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by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 121
Views: 5283

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Not really wanting to intrude on his grief too much, but Svidler lost again yesterday (with White, again - and from a won position, again)
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 121
Views: 5283

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Well, we now perhaps have a better idea of why Svidler didn't play in the Olympiad :oops:
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018
Replies: 121
Views: 5283

Re: European Club Cup 11-19 October 2018

Leonard Barden wrote:
Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:35 pm
All working again now, Carlsen v Potkin level at move 21.
But not for that much longer.......
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30276

Re: Batumi Olympiad

There is still widespread discontent regarding the Olympiad tie-breaks No one has complained against the pairing method, which use the same formula. So a simple enough solution, keep the pairings as they are, but use game points for the final rankings. Simple to calculate and everyone knows where t...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Prix 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: Grand Prix 2019

The last I can recall was coverage of the 1995 Kasparov v Anand match on the BBC.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?
Replies: 15
Views: 490

Re: Altibox Norway 2019 - the future of chess?

I think the Japanese football league also had it for a while.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30276

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Chris Rice wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:30 am
Filatov analyses what was considered to be a poor performance by the Russian men in Batumi. Vitiugov and Jakovenko are summarily thrown under the bus.
I think that is overstating it for the former at least.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Ecf Silver member letter
Replies: 72
Views: 2423

Re: Ecf Silver member letter

A sure sign of "hating" somebody is when your claims are exaggerated or irrational. No doubt Justin has indulged in that on occasion (we are all human, after all) but most of his critiques of all three people mentioned seem substantially factual much of the time. That doesn't mean there aren't other...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 184
Views: 7296

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

can you comment on the suggestion that Zurab is a thug and a bully or is he a re-formed character? I've always found Zurab to be open and honest with a sense of humour. He gets on with people and is doing a good job. He has attracted many dynamic people to support the ECU which is growing rapidly. ...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 184
Views: 7296

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

I don't mind admitting I find Lawson's politics - in particular his indulgence of climate change denial - pretty distasteful.

But is there any evidence that it has actually influenced his behaviour as ECF president?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2691
Views: 111966

Re: The English Language

In a chess sense, pretty much - you have surely heard of "flank openings"?
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30276

Re: Batumi Olympiad

You could add the old Yugoslavia splitting up into a few decent teams as well.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30276

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:41 pm
Gawain's won and we've finished 5th, wow
We might be thankful for the event not being 14 rounds these days, though.

I expect our next few pairings in that scenario would have been tough.

But yes, well done. As said already nobody had a bad event which helped greatly.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Zugzwang is Brexit
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Re: Zugzwang is Brexit

Actually, it can be argued that Zugzwang is maybe a good descriptor of Brexit :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 978
Views: 30276

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Don't think so, it finishes on Oct 5th which is tomorrow?

(these events haven't been 14 rounds, as in the old days, for a decade or so now)