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by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1906

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

It was undoubtedly a pretty horrific blunder for a player of his strength, though such things have certainly occurred before "naturally".
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 60
Views: 3149

Re: April Council meeting 2019

Well even my club has digital clocks now, though some still prefer to use the old ones (of course)
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 2223

Re: Tony Buzan

The Latin phrases De mortuis nihil nisi bonum and De mortuis nil nisi bene [dicendum] ("Of the dead, [say] nothing but good") indicate that it is socially inappropriate to speak ill of the dead - Wikipedia, although similar sentiments appear across a wide range of sources. I wouldn't suggest this h...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 2223

Re: Tony Buzan

I look forward to the goings on in here when RDK finally goes to the great wheeler dealer in the sky.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1633

Re: GRENKE Classic

Carlsen in his vintage 2011-4 style today. Who else wins like that?! Or has ever won like that at the top level, with any semblance of frequency? Fischer in his "invincible" period was capable of it, maybe Alekhine in his equally insultingly dominant period circa 1930-31. But yeah, its a bit of a s...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1633

Re: GRENKE Classic

I suspected as much, but interesting to hear it from the horse's mouth as it were!
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1633

Re: GRENKE Classic

Play the rest of the tournament like he has today (despite the result) and he could yet do better "than expected".

Of course an example of what you suggest was Nigel Short, London 1980.

In the long term, did that help or hinder him?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GRENKE Classic
Replies: 26
Views: 1633

Re: GRENKE Classic

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:10 pm
And as I write (move 28) it is not going to form.
Maybe rather more so now......
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1906

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

Well in that case FIDE would surely be better off pressuring the Iranian *government*. Rather than players who, as already said, may feel scared to defy orders from above whatever their personal feelings. A world chess champion would be a real propaganda coup for the regime in Tehran, so it might no...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 18
Views: 937

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

"Discovered asleep in the fireplace during a tournament game" is one of many colourful (though possibly apocryphal) stories about him.

Certainly helped explain his somewhat erratic results.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 61
Views: 2770

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Knew about Basman's win there, but not Whiteley beating Gulko :shock:
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1949

Re: Old Chestnut

"listen to the female players" - most of whom seen to think women-only events and "positive discrimination" *do * have a place in chess?

(some may prefer that not being the case in an ideal world, however we do not live in one)
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1949

Re: Old Chestnut

Would it - why? Would it be the same with any title (regardless of gender) for any reason??
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Old Chestnut
Replies: 44
Views: 1949

Re: Old Chestnut

Forbes/Warwick got the WIM title through qualifying for the 1990 women's Interzonals (an automatic award, I believe)

She may have tried to give up her title but AFAIK it was not accepted by FIDE.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Aleksandr Kuindzhi
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: Aleksandr Kuindzhi

According to chessgames.com (not totally reliable I know) Janata is still with us at the age of 75.