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by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Oct 22, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11861

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Two players (Van Foreest and Erdos) drew all 11 games! The full Giri :wink: Heh. I believe you have to draw 14 games in a row at the Candidates to do the full Giri. But yes, those streaks of 11 by those players deserve to be up there, along with the 12 draws by Caruana ( did he draw others either s...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Ding Liren/Liren Ding...
Replies: 30
Views: 2743

Re: Ding Liren/Liren Ding...

Isn't part of the issue that a few of those lower ratings are actually national ones and not FIDE?
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11861

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Is this Carlsen's last classical chess of 2019?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11861

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Antón's resistance comes to an end. So does Matlakov's, somewhat to my surprise as I thought he might like to test Carlsen's knowledge of king and queen against king and rook. He might have played on longer against someone else, I suppose. Has the WC ever been required to polish off that ending bef...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 36
Views: 2278

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

The statements on the Iranian Chess Federation website imply heavily that Gholani withdrew from the tournament in protest of being paired against the Israeli, rather than merely defaulting the game in protest. So what was the doctor's note about? The equivalent statement about Tabatabaei only comme...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11861

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 1:26 pm
I think Carlsen playing Matlakov in round 10 is where he can tie Ding's record, and a possible encounter with Nakamura in round 11 might be tasty!
Well, given the champ's past record in their encounters that all points to one thing. Yes, a "shock" win for Naka :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11861

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

That unbeaten run record must be weighing a bit on Carlsen's mind right now......
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3045
Views: 135161

Re: The English Language

This means "odd" as in infrequent rather than unusual.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 36
Views: 2278

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

He is probably a bit better than his grade suggests tbf.

(yeah, but *that* much better?)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11861

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I recall Kovalev butchering a totally "won" game against Kramnik a few years ago (and he probably does too)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3079
Views: 336965

Re: Media comments on chess

Letter to November "Prospect" p9 "3D Chess. As a Europhile frustrated by Labour's equivocation on Brexit, Len McCluskey always seemed part of the problem. I'm grateful your profile ... highlighted his complexity and pragmatism, making internecine struggles more relatable. I'm particularly heartened...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11861

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

After little more than half an hour, the top board game has reached move 28 Now at move 29 and I think Sarana has a draw if he wants it. Looks winning for Sarana (who has White), maybe? He certainly has all the winning chances, I would say. But given his opponent, most likely a draw :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11861

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:33 pm
Ah good point, I couldn't be bothered to change to English today. Carlsen struggling against Kuzubov will also be in Spanish then.
Kuzubov ultimately lost on time in an unclear position, must hurt.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 292
Views: 11861

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Claimed to be the "strongest Swiss ever" even after the withdrawal of Giri and Lenier D-P.

I wonder if there is any way of "scientifically" testing this claim?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12476

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:43 pm
Every winner of the World Cup was born in the Soviet Union:

2005 - Levon Aronian
2007 - Gata Kamsky
2009 - Boris Gelfand
2011 - Peter Svidler
2013 - Vladimir Kramnik
2015 - Sergey Karjakin
2017 - Levon Aronian
2019 - Teimour Radjabov
That is a remarkable stat 8)