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by John Clarke
Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4213
Views: 458011

Re: Media comments on chess

Article by Zoe Williams in the "Graun":

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... et-me-lose.
by John Clarke
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Brilliancy / Best Game Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 1160

Re: The Brilliancy / Best Game Prize

As was briefly discussed above, the nature of these awards can vary quite a lot. A good example is Palma de Mallorca 1971, where ‘Best Game’, ‘Best Attacking Combination’, and ‘Best Endgame’ were all awarded prizes. They were judged by Harry Golombek, who had stepped in as Arbiter at short notice. ...
by John Clarke
Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:24 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: DG Mackay
Replies: 30
Views: 1683

Re: DG Mackay

David Gilbert wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:33 pm
The Barstow Cup is awarded to the Civil Service Champion.
If I remember right, in the 1970s there were also a couple of lesser competitions for the "Star Trophy" and the oddly-named "Post-Annual Cup". Are they still around?
by John Clarke
Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:01 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering IM Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (19-iv-1909 15-ii-1974)
Replies: 29
Views: 1317

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

Regarding Alexander's non-knighthood, I suspect this was to do with the Civil Service grades of the time. For Permanent Secretaries (the very top grade, like the fictional Sir Humphrey Appleby), the title came with the job. Next level down there were Deputy Secretaries. Some of them might be knighte...
by John Clarke
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Double Check and Mate
Replies: 23
Views: 2416

Re: Double Check and Mate

I don't think I've ever got to play a double check at all, let alone deliver mate with one. And only one played against me (the way my opponent yelled it out, it must have quite rare with him too). But since we seem to have strayed into unusual mating patterns generally, the oddest I ever had was a ...
by John Clarke
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 118
Views: 8299

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Unless I'm mistaken, the question of whether the orphanage is integrated or segregated is completely incidental to the main narrative, so not really worth getting too worked up about. Put up a note on IMDb if you feel that strongly on the matter. Othello has been portrayed by a Caucasian (though not...
by John Clarke
Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4213
Views: 458011

Re: Media comments on chess

Too big for the number of rounds. As well as the winner, there three of us on 5.5, none of whom had played each other.
by John Clarke
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4213
Views: 458011

Re: Media comments on chess

I have only heard of the Swiss Gambit in the jocular/figurative sense Paul mentions, but rather as taking a draw in the first round of a Swiss to get easier opponents in subsequent rounds and end up with a better score than if one had won in the first round - though whether this would work out in p...
by John Clarke
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Ancestry
Replies: 20
Views: 2071

Re: Ancestry

.... and certainly not Herbert.
by John Clarke
Tue Feb 09, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The first Chess Defector
Replies: 54
Views: 2854

Re: The first Chess Defector

Alexander Alekhine? What are your grounds for suggesting defection rather than emigrating or some other description? I'd class Alekhine as a defector, seeing he took part in the first USSR Championship* in 1920, thus demonstrating some sort of commitment to the new Soviet state, a commitment that h...
by John Clarke
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Film Quotes
Replies: 29
Views: 1486

Re: Film Quotes

Neil Graham wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:03 pm
.....though I liked my first answer better.
I like it too!! :D
by John Clarke
Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Film Quotes
Replies: 29
Views: 1486

Re: Film Quotes

MJMcCready wrote:
Wed Feb 03, 2021 2:28 am
I have no idea of what it is. Papillion?
Silent Movie.

How's about: "Do you mean that bit of wool on your tit?"
by John Clarke
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:21 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Henry Atkins (20-viii-1872 31-i-1955)
Replies: 33
Views: 1293

Re: Remembering Henry Atkins (20-viii-1872 31-i-1955)

Aleister Crowley. It's all in his Confessions, though not in those exact words.
by John Clarke
Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New in Chess & BREXIT
Replies: 65
Views: 4500

Re: New in Chess & BREXIT

Reading all this makes me relieved to be in NZ. Apart from a few well-defined exceptions (notably residential rents, and provision of financial services), our Goods & Services Tax (GST) is levied on absolutely everything, and at a uniform rate. Compliance can still be onerous enough, but at least we...
by John Clarke
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!
Replies: 19
Views: 1810

Re: 21st Century Chess, in 21st Century Facilities!

The trouble with having a dedicated chess centre in a convenient location is that sooner or later some greedy-bastard developer is likely to start eyeing it up and figuring how the property could be made to yield more "return". I can think of at least two places in central Wellington that for years ...