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by John Clarke
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 11259

Re: Hope for our society!

In the case of living people it seems a bit disrespectful to make no effort to get it right. Those Slavic names do seem to be harder than most, often having what seems to Westerners a counter-intuitive stress pattern. But as Jacques says, you've got to make the effort. I've been taking extra troubl...
by John Clarke
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 11259

Re: Hope for our society!

A pretty comprehensive list of potential traps for the unwary can be found here, courtesy of Bill Wall. Looks as though, more often than not, it's a question of where the stress(es) should fall, rather than actual pronunciation.
by John Clarke
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 11259

Re: Hope for our society!

It's alarming to find that they only told him how they would pronounce Alekhine at the start of filming, when the theme music was playing. So how did they actually pronounce it? I think most of us by now know the correct way for "Alekhine", but TV presenters can be surprisingly casual about these t...
by John Clarke
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 11259

Re: Hope for our society!

Despite my considerable TV experience I'd never go on Countdown because I know I can't do that type of thinking fast enough under acute time pressure. (Recalling factoids near-instantaneously and stating them concisely is a different skill set.) But I play along at home on the rare occasions when I ...
by John Clarke
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: www.chessgames.com
Replies: 31
Views: 1835

Re: www.chessgames.com

All I can say is I've had no trouble getting in lately, although the site is sometimes very slow to load. And a comment I posted yesterday inexplicably dropped off some time during the (NZ) night. But on the whole I don't think they're managing too badly. You have to cut them some slack when they're...
by John Clarke
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 83
Views: 11259

Re: Hope for our society!

Re Countdown: I’d have been pretty outraged at not being allowed OUTGRADES. As well as a verb, with a meaning every chess-player understands, it’s now also a noun that refers to fruit and vegetables, etc, not regarded as acceptable for putting on sale. Re Alekhine: questions about individual moves w...
by John Clarke
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why are Swiss Tournaments Often an Odd Number of Rounds?
Replies: 7
Views: 606

Re: Why are Swiss Tournaments Often an Odd Number of Rounds?

Tournaments run on the jamboree system often for some reason had serious imbalances of colours. At the four-round 1970 BUCA teams event, I had three blacks and one of my team-mates four. There were doubtless several other examples.
by John Clarke
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 253
Views: 25707

Re: End of an era

In the film A Hard Day's Night the lads plus their minder Norm charge into a posh gambling club to collar Paul's mischievous (and fictional) grandfather. They're presented with his bill. Norm: "A hundred and eighty quid??" * Club Manager (icily): "Ahem .... guineas." Fortunately grand-dad's winnings...
by John Clarke
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Puzzle Books
Replies: 13
Views: 643

Re: Chess Puzzle Books

The Penguin Book Of Chess Positions by C H O'D Alexander (1974) was pretty good, but copies in reasonable nick may not be easy to find now. A decade before that came Gerald Abrahams' Test Your Chess (Constable, 1963). A mixture of the quite easy and very hard, mostly somewhere in between. Usually o...
by John Clarke
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Unusual Books (Not Chess)
Replies: 16
Views: 692

Re: Unusual Books (Not Chess)

There's a chess publication by John Watson & Eric Schiller "The Big Book of Busts". Ask to see it next time you're at the bookstall - a brown paper bag is provided for you to take it away. I have one called "Bizarre Bras". A compilation of images from the annual "World Of Wearable Art" shows*, form...
by John Clarke
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Harry Golombek games
Replies: 69
Views: 3094

Re: Harry Golombek games

It is well known that Rolls Royce and Bentley were meticulous in their screw alignment. Not sure how you ensure your screw-heads are aligned to a particular pattern. You screw them in till they're tight; beyond that you cannot go, and if you turn them back a little they're going to be too loose (an...
by John Clarke
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Unusual Books (Not Chess)
Replies: 16
Views: 692

Re: Unusual Books (Not Chess)

Simon Rogers wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:24 pm
I remember seeing a book in a charity shop a number of years ago, titled "Toilets of the World".
A book inspired perhaps by this bizarre recording from half a century ago?
by John Clarke
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 71815

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

If no 10 on that list is the same George A Dickson I played at Ilford in 1974, then the grading given of 1137 is almost certainly wrong. It should perhaps be 2137 - "my" Dickson was rated around 194, which tallies almost exactly.
by John Clarke
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 130
Views: 17691

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

Now I’ve ploughed through the Ann Meo transcript (can’t get the audio to play, for some reason) I have to say I found it kind of irritating in the end. She seems terribly unsure much of the time about names, dates, shows …. Some of it might be “diplomatic forgetfulness” of course, but with that appa...
by John Clarke
Sun May 31, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 130
Views: 17691

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

More interestingly, how often has something chessy been a specialist subject on 'Mastermind'? Can't answer for the UK, but the history of the game (or a subset thereof) has turned up on New Zealand's version of the show at least six times. Four of those I was responsible for (you were allowed to ap...