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by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Armenia from the BBC website
Replies: 10
Views: 1812

Re: Chess in Armenia from the BBC website

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:37 pm
I can find no contact details for the woman who got paid licence fee money to write this. According to her twitter page she is sports-loving and left wing. 'Nuff said.
Oh, the absolute HORROR!!

And that does make rather a change for the Beeb these days, if the truth be told :D
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post Brexit Openings
Replies: 33
Views: 1453

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Well, as the internet saying goes - THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY :shock:
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 24
Views: 744

Re: Arafat Gambit

MJMcCready wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:30 pm
If I recall, in 'The Complete Chess Addict' the rather pejoratively titled 'Irish Gambit' makes an appearance.
The originator on their deathbed (supposedly) "I didn't see that the pawn was defended" :lol: :lol:
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 24
Views: 744

Re: Arafat Gambit

MJMcCready wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:19 pm
e4 f5 isn't a gambit as far as I know
Why not? It can certainly be argued it isn't a very good one, but that's a different thing entirely :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 24
Views: 744

Re: Arafat Gambit

MJMcCready wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:27 pm
I think its pushing it a bit to call that a gambit.
What, the Latvian? There are several lines where Black gives up material long term.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen vs Nakamura
Replies: 13
Views: 1002

Re: Carlsen vs Nakamura

It was absurd but Carlsen's own fault nonetheless, he could easily have forced a draw when running low on time.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2183
Views: 91261

Re: The English Language

That is entirely up to them.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2183
Views: 91261

Re: The English Language

MJMcCready wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:10 pm
Yes look on line and stop bothering people with question after question because you are too lazy to research things yourself.
SH doesn't activate this thread as often as he used to, which might indicate they are taking your advice to an extent.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World class time-trouble addicts
Replies: 18
Views: 1262

Re: World class time-trouble addicts

Maybe not quite "world class" but maybe the most (in)famous GM "zeitnot" addict of all was Samisch.

(and as with many of this type, he was an excellent blitz/lightning player)
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 6432

Re: Tradewise Gibraltar Festival 2018

That seems unnecessarily harsh to me. I played in a tournament where shared second place was taken by a player with 4/5, three wins and two byes. I played in a student event once when a cash board prize went to somebody scoring 4.5 out of 6. Four defaults and a draw. That is pretty amazing :lol:
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE
Replies: 12
Views: 1168

Re: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE

He was always a bit of a rogue (his double crossing of Korchnoi referred to above should certainly not be forgotten, VLK never forgot it for sure) but up until the 1980s it was possible to argue the positive stuff he achieved for British chess still counted for more. When did the real descent into t...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12043

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

In the last round, you mean? He did ride his luck somewhat there.......
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE
Replies: 12
Views: 1168

Re: 70th birthday Ray Keene OBE

At a German tournament in 1977, he got a well merited draw with Black against an absolutely rampant Karpov.

Given everything else that has happened, it is maybe worth reminding ourselves that in his day Ray could play!
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12043

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Maybe worth noticing that Kramnik dissipated big plusses against two of the tailenders (Hou and Jones)

Despite his two losses, he could have ended up winning the whole lot.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 12043

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Carlsen has ground down Matlakov in classic fashion.

Kramnik has certainly responded to his setbacks here well, about to clinch an excellent win over Caruana.

(still impressive even if the latter is dismally out of form)