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I am only a butterfly dreaming of being Chuang Zhu, dreaming of being Tiggler.

Favorite WCs all time: Kasporov, Alekine, Botvinnik, Lasker, Capablanca. Best of the rest: Nimzovitch, Rubinstein, Korchnoi, Keres. Bring back the 24 game WC matches and 12+ game candidates matches so that we can have heroic champs and challengers again. Kasparov, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Lasker, Capablanca, Steinitz, Nimzovitch, Tal, Morphy, Anand, Karpov, Fischer, Rubinstein, Keres ....

Apart from actual chess, the two topics that keep me coming back to this site are the mysteries of the Elo and related ratings schemes, and the the even more strange oddities of chess search engines.

With respect to ratings, I don't mean the routine operation of the calculations, but the scale which these operations create, sui gerenis. What is the mathematical basis, and is it reduceable to a Haar measure? Is there any reality hiding behing the statistical artifact? Are there undiscovered truths about the distribution of ratings points, and do they regress to the mean?

Engines are a big mystery to us. Not so big a mystery to us as we to them, however. <DcGentle> has a zealous purpose to create an engine that understands positional chess. If he succeeds, he will also create an engine that might be mistaken for a human, and whose moves will be explicable. My interest is more prosaic: to understand the engines in their own terms. Why do they not seem to perform correct searches at the depth they advertise. Would a better search result in more "chessic truth"? They are designed to win at short(ish) time controls, and compromise their searches to do it. But CC players need the really best moves, not some practical compromise. They don't build engines for that, so how can we trick the engines that we do have into finding the best moves, and not just winning because their blunders are not awful?

These questions lack answers, so if you have the answers, please be so kind as to post them in my chessforum. Full Member

   Tiggler has kibitzed 4726 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-27-15 Kasparov vs Short, 2015 (replies)
Tiggler: Garry pulled down Short's nigels again.
   Apr-27-15 AylerKupp chessforum
   Apr-22-15 Gashimov Memorial (2015) (replies)
Tiggler: <Sally Simpson> Certainly not.
   Apr-21-15 W So vs Akobian, 2015 (replies)
Tiggler: I like the analogy with Charley Brown's attempts to kick the football, when Lucy always pulls the ball away.
   Apr-21-15 Anand vs W So, 2015 (replies)
Tiggler: I like to support Wesley So, but I can't feel bad about him losing this game as black against Anand. Vishy is one of the all time greats and he played a beautiful game, but he is not going to be the one who stands between So and his long-term ambitions.
   Apr-19-15 W So vs Adams, 2015 (replies)
Tiggler: <Yes 36...Kh8 looks better and does appear to be a natural looking move. A reflex move, the kind you play so there are no surprises with the pinned pawn involved. The kind of move Wes played in this game. Black has just played 31...Bxp on c5 Pinning the e3 pawn. Wes now played ...
   Apr-19-15 Wesley So (replies)
Tiggler: Never mind the bollocks. Wesley So is happy in the world of 64 squares. Everything there is real and tangible. Well ordered too, for a player in good form. The external events are all fantasy and confusion: just a bad dream.
   Apr-18-15 Kramnik vs W So, 2015 (replies)
Tiggler: So will be very happy with that result.
   Apr-17-15 W So vs A Giri, 2015 (replies)
Tiggler: <iking> Thanks for that post. <Motivational scribbles may be a bad idea, but Wesley So is doing something very right!> Playing pissed off is working for him. Long may he live and prosper.
   Apr-17-15 Mamedyarov vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
Tiggler: If that is true, he can work on it. As you state the talent is there, and if it were not there is nothing to do about it.
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Dec-18-14  yskid: <Dec-17-14
member Nickster: Finally an interview with one of the authors of the Lugano report:......>
I believe that theoretical explanation will have to precede commercial building of the devices. Question is when or even weather or not will be published for the "retail audience" ?!
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  WinKing: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you & yours <Tiggler>! :)
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  wordfunph: <Tiggler> Merry Christmas!
Dec-26-14  cormier: Joyeux Noël ...
Dec-30-14  Nickster: Happy Holidays to all and thank you <Tiggler> for the use of your forum.

Unexpected news the other day:

Dec-30-14  Nickster: Today MFMP (Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project) will attempt to replicate the Russian's extraordinary results. MFMP is a group dedicated to researching Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (often referred to as LENR) while sharing all procedures, data, and results openly online.

It is funded by donations and is totally Open Source.

If you wish to follow there will be a live feed!! A link will be given soon on their web page:

Wish them luck. Positive or negative it should be interesting ...

Dec-30-14  Nickster: We have a link:

Just about to start ...

Just so you know what we are seeing:

Russian researcher Alexander Parkhomov 'claims' to have replicated the 'Rossi Effect'. He gives specific instructions on the fuel he used. MFMP is trying to replicate his replication.

Dec-30-14  Nickster: To see the actual data go to:

Select 'View' for 'Dog Bone Test'. Check 'Update With New Data' to get periodic live updates.

They are now doing calibration tests. This is without the 'fuel'. This is needed for a baseline. The loaded test will be done later.

This is going to take a while. Very slow moving but for someone playing Corr. chess I guess maybe not so slow.

Dec-30-14  Nickster: The test is over. Results are negative. No excess heat. You come to your own conclusions.

In the coming days/months the MFMP team will try different fuel combinations.

Dec-31-14  yskid: Happy New Year to all!
Thank you Tiggler for letting us use your site for LENR posting. Thank you Nickster to bringing E-Cat to our attention.
Jan-01-15  ketchuplover: peaceful 2015 to ye
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  Tiggler: Happy New Year to all, and thanks to those who left their greetings here, especially that rare bird, the ketchu plover.
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  Tiggler: <Nickster> I just moved my copy of the pdf file "lugano report" to the recycle bin. I guess it is safe to assume this topic belongs there.
Mar-31-15  Nickster: <Tiggler> I have not been posting much because I am waiting for a 'credible' replication to happen. So far nothing. Zilch. But things have been happening in the world of LENR (Low Energy Nuclear Reactions).

For all the news/gossip E-cat World has grown enormously in the last few months.

This is the place for the latest news.

The controversial 'lugano report', even with all it's flaws, has had a strong impact in the world of LENR. There has been a 'resurgence' of sorts. While in the past cold fusion was practically a taboo subject, it has now been given a second chance.

Even though it's still considered 'pseudoscience' some scientists are at least willing to look at it. Many countries have publicly started LENR research programs. Countries like Sweden, India, Japan etc. Where all this will lead to I'm not sure.

Mar-31-15  Nickster: There are some big players coming into the scene.

Airbus, a multi-billion dollar company, has recently submitted a patent application for LENR. Surprisingly similar to the Rossi patent application.

'Airbus Representatives to Attend LENR-Cities Event on April 10 in Milan — Another ‘Very Big Group’ interested in LENR Research'

I guess we will have to wait until April 10 to find out who this ‘Very Big Group’ is.

Mar-31-15  Nickster: There are some who are claiming success at replication.

Italian company Prometeon:

More importantly is the work of Russian physicist named Alexander G. Parkhomov. His first report from Dec.25 (translated into english) can be found here:

A second replication lasting 3 days was claimed last week. The report (translated into english) can be found here:

Dr.Parkhomov is retired and is willing to share his findings.

Mar-31-15  Nickster: As I mentioned in a previous post MFMP (Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project) attemted a Parkhomov replication. The attempts were broadcast live:

First attempt: No Excess heat found. Apparently the hydrogen had leaked out before reaching the desired temperature.

Second Attempt: Fixed leak. After reaching a certain temperature the reactor ... exploded !!

Hmm. Bob Greenyer, one of the MFMP scientists, decided to fly down to Moscow and meet with Dr.Alexander Parkhomov. Pictures were taken of his setup. More importantly exact FUEL SAMPLES were taken. Once back from his trip samples of the fuel were shipped to labs around the world (I think four or five). Attempts at replication are now being attempted.

Is Parkhomov another quack or did he release the cat out of the bag? I guess we'll know the results in the coming weeks.

Mar-31-15  Nickster: Meanwhile Singor Rossi has been doing exactly what he said he would be doing. He has built a 1 MW plant and it's being tested now. Some pictures were released:

A quick google search states that 1 MW can power 1000 homes. A couple of points:

- Plant producing heat not electricity.

- Plant is portable. Consists of two containers.

- One containing plant and one is the control room.

- It has been in operation the last few months.

- Initially had some issues but now running smoothly.

- The trial period will end around the end on the year.

- Results of the one year trial (Positive or Negative) will be posted.

- If results Negative the customer will NOT pay.

Mar-31-15  Nickster: That's it for now. Everything is moving slowly ... ever so slowly. Anyway I continue to follow this story. Hey it's not costing me anything ...
Mar-31-15  yskid: <Mar-31-15 Nickster: That's it for now. Everything is moving slowly ... ever so slowly. Anyway I continue to follow this story. Hey it's not costing me anything ...>I agree, cost nothing to follow. I periodically check only Vortex. Last I saw that Rossi's patent application was rejected. This Airbus news is worth to take a note of IMHO, although nothing will mean much until some hard facts are supplied (and proven) about where the energy comes from (like what Kubre requested).
Mar-31-15  Nickster: <yskid> Yes the Airbus news is intriguing. Airbus is a VERY big company:

It would seem that Airbus has been interested in LENR for quite some time now. A few months ago on Jan. 10/11 a LENR-Cities conference was held at Magdelene College at Oxford University, UK. Airbus Group Innovations Vice-President and Chief Scientist Jean-François Geneste gave a presentation. Jean-François Geneste seems to be some kind of genius and has an impressive bio:

One of the attendees, Mika Helsingius, Senior Scientist at the Finnish Defense Research Agency wrote this on LinkedIn:

"It was interesting event and there was a wide range of different people there. After the presentations it came even more clear, that using "nanoscale" instead of "nuclear" in LENR is justified as there might lie a whole world of different phenomena and not just anomalous heat effects. I had many interesting discussions, and one is always learning something new. LENR seems to be gaining momentum, even though it is not so visible in public.

"The talk by Airbus was very good, it made it more clear why they wanted to be in. It seems that many companies are interested, but LENR is still a delicate topic. I got the impression, that the energy sector seems to be more active than they say openly."

A few months later Airbus Files a Patent for LENR ‘Power-Generating Device‘.

LENR-Cities will be hosting another conference in Milano this 10th of April. Airbus Group Chief Scientist, Jean-Francois Geneste will be attending. It should be interesting ...

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  Tiggler: <Nickster> Thanks for the updates. I'm still a believer in "buy the rumor, sell the news." The rumor is getting a bit long in the tooth now, so I'm not buying.
Apr-09-15  yskid: <Mar-31-15 Nickster: <yskid> Yes the Airbus news is intriguing. Airbus is a VERY big company:


Jean-François Geneste seems to be some kind of genius and has an impressive bio:

One of the attendees, Mika Helsingius, Senior Scientist at the Finnish Defense Research Agency wrote this on LinkedIn:

"It was interesting event and there was a wide range of different people there. After the presentations it came even more clear, that using "nanoscale" instead of "nuclear" in LENR is justified as there might lie a whole world of different phenomena and not just anomalous heat effects. I had many interesting discussions, and one is always learning something new. LENR seems to be gaining momentum, even though it is not so visible in public

.....>In his book, A Different Universe (2005), Prof. Robert B. Laughlin ( ), more specifically in chapter 9, The Nuclear Family, especially P. 111, although more or less throughout whole book, writes about indications of "certain uncertainties" in connection with matter and how "things might work". Observing from the sides, IMO, it is important to keep an open mind and realize that "science is NOT settled", not even in basics.

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  Tiggler: I recently installed Turingkibitzer on my systems. It responds to posts addressed to any of my usernames, generates new comments at fora that my usernames might frequent, creates new threads on topics of interest and generally maintains the active presence of all persona associated with me.

In order to maintain control I merely have to make a few posts a week that the system uses for learning.

So far it has gone undetected, which is the criterion implied by the name of the product.

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  AylerKupp: <<Tiggler> <AylerKupp> How come you want to make this personal?

<Have you read the FIDE Laws of Chess? If you haven't I suggest that you do so.>

If you want to post insults again do it on my forum>

Sorry for the belated response (I don't look at my forum very often). That was not meant to be either personal or an insult. If it appeared that way to you (and I now see how it could) I apologize, that was not my intent. There were many posts from many people on this seemingly emotional subject that indicated to me that they apparently had not read the FIDE Laws of Chess, and I suggested to most of them that they do so, just to educate themselves.

I took your comment that "My guess is that it was because of Rich's previous threat. He painted himself into that corner." in error as indication that you were not familiar with the FIDE Laws of Chess (and hence were guessing) which indicate (section 12.8) that a player who repeatedly refuses to comply with the Laws of Chess be penalized by the loss of the game. So I didn't think that Rich has painted himself into a corner, he was just doing his job (section 13.1) and strictly following the FIDE Laws of Chess. And that just to make sure that So was aware of the consequences, he told So what they would be if there was another laws violation.

Again, sorry that this happened, I didn't mean it the way it came across.

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