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by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1059

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

Of course, some of us who tend to record our games messily and at times incoherently are at an advantage here - as we got into the habit of using scoresheets, and then writing the game up legibly and correctly into a scorebook later, many years ago :) I have a backlog of four years' worth of games ...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1059

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

I was involved in a league match recently where one of the opposition players, drafted in for AFAIK their first ever serious game, said they weren't going to write the moves down because "they didn't know how to". Of course we could have claimed the point by default according to the rules, but our p...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1059

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

I would imagine the use of scorebooks is still fairly common in club/league chess. (and was only outlawed fairly recently in congresses I think?) Of course, some of us who tend to record our games messily and at times incoherently are at an advantage here - as we got into the habit of using scoreshe...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292119

Re: Media comments on chess

If so, it was somewhat one sided :oops:
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12585

Re: ECF Monthly Grading Consultation

IMO there is nothing wrong with this section having a thread on the topic as well.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In addition to...
Replies: 17
Views: 1011

Re: In addition to...

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 2:08 pm
A draw by reputation!
There were a few of those at Gibraltar......
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292119

Re: Media comments on chess

Its arguable that, metaphorically speaking, that is exactly what he did :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In addition to...
Replies: 17
Views: 1011

Re: In addition to...

As someone who gets annoyed by people offering draws when they are clearly worse (even if it's not my game!), I would welcome any ideas to put a stop to it. At the moment there is no downside If it happens just once, smile and play on (you don't even *have* to say anything) Anybody who does it on a...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In addition to...
Replies: 17
Views: 1011

Re: In addition to...

Well this looks like being a short thread :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 18
Views: 1078

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

I assume he wrote that unaware that Eliskases was an enthusiastic Nazi (even compared to the somewhat more ambiguous Alekhine) Is there any evidence for that? Mere survival under the local regime won't do. Well he was on record as saying that Spielmann shouldn't be picked to play for the Austrian s...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 18
Views: 1078

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

I assume he wrote that unaware that Eliskases was an enthusiastic Nazi (even compared to the somewhat more ambiguous Alekhine)
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Re: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement

Apparently the Russian chess federation still hopes he can play for them in next year's Olympiad.

That might be a more satisfactory way to bow out, always assuming that he felt up to it.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement
Replies: 9
Views: 833

Re: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement

Wasn't expecting that, might help explain his recent result though!
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4375

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

I note that the two female players in the Challengers failed to win a single game between them.

(which is a bit sad, and something I can't remember happening before)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4375

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Yes, turning down a totally trivial draw in the hope of spurious "winning chances" summed his tournament up :oops: