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by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 18
Views: 784

Re: Under promotion to a bishop.

Richard James wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:10 pm


This position has happened quite often. One example with an English connection is Alfred Beni - John Littlewood Clare Benedict Cup 1963.
Of course the more common Knight underpromotion would win here as well as the Bishop.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 18
Views: 784

Re: Under promotion to a bishop.

Tim Krabbe's site gives examples of "genuine" R and B underpromotions.

The latter in particular is indeed extremely rare, but as he shows not totally unknown.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 26
Views: 1977

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Just to clarify: this is not a British Championship. It is a tournament with a private sponsor who can't be prevented from calling his event a 'British Championship'.This fact has been clarified by Alex Holowczak, on my facebook wall. Had it been an actual British Championship, then qualification t...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lost chess clubs
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Re: Lost chess clubs

Cumbria has a few that have gone under in the last 20 years - Whitehaven, Workington, Grange, Arnside and (my former club) Millom.

On a more positive note, Keswick have returned and the Ulverston club is almost booming.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2910
Views: 118231

Re: The English Language

I would have thought "tiny" would normally be smaller than the other two.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on Eurosport this evening
Replies: 12
Views: 584

Re: Chess on Eurosport this evening

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:15 am
In retrospect, the chess world got it badly wrong twenty years ago in not getting a foothold in the hours of satellite transmissions just waiting to be filled
Hard to disagree there, maybe we were all still hoping for regular chess content on terrestrial TV at that point?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2622
Views: 281387

Re: Media comments on chess

Mick Norris wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:40 am
JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:22 am
Steve Gardner writes on the match in 3 Quarks Daily
The Petroff is a crazy and complicated opening
:D
Frank Marshall used to play it, you know!
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38690

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:21 pm
I think, but cannot be certain, that the 1996 match between Kasparov and Anand employed increments and had a quick finish.
I'm not sure about that either, I do know that it was in 199*5* however :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Celebrity identification
Replies: 16
Views: 641

Re: Celebrity identification

Roger Lancaster wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:11 am
Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:12 pm
Kay Burley, shurely she isn't into chess??

Has always seemed the type who might ask (a la the Spice Girls movie) "how does the horsey bit move??" :lol:
LOL, that's a trifle sexist!
Not really, though it is perhaps somewhat Burleyist :D
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38690

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

There have certainly been some highly exciting 0-0 draws in football, though I don't deny they are very much in the minority.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38690

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Nick Grey wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:40 pm
Is Magnus going to retire? So putting a spoke up the next cycle.
I rather doubt it.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Celebrity identification
Replies: 16
Views: 641

Re: Celebrity identification

Kay Burley, shurely she isn't into chess??

Has always seemed the type who might ask (a la the Spice Girls movie) "how does the horsey bit move??" :lol:
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38690

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:45 pm
So from 1948 until Karpov in 1978, only Petrosian won as defending champion.
A remarkable achievement, which is I think more recognised now than it was at the time.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 1807

Re: English victories against reigning World Champions

Matt Mackenzie>Alekhine always made clear he would have a rematch with Capa if JRC matched the conditions he (AAA) had had to fulfil for their 1927 match. It is not really his fault that the world economic crash soon afterwards made that a rather more daunting prospect...< Matt, please note that th...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 38690

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

1978 had some effect as well I would say, but the point is those times were the exception not the norm.