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by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.
Replies: 17
Views: 1826

Re: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.

They do and as we know research is always an on-going project. Unfortunately the more reliant on material discovered on-line I become, the worse off I feel overall, as if something at hand is very wrong...maybe that's just me showing my age, and temporarily forgetting sites such as The British Newsp...
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 10, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 1837

Re: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?

Oh yes Webb's barrage technique, and to think I spent at least two seasons using it at every opportunity.I suppose there is a similarity although from what I recall when I last read that book Simon's point was based in your opponent falling into time trouble whereas in bullet chess you start off in ...
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 1837

Re: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?

That's the problem, it's who is fastest wins. That's not chess to me. If we went back in time and showed Lasker and Capablanca how chess is played today, I think they would be horrified and call it utter lunacy. At the very least its demeaning. If I've got much faster reactions and can move much fas...
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 1837

Re: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?

That's a rather disturbing video. Couldn't you have posted something more uplifting like The Exorcist or something?
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 1837

Re: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:58 pm
If I were going to premove in that position, it would be to play Ke2.
But what would be the under-lying purpose of using it? To save a split second or two? Aren't you risking much more than you can possibly gain?
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.
Replies: 17
Views: 1826

Re: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.

Well he certainly seems like a colourful character to say the least. And yes Tim thanks, I don't think I can ever read anything on wikipedia without suspicion, it appears to inadvertently exemplify everything that is awry with the internet and what digitalization has left us with. Being a historian ...
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 1837

Re: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?

So who did come up with the idea of 'pre-move' and if it can cost you the game on the spot, aren't we better off without it? I rather think it's been a "feature" of online chess since the internet first rolled out to a mass audience more than twenty five years ago. The first commercial server was I...
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 110
Views: 16570

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

So, enough for now. Let Messrs Benjamin, McReady and Farthing watch the series and judge for themselves. (Possibly either around the time of Christ´s birth or resurrection!) :D Preaching to the converted is inadvisable at times. I grant the under-lying motives in play here remain undetected for I k...
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 1837

Pre-move -who came up with that idea?

I just had a look at one of GM Danny King's videos, where Firouzja loses to Carlsen in a bullet match courtesy of a pre-move. Who came up with that idea and allowed it into the game. It's antithetical to the nature of chess itself. Okay its a nice little time saver but since when was it a good idea ...
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Would you like to become a millionaire?
Replies: 44
Views: 8349

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

James Plaskett wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:40 pm
Maia CHIGURBANIDZE played in Beds in the late 1970s!

Get outta here!! :shock: 8) :roll: :lol:
If you thought you were the greatest of all competitors in the Beds league, I'm afraid you may have to reconsider that James.
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Would you like to become a millionaire?
Replies: 44
Views: 8349

Re: Would you like to become a millionaire?

Maia CHIGURBANIDZE played in Beds in the late 1970s! Get outta here!! :shock: 8) :roll: :lol: I can assure you she did as Sweby was quite taken by her, and I'm sorry to say James had you faced both her and Mariotti, who you mentioned previously, over the board in Beds in the 70s, you would have bee...
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 6375

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

This thread appears to have wandered off into the woods. Literature is always open to revision and improvement, especially when the the author is ambitious. Personally, I see well-educated individuals who write about chess as a breathe of fresh air from a literary genre which is, on the whole, decad...
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.
Replies: 17
Views: 1826

Re: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.

So we can call him a benefactor of sorts. It would appear that the initiation of the Anglo-American cable matches was more like a glorified club match more than anything else. It's a shame the reportage does not tell us anything about what it meant to the players but if the very best were on show, t...
by MJMcCready
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: what happens when you pass away as a chess player??
Replies: 30
Views: 3058

Re: what happens when you pass away as a chess player??

Quite a lot. It will be difficult to enter tournaments, that's for sure.
by MJMcCready
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: WIM Arianne Caoili
Replies: 7
Views: 1455

Re: WIM Arianne Caoili

I met her once. I think it remains so that in the tens if not hundreds of thousands I have seen play chess, she is the only one I thought could not be a chess player. I was so taken aback I actually went up to her board to check it was her playing and she wasn't just sitting in someone's seat. I jus...