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by Neville Twitchell
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: JM Soesan Coincidence
Replies: 10
Views: 439

Re: JM Soesan Coincidence

Joe Soesan was defnitely an Ilford player and a leading light of the club for several years and, I believe, secretary of the club at some point in the late forties and maybe afterwards, because I remember my dad, Don Twitchell, who played for the club at that time, referring to him on occasion as a ...
by Neville Twitchell
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4213
Views: 457832

Re: Media comments on chess

Faulty quiz question on ITV's The Chase this evening? 'The Swiss Gambit is an opening move in which board game?' I have heard of it only in the context of losing in the first round of a Swiss System tournament with the hope of meeting easier opponents. Is there even a chess opening variation called...
by Neville Twitchell
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 117
Views: 8137

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Have just been listening to Malcolm Pein on Bob Mills show on Talk Radio discussing "The Queen's Gambit" and the authenticity of its portrayal of the chess scene, as well as chess matters in general. Quite interesting.
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Demis Hassabis
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Re: Demis Hassabis

Herewith a link to the programme on BBC Sounds
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000q3nq
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Demis Hassabis
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Demis Hassabis

Forumites might be interested to learn that Demis Hassabis was the subject of "Profile" on Radio 4 yesterday evening, and was interviewed recently on the Today programme.
by Neville Twitchell
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 184949

Re: Cheating in chess

"I think you check back against the user names of your opponents." Tournaments running on chess-results have the lichess user names removed after completion of the tournament. Presumably the idea being to make a process of cross-checking lichess suspensions against real names more difficult." It was...
by Neville Twitchell
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 184949

Re: Cheating in chess

It didn't say who the supposed cheater was and It doesn't seem possible to discover that from anywhere on the website I think you check back against the user names of your opponents. This was just in ordinary blitz play, not in a tournament, but I went back through all the opponents from the last d...
by Neville Twitchell
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: In a hot air balloon who would you rather be left with?
Replies: 15
Views: 1628

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

Who initiated the poll? Does't say.
by Neville Twitchell
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 184949

Re: Cheating in chess

Just had my first experience of a cheating issue on the Lichess website. I got informed that "You lost to a cheater: Refunded 6 blitz rating points." It didn't say who the supposed cheater was and It doesn't seem possible to discover that from anywhere on the website, despite it's plethora of info. ...
by Neville Twitchell
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: In a hot air balloon who would you rather be left with?
Replies: 15
Views: 1628

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

Surely they are all full of hot air, so keep all of them.
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 117
Views: 8137

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Just been listening to Talk Radio and there was a brief spot on the Kevin O'Sullivan show in which he was interviewing Malcolm Pein That's shame, I was listening earlier but turned it off to concentrate on doing some work. "Talk Radio is a station that would be sympathetic towards us being allowed ...
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 117
Views: 8137

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Just been listening to Talk Radio and there was a brief spot on the Kevin O'Sullivan show in which he was interviewing Malcolm Pein chiefly about the Netflix Queen's Gambit series, but also about chess in general. Malcolm made several favourable observations about the series re its authenticity, bot...
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2173
Views: 184949

Re: Cheating in chess

Regarding the Lichess website, though it is not strictly relevant to the question of cheating, there are some slightly odd features. One is its extreme interpretation of what does or does not constitute a drawn position, so that one can lose on time even where the opponent does not have mating mater...
by Neville Twitchell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 285
Views: 13426

Re: Pedants United

Perhaps this thread ought to be called Pedants Revolt rather than Pedants United. Or Pedants Revolting or even Revolting Pedants!
Which reminds me of the joke about the leader of the Pedants Revolt who should have been called Which Tyler not Wat Tyler.
by Neville Twitchell
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 285
Views: 13426

Re: Pedants United

A very interesting thread. May I list a few of my pet hates? In no particular order:- "...legalise gay marriage..." Misuse of the verb. One cannot legalise something that doesn't exist. Gay marriage can only exist if governments legislate to bring it into being in which case it has been introduced o...