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by IanCalvert
Sat Aug 29, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tigers v Heffalumps
Replies: 11
Views: 1431

Re: Tigers v Heffalumps

Martin Carpenter wisely wrote, "I think the main thing is to make sure you've got a 'realistic' narrative of how you might draw/win the match. If your expected scoreline over 8 boards is 3-5 or 3.5 - 4.5 then that narrative is basically just playing well..." .... but maybe all the other ideas includ...
by IanCalvert
Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Tigers v Heffalumps
Replies: 11
Views: 1431

Tigers v Heffalumps

Simon Webb's anti-Heffalump strategy is well known: the weaker Tiger should play for a win against the stronger Heffalump by heading for complicated or unclear positions such that neither player has much idea what to do and hope that the Heffalump makes a serious mistake first. Less well known is We...
by IanCalvert
Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90353

Re: Cheating in chess

Does England have a representative on the FIDE cheating committee or does Brusells have competence.

Perhaps a former British champion with the appropriate gravitas such as say Bill Hartston might be appropriate??
by IanCalvert
Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Estimating White's Advantage
Replies: 23
Views: 4052

Re: Estimating White's Advantage

FIDE has details of all individual rated games, including colour, since 2007. I expect I can get this. edit: Having read Roger's post above, is his figure of 53%, which looks entirely credible, in fact all that is needed? Roger and Nick, thanks very much. As Nick might have guessed this is also par...
by IanCalvert
Sat Aug 15, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Estimating White's Advantage
Replies: 23
Views: 4052

Estimating White's Advantage

In practice,White doubtless gets a higher % score than Black. Does anyone know of reliable analysis of the variation in this facet of ECF (or even FIDE) stats? Given the approximate linear relationship between rating difference and expected score implicit in the ECF system, I guess such information ...
by IanCalvert
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Limericks & Behaviour In Chess Teams
Replies: 5
Views: 797

Limericks & Behaviour In Chess Teams

Before a move is made, when I am playing a roughly equal opponent (say a rating difference of plus or minus 10 ECF grading points) or when playing someone who quotes an appropriate limerick, I tend to aim for a draw. However I wonder if, in the interests of team victory, I should aim not to lose if ...
by IanCalvert
Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Beating IMs
Replies: 6
Views: 996

Re: Beating IMs

Roger, does your cunning plan involve Hedgehogs or other defences?
by IanCalvert
Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does the weather affect your play?
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Re: Does the weather affect your play?

Naturally I have never played a brilliant game on Hastings Pier in mid-winter though I guess David Bronstein did. However I never saw an article on chess brilliances from Hastings Pier in mid-winter? Maybe bad weather/conditions also produces more draws and fewer blunders (more careful play and less...
by IanCalvert
Tue Jul 07, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League Matches Between Teams Of Same Club
Replies: 28
Views: 2925

Re: League Matches Between Teams Of Same Club

In general, I really can't see derby matches as an advantage. Even when they look like they should be easy on paper they fairly often turn entirely uncomfortable with all the players knowing each other so well. I agree both complacency and knowing people can be real difficulties. The reason I initi...
by IanCalvert
Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League Matches Between Teams Of Same Club
Replies: 28
Views: 2925

League Matches Between Teams Of Same Club

Which English chess leagues , if any, do not allow more than one team of the same club in any division of the league? In Division 1 of the London League , 2014-15 season there were happily 3 Drunken Knights team out of 12 in Division 1, is that a record proportion? Are there any leagues which do not...