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by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4382

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Computers are unreliable for this sort of ending btw, as they frequently give a "plus" to the pawn up player where none really exists.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4382

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Kramnik is these days not just Giri's bunny but Nepo's, it would appear. He needs to stop playing kamikaze chess against these people.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292146

Re: Media comments on chess

Apart from anything else, "autism" comes in many guises.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4382

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Certainly not, and haven't been since the 1980s I think!
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4382

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

My other point remains, of course :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4382

Re: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019

In today's final unfinished game Shankland is about to beat Rapport, which would mean no White wins in the first 2 rounds :shock:
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2983
Views: 123094

Re: The English Language

That can be one way of stopping it (though far from the only one)
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6629

Re: Hastings

Anyone think the Hastings tournament might benefit from switching to faster time limits? I was just reading Greg Shahade's blogpost on "Slow Chess Should Die A Fast Death" (which has probably been discussed here on here before). I guess it would mean a shorter tournament in terms of days, with pote...
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Khosrow Sheikh Harandi, R.I.P
Replies: 1
Views: 367

Re: Khosrow Sheikh Harandi, R.I.P

Perhaps the strongest Iranian player prior to the "modern" era, and had a few GM scalps.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2715
Views: 292146

Re: Media comments on chess

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:09 pm
It's probably Hunt's speechwriter. JH was notorious as being the Health Secretary who believed in homoeopathy.
Has at least one thing in common with a certain other Jeremy in the UK political arena, then......
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 3208

Re: Steve Berry

No age, that :(
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 3208

Re: Steve Berry

How old was he?

(given that no posts have mentioned this detail thus far)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6629

Re: Hastings

David Robertson wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:00 pm
Of course, the Fried Liver should never be played. One should always play the Traxler!!
Haven't the most "exciting" lines in that been analyzed to a forced draw, though?

(as with other not dissimilar openings)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 267
Views: 12625

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

Paul McKeown wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:27 pm
It is the leagues with diehard, aged reactionaries which are slowly shrinking
Some even still allow adjudications :wink: