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by Mats Winther
Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Anand v Carlsen
Replies: 435
Views: 33384

Re: Anand v Carlsen

Chinese Chess ( Xiangqi ), whose present form dates from about the beginning of the 12th century, is more popular than "real chess". Evidence? Whatever the exaggerations in Agon's claims of the worldwide billions, chess in the form we know it is played in almost every country in the world. Xiangqi ...
by Mats Winther
Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Anand v Carlsen
Replies: 435
Views: 33384

Re: Anand v Carlsen

Completely agree. I feel even more sorry for people who think these ridiculous variants are the future of chess, when real chess unfolds new mysteries and beauty with every top-level tournament. This is typical unhistorical eurocentrism. What you guys regard as "real chess" is really a chess varian...
by Mats Winther
Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:14 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Anand v Carlsen
Replies: 435
Views: 33384

Re: Anand v Carlsen

I think it's an enormous waste of genius, to have such players sit and play absolutely insipid chess, simply because it is the most comfortable way to come to grips with the game. What if Beethoven had wasted his genius on composing lullabies because it yielded a good income? Henri Matisse, during h...
by Mats Winther
Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Anand v Carlsen
Replies: 435
Views: 33384

Re: Anand v Carlsen

Anand appears to have bollixed a dead draw or at least made things very, very difficult for himself. I think maybe a lot of people following this match will have to rethink their definition of 'dead draw'. The position after move 24 is a dead draw. So this evaluation hasn't changed. What has change...
by Mats Winther
Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Anand v Carlsen
Replies: 435
Views: 33384

Re: Anand v Carlsen

In fact, Carlsen could have won easier by playing 39...Qxd6! 40.Rxd6 Rxe3 41.Rd5 b4! This gives a better rook endgame than the one in the game .... /Mats I see Danny King's video report dismisses this line because of 42 cxb4. What's your idea? I was wrong. It leads to a 3 pawns versus 2 pawns rook ...
by Mats Winther
Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Anand v Carlsen
Replies: 435
Views: 33384

Re: Anand v Carlsen

In fact, Carlsen could have won easier by playing 39...Qxd6! 40.Rxd6 Rxe3 41.Rd5 b4! This gives a better rook endgame than the one in the game, which is probably drawn. So, evidently, Anand's 38.Qg3 was bad. It was an almost equal position; black only slightly better, with little hope of making prog...
by Mats Winther
Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WCH clothing style
Replies: 10
Views: 2253

WCH clothing style

I think the players should live up to the occasion and wear suit and tie when sitting before a world audience at a World Championship. I have nothing against the modern lax clothing style, generally. But one should clothe for the occasion. Look at this picture how their jackets are hanging over the ...
by Mats Winther
Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess 2
Replies: 15
Views: 2256

Re: Chess 2

I can't imagine ever seriously playing a game with the rules as suggestion by John. Nor any other variant for that matter. If 'traditional' chess ever did totally die out at my level (which I very much doubt it will in my lifetime), I'd be much more likely to take up another game than some kind of ...
by Mats Winther
Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess 2
Replies: 15
Views: 2256

Re: Chess 2

It seems like a convoluted game, involving cards and fantasy pieces. It is possibly fun, but it is remote from the elegance and simplicity of chess rules and strategy. I have proposed many variants, most of which are "modest", that is, they remain true to the spirit of chess. So it is still chess. h...
by Mats Winther
Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Apps
Replies: 9
Views: 2142

Re: Chess Apps

ChessBase Online for Android. It is astounding, for this small sum.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... ssdb&hl=en
/Mats
by Mats Winther
Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Karpov's longevity
Replies: 13
Views: 2182

Karpov's longevity

In the Second Anatoly Karpov Trophy , Karpov never castles as white and plays the Scandinavian with Qd6 as black, beating Ivanchuk, among others. It's highly unconventional play. I have always admired Karpov, especially his endgame prowess. I remember reading "Practical endgame lessons" (Edmar Medni...
by Mats Winther
Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones
Replies: 175
Views: 15135

Re: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones

It is absurd that everybody shall have the right to carry around an enormous opening book in their pocket, bigger than the ECO, with which they can check out the opening lines in the blink of an eye. Provide you do this before the game, why is it absurd? It just levels the playing field a bit with ...
by Mats Winther
Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones
Replies: 175
Views: 15135

Re: Possession of (or by) Mobile Phones

With a smartphone one can employ ChessBase Online for Android, a huge online tree database, which is very fast and remarkably convenient. It is better than the ChessBase database itself. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=chessbase.android.chessdb&hl=en It is absurd that everybody shall h...
by Mats Winther
Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Paris Final: Disappointing Finish
Replies: 7
Views: 1091

Paris Final: Disappointing Finish

That's how ChessBase news formulates it. Such things never occur in other sports. In race car tours, the drivers won't stop at a third of the distance and agree to discontinue the race. I don't know how the chess public can tolerate this year after year. In Rome's arenas, the gladiators were expecte...
by Mats Winther
Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why does chess development invoke no interest?
Replies: 34
Views: 4301

Re: Why does chess development invoke no interest?

Theoretical preparation is "a form of cheating"? You've got a bizarre definition of the term. Indeed, opportunistic theoretical preparation is cheating. Don't be morally naive. Today, it would be very easy for me to prepare against theoretical weaknesses in your repertoire. For instance, let's say ...