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by Joseph Conlon
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Results of 12th April Junior Tournament
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Results of 12th April Junior Tournament

The results of my junior event yesterday are now published via UTU Swiss - 4 sections of 8 player all-play-alls, ordered by strength.

http://results.utuswiss.co.uk
by Joseph Conlon
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2513
Views: 206350

Re: Cheating in chess

As an aside, I wish there were more examples like Justin where an otherwise private chess player (i.e. who could keep the matter more or less secret) is willing to say publicly that they have been falsely accused and here is the account and why has this occurred? (to me this is actually strong psych...
by Joseph Conlon
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Interesting finish to a game
Replies: 16
Views: 1511

Re: Interesting finish to a game

On the subject of interesting finishes from lichess games, here's an ending I had recently (I was white):
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The engine says draw. I don't think I've ever had a similar ending before, either online or in person.
by Joseph Conlon
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Interesting finish to a game
Replies: 16
Views: 1511

Re: Interesting finish to a game

Is there a finish Nh4+ Kh2 followed by Qg2+ Rxg2 Nf3+ Kh1 Rc1+ Rg1 Rxg1++ ?
by Joseph Conlon
Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2513
Views: 206350

Re: Cheating in chess

Now it is probably more of a 200-300 gap (I really doubt he is 2200, and that some of his peers are 2100-2400), and as you get stronger the gap reduces. Joe, the rule of thumb i use is Ecf (new grade or online grade) = fide +100, lichess = fide +400 and chess.com = fide +200. Not valid at all level...
by Joseph Conlon
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2513
Views: 206350

Re: Cheating in chess

My two cents on playing variability: I think some of this comes down to playing style. To beat players much stronger than yourself, you need to play 'critical' moves - there's little chance (short of them actively losing the game) to defeat much stronger players just playing 'safe' moves. On the oth...
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2513
Views: 206350

Re: Cheating in chess

[Okay, it’s not chess, but how often do well trained mid-teen juniors bolt on 400-500 points of performance strength in 10 months? (Not to mention without being able to play any over the board chess.) I think its also worth noting that improvements are logarithmic in terms of amount of effort - eac...
by Joseph Conlon
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: U12 Junior OTB Event Sunday 25th April Oxford
Replies: 2
Views: 521

U12 Junior OTB Event Sunday 25th April Oxford

As it says on the tin.

Link to entry form is

https://forms.gle/cuHRxmWG2MAoUUFv6
by Joseph Conlon
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess - changes
Replies: 58
Views: 4705

Re: Laws of Chess - changes

Wadih: I think the more practical side of threefold repetition is knowing that for the claim to be valid, the move must not have been actually played, but only written on the scoresheet. I wonder how many claims based on loss of castling or e.p. rights ever actually come up. At a relatively advanced...
by Joseph Conlon
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: £10,000 Scottish Junior Tournament
Replies: 19
Views: 1532

Re: £10,000 Scottish Junior Tournament

I hadn't realised from the original post that this was an online event via lichess. I hope it goes well - there are certainly potential issues about a junior rapid tournament with a £1500 first prize ran via lichess, even with zoom and screen sharing.
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Mar 28, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118207

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Joseph, I'm not sure whether you mean you agree with me on this, or only with Wadih. For what it's worth, I would argue that junior chess events are probably not "supervised activities" within the meaning of the legislation , because the context implies that an activity is only exempt if supervised...
by Joseph Conlon
Sun Mar 28, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: March 29
Replies: 15
Views: 1047

Re: March 29

Well done Roger - good luck and hope it goes well.
by Joseph Conlon
Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118207

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

This might be the reflecting what happened in the January lockdown - the government changed the 'supervised activities for children' exemption so that it was no longer general, but only when necessary for parents to work. I understood this so as to allow people deemed as key workers (e.g. NHS staff)...
by Joseph Conlon
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118207

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The government has been using 'supervised activities for children' as a phrase throughout the pandemic, and to me the use here is consistent with the wording of the roadmap and also with its previous use under the tier system, as a general phrase that covers youth clubs, children's clubs, scouts (an...
by Joseph Conlon
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118207

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Wadih, what are the "guidelines" you are looking at? The "roadmap" published on 22 Feb did say that in Step 2 "All children will be able to attend any indoor children’s activity, including sport, regardless of circumstance". But the regulations themselves, published on 22 March, don't include such ...