police at spotting credible allegations, word would have gotten out and t...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1961

Re: British Champions in Prison

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:50 pm
and people had made detailed and credible allegations years before)
Detail is cheap. Carl Beech's allegations were detailed. If you were better than the police at spotting credible allegations, word would have gotten out and the police would have offered you a job.
by Chris Goodall
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 210
Views: 14615

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

What we're talking about is just the overfitting problem, yes? Because having your historical data confiscated doesn't make you more likely to overfit that historical data. I would have thought the exact opposite was true! If you can boil the trend down to a single number that represents the improvi...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 210
Views: 14615

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

It doesn't matter when you played the games. Which is the reason it won't solve one of the major problems that grading and rating systems struggle with, namely a reliable treatment of players who have improved considerably. The speedometer in your car shows you the speed you're going this instant. ...
by Chris Goodall
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 210
Views: 14615

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Good luck coping with reassinging the date, geographic area etc of an incorrectly entered tournament once its stuck on an immutable chain :) Don't need to. All that metadata wouldn't live in the ledger. You'd have a wiki page for the tournament that could hold whatever metadata you wanted, and it w...
by Chris Goodall
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: ECF Grading Proposals
Replies: 210
Views: 14615

Re: ECF Grading Proposals

Advantages or alleged advantages of monthly grading: - online results are instant, after each game, so it makes sense for ECF grades to move in this direction (but why not go the whole hog and have the Yorkshire 'Chessnuts' daily experience?) I've been wondering that. The great thing about monthly ...
by Chris Goodall
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1961

Re: British Champions in Prison

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:21 pm
Well maybe, but in the absence of recorded statements by identifiable people, rumours don't actually tell us anything.
I don't have anonymous sources. I know exactly who my sources are. It's everyone else's sources that are anonymous :roll:
by Chris Goodall
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 71
Views: 5278

Re: Chess in Iran

Suppose I'm a 2300-rated Israeli FM. I enter a nine-round open; I have a TPR of 2450 after five rounds. In round 6, I get paired against some Iranian who refuses to play me. All of a sudden, through no fault of my own, my norm chances are gone. You'd be in the same position as if your opponent fail...
by Chris Goodall
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 71
Views: 5278

Re: Chess in Iran

In the case of Iran & Israel it is clear that the motivation behind the boycott is not to gain a competitive advantage. Whether a competitive advantage is even obtained is debatable, and at best marginal. It is not the decision of the Iranian players, but is forced upon them by their government. Su...
by Chris Goodall
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 71
Views: 5278

Re: Chess in Iran

My point, quite simply, was that religious zealots (of any persuasion, not simply Islam) who believe they are guided by their god are unlikely to be dissuaded by secular authorities. They banned chess. Then they changed their minds and unbanned it. I don't think that was due to any fresh revelation...
by Chris Goodall
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 71
Views: 5278

Re: Iran v Israel Chess

FIDE have a regulation that, if two countries are at war with each other, yet are playing in the same event, then they are allowed to refuse to be paired together. Thus presumably, during the Falklands crisis, Argentine and UK teams did not have to play against each other. The problem regarding Isr...
by Chris Goodall
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess in Iran
Replies: 71
Views: 5278

Re: Chess in Iran

While those religious leaders believe that Allah tells them to give Jews, and even the wrong type of Muslim, a hard time they are not going to say, "Well, if that's what FIDE thinks, maybe Allah has got it wrong". Allah never said anything about the appropriate punishment for playing chess with an ...