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by John Clarke
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Information on David Foley-Comer
Replies: 4
Views: 425

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...
by John Clarke
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New in Chess - Nigel Short
Replies: 11
Views: 1838

Re: New in Chess - Nigel Short

I’d rather that mix than the bland devoid nothingness that often passes for journalism in chess mags. Hear, hear! Opinions are always more entertaining than dry recitals of facts, even if you don't always agree with them (and as long as they don't get nasty or personal). That's my view, anyway. :)
by John Clarke
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 18
Views: 1118

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

I think much of the credit for the work done to encourage chess was down to teachers in charge of chess at school That very much agrees with my own experience and observation. Our grammar school club in the early 60s had an excellent master in charge who built for the future as well as managing the...
by John Clarke
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 572

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Jeff Webb of Glasgow University - most likely now retired, and certainly no longer active at chess He is still playing. He plays for Bearsden in the Glasgow league. Is that right? He doesn't feature at all in the ECF Grading site (which has numerous long-retired and even deceased players). A very r...
by John Clarke
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 572

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Jeff Webb of Glasgow University - most likely now retired, and certainly no longer active at chess - played to a 190-plus standard. He was completing a PhD or holding a post-doc fellowship (not sure which) when we played together for Sussex U at the 1970 BUCA teams event.
by John Clarke
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Replies: 15
Views: 1655

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

John Saunders wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:07 pm
RCO Matthews also became a Cambridge prof)
An Oxford one too (1965-75).
by John Clarke
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Christmas Picture Puzzles
Replies: 12
Views: 709

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: 709

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: 709

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: 1356

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: 61143

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: 3307

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: 1492

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: 4906

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: 994

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...