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by John McKenna
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2445
Views: 200002

Re: Cheating in chess

Can someone explain to me why anyone cares what someone's lichess rating is? The reasons why some people manipulate their OTB and/or CC grades and ratings have been gone into previously on this forum. Online ratings are subject to the same thing but are more visible and can be manipulated at a far ...
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improving chess?
Replies: 3
Views: 208

Re: Improving chess?

Iran has recently produced some very high-class young players so must have been doing something right. Here the emphasis has gone from quality to quantity and less high-class juniors have appeared recently. However, due to a project called "Chess in Schools" more youngsters are playing chess here th...
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improving chess?
Replies: 3
Views: 208

Re: Improving chess?

You should already have a good idea of that if about to run for that office.
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3308
Views: 179256

Re: The English Language

What does 'And it is' mean in: Iceland feels like a mystical land of stunning beauty. And it is... It is a conjunction that serves to connect the two sentences. The second sentence confirms that "Iceland is a land of stunning beauty". NB: There was a time when school teachers of English in the UK t...
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 288
Views: 35822

Re: End of an era

An awful lot of it is fluff... According to you "Prince" Kasperski is not even true blue. There have been plenty of high crimes going on elsewhere in real royal circles across the globe rather than minor misdemeanours. Do tell if you ever get a reply to your second missive to Messrs Poole Waterfield.
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2445
Views: 200002

Re: Cheating in chess

No danger of that, Nick, I am the oldest surviving member of my immediate family.

The building site workers mainly seem to have exempted themselves from masking so it is not without risk.
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2445
Views: 200002

Re: Cheating in chess

I'd caution against any belief that all 7- and 8-year-olds are "tyros" at chess - but that doesn't mean they fully understand complicated rules. You are in danger of arguing against yourself there, Roger. Roget, you have pointed out on here a sad lack of parental reponsibility in some cases and at ...
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2445
Views: 200002

Re: Cheating in chess

Never mind failing to notice the distinction between casual and rated games are there not more causual sites than lichess & chessdotcom for tyros and their mums & dads?
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2445
Views: 200002

Re: Cheating in chess

Sorry, Roger, but you must not overlook - that does not absolve parents of responsibility.
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2445
Views: 200002

Re: Cheating in chess

Roget, you have pointed out on here a sad lack of parental reponsibility in some cases and at times acts of complete irresponsibility. You cannot expect the service providers to cater for all such things. A line has to be drawn somewhere.
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 288
Views: 35822

Re: End of an era

In the vast scheme of things this thread is like periodic navel gazing and constantly finding annoying fluff in it. The science behind it - https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20150709-the-curious-truth-about-belly-button-fluff Does the main complainer here go on social media to berate the Spanish, o...
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2445
Views: 200002

Re: Cheating in chess

Was Russias space programme science? You are on the right track... Science is not always public- there's miltary science which is secret, for example. If all such science was just research it would never produce the hardware that rival miltaries cannot match. The largely hidden world of espionage e...
by John McKenna
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL On-Line Season 3
Replies: 82
Views: 6185

Re: 4NCL On-Line Season 3

One of the games in Round Six (Braunstone v Bishop Knights in Division Five) seems to be voided at 0-0. Both teams earned a point for this draw. I wonder if anyone knows what happened? All 4 boards in that match are now 0 - 0 as is the match result itself, in effect. Last night I noticed one 0 - 0 ...
by John McKenna
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2445
Views: 200002

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 John McKenna
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2445
Views: 200002

Re: Cheating in chess

Rebrand it as a FIDE Online World Championship and a multitude of sins will be covered. I'm not sure what you mean. Anything online has Online in the title. Nick, what you quote me saying above was in response to Paolo C's - "... maybe it's just not possible to have an online competition branded as...