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Old 04-30-2018, 04:51 PM   #6776
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As for the coin toss pick (which they were wrong about since no one got to pick anything) She did say that due to Annie doing so well with White and struggling with Black, would Annie maybe pick White. Which I think adds some potential suspense to the coin toss. But, yeah, I have noticed that she sometimes has to reel others in when certain claims are way too "Skip Bayless" or whatever.

I think Jenn made it clear Black was the obvious objective pick. However, it very well could be +EV for someone like Annie who seems to be just going with whatever to choose White. If it gives any real psychological boost to her that maybe worth more than the X% she is objectively giving up.
Well, I mean, if with black she was going to repeat the line in which she just got crushed in, maybe white was indeed the better choice for her.
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Old 04-30-2018, 04:56 PM   #6777
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I am somewhat the opposite of you. I like Jenn's commentary as I think she does a pretty good job of just supplementing Yasser - although I agree he shouldn't have the mouse.

Maurice I like in much smaller doses. Like, when he just does the interviews (which I think is what happens on GCT coverage in Europe) and Chirilla or Hansen or someone does the analysis I enjoy it better.

I also feel Chirilla prepares and tries harder than the rest of them. I saw him at St. Louis Blitz/Rapid last year just doing the in between round interviews and he was taking extensive notes and very closely following all of the games. He then only gets, like, 2 questions to ask but the focus he put into it seemed way higher than the other ones who are professional but kind of just hang out as far as I can tell.
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:03 PM   #6778
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Yeah, Chrilla is great. We can agree on that.
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Old 05-01-2018, 05:13 AM   #6779
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I love how when Maurice insists a player will play a specific move he's wrong such a high % of the time. It's pretty great.
The guy's seemingly been poisoned by manning the computer all the time. He's a GM but has lost all perspective of what moves are actually human moves.
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Old 05-06-2018, 12:36 AM   #6780
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:15 PM   #6781
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Anyone else who plays blitz find that their rating swongs around a lot? I hit my lowest ever rating on March 27 this year, getting hammered all the way down to 1562. Now I'm back up to 1855, fairly close to my peak rating of 1896 (in July 2017). IDK if that's just the nature of blitz or if it's down to my tendency to play while intoxicated.
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:52 PM   #6782
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the former IMO
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Old 05-18-2018, 03:18 AM   #6783
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1,2 ^^^
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Old 05-18-2018, 01:48 PM   #6784
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Anyone else who plays blitz find that their rating swongs around a lot? I hit my lowest ever rating on March 27 this year, getting hammered all the way down to 1562. Now I'm back up to 1855, fairly close to my peak rating of 1896 (in July 2017). IDK if that's just the nature of blitz or if it's down to my tendency to play while intoxicated.
huge swongs in blitz
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Old 05-19-2018, 12:22 AM   #6785
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I just hit 2000 on chess.com blitz. Felt like I was in the 1900s for eternity. Should I feel proud or stupid it took me this long to get there when nihal sarin probably got there at age 7? In my defense I usually play 10/0 which is way more deflated than 3/0. Ultimately had to play 3/0 to get there, and basically flagged everyone and their uncle.

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Old 05-19-2018, 12:34 AM   #6786
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While I was getting crushed, I found that my opponents would frequently have positions that looked terrible, but then they would have some ridiculous defensive resource to everything I tried. When I'm winning it's the opposite. The intuitive nature of blitz, not relying on exact calculation, is what I like about it, but it also means it's possible to "run good" and "run bad". When I say blitz here btw, I'm talking 3 0.
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:06 AM   #6787
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*** Chess Low Content Thread ***

Variance in chess is real.

lol @ people who think there is no "luck" factor in chess.
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:14 AM   #6788
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Depends on your definition of luck. I would agree but since there is no element of randomness, I get the opposite point.
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:19 AM   #6789
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Depends on your definition of luck. I would agree but since there is no element of randomness, I get the opposite point.


Nope. There is variance and it's not debatable.
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Old 05-19-2018, 02:32 AM   #6790
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I mean poker is in theory a non-random game as well, because there are right and wrong answers depending on what the exact deal is. There are right and wrong answers in chess depending on what the game tree looks like, but the entire game tree is not knowable even in theory with current technology (might change with quantum computing). The difference is that in poker, the randomness is caused by the imposed by the rules of the game, while in chess it's imposed by the laws of physics. But it's random all the same. I guess it would be most technically correct to say that chess is in-theory nonrandom, but that in practice it cannot be played without an element of randomness.
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Old 05-19-2018, 03:01 PM   #6791
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Re: *** Chess Low Content Thread ***

variance is not the same as luck
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:36 PM   #6792
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It's not? What's the difference? What's the source of the variance if it isn't luck?
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Old 05-19-2018, 11:49 PM   #6793
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LOL
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:08 AM   #6794
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Re: *** Chess Low Content Thread ***

Variance is just the intensity of deviation from expectation. It can be caused by anything from effort to mood or in other games/activities, things like weather.

Chance is a thing that can cause variance and definitely not equivalent to variance.
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Old 05-20-2018, 02:41 AM   #6795
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If I blunder a piece, was I unlucky? I would say no.

If my opponent blunders a piece, was I lucky? I would say yes.

But as I already stated, this discussion is pointless without a clear Definition of The term luck
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Old 05-20-2018, 03:01 AM   #6796
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lol definitionaments
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Old 05-20-2018, 03:33 AM   #6797
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If I blunder a piece, was I unlucky? I would say no.

If my opponent blunders a piece, was I lucky? I would say yes.
His blundering a piece is a direct consequence of his playing strength. A stronger opponent wouldn't blunder that piece, and thus would yield a better result against you on average at that particular moment in time against you with your current playing strength.

The only argument for "luck" in chess is the one ChrisV mentioned, that has to do with chess not being mathematically solved. It could happen that you make a move that even stockfish thinks is perfectly sound, but that turns out to be losing by force 35 moves down the line, AND your opponent stumbling upon that very line. I'd say the chances of that happening are rather slim.
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:00 AM   #6798
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well, if I play someone rated 2000, he might straight up blunder a piece once every 20 games. I think it is lucky if I happen to be his opponent in that game.

I agree the variance is due to the fact that both players dont see 20 moves ahead. often times one player happens to have a winning continuation without any of the two seeing it at the beginning of the line.
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Old 05-23-2018, 11:19 PM   #6799
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There's still plenty of chance in chess. Often player 1 sees 5 moves ahead theplayer 2 only sees 3 moves ahead. 6 moves later player 1 is lost

Tournament pairings introduce an element of chance to it. especially when considering other opponents results etc

Weather or not someone is in form or has had circumstances outside the chess board affect their play. I would say all these and more introduce some element of chance to the game
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Old 05-24-2018, 05:28 PM   #6800
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Yes, outside things can introduce chance to the game, but the game itself doesn't introduce any. That's the key imo.
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