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by Leonard Barden
Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986
Replies: 97
Views: 12055

Re: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986

What an impressive memory for faces. Even with this guidance I cannot spot Cavendish and Walker. Is GH Diggle the bald man in the front row? He was certainly present as I personally invited him, being a fan of his Badmaster column in the BCM and hoping that he would write one about the Karpov simul,...
by Leonard Barden
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986
Replies: 97
Views: 12055

Re: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986

After looking again I think it really is from Westergate 1982, with Karpov the simul giver despite the apparent receding hairline. If you look carefully there are board numbers 18 and 20 on either side of Laurence Pinto, and I think Board 18 is James Howell who was then just short of his 15th birthd...
by Leonard Barden
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986
Replies: 97
Views: 12055

Re: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986

I don't recognise that photo or the occasion with the large seated audience, and am not sure who is the simul giver. Is it Portisch?
by Leonard Barden
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986
Replies: 97
Views: 12055

Re: Junior squad/Kasparov simul in 1986

Its great that Leonard Barden has recounted the Anatoly Karpov v England Junior simul of 1986 for posterity. (Karpov was at the peak of his play - same year as his World Championship rematch with Garry Kasparov.) I was there at the simul, it was an epic event. I recall it being the top 25 rather th...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 45
Views: 3499

Re: Division One 2018-19

McShane is not registered with Guildford on the 4NCL list, so implying that Guildford may introduce another wildcard (Short?) on the next weekend and bring in yet another in May-just to make quite sure of keeping their unbeaten record. Manx have not brought in anybody new this weekend (incidentally ...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 45
Views: 3499

Re: Division One 2018-19

A report on the 2018 Bundesliga first place play-off where Baden-Baden defeated Solingen in a star-studded match: https://www.chess.com/news/view/star-studded-baden-baden-wins-bundesliga from which note this sentence: You might have noticed that the German league doesn't have restrictions related to...
by Leonard Barden
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2716
Views: 292549

Re: Media comments on chess

The story about his sudden death that has been doing the rounds for years is that it was due to, ahem, "over-exertion" after he invited a "lady of the night" to his hotel room. You could see how that would be considered embarrassing to the Soviet authorities and thus covered up, at any rate....... ...
by Leonard Barden
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Todays Chess Quest.
Replies: 20
Views: 1086

Re: Todays Chess Quest.

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:15 am
Hi Mr Barden,

I also thought after looking at the game that the story is true but it must be a different game.

No. I already thought of that and looked at Tal's games with the other Soviet competitors at Amsterdam, and none of them were anywhere near the description. It's a false story.
by Leonard Barden
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Todays Chess Quest.
Replies: 20
Views: 1086

Re: Todays Chess Quest.

Mikhail Tal and another legendary player GM Leonid Stein agreed to a draw and created an exciting little game in a very topical theoretical variation , which they were supposed to reproduce the next day. When the actual game started everything went according to the plan. The grandmasters imitated de...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Todays Chess Quest.
Replies: 20
Views: 1086

Re: Todays Chess Quest.

I agree with Nick that this story is highly unlikely given the type of position in the game where you would not expect any blockbuster novelty. However on the subject of conversations during the Amsterdam 1964 interzonal, I was present during the last few days as a spectating journalist and can reme...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 18
Views: 1118

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

It's actually a strange quote also in the context of the occasion, since immediately after the match there were 20-board simuls against juniors by Bondarevsky and Tolush, arranged at very short notice, which were easily fully booked. Because Bondarevsky played on a higher board, most of the best pla...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 18
Views: 1118

Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

https://www.chess.com/blog/ddtru/gordon-thomas-crown-only-the-good-die-young The author of the above excellent and deeply researched chess.com article is a Russian historian whose main work is a forthcoming biography of Vasily Smyslov. I knew Gordon Crown well, but much of the content here is new to...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Division One 2018-19
Replies: 45
Views: 3499

Re: Division One 2018-19

I don't think I even saw a single report on the November weekend,ship pool. Just remembered that this was in my Guardian column for 16 November.... Two world championships meant a low profile for the first weekend of the Four Nations Chess League. Results already answered a key question, whether th...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 572

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Not a Nobel prizewinner, but Oliver Penrose, survivor from the first swiss system British Championship at Felixstowe 1949 and first British Universities champion in 1950, is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. His father (and father of Jonathan Penrose) Lionel ...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 572

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

an even more select group of chess playing Profs who won the Nobel Prize. In fact, I can't immediately think of any other British ones in this latter group. Sir Robert Robinson FRS won the 1947 Nobel prize for chemistry. He held posts as a Professor at Sydney, Manchester, London and Oxford Universi...