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by MJMcCready
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: British Champions in Prison

There is an offence of wasting police time, and perhaps there should be one of wasting other posters' time as well If it becomes unbearable, I will let you know. You could dip into The Complete Chess Addict by poster Richard James and his former associate Mike Fox, as well as The Even More Complete...
by MJMcCready
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: British Champions in Prison

Oh they love on line chess gossip. Your chances are much higher than you think. Just finger a few godfathers of the grandmaster underworld and they will come knocking soon.
by MJMcCready
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: British Champions in Prison

Well yes they are but in our culture, particularly amongst the aristocracy, there is the prevailing mentality, or at least a tendency, to think you can do whatever you so wish as long as you aren't caught or seen doing it. What goes on behind closed doors is kept there until documented or reported o...
by MJMcCready
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: British Champions in Prison

Anyway, not a pleasant topic. Can we move on to more honorable and respectable members of the human race than him...was Stalin a former British Chess Champion?
by MJMcCready
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: British Champions in Prison

I was looking at the Wikipedia page for William Winter and was struck by the comment, "Winter has the distinction of being the only British Champion to have served time in prison (for his political activities)." I can think of others who should have been imprisoned, but is he really the only one? I...
by MJMcCready
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 1522

Re: British Champions in Prison

Probably not. Tony Miles had a rather chequered career late on although I believe he was only detained before being sectioned.
by MJMcCready
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Newspapers
Replies: 24
Views: 3417

Re: Chess in Newspapers

Is it true that The Sunday Sport is considering a chess column too?
by MJMcCready
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: GH Hardy
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: GH Hardy

In assuming he went to Cambridge or Oxford,he may well have games found in their archives in their many forms. That aside where he resided some games may appear in local newspapers, especially if he participated in a simul. Other than that I don't know what else to suggest. That he was an amateur bu...
by MJMcCready
Fri May 31, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5347

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

I lament that the only GMs that did this and went shagging behind their wife's back were Brits abroad. I bet you can guess who was most guilty. The last one he coupled up with was a very pretty German woman, a top 1200 player, 1279. Long blonde hair and very petty. He was a low 2600 player way back ...
by MJMcCready
Fri May 31, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5347

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Turn up. Take their money. Bugger off elsewhere. Take their money instead.
by MJMcCready
Fri May 31, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5347

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Yes and apologies for my cynicism but the modern game is a rather complex beast and those who just assume those at its apogee are most worthy of following need a very firm kick up the bum imo. Modern day Britain is such a free for all, the difference between professional chess players and uneducated...
by MJMcCready
Thu May 30, 2019 1:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5347

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

No chance of being a latter day Spartan I'm afraid. Too many years of reading Plato as an under-grad and post-grad prevents such matters [if you aren't sure what I am alluding to here then its that Athens lost to Sparta and was in ruins. A defeated Athens was what much of Socrates' inquiries were ba...
by MJMcCready
Wed May 29, 2019 1:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5347

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

It's all about money.
by MJMcCready
Tue May 28, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5347

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

My point is there is an abundance of exciting players at the top end, and I think we can agree the world champion has played both Karjakin and Anand at the very highest level in recent years. Clearly the priority here was notoriety beyond the chess world and not about providing entertaining chess fo...
by MJMcCready
Mon May 27, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5347

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Let's hope not. Britain is going to become notorious for dubious gatherings of overpaid GMs if we are not careful...oh but wait modern day Britain is all about letting anyone in and helping themselves isn't it?