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by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most embarrassing defeat ever...
Replies: 35
Views: 3731

Re: Most embarrassing defeat ever...

Ian Thompson wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:51 pm
Gavin Hughes wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:47 pm


White to play and lose.
1.d4??
Hah, yes - surprisingly easy to miss that too :oops:
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5156

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

I'm not as expert in Uk immigration law as I was 10 years ago when I had a lot of India contractors. But in my opinion, one reason that visa renewal seems harder than an initial visa is that typically people then have long enough residence to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. I was initially su...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 2569

Re: Batumi Olympiad

IIRC one of those five teams was solely from Kalmykia??
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
Replies: 14
Views: 996

Re: EUROPEAN SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

Boris Furman - any relation?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2517
Views: 105337

Re: The English Language

No need to repeat yourself now ;)
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 08, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 390
Views: 49931

Re: Cheating in chess

Discussing France v Azerbaijan, Arthur Kogan writes: Many would say that dying is unfair so is very hard to find a fair solution...trying to save life is a clear No. 1 and wise players would be expected to react in a sportive way, as for example was done by France against Azerbaijan when a dear fri...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2517
Views: 105337

Re: The English Language

Quite literally, just the word order and NOTHING else.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "ChessGames" Founder Dies
Replies: 6
Views: 655

Re: "ChessGames" Founder Dies

Though of course hard information about him remains sketchy, it is thought EGW is in his 60s now.

On the plus side, you would think they were the type to ensure their legacy does not disappear when the time comes.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "ChessGames" Founder Dies
Replies: 6
Views: 655

Re: "ChessGames" Founder Dies

Well it now seems they may have been.

(it is certainly true that "Sneaky" has not reappeared on the site since Freeman's sad and untimely demise)
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 327
Views: 18812

Re: Director of Women's Chess

"PS googlng the name "Cathy Chua" reveals a bridge player most prominently" Even if it is she, she is entitled to have her opinion. Cathy Chua is not the only female player to feels like this. One described women's only tournaments as "women's ghetto chess"! Strange reaction, I never said she wasn'...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 421
Views: 19404

Re: British Championship 2018

Chris Goddard wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:15 pm
Very nice move to finish but I would have thought there were more interesting games played than that one.
Yes, a pretty conclusion but surely not that dazzling overall.

Anybody here with other suggestions?
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:16 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 10
Views: 460

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

A check of the ChessBase database shows a few examples, but none from players higher rated than c2300.

(it does seem to be a bit commoner if preceded by castling)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Women's Chess
Replies: 327
Views: 18812

Re: Director of Women's Chess

Well if you don't agree with women only competitions, don't take part in them I suppose......

PS googlng the name "Cathy Chua" reveals a bridge player most prominently - is that you?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question
Replies: 77
Views: 5156

Re: Shreyas Royal breaks U10 record, poses ECF a question

it would be nice if there were greater freedom of movement. It would be nice if young children were not subject to upheaval of this type. But given the state of immigration policy at present I cannot see a special talent at chess being worthy of prioritisation or exemption. The ECF would be advised...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 9th Danzhou Super GM
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Re: 9th Danzhou Super GM

Shankland having a slightly sub-par event after his recent terrific run.