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by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Informator going down the tubes??
Replies: 15
Views: 1805

Re: Is Informator going down the tubes??

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Matt Mackenzie wrote: and it was B22. It's the 2. c3 Sicilian, apparently.
Yes I know :D
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Informator going down the tubes??
Replies: 15
Views: 1805

Re: Is Informator going down the tubes??

Yup, Informator was probably at its peak from the late 70s until the early 90s........

I am not as dismissive as Jonathan is above about its future though, despite my criticisms. Maybe the problem is that it needs some new blood - most of its "central" staff have been there for decades now :?:
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Informator going down the tubes??
Replies: 15
Views: 1805

Re: Is Informator going down the tubes??

Yeah, maybe I should have made that clear :wink: Still, I can't claim I see it played much by anybody below (say) 200 BCF strength. But this is distracting from my main point - that those 47 (count 'em) pages could have been more profitably used :) I mean, Informator used to produce opening monograp...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jul 07, 2009 11:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is Informator going down the tubes??
Replies: 15
Views: 1805

Is Informator going down the tubes??

Got the latest (no 104) copy of "Chess Informant" a few days ago, and I have to say I am a bit disappointed :( The number of games in each issue has been in long term decline, but the latest issue takes it to a new low - one short of three hundred :shock: The number of games annotated by the players...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Big Slick Tournament
Replies: 92
Views: 7579

Re: Big Slick Tournament

Alex Holowczak wrote:Isn't Bristol in Gloucestershire?
Not officially speaking, no. It is a Unitary authority.

(and even in the pre 1973 "olden days" it was a free standing county borough)
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6929

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Alex Holowczak wrote: It would help if the league results were published in the local newspapers
It certainly would - and *that* is something which used to happen in the 1970s/80s FAR more than it does now! :evil:
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6929

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Jonathan Rogers wrote:And as for Aagaard being British Champion in 2007 .....
Naturalised Scot isn't he? I can think of worse examples than him at any rate.......

(a few years before that when Kotronias - with no known links to these isles whatsoever - nearly won, for example :shock: )
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6929

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Well, my experience is that there are a few clubs (not just school-based ones, but obviously including them) with lots of juniors - and the majority, with hardly any :(
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 6929

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: 6929

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: 6929

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: 6929

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: 6929

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: 6929

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: 6929

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Too modest to put yourself on there I see Keith 8)