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by John Saunders
Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4603
Views: 504960

Re: Media comments on chess

A few years later, Ronson came downstairs one morning, schoolbag in hand, to find his dad [Laurence Ronson] with Daryl Hall, “each with a snifter of something, playing a really intense game of chess”. Article about Mark Ronson in the Guardian, 26 July 2021. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/...
by John Saunders
Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Simon P. Finn ( 1958 - 2021)
Replies: 6
Views: 838

Re: Simon P. Finn ( 1958 - 2021)

Sad news about Simon Finn. His son Peter played for Cambridge in the 2019 Varsity match. (Father and sons have played in this fixture previously but not, I think, for a different university but I haven't yet checked that.) Peter told me that his father had won the best game prize for his win against...
by John Saunders
Wed Jul 14, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Lynch
Replies: 5
Views: 677

Re: Dave Lynch

Very sad news. Following on from Mark's comments, I think Dave's dalliance with Mitcham CC may have been only for the 1983/84 season as I'm struggling to find his name in club records other than for that season. But he was well-known to us all around that time. I remembered my first encounter with h...
by John Saunders
Fri Jun 25, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Championship, Richmond 1912
Replies: 13
Views: 1972

Re: British Championship, Richmond 1912

Was this played in a simul?
by John Saunders
Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:37 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 342
Views: 14731

Re: Nice 74

Out of interest, are we going to have a whole round of will-you-condemns? We can take it in turns to insist that X condemns Y, and condemn them in their turn when they don't. Haha, yes, I agree with you about 'will you condemn...'. I hate it too. Just did it out of sheer mischief. EDIT: though, thi...
by John Saunders
Mon Jun 14, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 342
Views: 14731

Re: Nice 74

(It's the same with all the squawking and screeching, I just take it that it makes my point for me, and I'm very happy for it to continue.) Yes, of course you are. You love all the attention, don't you, Justin. Well, most of the time, anyway. Maybe not so much when the spoilsports at Wikipedia stop...
by John Saunders
Mon Jun 14, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 342
Views: 14731

Re: Nice 74

After Paul Cooksey raised the subject of alleged cases of compensation for Raymond Keene's plagiarism, I wrote here yesterday: "One injured party who was certainly never compensated is Edward Winter. A substantial text of his was plagiarized three times by Raymond Keene: in The Spectator , on a web...
by John Saunders
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 342
Views: 14731

Re: Nice 74

What I have done here, many years ago, is to speak out against posters who think it's OK to traduce anyone who has ever been in the same room as Keene at chess events ... John, I look forward to seeing you at the next Varsity Match. I shall certainly not be deterred from attending because I know th...
by John Saunders
Sun Jun 13, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 342
Views: 14731

Re: Nice 74

Nick Ivell wrote:
Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:24 pm
Sorry, but I have more to add to the charge sheet.

I have said on previous threads that the book on Nimzowitsch is excellent.
*** rips off epaulettes, slaps both sides of face vigorously ***

"Here's a revolver, Ivell. You know what you have to do."
by John Saunders
Sun Jun 13, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 342
Views: 14731

Re: Nice 74

I agree. But what I’m saying is that they would happily go back. Nothing more is known about Ray now than was known when Saunders and Upham were extremely proactive In counter attacking the evidence of his plagiarism That's rubbish and you know it's rubbish. I have never once done anything of the s...
by John Saunders
Sun Jun 13, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Nice 74
Replies: 342
Views: 14731

Re: Nice 74

I am unconvinced that the alleged lack of detail is the problem here. (I mean I shall probably do so at one point or another, because it's what I think is most important generally. But not right now, and nor would it help.) :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: If those are not the ...
by John Saunders
Wed May 19, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The UK Record for number of players in a multi-board team match?
Replies: 31
Views: 1290

Re: The UK Record for number of players in a multi-board team match?

My first memories of earlier 1960s large-scale events were of relatively heavy non-folding wooden boards being the norm. Folding cardboard was common surely. The adverts in Chess or BCM are a reference for what was "normal" equipment. Yes, true, but I don't remember folding cardboard being the norm...
by John Saunders
Wed May 19, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The UK Record for number of players in a multi-board team match?
Replies: 31
Views: 1290

Re: The UK Record for number of players in a multi-board team match?

One thing has just struck me about the photos - the boards appear to be made of something light and thin and flexible, not unlike modern flexible plastic boards. I had thought this was something that was new in the late 1960s or early 1970s with the coming of large-scale tournaments such as the ones...
by John Saunders
Wed May 19, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1979 Lloyds Bank Masters
Replies: 17
Views: 931

Re: 1979 Lloyds Bank Masters

Thank you for that John. Is your coverage of the Lloyds Bank Masters mostly or nearly complete now? Regarding Lloyds Bank Masters coverage on BritBase: there's still some considerable way to go in terms of presenting crosstables and other info, particularly of the later tournaments which had much b...
by John Saunders
Wed May 19, 2021 2:16 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The UK Record for number of players in a multi-board team match?
Replies: 31
Views: 1290

Re: The UK Record for number of players in a multi-board team match?

Incidentally, Mrs Mirza (also rendered as Mrs F Mirza, Mrs Murza and Mrs Perin Mursah in various other places online and contemporary newspapers) took part in the 1932 BCF Congress in London. The Alamy photo archive has a better photo of her playing in 1932.