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by Geoff Chandler
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2680
Views: 286705

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi Justin, No reference form Dawkins. The bibliography list nobody I recognise chess wise. He does cite a J. Maynard Smith; "Game Theory and the Evolution of Fighting." but whether or not he got the chess bit from there I do not know. Hi Stewart, Agree there will always be chess games amongst humans...
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2680
Views: 286705

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi, I've been thinking... Chess openings are evolving all the time. One day when computers have solved chess we will be left with just one opening. The survival of the fittest. Seems this idea was also considered back in 1978. Page 61 of 'The Selfish Gene' by Richard Dawkins. https://www.redhotpawn....
by Geoff Chandler
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 12
Views: 1391

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

The really annoying thing is RDK is not a hack, when he wants to he can write in an entertaining and instructive manner. Having said that in a way it is what this match deserved. The worst ever W.C. match gets a chess book covering it that is pulled off the shelves and to be pulped. (I want a copy!)...
by Geoff Chandler
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6153

Re: Hastings

Tim Spanton wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:46 am
Hi Tim,

Good Blog, you say this is the 30th consecutive time of playing in the congress over New Year. Is this a record for Hastings.
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4256

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Nakamura, Aronian and MVL played in Gibraltar last year, 10 rounds first prize £25,000. Fair enough. A good event. My main beef is the money the 'Fantastic Four' got in the London Classic for two games only against the same opponent and then onto the cartoon Mickey Mouse chess. Gibraltar 2018 was wo...
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4256

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Hi Andrew, "..receiving what you think is an obsessive amount of money " I am not alone. I am just the loudest....the whinniest. Obviously some people think it's OK that the 'Fantastic Four' got the money they did. Some do not. (it's probably a grading thing...look how high their rating is....they d...
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4256

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Hi Andrew, I'm way ahead of you. The letter has been drafted. Dear Sir, Please give me £250,000 so I can give it to four chess players who you have probably never heard of. They will play two normal games of chess then some speed chess. The whole thing should take 6-7 days. I will nickname them the ...
by Geoff Chandler
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4256

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Hi Joey, I dislike comparing chess with other sports. It's completely different. A famous game of football was England beating West Germany 4-2 in 1966. A famous boxing match was the 'Rumble in the Jungle' between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in 1974. The most famous game of chess was played betw...
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2680
Views: 286705

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi Keith, No problem, thought you had missed the gist of the post. Was looking for something that is more common now in OTB games than it was 20 years before increments. There might be more KRB v KR endgames but that can hardly be bad for the game. I was not sure what I was looking for but something...
by Geoff Chandler
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2680
Views: 286705

Re: Media comments on chess

Yesterday on 'Fifteen to One' a contestant was told a question mark signifies a bad move in chess notation,
he was then asked what signifies a good move. The answer given (an admitted guess) was an asterisk.
by Geoff Chandler
Fri Dec 21, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4256

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Hi Ian,

"It's hardly a closely guarded secret...."

So why are you keeping it a secret by not naming them.
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4256

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Hi Nick, I was told they are happy I cannot find the sponsor because it is a donation so they have no need to say who donated it. (which basically sunk me with one shot. I cannot tell people what to donate to - I can disagree with it, that is all.) And with no name, and not a sponsor, nothing to fol...
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4256

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Hi Roger, Sorry you have not learned anything useful. I cannot remember the last time I learned anything useful in a forum either. But in case anyone does not want to follow Rogers example and wade through all these pages.... in a nutshell. On the 2nd of November this post appeared. Chess Scotland -...
by Geoff Chandler
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4256

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Hi Alex, I see, not a sponsor but a donator. (I thought the others were linking to a sponsor?) I've donated a few times to tournaments in the past, pittance comparing to this, for a brilliancy prize. How does it work? A sponsor gives the money and gets advertisement in return, but the money is used ...
by Geoff Chandler
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 83
Views: 4256

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

Hi Alex, Thought I'd wait till you finished arguing with yourself before replying. Cannot agree with comparing chess with any other sport, golf, darts tennis, snooker which I have all seen put forward as comparable in the past do not come even come close. Bowls. Each player has four men which they t...