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by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hansen on Nakamura
Replies: 25
Views: 2307

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: 2261

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: 25
Views: 2307

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: 2261

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: 1514

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: 2261

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

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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: 2261

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: 2261

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: 4939

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: 2525
Views: 206868

Re: Cheating in chess

Well yes, can't see how a mere 51% probability would stand up to any legal scrutiny for a start.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Laws of Chess - changes
Replies: 58
Views: 4713

Re: Laws of Chess - changes

The amusing one is king and bishop versus king and bishop. If they're same-coloured bishops, over-stepping the time control results in a draw. Except that it's not possible to over-step the time control with that material. As soon as the K + same-coloured bishop vs. K + same-coloured bishop positio...
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Max Deutsch finally got his revenge!
Replies: 1
Views: 512

Re: Max Deutsch finally got his revenge!

One day it will likely be true, mind.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Apr 01, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4326
Views: 472212

Re: Media comments on chess

Olaf Priol has done a move from their previous abode of the Guardian, then.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928
Replies: 10
Views: 941

Re: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928

Well he only has two legal moves to choose from :)
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Re: Never mind the 80s, what’s everyone listening to today?

There is hardly such a thing as a "bad" SM album, but i think both Six and Seven have a fair amount to be said for them.