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by John Cox
Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess And Longlivity
Replies: 27
Views: 2394

Re: Chess And Longlivity

I read the other day that Ciocaltea died at the board in Spain, in the introduction to a recently-published book by someone else, although which someone else I have now forgotten.
by John Cox
Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The complexity of chess
Replies: 36
Views: 3087

Re: The complexity of chess

Hmm. Well, obviously there's a hell of a lot of games of Go possible. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_and_mathematics I must say though that the usual chess estimate of 10 to the power of 120, based on an average number of possible moves of 35 and an average game length of 80 (not clear from wikiped...
by John Cox
Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The complexity of chess
Replies: 36
Views: 3087

Re: The complexity of chess

Is that right? (about Go) It doesn't seem intuitively obvious - there being a finite number of moves in a game of Go (I think, anyway; can't say I'm all that clear on the rules)
by John Cox
Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2 teams from the same club in the same league!
Replies: 63
Views: 7588

Re: 2 teams from the same club in the same league!

>That is generally agreed, but here and there you run into club organisers with a "win at all costs" attitude. Yeah, tell me about it. The first game I ever played in the London League reached move 36 with me an exchange and two pawns up in a quiet ending. The opposing captain informed me (quite unt...
by John Cox
Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2 teams from the same club in the same league!
Replies: 63
Views: 7588

Re: 2 teams from the same club in the same league!

>All fixtures between teams from the same club in the same division should be played as early as possible to minimise collusion etc.

Well, yeah, either that or everyone could get a grip and recognise that local leagues are just for fun.
by John Cox
Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess clubs named after individuals
Replies: 29
Views: 2949

Re: Chess clubs named after individuals

Well, lots of bridge clubs are named after their proprietors, I suppose. But as someone else pointed out bridge players don't usually represent clubs in competitive events.
by John Cox
Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess clubs named after individuals
Replies: 29
Views: 2949

Re: Chess clubs named after individuals

Well, I suppose the Shropshire League used to have a team called GKN Sankey, and presumably GKNS once actually existed. I never did find out what GKNS actually did, but they were originally a works team which snowballed a bit. I meant more clubs named after their founders - but perhaps WK weren't? M...
by John Cox
Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess clubs named after individuals
Replies: 29
Views: 2949

Re: Chess clubs named after individuals

Yes, the Marshall I suppose (though didn't it close?). But clubs named after famous players who don't have anything to do with the club are a bit of a different category - my impression is that Kipping was actually involved with the Midlands clubs. Perhaps that's wrong.
by John Cox
Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess clubs named after individuals
Replies: 29
Views: 2949

Chess clubs named after individuals

Back in the Midlands scene of the 1970s there were (and I hope there still are) two clubs called Wolverhampton Kipping and Walsall Kipping. I suppose (possibly I'm wrong) that these are both named after the famous problemist Cyril Kipping, who I assume (also perhaps wrongly) was a player too. Is thi...
by John Cox
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Evening Standard
Replies: 29
Views: 4268

Re: Chess in Evening Standard

Well, it's only an impression. One would need more research to say for sure.

I suspect handsome men don't play chess as much as the other kind do, either. Let's face it, it's a bit of a geeky losers' pastime, don't you think?
by John Cox
Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Evening Standard
Replies: 29
Views: 4268

Re: Chess in Evening Standard

>I am not sure why people would assume that Lily Cole doesn't know the rules. Because she's a pretty woman, presumably. I realise that doesn't necessarily mean she doesn't know the rules, but statistically my impression is that it probably increases the odds. I'm not sure LC is a glamour model exact...
by John Cox
Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sock Puppetry
Replies: 11
Views: 1967

Re: Tea-bagging a.k.a. sock puppetry

I can't remember what I said, to be honest. My general view though was that Rahman was on his own showing a total twerp who was receiving far too much respect.

I do think S&B would do well to put up some sort of explanation for pulling the thread, but I can't say it's exercising me greatly.
by John Cox
Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sock Puppetry
Replies: 11
Views: 1967

Re: Tea-bagging a.k.a. sock puppetry

Not sure I was 'wrathful' - 'mirthful'. certainly, but what else is RDK for, after all? I didn't think S&B 'went too far' about Austria, either, particularly - IMHO in the wrong direction, certainly, but no more than within the fairly wide range of opinions one expects when such colourful and entert...
by John Cox
Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Samuel Franklin @ Livigno Open
Replies: 49
Views: 5234

Re: Samuel Franklin @ Livigno Open

Oh, Andrew, Andrew. I can see you've never played in Budapest. Mind you, in the nineteenth century the minor judicial post of Chancery Master used to change hands for quarter of a million pounds in today's money, such were the opportunities for peculation. Why shouldn't Hungarian IMs make a few quid...
by John Cox
Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:51 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Telegraph report about Austria
Replies: 191
Views: 25383

Re: Telegraph report about Austria

>I could name at least 12 junior players who would give John a really good game and my money would be on them beating him! Really? Yang-Fan I'll give you, since quite apart from being considerably higher-rated than me he did beat me in the 4NCL rapidplay two years ago, albeit from a lost position. I...