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by MartinCarpenter
Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'No castling' variant
Replies: 15
Views: 442

Re: 'No castling' variant

If theory was the primary concern, they would just play Chess960 (Fisher random). I don't think so. Kramnik is challenging all assumptions, and one of those is that 960 is the only approach which removes the modern game's dependence on theory. It would be a fascinating experiment, which obviously w...
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Jul 23, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge
Replies: 38
Views: 1021

Re: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge

I think I read that for double vaccinated people That is the promise. Anything else is equivalent to an admission that vaccines don't work very well. Not especially to the last. We know how well they work really quite precisely by now, given millions of data points. iirc its Genuinely brilliant vs ...
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Jul 23, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge
Replies: 38
Views: 1021

Re: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge

Given the current/predicted infection rates, and the ~20 people involved all qualifying as roughly close contact, you could probably save time/effort and treat everyone at the match as having been pinged. Isn't the plan still for that to expire in four weeks? I accept that one would expect several ...
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge
Replies: 38
Views: 1021

Re: ECF Pre-Season Regional County Challenge

These Regulations stipulate Also D7.1 During play, a player must not have any access to mobile phones, electronic means of communication or devices capable of suggesting chess moves. Such devices, if brought into the playing venue, must be completely switched off and placed in a bag on or under the...
by MartinCarpenter
Thu Jul 22, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fat Fritz 2
Replies: 41
Views: 3997

Re: Fat Fritz 2

Not sure who I want to see lose the most in that lawsuit - is there a scenario where both companies can come out at a loss?? Stockfish aren't even a company, just an open source software project. Given how Chessbase behaved they're well within their moral rights to choose to stop sharing their free...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Jul 20, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Start Date of Next Lockdown?
Replies: 47
Views: 1294

Re: Date for Next Lockdown?

If the vaccination protection survives then I don't think there will be one, not in the strictest sense anyway - the vaccinations give enough protection that it might well do more damage than good. Not that what they're doing today is remotely sane of course. If the virus infects as many as it appar...
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Jul 09, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Covid regulations poll
Replies: 98
Views: 3551

Re: Chess Covid regulations poll

On a practical basis, coming out one month before the isolation rules get scrapped strikes me as broadly unworkable. We can at least agree on that, although I would use a harsher term. I was trying to be polite :) Seriously though, with the projected infection rates they're basically saying 'go and...
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Jul 09, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Covid regulations poll
Replies: 98
Views: 3551

Re: Chess Covid regulations poll

No. Its for their own peace of mind. The idea of having potentially infected/killed people is really not a remotely fun thing to live with. Is this something that has ever not been the case though? The annual death tolls from respiratory viruses are well known and I think it would be unhealthy as a...
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Jul 09, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Covid regulations poll
Replies: 98
Views: 3551

Re: Chess Covid regulations poll

I’ve got a 15 year old who doesn’t want to play over the board until the case rate goes right down. The risk to herself is minimal, so I assume she is sacrificing her chess for the benefit of people like me. It is a generous act but I really, really wish she wouldn't. Our young people have suffered...
by MartinCarpenter
Fri Jul 09, 2021 9:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Covid regulations poll
Replies: 98
Views: 3551

Re: Chess Covid regulations poll

I want to vote for 3 & 5. I understand why there are players whose lives remain dominated by fear of Covid, and I am not saying that is irrational, but I strongly suspect that on the day they will decide that, whatever measures are in place, they are uncomfortable at the prospect of spending an eve...
by MartinCarpenter
Tue Jul 06, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best Bob Wade era Hardback Batsford book
Replies: 71
Views: 2537

Re: Best Bob Wade era Hardback Batsford book

John Moles's first book on the Winawer main lines was indeed a work of immense scholarship, but I'm not sure how much of the second volume was his writing (as opposed to research) because by then he was launched on his academic career, had left Oxford and had got married. That second book is absolu...
by MartinCarpenter
Wed May 26, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Demis Hassabis
Replies: 22
Views: 1396

Re: Demis Hassabis

Or Brazil, or India (maybe!) or a few other places :(

Politics really did go very, very strange for a few years.
by MartinCarpenter
Thu May 20, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How to play against engine-users on lichess
Replies: 39
Views: 2285

Re: How to play against engine-users on lichess

Especially if they were trying to recall some theory they'd looked at a while ago :) Can take a little while to work out if you can remember enough to feel like trying that sort of thing!
by MartinCarpenter
Tue May 18, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1632

Re: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?

b5 is just part of development, most often. Not if white has gone c4 of course. Then its a freeing break. The hedgehog positions from the Kan need quite careful handling. Read and digest Shipov's epic two book series on the hedgehog for some good answers.... (Actually read them anyway, they're genui...
by MartinCarpenter
Mon May 17, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Chess clubs by size
Replies: 52
Views: 3608

Re: Chess clubs by size

Jack's observation about London makes sense, although I am surprised not to see more big clubs in other major cities. Perhaps the model we see in the sticks - many small clubs rather than a few big ones - is common in those areas too? How do you definite a city? I don't think of there being any cen...