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by Paul Habershon
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 1912

Re: Jonathan Penrose

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:28 pm
Penrose played in the 1974 Olympiad, but did terribly - it was one of his last major OTB events.
Penrose scored 6/11 for 17th out of 48 in British Championship at Chester in 1979. Didn't play in 1980 at Brighton.
by Paul Habershon
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sexism in chess
Replies: 68
Views: 3040

Re: Sexism in chess

"It's a bit clumsy to do lots of things and we do them anyway." True - but how clumsy is this? "his, her, zir, hir, eir, vis or tem moves" I am indebted to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for this contribution. https://uwm.edu/lgbtrc/support/gender-pronouns/ Andrew Robson, in his Times bridge...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3582
Views: 390851

Re: Media comments on chess

Midsomers Murders is always awful tosh. But at least a chess gm didn't do it. The chessboards were round the right way. The Sicilian Defence is played. A hotel called 'The King's Gambit'. A local player from long ago who was world champion. Many people playing chess with analogue clocks. The oft re...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 1912

Re: Jonathan Penrose

One of my chess highlights was playing Jonathan Penrose at his Hertford house in the days when British Championship qualifying was by way of County and Zonal stages. It seems extraordinary that the multiple British Champion was required to qualify in 1979 but that's the way it was - no privileged ex...
by Paul Habershon
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 11259

Re: Hope for our society!

Countdown used a specific Oxford dictionary... ...My first opponent punted "moaniest" in the first round, which was disallowed, as "moaniest" wasn't specified in the dictionary. More recently, they decided that any one-syllable adjective ending in "-y" can automatically have "-ier" and "-iest" as t...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 11259

Re: Hope for our society!

Also thinking back to Countdown, Dave Ledger had "pincer" disallowed on the basis that it's either "Pincer movement" named after a Mr PIncer, hence capitalised, or the tool is "pincers", and only occurs as a plural. Nowadays they would allow "pincer". Dave could have said "prince" of course... I wa...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Disturbing king and queen position
Replies: 10
Views: 431

Disturbing king and queen position

I find the position of his king and queen disturbing though. 'Disturbing king and queen position' reminds me of my game against the exotically initialled E.O.M.C. Teichmann (Erich? Is he still around?) at Southend in 1977. After 8 moves an arbiter (not Jack Speigel) passed by and pointed out that B...
by Paul Habershon
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why are Swiss Tournaments Often an Odd Number of Rounds?
Replies: 7
Views: 606

Re: Why are Swiss Tournaments Often an Odd Number of Rounds?

Tournaments run on the jamboree system often for some reason had serious imbalances of colours. At the four-round 1970 BUCA teams event, I had three blacks and one of my team-mates four. There were doubtless several other examples. Ah yes, jamborees! I remember a 1970s county internal schools event...
by Paul Habershon
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 253
Views: 25707

Re: End of an era

Extracts from the handwritten flyer about Clarke include: 'The most difficult player in Britain to defeat; he has lost only 3 games since 1964' - 'Fees - Display over 20 boards 10 guineas What Does that apparent question refer to the fee? Clarke charged clubs 10 guineas for a simul. Clubs could the...
by Paul Habershon
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 253
Views: 25707

Re: End of an era

The June BCM carries a piece by Ray - within the usual definition of "by Ray" - which gives notes to two games via the old "based on" manoeuvre, which usually means "I am copying old somebody else's notes wholesale". This is certainly the case for the first of the games - I don't have Clarke's book...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31865

Re: 4NCL Online

The joke is on them because just as a human cannot beat a top computer program, so too, a cheater cannot remain undetected for long by a top anti-cheat program no matter what strategy they employ. In addition, certain moves are identified as engine-only moves. What does this mean? Just to stress th...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31865

Re: 4NCL Online

Typo: Quora not Quota
by Paul Habershon
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31865

Re: 4NCL Online

Just sharing some recent posts on the Quota Digest website. Does lichess have less cheating compared to chess.com or not? On Chess.com if you cheat, your userid will remain there for all to see the cheating stigmata next to it. Some of your friends will even know your real identity. On LiChess if yo...
by Paul Habershon
Thu May 28, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 130
Views: 17691

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

Given that so many are interested in this thread, why don't we create our own 'Who wants to be a millionaire?'. But have it chess themed? Just imagine how that would set the imagination of the general British public on fire. It's bound to have at least 50 million viewers each episode...probably a l...
by Paul Habershon
Wed May 27, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 130
Views: 17691

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

If you ever watched 15-1 avidly over the years, you'd find that many questions were repeated. The only chess related question I can remember on that show was 'Who was the first official world chess champion?' I believe the answer given was bobby fischer. By the contestant not the quizmaster, I hope.