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by MJMcCready
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Making chessmen and chess boards
Replies: 7
Views: 490

Re: Making chessmen and chess boards

I think this is the one to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtWwny8-yX4&t=8s
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:45 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The English Opening.
Replies: 33
Views: 1235

Re: The English Opening.

The 1843 match between Staunton and Saint-Amant has six games where Staunton opened 1.c4. That might be the origin. This is the view of Modern Chess Openings 10th edition (1965): ..derives its name from its association with Howard Staunton who played it against St Amant in their match (1843) and ag...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The English Opening.
Replies: 33
Views: 1235

Re: The English Opening.

Don't we also have a dinosaur in there The Pterodactyl, and The Monkey's Bum. I assume this is either attempted humour or the tail end of an outlandish fixation.
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The English Opening.
Replies: 33
Views: 1235

Re: The English Opening.

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 5:49 pm
I think the Hedgehog is self-explanatory.
Oh you mean it's easily flattened by anything coming at it?
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 22, 2020 5:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?
Replies: 224
Views: 15840

Re: Coronavirus leading to cancellation?

If the virus is transmuted onto a chess set, which piece are you most likely to catch it from? Are pawns more susceptible to germs than minor or major pieces?
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45626

Re: Chess history trivia

Interesting, I thought it was only M.Fox who did that.
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45626

Re: Chess history trivia

I'm only throwing it in because I don't know the answer, but excluding simuls, who was the first amateur player or untitled player if you like, or someone unknown to beat the official world champion of the day? That is... a very difficult question to answer for a number of reasons. (For example, "u...
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 15, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45626

Re: Chess history trivia

Yes, I am getting mixed up, he was his first opponent as world champion not first loss.
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45626

Re: Chess history trivia

Yes but how well-known at the time is another matter. Judging on the way Tal played, he didn't take him very seriously.
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The English Opening.
Replies: 33
Views: 1235

Re: The English Opening.

It takes the thread off topic but where did that idea come from?
by MJMcCready
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45626

Re: Chess history trivia

Perhaps then I ought modify the question and make it tougher. Which -assuming it has ever happened- was the first world champion to lose to what was described as 'a local player' So not a Maestro, First or Second rank Amateur, I mean a player known for playing at his club only and not extending his ...
by MJMcCready
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45626

Re: Chess history trivia

I'm only throwing it in because I don't know the answer, but excluding simuls, who was the first amateur player or untitled player if you like, or someone unknown to beat the official world champion of the day?
by MJMcCready
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The English Opening.
Replies: 33
Views: 1235

Re: The English Opening.

Some openings are named after animals, they should be disqualified also. I've never seen animals play chess before.
by MJMcCready
Sat Mar 07, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The English Opening.
Replies: 33
Views: 1235

Re: The English Opening.

Given the choice, I'd call that 'The Miles Defence'
by MJMcCready
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45626

Re: Chess history trivia

This has all become rather morbid. You could apply first born last to die to some many major events, like AVRO, order of deaths, and how dissimilar was it to the final standings? A bit grim.