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by Mats Winther
Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why does chess development invoke no interest?
Replies: 34
Views: 4350

Re: Why does chess development invoke no interest?

>Those who say that Chess960 is "the same thing" cannot have tested the game. Has anyone said this? Yes. >There exist no positions in Chess960 where white has a decisive advantage. I've heard Nakamura object to Chess960 on the grounds that some of the positions are hugely advantageous to White. Pre...
by Mats Winther
Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why does chess development invoke no interest?
Replies: 34
Views: 4350

Re: Why does chess development invoke no interest?

Those who say that Chess960 is "the same thing" cannot have tested the game. The opening strategies are vastly different. It is really fun to play on ICC and FICS. There exist no positions in Chess960 where white has a decisive advantage. In fact, the defensive task is easier for black (should he kn...
by Mats Winther
Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why does chess development invoke no interest?
Replies: 34
Views: 4350

Re: Why does chess development invoke no interest?

If I play the French defence on Fics or ICC I get to play the exchange variation in half of the games. This is boring in the end. Why do people always see these suggestions as a threat to Fide-chess? Fide-chess is an integral part of it. Relocation variants are meant to increase the chances for peop...
by Mats Winther
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why does chess development invoke no interest?
Replies: 34
Views: 4350

Re: Why does chess development invoke no interest?

This is chess. The Fide-position follows the rules of relocation variants. It's just that the players refrain from performing a relocation, which is allowed in relocation variants. The castling rules in Fide-chess also follow the Chess960 (relocation) rules. Everything is the same. Fide-chess is jus...
by Mats Winther
Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why does chess development invoke no interest?
Replies: 34
Views: 4350

Re: Why does chess development invoke no interest?

I own that book. There are no relocation variants in it. FRC is not to the taste of most people, because the player has no control. In relocation variants the player himself decides how the pieces should stand. It is interesting from move one. /Mats
by Mats Winther
Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does your play improve with alcohol consumption?
Replies: 29
Views: 3321

Re: Does your play improve with alcohol consumption?

stevencarr wrote: Any more world class players who were alcoholics?

Judging by the appearance of Efim Geller, perhaps he could be added to the list?
Gideon Ståhlberg was heavy on the bottle, which contributed to his premature death at 59 years of age. In that era, alcoholism was widespread. /Mats
by Mats Winther
Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why does chess development invoke no interest?
Replies: 34
Views: 4350

Re: Why does chess development invoke no interest?

Chess players are evidently a very boring and conservative species. I thought that these variants, at least, could be used in training and in rapid chess, to spice up the game. By the way, why do we get to choose only infantile pictures (or hats) as avatars? This isn't a children's forum, is it?
/Mats
by Mats Winther
Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why does chess development invoke no interest?
Replies: 34
Views: 4350

Why does chess development invoke no interest?

Why is forum "Chess Development" locked? I had hoped that somebody would care to evaluate some of my revolutionary ideas, such as Relocation Chess . I am slightly dismayed by the monumental lack of interest in my work. You could easily try out the diverse positions in Relocation Chess if you own a p...
by Mats Winther
Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does your play improve with alcohol consumption?
Replies: 29
Views: 3321

Re: Does your play improve with alcohol consumption?

Players who tend to get too tense during the game could benefit from it. But I only get tense during the last phase of the game, when the alcohol effect would have receded. In the beginning of the game I am too lax. I benefit from nicotine (e-cigarettes). The most important psychological factor in c...
by Mats Winther
Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kramnik's latest game
Replies: 10
Views: 1324

Re: Kramnik's latest game

The point is that Petrosian invented a completely new motif for the exchange sacrifice. It was a positional sacrifice that served the purpose of invading with the pieces on the diagonals that were weakened by the sacrifice. Petrosian's style is still a mystery. That's why his name still pops up. The...
by Mats Winther
Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Kramnik's latest game
Replies: 10
Views: 1324

Kramnik's latest game

From Chessbase.com. It's a remarkable game. I'm amazed that it works. Perhaps one should sacrifice the exchange more often. [Event "41st GM"] [Site "Dortmund GER"] [Date "2013.08.01"] [Round "6.5"] [White "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Black "Fridman, Daniel"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A13"] [WhiteElo "2784"] [Bl...
by Mats Winther
Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fide title devaluation
Replies: 50
Views: 6274

Re: Fide title devaluation

ChessBase has published an article about Fide title devaluation. In the beginning, the GM title was awarded players such as Paul Keres and Gideon Ståhlberg, that is, players who had truly brilliant qualities. I'd be willing to back any modern-day GM at his peak against Keres or Ståhlberg at their...
by Mats Winther
Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fide title devaluation
Replies: 50
Views: 6274

Fide title devaluation

ChessBase has published an article about Fide title devaluation. In the beginning, the GM title was awarded players such as Paul Keres and Gideon Ståhlberg, that is, players who had truly brilliant qualities. Today, the GM title has lost its radiance. This is a big problem that needs to be discusse...
by Mats Winther
Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess Player Strip Searched
Replies: 1173
Views: 98945

Re: Ivanov

Rombaldoni: "He never calculated moves"
http://www.chessbase.com/Home/TabId/211 ... 90613.aspx
/Mats