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by MJMcCready
Wed May 05, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 25
Views: 738

Re: Nice 74

Nick Ivell wrote:
Wed May 05, 2021 8:46 am
So were these norms, gained at team events, dodgy?

In short, was Keene not of true grandmaster strength?
I don't think he was, primarily, a good team mate.
by MJMcCready
Wed May 05, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 25
Views: 738

Re: Nice 74

Thanks, interesting to know what the motives for plying are under such circumstances, leads me to wonder what the strongest ever England team was. 86 maybe?
by MJMcCready
Tue May 04, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 25
Views: 738

Nice 74

Could someone shed light on whether what I am hearing is correct or not? It pertains to the last matches of the 74 Olympiad for the England team. I'm hearing that both Keene and Hartston were gunning for GM norms, and because of this there was a lot of shuffling about, with Keene dropping out of the...
by MJMcCready
Mon May 03, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's ranking of world champions
Replies: 87
Views: 4204

Re: Carlsen's ranking of world champions

So genius does just mean being very good at something? The dictionary says: very great and rare natural ability or skill To me that means not just being very good at something, but also being noticeably better than the best people at the activity usually are. I thought much talent at chess was most...
by MJMcCready
Sun May 02, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3321
Views: 184051

Re: The English Language

Hopefully not.
by MJMcCready
Sun May 02, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3321
Views: 184051

Re: The English Language

I don't really know although perhaps the latter infers greater expertise than the former.
by MJMcCready
Sun May 02, 2021 4:01 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3321
Views: 184051

Re: The English Language

The difference between developed and developing is hard to determine sometimes. Singapore is considered developed yet Malaysia, and Thailand for that matter, are considered developing nations. Hard to know where to draw the lines sometimes, isn't it?
by MJMcCready
Sun May 02, 2021 3:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's ranking of world champions
Replies: 87
Views: 4204

Re: Carlsen's ranking of world champions

MVG almost got two in a row once, missing out on the double 12 to finish them off.
by MJMcCready
Fri Apr 30, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's ranking of world champions
Replies: 87
Views: 4204

Re: Carlsen's ranking of world champions

Interesting to hear Carlsen's views. Probably more revealing about him than the people he is assessing. He seems to be using genius as a synonym of natural ability rather than overall strength. Yes I noticed that. Not sure how seriously we are meant to take it all, it doesn't give the impression of...
by MJMcCready
Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's ranking of world champions
Replies: 87
Views: 4204

Re: Carlsen's ranking of world champions

Kasparov was given the following scores:

Genius 10
Entertainment 9
Influence 10
Sanity 7
by MJMcCready
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 341
Views: 19983

Re: Pedants United

They also say eyeglasses for glasses. You would have thought they could just call them glasses, since its pretty obvious where they go.
by MJMcCready
Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's ranking of world champions
Replies: 87
Views: 4204

Re: Carlsen's ranking of world champions

I believe tomorrow Carlsen assesses Kasparov.
by MJMcCready
Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1919 BCF Victory Congress at Hastings
Replies: 12
Views: 776

Re: 1919 BCF Victory Congress at Hastings

G.H.Diggle has a few interesting things to say about Capablanca, one post was also regarding his comments during play I seem to remember.
by MJMcCready
Mon Apr 26, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's ranking of world champions
Replies: 87
Views: 4204

Re: Carlsen's ranking of world champions

Carlsen's assessment of Karpov was:

Genius -8
Entertainment -6
Influence -8
Sanity -7
by MJMcCready
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's ranking of world champions
Replies: 87
Views: 4204

Carlsen's ranking of world champions

@ the 0310 mark, I saw in the commentary on day one of The New in Chess Classic, Carlsen ranked the following world champions accordingly: Genius - Capablanca Entertainment - Tal Influence - Kasparov Sanity - Anand This seems like a curious mix between personable and professional qualities. What els...