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by John Clarke
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is our next Adams?
Replies: 29
Views: 2803

Re: Who is our next Adams?

"Like it or not, those guys are star performers from a very early age." I more or less agree, but there are exceptions. It seems Lasker didn't even learn to play until he was 11 years old! Chigorin didn't learn until he was 18 or something similarly ridiculous? Blackburne was nineteen when he learn...
by John Clarke
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2378
Views: 259028

Re: Media comments on chess

The usual error in setting up a chess board - and a less common one (look carefully). From an ad in NZ's Sunday Star-Times magazine.
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by John Clarke
Sat May 12, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 10349

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

I can only sympathise with Michael and Kevin on the evident decline in English chess standards. Put me down as one who helped accelerate the decline. As a schoolboy, I sometimes wrote moves like N-Kt5 just to be different. A fellow team-member used to employ his own set of initials for the pieces (...
by John Clarke
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2378
Views: 259028

Re: Media comments on chess

Interesting In 1968 I played for the English students' team at Ybbs, Austria where I made a modest plus score England team Achieving 5.5/8 (a better percentage than anyone else in the team) is hardly "a modest plus score"! One might have expected Basman to be there, but IIRC this was when he'd deca...
by John Clarke
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: At Last! The 1961 Grading List...
Replies: 41
Views: 4865

Re: At Last! The 1961 Grading List...

Quite a few familiar names there, one or two of whom I played back in the day (some little time after 1954, though!), with fortunes that were mixed to say the least. Interesting to see a US Air Force sergeant among the 3b's. Would that be the Ken Smith who went on later to write a number of openings...
by John Clarke
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Doomed Rook...
Replies: 8
Views: 942

Re: A Doomed Rook...

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:02 am

Not so painful when you're a whole rook up!
Edited, to restore the missing a8 rook!! (Cheers, Nick.)
by John Clarke
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Doomed Rook...
Replies: 8
Views: 942

Re: A Doomed Rook...

Another doomed rook (not my own) from Teesside, 1973. I'll spare readers the sometimes woeful play that led to it.

Black to play.
by John Clarke
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 7029

Re: Snow Cancellations

I can't remember anything as bad as this in March. The 1962-3 "Big Freeze" lasted well into March. Several boys in my year at school who were reasonably good chess players lost interest in the game around that time. One possible reason was that they'd played so much of it when penned up indoors whi...
by John Clarke
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 4-player chess
Replies: 2
Views: 483

Re: 4-player chess

My choice I think would be the usual black and "white" (i.e. natural wood or cream plastic), along with mid-green and light brown. Plus pale and mid-brown for the board. Easier on the eye than the more strident hues.
by John Clarke
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sport England is waste of money - claim
Replies: 14
Views: 1339

Re: Sport England is waste of money - claim

Falling participation? At the risk .... no, dammit, the necessity of repeating myself: it's the (gig) economy, stupid. If the grass-roots are dying off for lack of basic nourishment, no amount or type of top-dressing is capable of reviving them. You might successfully raise a few carefully-nurtured ...
by John Clarke
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post Brexit Openings
Replies: 33
Views: 2051

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Won't this approach result in even more use of the London System? :evil:
by John Clarke
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Writing a Letter
Replies: 15
Views: 1973

Re: Writing a Letter

You shouldn’t stand on anything split, in case it gives way under you. :mrgreen:
by John Clarke
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2378
Views: 259028

Re: Media comments on chess

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5179741/Ex-chess-player-fled-accused-rape-jailed.html I think he was about 190 from memory, so perhaps not what we normally think of as a professional. Back on the site after several weeks given over to the usual frantic Xmas/New Year/early summer holiday per...
by John Clarke
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 31770

Re: Chess history trivia

From the second diagram, Black continues 2. ... Bxh3 and claims the game. As Gerald Abrahams once remarked (I forget where): "first king lost loses". BTW, the book this little conundrum comes from is The Pleasures Of Chess (originally published as Adventure In Chess , afterwards renamed to be a bett...
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Behind Bars
Replies: 24
Views: 3208

Re: Chess Behind Bars

Encouragement of chess behind bars undoubtedly has merit, but I don't think the proponents would want the results to look like this:

(Detail from "Giles" cartoon, Dec 1966)