it is not The World vs Arkadij Naiditsch
It is The World's Computers v whatever computer Arkadij Naiditsch
can lay his hands on.
I was in and looking forward to it claiming that I refuse to get
beaten by anyone whose name I cannot pronounce.
(This was followed by a post telling me how to pronounce it.....another joke falls flat.)
Then found out some of The World were going to use computers - I stated
the we (the World) will NOT be using computers adding what is the point and it's cheating.
It was then explained to me thus:
<Sally Simpson...that is me.>
Sigh. We go through this discussion at the beginning (and sometimes in the
middle) of each one of these games. So let me try to summarize the argument once again:
1. As I said in an earlier post, cheating is only cheating if you are doing
something that is not allowed and therefore gain an unfair advantage by
In this game the rules allow computer assistance, so using computers in
this game is not cheating.
2. Computer assisted chess is different than other kinds of chess; blitz,
rapid, OTB at classical time controls, and correspondence. It may not be of
interest to you or others just like correspondence chess may not be of
interest to some that like blitz. De gustibus non disputandum est.
(De gustibus non disputandum est. - I think that may be latin for live and let live.)
3. Computer assisted chess requires skills beyond reading the computer
screen. For one thing, you need to learn how to turn the computer on.
(there is where I've been going wrong..I'm not switching on a computer)
You also need to validate the computer moves, reconcile the suggestions
from multiple engines, do forward and backward sliding, and (probably most
important) know <when> to deviate from the computer(s) suggested
It looks like you have not been involved in one of these games before so,
take my word for it, it does take a lot of effort.
(cutting and pasting....a lot of effort.)
Whether it's worth it or not, enjoyable or not, depends on your personal viewpoint.
etc...etc...I'd give a link but you have to be a paid up member to see it.
I bade them farewell, wished them good luck and pulled out.