Is there any chance that a 1300 rated player can beat a 2700 rated player?

  • 17 hours ago · Quote · #5181


    An equation doesn't fail to describe the impossible. A result of 0 descibes it, in the above example replace the 1300 player with e.g. a rock rating 0 (how could a rock have any other rating, its never played before). The result is 0, ie impossible. Different to 0.0003. Pretty straightforward 

  • 17 hours ago · Quote · #5182


    Obviously a rock plays the stonewall...The database says it has only ever played 3 games: 1 loss vs paper, 1 win vs scissors and a draw with 'The Rock' in a much publicised 'Rock of ages' grudge match. 'The Rock', playing white,  simply sat at the board and repeated the phrase 'can you smell what the rock is cooking?' without making a move. Upon his 3rd repetition of this phrase the arbiter declared a draw.

  • 14 hours ago · Quote · #5183


    Rock personalitiesCredit: Masterchief_Productions /

    Rock personalities

    The Economics Prize was awarded to a trio of researchers, Mark Avis, Sarah Forbes and Shelagh Ferguson, "for assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, from a sales and marketing perspective." What?! The research, detailed in 2014 in the journal Marketing Theory, focuses on Jennifer Aaker's "brand personality" (BP) scale, which involves five dimensions (sincerity, excitement, competence, sophistication and ruggedness) along with their personality traits, to describe brands. The authors of the research say in the abstract that they chose rocks because "they do not have any obvious commonalities with brands, or have antecedents to BP formation. Findings revealed that each of the rock stimuli has a distinct BP and that the personality is developed from sometimes surprisingly detailed personifications.

    2016 Ig Nobel Prize

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