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by Colin Purdon
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: www.chessgames.com
Replies: 30
Views: 1594

Re: www.chessgames.com

Not directly for me, but I can always get to it via a web proxy. For example, navigate to http://www.uk-proxy.co.uk/ and enter www.chessgames.com and it will forward you to the site. First connection is a bit slow, but it's not too bad after that. (Incidentally, I'm not endorsing www.uk-proxy.co.uk ...
by Colin Purdon
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: www.chessgames.com
Replies: 30
Views: 1594

Re: www.chessgames.com

I am another who is on BT broadband (in its PlusNet manifestation) and cannot get to www.chessgames.com. However, I can get to it from the same desktop when I use a VPN, which obviously uses different routers and gives you a different IP Address. Perhaps VPN is also an option for other people who ar...
by Colin Purdon
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 26
Views: 975

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:06 pm
Thanks, I did not expect such an explicit answer.
I thought as much, but I found that I was interested in the answer to your question so I looked it up!
by Colin Purdon
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 26
Views: 975

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

45 of its 101 pages are devoted to the King's Gambit How does it assess the Muzio? "We could very easily, and in an interesting manner, fill up this little volume with a treatise on the Muzio Gambit, and even then, perhaps, we should not have said the last word. For our own part, we should just as ...
by Colin Purdon
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 26
Views: 975

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

The Chess Openings by Gunsberg. My copy was published in 1920, though I believe it is basically a reprint of a much earlier version from around 1895. It is a pocket-size book with a tabular layout similar to MCO. 45 of its 101 pages are devoted to the King's Gambit, whereas all openings beginning 1 ...
by Colin Purdon
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Michael Basman and Brain Damage
Replies: 2
Views: 716

Re: Michael Basman and Brain Damage

The game is Nicholson-Basman played in 1974, and is in the January 1975 edition of Chess. "Danger: this game could cause permanent brain damage" is the only annotation to the game, which began 1 e4 e6 2 d4 Ne7
by Colin Purdon
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25052

Re: Worrying times

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:34 pm
I seem to remember an old disaster movie, where the world was doomed, then it rained and it solved the problem. Maybe an early appearance for Christopher Lee?
Night of the Big Heat which indeed starred Christopher Lee.
by Colin Purdon
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 558
Views: 49017

Re: Chess history trivia

That's interesting - in 1978 the Greeks were still in the final days of the demotic v katharevousa issue (basically whether to use the ordinary everyday modern Greek or to try and "clean" it back to the proper Greek of old). The attempt was officially abandonned in 1976, but still lingered in place...
by Colin Purdon
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 558
Views: 49017

Re: Chess history trivia

My (not very comprehensive) Modern Greek dictionary gives σφυρα as both a feminine word for hammer and neuter plural for ankles (distinguishable by a difference in where the stress is). Rather puzzlingly it does not list the singular form for ankle, that would be σφυρο(ν) [the final ν (n) is now fr...
by Colin Purdon
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 558
Views: 49017

Re: Chess history trivia

That's an interesting article you linked to, John. I must admit that I doubt that I would have got the answer however much time I had. The same newspaper article that contained the quote mentions McDonnell playing 1...Nf6 as Black (perhaps I should say "the second player") and continuing with 1.e4 N...
by Colin Purdon
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 558
Views: 49017

Re: Chess history trivia

I'll try the eponymous player of the other Bishop's pawn then - Henry Bird?
by Colin Purdon
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 558
Views: 49017

Re: Chess history trivia

I would guess Howard Staunton, on the grounds that he often began with the Queen's Bishop pawn.
by Colin Purdon
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Britbase Question
Replies: 18
Views: 2423

Re: Britbase Question

It's slightly weird. As has already been pointed out the piece images are giving 403 errors but if you access them directly in then address bar with https then they work fine (eg https://www.saund.co.uk/pgn4web-3.03/images/merida/36/bk.png ). The first complaint on the https page is about the twitte...
by Colin Purdon
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 3221

Re: The word rook and Persia

For the record, my copy of the OED (published 1979, copyright 1971) has this statement regarding the derivation of the chess sense of rook: "The ultimate source is the Pers. rukh , the original sense of which is doubtful". I don't have access to the 1752 edition, for the good reasons already mention...
by Colin Purdon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 558
Views: 49017

Re: Chess history trivia

Did he order Falk beer over the counter?