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by MJMcCready
Fri May 22, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigning in a Winning Position
Replies: 33
Views: 4745

Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

What followed still makes me chuckle, the said player would always ask his opponent to go over his loss with him but would then change tack and ask to be shown how to beat Karpov instead. I don't recall seeing anyone retain their patience after that point and attempt to do so. Given that there's mor...
by MJMcCready
Fri May 22, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigning in a Winning Position
Replies: 33
Views: 4745

Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Yes, had that myself in Bedford. I wasn't sure at first if my opponent had thought I'd offered a draw because he had defensive resources in play, and to me they were quite obvious. I shook hands thinking I must have offered a draw so but became lost in thought and forgot, only to find out the result...
by MJMcCready
Fri May 22, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigning in a Winning Position
Replies: 33
Views: 4745

Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

I recall two arbiters discussing that the most confusing thing they've ever encountered was a double resignation. What I imagine would make that perplexing if not vexating is if one player has a winning position and the other a losing position. Making sense of that would be rather challenging, and m...
by MJMcCready
Tue May 19, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Catagorization or a list of notable publications
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: Catagorization or a list of notable publications

Apologies but I am rather cynical at the best of times. Maybe best left at that.
by MJMcCready
Mon May 18, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Catagorization or a list of notable publications
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Catagorization or a list of notable publications

Could we consider categorizing this section into: maybe a subdivision 1) Educated author's who can communicate well and are meticulous in their research and broad in their content. 2) Those with much, much room for improvement and only a limited ability to address their own lack of effort but noneth...
by MJMcCready
Sun May 17, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dangerous Moves : the film (La Diagonale du Fou)
Replies: 2
Views: 222

Re: Dangerous Moves : the film (La Diagonale du Fou)

Not seen it but there was another French film made about chess around the same time. I do know where that one was located, translated the title is 'Paris or bust'.
by MJMcCready
Sun May 17, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1568

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

Do actors ever do anything the way real people do? The one I've always found most amusing is they way they wake up in a scene, which usually takes a bit of time to do and may involve bodily functions. Doesn't usually involve full bodily motion and full attention to something in a concentrated manner...
by MJMcCready
Sun May 17, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn Sacrifice - the film
Replies: 14
Views: 583

Re: Pawn Sacrifice - the film

Will we ever see a film about Paul Morphy I wonder?
by MJMcCready
Sun May 17, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1568

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

Film better than expected. It was a dramatisation rather than a biography. So most of the incidents in the film took place, just not at the time or place depicted. The accusation of Russian Cheaters was made, but at the 1962 Candidates in Curacao rather than the Olympiad in Varna. Equally the "arri...
by MJMcCready
Sun May 17, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1568

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

I suspect Twelve Angry Men is beyond criticism of any form as its surely stifled by the pure pleasure of watching the production. I think what I found too difficult to accept about the film referred to in this thread was what some call 'artistic licence'. Maguire put in a performance of someone with...
by MJMcCready
Sat May 16, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 106
Views: 16424

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 3:08 pm
If people have no interest in a thread, they are under no obligation to contribute to it - or indeed even read it.

Demanding it be closed down simply because of your personal lack of interest/objection is rarely a good look.
I wasn't demanding anything, just doesn't seem to bne going anywhere.
by MJMcCready
Fri May 15, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1568

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

I would imagine having such a name has certain advantages and drawbacks, who wouldn't want to say they've beaten bobby fischer.
by MJMcCready
Fri May 15, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1568

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

But how many Bobby Fischers have there been?
by MJMcCready
Fri May 15, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1568

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

Just out of curiosity how many Fischers have there been? In England with have had two Adams, generations apart of course. Two Aronians although the first has a vowel missing and we have two Petrosians. I would imagine a strong American junior named Fischer would receive more attention than just abou...
by MJMcCready
Fri May 15, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 1568

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

'I wouldn't bother watching it if I were you.' Much the same advice could be applied to your post with a rather infantile attitude to violence. Well it could be that or it could be a very subtle reference to a certain chess club long-since closed down but which a few members are aware of and also a...