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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: 1550

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: 2056

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: 1550

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: 38929

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: 1550

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: 1550

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: 2634

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...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38929

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I don't like early starts tbh, but its having a *different* earlier time for the last game that really bugs me.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3079
Views: 336879

Re: Media comments on chess

He is on record as making some rather "off colour" comments on Jews in his teenage years, though it was far from the mania it later became.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3079
Views: 336879

Re: Media comments on chess

Wasn't his "credible" diagnosis Aspergers, anyway?

That is subtly different from what many perceive as autism.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Irish Championship 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1330

Re: Irish Championship 2019

Of course Black took the pawn thinking White "had" to play Qa1+, when Kb4 should draw.

However, he doesn't have to move his Q as far down that diagonal......

Whoops!
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38929

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Ah yes, early starts on the last day.

Something that I have always found abominable :twisted:
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38929

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:56 pm
Prize winners.

Rapidplay
1st= Andrew Lewis (Manningtree); James Sherwin

Is that the same James Sherwin who is game one in Fischer's 60MG's.
That player settled in England around two decades ago. Though if it is him he is in his mid 80s now, so any prize is impressive.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38929

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

This takes me back to Mamedyarov - Kurnosov, Aeroflot 2009, one of the earliest important cases. From a well known position, White played dreadfully and was crushed by a series of fairly obvious forcing moves. His opponent left the playing area several times - he says for a cigarette, as was his cu...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 38929

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

JustinHorton wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:27 pm
I am a bit confused that somebody professionally involved in chess doesn't appear to know this.
Yes, that surprised me too (regardless of the wider rights or wrongs)