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by Leonard Barden
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 140
Views: 19026

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

MJMcCready wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:15 am

500 pound question

In which decade did Broadbent become the British Champion?

A 1920's
B 1930's
C 1940's
D 1950's
Answer: sack the question compiler, since there are two correct responses. I write as one who happened to be defeated by Broadbent in the course of his second championship.....
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jul 05, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Pergamon Chess Magazine Launch
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Re: Pergamon Chess Magazine Launch

As a postscript, I see from the SCCU bulletin archive that Dr. Penrose played on Board 2 that day. Board 1 was E. Klein. It sounds like a strong Essex team! Klein was British champion in 1951 and was top board in the England v Netherlands 1952 match. He drew his first game with Euwe when the ex-wor...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: www.chessgames.com
Replies: 39
Views: 2795

Re: www.chessgames.com

John Saunders wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:53 am
the site is up, just not for me (and hasn't been for a long time now).

The last John Saunders kibitz is 5 May, but the profile says last seen 17 Jun 2020.
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: www.chessgames.com
Replies: 39
Views: 2795

Re: www.chessgames.com

Chessgames.com is functioning normally. I have no login problems with it.

The last Sally Simpson kibitz is 17 June on Hugh Flockhart's exact date of birth.
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 108
Views: 8904

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

https://www.europechess.org/international-chess-tournamemts-in-europe-from-june-to-july/ Biel is not alone. As the above European Chess Union calendar list shows, so far 12 countries have announced tournaments, mostly international opens or festivals, for June/July, and a few of these have already s...
by Leonard Barden
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Vera Menchik
Replies: 8
Views: 553

Re: Vera Menchik

I would assume this is the usual posed pic taken in advance of the first round, and Vera or somebody else decided to play a little joke by setting up an obviously unreal position to deceive innocent future chess editors. Note that besides the unreal clock times (I think they were normally set to sta...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen v Caruana final continues TONIGHT at 7pm
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Carlsen v Caruana final continues TONIGHT at 7pm

Since real chess seems to have taken a back seat here, I thought to mention, as some may not know, that the Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana Clutch International final, world No1 v world No2, continues this Sunday evening at 7pm with the players locked at 4-4. There are six games to go, each lasting...
by Leonard Barden
Sun May 31, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rough estimates over Fischer's re-entry into chess.
Replies: 25
Views: 1354

Re: Rough estimates over Fischer's re-entry into chess.

Kasparov apparently thought that game 1 was thrown by Spassky for the same reason as game 6: This fine game, I know, made a great impression on the chess world, but not on me. Yes, Fischer played well, but Black's play was too helpless: 'gifts' such as 19...Nh7?, 30...f5? and 33...Kf6 are no longer ...
by Leonard Barden
Sat May 30, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge
Replies: 70
Views: 3434

Re: 2020 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge

Now 2-2 and Armageddon imminent.
by Leonard Barden
Thu May 21, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge
Replies: 70
Views: 3434

Re: 2020 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge

Carlsen loses to Dubov in round 10, now on 5/10, could be eliminated from quarter-finals if he loses to Firouzja in round 11 starting shortly. Not sure to happen, but a real risk.
by Leonard Barden
Thu May 21, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge
Replies: 70
Views: 3434

Re: 2020 Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge

Chris Rice wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 11:00 pm
Meanwhile the Polish PM was congratulating Duda on his win.
Not the Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, but the President, Andrzej Duda, who was able to state that he was even more proud of Jan-Krzysztof's victory over the world champion because they shared the same surname.
by Leonard Barden
Sat May 16, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn Sacrifice - the film
Replies: 15
Views: 930

Re: Pawn Sacrifice - the film

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 4:43 pm

(did Kavalek not replace Lombardy - Bobby sacced Lombardy round about game 13)
Quite right! Senior moment, apologies, now edited above.
by Leonard Barden
Sat May 16, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Posthumous GM FIDE Title For Sultan Khan
Replies: 11
Views: 1042

Re: Posthumous GM FIDE Title For Sultan Khan

This project, if it proceeds, seems guaranteed to stir up political passions:

https://www.chess.com/blog/atiyabsultan ... ers-review
by Leonard Barden
Sat May 16, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn Sacrifice - the film
Replies: 15
Views: 930

Re: Pawn Sacrifice - the film

. Bill Lombardy (American GM turned Catholic priest) gets a very large role, though surely greatly exaggerated, since he was a rather peripheral figure in Bobby's life and did not act as Bobby's second, certainly not in Rejkjavik as is suggested, whilst the other major character in the film, Paul M...