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by MJMcCready
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 140
Views: 7256

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

I can't say Carlsen's choice of opening was particularly inspiring.
by MJMcCready
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 140
Views: 7256

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

So is he going to play 1. f4 then 2. g4 in their next encounter? I hope so.
by MJMcCready
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 140
Views: 7256

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Mickey was using a lot of time to maintain the small advantage that he had. He should not have allowed Carlsen to exchange queens when his pieces were so poorly placed.
by MJMcCready
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 140
Views: 7256

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

And estimating the psychological impact of having someone playing slightly strange lines against you must be great when you are 2700+ yourself. There is some logic to it, Miles did it against Karpov once.
by MJMcCready
Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 140
Views: 7256

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

and to think Carlsen wasn't even born then.
by MJMcCready
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 140
Views: 7256

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

aha, perhaps Carlsen did not find these games on line?
by MJMcCready
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: London Chess Classic 2017
Replies: 140
Views: 7256

Re: London Chess Classic 2017

Isn't it just a reverse Lenningrad Dutch with a tempo up? Is he perhaps a little overconfident in playing it at such a high calibre opponent?
by MJMcCready
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and cricket
Replies: 13
Views: 1326

Re: Chess and cricket

It's quite possible that GM Peter Svidler will one day describe himself tongue-in-cheek as a chess-playing cricketer.

http://yorkshirechess.org/interview-with-peter-svidler/
by MJMcCready
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 5th Sinquefield Cup 2-12 August 2017
Replies: 102
Views: 4350

Re: 5th Sinquefield Cup 2-12 August 2017

There are more rules for the tie-break system than there are moves in chess I think
by MJMcCready
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 5th Sinquefield Cup 2-12 August 2017
Replies: 102
Views: 4350

Re: 5th Sinquefield Cup 2-12 August 2017

Aronian seems to have gone badly awry.
by MJMcCready
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 5th Sinquefield Cup 2-12 August 2017
Replies: 102
Views: 4350

Re: 5th Sinquefield Cup 2-12 August 2017

It's a good day for the tournament. Some great positions in play right now.
by MJMcCready
Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:39 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 5th Sinquefield Cup 2-12 August 2017
Replies: 102
Views: 4350

Re: 5th Sinquefield Cup 2-12 August 2017

Every game was drawn today.
by MJMcCready
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strange example of gamesmanship in play
Replies: 12
Views: 1221

Re: Strange example of gamesmanship in play

You missed the bit that said "if this happened in a rated game..." Actually I didn't, but why would anyone care if an opponent used his clock time to wave a piece around in the air? Do you have a right of unrestricted view of the board while your opponent's clock is running? On reflection, perhaps ...
by MJMcCready
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strange example of gamesmanship in play
Replies: 12
Views: 1221

Re: Strange example of gamesmanship in play

I think the thing was, he was sliding the rook down the board and gauging the reaction all the way. He knew what he was doing although his opponent remained unflustered thankfully.
by MJMcCready
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strange example of gamesmanship in play
Replies: 12
Views: 1221

Strange example of gamesmanship in play

Greetings, so I went to the chess and bridge center yesterday for, perhaps, the first time in many years. Two guys were playing outside and in the midst of a rook endgame. They weren't using a clock but then one of them did something which you don't see very often, and frankly, I wasn't so sure what...