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by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3042
Views: 134130

Re: The English Language

This means "odd" as in infrequent rather than unusual.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship
Replies: 24
Views: 965

Re: World Junior Under 20 Chess Championship

He is probably a bit better than his grade suggests tbf.

(yeah, but *that* much better?)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 156
Views: 6867

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

I recall Kovalev butchering a totally "won" game against Kramnik a few years ago (and he probably does too)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3078
Views: 335745

Re: Media comments on chess

Letter to November "Prospect" p9 "3D Chess. As a Europhile frustrated by Labour's equivocation on Brexit, Len McCluskey always seemed part of the problem. I'm grateful your profile ... highlighted his complexity and pragmatism, making internecine struggles more relatable. I'm particularly heartened...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 156
Views: 6867

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

After little more than half an hour, the top board game has reached move 28 Now at move 29 and I think Sarana has a draw if he wants it. Looks winning for Sarana (who has White), maybe? He certainly has all the winning chances, I would say. But given his opponent, most likely a draw :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 156
Views: 6867

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:33 pm
Ah good point, I couldn't be bothered to change to English today. Carlsen struggling against Kuzubov will also be in Spanish then.
Kuzubov ultimately lost on time in an unclear position, must hurt.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 156
Views: 6867

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Claimed to be the "strongest Swiss ever" even after the withdrawal of Giri and Lenier D-P.

I wonder if there is any way of "scientifically" testing this claim?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12322

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Chris Rice wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:43 pm
Every winner of the World Cup was born in the Soviet Union:

2005 - Levon Aronian
2007 - Gata Kamsky
2009 - Boris Gelfand
2011 - Peter Svidler
2013 - Vladimir Kramnik
2015 - Sergey Karjakin
2017 - Levon Aronian
2019 - Teimour Radjabov
That is a remarkable stat 8)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12322

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:39 pm
Though MVL doesn't
Of course, he *should* be the wildcard if he doesn't otherwise qualify.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12322

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

He has to play in the Candidates now, surely?
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Oct 03, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 38
Views: 2581

Re: End of an era

New Statesman Followed in the mid 70s by Tony Miles, then the column fell into abeyance for a few years until resurrected by George Botterill in the mid 80s. Jim Plaskett and Byron Jacobs followed him, but by the end (late 90s?) it was appearing less and less frequently in any case. AFAIK nothing s...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 38
Views: 2581

Re: End of an era

No chess author is error free, but some have managed the job better than others (and certainly better than the subject of this thread)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 38
Views: 2581

Re: End of an era

As has been pointed out, the claim to have not missed a week is typically "Keeneian".
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2506

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

Prize money has existed almost as long as chess competitions, surely?

And gradings were created because there was a demand for them, from both players and (maybe more important) event organisers.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3078
Views: 335745

Re: Media comments on chess

Must have been a few chess metaphors floating about this morning?