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by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hansen on Nakamura
Replies: 18
Views: 1513

Re: Hansen on Nakamura

Hmmm, not sure about such sweeping generalisations myself.

(and some notorious previous "sharp practice" merchants have been European)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hansen on Nakamura
Replies: 18
Views: 1513

Re: Hansen on Nakamura

Naka tried to take a (losing) move back a few years ago, didn't he?

That probably didn't go down well with many of his peers, now that you mention it.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improving chess?
Replies: 1
Views: 291

Re: Improving chess?

What do you mean by "improve"?
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 2016

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

CHESS & Bridge are offering for download the first ever issue of CHESS :D untitled_11.jpg You have to pay for it though...... ... and it's worth every penny (I bought mine and I'm now waiting for Volume 1 Number 2 to appear). Our club has a full run of issues until mid-1960 (including the first thr...
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 288
Views: 36376

Re: End of an era

Tbf one suspects that our royals might be preoccupied by other matters today.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hansen on Nakamura
Replies: 18
Views: 1513

Re: Hansen on Nakamura

I didn't name them since it is only whispers, but more than one person has said this.

Though some players fall into the Korchnoi/Miles category - not always easy to get on with, but usually fine as long as you don't upset them.

Outright a***holes do exist, but are thankfully not common.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 2016

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

The magazine switched to a "new look" in the early 80s, not sure if that involved a new process but it may have done.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hansen on Nakamura
Replies: 18
Views: 1513

Re: Hansen on Nakamura

And how many share Hansen's assessment of said individual - even if only semi-publicly?

You do hear on the grapevine that certain players have a "reputation".

(for instance, I have seen it claimed more than once that a certain top - and young - English GM isn't exactly Mr Popular)
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 2016

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

I note that some late-70s issues of Chess were printed "out of house" - I wonder if that was industrial dispute related.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Interesting finish to a game
Replies: 16
Views: 1352

Re: Interesting finish to a game

Interesting that bringing the BK closer to White's (after forcing it to b8) doesn't win, presumably White can use their B to stop that working?
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 2016

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

John Upham wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:50 am
CHESS & Bridge are offering for download the first ever issue of CHESS :D
untitled_11.jpg
You have to pay for it though......
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 2016

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

Morry got his letters published in Chess come the 1970s/early 80s, so it seems pretty likely there was some sort of reconciliation between them.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 2016

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

BHW wrote about chess for the Telegraph for years and its fair to say he was a good fit with them politically speaking.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Could everyone lose their grade
Replies: 35
Views: 4737

Re: Could everyone lose their grade

Yep, surely no reason why the "old" grading site can't continue to exist in archive form for the foreseeable future?
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2474
Views: 204295

Re: Cheating in chess

Well yes, can't see how a mere 51% probability would stand up to any legal scrutiny for a start.