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by Paul Habershon
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 287
Views: 13634

Re: Pedants United

Mike Gunn wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:56 pm
Perhaps 'whom' could be antiqued, like some of those chess pieces you can buy from Chess and Bridge?
Congratulations to Paul McKeown for the thread title in General Chat: 'To whom is she referring?'

It just has to be 'whom' there.
by Paul Habershon
Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 97
Views: 5396

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

"I suggest you have a look at today's (Saturday) Guaurdian cryptic crossword. The whole puzzle is chess themed." Your spelling of "Guardian" is fitting tribute to the paper's reputation! I'm obviously spending too much time on sudoku as I have been struggling with this one. Assuming I've got 18A ri...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 25
Views: 2024

Re: Peter Markland

I will always remember Peter's fine performance against Karpov. Ok, he lost - no surprise there. It was a great fight. I was reading about Hugh Alexander in another thread. He wrote brilliantly about that game. He knew talent when he saw it. Yes, it was a great fight, and PM still remembers it with...
by Paul Habershon
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 97
Views: 5396

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

10ac today:
No-win situation fair, on reflection, in report (9)

STALEMATE

I saw 'state' for 'report', but struggled to see a word for 'fair' reversed (on reflection) inside 'state'. Amel or mela? Discovered MELA is a Sanskrit word for a gathering or fair on the Indian subcontinent. New to me.
by Paul Habershon
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:08 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering IM Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (19-iv-1909 15-ii-1974)
Replies: 29
Views: 1331

Re: Remembering IM Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (19-iv-1909 15-ii-1974)

Has more been published anywhere about the European Team Tournament at Bath in 1973? Nice mentions of David Anderton there. There was a Batsford book on the event. Many older members of the forum were probably there as spectators and the sell out nature of the spectator interest was mentioned. One ...
by Paul Habershon
Tue Feb 09, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4215
Views: 458327

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 Paul Habershon
Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4215
Views: 458327

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 Paul Habershon
Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 97
Views: 5396

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Yesterday in the Times Jumbo; “Beyond compare in Lima, introduced to dull game” and “Check when boarding earlier vessel”. That's tough without the number of letters in a bracket, but I've managed SCHOONER for the second Corrected. Schooner is right and MATCHLESS - I eventually remembered Lima repre...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Feb 07, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 97
Views: 5396

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Yesterday in the Times Jumbo; “Beyond compare in Lima, introduced to dull game” and “Check when boarding earlier vessel”. That's tough without the number of letters in a bracket, but I've managed SCHOONER for the second one. In yesterday's regular cryptic we had ROOKS as a solution to 'Cheats men, ...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 287
Views: 13634

Re: Pedants United

Recent question in 'The Times' daily quiz (where I rarely get more than half marks): Who did Robert Greene (c 1558-92) call 'an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers'? The first word of the question should surely be 'whom'. Is it gradually falling out of use? Needless to say, I rather like it ...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4215
Views: 458327

Re: Media comments on chess

Question in yesterday's ITV 'Tipping Point' quiz (see what I'm reduced to in lockdown): Which of these is a variant of a popular board game? A: speedy checkers B: blistering backgammon C: lightning chess The contestant got it right but later blew more than £3000 by going for £10000 with three final ...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Feb 06, 2021 8:20 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 287
Views: 13634

Re: Pedants United

Recent question in 'The Times' daily quiz (where I rarely get more than half marks): Who did Robert Greene (c 1558-92) call 'an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers'? The first word of the question should surely be 'whom'. Is it gradually falling out of use? Needless to say, I rather like it a...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4215
Views: 458327

Re: Media comments on chess

Rod Liddle in today's Sunday Times: Further dispatches from the front line of the deranged obsessives' war against everything. Two of the world's top chess players, Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri, have played a game in which - contrary to 100 years or so of tradition - black moved first. This was, th...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Jan 23, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 287
Views: 13634

Re: Pedants United

I don't have shares in redmolotov, this is purely for info... https://www.redmolotov.com/the-pedants-revolt-tshirt A fine example of why the apostrophe should be carefully preserved. 'The Pedants' Revolt' title on the shirt tells us that more than one pedant is involved. Also without the apostrophe...
by Paul Habershon
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 97
Views: 5396

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Err Well done, Mike, assuming that's your answer and not a hesitant thinking noise. For non-cryptos it's ER for queen, R for rook and 'mistake' as the definition. Good that chess abbreviations are acceptable in crosswords, though that's because they are included in the recommended dictionaries. The...