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by ben.graff
Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering William Ritson Morry (05-ix-1910 08-i-1994)
Replies: 20
Views: 1011

Re: Remembering William Ritson Morry (05-ix-1910 08-i-1994)

I think there was some sort of rapprochement later as I saw BH greeting him effusively at an event with "Ah, Ritson!" I think that's right, Kevin. When I interviewed Phil Wood (BH Wood's son) for Chess he touched on this. Phil told me that BH and Riston were "sort of" reconciled. Phil recalled BH a...
by ben.graff
Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 100
Views: 4167

Re: Closing Gambit

Yes, personally I have always seen Karpov winning that game 32 in 1978 as maybe *the* biggest single achievement of his career. Especially given how he had collapsed previously to that, and the magnitude of what was at stake. I don't disagree. The film is very interesting though on Korchnoi's choic...
by ben.graff
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 100
Views: 4167

Re: Closing Gambit

I really enjoyed it. Definitely worth people watching and seeing what they think. It's also available on Amazon's platform. The archive footage is fascinating. Whenever Karpov won a game, his entourage would organise a party. Seeing "independent" match organiser Campomanes not only in attendance at ...
by ben.graff
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Klara Kasparova
Replies: 5
Views: 954

Klara Kasparova

Sad news. Garry Kasparov's mother died yesterday. Garry lost his father when he was seven and Klara's unswerving support played a big role in enabling Kasparov to fulfill his potential. Klara was also a very talented engineer. Many years ago, Kasparov wrote in Child of Change : "But there can be no ...
by ben.graff
Tue Dec 08, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess for Life by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan
Replies: 0
Views: 312

Chess for Life by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan

I really enjoyed Game Changer and that inspired me to go back and read Chess for Life Another excellent contribution from Matthew and Natasha. Well worth a look if you haven't previously read it. My Chess Circuit review is attached. https://chesscircuit.substack.com/p/chess-for-life-a-review-by-ben-...
by ben.graff
Sat Nov 28, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: G.H.Selkirk and Captain Kennedy
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: G.H.Selkirk and Captain Kennedy

Thanks John, yes that's the actual copy I bought. I hadn't really used EBay much before, but they do seem to have some interesting older chess books on sale from time to time.
by ben.graff
Sat Nov 28, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: G.H.Selkirk and Captain Kennedy
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: G.H.Selkirk and Captain Kennedy

Thanks everyone. Some really interesting links and information. Fascinating stuff. My copy certainly looks and smells old. Christopher is right though, the condition isn't brilliant, part of the spine is missing and that might be what made it so cheap. Equally though, it could well not quite be what...
by ben.graff
Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: G.H.Selkirk and Captain Kennedy
Replies: 7
Views: 351

G.H.Selkirk and Captain Kennedy

I bought a copy of G.H.Selkirk's The Book of Chess a few weeks ago. It only cost me what a modern hardback would, so it is not valuable, but still a nice thing to have. George Selkirk dedicates his book to Captain Kennedy, "As a tribute of respect, for his many estimable qualities, and in recognitio...
by ben.graff
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What's GM short doing?!
Replies: 83
Views: 5639

Re: What's GM short doing?!

I wanted to put on record my full support for the ECF motion. All credit to Nigel, Malcolm et al for taking this issue forward. A point that has not been touched on so far, is the impact Iran's actions have on Israeli players. What about the damage to Israeli careers which flows from countries refus...
by ben.graff
Tue Nov 03, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Spurious Games and Carlsen's 60 Memorable Games.
Replies: 15
Views: 956

Re: Spurious Games and Carlsen's 60 Memorable Games.

I thoroughly enjoyed Spurious Games and recently reviewed it for The Chess Circuit. https://chesscircuit.substack.com/p/spurious-games-by-david-jenkins Adam and I will be interviewing David Jenkins soon. I am really looking forward to hearing from David on his book, his life story and chess writing ...
by ben.graff
Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?
Replies: 24
Views: 1151

Re: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:44 am
I'm more concerned about the new Hippo eating it before my daughter gets up and sees it

My girlfriend, who made the cake, doesn't play chess but has done a great job with the cake
Awesome cake Mick! Hope you have a great day!
by ben.graff
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)
Replies: 13
Views: 3509

Re: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)

Do we know who the chess consultant was for the series? For Nabokov's The Luzhin Defense we have John ( :roll: ) Speelman ... chess consultant it might be entertaining to list the chess consultants of various films and TV productions.... We do. Garry Kasparov and Bruce Pandolfini. Kasparov has said...
by ben.graff
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Professor Michael Furmston
Replies: 4
Views: 574

Re: Professor Michael Furmston

This is sad news. I knew Professor Furmston when I was a law undergraduate at Bristol University. He was warm and charismatic and his lectures always guaranteed a full house. He had a real gift for sharing his subject in a way that was accessible, insightful and often very funny. Bristol University ...
by ben.graff
Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)
Replies: 13
Views: 3509

The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)

We've touched on the new Netflix drama in a couple of other threads. The series was released on Friday. There are seven episodes and I've now watched them all, as has Adam Raoof! We recorded a podcast earlier this afternoon, where we discussed what we thought... https://anchor.fm/thechesscircuit/epi...
by ben.graff
Sat Oct 24, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Nigel Byrne
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Re: Nigel Byrne

I was very fond of Nigel and we played a number of interesting games over the years. Nigel's warmth and generosity of spirit touched everyone he met. Walking into the Solihull Club to be greeted by Nigel at the bar was a highlight of many a winter's evening for me. He was just so friendly and welcom...