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by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Echoes from Liverpool
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: Echoes from Liverpool

Our club still has one of those very same clocks!

(albeit in the store cupboard, it never actually gets used these days)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times
Replies: 34
Views: 3527

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

It's worth avoiding the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) too, at least in evening league chess. I do. Against any reasonable opponent, in many lines, you can reach the first time control (#30) still in book with barely a pawn exchanged. I exaggerate, but not by much. I've had a few of those (as Black, I don't p...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2634
Views: 109488

Re: The English Language

Even when "drawn" doesn't mean actually agreed drawn, "drawish" is less definitive - there is probably more chance of a decisive result.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: using Open office
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: using Open office

You can say that again ;)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is a Bona Fide Member of a Chess Club
Replies: 66
Views: 2601

Re: What is a Bona Fide Member of a Chess Club

Trevor Coote wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 3:02 pm
Can anyone tell me when the chess season starts
Normally when the club/league says it does, one would presume?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2634
Views: 109488

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:59 am
What's the better half of a draw?
In what sense - "draw" as in for deciding ties for a cup/competition, or as in sharing the spoils?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: English Women's Championship 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 3251

Re: English Women's Championship 2018

Is the second one 13......f5!?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: English Women's Championship 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 3251

Re: English Women's Championship 2018

23 b4! wins for Longson doesn't it - as you say, pretty (and not *that* easy to see the longest winning line after 23...ab4 24 ab4 Nb4)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 5938

Re: Sinquefield Cup

Also this year, the strong possibility both Magnus and Fabio are "hiding preparation" for their forthcoming match plausibly didn't help things.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: London Chess League
Replies: 18
Views: 2033

Re: London Chess League

John Upham wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:50 pm
Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:33 pm
Those two posts are identical save for the (year) date :)

They are indeed. Thanks for letting me know.
Only mentioned it because I originally thought you had made the same post twice!
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: London Chess League
Replies: 18
Views: 2033

Re: London Chess League

Those two posts are identical save for the (year) date :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 5938

Re: Sinquefield Cup

Also, further to my remarks last night, MVL and Vishy managed to draw every game they played in the tournament. Maxime made a herculean effort to avoid that in the last round, though. Apparently his final realistic winning chance slipped away at move 99 (!) That's the sort of thing that can put you...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 5938

Re: Sinquefield Cup

Its 1AM here and Magnus/MVL are still pressing (probably successfully) for wins!
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Sinquefield Cup
Replies: 101
Views: 5938

Re: Sinquefield Cup

He's not as dominant as he was, but could that also be a few other players catching up with him?