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by John McKenna
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:40 am
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1858

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

Those two instances of incongruity are connected by the fact that they both took place at the same event at more or less the same time and that's enough to form "a small bit of irony" in my book.

If more can be read into it I'll have to leave it to others to say.
by John McKenna
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts
Replies: 46
Views: 1858

Re: ECU General Assembly Resolution on Boycotts

One definition of irony is - (an event or situation showing) incongruity between actual circumstances and the normal, appropriate or expected ones The first incongruity was the loss by forfeit and the second was the local religious regulations preventing the broadcast of that non-game and any other ...
by John McKenna
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 18
Views: 917

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

That's because the police have got the wrong end of the baton - they think they've been sent to perform at a crime-mate-change demo.
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 2177

Re: Tony Buzan

Justin, I accept what you say immediately above, but I'd prefer look at it like this - almost everything is open to question and in a great many cases interpretation. (But, I do live in hope that certain almost-certain certainties can be agreed upon by reasonable people.)
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 2177

Re: Tony Buzan

That's true enough, Justin.

I'd be quite willing to discuss that reason, and there may
well be an overwhelming primary one, but I'd prefer not to do it here, please.

May peace and tranquility abound in your sleepy hollow.

John
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 2177

Re: Tony Buzan

Yes, Justin, but are we not quite familiar with them grifters, drifters, unloveable and loveable rogues, et al, dotted about among the assorted ranks of chessplayers? They may always be with us, but they are individuals, or small groups, who come and go. And, though I will not try to condone the way...
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 2177

Re: Tony Buzan

C'mon, guys, lighten up a little. I know this is a sad subject but I think Tony wouldn't have wanted us to take his departure too seriously and would prefer to leave us all laughing as he goes. For example, the following - Also in the "odd" department - it refers to "Professor" Tony Buzan, and cites...
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 19, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mueller Report
Replies: 1
Views: 373

Re: Mueller Report

I'll just add a bit of a wider chessical and cultural background to Chris' heavyweight political topic by a few reminders from those two pillars of their, respective, communities Chessbase and the BBC... There's previous form - https://en.chessbase.com/post/trump-kramnik-botvinnik-junge-benko A BBC ...
by John McKenna
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: April Council meeting 2019
Replies: 60
Views: 3093

Re: April Council meeting 2019

The difference is that Kovalyov offended the code at Azmai's prestige 2017 FIDE World Cup event in Tbilisi.

The offender was accused of dressing like a drifter rather than a 'derelict'.

And, aren't takebacks allowed for ceremonial initial moves?
by John McKenna
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 2177

Re: Tony Buzan

Ah, David, now you've put me back up above the hall, in the box, momentarily reliving the high life... I recall that the shining caviar was ebony in hue and the sparking champagne an ivory tincture... (Perhaps Ray was able to forego his favourite rosé - if it was so at that time - in honour of Anato...
by John McKenna
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tony Buzan
Replies: 32
Views: 2177

Re: Tony Buzan

Met him once at a Mind Sports event in a box at the Albert Hall in the company of RDK and Karpov. The trio were were all smiles and there was champagne and caviar, which my friend chess journalist IM Petr Marusenko and me were invited to partake of. Bought his book Use Your Head in 1974, but it's no...
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019
Replies: 54
Views: 3028

Re: GAMMA Reykjavik Open 2019

Yes, thanks to Chris Rice for excelling his usual high standard on the forum.

PS I think Justin may have to accept he's in a hamlet -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Settlement_hierarchy
by John McKenna
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Newspapers
Replies: 8
Views: 784

Re: Chess in Newspapers

To be fair (not sure exactly to whom) the Daily Mail did fairly factually cover the 2Cs (Mag and Fab) World Championship match, from time to time, last year. They particularly relished the possibility that it could have ended in "Armageddon". And, also in their sci & tech section (yes it's in there ...
by John McKenna
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess Matches
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: Chess Matches

1737, in Paris, a book on chess by P. Stamma was published that made use of what rarity for the time? 1747, in London, a chess match was held between F.A.D. Philidor of Paris, France, and P. Stamma of Aleppo, Syria. It was a victory for Philidor by +8, -1, =1. But, what was the final score? 1824-28 ...
by John McKenna
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Shogi
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: Shogi

Something suitable might be found at -

http://shogi.net/fesa/index.php?mid=8