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by MJMcCready
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:54 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 42925

Re: Batumi Olympiad

You have a point I once beat a guy in Abu Dhabi, rated ELO 2001 who was more than proud of the fact that in the previous year he drew his first game with Shakir Mamadyrov in the first round who missed his flight and fell asleep in their game.
by MJMcCready
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 42925

Re: Batumi Olympiad

Some bizarre games for sure with a few players a mere 500-600 Elo points below their opponent having an easy time of it. I suppose some people think that if you are titled and with a rating so much nigher than your opponent you will just win automatically.
by MJMcCready
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 42925

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I do believe we are playing Angola in the first round.
by MJMcCready
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 42925

Re: Batumi Olympiad

I don't. I prefer to watch the closing ceremony and events after that because you are more likely to see a punch-up in those, especially if jealous English GMs are present.
by MJMcCready
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess For Heffalumps
Replies: 4
Views: 928

Re: Chess For Heffalumps

The answer lies within yourself only. Analysis of your own reasons for playing and to what extent your play is in accordance with them will give you the most defining aspects of your play. There's nothing wrong with playing to avoid losing if that's what you want. You don't have to play for a win if...
by MJMcCready
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: "The Art of the Tarrasch Defence" by Alexey Bezgodov
Replies: 3
Views: 1886

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

And probably many many more. Thankfully I gave up on reading chess theory some time ago.
by MJMcCready
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dutch defence
Replies: 35
Views: 4126

Re: Dutch defence

A difficulty or two with the Dutch Defence is that your first move isn't a developing move and that it will weaken your kingside, which is where your king will most likely end up. At club level I have always had good results with it but higher up the chain most players know how to play against the c...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greatest Chess World Record......
Replies: 12
Views: 1472

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

More than one or two checks to follow in this position, can you guess exactly how many consecutive checks can be made? It's white to move.
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26132

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Any Kramnik V Leko fans out there?
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26132

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

Botvinnik was, in my opinion, the most correct of all about what made for a great world championship match. You can find the interview in the 25th Anniversary edition of New In Chess. When asked about the upcoming Karpov v Kasparov match he said that the most important thing for a great match was a ...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26132

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

I think what Tim is saying here is what many people think. The last match was bad enough. If Carlsen is not careful he'll go down as a rather uninspiring champion despite how truly great he is. It took me many years to get to the point where I could play through Petrosian's world championship games ...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greatest Chess World Record......
Replies: 12
Views: 1472

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

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:15 pm
It is a reference to the infamous "no moves draw" at Luton in 1975, I believe.
aha please supply the game analysis, when I ran the final position through Stockfish it said white had a slight edge only.
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greatest Chess World Record......
Replies: 12
Views: 1472

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

It's in all the record books although admittedly the game analysis I've never seen...perhaps it was never published. The irony was that as a schoolboy I was a huge fan of 'The Complete Chess Addict' by Mike Fox and Richard James, and read about the game not knowing that the bus I often took to schoo...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 496
Views: 26132

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: 1886

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...