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by Jacques Parry
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 12148

Re: Hope for our society!

In my view, the natural way for us to pronounce Alekhine is with stress on the first syllable. After all, we don't even try to pronounce Sharapova properly (stress on the second syllable, I believe). In the case of living people it seems a bit disrespectful to make no effort to get it right. I once...
by Jacques Parry
Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1814
Views: 158238

Re: Cheating in chess

Or employing an engine all the time but making one's own move unless the engine says it's a blunder. Well yes, this is the sort of thing I'm talking about. How much do we know about how much of this goes on? (I'm guessing, very little.) Do we know how effective it is? (I'm guessing that time limit ...
by Jacques Parry
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1814
Views: 158238

Re: Cheating in chess

At some point we should maybe separate out a discussion about sophisticated cheating, by which I mean partial cheating, employing an engine only now and then Or employing an engine all the time but making one's own move unless the engine says it's a blunder. We patzers could raise our playing stren...
by Jacques Parry
Fri May 01, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: W. S. Howard
Replies: 0
Views: 820

W. S. Howard

Years ago I acquired a copy of the first (1933) English edition of Réti's Masters of the Chess Board , which is inscribed by J. du Mont (who contributed a short note about Réti) to one W. S. Howard. Lockdown boredom has started me wondering who this person was, whether he was a friend of du Mont, an...
by Jacques Parry
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?
Replies: 46
Views: 3491

Re: Can online chess ever beat the face-to-face over the board experience?

Until recently I would have said no. Having played in one of Adam's invitational events, I am not so sure. The technology presents some problems, of course (I got disconnected when I had just reached a winning position, à la Firouzja), but there are definite advantages which I probably don't need to...
by Jacques Parry
Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 21199

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

Jonathan is quite right about what the law says. Indeed in the cheating thread I argued that, as the law stands, there is no need for a "test case" about whether someone who cheats in a chess tournament could be successfully prosecuted. Clearly they could - provided that the jury or magistrates were...
by Jacques Parry
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 185
Views: 26594

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Congratulations Justin! I don't suppose you got an explanation too?
by Jacques Parry
Thu Apr 23, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 21199

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

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" or "not guilty" - these are equivalent and result in acquittal. What question are the audience asked: whether they think...
by Jacques Parry
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 21199

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

There is however a premise that a prosecution should be in the public interest. A prosecution for using a computer engine to win a £ 100 prize in a tournament is thus unlikely as it could and perhaps would be regarded as a waste of police and court time. The CPS might decide that a prosecution is n...
by Jacques Parry
Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 21199

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

There seem to be at least three different threads on "Not Chess" relating to WWTBAM. There is also "Would you like to become a Millionaire?" and "Millionaire Major Coughing Scandal", and there is a large overlap in regard to the material covered and arguments presented. There was also the thread ab...
by Jacques Parry
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 21199

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

But you said that (according to Woffinden) the prosecution called Tarrant to prevent the defence calling him. With respect, that makes no sense. Assuming that the defence would have called him if the prosecution hadn't, they were certainly happy to cross-examine him instead, since that way the restr...
by Jacques Parry
Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 21199

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

But the late Bob Woffinden explained to me that the reason why Tarrant had been seized by the prosecution as their witness was solely to prevent the defence seizing him as theirs! For he had absolutely nothing to contribute to the prosecution case. And had he been heard saying all that for the othe...
by Jacques Parry
Wed Apr 08, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 200
Views: 18363

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

In addition to J T Melsom’s points, from our individual perspectives the likely prospects for OTB chess may be relevant to the way we choose to spend our time in the immediate future. If I’m not likely to resume playing even when we are allowed to do so, studying the game will soon slip down my list...
by Jacques Parry
Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 200
Views: 18363

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

I suspect that, even when the lockdown is lifted, many of us oldies will not want to play OTB until a reliable vaccine is generally available — which I understand Is 12 to 18 months away. That’s easily long enough to lose interest.
by Jacques Parry
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 367
Views: 27241

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

I'm struggling to see anything here that anyone might reasonably object to.