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by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 55
Views: 3015

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Whilst most R v B (and indeed R v N) endings are drawn, a sufficiently large minority are not to make playing on for a while perfectly legitimate IMO. Its not as if we are talking about K/R v K/R or something similar that is blatantly trivial.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic
Replies: 30
Views: 2517

Re: London Chess Classic

I was about to say that all the games in the main event have been drawn, but after three rounds of draws (6 games), today in round 4 MVL beat Aronian, and Caruana may be about to lose to Nakamura. But this is the tiebreaks, apparently. All the classical time control games drawn, I think. Yes, all f...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 12
Views: 579

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

As the phraseology sometimes goes, there have been "further developments".
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 19
Views: 945

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: 19
Views: 945

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: 55
Views: 3015

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: 362

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: 2920
Views: 118545

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: 603

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: 2627
Views: 282075

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: 38791

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: 677

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: 38791

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: 38791

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: 677

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: