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by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24608

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

They should act, primarily, out of self-interest for sure. But hoping someone renowned for his defensive abilities makes it through is, I think, a sad reflection. The consensus overall was that the last match was dull, even the far from ordinary commentators were struggling at points. I take your po...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: "The Art of the Tarrasch Defence" by Alexey Bezgodov
Replies: 3
Views: 1569

Re: "The Art of the Tarrasch Defence" by Alexey Bezgodov

'That, of course, is only an opinion, as Bezgodov readily admits, and you can agree or disagree with it all you want.' How on earth can anyone justify purchasing a book when its author says things like that? 'Nor do Lakdawala’s references to popular culture escape. Two that stick in mind are a ramb...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24608

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

So you consider Karjakin to be a better match player or better from the last match? As viewers we should want exciting games rather than another 6 hour grind in a match that has a limited and rather dull opening repertoire. As it stands Caruana has the best chance of beating Carlsen and plays some t...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greatest Chess World Record......
Replies: 12
Views: 1369

Re: Greatest Chess World Record......

There are some staggering records out there, back in 1975 in my home town there was a game played by a future Grand master and a contributor to this forum where neither king moved at any point in the entire game.
by MJMcCready
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6453

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

I think people only started asking whether chess is a sport is when sport began professionalising itself. Nowadays that means a steady source of income from the government, which is the driving force behind much of the debate. I am quite happy to think of it as a parlour game and nothing more but th...
by MJMcCready
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 37924

Re: Chess history trivia

Thank you very much. So I get to read chess history with an explained methodology, written by a[n] historian, that does make for a very pleasant change.
by MJMcCready
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 37924

Re: Chess history trivia

Help! Another one on 7 June 1852! But was Blackmore really a famous chess player, or was chess, rather, a life-long hobby? Any more candidates? I'm still waiting for the answer I had in mind ... On Blackmore, not a chess player of note but famous in his day as the author of "Lorna Doone", see pages...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6453

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

Everyone knows how to run, its a question of fitness like all endurance events are. There is some skill involved but the same could be said of chess seeing as you have to touch the correct piece and move it to the correct square before releasing it.
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6453

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

Nope given that I have entered several. But its basically running in a straight line towards the finish line. There is no skill involved, its just about stamina and pacing yourself, depending on your level of fitness. There is no element of physical skill or ability involved only stamina.
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6453

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

I am not sure how well thought through the article is. There are many activities that aren't, in my opinion, quite a sport or a game. Take for example endurance events, or feats of endurance to use another term. The most obvious example of that being a marathon. That is a test of stamina and not phy...
by MJMcCready
Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6453

Re: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

You could argue that chess does display some degree of physical skill. If you touch the wrong piece accidentally, you have to move it, so there is some physical skill in chess but not much.
by MJMcCready
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
Replies: 78
Views: 6453

Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?

I found this recently, written by David Papineau who I had the pleasure of meeting a few times. It's a well-written article although I am not sure I agree with some of his claims. I thought it might be of interest to some, and here it is. https://aeon.co/ideas/chess-and-bridge-are-games-that-don-t-b...
by MJMcCready
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24608

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Yes me too and I think it will be a close match whoever he plays but you feel that Carlsen has this extra gear that the others, perhaps apart from Aronian, just don't have.
by MJMcCready
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24608

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Yes, I'd say so. I meant comparing results between world championship matches there is a dip.

So the answer is that whoever wins can look forward to being the next losing finalist and pocketing the cash from that then?
by MJMcCready
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 24608

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

They can get away with it because they are in cahoots with the governing body and know what they announce won't be overruled. Apologies I haven't been following this thread despite looking forward to the Candidates very much. From what I understand, the consensus in the last candidates was that Magn...