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by John Clarke
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3082
Views: 337260

Re: Media comments on chess

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:35 pm
You might have thought Dom Cummings could cope with it though, with his GIANT BRAIN and everything :D
I dunno .... brain the size of a planet, and meant to be content with running a little no-account country like England? How could he be expected to cope with that? Very badly, I suspect. :(
by John Clarke
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Status of Stalemate ?
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Re: Status of Stalemate ?

Once on NZ's version of Mastermind , doing the history of chess, I got a question on this very subject - I think it was something like "in England prior to 1807, what was the result of a stalemate?". Scored the point all right. My source for the knowledge was probably P W Sergeant's A Century Of Bri...
by John Clarke
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3082
Views: 337260

Re: Media comments on chess

The worst chess analogy of all time? Boris Johnson’s unwinnable chess match is nearing its endgame https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/30/boris-johnson-brexit-election The go-to analogy for some when looking at the latest stage of the Brexit mess is three-dimensional chess, with mult...
by John Clarke
Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: When have you ever been told that you can't go to a AGM
Replies: 16
Views: 2120

Re: When have you ever been told that you can't go to a AGM

My club decided to tighten up on AGM procedures in the mid-1970s. No-one was prevented from speaking, but there was a two-minute time-limit on each contribution, obvious repetition was discouraged, and replies and comments had to be addressed to the chair, not the original speaker. Interruptions of ...
by John Clarke
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3082
Views: 337260

Re: Media comments on chess

There is quite a lot wrong with that cartoon Not least the fact that an entire file is missing from the board - presumably the a-file if it was originally set up correctly. Re the date: Peter Kuper has been drawing Spy vs Spy since 1997, but since 2001 it, like the rest of Mad , has been in full co...
by John Clarke
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Andy Price
Replies: 6
Views: 1101

Re: Andy Price

He looked to have a pretty good position in that picture.
by John Clarke
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rook Odds Rules.
Replies: 39
Views: 2644

Re: Rook Odds Rules.

In the giving of odds of rook (or knight) it was customary for them to have the white pieces and to remove the QR/Kt. I seem to remember reading somewhere, a long time ago now, that the odds-giver also had the option of placing his a-pawn at a3 as part of the initial set-up. In effect, an extra mov...
by John Clarke
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Swiss Pairing Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 1634

Re: Swiss Pairing Systems

I played regularly in these weekenders, albeit at a less exalted level, and they were indeed brutal. I have always believed that they played a role in toughening up the greatest generation of English chess players. Even more brutal when combined with sessions at the National Film Theatre! My schedu...
by John Clarke
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3082
Views: 337260

Re: Media comments on chess

His son mentions his dad was a good chess player and after Hastings (no year given) Bronstein played a simul v Cambridge University Chess Club P.25 W.19. D.5 L.1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_J._Thouless That gives his year of birth as 1934, so it's likely to have been Bronstein's "Alexander...
by John Clarke
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is this a win?
Replies: 34
Views: 2609

Re: Is this a win?

I watched Jovanka Housk make her move with her queen, put it on the board. It was blitz. Pressed the clock and, in slow motion, the queen fell over. A loss, At first glance that doesn't seem in accordance with the laws of physics. Place the queen, press the clock, and then the queen falls over? Sho...
by John Clarke
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 40577

Re: Chess history trivia

Adam's?
by John Clarke
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Simon Norton
Replies: 11
Views: 1683

Re: Simon Norton

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:15 pm
That's probably true - another possibility is that the graders confused him with someone else. I failed to get a grade about then, whilst Ken H Thurlow of Inland Revenue improved dramatically!
Yes, graders weren't always as careful as they might have been - another case here from the 1970s.
by John Clarke
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 2945

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

Wasn't she in the Army? "Major" Sunnucks. Yes - a major (no quote marks necessary) in the WRAC. According to Wikipedia she was both Army and Combined Services champion in 1968. BTW, Chessgames has opted to use her married name for her entry, despite being far better known in the chess world under h...
by John Clarke
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 77
Views: 8005

Re: Raymond Keene new site

It's a funny old world... Err... Square I think?* Val Doonican and Dave Allen once did a duet proving it could be either square or flat. " ... round as a ring" [quick shot of boxing ring] " ... so the world is square - so there!" " ... round as an egg" [quick shot of fried egg] " ... so the world i...
by John Clarke
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Information on David Foley-Comer
Replies: 7
Views: 1694

Re: Information on David Foley-Comer

Here's some personal recollections of DF-C. I tried doing them as a PM but for some reason couldn't get it to send properly - just sat in the Out-Box. I'm not 100% clear on his birth and death dates, but these were approx 1935-1998 - a regrettably early demise. The family was Jewish; I don't know an...