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by John McKenna
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 2236

Re: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

"An hereditary Knighthood is called a baronet and the baronetcy passes to the eldest son, who is allowed to style himself as 'Sir'."
by John McKenna
Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Nagorno-Karabakh
Replies: 14
Views: 728

Re: Nagorno-Karabakh

I'd better try to clarify the following - SNIP Azerbaijan only existed briefly as an independent state between 1918-1920 and after that it was subsumed, as was Aremenia, into the USSR regaining independence in 1991, as did Armenia. Hostilities between the Armenians and Azerbaijanis had already broke...
by John McKenna
Mon Oct 12, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Nagorno-Karabakh
Replies: 14
Views: 728

Re: Nagorno-Karabakh

"When I lived in Baku and spoke to those who endured Soviet times they said they saw Armenians as their cousins." The enemy of my enemy is my friend is an ancient proverb which suggests that two opposing parties can or should work together against a common enemy. The earliest known expression of thi...
by John McKenna
Fri Oct 09, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Membership Renewal
Replies: 300
Views: 17199

Re: Membership Renewal

Yes, players need coaches, the problem is if those coaches are adding value not by the greatness of their coaching but by how much of an obstacle they can insert between the parents and the England teams. They say to the parents, hire me, I can get your kid into the England team. And they say to th...
by John McKenna
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Mate in 7 repeated after 40 years
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Re: Mate in 7 repeated after 40 years

Supposedly as in this game -

by John McKenna
Tue Sep 29, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Perhaps you aren't a number and are a free man but OTB so many revert to the former inadvertently.
Replies: 32
Views: 1781

Re: Perhaps you aren't a number and are a free man but OTB so many revert to the former inadvertently.

The late Norm Oliver, former secretary to the London League, used to call them "magic numbers" and once penned an article for their newsletter expressing his impatience with those who made such a fetish of them. I had more than one opponent who demanded to know my grading almost before we'd shaken ...
by John McKenna
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3824
Views: 417439

Re: Media comments on chess

When Shohreh Bayat, one of the world’s top chess referees, let her hijab slip during a match earlier this year she had no idea she may never return home to Iran again... ( Sunday Telegraph ) https://uk.news.yahoo.com/iranian-chess-judge-hijab-controversy-121936345.html Edit - from Daily to Sunday T...
by John McKenna
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3824
Views: 417439

Re: Media comments on chess

Wikipedia's "Did you know ..." page today (my bolding): ... that early vocational-education advocate Mary Schenck Woolman (pictured) obtained her first teaching position as a result of her "harsh" review of a sewing manual? ... that the seeds of Guilandina bonduc, commonly known as nickernuts, are ...
by John McKenna
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1122
Views: 55049

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

"Actually the issue is not whether people are mingling: the concept of "mingling" is relevant only where a person participating in the gathering does not do so "alone" but as a member of a group (though I still don't understand how you can simultaneously be alone and yet participating in a gathering...
by John McKenna
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arbitration question
Replies: 292
Views: 27826

Re: Arbitration question

Such incidents are most likely to occur in general when players are short of time (juniors and novices are likely to make illegal moves at any time). Not being an arbiter I cannot give an official answer. Until a qualified arbiter comes along to solve this - your latest riddle of the rules - you mig...
by John McKenna
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Samuel Beckett and chess
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Samuel Beckett and chess

Taken as a stand-alone game you are right, Matt.

In juxtaposition to the Murphy-Endon game it has a kind of life of its own - I doubt the players knew what they were doing - and at times it made me laugh at the sheer absurdity of the moves.

A small unintentional nod in the direction of Beckett.
by John McKenna
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: what can I do?
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Re: what can I do?

Sorry to hear that news.

It is a personal problem that it is better to discuss with your psychiatrist and people who know you well.
by John McKenna
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Samuel Beckett and chess
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Samuel Beckett and chess

Thanks, Sean.

I suspect any games will be hard to come by.

Some more details -

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/ah- ... s-endgame/

His chess playing in France during WWII was probably just of the casual kind.
by John McKenna
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Irish Championship 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 949

Re: Irish Championship 2020

The event took place from 1st to 9th Aug.

Results & games -

https://chess-results.com/tnr531394.asp ... turdet=YES
by John McKenna
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Samuel Beckett and chess
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Samuel Beckett and chess

The fictitious game - [Event "Magdalen Mental Mercyseat"] [Site "?"] [Date "1935.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Murphy"] [Black "Endon"] [Result "*"] [PlyCount "86"] 1.e4 Nh6 2.Nh3 Rg8 3.Rg1 Nc6 4.Nc3 Ne5 5.Nd5 Rh8 6.Rh1 Nc6 7.Nc3 Ng8 8.Nb1 Nb8 9.Ng1 e6 10.f3 Ne7 11.Ne2 Ng6 12.g4 Be7 13.Ng3 d6 14.Be2 Q...