Anoraks Corner

posted Sep 29, 2015, 1:40 PM by Steve Bak   [ updated Sep 29, 2015, 1:43 PM ]
Originally posted Nov 11, 2014, 3:41 PM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Jul 21, 2015, 2:13 PM ]
A page on statistical quirks and observations which may appeal to anoraks  and train (or Eddie Stobart truck) spotters,

Punching Above Your Weight. Drag Sudar can be a dangerous opponent, as Glenn from our club has experienced. Graded 148, he excelled himself winning the Sheffield Congress, Major Section, 2015, registering a 201 Tournament grade. It's no surprise when an improving youngster like Jonah Willow achieves a 200+ tournament grade, but Drag is an experienced, exposed player who shouldn't have this capacity for improvement. Inspiring for us other 140s hackers,- where did I put that British Championship entry form?
Drag, I think you should consider retirement and going out on a high.
 Tournament gradings can be exaggerated as they're based on a small number of games over 1 week-end, but outperforming one's grade by 53 points is no mean feat and sets some target to beat.

Top Internet Scalp In Internet Play we may get the opportunity to play against a Grandmaster . Glenn Halfpenny played and lost to Fabiano Caruana, the World Number 2. Steve Burke in a Rapid Game defeated a Serbian FIDE Master, rated 2236. On the same night I landed a Behemoth. On FICS , graded 1823, playing as Black, I defeated avefennix, graded 2719 P. The P attached to his grade  means his grade is based on a limited number of games and may be dodgy! For a brief moment though I savoured the joy of beating an opponent rated nearly 900 points higher.

.* Winning Runs. The last team to win all their games in a season was West Bridgford 1 in 1987-8. They won the League and all 15 matches, having won all 16 games the previous season. Gambit 1 earlier bettered this by winning all their games in 3 successive seasons between 1975-1978 .
In lower divisions 3 teams have won all their matches in a season.
British Celanese won Division 2 in 1969 with a 12-0-0 score. Whitwell won Division 3 in 1972 with a 10-0-0 score, and Nomads 6 won Division 6 in 1980 with a 11-0-0 score. My thanks to Drag Sudar for this information. His December Post on the Gambit Club site offers more information on unbeaten records.

Mismatch between playing strength and match result. 11/11/14 Ashfield 3, average grade 136 beat W Bridgford 2, average grade 145 by 3.5 -1.5.
I'd be interested to hear of more extreme examples of lower graded team wins... Drag has come up with the following from this season: Mansfield 1 (ave161) bt Ashfield 1 (173), West Nottm 2 (129) bt West Bridgford 2 (141), RB 2 (102) bt WN 4 (114), Grantham 2 (137) drew with WB 2 (153), and WN 1(163) drew with Mansfield 1 (177).
On an individual level some of the bigger shocks are:  N Carding (156) beat J Burnett (198), A Combie (189) beat C Dorrington (228), M Hargreaves (91) beat R Parker (135).

Mismatch between playing strength and team line-up. In descending orders of playing strength, in the game above WB players appeared on Boards 4,3,2,5 and 1.
Moral.- Fielding a team not in sync. with playing strength may not enhance team outcome.

Most Excuses     A bad workman blames his tools

I played on Board 5 in the recent Ashfield 1- University 1 match. I drew and the match ended up as a draw. Our captain reported that I managed a GM draw with most of it being theory. In the e-mail inquest , I seem to have felt the need to justify the draw.

“ I was Black. I didn’t know how strong my opponent was. Entering this game on the back of 2 defeats in 6 days, and employing 3 dud pens (mine, 1 from the box and 1 from the bar) I was happy to bail out with a draw… If I could have got a pen that writes, I might have looked for more!”

How’s that for excuses? Normally cautious anyway, my psychological disposition to agree a draw was heightened. The pens, which seem the lamest of excuses, did play a big part in triggering my draw offer. They stifled any creative flow of ideas, and I also took them as an omen. It would have been foolish and irresponsible to have played on, even in a drawn position, when the fates on the night were so clearly conspiring against me.

Neil Graham tried to link a Congress loss in July, 2015, to the need to make a call of nature. "Unfortunately had to pay visit when down to my last ten minutes (again) and allowed him to exchange one of my bishops when I got back to the board." This prompted Paul to  remind us, " Never go to the toilet with your bishop hanging." Sound advice for life and chess, I'd say, even if his attribution to Thomas a Beckett is of dubious provenance.

* Five board draws. 13.10.14 Nottingham Central 1 (148 Av.) - Ashfield 3 (135 Av.)

* Super Teams. 29.10.14 Grantham - West Bridgford. Grantham fielded 3 players graded 200 or above. Their average grade was 202. Nigel Birtwistle, their captain, who has played for many years on the higher boards, played on Board 5. Is this the strongest team ever to turn out in the Notts. League?

Other Sports

Sporting Turn- Arounds. From Rugby League.

 1 May, 2015  Wigan  60- Hull KR  0.  A clinical Wigan scored 11 tries and took Hull KR apart. Chris Chester, of Hull KR- "It was men against boys... and too many players waved the white flag. "
 16 May, 2015. Wigan  12- Hull KR 16. In the Rugby League Challenge Cup Wigan after the victory 2 weeks earlier were a best- priced 1-7 on to win. Hull, who nobody gave a prayer to win this match, showed great resolution to turn it round. Chris Chester- " We dug in hard, really deep, our best defensive performance of the year." Shaune Wayne, Wigan coach - "The best team won...They were the smarter team... We were dumb today... We've been really done."
A David and Goliath tale, which will form the basis of my team talks next season. " Dig In Lads."

Darts Accuracy on Double Top. Gary Anderson threw 17 darts at double top  against Michael Van Gerwen , the reigning world champion, in this semi-year's semi-final. 14 of these flew in, clinching his place in the final against Phil Taylor. Anderson has always been a prolific scorer, let down by his finishing in the past. Gary won the final on 4.1.15 despite 2 freak mishaps. He threw his first 2 darts in treble 20 , before his third dart knocked them out and all 3 landed on the floor. He also threw 3 Robin Hoods, non-scoring darts, which landed on the flights of his darts in the board. Before winning the world title Anderson was the Ivanchuk of chess, phenomenally talented but psychologically suspect. On several occasions he turned up as Number 1 seed  for the BDO World darts at the Lakeside, lost in the first round and threw his darts in the lake. He lost to Adrian Lewis in one Classic World Final, and lost 4-3 to last yea'rs champion, Van Gerwen from 3-1 up. ( I recall this well as I'd backed him at 40-1 for the title.)
Football Stat! Squad numbers reflect the pecking order at the start of the season. Leeds v Blackpool 8/11/14. Leeds starting 11 wore squad numbers 1,2,3,6,9,14,23,27,29,32, and 34. Shirt numbers totalled 180. Beat that!........- O.K. I concede.
Our Mansfield Town correspondent informs me that the shirt numbers of Mansfield's starting 11 against Burton  on 10/1/15 totalled 224. Only 2 players, Sutton 2 and Riley 3 had single digit shirt numbers and the tally was boosted by Clements 28, Key 29 and Raynes 32. I think I've come up with a spectator aid for passing the time at  a particularly dull match.