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by Matt Mackenzie
Mon May 25, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Raymondo
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Raymondo

Vance is genuinely execrable, indeed.

Keene has shown a fondness for other right wing cranks in the past, however.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri May 22, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigning in a Winning Position
Replies: 33
Views: 4725

Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Stopping the clock is normally seen (without any "unusual" circumstances) as a way of resigning, no?

That one might still be acceptable in a socially distanced environment, too.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu May 21, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 18
Views: 905

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

They only get a published grade when one of them plays a game against someone who already has a grade. If no-one already has a grade that will never happen. It actually makes me wonder how the grading system was even established if it is not possible to grade a whole pool of unrated players - I bel...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed May 20, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 125
Views: 9505

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

Hmmm, smells just a bit Spiked-y to me - is there an actual connection?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun May 17, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn Sacrifice - the film
Replies: 14
Views: 574

Re: Pawn Sacrifice - the film

The sixth game was indeed played almost perfectly by Fischer - but to a significant extent only because Spassky let him. ("one person plays, the other applauds" - as has been said about a number of early "classic" games) There weren't so many decisive games in the second half of the match, but it wa...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun May 17, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 125
Views: 9505

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

Well even in the absence of a vaccine or total virus eradication, the time may well come when many judge the risk low enough to make OTB chess (and similar activities) feasible - especially with appropriate precautions still in place.

When that will happen is still very much in the air, however.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat May 16, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1558

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

In the 6th game of the 1972 match, did Spassky really lead the applause for Fischer after the game, as portrayed in the film? I think that at least is pretty accurate - he certainly joined in the applause even if he did not start it. Same was apparently true for one of Korchnoi's wins in their 1977...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat May 16, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Posthumous GM FIDE Title For Sultan Khan
Replies: 11
Views: 958

Re: Posthumous GM FIDE Title For Sultan Khan

"FIDE are not in the business of awarding posthumous titles, it appears." Apparently: "From 1977 until 2003, FIDE awarded Honorary Grandmaster titles to 31 strong players based on their past successes and other contributions to chess." Rudolf Maric was made an Honorary Grandmaster after he passed a...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat May 16, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1558

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

I enjoyed the film too, despite the historical and technical errors (I nearly fell off the sofa with astonishment when one of them said "check"). Anyway my major quibble was portraying Fischer as believing in a worldwide Jewish conspiracy in 1972 - I thought this (and his mental illness) came later...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat May 16, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 106
Views: 16407

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

Well, the forum as a whole is the ultimate arbiter on that one I would say.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri May 15, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Play for Russia 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 470

Re: Play for Russia 2020

NickFaulks wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 1:50 pm
Wonderful semi-final Grischuk - Kramnik.
Won by the former, who then saw off Tomashevsky in the final.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri May 15, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1558

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

And sorry to mention it, but Bobby *Fisher*??
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed May 13, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Play for Russia 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 470

Re: Play for Russia 2020

He must be doing well, actually beat (and drew with) Karjakin! And it seems Nepo's poor recent form is continuing.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon May 11, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 FIDE Steinitz Memorial
Replies: 20
Views: 1236

Re: 2020 FIDE Steinitz Memorial

Well he got his wish, then.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat May 09, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 106
Views: 16407

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

If people have no interest in a thread, they are under no obligation to contribute to it - or indeed even read it.

Demanding it be closed down simply because of your personal lack of interest/objection is rarely a good look.