Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Emir Rushaidi wins GACC x Empro Open

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Malaysian Chess Festival 2022

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 The online registration form and details will be posted on the tournament website soon.

Organiser website: http://datchesscentre.com or http://datcc.net

Tournament website: http://mychessfestival.com













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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Melkumyan wins Doeberl Cup 2022

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Singapore Chess Festival : Opening Thematic Tournament

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GM Darwin Laylo
 


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National Youth Chess Championship 2022 results

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Future of Chess - Esport style

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Happened to  watch a recommended feed on my YouTube and it was Champions Chess Tour. I was surprised at the format played by the world's top GMs. They wore headphones, used keyboard, mouse and computer screen instead of a physical chess board! And played in rapd format! 





Just like Starcraft - an eSport I follow religiously, they wore headphones to block out external sounds. I don't know about this chess event, but for Starcraft the headphones had white noise to make sure the players don't hear the castings going on live stage.

Of course since its a faster rapid time control we have a more "random" and sometimes unexpected wins like GM Magnus Carlsen losing to GM Liem. But the most striking "improvement" over the typical chess broadcast was that it was more interesting with move by move commentary by experienced chess players. I actually followed one game between Liem vs Eric Hansen. In the past when I would just glance thru a few seconds or if I stayed to watch - would fall asleep for sure. It certainly has the "eSport vibe" for a spectator like me.



As far as I'm concerned, this may be the future of chess as a spectator event. At least the organisers are following the correct path the eSports has taken. Now if only they can get the crazy numbers of people spectating like real eSports gets. 


Anyway. even Liem at the end of the interview admits this format was "more fun" compared to the old classical format.

What would that mean for us "hobbyist" and club players who are not on the same level as GM Anish Giri and GM Liem? Can we also have tournaments in these styles? For now I think not. The traditional face to face with plastic chess pieces on a physical board is the way to go. But maybe for higher level tourneys like national level competitions - this looks to be the future.












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Saturday, April 09, 2022

What ? GilaChess is dead and no one noticed!

Posted by GilaChess

 Yes. What the title says. I even didn't notice it.

More specifically ALL my websites died including catur.org and gilachess.net. This blog however still lives on because it's on Google's free blogger platform.

The reason: I forgot to pay webhosting. And that was 4 months ago!!


So will gilachess be back? Well I think he was gone a long time ago even before the websites died.


But seriously. If someone had told me about it I would have immediately restored paid the bills and restored the website. It is just sad no one even noticed which goes to show how unimportant it has become.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Can Tornelo deter cheating?

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One of my old posts was talking about how one can cheat in various ways over the board. It did start a lively discussion among people who included arbiters and chess players.


Eg: when the possibility of watches could be a cheating device, coincidentally it was already written into the rules that any watches were prohibited.

Well now, since Tornelo tournaments are bringing competitive chess possible and getting popular, I want to know what are the anti cheating measures. I believe it is tech that enables cheats. For example, a spy spectacle that also has a bone conducting feature makes it easy to cheat with an accomplice help. Tornelo measures are having 2 webcams (front and side) as well as requiring audio to be on. My question is how do they deter the spectacle cheats ? 


This is only a hypothetical but a very possible one. Also I can think of many others but will not put in print here as it would just be a source of tips for other cheaters.


If Tornelo cannot deter cheating using tech devices like these, then I assume there must be many undetected cheating occurences. Of course there is also the engine detection method based on the user moves but even that can be circumvented with careful manipulation of the engine suggestions.


Correct me if I am wrong please because I have not personally experienced how a Tornelo tourney is run.



(The above illustrated spectacles cannot broadcast and only record but there are ones that look like authentic specs and do broadcast audio and video)

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