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by MJMcCready
Wed May 12, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3323
Views: 184840

Re: The English Language

I just noticed that Navara lost in eight moves and commentated that 2700 players should not lose in less than ten moves but I should have said fewer than, shouldn't I?
by MJMcCready
Wed May 12, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?

Yes, it seems like in all Sicilians black can choose where to put his minor pieces, which in itself lends itself to a lot of theory in some variations, and in others a more systemic approach. The Kan seems less theory dependent and mostly centres around not being steamrollered by white playing e5 to...
by MJMcCready
Wed May 12, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?

I've never really taken to hedgehog structures but they do seem to have their merits. I don't mind conceding space if it means flexibility is granted. The reason I gave up the French is you are playing around a pawn chain and that can become a bit tiresome after a while.
by MJMcCready
Wed May 12, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two puzzles.
Replies: 6
Views: 146

Re: Two puzzles.

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 9:46 am
Thye second one must be completing 0-0-0. K up, K down, R up..... R down.
Yes, that's the quoted answer. Not easy at first.
by MJMcCready
Wed May 12, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two puzzles.
Replies: 6
Views: 146

Re: Two puzzles.

There is a clue in the position I think.
by MJMcCready
Wed May 12, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two puzzles.
Replies: 6
Views: 146

Re: Two puzzles.

Yes, white recaptures with en passant, winning the game. The second one is hard and relates to a move which (technically) has four parts.
by MJMcCready
Wed May 12, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two puzzles.
Replies: 6
Views: 146

Two puzzles.

I have to admit I was stumped by both, just not able to think outside the box I guess.

On the left, white to mate without making a move!
On the right, mate in a quarter of a move!
Please post the solutions if you have found them ( I know I couldn't).
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by MJMcCready
Wed May 12, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?

Thanks. I'm trying to work out how different it is from the Najdorf. It seems that playing ...e6 instead of ...d6 changes the position considerably.
by MJMcCready
Tue May 11, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Amusing miniature from Russian Premier League
Replies: 6
Views: 593

Re: Amusing miniature from Russian Premier League

It's hard to guess what the ratings of these players are.
by MJMcCready
Tue May 11, 2021 4:27 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?

I could try and answer my own question since I found this in the book by GM Emms
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by MJMcCready
Tue May 11, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?

Yes, I forgot one of them is a capture. After 5. Nc3 black usually plays Qc7, which makes me think development is lacking, which is bound to hurt at some point? It seems very solid, and I did notice even Caruana was caught out by Giri from an early e6 and a position broadly similar to the Kan. It do...
by MJMcCready
Tue May 11, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pencils at Polling Stations
Replies: 10
Views: 665

Re: Pencils at Polling Stations

John Upham wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 10:06 am
I took two pencils to the Polling Station today.

When it was time to vote I could not decide which one to use : 2B or not 2B?

(A tribute to Geoff C.)
Did you arrive with plenty of lead in your pencil? :D :D :D
by MJMcCready
Tue May 11, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pencils at Polling Stations
Replies: 10
Views: 665

Re: Pencils at Polling Stations

Reg Clucas wrote:
Mon May 10, 2021 4:14 pm
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sun May 09, 2021 6:52 pm

Sadly, I haven't seen footage of the Chessington South Council election where there were 13 MRLP candidates
Brings to mind the Monty Python election sketch - "That's going to split the Silly vote!"
Would that have something to do with the North Minehead by-election, feat. Adolf Hilter?
by MJMcCready
Tue May 11, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Switching over to the Sicilian Kan (?!) ?

Greetings, there seems no end in sight of a 30 year anguish over what to do against ye olde mighty 1. e4! I used to play the French but find that a bit cramped in most lines. Some lines in the Sicilian, the Najdorf especially, are weighed down with far too much theory but I noticed that the Kan vari...
by MJMcCready
Mon May 10, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen's ranking of world champions
Replies: 92
Views: 4997

Re: Carlsen's ranking of world champions

I don't know how interested anyone is, but since I started the thread, here is a play list of all the videos made about Magnus's assessments. There are around 10 in total.


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... be4IkToUc6