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by Paul McKeown
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2447
Views: 200235

Re: Cheating in chess

A simple check of Chessbase online will show that there are a number of games with 2300+ players from this position. Indeed, 7. h3 has even been played once by Kasparov, albeit in a simul against Oxford United football team. And by Fischer... I can see several games in Chessbase from the 1990s and ...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2447
Views: 200235

Re: Cheating in chess

I have a question for those that know something about the statistical matching methods used to compare players' moves with engines' best n moves. Is there some allowance made for opening preparation being made in events which have moved from otb to online, particularly where long time controls have ...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2447
Views: 200235

Re: Cheating in chess

Looks like GM Nick Pert and WGM Irina Bulmaga were demolished by stockfish or some other chess engine in last nights Bunratty online event in rounds 4 and 5. ... round 4 https://www.chess.com/live/game/7581682325 round 5 https://www.chess.com/live/game/7582311767 I'm not sure that the win against t...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 38
Views: 3603

Re: Peter Markland

David McAlister wrote:
Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:01 pm
The BCM and Chess reports...
Thank you, David - an excellent bit of research in the old journals. It seems to confirm what I understood. Why the norm is not registered with FIDE is a little odd.

Thank you also, Roger de Coverley, John McKenna and Nigel Short for your useful contributions.
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 38
Views: 3603

Re: Peter Markland

Your question may be irrelevant, unfortunately. Norms obtained prior to 2005 or 2006 - I forget which - can no longer be registered with FIDE. This is a shame. As David McAlister has established, the contemporary chess press appears to have recognised that Peter Markland made an IM norm at Hastings...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ron Henderson
Replies: 1
Views: 547

Re: Ron Henderson

That is sad news. Ron was a stalwart of Ulster Chess, not only a middling to good club player, but also a capable organiser at Bangor CC, one of Northern Ireland's longest established chess clubs. The obituary given by Ken Browne is indeed correct, Ron was a gentleman. I last played him as a late te...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:04 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 38
Views: 3603

Re: Peter Markland

Now for my next question on this subject to those more in the know than I am. Does a score of 5/9 against a tournament average of 2513.3, with the tournament compromised of 6 GMs, 2 IMs and two untitled players, with a sole unrated player (being the player scoring the 5/9), with eight nationalities ...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 38
Views: 3603

Re: Peter Markland

Yes, I have known for about a week that Peter Markland has received his deserved FIDE Master title, but the ECF requested that I refrain from announcing it ahead of their announcement. I am delighted that Peter Lee has also been awarded the title.
by Paul McKeown
Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 117094

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

question their dodgy data. I'm curious to learn of the dodgy data. Presumably Nick has relevant concrete examples of these. He doesn't do evidence. A Brexiter, climate change denier and an anti-vaxxer. Probably disputes quantum mechanics ("bunch of clever clever krauts talking nonsense"), general r...
by Paul McKeown
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 117094

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

As for vitamin D, anyone taking 10 times the recommended dose for an extended period is a complete barking halfwit, risking hypercalcemia, osteoporosis, kidney damage and more.
by Paul McKeown
Thu Mar 04, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 117094

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Geoff, We appreciate your light-hearted zany interludes, but I think all medical experts would advise you to get the second jab. As I understand it, the jab might not help if you have a pre-existing coronavirus condition, but it won't make it worse, so it is a no lose option. However, I am no medic...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: To whom is she referring?
Replies: 16
Views: 1748

Re: To whom is she referring?

Nobody would say such a thing to a 'Chess Life' reporter (and brag about it after wards) unless they were trying to be smart-assed outdoing each other with bravado (the American, New York insults came just one year after 9/11 so these were they designed to shock.) She should have named them, then t...
by Paul McKeown
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: To whom is she referring?
Replies: 16
Views: 1748

To whom is she referring?

In Chess Bitch, Chapter 11 Playing for America, Jennifer Shahade writes: Not all of my memories from Olympiads are positive. In the 2002 event (held in Bled, Slovenia), in addition to playing, I was writing about the Olympiad for Chess Life (the national chess magazine). I wanted to interview two of...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Feb 26, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Levon Aronian statement
Replies: 29
Views: 1683

Re: Levon Aronian statement

Good luck to Levon Aronian. And to hell with the government officials who have disrespected him and his profession. He is right, chess is one of the few areas in which Armenian excellence brings that country to a world stage.
by Paul McKeown
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Online Ratings and the Cheating Conundrum
Replies: 1
Views: 475

Online Ratings and the Cheating Conundrum

Hi, On several occasions I have been on the verge of having Richmond Juniors online events rated, and have given thought to re-starting the Richmond Rapidplays online. However, on each occasion, I have come quickly to a halt, as (and again it is quite possible that I haven't paid attention in class)...