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by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Books and openings
Replies: 10
Views: 391

Re: Books and openings

Just on a point of fact, I think Timothy Taylor is "only" an IM. Though you are not the first person to say nice things about that book.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2021
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Re: Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2021

My suspicion is that it may go ahead but with a more restricted number allowed to enter than usual.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 344
Views: 21295

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

My local club (Barrow) is about to start meeting again, though the AGM (normally at the end of August) has been postponed.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Games with no captures
Replies: 8
Views: 544

Re: Games with no captures

Even more unusually, no captures *or* checks with that one.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Northumberland Chess Congress
Replies: 30
Views: 874

Re: Northumberland Chess Congress

Can't you get a visor instead? Many retail workers use them and find them rather more comfortable than masks.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Derek Miller 1935-2020
Replies: 1
Views: 247

Re: Derek Miller 1935-2020

Never a strong player (though he had a few scalps in his time nonetheless) but above all a genuinely nice guy.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Direct Members’ Representatives election
Replies: 80
Views: 3071

Re: Direct Members’ Representatives election

Indeed, an observation that does not only apply to elections in the chess world :twisted:
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 344
Views: 21295

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

"and ask players to stay at their boards for the game." Not really on for a normal game, apart from toilet and refreshment considerations, if someone suffers from a back problem (e.g.), they might need to stand up and move about. And if you stand and stretch within the eyeline of the opponent, it c...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3640
Views: 399232

Re: Media comments on chess

Tim Spanton wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:42 am
I may be a little tardy with this spot, but Marco Polo on Kublai Khan's capital Khanbaliq: "The city is laid out by squares, as a chessboard is, and is so beautiful and so skillfully planned that in no way would it be possible to tell of it."
By about seven centuries or so, yeah :P
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 11, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1949/50 Hastings Congress
Replies: 21
Views: 738

Re: 1949/50 Hastings Congress

To complicate things further, there was another O'Sullivan who played for Ireland when they hosted the W European zonal at Dublin in 1957 (?) and they also finished bottom (though IIRC actually managing a couple of wins this time)
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 10, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1949/50 Hastings Congress
Replies: 21
Views: 738

Re: 1949/50 Hastings Congress

Ah so is this the O'Sullivan who played in an WC zonal as the Irish representative, scored a single half point from all his games and earned an all time withering put down from the not always totally diplomatic Harry Golombek - "(his) play was rather worse than his score"?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975
Replies: 39
Views: 1127

Re: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975

Why? There was a Roger Webb, of about the same age as Simon Webb, who would have been strong enough to play in a match like that. My Cambridge contemporary Roger Webb was Simon's younger brother. At his best a 200 to 210 standard. Good enough to play in the British Championship but nowhere near hig...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sarajevo 1976
Replies: 12
Views: 536

Re: Sarajevo 1976

Fairly unusual for an event of that strength - in a huge chess country to boot - to have no bulletins I would have thought.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Arkell's Endings
Replies: 23
Views: 1668

Re: Arkell's Endings

Ok, suppose somebody has to ask this - how many R+B v R endings are in it? ;)
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 Legends of chess 21 July to 5 August
Replies: 39
Views: 2164

Re: 2020 Legends of chess 21 July to 5 August

Tbf maybe when Gazza is approaching 70 himself, he may have a slightly different attitude.