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by Matt Fletcher
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)
Replies: 37
Views: 6849

Re: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)

Did anyone else notice that the scene where Fischer storms out because of Russian collusion (agreeing draws between themselves) was set at the Olympiad? I know there were other glaring inaccuracies, but for some reason that was the one that was the most jarring to me. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLe...
by Matt Fletcher
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge
Replies: 44
Views: 4812

Re: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge

JustinHorton wrote:Isn't Black's 34th a capture, by the way?
I didn't think so - though I could potentially be persuaded.

I think it might just be possible to go a bit further with this (albeit with some speculative intermediate moves) as Black clearly promotes with check on move 49.
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge
Replies: 44
Views: 4812

Re: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge

So if you're right, that might give us 29 ... B-B5 30 K-Kt2 P-R4 31 K-R3 P-Kt4 32 K-Kt4 and then the bishop moves, but to where? Based on seeing some 7s and 8s, some possible knight moves and the pawn captures on move 38, I've got the following written down: 32...B-R3 33. Kt-Kt5 ??? 34. Kt-[Q6?] ??...
by Matt Fletcher
Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge
Replies: 44
Views: 4812

Re: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge

I was just about to post this which I think is the same as (at least, very similar to) John's analysis above. I'm pretty sure move 24-28 are right - nothing else fits with the length of the moves. Similarly to John, I'm not sure where the black Rook goes on move 22 - also where the black Bishop goes...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017
Replies: 283
Views: 16666

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 23 Sep to 1 Oct 2017

Karjarkin is still the youngest ever GM, at exactly 12 years 7 months. Praggnandhaa was born on 10 August 2005 which I think means he has until 10 March next year to get there - he has the 2500 rating but my understanding is that (if he achieves it) this would be his first norm. [EDIT for incorrect ...
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140590

Re: The English Language

Whaat does 'resspectively' refer to? Studies using clustering algorithms, similarity/dissimilarity measures, and evaluation criteria reviewed in Section 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3, respectively , are as italicized. Does it coves just its clause or the whole sentence? It means that section 2.1 reviews studie...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4806

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

Is this grading record him or someone with the same name? http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php?file=player&PlayerCode=295297L Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the somewhat unusual name, it is the same person: This was also the debut for former presenter of TV science programmes, Adam Hart-Davis, ...
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Lomonosov tablebases
Replies: 35
Views: 11344

Re: Re:

Tim Harding wrote: And in the case of ICCF correspondence tournaments, if the tablebase says there is a forced mate, it is adjudicated a win even if it would take more than 50 moves without pawn move or capture.
That's interesting - seems like TCEC are using the same rules.
by Matt Fletcher
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Lomonosov tablebases
Replies: 35
Views: 11344

Re: Lomonosov tablebases

Nick Burrows wrote:Why wasn't it a 50 move draw?
I don't know for sure, but I suspect it's somewhere in the rules of the tournament - ie as soon as you get to a tablebase position, the result is whatever the outcome would be with best play, regardless of move limits.
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Lomonosov tablebases
Replies: 35
Views: 11344

Re: Lomonosov tablebases

There was an interesting finish involving tablebases (actually 5-piece not 7-piece) in the TCEC Superfinal between Stockfish 7 and Houdini 5 in November last year. This is the final position, with Black to move: K5Q1/8/8/8/5bb1/6k1/8/8 b - - 0 72 Both computers had been evaluating the position as a ...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140590

Re: The English Language

What's the difference between 'Black has played quite well' and 'Black has played very well'? it's a matter of *how* well, with "very" being more well than "quite" so if you think of "well-ness" as being on a sliding scale from 0-10, with extremely badly = 0 and brilliantly = 10 then "quite well" m...
by Matt Fletcher
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Rookie
Replies: 21
Views: 2208

Re: The Rookie

What's the best choice for Jonathan to spend his time on: a) chess or b) the piano? I vote c) Jazz flute... 8) Anyhow, for what it's worth, I'd like to improve at chess because (within reason) I like to try and improve at everything I do - I find things much more fun that way. But (like many others...
by Matt Fletcher
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book Idea
Replies: 9
Views: 1507

Re: Chess Book Idea

I had a chess book idea a couple of years back that I don't think I've ever seen in quite this form - I don't think I've mentioned it on the forum before (but please accept my apologies if I'm repeating myself). My thought was that I'm graded somewhere round 180, so typically when I play people 190-...
by Matt Fletcher
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 FIDE Women's World Championship (Tehran)
Replies: 178
Views: 12791

Re: 2017 FIDE Women's World Championship (Tehran)

Tan managed a draw from a position she was getting toasted in but that's the Armageddon finish for you. Not sure how anyone can take this event seriously. It's somewhere between a joke and a lottery (or maybe both). :roll: :roll: :roll: Remember when Svidler hung a rook in the final of the World Cup?
by Matt Fletcher
Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3240
Views: 354559

Re: Media comments on chess

Matthew Turner wrote:Not really sure how this picture relates to the story.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/smal ... -scale-up/
Me neither, but I desperately want to reach in and twist the board that's just over his right shoulder...