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by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Feb 24, 2024 6:46 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 478
Views: 46691

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: 46691

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: 1429

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: 108
Views: 6019

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: 26553

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: 1351

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: 1351

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: 1351

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: 915

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: 739

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: 2089

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: 2122

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.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Feb 10, 2024 10:44 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Blackpool Congress 2024
Replies: 7
Views: 1112

Re: Blackpool Congress 2024

It was strong GMs who IIRC objected the most strongly to the Open games being FIDE rated (and got that dropped c15 years ago) so if they aren't playing any more there is even less reason not to restore something that many non-elite players would welcome.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Feb 09, 2024 6:23 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Chris Murray RIP
Replies: 3
Views: 618

Re: Chris Murray RIP

That is indeed sad news, for decades Manchesster Supplies more than held its own in the chess market - the distinctive blue and white scoresheets in particular. Think that I still have one of their actual scorebooks somewhere, and a pocket set I bought from him in 2001 is still going strong. (before...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Feb 09, 2024 4:06 pm
Forum: Rating Debate
Topic: Active/Inactive/Deceased/Merged ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1429

Re: Active/Inactive/Deceased/Merged ?

John Upham wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 2:24 pm
Brian Valentine wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2024 1:28 pm
Inactive is for players who with no active rating ask for their profile to be removed.
Can we observe any players designated as "Inactive"? I've not found any examples.
Do they still appear on the list?