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by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Double Check and Mate
Replies: 13
Views: 802

Re: Double Check and Mate

Tbf part of the confusion is that *both* Byrne brothers lost an "immortal" game (with White) to Fischer.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...
Replies: 11
Views: 291

Re: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...

Remember seeing him play in the Seniors event at the 1983 British championships. He died not long after.

What was his final game, in these books anyway?
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.
Replies: 31
Views: 854

Re: Assigning numerical values to chess pieces.

To answer the original question in the original post, it was "nutjobs" who thought this might make the game more comprehensible to beginners. And do you know what, they were right. Of course they are guidelines rather than rigid rules, just as with "a knight on the rim is dim", "don't move your Q to...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 102
Views: 6452

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

There was also the small matter of a total war going on in much of the world for at least the first part of the Spanish Flu outbreak.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1123
Views: 55373

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

You didn't say that, however.

It is possible we may have to put up with a relatively minor amount of inconvenience for a while if we want to play OTB chess.

Some might not be willing to go along with that, I suspect it will be a minority though.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1123
Views: 55373

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Ridiculously pessimistic. Not least because OTB chess has *already* "resumed".
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 73
Views: 2520

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

Maybe that just shows that, whatever his other undoubted virtues, Crowther isn't a chess historian and would be better off sticking to current news - something where he does by general consent do a good job?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 1485

Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Not so used to it that he didn't lose a second game, though. What was his last previous "classical" loss with the White pieces?
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 1485

Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Most people who saw that game at almost any point before the last few moves, and later heard that "Carlsen won", would have presumed that meant he bagged the Armageddon encounter after an "inevitable" draw.

Remarkable, in more ways than one.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Oct 15, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1123
Views: 55373

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Regrettably, the local area being placed in "Tier 2" virus measures has meant Barrow Chess Club will close again for the time being.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 217
Views: 5535

Re: Pedants United

I have seen "winningest" used more than once in a chess context (one example being the "infamous" Warriors Of The Mind)
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 102
Views: 6452

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

I mean, seriously, "would"??

(and its "Keir" btw)
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Nagorno-Karabakh
Replies: 14
Views: 759

Re: Nagorno-Karabakh

Reg Clucas wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 4:17 pm
John McKenna wrote:
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:01 pm

Now the Turks say they are the Azerbaijani's "brothers".
Turkey was responsible for large scale genocide in Armenia during WW1
Denial of which is still the mainstream Turkish position.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Oct 11, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen Of Katwe BBC2 Saturday 10th October 1.15pm
Replies: 2
Views: 378

Re: Queen Of Katwe BBC2 Saturday 10th October 1.15pm

Very much the latter, it isn't disrespectful to say she isn't in the top rank as a chessplayer.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 706
Views: 60174

Re: Chess history trivia

Mikhail Tal, 1-0 v Akopian, Barcelona 1992.

IIRC in this tournament he was playing in a wheelchair, and had a draw turned down in this game after a handful of moves.