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by Paul Habershon
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 37
Views: 2144

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: 37
Views: 2144

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: 3066
Views: 334653

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: 3218

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: 38435

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...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 4662

Re: Quit Stallin'

Perhaps spotting first editions would be the more valuable talent. :D
by Paul Habershon
Wed May 29, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Definition of IMC
Replies: 15
Views: 2133

Re: Definition of IMC

Just to clarify that, the ICCF would say "IM" - https://www.iccf.com/Titles.aspx (I hope you don't need to log in to see that) I assume chessgames.com have used IMC to distinguish the titles, as they have games played in both modes. I thought the more usual abbreviation was CCIM to distinguish a co...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3066
Views: 334653

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: 3066
Views: 334653

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: 1664

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: 3066
Views: 334653

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: 1940

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: 2954

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: 23925

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: 3066
Views: 334653

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.