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by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:16 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ken Bloodworth
Replies: 13
Views: 1781

Re: Ken Bloodworth

Any advance on 95 year olds in previous grading lists, then?
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ken Bloodworth
Replies: 13
Views: 1781

Ken Bloodworth

The latest grading list still has him in it - at the age of 95!! :shock:

Can anyone beat that in the current list? Or indeed in past ones (ever been an active recipient of the Queen's Telegram?)

(and, yes, I think this counts as "Chess History" - living history innit? :D )
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: playing on icc or play chess in middle of a tourny!
Replies: 52
Views: 3523

Re: playing on icc or play chess in middle of a tourny!

When did adjournments die out at congresses, out of interest?

There were still some about when I started tournament chess in the early 80s (spring Morecambe congress, for instance)
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 15
Views: 2064

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

A youthful 80 year old in every sense!

Many more happy years, Leonard :D
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7050

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Roger de Coverly wrote:Although they qualified for the top section, only Penrose scored more than 50%.
Maybe you should replace "although" with "because" in that statement :D

Ola, who was the modest IM then?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:05 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: 1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4
Replies: 48
Views: 11069

Re: 1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4

My Elo is 2080 Geoff :) BCF 179 in "old" money, 189 in new......... Actually I have never been so bothered about 3d4 (don't think I ever lost against it) What killed the Latvian for me is 3Nxe5 Qf6 4Nc4! (though 4d4 is very good for White as well - and indeed is what I have played on the odd occasio...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: 1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4
Replies: 48
Views: 11069

Re: 1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4

I used to play the Latvian a lot, but have - sadly and reluctantly - come to the conclusion that it is busted.......

So I don't, anymore :(
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A thank you to Ray Keene for the Staunton and other events
Replies: 51
Views: 5938

Re: A thank you to Ray Keene for the Staunton and other events

Nigel_Davies wrote:It is, I believe, a good example of the politics of envy
<colossal yawn> :roll:

The apologists of the individual Justin referenced above used to say *exactly* that sort of stuff, of course :twisted:
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:35 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic
Replies: 31
Views: 4692

Re: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic

Reading the FIDE member nations list, Saudi Arabia and Oman are not members. This will probably be why they don't play at Olympiads. Apart from big blobs of Africa, a few of the smaller West Indies nations, the only other place not to be a member of FIDE is North Korea. Is there a list of members (...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:34 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic
Replies: 31
Views: 4692

Re: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic

Matthew, it was you who said you couldn't imagine the Taliban having somebody flogged for playing chess. I was simply pointing out that many of those who know them well would have a very different view......... Still, let's leave it there, eh? :wink: Didn't know that Oman wasn't a FIDE member (could...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:10 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic
Replies: 31
Views: 4692

Re: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic

Matt, This part of Nigel Short's report on his time as Iranian chess coach "Iran is a strange society. Satellite TV is banned but you will find dishes on many a roof. Alcohol is forbidden but widely available in people’s homes. Cheap heroin, from next-door Afghanistan, is a major problem. And one...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 33093

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

Does John Toothill have a BM title, out of interest?
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic
Replies: 31
Views: 4692

Re: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic

Leonard, I don't think anybody (certainly not myself) is disputing that chess is booming in Iran NOW........

It certainly wasn't in the 1980-85 period though :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:14 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic
Replies: 31
Views: 4692

Re: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic

Matt, If you will read the article, you will find out that it is a supporter of Karzai, who is anti-chess. I don't think there is any evidence of the Taliban persecuting chess players. Quite simply, you are wrong - so wrong that I am frankly mystified where you are getting your information from :? ...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Links
Topic: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic
Replies: 31
Views: 4692

Re: Chess is another activity the Taliban considers un-Islamic

However, it only seems to be the leaders that the West support that actively campaign against the game. Eh? So the West "support" the Taliban then?? :? :?: Yes Sistani said chess was "un-Islamic" - but there has also been no attempt made to actually ban the game in Iraq, nor is there likely to be. ...