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by Michael Mkpadi
Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Passive Exchange Sacrifices and Refusing to Take the Exchange
Replies: 3
Views: 647

Passive Exchange Sacrifices and Refusing to Take the Exchange

I am stunned at the recent number of elite players who without being forced give up the exchange then go down in flames. On the other hand I've seen sometimes the same players refusing to take the exchange when offered by other players, sometimes when the compensation and counterplay for their oppon...
by Michael Mkpadi
Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
Replies: 52
Views: 5443

Re: The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Michael Mkpadi wrote:it appears there are levels of quality of a columnist.
You missed out the object of ire of the S&B's blog, namely the columnist whose works are an endless series of mostly repeated material.
look closer I think you'll find I haven't ;)
by Michael Mkpadi
Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
Replies: 52
Views: 5443

Re: The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog

Today's Times chess column could have been written as a celebration of the demise of the S&B blog: ignoring the Candidates match in favour of a main course of another re-run for GK v Deep Blue a quarter of a century ago, with a side order of the columnist's own proclaimed role in setting it up, and...
by Michael Mkpadi
Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
Replies: 52
Views: 5443

Re: The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog

Martin Regan wrote:The blog that always demanded explaination and transparancy. Goes out without either.
Why am I not surprised.
Though sorry to see it go.
Ouch. That is not entirely fair. Blogs come and blogs go. I've never seen a blog blog about their demise but they did.
by Michael Mkpadi
Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does anyone else Bet on Chess?
Replies: 12
Views: 1232

Re: Does anyone else Bet on Chess?

Ok I don't bet on chess but I was contacted by a betting firm who wanted a chess consultant to help them work out how to "arrange their product for optimal impact on routes to market". I don't know what made me a candidate for that role but I was running a chess tournament news feed at the time I su...
by Michael Mkpadi
Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Chess Elitest?
Replies: 5
Views: 1088

Is Chess Elitest?

In my chess circles we welcome new members. We also make no assumptions about their chess knowledge or worthiness to play in our circle we just accept them as chess players. And by chess circle I mean any gather online or offline (real world/OTB club/OTB tournament/OTB match play) I have however not...
by Michael Mkpadi
Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Questions on conduct during a game
Replies: 90
Views: 7066

Re: Questions on conduct during a game

Michael Mkpadi I was just giving an example of how sombody might have pressed the clock without making a move. Let us suppose he touches no piece, his opponent moved, his clock is running. There is no crowding. He presses the clock. It is clearly wrong. But, in my opinion it is an illegale action, ...
by Michael Mkpadi
Sat Mar 19, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Nakamura "J'adoube" Controversy
Replies: 61
Views: 6473

Re: Nakamura "J'adoube" Controversy

Ray Sayers wrote:
Basically says it's not a big deal, he 'probably did' touch the king and blames Levon for making a big deal of it.
"...probably..." I'd change that to certainly Mr. Hikaru Nakamura. Video cameras don't lie
by Michael Mkpadi
Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Nakamura "J'adoube" Controversy
Replies: 61
Views: 6473

Re: Nakamura "J'adoube" Controversy

JustinHorton wrote:Not sure I follow that.
Neither would Nakamura, he won't talk about Thursday
by Michael Mkpadi
Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Should there be a separate British Women's Championship?
Replies: 12
Views: 2705

Re: Should there be a separate British Women's Championship?

I think Gibraltar Open is a brilliant tournament and I think the blueprint for inclusive gender chess tournaments. The segregation of chess played by women is reinforcing old stereotypes and not challenging them. The Womens US championships has not advanced the cause for women but detracted from it....
by Michael Mkpadi
Sat Mar 19, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Hikaru Nakamura the Scapegoat for Agon's Failure to Enforce its own Rules on its Broadcasts?
Replies: 3
Views: 724

Re: Is Hikaru Nakamura the Scapegoat for Agon's Failure to Enforce its own Rules on its Broadcasts?

Mick Norris wrote:
Roger de Coverly wrote:Zurab Azmaiparashvili and touch move. Now there's irony.
:lol:
touché Roger ;)
by Michael Mkpadi
Sat Mar 19, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Hikaru Nakamura the Scapegoat for Agon's Failure to Enforce its own Rules on its Broadcasts?
Replies: 3
Views: 724

Is Hikaru Nakamura the Scapegoat for Agon's Failure to Enforce its own Rules on its Broadcasts?

Hikaru Nakamura didn't show for his press conference after his defeat at the hands of Levon Aronian after that incident with the black king. Within hours of that happening World Chess posted on their Facebook page: Here is a video profile of Hikaru Nakamura. The profile is funny and provides some ba...
by Michael Mkpadi
Sat Mar 19, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Nakamura "J'adoube" Controversy
Replies: 61
Views: 6473

Re: Nakamura "J'adoube" Controversy

JustinHorton wrote:I wonder if he'll be asked about Thursday's events today.
Well considering it will cost him 10% of his earning to date at the Candidates he'll be suitably reticent.
by Michael Mkpadi
Sat Mar 19, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
Replies: 52
Views: 5443

Re: The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog

Well the blog can live on in our hearts. I am thinking of running a tribute blog in their style and tone. Dunno if that is a tribute or mockery.
by Michael Mkpadi
Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Pawn or Chess Porn?
Replies: 10
Views: 2025

Re: Chess Pawn or Chess Porn?

What really took the biscuit was when one of our co-admin on a chess page about 4 years ago now suggested we post a photo of female chess players at the board in tournaments every day to raise the profile of chess played by women. There would be information about their FIDE rating, federation and in...