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  1. e4
    06 May '08
    29 Sep '22 09:591 edit
    A good podcast interview/chat between David Smerdon and Jonathan Rowson on the whole messy affair.

    Without doubt the best reasoning I've heard so far from two good players who also bring certain
    expertise in their field outside chess to the table.
    Go in open minded, it's good, very good (and long, I've only heard half of it but I will catch it all later today.)

    It starts about 7:15 mins in after all the adverts.[WORD TOO LONG]
  2. e4
    06 May '08
    28 Sep '22 07:52
    So finally, after three weeks, out comes a statement titled 'Dear Chess World'
    from Magnus. and in the second paragraph we read ;

    "I want to continue to play chess at the highest level in the best events."

    The 'Dear Chess World' is right behind you on that one Magnus, however...

    A match for the world title is the highest level and the tournaments qualifying
    to take part in the title match are right up there amongst the best events.
    And yet he, who wants to play chess at the highest level, has walked away from
    defending his world title because he was bored defending it.

    How come all our chess world champions eventually go mad?
  3. e4
    06 May '08
    27 Sep '22 20:511 edit
    Hi David,

    I've often said that I must have played thousands of combos but I cannot think
    of one that's been original. The root of the idea I've picked up somewhere and
    it's pattern stuck. We don't search for it, we recognise it somehow.

    This 'somehow' is the same thing at work when someone walks into a room.
    Within a nano second your brain tells you whether or not you recognise this person.
    Positions on a board are like group photographs, you look at the picture and a face
    you recognise pops out. In some cases it's not the person you were looking for!

    Studying tactics, or any aspect of the game gives you more faces to recognise.
    Though it is probably best to meet them in the flesh. Playing and walking into
    a trick/trap/tactic so you feel the burn is a lesson never forgotten and a face you
    cannot forget. (and no matter how good you are or how good you get, it's a
    face you will bump into again!)
  4. e4
    06 May '08
    26 Sep '22 00:281 edit

    First a brief catch up on what’s been happening in ‘The Incident.’
    Then trying to get away from ‘The Incident’ I noticed, or rather,
    recalled a connection between Fischer and Sir George Thomas.

    Bobby figures in the next piece due to eagle eye of FMDavidHLevin

    Then a really good puzzle, an awful chess joke, A selection of RHP games

    Blog Post 531
  5. e4
    06 May '08
    19 Sep '22 21:36
    Hi Fiandrunko,

    Fischer was so long out of the loop his rantings hardly affected chess.
    Carlsen's action may be good in the long run for online chess.and chess in general.

    However, if he takes this to OTB events and refuses to play in an OTB tournament
    if Hans is playing., there is not a shred of evidence Hans has cheated in an OTB game.
    Then Magnus will be taking it too far and should get rightly pulled up by FIDE.

    OK don't play him online. But let it lay there, You have proved (or in the case of
    OTB play not proved) a point.
  6. e4
    06 May '08
    19 Sep '22 20:35
    In an online game Hans Niemann v Magnus Carlsen
    after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Magnus resigned.
    I suppose he played a move to satisfy any contractable agreement.

    Now before anyone considers condemning Magnus. Think!

    Have you ever resigned an online game, here or on another site
    because you thought your opponent was cheating or previously cheated?
    Magnus has resigned a game v a self confessed online cheat.

    Whether he takes this up step to OTB game is another matter.
    But this action is something a lot of us have done.
  7. e4
    06 May '08
    18 Sep '22 19:59
    I honestly had no idea what these beads were till all this started.
    Then I googled it - OOPS! I had to delete my history.
  8. e4
    06 May '08
    13 Sep '22 21:24
    That is an excellent spot David.

    Glad you had at a go at accessing it, I saw that line but I jumped ship with 'messy.'
  9. e4
    06 May '08
    13 Sep '22 08:14
    It's hard to ignore, it's all over the place and main stream media is running with
    the story. Just sit back and marvel at all the speculations and false accusations.
    It reminds me of 2006 'Kramnik - Topalov' when computer use at the top level, was first suspected.

    Then, as time passed, the anti-cheating methods slowly increased till
    we are now at the stage where players are scanned as if they were
    terrorists and the world championship is played inside a glass Faraday cage.

    It won't go away till as you say 'truth will out' (Shakespeare, the Merchant of Venice.).
    But if you know anything about chess players even then some won't accept it.

    I agree with the study and play here comment - thumbed you up.
  10. e4
    06 May '08
    13 Sep '22 00:25

    The title says it all. then 3 RHP games, a funny chess book cover and a car.

    Blog Post 530
  11. e4
    06 May '08
    08 Sep '22 10:58
    I’ve been reading quite a few comments on other sites (that must not be mentioned 🙂 )
    This thread is very tame in comparison, some other sites do not have any guidelines
    about swearing, flaming and very cheap insults. it’s no holds barred all the way.

    There are two camps. The vast majority in favour of Niemann not cheating.
    The most venom is not aimed at Carlsen but at Nakamura whose ‘speculations’
    could have (and may yet have) ruined a very promising career.
    He is getting stoned by nearly everyone. He has previous form for falsely accusing
    players of being a cheat and has apologised. So all we can do is wait to see what happens.

    Regarding Carlsen, my own take is walking out after a loss is not the way to
    go about things no matter what you think has happened.
    But he has given so much to chess and all chess geniuses have a history of doing odd
    and impulsive things so we let it happen and forgive even though we can’t understand it.
  12. e4
    06 May '08
    07 Sep '22 09:59
    Hans Niemann explaining about his first ban.
    Since the Magnus game have banned him again.
    (Magnus is a major shareholder.)

    I and many others are convinced he did not cheat v Magnus and
    even those who were flaming him for cheating have turned around.

    Niemann explaining himself and the pressure he is under - it starts about 8 mins in.

  13. e4
    06 May '08
    06 Sep '22 18:22
    The internet forums are flooded with speculation.

    A lot are saying Hans Niemann must have cheated, Magnus cannot prove it
    so he had walked out of the tournament. It's not that simple and this article
    by Jacob Aagaard defending Niemann. It's well worth a read.

    'Paranoia and Insanity' by Jacob Aagaard

    My own view (not worth two cents compared with Jacob's article ) is;
    What kind of idiot would cheat v the World Champion, the object of
    the exercise is surely NOT to attract attention to yourself.

    In the clip (see below) Hans comes across not as an idiot but as a young good player
    full of self confidence and refreshing views regarding the top 10 players.

    The one thing that stands out from the after game interview is Niemann saying
    he had Carlsen's opening (a rare sideline) on his board a few hours before the game
    claiming it a pure once in a million chance. 'A ridiculous miracle.'
    Home prep is not cheating (others speculate there is a Mole in the Carlsen camp.)
    The timing of the walk out suggests Magnus quit after the interview.
    Computer analysis does not give any hint of cheating just Carlsen having an off day.

  14. e4
    06 May '08
    02 Sep '22 11:54
    And in case you are wondering what Zorro's 2500,000th move was;

    SculptorBloke - ZorroTheFox

    Zorro played 29...Kh8. the 2½ millionth moves.
  15. e4
    06 May '08
    02 Sep '22 11:20

    My Chess Club Door Joke.

    A nod to Zorro the Fox on making his 2,500,000th move on RHP.

    Then a selection of RHP players needlessly losing their Queens.
    This one is not on the blog but gives a hint of what is to come.

    KWYZIBO - Phadreus RHP 2010

    White played 15.a4, Black took the bait 15...Qxc3 16.Bxb5+ and it was soon 1-0.
    That was a rather crude example the blog has two really good games with this idea.
    Blog Post 529
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