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by AustinElliott
Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain
Replies: 18
Views: 1672

Re: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain

Having read the paper again, it seems that the 39 participants (1 dropped out) were divided into 4 groups, and firstly given one of the 4 test materials, then a week later given a different test material, then a week later another different material, and then a week later the one they had not had. ...
by AustinElliott
Thu Jan 26, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain
Replies: 18
Views: 1672

Re: New Study Finds Performance-Enhancing Drugs for Chess By Dylan Loeb McClain

Caffeine is a well-known 'cognitive enhancer', so its reported effects reported are no surprise. Indeed, it's a standing joke in neuroscience that, whenever someone makes exaggerated claims for some new drug or concoction (see e.g. 'smart drinks') as a cognitive enhancer, someone else will eventuall...
by AustinElliott
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 3393

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2017

I was surprised Aronian not a wildcard after Rex Sinquefield's interview: https://youtu.be/Onhiwz6NB0M?t=36m32s A shame from my point of view, I understand the selection criteria but I think the tour does suffer a bit from having a lot of players with similar styles. Of course, Aronian not being a ...
by AustinElliott
Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Once Upon a Time in a League Match
Replies: 26
Views: 2406

Re: Once Upon a Time in a League Match

Geoff's Spaghetti Western nod in the thread title reminded me of the famously lengthy wordless opening scene of Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon a Time in The West'. The scene involves the characters, who are waiting for a train so they can kill one of the passengers, finding various noises and irritants (...
by AustinElliott
Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Once Upon a Time in a League Match
Replies: 26
Views: 2406

Re: Once Upon a Time in a League Match

I would use one for a blitz game, but in a longplay game there is the risk of the phone ringing, other apps shutting the clock off, the phone locking while its owner is away from the board.... A lot of potential problems. Well, 'Airplane Mode' will stop the phone connecting to the network, so no ch...
by AustinElliott
Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Once Upon a Time in a League Match
Replies: 26
Views: 2406

Re: Once Upon a Time in a League Match

Most (all?) smartphones have an 'Airplane Mode' that blocks mobile signal/reception, so the phone won't ring. Plus if a phone is on the table showing players' times it is unlikely to be being used for cheating. So rather an imaginative solution, all in all. Just the kind of problem-solving one hopes...
by AustinElliott
Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapport vs. Wei Yi
Replies: 8
Views: 1223

Re: Rapport vs. Wei Yi

Second game to Rapport, apparently, so now one-all, with White winning both times.
by AustinElliott
Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour 2017
Replies: 31
Views: 3393

Re: Grand Chess Tour 2017

Those who qualified for the Grand Chess Tour 2017 are: So, Nakamura, Caruana, Carlsen, Kramnik and Vachier-Lagrave. Good prospects for exciting chess? "A total of nine players will be selected as full 2017 Grand Chess Tour participants. Three spots will be awarded to the top finishers in the 2016 G...
by AustinElliott
Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33611

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

So rapidplays & if necessary blitz favouring the younger player. Doubt age is a factor, as Karjakin is not quite 27, so less than two years older than Carlsen. Carlsen may be the better rapid/blitz player of the two, but that is a different issue, I'd say. I'm one of those who would have enjoyed mo...
by AustinElliott
Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33611

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

... during that period of shuffling pieces back and forth, it was very difficult to understand what was going on and how to judge the optimum placement of the pieces and how it makes a difference many moves later - clearly some players have a knack for this, but I doubt many 'ordinary' chess player...
by AustinElliott
Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33611

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

Mick Norris wrote:I'm not interested in players bashing out 20 moves of theory, particularly in sharp lines that peter out to draws at move 30
The Anand-Gelfand match (at least the long play games) springs to mind...
by AustinElliott
Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33611

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

It is all a bit cagey. Speaking heretically... if this was a game between two 160-170 players, with the same moves, I might be thinking White didn't actually have a plan for how he was going to try to win this. Anyone know what Rd4-d2 was for, for instance? EDIT: 54. Rb3 - surely Carlsen has to play...
by AustinElliott
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33611

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

I'm presuming Carlsen's winning chances depend on playing b5 at some point? Where do his pieces have to be to make it work? And where does he need Karjakin's to be?
by AustinElliott
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33611

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

The computer thought Qh5 Nxf2+ Kg2 Qf7 would be met by Kg1 for White, with likely an imminent draw via repetition or the ..Nh4+ trick. Getting back to game, anyone twig why Karjakin has delayed doubling Rooks on the f-file, which would be automatic for us patzers? Or is he just shifting the King to ...
by AustinElliott
Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: WC Match 2016 - New York 10-30 November
Replies: 567
Views: 33611

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

Anyone else think 19. Bxe6 looks an odd decision, opening the f-file for Black and giving Black another centre pawn to support a possible ...d5?