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by Andy Stoker
Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3054
Views: 137722

Re: The English Language

This is an important English idiom to master. "Quite" has two meanings - as a comparative and an absolute and I don't know how to distinguish the two uses for you. Here are two examples which mean different things: "The reserves of fuel were quite exhausted" - means they were completely used up "The...
by Andy Stoker
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3125
Views: 344003

Re: Media comments on chess

I might never have become a chess grandmaster if I’d stuck to women-only tournaments says Judit Polgár

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... t-play-men

Guardian 30 Nov 2019
by Andy Stoker
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3162

Re: Malcolm Barker.

Oh! Astonishing - will watch carefully for more news from you
by Andy Stoker
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3162

Re: Malcolm Barker.

Thank you for this Neil - but you have misidentified Barker's school. He attended - as did Alexander and Miles - King Edwards School, Birmingham - not Five Ways, which is an entirely separate school in the King Edwards' foundation. https://kes.org.uk/
by Andy Stoker
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Cummings
Replies: 24
Views: 1907

Re: Dominic Cummings

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by Andy Stoker
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen crushed 13.5-2.5 in Oslo world title match
Replies: 10
Views: 762

Re: Carlsen crushed 13.5-2.5 in Oslo world title match

1. We should note that Mr Barden reported it clearly in his weekly column
2. I am astonished by the margin of So's victory - any explanations? Surely Carlsen does not rely on book openings, so why should he lose by such a large gap?
by Andy Stoker
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 9333

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

At least not RaHa - cf BoJo and JLo... scope here, surely, JoCa, AlAl and BoFi
by Andy Stoker
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3162

Re: Malcolm Barker.

Please tell me if you make contact with Barker and in what you are interested - I don't want to pester the teacher fruitlessly
by Andy Stoker
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3162

Re: Malcolm Barker.

I'm not sure what the school will be able to tell you - partly for GDPR reasons, partly because there won't be much there: There will be a record of Barker's DoB, address, father's(!) initial I doubt they will have kept academic reports - it's just possible Possible they will have a record of his de...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3162

Re: Malcolm Barker.

I'm not sure what the school will be able to tell you - partly for GDPR reasons, partly because there won't be much there: There will be a record of Barker's DoB, address, father's(!) initial I doubt they will have kept academic reports - it's just possible Possible they will have a record of his de...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3162

Re: Malcolm Barker.

To my surprise, MN Barker was still at KES in 1952, when he was not only chess but also tennis captain ("lawn tennis played in the now fashionable scanty garb") . In Barker's chess report, he thanks the teacher who was still in charge of chess into the 1970s - as I mentioned, this person is still ac...
by Andy Stoker
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3162

Re: Malcolm Barker.

I'm sure he is - though not seen him since 1972
by Andy Stoker
Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3162

Re: Malcolm Barker.

Alan Lloyd of Olton was an exact KES contemporary of mine - never heard him mention any connection to KW/DE Lloyd - fairly sure there wouldn't have been one.
by Andy Stoker
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3162

Re: Malcolm Barker.

The school is on half term next week - back 4th November. The school magazines dating back to 1940s are in the public domain via https://www.oldeds.kes.org.uk A quick whizz yields: "We congratulate M. N. Barker on winning the British Boys' Chess Championship at Hastings on April 29th. Barker had als...
by Andy Stoker
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3162

Re: Malcolm Barker.

Although a former King Edward's pupil (near contemporaneous with Miles) I can add little - just over a decade later, I don't remember him being mentioned. Just two possible angles: # 38 Salisbury Road Birmingham is a substantial dwelling and it might be misleading to think of his "brass worker" fath...