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by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2815
Views: 300803

Re: Media comments on chess

Its arguable that, metaphorically speaking, that is exactly what he did :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In addition to...
Replies: 17
Views: 1214

Re: In addition to...

As someone who gets annoyed by people offering draws when they are clearly worse (even if it's not my game!), I would welcome any ideas to put a stop to it. At the moment there is no downside If it happens just once, smile and play on (you don't even *have* to say anything) Anybody who does it on a...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: In addition to...
Replies: 17
Views: 1214

Re: In addition to...

Well this looks like being a short thread :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 18
Views: 1299

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

I assume he wrote that unaware that Eliskases was an enthusiastic Nazi (even compared to the somewhat more ambiguous Alekhine) Is there any evidence for that? Mere survival under the local regime won't do. Well he was on record as saying that Spielmann shouldn't be picked to play for the Austrian s...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 18
Views: 1299

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

I assume he wrote that unaware that Eliskases was an enthusiastic Nazi (even compared to the somewhat more ambiguous Alekhine)
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement

Apparently the Russian chess federation still hopes he can play for them in next year's Olympiad.

That might be a more satisfactory way to bow out, always assuming that he felt up to it.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement
Replies: 9
Views: 975

Re: Vladimir Kramnik Announces Retirement

Wasn't expecting that, might help explain his recent result though!
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4879

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

I note that the two female players in the Challengers failed to win a single game between them.

(which is a bit sad, and something I can't remember happening before)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4879

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

Yes, turning down a totally trivial draw in the hope of spurious "winning chances" summed his tournament up :oops:
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4879

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

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 6:12 pm
Giri catches Carlsen after Shankland resigns in a drawn position
WTF happened there?!?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: January Grades are out
Replies: 6
Views: 552

Re: January Grades are out

Wasn't expecting them for another week or so, nice work :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4879

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

What is Kramnik's worst ever tournament performance previously? Asking for a friend :oops: Well? Nepo meanwhile gets whupped by van Foreest (even if he somehow dragged it out to move 60) In the final game going, Carlsen is trying for a classic grind against his old sparring partner Anand.......
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 18
Views: 1299

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

He died in the closing days of the war, when just about any able-bodied German had been enlisted in Nazism's futile last stand.

Had he lived his affiliations would surely have been brushed over as with most "ordinary" Germans who had supported Hitler.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Tata Steel Wijk Aan Zee Fri 11th to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Replies: 57
Views: 4879

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

Radjabov's turn to "do a Kramnik" (ie self-destruct) today.

Nobody else following this?
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2815
Views: 300803

Re: Media comments on chess

Yes, its not for nothing that people thought he might be a real contender going into that WC cycle.