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  1. Goals that the Chess Federation of Canada might aim for in future

    by , 09-14-2017 at 12:44 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Here are some thoughts and lists of mine regarding goals that the CFC might aim for at some time in the future:

    The following is based on an April 2017 chesstalk discussion forum post of mine:

    Regarding the 2012 CFC Long-term Planning Committee report, a lot of the planning was based on repeating previous success stories in the case of Windsor. Fwiw, my first instinct was that Windsor was something of a special case, but I still saw quite a lot that could be salvaged ...

    Updated 09-20-2017 at 12:53 AM by Kevin Pacey

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  2. 7.1 "THE VOTING BOOTH" CFC Director at Large

    Quote Originally Posted by Lyle Craver View Post
    We have two nominations for CFC Director at Large

    Nominees are (in alphabetical order)



    Mark Dutton

    Voting closes at 6pm ET Saturday August 26th.
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  3. Why is chess so popular among board games of skill?

    by , 09-26-2016 at 03:09 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    On the Chess Variant Pages website, webmaster Fergus Duniho recently wrote:

    "...Chess has been finely honed by natural selection to be free of arbitrariness. Every rule and piece in Chess serves a purpose, and none are arbitrary. Since Chess is what won the survival of the fittest among Chess variants, I expect that any variant capable of succeeding Chess would also have to be free of arbitrariness. But most Chess variants differ from Chess through some arbitrary change to it, ...

    Updated 07-16-2017 at 11:05 AM by Kevin Pacey

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  4. Re: large-scale conspiracies debunked by math equation

    by , 09-09-2016 at 10:51 PM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Here's a link from this year, with a theory I don't quite believe re: conspiracies. It claims just a relatively low number of people (under 3000) involved would inevitably lead to the conspiracy being revealed (by 5 years time). One notable estimate is that 400,000+ would need to be involved if [manmade global] climate change were a deliberate hoax (I'd say maybe it is a hoax, but junk science also could be a possible explanation):

    http://phys.org/news/2016-01-equatio...ly-reveal.html ...

    Updated 04-17-2017 at 01:51 PM by Kevin Pacey

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  5. Discussion of some modern problems for chess (e.g. computers)

    by , 09-04-2016 at 02:05 AM (Games, analysis and discussion)
    Here's a list of what at least some people may see as some modern problems for chess, together with my discussion of each:

    1. Computers are better than the top humans (e.g. now there may be less public respect for chess & chessplayers).

    A common argument is to draw the analogy that sprinters don't compete with motorized vehicles, so why compare chessplayers to engines? A counter-argument may be that chess used to demonstrate the glory of man's intellect, and having ...

    Updated 05-21-2017 at 11:29 AM by Kevin Pacey

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