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by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Briish Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Re: Briish Championship Congress 2021

It was also the venue for the spring Blackpool congress in the 1970s and 80s.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Cairns Cup
Replies: 2
Views: 265

Re: Cairns Cup

Golly, she's come on a bit from her 0/4 start.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1745

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Chris Rice wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:11 am
Finally, as I understand it, they are going to have 5 players playing white and only 3 black in all rounds as an experiment to reduce the number of draws
An "interesting" idea......
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3238
Views: 354437

Re: Media comments on chess

Averbakh just turned 98 - as I mentioned when IM Zhukhovitsky died just short of his century, no titled player has reached that milestone yet.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 2511

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

Oh dear, what a shame, never mind :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1745

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:03 pm
I'd love a three-way match for a qualifying place, it'd be just like the old days
Back in 1985, there was a three way match for a *reserve* spot in the Candidates - Speelman won.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Feb 07, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140576

Re: The English Language

In a sense, perhaps. "Enables" may be an even better word though.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Dvoretsky books
Replies: 11
Views: 675

Re: Dvoretsky books

Dorfman's probably best known for a game he lost. [Event "USSR Championship"] [Site "Moscow URS"] [Date "1976.12.07"] [EventDate "1976.11.27"] [Round "8"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Anatoly Karpov"] [Black "Iossif Davidovich Dorfman"] [ECO "B81"] [WhiteElo "?"] [BlackElo "?"] [PlyCount "99"] 1. e4 c5 2...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Feb 06, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1203

Re: Knight Pair

Kf5! I presume.

No check for Black then, and any Knight move (all they have!) allows mate.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 2511

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:31 pm
Oh, I missed that Wintour (yes, the father of Anna, the editor of Vogue) was in there for two stints. That is lucky, no unlucky 13! :D
Not to mention Patrick of that ilk too.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Feb 04, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Dvoretsky books
Replies: 11
Views: 675

Re: Dvoretsky books

I do somewhat think that was an example of what is now called "trash talking" ;)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Gibraltar 2020
Replies: 61
Views: 3804

Re: Gibraltar 2020

Paravyan won the event after a play-off.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 48
Views: 3851

Re: General Election 2019

Actually there are notably fewer "seamless conveyor belt from Oxbridge to SpAd and then MP" entries, on both the Labour and Tory benches, than was the case 10-15 years ago. Whether that is a good thing is a matter of personal taste, of course......
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 22
Views: 1972

Re: January Grades are out

Yes they are. They are out later than we would like, but some of the delay is about trying out things for monthly grading. Hence the delay is not necessarily an indication of the new system. For the first time the rapid list is longer than the standard play version although the result count is abou...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.
Replies: 17
Views: 1495

Re: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.

Daniel Gormally wrote:
Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:58 pm
Not so sure about Carlsen he seems to fit in between both stools
Maybe one reason (amongst several) why he is so good?