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by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Tax Haven Championship; November 11-19
Replies: 1
Views: 166

Re: European Tax Haven Championship; November 12-19

Gib and IoM aren't FIDE members, will probably be the explanation there.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2017-18
Replies: 22
Views: 1474

Re: Division One 2017-18

David Robertson wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:54 pm
But who - really, who! - reads down to p. 471 in BCE?? :shock:
I went through the whole thing when I was younger, took me a while though :lol:
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 39
Views: 2709

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

At least, its arguably no worse than winning because somebody's mobile phone goes off.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 39
Views: 2709

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

Sounds a bit harsh on the face of it, but rules are rules and those about touching and letting go of a piece especially so.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 39
Views: 2709

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

An.....interesting.......theoretical novelty :lol:
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Squads for European Team Championships
Replies: 136
Views: 8209

Re: Squads for European Team Championships

- Which year was the tournament held in England, and where? Bath 1973. It was that extremely rare event for chess that attracted more spectators than the venue (Guildhall) could reasonably accommodate. Teams were 8 to play from a squad of 10. The Soviet Union turned up with all the household names....
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Re: Favourite Rating Upsets Ever: Wins or Draws.

Karpov's loss to an obscure untitled German in a 1983 (all play all) tournament has to be up there.

Think it has been mentioned on here (and the game posted) before.......
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 5297

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:42 am
Euwe was over 50 by then, and he got probably tired during a long tournament, and he was an "amateur" player, as he had a full-time job.
He actually started the 1953 event well (including a famous win over Geller) but faded badly in the latter stages.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 5297

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I think the question was "why *as many* as 15??"

(far more than in any other CT)

Was it something to do with tying for qualifying spots?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "Top players: You've never had it so good and you're no longer a bunch of nutters" John Watson
Replies: 2
Views: 382

Re: "Top players: You've never had it so good and you're no longer a bunch of nutters" John Watson

I presume those remarks about the past apply to the USA/West in particular?

Chess masters weren't really regarded as "inferior" in the USSR and its satellites were they.....
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2103
Views: 225718

Re: Media comments on chess

Geoff Chandler >what gets me is books, T.V. programmes and films calling Rooks, Castles. So, I presume you use the term 'rooking' when making that rather odd move with the king and rook? Even the staff in the ECF Office ddn't know why it is called a 'rook'. Its from the Persian for chariot (rukh) -...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 5297

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

His sitting out the current team event was a bit of a clue there, perhaps. Hard to argue it isn't pretty deserved though.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Second youngest GM in chess history this afternoon?
Replies: 13
Views: 974

Re: Second youngest GM in chess history this afternoon?

Even then, he is still the second youngest GM ever after Karjakin. I think that is remarkable enough!
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 4260

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Don't they (Yorks) have their local grading list though? Certainly used to.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Oct 28, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 58
Views: 4260

Re: ECF Agm 2017

Also, if all England's tournaments were to become FIDE rated, would there be sufficient FIDE recognised Arbiters to support them? Before you get to that far distant time I would suggest that you need to get to the time when all England's tournaments are ECF graded. That is still a long way off. Is ...