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by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 41
Views: 1762

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

Why should we want to attract new players? Granted - we may feel that others may enjoy the game that means so much to us. Of course, clubs may wish to keep themselves alive. But if chess clubs die and we cannot play the game in the same way - then we must mourn and carry on living. Well yes, but ar...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8421

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Don't think it will be Levon who dethrones him, genuinely nice guy that he is. (or maybe that is at least partly *because* he is a nice guy?) Even the great Alekhine - one of the most single minded WC's - admitted after losing his title in 1935 that it was partly because he had become bored with che...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 41
Views: 1762

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

Re the thread you link to there, Stephen Moss is at least readable on chess. When it comes to politics, his takes are consistently terrible.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8421

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Well done to Caruana for winning the "main" event.

It has emerged that Carlsen hasn't been totally well, which may explain his uneven play here as much as any boredom issues.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 261
Views: 38078

Re: Cheating in chess

Speak for yourself :lol:
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8421

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

He's not going to retire as long as he is WC, for sure (and I think that actually matters more to him than being rated number 1)

But yes, I will be surprised if he even goes on as long as Gazza did.

And let's not forget that he has discovered women now......
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8421

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

MJMcCready wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:27 pm
I can't say Carlsen's choice of opening was particularly inspiring.
But its the sort of setup where he has often outplayed his opponents in the past, when in form.

(indeed, he went some way towards doing that today - only to mess it up in very un-Magnus fashion)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8421

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

From clearly better at move 30 to totally lost at move 40 :shock:
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8421

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Interesting that the (relative) struggles of Magnus in classical chess recently haven't stopped him scaling new heights in the faster formats?
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8421

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Carlsen pulled off a great escape there.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8421

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Barry Sandercock wrote:
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:14 pm
All games in the first 3 rounds drawn. I suppose this is what happens when the worlds top players are playing each other !?
Except that it doesn't normally, even in the most "super" super tournaments.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Dec 04, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 150
Views: 8421

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Meanwhile, all the games in the Classic were again drawn.

Which has the usual suspects chuntering on about "draw death" and how Chess960 IS THE FUTURE :roll: :D
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: How to prepare for a game
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: How to prepare for a game

Pray?

:)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London?
Replies: 37
Views: 2902

Re: 2018 World Championship in London?

He is reported to be an "avid chess fan", any more evidence for this than what is usually the case with public figures (ie fairly sparse)?
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Where did I go wrong?
Replies: 153
Views: 9226

Re: Where did I go wrong?

Since you won in 26 moves, not in much that really mattered? ;)