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by IanCalvert
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 17470

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Anish after his draw seemed, in a post game interview , amazingly modest. Is he playing like Smyslov in 1982??
by IanCalvert
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on "Desert Island Discs" Jan 28th
Replies: 18
Views: 3544

Re: Garry Kasparov on "Desert Island Discs" Jan 28th

I guess Gary has never read "How to cheat at Chess", what other English chess books might be appropriate??
by IanCalvert
Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to test one's chess level?
Replies: 4
Views: 1329

Re: How to test one's chess level?

Arguably a stochastic view of chess level,would include a separation of quality of position after the opening on say a 7 point scale (+- to -+) and style of player on a four point , Boston matrix like scale . as described by Lars Bo Hansen in his Gambit books on strategy with an incorporation of an ...
by IanCalvert
Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1774
Views: 155222

Re: Cheating in chess

Nick

Public apologies for any inadvertent confusion caused by my paragraph "Maybe ...dynamic duo": I blame the technology .
by IanCalvert
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1774
Views: 155222

Re: Cheating in chess

FIDE's anti cheating efforts need two targets. A point I made repeatedly when I was on the original Anti-Cheating Committee. Unfortunately, computer cheating was the hot topic about which FIDE felt they needed to look as if they were doing something, and there was no enthusiasm for anything else. T...
by IanCalvert
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world
Replies: 56
Views: 5694

Re: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world

Paul McKeown wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:59 am
A good friend and colleague of mine, a Romanian, was on the receiving end of this, two days ago

iMHO

Victims should be reassured by the majority AND perpetrators, whatever their networks, sanctioned publicly.
by IanCalvert
Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 59
Views: 5733

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

I was once reliably informed that some Asian tiger countries see chess as a game for the young, honest. Maybe the answer is mainly CSC with a little help from plder players. clubs , ""counties" and the ECF?? Whatever happened to national chess day?
by IanCalvert
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1713

Re: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

Replace "without" with "with"
by IanCalvert
Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1713

Re: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

Jonathan

Agreed , thanks.

My game was indeed an evening ( London) league match, I assume without generally much less opponent or opening preparation than is common in tournaments
by IanCalvert
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1713

Re: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

Doh, 218-171 = 47
by IanCalvert
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1713

Re: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

Thanks Jack and others. 500 FIDE rating points difference, with I guess an almost zero expected score, would have been better in my original post. The question followed a game on Thursday when I drew with a player rated 47( =217- 171) ECF points higher with astonishing ease. I had White, played 1.b3...
by IanCalvert
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 1713

Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

In the interest of popular schadenfreude, perhaps this should be restricted to World Champions, GMs and IMs as victims but... The question is open and about , not necessarily quality games, where a much weaker player wins or draws against a stronger opponent; say a gap of at least 50 points ECF or 4...
by IanCalvert
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 29940

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Did FIDE choose Vlad because he made Berlin famous ??
by IanCalvert
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Three Pawns (Two Connected) v Knight: Cunning Plans
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

Re: Three Pawns (Two Connected) v Knight: Cunning Plans

Thanks to all.

Roger's suggestion for finding errors ,using the tablebase, was very useful.

The game went on for another 20 moves. Steven may have understood the ending better than me but i still had (just) one opportunity to win!
by IanCalvert
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Three Pawns (Two Connected) v Knight: Cunning Plans
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

Three Pawns (Two Connected) v Knight: Cunning Plans

Fine in "Basic Chess Endings" , 1941, says ; "Where the three pawns are disconnected (two connected) it requires little argument to show that the Knight cannot hold them back." Averbakh & Chekhover , 1983, include an example from Palma de Mallorca 1972 where the knight holds. Yesterday in a league g...