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- - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2016-10-26 22:11
...i'm missing you guys, please drop Anton a line here... first one will win a prize :grin:, second one too! :smile:
Parent - - By Morpheus (****) [pl] Date 2016-10-27 17:25
Unfortunately, this is no longer the good old days in this forum  :-/

best regards,
Pawel
Parent - - By The Wizard (***) Date 2016-10-27 17:42
Hi, Sadly have to agree with Sekos

Regards
Parent - - By Morpheus (****) [pl] Date 2016-10-27 18:22
Yes Tony,
There are missing even a few cute guys:  Ruben, Sedat, David Evans , Mark_Eldridge,  Michael_Glatthaar and more....

:cry::confused:
Parent - - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2016-10-27 18:37
Well Pavel, Ruben rarely posted and mostly in Spanish while letting some WBCCC-games simply run out, Evans.................................. ya, Eldridge could beat himself from both sides of the board, and donkysand is obviously mentioned above! :grin:
Parent - By Mark Eldridge (****) [gb] Date 2016-10-29 00:34 Edited 2016-10-29 00:38
I do miss Paul (National 12) Uly David Evans and Garvin.
Parent - - By Mark Eldridge (****) [gb] Date 2016-10-29 00:27
I'm happy to say i'm still around, even though i don't post as much as i did when the WBCC tournaments were being played.
Parent - - By David Evans (****) [gb] Date 2016-10-29 07:08
Hope you are ok Mark am still retired maybe somebody would run something worth while i would return until then i rest.

Maybe 2017 i return
Parent - - By Mark Eldridge (****) [gb] Date 2016-10-29 13:22
Hello David, my health is much better than it was a few years ago so that is good news.

I really do hope 2017 will be the return of David Evans.

BTW i won the William Mason Championship and British Championship in the same season a couple of weeks back.
Parent - - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2016-10-29 22:28

> BTW i won the William Mason Championship and British Championship in the same season a couple of weeks back.


Great work!, seems you entered your golden corr-age. :smile:
Parent - By Mark Eldridge (****) [gb] Date 2016-10-29 22:42
Thank you.
Parent - - By David Evans (****) [gb] Date 2016-10-30 07:28
Congrats Mark
Parent - By Mark Eldridge (****) [gb] Date 2016-10-30 10:52
Thank you Sir.
Parent - - By Hamster (**) [ch] Date 2016-10-31 11:34
Congratulations!
Parent - By Mark Eldridge (****) [gb] Date 2016-10-31 11:53
Thank you.
Parent - - By Morpheus (****) [pl] Date 2016-10-31 12:58
Good JOB!!! Bravo Mark  :wink::smile:
Parent - By Mark Eldridge (****) [gb] Date 2016-11-01 09:53
Cheers.
Parent - - By Weirwindle (***) [us] Date 2016-10-29 03:06
...
Many of us continue to check in. I am sure that even Vas takes a glance now and then.
Posts have really plummeted, not because of the lack of visitors, just the lack of interest and involvement.
Parent - By Mark Eldridge (****) [gb] Date 2016-10-29 13:25
We basically need another tournament like WBCCC.
Parent - - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2016-10-27 18:34
Tony, at least nice to see you here... can you confirm Paul being good health? Regards ................................
Parent - - By David Evans (****) [gb] Date 2016-10-29 07:08
Where Paul >>>>
Parent - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2016-10-29 22:27
Missing him as well, hope Tony drops him a note.
Parent - - By NATIONAL12 (Gold) [gb] Date 2016-10-31 18:43
I am still about.:smile:
Parent - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2016-10-31 21:24
:smile:, great to see you good health Paul!
Parent - - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2018-02-05 20:13
Paul, are 'ya still playing corr-chess or just enjoying Cuban cigars? Boy, my dream was always whipping your Kaufman-opening-lines and lazy analysis-_InsertYourself_ in corr-chess :grin:... sadly computer-hardware&chess-progress made it so difficult nowadays beating anyone stronger ELO 2400. :smile:
Parent - - By NATIONAL12 (Gold) [gb] Date 2018-02-24 14:07
I gave up smoking nearly 4 years ago lol,i don't play any longer but follow games on TCEC.
Parent - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2018-02-24 14:43
:smile: Great to see you!, 'ya were THE player to beat at WBCCC... always nice games&banter... the good old years.
Parent - - By Nelson Hernandez (Gold) [us] Date 2016-10-29 21:05
It's hard to understand why, at a rare moment in computer chess history where three top engines are playing such fantastic chess and are so competitive, that we seem to be undergoing a decline in interest.
Parent - - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2016-10-29 22:26
With Rybka non of these three, more or less commited death in its development, no Vas/Lukas-messages, no Cluster-news, a ceased WBCCC and a desiccated correspondence-subforum, a sluggishing ICGA-war and a lot "monster-posters" lost (Uly, Bob...) or aging (BoL, Dr.X, ...) its still nice to see some activity of known [quality] posters here... :smile: Your contributions to TCEC were great, and i hope you will stay here till Felix finally switches off the light...
Parent - By Felix Kling (Gold) [de] Date 2016-10-29 22:37
(just a side note: Dadi Jonsson can switch off the light, I'm just the one who can shut-down rybkachess.com :-) )
Parent - By Nelson Hernandez (Gold) [us] Date 2016-10-30 16:01
Well thank you, except let's hope the TCEC contributions aren't past-tense!
Parent - - By Vegan (****) [ca] Date 2016-10-31 23:03
lots of new people have come over to facebook to get away from the problems here

I also promoted the group over in Russia and dozens more came over, facebook can handle some game graphics, but I am looking into new solutions occasionally
Parent - - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2016-11-01 08:44 Edited 2016-11-01 08:48 Upvotes 1
Vegan, the next time you spam in my thread i will come over to Vancouver to redrot your lazy ass! GUARANTEED!
Parent - By Vegan (****) [ca] Date 2016-11-01 21:43
Dream on, I would have you expelled immediately and have you declared persona non grata
- - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2016-11-07 22:46
Anybody here aware how i could get in contact with Grandblaster Uly?

Uly my almost-buddy :grin:, where are ya? :smile:
Parent - - By Labyrinth (*****) [us] Date 2016-11-08 00:03
He's 'Vytron' on xkcd I think. Can register and search by user there. Seems last post was February though.
Parent - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2016-11-08 21:49
Thank you Labyrinth, will try.
- - By ppipper (*****) [es] Date 2018-02-17 23:49 Upvotes 1
Hello there, I have been out of computer chess World for a fiar period of 5-6 years... Now I am like a new born trying to get updated.... With so many changes...
Best regards to all!
Parent - - By Ozymandias (****) [es] Date 2018-02-18 08:32 Upvotes 1
Talk about a blast from the past.
Parent - By ppipper (*****) [es] Date 2018-02-18 13:39
:wink:
Parent - - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2018-02-18 11:48 Edited 2018-02-19 08:54
Great to see you back José! I can still remember sitting in a hotel-room, after a real depressing day, making my brave draw-call armed with my single-core company-laptop against your Aquarium-box... guess, you still wonder about 13. Rfd1... :wink:

You always played a very aesthetically-pleasing style with interesting new ideas, i really enjoyed that. What are your plans in 2018? Playing ICCF, preparing freestyle or just having fun? Did you let your Aquarium-box run over the last few years? :lol: The sad news is that we are just analyzing&optimizing into different forms of draws and a lot of people (like in this forum) already left the "scene" for good... i also took a few years "in the woods" as your country-pal called it. There is a guy working to kill the French alltogether (and he is doing that 365 days/year down to three in the night!), do you still have trust in yours? Best, Anton.
Parent - - By ppipper (*****) [es] Date 2018-02-18 13:49
This is great to know about you, Anton! Of course I remember such a game!

Thank you very much for your kind words! I turnned off my Aquarium box back in 2013 I think. I am seeing that lots of people in the forum are not posting anymore (Paul, Garvin, Mark and others...). What do you mean that you are just analyzing for draws??

I checked the link to the french guy but unfortunately it is all german language and I didn't google translated yet. Is he analyzing my french lines day and night :smile:?

At the moment my plans are just having fun again, now I am trying to understand main changes in engines, software, analysis techniques and even hardware! Hopefully chess has not changed so much!

Kind regards,

José
Parent - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2018-02-18 15:04
:smile:

> I am seeing that lots of people in the forum are not posting anymore (Paul, Garvin, Mark and others...).


Mark is still there, but a lot great guys (Nelson, ...) are sadly missing - and i guess most won't return.

> What do you mean that you are just analyzing for draws??


Engines are so strong nowadays that some ICCF GM-games played a few years ago already look like played without one. I also have gone through a few of my old games and analysis, and they realize things quickly which earlier you had to really work on hard.

He stated, armed with heavy hardware, that he is working on crushing the French and it doesn't look very good for Black - and i think that's already a consens in the corr-world... but already there i thought about you!, as you always shown to have a great understanding about that queenside-expansion and that engine eval's are not the whole story.

> At the moment my plans are just having fun again


Enjoy your journey!, and when there are questions, please let us know.
Parent - - By Ozymandias (****) [es] Date 2018-02-19 08:38

>What do you mean that you are just analysing for draws??


Take a look at the FICGS CHAMPIONSHIPS, for example, with the exception of the one involving Arkadiusz Wosch, who was clearly subpar, this is the last win we ever saw:
[Event "FICGS__CHESS__WORLD_CHAMPIONSHIP__000004"]
[Site "FICGS"]
[Date "2010.07.03"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Riccio,Eros"]
[Black "Kotlyanskiy,Edward"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2477"]
[BlackElo "2565"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e5 7.Nde2 h5 8.g3 Be6 9.Bg2 Nbd7 10.O-O Be7 11.Be3 Rc8 12.a4 O-O 13.a5 Re8 14.Qd2 Rc7 15.f4 Bc4 16.Rfd1 Qc8 17.f5 d5 18.exd5 Bd6 19.Re1 Nc5 20.g4 hxg4 21.hxg4 Nxg4 22.Ng3 Bb5 23.Bg5 Na4 24.Nce4 Bc5+ 25.Nxc5 Rxc5 26.Ne4 Rxc2 27.Qd1 Rxg2+ 28.Kxg2 Qxf5 29.Rxa4 f6 30.Bd2 Qh5 31.Rh1 Qg6 32.Ng3 f5 33.Rxg4 fxg4 34.Re1 Qf7 35.Bc3 Rf8 36.Qd2 1-0
That makes a total of 72 consecutive draws, that's what he's talking about.
Parent - - By leavenfish (***) [us] Date 2018-02-24 17:42
I am currently playing Arkadiusz Wosch
Parent - - By Ozymandias (****) [es] Date 2018-02-24 18:18
Has he improved?
Parent - - By Antares (****) [de] Date 2018-02-24 18:29
Parent - By Ozymandias (****) [es] Date 2018-02-24 19:16
Well, no white loses (baby steps).
Parent - - By Mark Eldridge (****) [gb] Date 2018-02-20 13:28
Hello ppipper,

It's great to hear from you again. Hopefully at some stage we might see play a few games on here.

The traffic slowed down on here since the WBCCC tours ended. Maybe it's time for someone to start the WBCCC tours again and get all the old players back?

Regards,

Mark.
Parent - - By leavenfish (***) [us] Date 2018-02-21 03:31 Edited 2018-02-21 03:33
Why don't you guys (or maybe you do!) play ICCF instead of FICGS?
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