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by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Jan 24, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Film: Late Call
Replies: 24
Views: 721

Re: Film: Late Call

John Moore wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:57 pm
What would be the possible outcomes of this insidiousness, Matt. How bad could it be.
It makes chess less than what it should be, isn't that enough?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Film: Late Call
Replies: 24
Views: 721

Re: Film: Late Call

Non-players have also enjoyed Queen's Gambit, however - and that though "fictional" is actually a considerably more accurate portrayal of chess. (even if not, of course, a flawless one) This idea (one of its first popularisers was - who else? - RDK) that chess has to be dumbed down so "non-players" ...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 114
Views: 6156

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

His opening game aside (and he rode his luck there, a bit) Carlsen's play in this tournament has been consistently underwhelming.

The claim that a constant diet of rapid online chess has dulled his reflexes might just have something to it.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 114
Views: 6156

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

He got Duda in a mating net ultimately.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jan 23, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Quiz Question
Replies: 16
Views: 544

Re: Quiz Question

Gazza v Nosher can reasonably be considered "de facto" if not "de jure".

Certainly more so than some of the "official champions" FIDE had a few years later.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?
Replies: 30
Views: 2042

Re: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?

"I hadn't though that cause of death might be a bit distressing on some occasions. I think journalistic etiquette is "after a short illness" and "after a long illness"" Yes. In extreme cases, for example, I'm informed that unfortunately when suicide is reported, some people who read the reports are...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4146
Views: 448496

Re: Media comments on chess

Being "only a bit of entertainment" shouldn't excuse being sloppy and inaccurate in the way Pawn Sacrifice is widely regarded as being.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jan 23, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 114
Views: 6156

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 4:48 pm
Firouzja would join them if he beat Duda. Early days still.
Fascinating endgame, but at the moment I would say Duda has good chances of a draw.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 114
Views: 6156

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Its possible to play most of the "other" third move defences to the Ruy "deferred" after 3....a6 4 Ba4.

However (with the obvious exceptions of 4....Nf6 and also 4....d6) the intervening moves tend to make them worse rather than better.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 114
Views: 6156

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

Carlsen actually agreed to split the point today, rather than playing on until there was a legally drawn position.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Same position, different assessment
Replies: 10
Views: 787

Re: Same position, different assessment

John McKenna wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:50 pm
Whatever this thread purports to be it's not "science".
Who has claimed that it is?
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 2021
Replies: 114
Views: 6156

Re: Wijk aan Zee 2021

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:50 pm
Carlsen has a very Carlsenish position
But fails to make the most of it, again. He got bogged down with draws at last year's event as well.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jan 20, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1614
Views: 88230

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I think its "possibly" rather than "probably". There has been a massive panic over this which may yet prove to be unjustified.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020
Replies: 7
Views: 767

Re: IM Francisco Trois 1946-2020

Richard Thursby wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:54 am
See https://www.chessgames.com/player/francisco_trois.html

The Kibitzer's Corner notes he spent 2 hours 20 minutes on a move.
Of course, you wouldn't have that long to think about an entire game these days!

Is the entire score of the encounter in question available?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1614
Views: 88230

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

There seems a real question now as to whether the government has completely cocked things up again spreading out the two doses so widely. Time will tell I suppose! https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-uk-to-look-very-carefully-at-vaccine-dosing-after-concerns-raised-over-level-of-protection-12193205...