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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: 6874

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: 6874

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: 6874

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: 6874

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: 25946

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: 25946

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: 25946

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...
by MJMcCready
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Writing a Letter
Replies: 15
Views: 2806

Re: Writing a Letter

It's quite a rare name when ending in -y, so somewhere down the line we are probably related, so its quite alright. I take it he is not the guitarist for Pearl Jam.
by MJMcCready
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 2142

Re: Are finals different?

Well its true that the complaints were mostly aimed at the earlier rounds against players low down in the rankings.
by MJMcCready
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media Chess Comment Blunders
Replies: 7
Views: 795

Re: Media Chess Comment Blunders

'if the board is set up incorretly' is this the blunder you are referring to?
by MJMcCready
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post Brexit Openings
Replies: 33
Views: 2660

Re: Post Brexit Openings

So should we treat foreigners, like GM Aronian for example, who promote the English Opening with suspicion? What's he up to, trying to steal our openings off from us and do what exactly?
by MJMcCready
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 63
Views: 4477

Re: FIDE account closed

It's not a good advert for chess.
by MJMcCready
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 63
Views: 4477

Re: FIDE account closed

Why do so few of the top players say nothing publicly about all this. If they refused on participate, wouldn't that be enough to remove him or do they just think about the money.
by MJMcCready
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3039
Views: 134028

Re: The English Language

Fowler the grammarian has been derided by a great many for obvious reasons. He fits into the category of writing to show why someone is wrong rather than expressing a genuine interest in language itself. Things have moved on quite a bit since then, syntactic drift is accepted as a recurring theme of...
by MJMcCready
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 63
Views: 4477

Re: FIDE account closed

How will the world championship be paid for later in the year?