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by Matthew Turner
Tue May 22, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 181
Views: 8678

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Kirsan has encouraged chess in smaller, non-traditional chess playing countries for his own political ambitions. However, that is a perfectly noble aim in itself. Nigel has played in a huge number of countries and generally taken the game to a worldwide audience. I am sure that he has his own selfis...
by Matthew Turner
Thu May 10, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 181
Views: 8678

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

Re: the leader in The Times : No mention of Makropoulos and mostly about Ilyumzhinov - not much actually about Short. Is this in the print edition as well? I'm sure it will be in the print edition. No surprise the items are light on detail. Most readers will only support a general interest in the g...
by Matthew Turner
Tue May 08, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 181
Views: 8678

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

I think the slate is more important than just the individual running for president. Who would these candidates have as treasurer for instance? It will be hard for us to know all the individuals involved and I guess if Malcolm is part of a slate, it would be very difficult for me to look beyond this.
by Matthew Turner
Tue May 01, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE internal fighting
Replies: 74
Views: 4765

Re: FIDE internal fighting

Ivan Savvidi's Group of Companies (Greece).

Quite a colourful sponsor lined up for future FIDE events. :roll: :lol:
by Matthew Turner
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Schools Chess Championships 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1919

Re: World Schools Chess Championships 2018

Just had a look at chess reults and it is interesting where the players come from. I think England and Ireland are the only two countries in 'Western' Europe to have representatives.
by Matthew Turner
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 18
Views: 1914

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

Alan Turing created a ‘computer’, Turochamp; The fact that it could play chess at a reasonable level was both surprising and revolutionary. That has basically formed the basis of all computing ever since. Alpha Go and Alpha Zero have a new approach which is undoubtedly much more successful at winnin...
by Matthew Turner
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Coventry congress
Replies: 14
Views: 1259

Re: Coventry congress

Strange tournament with quite a few uncharacteristic mistakes from the top players. Of no doubt though, the player who played the best won. Well done to Alan.
by Matthew Turner
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Laws of Chess
Replies: 20
Views: 1512

Re: FIDE Laws of Chess

Whilst not being an insider on the machinations of FIDE it seems pretty clear to me what is going on here. Kirsan wanted to fundamentally change chess, so that the aim was to capture/take off the opponent's king. You may agree with that or you may not, but it is perfectly logical and it would certai...
by Matthew Turner
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The main difference between the Reti and the English?
Replies: 6
Views: 634

Re: The main difference between the Reti and the English?

Well the English is 1. C4 and the Reti is 1. Nf3 d5. 2. C4. If in the English Black intended to play d5 (after say e6 or c6) and White intended to play Nf3 then the two lines would lead to the same thing. The Reti simply takes out some possibilities for both sides.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 30154

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

OK, well that was a bit random :shock:
by Matthew Turner
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 30154

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

Move 15 and I don't think things are going well for So at all.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 30154

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

I'll go for MVL and So. Aronian seems a bit hit and miss and that ought to catch him out eventually.
by Matthew Turner
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Peter Poobalasingam
Replies: 27
Views: 8635

Re: Peter Poobalasingam

Many thanks to everyone who attended yesterday. It was obviously a very difficult occasion for all of us, but there were some great reminiscences and anecdotes and hopefully the attendance from all corners of the chess community will show Pamela and Bala just how much Peter meant to us all.
by Matthew Turner
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 984
Views: 30154

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

Surely it cannot be true?

chess24.com‏ @chess24com · 2m2 minutes ago

chess24.com Retweeted RCF

Wow, Russian Chess Federation saying Kovalyov was punished for not following the dress code! #FIDEWorldCup #c24live
by Matthew Turner
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Chess Traveller
Replies: 6
Views: 1334

Re: The Chess Traveller

He might well be the chap with this grading code 143344B
At 140, or so, he is a reasonable player, but it looks like he didn't get the opportunity to play that much, perhaps because he was penniless?
I think I'd be open-minded on this one.