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by John Clarke
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Christmas Picture Puzzles
Replies: 12
Views: 456

Re: Christmas Picture Puzzles

Afraid at the schools I went too there was no dunces cap, they just thrashed the living daylight out of you. Tell the truth, I was pretty uneasy at using the d-word, with all its negative connotations. Just couldn't think of any other term that was concise enough not to disrupt the flow of the sent...
by John Clarke
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Christmas Picture Puzzles
Replies: 12
Views: 456

Re: Christmas Picture Puzzles

I could not think of another player with B.W. initials. Not surprising. A quick trawl through some 220 players on Chessgames whose surnames begin with W reveals only eight having any forenames starting with B. Highest rated is Bruce Watson (2300) of NZ, followed by Bill Wall (USA, 2231), who is I g...
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Christmas Picture Puzzles
Replies: 12
Views: 456

Re: Christmas Picture Puzzles

Ha Ha...New Zealand. No wonder they were mumbling and grumbling. Suppose I'd better fix it. (nobody else has noticed - thank you Mr. Barden.) As soon as I saw that picture, I was thinking - the result of long and bitter experience - "has he got the flag right?" Thank you, Mr Barden, for the correct...
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 19
Views: 934

Re: Under promotion to a bishop.

Underpromotion to B where White has minimum K+P (study by Harold Lommer, date unknown). 8/8/P7/8/1p3p2/5p1p/5K1p/6nk White to win. Lommer had a very amusing tale to tell about the difficulties he had composing this piece - see Assiac's The Delights Of Chess , where the study is reproduced on p22. OK...
by John Clarke
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 59676

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

I can add some hard facts to the speculations about Bob Pentecost. They don't make for very happy reading. I saw a good deal of Bob in the mid-70s. We were fellow-employees at the Education Department (though I was actually based much of the time at the V & A Museum), and played together for its che...
by John Clarke
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Excelsior!?
Replies: 26
Views: 3049

Re: Excelsior!?

An excelsior using minimal material (study by H F Blandford, 1949). White to win - by means of a strange device of course.

by John Clarke
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Karpov v Korchnoi 1978
Replies: 6
Views: 1383

Re: Karpov v Korchnoi 1978

Isn't that proposal of Euwe's identical in principle (though not detail) to what Fischer was insisting on as a condition for his never-held world title defence? FIDE voted the idea down in 1974; one wonders if they'd have really pulled a one-eighty and gone along with Euwe only four short years later.
by John Clarke
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 4187

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

I know they’re kids, so one has to cut them some slack, but why are so many junior players so downright bad mannered at the board? You left out j'adoubing the pieces when it's not their turn. And standing up and leaning over the board from their side was quite the vogue for a short time in the mid-...
by John Clarke
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Names in Robert Ludlum Novels
Replies: 15
Views: 877

Re: Chess Names in Robert Ludlum Novels

White had two eyes on the performance, and only half an eye on the board. Meanwhile, Black (two aristocrats) sweated over their moves, their consultation disturbing both audience and singers. I read somewhere that the aristos placed the board so that Morphy had his back to the stage, which irritate...
by John Clarke
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2624
Views: 281760

Re: Media comments on chess

At first glance, this (from today's Dominion Post) looks like another chess cartoon drawn by someone ignorant of the rules ....
by John Clarke
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2624
Views: 281760

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi John remember reading about a newspaper report from 1962 which described the Spurs-Rangers Cup-Winners' Cup tie as "a game of electric chess". Looks like we have our source for possibly the first reporter who started using chess terms when writing about football. CHESS 11th November 1961 (page 4...
by John Clarke
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times
Replies: 36
Views: 4165

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

It's worth avoiding the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) too, at least in evening league chess. I do. Against any reasonable opponent, in many lines, you can reach the first time control (#30) still in book with barely a pawn exchanged. I exaggerate, but not by much. I've had a few of those (as Black, I don't p...
by John Clarke
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "ChessGames" Founder Dies
Replies: 6
Views: 914

"ChessGames" Founder Dies

Some shocking news to report: Daniel Freeman, co-founder and webmaster of the ChessGames site, has just passed on at only 51 years of age. I know there was the odd complaint from time to time about the site's historical accuracy, but it's still an invaluable resource, and always with a strong sense ...
by John Clarke
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is our next Adams?
Replies: 37
Views: 4433

Re: Who is our next Adams?

"Like it or not, those guys are star performers from a very early age." I more or less agree, but there are exceptions. It seems Lasker didn't even learn to play until he was 11 years old! Chigorin didn't learn until he was 18 or something similarly ridiculous? Blackburne was nineteen when he learn...
by John Clarke
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2624
Views: 281760

Re: Media comments on chess

The usual error in setting up a chess board - and a less common one (look carefully). From an ad in NZ's Sunday Star-Times magazine.
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