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by MJMcCready
Sat May 09, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Greenbecker Gambit by Ben Graff
Replies: 7
Views: 1097

Re: The Greenbecker Gambit by Ben Graff

The real problem is that chess literature on the whole is decadent because people who can't write or communicate well generally have short cuts courtesy of a title worthless outside its field which also does not denote any level of education. At a rough guess, I'd say the chances of a book on chess ...
by MJMcCready
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 147
Views: 19642

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

James Plaskett wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:31 pm
Untrue.
The audience had only two simple options: Guilty or Not Guilty.
Two votes. One after Act One and one at the end of the theatre showing of QUIZ.
Untrue correct but facetious is a better word.
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7091

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Yes you do have a point there. There are many parts of the moves that matter where Jonathan clearly writes with much intensity and inserts concepts and ideas which are deep and complex and alter the narrative quite dramatically. I get the feeling he pushes himself very hard when he writes and someti...
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 147
Views: 19642

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

I think they were asked 'On a scale of 1-10 how sure are you that he is guilty'. After analysis, the mean was calculated at 6.66.
by MJMcCready
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Banter Blitz.
Replies: 3
Views: 878

Re: Banter Blitz.

Oh, I don't mean that. I mean when he plays many people at -seeming- random in one show in 3 or 5 minute games.
by MJMcCready
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Banter Blitz.
Replies: 3
Views: 878

Banter Blitz.

I have so far watched all the banter blitz episodes with the current world champion and noted a few things although one or two points lie unresolved. I enjoy watching it because of the harmonious play magnus tears people apart with and in doing so makes chess look like simple and easy game to play, ...
by MJMcCready
Mon Apr 13, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 147
Views: 19642

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

Is anyone profiting from this latest production about how someone once somehow profited from a mass-media production personally? If not what is the purpose behind its production?
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Would you like to become a millionaire?
Replies: 44
Views: 8833

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Unfortunately I don't have access to my resources but Sweby mentioned her several times between 77-83. I believe in one column he quoted her and drew reference to the fact we had no females playing in our league but that's all I can say at the moment.
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 2058

Re: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?

Yep, all fair points. It's probably just the philosopher in me pushing through and questioning the form of and values attached to Bullet chess rather than focus on the differing reasons why people do things. When Botvinnik once said Blitz chess, 'I played it on a train once' that sentiment I sympath...
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 2058

Re: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?

I am aware there is a history to it all. Perhaps it's just me being obstinate but I can't help but feel something is fundamentally wrong with the bullet chess/premove stuff. Perhaps you are right, it's a release of pressure not taken seriously, which in itself makes it fun. Perhaps its just me but i...
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7091

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Unfortunately I may well have read most of them, hence my cynicism. I just wouldn't know where to start if you asked what is wrong, generally speaking, with chess literature then?
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Would you like to become a millionaire?
Replies: 44
Views: 8833

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

I can't gain access to the resources to answer that. The local columnist Sweby had a propensity to be vague at times. He only said she was visiting or 'now playing', which I assume was his way of hiding the fact that he didn't know himself. There wasn't much he didn't know. I also can't account for ...
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 2058

Re: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?

. It constitutes, greed, egoism, and a lack of sensibility It's one-minute chess for fun on the internet, not Gordon Gekko. 'Chess for fun'? I've always interpreted that as an oxymoron. I thought it was the case that there must be a prize-fund involved if the chess-playing elite are participating. ...
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.
Replies: 18
Views: 2100

Re: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.

They do and as we know research is always an on-going project. Unfortunately the more reliant on material discovered on-line I become, the worse off I feel overall, as if something at hand is very wrong...maybe that's just me showing my age, and temporarily forgetting sites such as The British Newsp...
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 2058

Re: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?

Oh yes Webb's barrage technique, and to think I spent at least two seasons using it at every opportunity.I suppose there is a similarity although from what I recall when I last read that book Simon's point was based in your opponent falling into time trouble whereas in bullet chess you start off in ...