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by Paul Habershon
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10686

Re: End of an era

"couple of weirdly named new puzzle games" which are? You've just made me grovel into my recycling bin with a torch to check on the 'Times 2' games which have replaced the Monday through Friday chess column. Slight correction: just one 'weirdly named game', Tetonor, which appeared on Tuesday and ag...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10686

Re: End of an era

Luke's excellent column is in the Spectator and the contents page has at last correctly attributed it to him rather than to Raymond Keene. David Howell started his Saturday column in the Times today with a Carlsen defeat by Ding Liren. Preceding the game we have 'It is an honour to succeed Raymond K...
by Paul Habershon
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10686

Re: End of an era

More fluidity in The Times Mind Games section. Monday's General Knowledge Crossword No. 1 has not been followed today (Tuesday) by No. 2. Tomorrow we are promised a poker column!

Unsurprising that David Howell will be the Saturday columnist as he already writes for the Sunday Times.
by Paul Habershon
Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10686

Re: End of an era

Adding to my post above, I have just noticed a note on the Times 2 games and puzzles pages. For chess there will be a daily Winning Move and a column on Saturdays. The space afforded by the removal of the daily column has been filled by a general knowledge crossword. I confess that I can understand ...
by Paul Habershon
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10686

Re: End of an era

The Times chess column has today been reduced to a 'Winning Move' position, with no authorial attribution. We wait to see if this is a permanent arrangement. I still favour a column in the main paper (cf Daily Telegraph) where, unlike 'Times 2' (a kind of magazine section), it is possible to be topi...
by Paul Habershon
Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10686

Re: End of an era

Today's 'Spectator' magazine - echo of an era. McShane's column but RDK credited on the contents page.
by Paul Habershon
Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10686

Re: End of an era

Until quite late in the 1980s-1990s, the chess reports appeared in the following day's newspaper. That is why we finished many sessions at about 6.15pm. I remember Press Association thanking me for changing the schedule to finish 30 minutes earlier, because it made their job easier. When computers ...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10686

Re: End of an era

Ray was hamstrung in reporting, e.g. on British and even the World Championship, because Times 2 does not carry yesterday's news. Not sure this makes sense - the column just lagged behind in reporting the games. I suspect that Times 2 requires chess column copy well in advance. It's on a games and ...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10686

Re: End of an era

I have frequently written to The Times suggesting that the chess column be moved from Times 2 (a sort of non-news magazine section) to the main paper as the D Telegraph does for Malcolm Pein. This would permit far more topical content. Ray was hamstrung in reporting, e.g. on British and even the Wor...
by Paul Habershon
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3226

Re: Malcolm Barker.

Now I feel old!! I think 1975 was the year of my first proper tournament 😂 Such a youngster! My first tournament was a 'Christmas Special' section at Hastings 1961-62, a small all-play-all which included Eileen Tranmer. Aged 15 and having been at boarding school since the age of 7 I wasn't due to j...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10686

Re: End of an era

Beginning of an era? The Spectator"s new chess columnist is Luke McShane who writes that it is an honour to be the third such after C H O'D Alexander (pen name Philidor) and Raymond Keene.

Very glad that the column has not been dropped, as I feared might happen.
by Paul Habershon
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10686

Re: End of an era

There is no mention of his successor, or is the column being dropped?
by Paul Habershon
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3126
Views: 344363

Re: Media comments on chess

By the way, I am fairly sure the culprit was supposed to be a strong chessplayer. That is normal, althugh it doesn't invariably apply. Yes, I expect many remember the Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes villain for whom the quotation goes something like 'Amberley excelled at chess, Watson, one mark of the ...
by Paul Habershon
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 4486

Re: Handshakes

Way back I think we shook hands only at the end of the game. Now it's often three times: 1 on arrival at the board, 2 just before the clock is started, 3 at the end of the game. Away from chess I think some other nationalities, particularly the French, are more frequent shakers than the British.
by Paul Habershon
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 548
Views: 40648

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Rules is rules and they are finicky but without them we are in chaos. Even in 'friendly' golf I like to observe them strictly but, I emphasise, with a gentle and pleasant attitude. If the contest is unimportant it is still best to be sure of the correct result when you are keeping score. I also play...