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by MJMcCready
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 1827

Re: English victories against reigning World Champions

David McAlister wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:15 pm
Anyone want to have a go at English victories against these World Champions - Khalifman (FIDE Las Vegas 1999), Ponomariov (FIDE Moscow 2001), Kasimdzhanov (FIDE Tripoli 2004) and Topalov (FIDE San Luis 2005)?
A valid post, I would also like to know.
by MJMcCready
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 1827

Re: English victories against World Champions

Gunsberg wasn't a British citizen at the time he played Steinitz, though, which I think is the criterion people are using here to determine whether these games count. I was thinking in terms of being English at the time of playing the reigning world champion in a classical format. I assumed Yates a...
by MJMcCready
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 1827

English victories against reigning World Champions

The baronet, world No1 at badminton, died at 91, in a care home and nearly blind, 44 years ago today. Instead of this cheap jokey post, it would be better to mark the occasion by remembering his triumph at Hastings 1934-35 where he tied for first with Euwe and Flohr, became the only English player ...
by MJMcCready
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 982
Views: 33222

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I would expect to see such moves at club level but not amongst strong GMs.
by MJMcCready
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 982
Views: 33222

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I see Jobava is at it again. 1.b3 followed by 2.a4 and then castles queenside soon after.
by MJMcCready
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 982
Views: 33222

Re: Batumi Olympiad

You have a point I once beat a guy in Abu Dhabi, rated ELO 2001 who was more than proud of the fact that in the previous year he drew his first game with Shakir Mamadyrov in the first round who missed his flight and fell asleep in their game.
by MJMcCready
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 982
Views: 33222

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Some bizarre games for sure with a few players a mere 500-600 Elo points below their opponent having an easy time of it. I suppose some people think that if you are titled and with a rating so much nigher than your opponent you will just win automatically.
by MJMcCready
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 982
Views: 33222

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I do believe we are playing Angola in the first round.
by MJMcCready
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 982
Views: 33222

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I don't. I prefer to watch the closing ceremony and events after that because you are more likely to see a punch-up in those, especially if jealous English GMs are present.
by MJMcCready
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess For Heffalumps
Replies: 4
Views: 783

Re: Chess For Heffalumps

The answer lies within yourself only. Analysis of your own reasons for playing and to what extent your play is in accordance with them will give you the most defining aspects of your play. There's nothing wrong with playing to avoid losing if that's what you want. You don't have to play for a win if...
by MJMcCready
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: "The Art of the Tarrasch Defence" by Alexey Bezgodov
Replies: 3
Views: 1340

Re: "The Art of the Tarrasch Defence" by Alexey Bezgodov

And probably many many more. Thankfully I gave up on reading chess theory some time ago.
by MJMcCready
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dutch defence
Replies: 35
Views: 3413

Re: Dutch defence

A difficulty or two with the Dutch Defence is that your first move isn't a developing move and that it will weaken your kingside, which is where your king will most likely end up. At club level I have always had good results with it but higher up the chain most players know how to play against the c...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greatest Chess World Record......
Replies: 12
Views: 1256

Re: Greatest Chess World Record......

More than one or two checks to follow in this position, can you guess exactly how many consecutive checks can be made? It's white to move.
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 23473

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Any Kramnik V Leko fans out there?