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by John Clarke
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 523
Views: 43510

Re: Chess history trivia

Gerard Killoran wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:45 pm
Which top player once said, "chess history was nothing but fiction. and was not of any practical utility."?
Staunton? The phrase "practical utility" has something of old Howard's pomposity about it. (Why not simply say "practical use"?)
by John Clarke
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 523
Views: 43510

Re: Chess history trivia

Gerard is right (or should that be "rite"?). It's lucky that quote (How To Be Topp p76) doesn't include any of dere nigel's karakteristic misspellings, or it would have been way too easy.
by John Clarke
Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:16 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 523
Views: 43510

Re: Chess history trivia

OK, this one shouldn't be too hard either.
You could take up chess instead but you may find the game too fast.
What fictional character made this cautious suggestion? And "chess instead" of what other pastime?
by John Clarke
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 523
Views: 43510

Re: Chess history trivia

Alice Liddell, daughter of the then Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, was the inspiration for the central character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and its chess-themed sequel Through The Looking Glass, And What Alice Found There.

[Edited to get the titles exactly right.]
by John Clarke
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 3207

Re: Shortest game

John Upham wrote:
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:36 pm
It was a sister organisation to the Government Dentists' who had their own championship also.
Don't you mean champin'ship? :mrgreen:
by John Clarke
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 12540

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Did you miss (d), starting a sentence with a co-ordinating conjunction, as in "But according to chess.com policy"? I didn't notice it, Alex, but then I wasn't really looking for errors of syntax. What I was bagging was the faux-mateyness that seems nowadays to have crept into so much of what's supp...
by John Clarke
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 12540

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Call me old-fashioned, but my hackles rise the instant someone (a) uses my first name in what's supposed to be something in the nature of business correspondence, (b) sprinkles exclamation marks liberally throughout said correspondence, and (c) signs off with the word "Best" (even if, thankfully, wi...
by John Clarke
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3126
Views: 344359

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: 525

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: 3126
Views: 344359

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: 2566

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: 3126
Views: 344359

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: 1276

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: 3072

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: 1984

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...