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by Phil Neatherway
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4328
Views: 473484

Re: Media comments on chess

I think the original book by Pierre Boulle is not bad. Interestingly, he also wrote The Bridge Over The River Kwai. However, for me the films are rubbish.
by Phil Neatherway
Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 111
Views: 7784

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

This clue was in the Times Bank Holiday Cryptic:-

"Board manoeuvre brought to light audit" (10,5)
by Phil Neatherway
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:32 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: The Sicilian Defence with 4...e5!?
Replies: 26
Views: 1429

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

I have a book "Dismantling the Sicilian" by Jesus de la Villa. He gives a game Khairullin - Zviagintsev, Tomsk 2006, won by White and says 5. Bb5 is best.
by Phil Neatherway
Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: James Bond
Replies: 15
Views: 1370

Re: James Bond

I've recently watched Goldeneye and Day Another Day. The former was quite good, the latter was dreadful. Goldeneye was the name of Ian Fleming's house on Jamaica. The retired cricket commentator Henry Blofeld (the villain was named after his father\) tells the story of visiting Fleming and finding N...
by Phil Neatherway
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: James Bond
Replies: 15
Views: 1370

Re: James Bond

My favourites are Thunderball and Live and Let Die.
by Phil Neatherway
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fat Fritz 2
Replies: 32
Views: 2899

Re: Fat Fritz 2

Github is a subsidiary of Microsoft that my son works for.
by Phil Neatherway
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 111
Views: 7784

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Private Eye crossword 696:-

Board manoeuvres - the likes of Fergie deprived of dues (5)
by Phil Neatherway
Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stockfish 13
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Stockfish 13

Er, what does that mean?
by Phil Neatherway
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Film: Late Call
Replies: 58
Views: 3783

Re: Film: Late Call

John McKenna wrote: There was such a massacre during the American Revolutionary War (1775-83) - "The Gnadenhutten massacre, also known as the Moravian massacre, was the killing of 96 Christian Lenape by U.S. militiamen from Pennsylvania on March 8, 1782 at the Moravian missionary village of Gnadenh...
by Phil Neatherway
Tue Jan 26, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Film: Late Call
Replies: 58
Views: 3783

Re: Film: Late Call

Another Mel Gibson film, The Patriot (2000), has an invented scene in which a church filled with colonists is locked and burned. I once read a book in the American Revolution written by a British historian. He was inspired to write the book because he was so incensed by the rubbish in The Patriot. N...
by Phil Neatherway
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 14563

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

Thanks, Tim, I had just about come to that conclusion.

Your question is a good one!
by Phil Neatherway
Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Online Chess Championships 18th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
Replies: 185
Views: 14563

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

So do you have to play in the Senior Qualifier before you play in the Senior Championship itself?
by Phil Neatherway
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4328
Views: 473484

Re: Media comments on chess

From BBC Football text commentary, posted at 20:49:-
Post update
Tottenham 2-0 Ludogorets

That was as one sided a half of football you will ever see. Like Beth Harmon versus pretty much anyone at chess.
by Phil Neatherway
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Roberson Rating System
Replies: 4
Views: 1077

Re: Roberson Rating System

Let's do these beautiful calculations, and then let's multiply it by whatever number makes it look right.
I used to work for an insurance company, and that sounds exactly like the approach the actuaries used in the annual valuation of the business.
by Phil Neatherway
Mon Oct 05, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2013
Views: 118707

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I was wondering how effective the flu vaccine is, so I did some research:- The NHS says:- How effective is the flu vaccine? The flu vaccine gives the best protection against flu. Flu vaccines help protect against the main types of flu viruses, although there's still a chance you might get flu. If yo...