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by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:12 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: The Sicilian Defence with 4...e5!?
Replies: 26
Views: 1394

Re: The Sicilian Defence with 4...e5!?

Dunno about an actual name, but this falls under the ECO code B54 and is certainly not unknown at even GM level. As with the similar line that has 4....Nf6 5 Nc3 interpolated before 5....e5 (that one is under B56) Bb5+ seems to be regarded as White's most challenging reply.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118107

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Getting my first jab a week tomorrow 8)
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Mar 19, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 250k posts
Replies: 15
Views: 1455

Re: 250k posts

I can see after I posted this that its "real" number is #262520.

So not massively so.
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 250k posts
Replies: 15
Views: 1455

Re: 250k posts

There's a number at the bottom of the home page?

(of course, this doesn't include posts that have been deleted for whatever reason)
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118107

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

i think some have suggested that figure may be over-pessimistic?

Nonetheless, the wider point remains.
by Matt Mackenzie
Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118107

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

If vaccinations mean the "third wave" of Covid is no more dangerous to humans than your routine flu, then things will be normalised accordingly.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 118107

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Various chess clubs (including ours) found ways of getting round the "rule of 6" last autumn, before stricter measures were introduced again.
by Matt Mackenzie
Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 229
Views: 17219

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

The government has at least as much to worry about in any independent inquiry as do "officials" IMO.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 250k posts
Replies: 15
Views: 1455

Re: 250k posts

And we have now clocked up 11,111 topics.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2021
Replies: 144
Views: 11875

Re: British Championship Congress 2021

Impressive records :) They definitely fit my impression - the Woodhouse (top division of the Yorkshire league) has seemed to add very few new long term players over the time I've been playing in it. Mostly from people moving in/post retirement than juniors as well. 4NCL 3N isn't that different. Man...
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Robert Silk Tournament Games
Replies: 19
Views: 1071

Re: Robert Silk Tournament Games

Yes, much lower profile events than these had their own tournament bulletins in those days.
by Matt Mackenzie
Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 35
Views: 3077

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

I would say there is still a space for comprehensive opening guides, databases or not.
by Matt Mackenzie
Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Music from the 80s
Replies: 31
Views: 1940

Re: Music from the 80s

Some episode of (the original) Star Trek?
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Mar 12, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Book Trivia Question 1
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: Chess Book Trivia Question 1

Only two draws, though!
by Matt Mackenzie
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 736
Views: 65752

Re: Chess history trivia

What links the encounter Foerder (also known as Porath) v Alekhine at the 1935 Warsaw Olympiad, and the correspondence game Simagin v Sokolsky from circa 1965/66? The dates might just be a clue here to the initiated...... Was the Alekhine game the first to be published by B.H. Wood in his Chess mag...