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by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 40
Views: 2390

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

Baruch Harald Wood looms large in British Chess History. Managed to keep his magazine in production throughout the Second World War, after being ordered into War Work, as an Industrial Chemist. Of course, he had the support of his wife, Peggy. Full of praise for Alexander Alekhine, before the War, ...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 272
Views: 19195

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Well private bodies like insurers or indeed the ECF may indeed want to set their own "guidance".

The point is surely though that once things become no longer prohibited by law, the pressure to permit them will likely be considerable.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 467
Views: 33413

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

TWIC Already people suggesting that he "tanked" deliberately to help his countryman....... I am surprised that you didn't take the time to note that like any sane person you thought this was total nonsense . After all, with his second win against a compatriot, Alekseenko would have been just half a...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Apr 22, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 467
Views: 33413

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

TWIC Alekseenko said afterwards "It was an awful game, I didn't remember the opening, probably I didn't have to play 8...Be7 and then I also started to play bad moves and my position became worse and worse." Already people suggesting that he "tanked" deliberately to help his countryman.......
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Four rounds to go: would you bet on Nepo or the rest?
Replies: 16
Views: 706

Re: Four rounds to go: would you bet on Nepo or the rest?

If his nerves are good - and given what is at stake, that is quite an if! - I expect Nepo should do it.

I also think he will hope to win at least one more game.
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4337
Views: 475151

Re: Media comments on chess

World Snooker Championship on Eurosport tday. Commentator:' If this were a chess game, Maflin might be inclined to resign'. I am sure he meant the individual frame, not the whole match. That was a very accurate analogy. In a spectator situation, Chess players often do resign too early, in my view. ...
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Daily Mail & chess?
Replies: 12
Views: 992

Re: The Daily Mail & chess?

I think that Hartston did some stuff for the Mail on Sunday (though of course that didn't exist until the early 80s)?
by Matt Mackenzie
Wed Apr 21, 2021 12:09 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 467
Views: 33413

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

MVL still seems to be in a bit of a slump.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 467
Views: 33413

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Grischuk the only one still without a win after today.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 272
Views: 19195

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Some way from totally lifted yet, and not just in London but across the UK.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Improve Your Life by Playing a Game
Replies: 10
Views: 618

Re: Improve Your Life by Playing a Game

No, rather that this review is the first in a while that says "we don't recommend this" (though maybe I am misremembering)
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Improve Your Life by Playing a Game
Replies: 10
Views: 618

Re: Improve Your Life by Playing a Game

Ah, a bad review finally!
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Takeback requests in online games
Replies: 45
Views: 2268

Re: Takeback requests in online games

Have to agree there.

Of course the banter scenario here is White means to play Qd6+, but instead plays Qd7 and - not seeing it is mate - claims a mouseslip :D
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Apr 16, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Syd Kalinsky
Replies: 8
Views: 1592

Re: Syd Kalinsky

I see from the last link that he was a fellow 2c3 Sicilian devotee 8)

(given his liking for tactical play, that shouldn't be possible if you believe certain - wrong - people)
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Events in 2021
Replies: 23
Views: 1745

Re: Events in 2021

South Lakes Congress is off for 2021, because the venue (Kendal Leisure Centre) is going to be unavailable until the end of the year.

The better news is that it has already been booked for the tournament to return in mid 2022 :)