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by John Clarke
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3243
Views: 355042

Re: Media comments on chess

Nick Grey wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:33 am
1921 Was when the match took place Capablanca won easily.

10 years earlier teams like BUry Were the team to beat
Bradford City had their best-ever season in 1911 - 5th in Division One, and the FA Cup.
by John Clarke
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 2602

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:08 am
Oh dear, what a shame, never mind :)
Or, as another military comedy from a couple of decades earlier expressed it: "Still, never mind, eh?"
by John Clarke
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 2602

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

By one of those remarkable coincidences that do so much to spice one’s life, I was only last night leafing through a May 2017 copy of The Oldie , which carried a piece by Stephen Glover about the then-recent appointment of Mr Osborne. It made the same sort of gloomy prognostications about the Standa...
by John Clarke
Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 2602

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

Leonard says "dedicated to SJF" - would it be a breach of etiquette to ask who this is (or should it be obvious)? Several players on chessgames.com with the initials SF, but none identifiable as SJF, and none as far as I can see meriting this sort of dedication. Unless it's a misprint for R JF .......
by John Clarke
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The French System
Replies: 34
Views: 1975

Re: The French System

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:54 pm
I'm still wondering how you play the Exchange French on move 2.
By transposition? 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 e6 3.d4 exd5 - voila! :mrgreen:
by John Clarke
Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.
Replies: 17
Views: 1554

Re: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.

Going back a bit further into the past, we arguably have: Introverts - Euwe, Steinitz, Philidor, Staunton, Burn, Keres, Fine, Reshevsky Extroverts - Alekhine, Bogolyubov, Tartakower (in fact all the leading "Hypermoderns", wouldn't you say?), Anderssen, Blackburne, Pillsbury, Tchigorin, Tarrasch, Na...
by John Clarke
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 2602

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

When I read some of today's other news, it struck me that Leonard's service on the London Evening Standard was longer service than that of Nicholas Parsons on Just a Minute. Which is quite an achievement! ... and longer even than Alistair Cooke's Letter From America , which clocked up not-quite 58 ...
by John Clarke
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 2602

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

A very entertaining game, that one against Kottnauer! Discovered it wasn't on chessgames.com, so I've just submitted it there. Strongly reminiscent of Kupferstich-Andreasen (Copenhagen 1953), which can be viewed here.
by John Clarke
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Mates In One From An Actual Game...
Replies: 4
Views: 774

Re: Most Mates In One From An Actual Game...

Don't resign, opponent will lose on time deciding which mate to give. Remember the COKO chess program from 1971? Couldn't decide which of several mates to administer (they weren't all in one either, apparently) and ended up losing. No-one had told it how to choose among equally favourable options.
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4619

Re: Brexit tea leaves

We are sailing away, just a question of how far (and that's a mutually agreed distance.) .... and there's going to be a lot more sea to sail on (not to mention rather less of the British Isles) once Greenland and Antarctica have shed most of their ice. That problem is of far more importance to my m...
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3243
Views: 355042

Re: Media comments on chess

Pretty poor stuff. Maybe they should have axed the show after Humphrey Lyttelton retired.
by John Clarke
Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4619

Re: Brexit tea leaves

I guess BoJo is Her Majesty's fourteenth and last Prime Minister.
by John Clarke
Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 44576

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: 526
Views: 44576

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: 526
Views: 44576

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?