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by MJMcCready
Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Books on Soviet Chess
Replies: 29
Views: 9275

Re: Books on Soviet Chess

I have read both Wade and Richards but think that by far the best books for giving a historical, analytical and personal perspective are Soviet Chess 1917-91 by Andrew Soltis and Russian Silhouettes by Genna Sosonko Ok thanks, well I have read neither Wade nor Richards so I will purchase those two....
by MJMcCready
Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:50 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Books on Soviet Chess
Replies: 29
Views: 9275

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 on...
by MJMcCready
Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Game of chess causes armed stand off
Replies: 1
Views: 646

Game of chess causes armed stand off

Saw this in the news the other day. Quite a surprising scenario.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/SWAT ... 88281.html
by MJMcCready
Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Fide ID has vanished due to being out of the UK for too long
Replies: 43
Views: 5316

Re: Fide ID has vanished due to being out of the UK for too

How many people consider the ECF to be vindictive? Not many, I would think. Not me but it is hard to justify paying an annual fee to a federation just to keep your rating going. I've never really understood why we have to have our own ratings anyway instead of everyone having a fide rating. Duplici...
by MJMcCready
Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Wanted: Grandmaster Clash - BBC Chess Documentary from 1988
Replies: 0
Views: 1827

Wanted: Grandmaster Clash - BBC Chess Documentary from 1988

Hi, I used to have it on VHS but do no longer. If anyone has it, I would be keen to purchase it/or copy. On DVD if possible.
by MJMcCready
Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Good/Bad English
Replies: 18
Views: 2468

Re: Good/Bad English

Go into any supermarket in England and you will see a sign near some of the tills '10 items or less' when it should be '10 items or fewer' given that 'less' is used for nouns which we don't count 'uncountable nouns' and fewer is used for nouns we do count 'countable nouns'.
by MJMcCready
Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: What sort of reputation does 2 Ne2 in the Caro-Kann have?
Replies: 4
Views: 2625

Re: What sort of reputation does 2 Ne2 in the Caro-Kann have

lol, I think we've all been following Andrew Martin on line haven't we? Aside from these great games it would be nice to hear from Caro-Kann players if they find the line troubling. At club level I've often noticed that variations that are untypical for the opening often cause problems even though t...
by MJMcCready
Sat Jul 06, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: What sort of reputation does 2 Ne2 in the Caro-Kann have?
Replies: 4
Views: 2625

What sort of reputation does 2 Ne2 in the Caro-Kann have?

Does anyone who plays the Caro-Kann fear 2Ne2? I've seen some explosive games at GM level, and having played the French myself, I feel familiar with some of the lines. But as is always the case, those trying to sell or promote a given variation often emit the critical tests of it. The main advantage...
by MJMcCready
Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Bird's Opening
Replies: 18
Views: 5212

Re: Bird's Opening

It's not often you see someone of Petrosian's calibre being so outplayed, and that came from Larsen duping him into the wrong set-up at the end of the opening. Didn't Fischer usually only play the Birds by transposition from 1 b3? The only game I find with 1.f4 is his Blitz game against Smyslov fro...
by MJMcCready
Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Deaths of Chess Players
Replies: 22
Views: 7645

Re: Deaths of Chess Players

The Russian Evenson was shot by the white army around 1919.

Here's a game of his.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1267127
by MJMcCready
Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Fide ID has vanished due to being out of the UK for too long
Replies: 43
Views: 5316

Re: Fide ID has vanished due to being out of the UK for too

Good lord! Supposed non-profit making organizations shouldn't be throwing money about like that or anyone else for that matter. It seems like a sad waste of resource.
by MJMcCready
Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crafty tactic.
Replies: 3
Views: 1070

Re: Crafty tactic.

lol, yes perhaps, however, I was more entertained by the fact that the seating arrangement is somewhat ingenious. It would certainly stop juniors from getting up and wandering off all the time.
by MJMcCready
Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Fide ID has vanished due to being out of the UK for too long
Replies: 43
Views: 5316

Re: Fide ID has vanished due to being out of the UK for too

Ok, well thanks for that. I will look into this further and seek advice. I don't really care about my F.I.D.E rating providing its constant, its a bit silly to have one if its going to vanish as it has done, and as mentioned, I wouldn't have any qualms about paying a membership fee if I were in the ...
by MJMcCready
Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Bird's Opening
Replies: 18
Views: 5212

Re: Bird's Opening

"Bird's Opening" - shouldn't this be in the "Not Chess" forum? ;-) Oi - its the only opening move I have ever essayed as White in serious play save for (what else?) 1e4. Not since the 1980s, admittedly ;) In defence of 1 f4. Larsen beat 2 world champions with it and even persuaded Fischer to take i...
by MJMcCready
Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Crafty tactic.
Replies: 3
Views: 1070

Crafty tactic.