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by MJMcCready
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating the metrics.
Replies: 1
Views: 12

Re: Rating the metrics.

How extensively are you studying your own games and using the positions from those as a basis for further study?
by MJMcCready
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 75
Views: 4055

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Why did Jones agree a draw with the final position? Was it more to do with the stature of his opponent rather than the nature of the position itself? Had his opponent been a few hundred points lower, he would have played on surely?
by MJMcCready
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 446
Views: 27287

Re: Chess history trivia

He beat both Spassky and Petrosian with 1.f4. I don't think anyone else has beaten two world champions with that opening move.
by MJMcCready
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 446
Views: 27287

Re: Chess history trivia

That one at least is easy - Bent Larsen. He also scored "nul points" :oops: Were the weird openings some sort of protest, possibly? (IIRC the same has been claimed about the similarly elderly Samisch losing all the games of one tournament on time) Correct indeed. I don't know about his choice of op...
by MJMcCready
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 446
Views: 27287

Re: Chess history trivia

Which world class player, whose career spanned more than half a century, played a number of unconventional openings in his final tournament, including 1. g4 x2, 1. b4 x2 and 1. ...a5?
by MJMcCready
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Netflix
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Re: Netflix

Carl noted elsewhere that there's a documentary about AlphaGo on Netflix. There's also one about Magnus. A Guardian reviewer didn't think very much of it, but there's Lawrence Trent on the big screen featured as "Commentator". https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/24/magnus-review-chess-doc-abo...
by MJMcCready
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 446
Views: 27287

Re: Chess history trivia

King Cnut? @ Milton Keynes Open 997AD?
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 838

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

Ok, so mate in 6, white can only move the king.
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by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 446
Views: 27287

Re: Chess history trivia

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:43 pm
MJMcCready wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:55 pm
Which well-known author came up with this puzzle in the 1930s.
Vladimir Nabokov?
Yes that's correct.
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 446
Views: 27287

Re: Chess history trivia

Which well-known author came up with this puzzle in the 1930s.
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Of the many legal moves that White might just have made, only one can be revised to yield an immediate mate. Can you find it?
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 838

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

Aren't puzzles a better source of originality and ideas, like the one below which, admittedly, I couldn't solve.
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From this position, White retracts his last move, then Black retracts his and replaces it with a move that permits White to mate him immediately.
by MJMcCready
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 446
Views: 27287

Re: Chess history trivia

You think so? At least in billiards they make a genuine effort to try and win rather than play out a dull draw for hours on end.
by MJMcCready
Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Netflix
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Re: Netflix

I managed to get 42 minutes in before it became apparent that the documentary is superficial and a waste of time.
by MJMcCready
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Netflix
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Re: Netflix

I'm glad you did. I have got 27 minutes in so far and am already wondering what the purpose behind the documentary is. It does show Magnus growing up and, at times, self-absorbed at school but all children have such moments when they grow up. He does seem quite happy but that's hardly surprising giv...
by MJMcCready
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Netflix
Replies: 9
Views: 964

Re: Netflix

I will go off topic and also recommend then a gem hidden further in their interface: Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo And to go off topic slightly also, in the award winning documentary from 2006 'Deep Water', from which two films will be released this year, that which documents the dis...