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by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Jun 21, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Right/wrong?
Replies: 7
Views: 879

Re: Right/wrong?

I think that is an acceptable "aid", as knowing it doesn't automatically help you make better moves?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

The classical game, I presume you mean? Yes, it was eventful.

But of course, after that Carlsen suffered his only defeat of the event in the final game.

He won't like that ;)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3957

Re: Candidates 2019

That is because the latter often tends to be the former, that's why the ratings are what they are.

(yes, there are exceptions - but a lower rated player who wins a round robin has usually done so on merit)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 68
Views: 3957

Re: Candidates 2019

Kosteniuk seems to have forgotten how to play with the Black pieces :shock:
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

As it was Carlsen *didn't* win his Armageddon game yesterday, but only because it wasn't needed......
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 18
Views: 1727

Re: Quit Stallin'

People have always browsed at bookstalls though, and IMO it is quite acceptable to do so.

And I have almost always ended up buying *something* in any case......
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 18
Views: 1727

Re: Quit Stallin'

Congresses are smaller than in their 70s/80s heyday for sure, but I don't think they have particularly shrunk *recently*.

Your last point may be more pertinent, though.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 18
Views: 1727

Re: Quit Stallin'

Not been to any congresses since earlier this decade, but bookstalls still seemed a regular thing back then?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 47
Views: 5502

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Aren't there usually a few GMs entering fairly late on anyway?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

This is the way draughts went. On its way to extinction. but I think the world championship should be run as "classical chess". The trouble is that if chess is a draw, as I think we all now assume, and the world's two best players are good enough to prove that over the board, is the solution really...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Master Game had group stages and then knockouts, no? Certainly in the latter years - draws weren't replayed in the group stages but for obvious reasons had to be later on, I think it eventually went down to 15 minute games or similar.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:20 pm
But surely the top players get a bit fed up seeing the same opponents every tournament?
That's nothing new though, the top players used to complain of the lack of variety in the inter-war years.

I suppose at any one time there's only so many "top players" to go round?
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Indeed, it is fair to say this particular experiment has not been an unalloyed success.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Right/wrong?
Replies: 7
Views: 879

Re: Right/wrong?

Yes - it always annoys me when a board is set up "wrongly" in this fashion, even if it isn't illegal.

Getting it right isn't difficult!
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 80
Views: 4433

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

Nice tweet here from Olimpiu Urcan showing the frustration (and disgust?) on Grischuk's face at the nonsense required of them in the Aronian - Grischuk Armageddon . Who hasn't been there in a local QPF or similar, losing on time amid random moves and chaos. At elite level, it's going to ruin the ga...