Search found 321 matches

by John Clarke
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Excelsior!?
Replies: 26
Views: 2985

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: 1315

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: 3972

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: 804

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...
by John Clarke
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2523
Views: 277094

Re: Media comments on chess

At first glance, this (from today's Dominion Post) looks like another chess cartoon drawn by someone ignorant of the rules ....
by John Clarke
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2523
Views: 277094

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi John remember reading about a newspaper report from 1962 which described the Spurs-Rangers Cup-Winners' Cup tie as "a game of electric chess". Looks like we have our source for possibly the first reporter who started using chess terms when writing about football. CHESS 11th November 1961 (page 4...
by John Clarke
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times
Replies: 36
Views: 4084

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

It's worth avoiding the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) too, at least in evening league chess. I do. Against any reasonable opponent, in many lines, you can reach the first time control (#30) still in book with barely a pawn exchanged. I exaggerate, but not by much. I've had a few of those (as Black, I don't p...
by John Clarke
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "ChessGames" Founder Dies
Replies: 6
Views: 892

"ChessGames" Founder Dies

Some shocking news to report: Daniel Freeman, co-founder and webmaster of the ChessGames site, has just passed on at only 51 years of age. I know there was the odd complaint from time to time about the site's historical accuracy, but it's still an invaluable resource, and always with a strong sense ...
by John Clarke
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is our next Adams?
Replies: 37
Views: 4396

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: 2523
Views: 277094

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.
Chess Set Ad (2).jpg
Chess Set Ad (2).jpg (99.79 KiB) Viewed 737 times
by John Clarke
Sat May 12, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 10927

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: 2523
Views: 277094

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: 5271

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: 1026

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: 1026

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.