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by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6851

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Not just that Keith, but remember the huge super-tourneys we used to have like Phillips and Drew - not to mention the world title matches?? (of course the last big event of that nature back in '93 caused more problems than it solved :? ) These things were invaluable for getting chess wider publicity...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6851

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Point taken Keith, but don't you think British chess *has* regressed a fair bit from the glory days of the 1970s/80s?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:31 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6851

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

It's certainly getting that way again! :(
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6851

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Yes, I forgot Clarke and Kottnauer as ones who stood out in the pre-GM era. The latter in particular would surely have become a GM had he stayed in his native land......... I vaguely recall something about Lazslo Szabo wanting to leave Hungary and settle in Britain after the failure of the 1956 upri...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6851

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

I have said elsewhere that I believe that any statistical inflation in the rating system is far outweighed by the continuing rise in standards at all levels. We have had this discussion before I think :D Yes, there is *some* truth in what you say, but...... Looking back at some of my games (a rathe...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6851

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Yes, but damning Basman by saying his peak Elo rating was "only 2410" is pretty meaningless; firstly we all know just how colossally said ratings have inflated in the last 20-odd years, and secondly he was that rare being in competitive chess - somebody who *didn't* always care about the result abov...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:33 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6851

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Too modest to put yourself on there I see Keith 8)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6851

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Yes, of course :)

Imagine both him and Klaus Junge fulfilling their potential, eh?

We might not have had to wait for Fischer to challenge USSR hegemony :D
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:02 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6851

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Interesting to hear Leonard's views on this, as ever. Re R F Combe - I do think he deserves to be remembered for a *bit* more than that four move loss at the 1933 Olympiad. Looking at accounts of the time, it is noticeable how rarely he actually played in strong events - he withdrew from a few tourn...
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:24 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6851

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

I would say Eley had the edge over Haygarth - maybe the most "out of the blue" winner ever??
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Helpmate Problem.....
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

Re: Helpmate Problem.....

Excellent Neill! Hadn't expected a solution that quickly - seen it before?

(I had vague ideas of pushing the e5 pawn forward and under-promoting, just couldn't see how :) )
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:05 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Helpmate Problem.....
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

Helpmate Problem.....

This is a problem I saw a while back in an old issue of "CHESS" (circa 1950) White: Kh8, Bh7, Pe2&e5; Black: Ka2, Rh2, Bb8, Pf6&b3. Stipulation is - White to play and force Black to mate in 5 moves, Black making the longest possible move each time. The most obvious is something like 1e3 Rb2, 2Bc2 Bx...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16159

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Can my thread possibly come back to life after descending to ''how we notate in correspondence chess''? Let's try: What would you rather play through - the near perfect computer type chess that we are now seeing at the very top of world chess,or the artistic,easy to understand but not so easy to em...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: If you think the ECF has problems ...
Replies: 59
Views: 5438

Re: If you think the ECF has problems ...

A nutter :D
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Scoresheet books
Replies: 65
Views: 4041

Re: Scoresheet books

Alex, Chess Direct do some very nice 100 game scorebooks........

Bought a load a few years back and transferred all my "serious" games (going back to Sept 1981 :shock: ) into them. Got onto the ninth scorebook a few months ago :D