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by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 38
Views: 3044

Re: End of an era

As has been pointed out, the claim to have not missed a week is typically "Keeneian".
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2631

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

Prize money has existed almost as long as chess competitions, surely?

And gradings were created because there was a demand for them, from both players and (maybe more important) event organisers.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3078
Views: 336634

Re: Media comments on chess

Must have been a few chess metaphors floating about this morning?
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When you have finished in the analysis room
Replies: 1
Views: 885

Re: When you have finished in the analysis room

Surprised there wasn't comment on this thread, its something that can be quite easy to forget :oops:
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Sep 19, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Website
Replies: 25
Views: 2007

Re: FIDE Website

That might not be hard tbf.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1761

Re: British Champions in Prison

"Nowadays, the Carl Beech case suggests that we may have gone too far in the other direction." Well, society does yo-yo in attitudes. Unfortunately, Keir Starmer made a statement as head of CPS that anybody who complained of sexual abuse should be believed. I hope he meant that all accusations shou...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 82
Views: 14511

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Kevin >Some years ago, a teacher that had written various chess books got locked up for sexual abuse of children. BCM immediately took all of those books off the shelves and stopped advertising them< Murray Chandler did more than that. Walker's LATEST book had been printed by BCM but not yet distri...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12437

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:56 pm
Oh, do people still play 1 e4 ?
I do, all the time :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12437

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

The same can be argued wrt Ponomariov (though he has also been bringing up a family)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 194
Views: 15229

Re: Arbitration question

It would be highly unusual for clocks to be stopped for a toilet break although long, long ago, matches would sometimes be suspended for a refreshment break. That still happened a bit when I started playing proper chess in the 1980s. And there was one match of mine that got stopped for the Grand Na...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Champions Showdown - Kasparov playing Sept 2nd - 5th
Replies: 15
Views: 1227

Re: Champions Showdown - Kasparov playing Sept 2nd - 5th

Chris Rice wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:47 pm
Oh dear ran out of time again...

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Alternative (double edged) title - "time waits for no man"?
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3078
Views: 336634

Re: Media comments on chess

Nick Grey wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:13 pm
Midsomer Murders on ITV now. The Sicilian Defence. I've forgotten who did. Occasionally I want to play the Sicilian but forget to play 1...c5.
Happened to see a bit of that, have to say the actual chess "footage" was more convincing than is sometimes the case in these things.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Sep 01, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Preferences for a weekender
Replies: 23
Views: 1584

Re: Preferences for a weekender

Do seven round tournaments of that type actually exist?

The only ones I have been aware of since the 1980s at least are those that continued into a (bank holiday) Monday.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE title hierarchy?
Replies: 17
Views: 1223

Re: FIDE title hierarchy?

There were people who were very strong correspondence players, but ordinary if not weak OTB, even in the pre-computer days.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Pal Benko (1928-2019)
Replies: 16
Views: 1169

Re: Pal Benko (1928-2019)

The indefatigable E G Winter now has a feature article up on Benko.

Amongst other things, it seems to show he wasn't paid (at least per se) when he withdrew for RJF in the 1970 Interzonal.