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by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15135

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

On move 15 it still looks misplaced. I think with an IQP and d5 coming it has a reason to be on c4 but other than that it is only blocking the c-file. After 15 moves it seems that white only has a slight space advantage.
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15135

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Jones plays a c3 Sicilian. I can why the bishop cannot go to b5 with the d-pawn on d7 still but Bc4 after e6 has already been played seems rather pointless in itself. I suppose its a better square than e2 but other than to exchange it off later, it doesn't have much of a future on that square.
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Writing a Letter
Replies: 15
Views: 2704

Re: Writing a Letter

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by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating the metrics.
Replies: 5
Views: 977

Re: Rating the metrics.

not very extensively. because I don't really know how to do it. Plus of course it is hard work! What I do with my games is usually look at the opening and where I strayed from book, just try and dig out the next book move or look what weakness has been created by my opponent straying from the book....
by MJMcCready
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rating the metrics.
Replies: 5
Views: 977

Re: Rating the metrics.

How extensively are you studying your own games and using the positions from those as a basis for further study?
by MJMcCready
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January
Replies: 202
Views: 15135

Re: 2018 Wijk aan Zee 12 - 28 January

Why did Jones agree a draw with the final position? Was it more to do with the stature of his opponent rather than the nature of the position itself? Had his opponent been a few hundred points lower, he would have played on surely?
by MJMcCready
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39564

Re: Chess history trivia

He beat both Spassky and Petrosian with 1.f4. I don't think anyone else has beaten two world champions with that opening move.
by MJMcCready
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39564

Re: Chess history trivia

That one at least is easy - Bent Larsen. He also scored "nul points" :oops: Were the weird openings some sort of protest, possibly? (IIRC the same has been claimed about the similarly elderly Samisch losing all the games of one tournament on time) Correct indeed. I don't know about his choice of op...
by MJMcCready
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39564

Re: Chess history trivia

Which world class player, whose career spanned more than half a century, played a number of unconventional openings in his final tournament, including 1. g4 x2, 1. b4 x2 and 1. ...a5?
by MJMcCready
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Netflix
Replies: 9
Views: 1553

Re: Netflix

Carl noted elsewhere that there's a documentary about AlphaGo on Netflix. There's also one about Magnus. A Guardian reviewer didn't think very much of it, but there's Lawrence Trent on the big screen featured as "Commentator". https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/24/magnus-review-chess-doc-abo...
by MJMcCready
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39564

Re: Chess history trivia

King Cnut? @ Milton Keynes Open 997AD?
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 1485

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

Ok, so mate in 6, white can only move the king.
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by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39564

Re: Chess history trivia

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:43 pm
MJMcCready wrote:
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:55 pm
Which well-known author came up with this puzzle in the 1930s.
Vladimir Nabokov?
Yes that's correct.
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39564

Re: Chess history trivia

Which well-known author came up with this puzzle in the 1930s.
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Of the many legal moves that White might just have made, only one can be revised to yield an immediate mate. Can you find it?
by MJMcCready
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever
Replies: 16
Views: 1485

Re: My Mostest Brilliantest Chess Idea Ever

Aren't puzzles a better source of originality and ideas, like the one below which, admittedly, I couldn't solve.
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From this position, White retracts his last move, then Black retracts his and replaces it with a move that permits White to mate him immediately.