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by MSoszynski
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:49 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Magnus Carlsen : 60 Memorable Games
Replies: 14
Views: 775

Re: Magnus Carlsen : 60 Memorable Games

Where to start. Look at the introduction to Soviet Chess, full of personalized insults, such as the Soviets being 'the world's greatest liars' yet it tries to pass itself off as an academic publication, well at least it has the pretentions as such. Chess players should stick to chess theory and onl...
by MSoszynski
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Reshevsky missed a trick
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: Reshevsky missed a trick

Reshevsky rarely missed a trick, ever. He had the help of such a steward in Great Yarmouth 1935 when he beat BH Wood. (See The Great Reshevsky on the Forward Chess platform.)

It is interesting that Roberts claimed chess to be "work" as if he were a professional, although playing in a lower section.
by MSoszynski
Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Constitution for chess club
Replies: 15
Views: 869

Re: Constitution for chess club

A few thoughts... Beware unrealistic quora. Imagine if a few people leave the club for whatever reason. There are real life cases of organisations unable (constitutionally) to call a meeting or replace officials, etc. Don't state an address unnecessarily. Venues are lost quicker than constitutions c...
by MSoszynski
Wed Dec 09, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Christmas Pop Songs
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: Christmas Pop Songs

My top three every year. 1. Slade — Merry Xmas Everybody [1973]. Noddy Holder called this perennial hit his equivalent of a pension plan. 2. The Waitresses — Christmas Wrapping [1981]. New wave, story-telling song with a happy ending. In real life the lead singer died of lung cancer aged 40. 3. Chuc...
by MSoszynski
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 12948

Re: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021

It looks now as if all listed events now need the full monty of Zoom, no electronics in the room, etc. I think previously there seemed to be a small list, including the Major Open, that didn’t. ...correction. Everything but the qualifiers. I received an email this morning (5 Dec) from Nigel Towers:...
by MSoszynski
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Sabrina Chevannes on Times Radio 12th Nov 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 437

Sabrina Chevannes on Times Radio 12th Nov 2020

WIM Sabrina Chevannes was on the Times Radio Breakfast programme 12th November at approx. 07:41–07:49 discussing Netflix's Queen's Gambit (favourably) and females in chess more generally.
by MSoszynski
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Nigel Byrne
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: Nigel Byrne

Nigel Byrne was also a Member of Sutton Coldfield Chess Club at the time of his passing. He will be very, very much missed by everyone at the Club.

Here he is back in March 2018 —happier times! — with some of the trophies that he helped Sutton Coldfield to win.
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by MSoszynski
Wed Oct 07, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?
Replies: 24
Views: 1154

Re: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?

Every autumn since 2006, Sutton Coldfield CC and Warley Quinborne CC have played a friendly but graded match, alternating between their respective venues. At the first meeting the Warley captain, John Fahy, brought a cake by his daughter, which was well received, and so the one-off match turned into...
by MSoszynski
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 27
Views: 2162

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

Practical Chess Openings by Reuben Fine (1948) 470 pages.
by MSoszynski
Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Unusual Books (Not Chess)
Replies: 17
Views: 1215

Re: Unusual Books (Not Chess)

How about...

The History and Romance of Elastic Webbing by Clifford A. Richmond (1946);

and

How to Avoid Intercourse With Your Unfriendly Car Mechanic by Harold M. Landy (1977).
by MSoszynski
Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess once we restart over the board
Replies: 200
Views: 18948

Re: Chess once we restart over the board

I do not want to paint a picture of doom and gloom, but it is fair to say that there will be a lot of work to do for everyone once chess restarts. As I said it is unimportant at the moment, but it is still something to think about. What I worry about is the loss of chess club venues — pubs and soci...
by MSoszynski
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 21882

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

MJMcCready wrote:
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:36 am
If the virus is transmuted onto a chess set, which piece are you most likely to catch it from? Are pawns more susceptible to germs than minor or major pieces?
Probably safest are a newly promoted piece, a knight on the rim, disconnected rooks, and an isolated pawn.
by MSoszynski
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Notes - major downscale
Replies: 16
Views: 2718

Re: Chess Notes - major downscale

https://www.chesshistory.com/winter/index.html

Well worth a browse. I've even contributed to it myself.
by MSoszynski
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Owen Hindle
Replies: 2
Views: 929

Re: Owen Hindle

Owen Hindle was once a Member of Sutton Coldfield Chess Club, so three years ago I wrote (with his help on a couple of details) a micro-biog for the Club's website http://www.suttonchess.org.uk/ Owen Hindle (b. 1940), author of Further Steps in Chess (1968), and co-author of The English Morphy? (200...
by MSoszynski
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most losses to the same player in a season
Replies: 5
Views: 906

Re: Most losses to the same player in a season

In a local league I lost easily to a 200+ player, which was no surprise. The fixtures were such that we were to meet again in the return match the very next week. I was determined that our new game would not be a procession again, and that now I would force him to think, so I sacced a knight for two...