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by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Feb 27, 2024 2:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Best Game of Chess played by an English Player
Replies: 37
Views: 1604

Re: The Best Game of Chess played by an English Player

There is also a lovely win by Miles over Andersson with the White pieces - a positional crush that Ulf himself would have been proud of. And Miles v Belyavsky 1984, with the shattering 16 f4 TN Which was and remains the only theoretical novelty to ever get a perfect score (all 10/10s) from the Ches...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Feb 25, 2024 8:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Best Game of Chess played by an English Player
Replies: 37
Views: 1604

Re: The Best Game of Chess played by an English Player

There is also a lovely win by Miles over Andersson with the White pieces - a positional crush that Ulf himself would have been proud of.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Feb 25, 2024 7:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Best Game of Chess played by an English Player
Replies: 37
Views: 1604

Re: The Best Game of Chess played by an English Player

A few obvious ones are: Karpov v Miles, Skara 1980 (the one and only 1....a6 game) Beliavsky v Nunn, Wijk aan Zee 1985 (a total brilliancy from Black, utterly humbling one of the world's strongest players) Ivanchuk v Adams, Terrasa 1991 (Mickey himself thinks this may be his best ever) You will note...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Feb 24, 2024 6:46 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 478
Views: 47612

Re: Pedants United

Neill Cooper wrote:
Sat Feb 24, 2024 10:14 am
Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2024 7:03 pm
John Upham wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2024 1:49 pm
Is there mince in Mars?
Well we have something called mincemeat that contains no actual meat, so who knows?
It contains suet, which is a meat product.
And in fact it used to contain actual meat (on rare occasions, you still see versions of it that do)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Feb 23, 2024 7:03 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 478
Views: 47612

Re: Pedants United

John Upham wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2024 1:49 pm
Is there mince in Mars?
Well we have something called mincemeat that contains no actual meat, so who knows?
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Feb 23, 2024 4:23 pm
Forum: Rating Debate
Topic: Active/Inactive/Deceased/Merged ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1509

Re: Active/Inactive/Deceased/Merged ?

I did ;)
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Feb 21, 2024 10:17 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 2nd Cambridge International Open
Replies: 109
Views: 8594

Re: 2nd Cambridge International Open

Who is playing? Black may prefer not to be named. Looking at the moves I'm left wondering if he even knew which corner of the board he should be trying to drive the White king to. One can't be too critical, given that a world champion has failed to win this ending. I presume you mean a women's WC? ...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Feb 20, 2024 10:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 172
Views: 26583

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Yes, but in that context some "adaptations" are more excusable than others. Certain things identified by Neville just appear like sloppiness and carelessness, and could have been done with greater accuracy without making it harder for the layman to understand.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Feb 19, 2024 10:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Without thinking about it too much... are you a bishop or a knight person?
Replies: 30
Views: 2233

Re: Without thinking about it too much... are you a bishop or a knight person?

Keith Arkell wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2024 6:05 pm
Larsen Preferred Knights. I would guess that Jon Speelman does too.

For me Bishops.
And in ancient times, Chigorin was majorly pro-Knight.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Feb 18, 2024 10:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Without thinking about it too much... are you a bishop or a knight person?
Replies: 30
Views: 2233

Re: Without thinking about it too much... are you a bishop or a knight person?

Fischer played the Exchange Ruy Lopez regularly, but also liked his Bishops more generally.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Feb 18, 2024 4:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Without thinking about it too much... are you a bishop or a knight person?
Replies: 30
Views: 2233

Re: Without thinking about it too much... are you a bishop or a knight person?

Derek Sinclair wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2024 4:00 pm
not sure what you mean
Which minor piece do you, other things being equal, prefer?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Feb 17, 2024 4:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE General Assembly
Replies: 4
Views: 1004

Re: FIDE General Assembly

In the absence of any thread on the topic, it appears that FIDE have just awarded Andreas Dueckstein and Iivo Nei (both in their 90s) the Honorary GM title - these are the first instances (save the recent Sultan Khan sui generis thing) of this happening for two decades or so. It is good to see this ...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Feb 17, 2024 4:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is This Arbiter's Interpretation of the Laws Correct?
Replies: 8
Views: 771

Re: Is This Arbiter's Interpretation of the Laws Correct?

The Complete Chess Addict had an example of Przepiorka taking *two* of his own pieces before he finally woke up :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Feb 12, 2024 3:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The world's most handsome GM?
Replies: 27
Views: 2471

Re: The world's most handsome GM?

Yasser Seirawan was once highly rated in this department, or so I am reliably informed anyway.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Feb 11, 2024 8:10 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Confusing Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 2322

Re: Confusing Openings

Nick Burrows wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2024 8:03 pm
I had a 4ncl game several years back, which went 1.f4 e5 2.e4, when my opponent sank into thought as he didn't have 1.e4 e5 in his black repertoire.
I pulled that off a few times when I played 1 f4 as my "reserve" opening (as opposed to my usual 1 e4) in my 1980s youth.