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by MJMcCready
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: GH Hardy
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: GH Hardy

In assuming he went to Cambridge or Oxford,he may well have games found in their archives in their many forms. That aside where he resided some games may appear in local newspapers, especially if he participated in a simul. Other than that I don't know what else to suggest. That he was an amateur bu...
by MJMcCready
Fri May 31, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 3938

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

I lament that the only GMs that did this and went shagging behind their wife's back were Brits abroad. I bet you can guess who was most guilty. The last one he coupled up with was a very pretty German woman, a top 1200 player, 1279. Long blonde hair and very petty. He was a low 2600 player way back ...
by MJMcCready
Fri May 31, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 3938

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Turn up. Take their money. Bugger off elsewhere. Take their money instead.
by MJMcCready
Fri May 31, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 3938

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Yes and apologies for my cynicism but the modern game is a rather complex beast and those who just assume those at its apogee are most worthy of following need a very firm kick up the bum imo. Modern day Britain is such a free for all, the difference between professional chess players and uneducated...
by MJMcCready
Thu May 30, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 3938

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

No chance of being a latter day Spartan I'm afraid. Too many years of reading Plato as an under-grad and post-grad prevents such matters [if you aren't sure what I am alluding to here then its that Athens lost to Sparta and was in ruins. A defeated Athens was what much of Socrates' inquiries were ba...
by MJMcCready
Wed May 29, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 3938

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

It's all about money.
by MJMcCready
Tue May 28, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 3938

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

My point is there is an abundance of exciting players at the top end, and I think we can agree the world champion has played both Karjakin and Anand at the very highest level in recent years. Clearly the priority here was notoriety beyond the chess world and not about providing entertaining chess fo...
by MJMcCready
Mon May 27, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 3938

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Let's hope not. Britain is going to become notorious for dubious gatherings of overpaid GMs if we are not careful...oh but wait modern day Britain is all about letting anyone in and helping themselves isn't it?
by MJMcCready
Mon May 27, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 3938

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Perhaps yes but who chose Karjakin, who tends to be conservative and defensive and Anand, who is a good ten years past his prime? Why were they chosen? I'm not denying they are both great players but in terms of entertainment value, more thought could have been put into the line up for sure. It seem...
by MJMcCready
Sun May 26, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 3938

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

It looks like a waste of time and money to me.
by MJMcCready
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 68
Views: 8673

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Ray doesn't have the best reputation it would seem. Given how soon it has come out, was his motive for writing so hurriedly being he wanted to be the first to cash in on the match?
by MJMcCready
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 2934

Re: English victories against reigning World Champions

David McAlister wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:15 pm
Anyone want to have a go at English victories against these World Champions - Khalifman (FIDE Las Vegas 1999), Ponomariov (FIDE Moscow 2001), Kasimdzhanov (FIDE Tripoli 2004) and Topalov (FIDE San Luis 2005)?
A valid post, I would also like to know.
by MJMcCready
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 2934

Re: English victories against World Champions

Gunsberg wasn't a British citizen at the time he played Steinitz, though, which I think is the criterion people are using here to determine whether these games count. I was thinking in terms of being English at the time of playing the reigning world champion in a classical format. I assumed Yates a...
by MJMcCready
Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 2934

English victories against reigning World Champions

The baronet, world No1 at badminton, died at 91, in a care home and nearly blind, 44 years ago today. Instead of this cheap jokey post, it would be better to mark the occasion by remembering his triumph at Hastings 1934-35 where he tied for first with Euwe and Flohr, became the only English player ...