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by John Upham
Sat Nov 28, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1789
Views: 156373

Re: Cheating in chess

I suppose that if 4NCL / ECF / UKCC were 100% convinced of someone's guilt then publishing their name would incur zero risk of being proven incorrect or doubt being thrown upon the case.
by John Upham
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London System
Replies: 20
Views: 2034

Re: London System

Years ago when playing in a Richmond Rapidplay my junior opponents both played the London in the 1st 2 games I had as black. I approached Susan Lalic (who was controlling the event) and asked her for a good line against the London. She reeled off a dozen moves of theory (which I couldn't remember) ...
by John Upham
Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Trivia Question
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: Trivia Question

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:49 pm
One of my best ever charity shop buys, 50p!

The 1951 (year of my birth) Botvinnik=Bronstein match by Winter and Wade.
Congratulations Geoff. You have won tonight's star prize.

I'm sure everyone knows what that is by now!
by John Upham
Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Trivia Question
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: Trivia Question

I will slightly modify the question...

Can anyone provide the title of any chess book where LS Penrose has written the preface?

(I don't know if he wrote more than one).
by John Upham
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Trivia Question
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Re: Trivia Question

MJMcCready wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 12:01 pm
Something not written by him I'd imagine...was it the My Great Predecessors Series?
yes and no.

I'm not aware of many books where one of the authors has written the preface.
by John Upham
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Trivia Question
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Trivia Question

For your amusement

Which chess book has a Preface written by Lionel Sharples Penrose?
by John Upham
Wed Nov 25, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Amos Burn (31-xii-1848 25-xi-1925)
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Remembering Amos Burn (31-xii-1848 25-xi-1925)

Ah yes, though it arguably deserved a diagram of its own :) I recall Tim Krabbe saying it was "discovered" too late to feature in his Greatest Moves list, but if he had known it would have made the top 10. Matt, I quite agree : position after 33.Bh5 added mid article and after 33...Qg4!! at the foo...
by John Upham
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Amos Burn (31-xii-1848 25-xi-1925)
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Remembering Amos Burn (31-xii-1848 25-xi-1925)

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:03 pm
I thought what has become (but only in recent years, in intriguing thing in itself) his most famous move might have featured.
Matt,

I assume you mean 33...Qg4 in his 1910 game with MacDonald from Liverpool 1910 ?

In which case it is referred to just after the paragraph providing HGs article.
by John Upham
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Amos Burn (31-xii-1848 25-xi-1925)
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Remembering Amos Burn (31-xii-1848 25-xi-1925)

Amos Burn : a rather late starter but remarkably successful

Based in Kingston-Upon-Hull and became President of Liverpool Chess Club


Remembering Amos Burn (31-xii-1848 25-xi-1925)

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Amos Burn (31-xii-1848 25-xi-1925)
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by John Upham
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: In a hot air balloon who would you rather be left with?
Replies: 15
Views: 1413

Re: In a hot air balloon who would you rather be left with?

Simon Rogers wrote:
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:26 pm
Doctor Who actor.
K-9 was my favourite. Of course he then went onto other roles with Jim Belushi.


Here is a picture before make-up :



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K-9 before make-up
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by John Upham
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Anthony Dickins (01-xi-1914 25-xi-1987)
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Remembering Anthony Dickins (01-xi-1914 25-xi-1987)

The more I delved into Anthony Stewart Mackay Dickin's past the more interesting he became...


Quite a bohemian

We need more information about the members of Mandrake Social and Chess Club


Remembering Anthony Dickins (01-xi-1914 25-xi-1987)





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Anthony Dickins (01-xi-1914 25-xi-1987)
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by John Upham
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London System
Replies: 20
Views: 2034

Re: London System

I feel obliged to confess to adding the sub-titles to the Bruno Ganz bunker rant in the incredible film Downfall (2004) that Justin highlights. I've been meaning to redo the meme with better timing of the captions It was a joy that Steiner is referred to vocally. I was particularly pleased with the ...
by John Upham
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Power of Defence and the Art of Counterattack in 64 Pictures
Replies: 5
Views: 169

Re: The Power of Defence and the Art of Counterattack in 64 Pictures

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:57 pm
Who specifically are you thinking of
Since the comment by MJM is a generalisation we must presume he means every chess publisher (unless anyone else knows differently).
by John Upham
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Frank Winter : can you help?
Replies: 10
Views: 405

Re: Frank Winter : can you help?

Am I correct in thinking that the Surrey Championship trophy became the trophy for the Open section at the Surrey Congress?

Do we know who decided to name it the Frank Winter Trophy?

I believe Richard Bates is the current holder of this trophy and perhaps could inspect it on my behalf?