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by ben.graff
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Steinitz in London : A Chess Biography with 623 Games
Replies: 4
Views: 229

Re: Steinitz in London : A Chess Biography with 623 Games

As always, I enjoyed Richard's review. Many congrats Tim. Your "British Chess Literature to 1914," is a book I have got a lot of pleasure from. I very much look forward to reading this one.
by ben.graff
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3832
Views: 418224

Re: Media comments on chess

Your point is fair Justin. "The Hustler" and "The Color of Money" were much bigger hits. Paul Newman was in both. Tom Cruise was in "The Color of Money," which was directed by Martin Scorsese and took $52.3 million at the box office. Certainly a much more profitable venture than "The Man Who Fell to...
by ben.graff
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3832
Views: 418224

Re: Media comments on chess

From Saturdays Times Review A six part series starts on Netflix on Friday. It is adapted from Walter Trevis's 1983 novel The Queens Gambit "About a female chess prodigy who takes on the might of the Soviet Union while struggling with her own mental health and alcohol addiction " Ben Graff and I wil...
by ben.graff
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Best I Saw in Chess: Games, Stories and Instruction from an Alabama Prodigy Who Became U.S. Champion
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: The Best I Saw in Chess: Games, Stories and Instruction from an Alabama Prodigy Who Became U.S. Champion

Stuart Rachels' excellent, yet enigmatic book, left me with unanswered questions and a sense of what might have been. Definitely one to consider for your Christmas list! https://chesscircuit.substack.com/p/the-best-i-saw-in-chess-stuart-rachels?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoxNTA4MTMxMSwicG9zdF9pZCI6MzE2NTc2O...
by ben.graff
Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Leamington and District Chess League Online Open Championship
Replies: 0
Views: 237

Leamington and District Chess League Online Open Championship

We are running a 2020 Leamington and District Chess League Online Championship, open to all and free to enter. This will be a six round Swiss, on Wednesday nights from the 28th October through to the 2nd December. Each round will consist of two 15/10 games with reverse colours. Start time will be 19...
by ben.graff
Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?
Replies: 16
Views: 606

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

Good luck Mick! :D I was intrigued by the ace photo Justin shared. A cake set out in the key position must be the perfect way to celebrate a famous victory! I found this article which as well as referencing Fischer's cake tells all about Chess Pie. (Complete with recipe!) https://en.chessbase.com/po...
by ben.graff
Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?
Replies: 16
Views: 606

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

The Cold War Cake Match sounds awesome! What a nice tradition and that's a beautiful cake. Those three dimensional pieces really are something. The mentions of Battenberg, Plum Bread and Yorkshire Brack also made my mouth water! In the Leamington League in happier times we would start our season wit...
by ben.graff
Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?
Replies: 16
Views: 606

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

Thanks Simon! I did get a few new books... I bought myself "The Queen's Gambit," by Walter Tevis a couple of weeks ago as an early present. I don't know if people have seen but there is a Netflix series about to air. I'm going to do a couple of podcasts with Adam Raoof, one on the book and another o...
by ben.graff
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?
Replies: 16
Views: 606

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

Thanks Mick. Cake was delicious. Hard to go wrong with something chocolaty! Maybe we will see some more pictures of cakes and cake stories on here in the future? Definitely extra kudos if anyone bakes their own!
by ben.graff
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?
Replies: 16
Views: 606

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

I love the idea of having to solve the position before you can eat the cake! To answer Nick's question, this one was made by Bakes by Luce. You can contact them on bakesbyluce20@gmail.com I have to report that my cake is not quite in the same state as it was earlier... Get the chess board marble eff...
by ben.graff
Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?
Replies: 16
Views: 606

What sort of birthday cake should a chess player have?

I was certainly delighted by my chess-themed cake today!
by ben.graff
Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1123
Views: 55377

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Hats off to Mick, Alex and Lara for trying to get this event away. I am very sorry the new North East restrictions mean things haven't worked out. I imagine most entrants knew the event going ahead could not be guaranteed. Yet even a few weeks ago it appeared that the country was increasingly openin...
by ben.graff
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Game Changer - a review
Replies: 35
Views: 4003

Re: Game Changer - a review

It is certainly clear that Kasparov was freaked out and completely lost his cool in his match against Deep Blue. Humans feel emotions while of course machines do not. All agree Kasparov was capable of playing better than he did. Who knows what the result might have been if he had. It could at least ...
by ben.graff
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Game Changer - a review
Replies: 35
Views: 4003

Re: Game Changer - a review

Thanks Nick, appreciated! This link should work now.

https://chesscircuit.substack.com/p/all ... me-changer
by ben.graff
Wed Sep 09, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Game Changer - a review
Replies: 35
Views: 4003

Re: Game Changer - a review

Sorry, I didn't know the link would do that... I'll try again later.