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by John Clarke
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: it was a joke....but...
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: it was a joke....but...

Harry Golombek recounted the story about Atkins' IM title in a radio talk around 1962-3 (later reprinted in Chess Treasury Of The Air). This and several other sources all refrain from mentioning the name of the UK delegate concerned, but I suspect it was ol' Harry himself.
by John Clarke
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949
Replies: 17
Views: 658

Re: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949

Sorry to have ripped the plaster off that one, Geoff. Totally with you on avoiding any actual indulgence in occult practices.
by John Clarke
Thu Nov 19, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949
Replies: 17
Views: 658

Re: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949

If you ever play a chap called Bower, as I once did, it might pay to ascertain his political views (is he a left Bower or a right Bower?) If you're not careful he could steal a march on you and you'll end up euchred (our game was drawn). And now, Geoff, let's have some humour based on the names of t...
by John Clarke
Tue Nov 17, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3935
Views: 430056

Re: Media comments on chess

Mick Norris wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:51 pm
Chess question on tonight's Only Connect

Sequence round staring with Boris then Bobby
At first glance I thought they might be referencing this.
by John Clarke
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 60
Views: 2139

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

I'd need a crosser or two to get Tom's one, I think.

Meanwhile, try this (which some might think more like a Spectator or Mephisto clue):

Averting disaster having lost a rook to his fellow-countryman, he still finished last. (7)
by John Clarke
Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Harold Woolley 1945-2020
Replies: 13
Views: 817

Re: John Harold Woolley 1945-2020

I never met John, but if that photo of him (when was it taken?) is anything to go by he certainly would seem to have been a lively character.
by John Clarke
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 60
Views: 2139

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

With Simon's clue, I'd got as far as the "hau" element, but couldn't be sure it was right without the "H" crosser. I'd have needed a lot more time before tumbling to "haiku". I like Jack's reply - very clever! More pertinently, Kevin, I think the pawn is in front of the queen, not by. Have to agree....
by John Clarke
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 42
Views: 1979

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

People bumped off in the book often survive the film. You could add House Of Cards to that list. Couldn't believe it when I first read the book (having already seen the TV series with Ian Richardson) and discovered that FU had done himself in instead of chucking the journalist off the roof. Even ha...
by John Clarke
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3935
Views: 430056

Re: Media comments on chess

How a well-known NZ musician coped with lockdown some months ago: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/music101/audio/2018772791/the-mixtape-shayne-p-carter Scroll about half-way down to find the chess-related matter. Carter himself probably isn't a familiar figure in the UK, but Don McGlashan ...
by John Clarke
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3935
Views: 430056

Re: Media comments on chess

Happily she recovered after hospital treatment The man got 3 years in prison so will have plenty of time to indulge in his interest in chess ! The victim in this assault might have recovered physically, but I doubt whether it'll be so easy for her to get over the mental trauma. In those circumstanc...
by John Clarke
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Element Word Game
Replies: 10
Views: 310

Re: Element Word Game

I had a class-mate at school who was also a near-namesake, spelling his last name without the final "e". Look at the periodic table, and you'll see it appears there from elements 17-19, so maybe it's no surprise that he went on to Oxford and an eventual MA in chemistry.
by John Clarke
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cryptic Crossword Clues
Replies: 26
Views: 587

Re: Cryptic Crossword Clues

My own contribution to the genre: "C B Fry distracts himself with various hobbies and becomes a champ." (6,7) A not totally inaccurate summary of the actual Fry's life. Like it! For pedantic perfection you could edit to (5, 7), then I will delete this sentence. Oh b****r, how did I let that one thr...
by John Clarke
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cryptic Crossword Clues
Replies: 26
Views: 587

Re: Cryptic Crossword Clues

My own contribution to the genre: "C B Fry distracts himself with various hobbies and becomes a champ." (5,7) A not totally inaccurate summary of the actual Fry's life.
by John Clarke
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cryptic Crossword Clues
Replies: 26
Views: 587

Re: Cryptic Crossword Clues

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:52 pm
Peeler and mistaken Spanish principal are champion (5,7)
I'm pretty sure of the intended answer, but can't quite get the clue to fit.
by John Clarke
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 60
Views: 2139

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Try this on for size, folks: "Nice keyboardist is worried - sort him out, grandmaster." (5)