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by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5593

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

When was the last tournament when Carlsen failed to win a game?

(hasn't happened yet I know, but we are over halfway through now)
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Psychology of Chess
Replies: 7
Views: 1632

Re: Psychology of Chess

Maybe move this thread to the Book Reviews section now that it has reopened?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 2059

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

A very good feature article on LB now up at Edward Winter's site.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5593

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

Though he does appear to have squandered an almost winning advantage now.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 2059

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Yes, have a good one young man 8)
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 5593

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

But for Nepo's brain fade, every game in the first three rounds would have been draws.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3048
Views: 329905

Re: Media comments on chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:31 am
Although of course there was BBC coverage of Kasparov v Anand
I think that (in 1995) was the last significant chess programming on mainstream UK telly.

Significant there was no TV coverage of Kasparov v Kramnik in 2000 despite it being held in London.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 617
Views: 73374

Re: Cheating in chess

There are other problems linked to stripping someone of a rating, mostly related to inflation and deflation in the rating system. I don't understand. What precisely is your concern? A cheat could still be a strong player without cheating, if they get treated as "new" (ie low rated) on returning tha...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1497

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019

I would be very......interested.....to see him try a Cochrane Gambit in that ;)
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Good/Bad things from the British 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 1926

Re: Good/Bad things from the British 2019

If the game has already started, then it should be counted for grading/rating IMO.

Though I understand this doesn't always seem totally "fair" - its still a classic case of "hard cases make bad law" it seems to me.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1497

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019

Magnus is having a nightmare tournament and he was brutally honest about it in the brief interview he did last night, which is refreshing. But I do wonder if other players, who don't have his standing, would have been invited again if they were saying things like "you can expect more of the same to...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 37780

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:06 am
Should we ban the Kalashnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defence?
There are quite a few chess opening names that would appear "odd" to non players, when you think about it.......
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1497

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019

After yesterday's high of beating Magnus, all three games lost by Caruana today.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1497

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz 2019

Drew in the end, but a shocking day for the champ - against Aronian he simply threw away a superior position.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rook Odds Rules.
Replies: 39
Views: 2145

Re: Rook Odds Rules.

I cannot fathom why anybody is discussing a chess variant they have probably never played, or seen played My local league still had an odds knockout competition when I started chess in the 1980s. Strongest players were given a 1, weakest 5. Players who rated one higher had Black, conceding the f7 p...