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by Paul Habershon
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2815
Views: 300788

Re: Media comments on chess

'Times' birthday list today: John Nunn, chess player, 64.
Shares exact birth date with tennis player, Buster Mottram, who has a bridge grading.
The best I can do for a co-birther is Hayley Mills.
by Paul Habershon
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2815
Views: 300788

Re: Media comments on chess

The redoubtable and venerable philosopher, (Baroness) Mary Warnock, died a couple of days back. The Times carries a fulsome obituary . As I hope you can see from the online picture. she poses in a suitably studious and learned manner - in front of a chess board. And the chess board? Well, I can't b...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Simon Norton
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Re: Simon Norton

Very full obituary of Simon Norton in today's Times (7 March 2019). No mention of chess but a lot about his obsession with improving bus timetables after he abandoned mathematics.His parents owned an upmarket jewellery business, SJ Phillips.
by Paul Habershon
Sun Feb 24, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2815
Views: 300788

Re: Media comments on chess

Times crossword Sat.23rd Feb.: Clue for BUSKER is 'Book addict hugs King's Head player in street'. For those unfamiliar with cryptic clues, the definition is 'player in street' and the indicators are B for book, USER for addict, with K for King's Head inserted. However, since clues are supposed to '...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Enforcing rules in League chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1538

Re: Enforcing rules in League chess

Many players contravene the scoring 'move by move' principle by replying, typically with an obvious recapture, before writing their opponent's move. It seems petty to object, but I suppose it is a breach of the law? I never do it myself - it feels like bad manners if nothing else.
by Paul Habershon
Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 2404

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

The bribes for 'normal' people are masterpoints - certificates from the authorities that they accumulate over time to earn ranks etc. Much less merit based than the somewhat ruthlessly accurate grading system in chess. They do seem to work very well to motivate people though. I couldn't say why. I'...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 340
Views: 20868

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

FIDE look to be slowly getting back to a normal state of affairs: "FIDE is pleased to announce that an official bank account with Caixa Bank, one of the largest banks in Spain, has been opened. FIDE is extending its gratitude to Mr. Jose Claudio Vinas Racionero, President of the Catalonia Chess Fed...
by Paul Habershon
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2815
Views: 300788

Re: Media comments on chess

You don't need to be able to swim - you just need to be able to sink!
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Reminds me of a warning by a farmer written on a fence surrounding his deep pond: 'THINK', to which someone had added 'OR THWIM'. True story.
by Paul Habershon
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 7401

Re: Hastings

No disrespect to anyone involved - for example, I always enjoy following Gormally's games - but whatever happened to Hastings? I only went once. On that occasion, Petrosian was playing. Yes, the golden years of Hastings for me were before England had a grandmaster. The visiting Russians et al seeme...
by Paul Habershon
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Chess Chmpionship.
Replies: 17
Views: 1892

Re: World Chess Chmpionship.

You are most unlikely to get 1993-type coverage unless there is a British contender or an extra political or newsworthy element (as in 1972).
by Paul Habershon
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2815
Views: 300788

Re: Media comments on chess

Andy Stoker wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:18 pm
Alistair Campbell wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:49 pm
From "the Scotsman"'s Weekend Crossword.

13 ac Fool's mate with pawn (5)
Oh, oh sir - I think I know
Another thing about CHUMP - as a feeble trick you can write it with joined up handwriting and turn it upside down.
by Paul Habershon
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: 2019 British
Replies: 111
Views: 10996

Re: 2019 British

Re accommodation is it not normal to expect free WiFi in bedrooms nowadays? I could hardly believe it at Hull, staying in the Royal Hotel adjacent to the station, WiFi was free in the lobby (but you had to log on again every 30 minutes). In the bedrooms it was free for just two 20-minute sessions pe...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Championship News
Replies: 1
Views: 652

Re: British Championship News

You just got that in before midday. The board should illustrate a ....'s mate!
by Paul Habershon
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2815
Views: 300788

Re: Media comments on chess

Yes, Short was the red herring, not to be included in the 4-grandmaster group. 'He' goes with the 'list' group: waiting, laundry and bucket. Pert was possibly another red herring, close to brassy, forward, fresh and smart.

The contestants looked blank even when they were told about the grandmasters.
by Paul Habershon
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Writing a Letter
Replies: 15
Views: 2509

Re: Writing a Letter

Señor Paul F. Habershon, a regular contributor to this forum, taught a class I was in how to properly write a letter in 1971. Where did he stand on split infinitives? I certainly stood against split infinitives in 1971, but now I suppose, as a Times subscriber, I must follow Oliver Kamm aka The Ped...