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by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2697
Views: 287806

Re: Media comments on chess

Yes, its not for nothing that people thought he might be a real contender going into that WC cycle.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The oldest
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Re: The oldest

Of course both terms in "active master" raise their own questions about definition.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2697
Views: 287806

Re: Media comments on chess

" so for instance when people start raving about how Korchnoi might have been assassinated if he had won, you get the impression we're supposed to take this very seriously." Ignoring the documentary, there were also rumours that Leonid Stein was murdered as he wanted to leave USSR. That might be ri...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2548

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

What is Kramnik's worst ever tournament performance previously? Asking for a friend :oops:
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 9
Views: 401

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

I don't think that J Penrose had a "short" chess career either, even if you only count his OTB play.

Nice article, though.

You do wonder if the post-war Soviet dominance of chess might have been challenged a bit more if Crown and Junge had lived.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2697
Views: 287806

Re: Media comments on chess

Chess isn't going to be "solved" that way in any of our lifetimes, so I don't worry about it too much ;)
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2548

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

So when is Fab's next tournament, I know he isn't playing Gibraltar unlike some other top players who have given this a miss?

I'm sure we're all agog to see if he can "beat" Carlsen's new record ;)
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2548

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Mick Norris wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:49 pm
I believe that breaks the record held by Giri and Ding
Something else where Caruana is not far behind, though.......
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2548

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Carlsen's 21st consecutive draw in classical chess, held with White by the tournament bunny ;)
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2548

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Computers are unreliable for this sort of ending btw, as they frequently give a "plus" to the pawn up player where none really exists.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2548

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Kramnik is these days not just Giri's bunny but Nepo's, it would appear. He needs to stop playing kamikaze chess against these people.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2697
Views: 287806

Re: Media comments on chess

Apart from anything else, "autism" comes in many guises.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2548

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Certainly not, and haven't been since the 1980s I think!
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 2548

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

My other point remains, of course :)