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ZT is BS because it requires perfect behaviour from an extremely flawed species.
Ontologically, it is nothing short of inhuman.
Jan. 3, 2016
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Then it's not champagne
As long as the heinous TAFTA is not effective, that is…
Jan. 3, 2016
Olivier Collard edited this comment Jan. 3, 2016
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Maille hart skipt a bit ouène aille raide ze ouorde “Champain”
Jan. 2, 2016
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Attractive rates indeed…and really cheap entry fees.

We had to wait for a long time but surely we have a winner for the “Best 2015 Joke” award…
Thank you for making a train journey on New year's Eve such fun…
Dec. 31, 2015
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Ken, as I explained in my article “Ranking systems”, in France, the ranking is dynamic. Meaning that you can go down.
Dec. 31, 2015
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As for myself, I'm more the chess type. And unfortunately, I'm good enough at both games to fully realize how bad I am…
Dec. 31, 2015
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The game most akin to chess is…snooker, according to the legendary Steve Davis, himself a chess aficionado.
Dec. 31, 2015
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A hearing on May 1 ? ^^
Dec. 31, 2015
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You're probably right, Ed.
In Kasparov's case, he entered Botvinnik's school in 1973 and became a top GM ca. 1981.
And one can only imagine the amount of work required to dethrone and subsequently keep at bay a player of Karpov's magnitude,and to remain number one in the world for 21 years (he retired as number 1, though he'd lost his crown to Kramnik five years earlier).

Now we're not just discussing any top GM, but the strongest player ever…
Dec. 29, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Dec. 29, 2015
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Isn't there a theory stating that, no matter how talented you might be, you need at least 10,000 hours of intensive work to become a top notch expert in your field.
Surely workaholics like Fischer and Kasparov confirm this…
Dec. 28, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Dec. 28, 2015
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Back in the old days, you had to be 2205+ to get a FIDE rating. Then it was 2000+, then 1800 and eventually 1400 (!)
Moreover, if the gap between the players was 350 or more, wins of the stronger player were discarded. This is not the case anymore. Every game counts and, theoretically, a 2600 player could challenge Carlsen's spot by winning 300 games against 1400 players, thus gaining 240 points.

Another important event: in November 1986, every female player with a FIDE rating (barring Zsuzsa Polgar) received a 100-(yes one hundred) point bonus. So we suddenly had a whole bunch of overrated players distributing Elo points, up to the top of the pyramid.
Dec. 28, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Dec. 28, 2015
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I would rather say that if you're not a GM at say 15 or 16 you won't make it to the top. But on the whole, becoming a GM is much “easier” nowadays, if only because the strength of a 2500 player is not even close to what it used to be 30 or 40 years ago.
Dec. 27, 2015
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Good idea. Maybe Mr. Wheelchair could hire me as his personal interpreter :D
Dec. 5, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Dec. 5, 2015
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Playing chess without a board is based on the same principle as blindfold chess then. That's what I wanted to point out…
And I've played more “mental” chess than you could know as a high school student ;-)
Dec. 5, 2015
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Could you explain what “mental” chess is? Chess for madmen?
And AFAIK, postal chess players used to use a board and pieces for analysis…
Just like Michal, I think bridge is a card game. On the other hand, as an average player, I'm unlikely to be affected by these changes.
Dec. 4, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Dec. 4, 2015
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I've encountered first category players who were almost clueless on that particular subject…inter alia
Dec. 3, 2015
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Plan your defence to avoid the Trump coup :-p
Dec. 3, 2015
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Much too much.
In my club, we have a couple in their late eighties (no good players, but by no means beginners) entitled to do whatever they please. A favorite joke of theirs is the sequence 1H/S 4H/S. If bid quickly, it's preemptive.If bid slowly, it Shows values. I once balanced on such a sequence and went for 800. Responder had 14 points and 3 trumps! Over and above my bottom, I got treated to a cackle from the female part of the partnership…
Recently I opened 1C, LHO doubled (13 points, 4 clubs and only 2 hearts, but ok that's his problem), pass from my partner, RHO bid 1S after a while and there comes a 2S raise from LHO, enthusiastically raised again to four by RHO, who had 12 (!) points. I called the acting TD (actually former president of the club, a good player and a good friend) and explained that East, notwithstanding his shady double, had no reason to bid again. Answer was “Stop it, Olivier”. I concluded “ Yeah I understand the math, they weigh 10 euros twice/thrice a week, whereas I'm just a five times a month 5-euro bum ”
Well, I'll say this for him, he had the dignity to blush a little…
Dec. 2, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Dec. 2, 2015
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“Maybe he likes JCQ for France and JQ for the USA”

Yeah that's a very likely theory…

I, for instance, like to be called Reinhold Schwarzentruber when I'm in Germany.

And I never requested anything. I just find it strange that a big organization like the ACBL be unable to give his right name.
Nov. 29, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Nov. 29, 2015
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Upset?
Obviously, you've never seen me upset :D
I'm quite the McEnroe type when I am…
Nov. 29, 2015
Olivier Collard edited this comment Nov. 29, 2015
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