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by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18882

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

And another Rook ending that was perhaps easier the for the "inferior" (in this case Magnus) side to hold than initially appeared.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18882

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

I did wonder if having tried to squeeze blood out of a stone for that long, Carlsen would try to beat the 1978 AK v VK move record.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Santiago Hotel
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: Santiago Hotel

Hell, I would be insulted by that offering at your bog-standard B&B :twisted:
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 245
Views: 18882

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Kramnik has remarked that in his view Caruana has a good chance of winning, and indeed compared the match to his own defeat of Kasparov. One difference there is that Carlsen's head to head against Caruana is pretty good, whilst long before 2000 Vlad was known as Gazza's "bogey player" (would he have...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1491

Re: Eric Schiller 1955-2018

As my initial comment in this thread made clear, I'm far from thinking he was all bad.

But I have also always thought that the tendency to whitewash someone's failings when they die is not a healthy one.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1491

Re: Eric Schiller 1955-2018

I suppose it might depend on how you define "wrote"?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1491

Re: Eric Schiller 1955-2018

Point taken, I might have a read (or more accurately, re-read) of Winter's article.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Shenzen 3-14 November 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 1159

Re: Shenzen 3-14 November 2018

All games in the first 4 rounds have been drawn.

Has there ever been a tournament (of more than a couple of players, anyway) without a single win? :D
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1491

Re: Eric Schiller 1955-2018

I would put that last named example down to sloppiness and not caring about the facts rather than an actual, deliberate untruth (those are more the preserve of his old mate Raymondo) Though that isn't really much better at the end of the day I suppose. I bought the Schiller/Benjamin book in question...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Nov 05, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 1491

Re: Eric Schiller 1955-2018

He *did* write some potboilers, he admitted as much himself late in life. But his contributions on social media were often interesting.

And he wrote with frankness about his ultimately terminal illness.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2767
Views: 115702

Re: The English Language

Again, not much.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating level and chess skill
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Re: Rating level and chess skill

Until they make a mistake, yes!
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2767
Views: 115702

Re: The English Language

Not a lot really, the sentence would be much the same without it.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2767
Views: 115702

Re: The English Language

The first may imply a more specific time to do so?
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Nov 03, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: 2018 Women's World Championship
Replies: 69
Views: 2451

Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Chris Rice wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:54 pm
"18-year-old Iranian Mobina Alinasab beat Elisabeth Paehtz in the biggest upset of Day 1, but favourites Olga Girya, Alina Kashlinskaya, Ni Shiqun & Lela Javakhishvili also lost & must win tomorrow to stay in the event! "
Down to earth with a bump there.