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by Paul Habershon
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 1455

Re: Announcing mate

I believe Peter Lee is the only British Chess Champion (1965) to have also won the bridge equivalent (The Gold Cup). Also Jonathan Mestel uniquely has the Grandmaster title in both games (all very likely to have come up in another thread). Claiming the rest of the tricks in bridge is fraught with da...
by Paul Habershon
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 14107

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

The last 2 rounds of the World Senior Team in Czechia were cancelled because the Govt here has reduced the permitted maximum number of people gathered together from 100 to 10. OK Keith, be safe; are you all coming home early? Many of the English are holding our nerve and waiting for our various Sun...
by Paul Habershon
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BBC 3 Counties Radio chess interview
Replies: 5
Views: 702

BBC 3 Counties Radio chess interview

By chance just caught a relaxed and sympathetic interview with Roger Lancaster on the Nick Coffer programme (BBC Three Counties Radio, 1200-1500, 28/02/20). https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08287xb may be a starter link for listening again. Roger on early - before and after 1230 news break. Impetus...
by Paul Habershon
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3376
Views: 364877

Re: Media comments on chess

John McKenna wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:45 am
Great - the toddler is holding a black king, the rooks look odd and the board is probably the wrong way round. I don't buy it.
Agreed. Pamplona means it's a load of bull.
by Paul Habershon
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 2019-20 Season
Replies: 55
Views: 7422

Re: 2019-20 Season

Been at the Holiday Inn for an hour, spent twenty minutes in the queue twice and been told I must now do that again because you are just expected to go round and round until your room is ready. Even by normal 4NCL standards this is hopeless. I'm laid back about this sort of thing. I don't think any...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 2019-20 Season
Replies: 55
Views: 7422

Re: 2019-20 Season

Been at the Holiday Inn for an hour, spent twenty minutes in the queue twice and been told I must now do that again because you are just expected to go round and round until your room is ready. Even by normal 4NCL standards this is hopeless. I'm laid back about this sort of thing. I don't think any...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 230
Views: 20679

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: 230
Views: 20679

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: 230
Views: 20679

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: 230
Views: 20679

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: 230
Views: 20679

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: 230
Views: 20679

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: 230
Views: 20679

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: 230
Views: 20679

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: 230
Views: 20679

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...