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by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greatest Chess World Record......
Replies: 12
Views: 983

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: 21223

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Any Kramnik V Leko fans out there?
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21223

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Botvinnik was, in my opinion, the most correct of all about what made for a great world championship match. You can find the interview in the 25th Anniversary edition of New In Chess. When asked about the upcoming Karpov v Kasparov match he said that the most important thing for a great match was a ...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21223

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I think what Tim is saying here is what many people think. The last match was bad enough. If Carlsen is not careful he'll go down as a rather uninspiring champion despite how truly great he is. It took me many years to get to the point where I could play through Petrosian's world championship games ...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greatest Chess World Record......
Replies: 12
Views: 983

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

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:15 pm
It is a reference to the infamous "no moves draw" at Luton in 1975, I believe.
aha please supply the game analysis, when I ran the final position through Stockfish it said white had a slight edge only.
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greatest Chess World Record......
Replies: 12
Views: 983

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

It's in all the record books although admittedly the game analysis I've never seen...perhaps it was never published. The irony was that as a schoolboy I was a huge fan of 'The Complete Chess Addict' by Mike Fox and Richard James, and read about the game not knowing that the bus I often took to schoo...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21223

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

They should act, primarily, out of self-interest for sure. But hoping someone renowned for his defensive abilities makes it through is, I think, a sad reflection. The consensus overall was that the last match was dull, even the far from ordinary commentators were struggling at points. I take your po...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: "The Art of the Tarrasch Defence" by Alexey Bezgodov
Replies: 2
Views: 494

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

'That, of course, is only an opinion, as Bezgodov readily admits, and you can agree or disagree with it all you want.' How on earth can anyone justify purchasing a book when its author says things like that? 'Nor do Lakdawala’s references to popular culture escape. Two that stick in mind are a ramb...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 21223

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

So you consider Karjakin to be a better match player or better from the last match? As viewers we should want exciting games rather than another 6 hour grind in a match that has a limited and rather dull opening repertoire. As it stands Caruana has the best chance of beating Carlsen and plays some t...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greatest Chess World Record......
Replies: 12
Views: 983

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

There are some staggering records out there, back in 1975 in my home town there was a game played by a future Grand master and a contributor to this forum where neither king moved at any point in the entire game.
by MJMcCready
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 4068

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

I think people only started asking whether chess is a sport is when sport began professionalising itself. Nowadays that means a steady source of income from the government, which is the driving force behind much of the debate. I am quite happy to think of it as a parlour game and nothing more but th...
by MJMcCready
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 30420

Re: Chess history trivia

Thank you very much. So I get to read chess history with an explained methodology, written by a[n] historian, that does make for a very pleasant change.
by MJMcCready
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 30420

Re: Chess history trivia

Help! Another one on 7 June 1852! But was Blackmore really a famous chess player, or was chess, rather, a life-long hobby? Any more candidates? I'm still waiting for the answer I had in mind ... On Blackmore, not a chess player of note but famous in his day as the author of "Lorna Doone", see pages...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 4068

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

Everyone knows how to run, its a question of fitness like all endurance events are. There is some skill involved but the same could be said of chess seeing as you have to touch the correct piece and move it to the correct square before releasing it.
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 4068

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

Nope given that I have entered several. But its basically running in a straight line towards the finish line. There is no skill involved, its just about stamina and pacing yourself, depending on your level of fitness. There is no element of physical skill or ability involved only stamina.