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by MJMcCready
Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: From the Guardian on the World Chess Championship
Replies: 18
Views: 1991

Re: From the Guardian on the World Chess Championship

But in chess we rely more upon more subtle psychological tricks rather than verbal attacks.

Some people, however, will respond with an utterance -verbal or non-verbal- to express their feelings over bad moves played either by or against them, but this is hardly the same thing.
by MJMcCready
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Apps
Replies: 9
Views: 2160

Re: Chess Apps

Yes, I also recommend Stockfish.
by MJMcCready
Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Zero move game: should it be graded?
Replies: 66
Views: 4442

Re: Zero move game: should it be graded?

I think it should stand. If you're suspicious whether the game was played, you could ask them to play through it for you and show the final position, that might help?
by MJMcCready
Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London Chess Classic 2013
Replies: 271
Views: 33245

Re: London Chess Classic 2013

Top six English players to play in 5th London Chess Classic: Chess in Schools and Communities is delighted to announce today that the six leading English players, Michael Adams, Luke McShane, Nigel Short, Matthew Sadler, David Howell and Gawain Jones have accepted their invitation to play in the 5t...
by MJMcCready
Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does your play improve with alcohol consumption?
Replies: 29
Views: 3336

Re: Does your play improve with alcohol consumption?

Didn't Alekhine lose the world championship title to Euwe partially due to alcohol abuse (and re-gained the title easily when playing sober)? Wasn't Tal major weakness the ill health (likely made worse by alcohol abuse)? It's generally agreed that Alekhine lost rather than Euwe won their first matc...
by MJMcCready
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does your play improve with alcohol consumption?
Replies: 29
Views: 3336

Does your play improve with alcohol consumption?

Hi all, I've thought for sometime that if I have one or two beers before a match I play better chess. I think it's because I approach the game in a more relaxed frame of mind and enjoy it more. I'm not talking about large amounts of alcohol here, as that will obviously reduce your ability to compete...
by MJMcCready
Thu Aug 22, 2013 5:13 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Illness Clause in World Championships
Replies: 5
Views: 1811

Re: Illness Clause in World Championships

An interesting study would involve finding which injuries/illnesses are beneficial towards your chess. I seem to remember Tony Miles benefited from a back injury once, and also won his respective tournament, Tilburg if I remember rightly.
by MJMcCready
Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Illness Clause in World Championships
Replies: 5
Views: 1811

Re: Illness Clause in World Championships

He doesn't want to play with 'Delhi belly', can't say I blame him. it's not too surprising that an article showing a lack of research has found its way onto chessbase I think.
by MJMcCready
Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Books on Soviet Chess
Replies: 29
Views: 9700

Re: Books on Soviet Chess

Could someone personally recommend a publication on the history of Soviet Chess. I would ideally prefer something written by or with input from an historian rather then something written by a titled chess player. I recently bought Soltis's Soviet Chess 1917-1991 but I found it to be disappointing o...
by MJMcCready
Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Books on Soviet Chess
Replies: 29
Views: 9700

Re: Books on Soviet Chess

Which brings us onto autobiography. Soltis, who prompted me to start the post -and a person I'm sure you don't like SImon- is heavily reliant on Botvinnik and leans on Levenfish too at crucial points in his publication. Could someone mention an ex-Soviet player's autobiography that they found partic...
by MJMcCready
Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Books on Soviet Chess
Replies: 29
Views: 9700

Re: Books on Soviet Chess

. Finally, you could look for chapters, sections or paragraphs on chess in books on Soviet history. Do please let us know if you come across other suggestions. I cannot add to what has been posted here, though your suggestion that there may be (and probably are) books written on Soviet history whic...
by MJMcCready
Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Books on Soviet Chess
Replies: 29
Views: 9700

Re: Books on Soviet Chess

Hi,I once read this interview by Axerbakh which I thought was quite interesting. http://www.chessintranslation.com/2012/02/averbakh-history-is-written-by-the-victors/ Could someone personally recommend a publication on the history of Soviet Chess. I would ideally prefer something written by or with ...
by MJMcCready
Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Books on Soviet Chess
Replies: 29
Views: 9700

Re: Books on Soviet Chess

Averbakh's book was written for the educated Russian reader. The English edition is a fairly faithful translation, minus the poems. There are not enough notes, many English readers will struggle without guidance, as one can see from the abysmal standard of some of the write-ups available on the Int...
by MJMcCready
Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Books on Soviet Chess
Replies: 29
Views: 9700

Re: Books on Soviet Chess

Hi sorry, I'm new to this site and the previous post didn't display the image I intended. I was referring to Kotov and Yudovich's book. I have never read Averbakh's book. Given that I asked for personal recommendations, have you read the book? I do enjoy reading primary source material providing tha...
by MJMcCready
Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Books on Soviet Chess
Replies: 29
Views: 9700

Re: Books on Soviet Chess

as well as "The Soviet School of Chess" by Kotov and Yudovich ssoc.jpg Hi, yeah O have that too but I think that the problem with that text is that it is written at a time where freedom of speech just did not exist. I thought Sam Sloane wasn't far off in the introduction with his comments. I would ...