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by Francis Fields
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Newspapers
Replies: 8
Views: 770

Chess in Newspapers

There are currently only two daily newspapers with chess columns The Times (420,000 readers ABC figures) and The Daily Telegraph (360,000). The Guardian (140,000) stopped their chess column recently. Obviously, there was The Independent when it was in print written by Jon Speelman. I was informed by...
by Francis Fields
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess Matches
Replies: 3
Views: 339

Chess Matches

I have been reading a bit about chess in the late 19th century. There was a postal match during that time when England beat Scotland and the Scotch opening was played. Does anyone know the year? I would also like to know when people think the first international match was. Would it be the 1932 Olymp...
by Francis Fields
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 38
Views: 1788

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

I have heard the following about chess notation. Originally, it was called written chess and there were no move numbers. There was pawn takes pawn and bishop captures knight. Move numbers were introduced and the notation was called full descriptive e.g. King Bishop pawn forward two. Then we had desc...
by Francis Fields
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 38
Views: 1788

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Stewart,

I have been looking for the book website I mentioned to Simon but can no longer find it.
by Francis Fields
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 38
Views: 1788

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

A tournament player I know said the oldest chess history book was written in the 14th century. He said it mentioned 'some unusual things' so he did not know how reliable it was. One of them was the underpromotion rule which said you could not underpromote if the resulting position was then zugzwang.
by Francis Fields
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greenlandic Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 1257

Greenlandic Chess

The Greenlandic Chess Federation website says that they have 30,000 chess players and want to organize international chess tournaments.
by Francis Fields
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 38
Views: 1788

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

The oldest book on the history of chess that I have heard of is mentioned at the end of A History of England written in the 17th century. There is a story behind this book as it is republished. The book mentions L'histoire d'echecs (1243). I think it was by Phillipe Beugmont and was seen in the nati...
by Francis Fields
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 38
Views: 1788

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

D Lynn wrote a history of chess in the 19th century that has the following story. There was a game of chess between two players at a chess club. The book says in 1311. It is hard to imagine that. So it is believed that the typesetter made a mistake and that it should be 1811. One player promoted his...
by Francis Fields
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Roget chess problems
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Roget chess problems

Roget author of the first thesaurus use to compose chess problems for the London Illustrated News. You use to be able to see them but now you have to subscribe. Does anyone know of any?
by Francis Fields
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Piece values
Replies: 7
Views: 788

Re: Piece values

There use to be a chess website out there that I can no longer find. Someone had analysed games with material imbalances and calculated the following: pawn 1.00, knight 3.25, bishop 3.5, rook 5.0, queen 9.75. I have seen an old chess book that says bishop plus one and a half pawns equals a rook. The...
by Francis Fields
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Master Chess
Replies: 1
Views: 493

Master Chess

There is a chess class in Rotherhithe, SE London on Fridays 12-2pm. If you would like further details email jemmabicknell@timeandtalents.org.uk Tel 020 7232 5665. They are a registered charity.
by Francis Fields
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2811
Views: 300271

Re: Media comments on chess

A chess story from BBC. Phiona Mutesi, who grew up in Katwe slum in Uganda's capital Kampala, has become the subject of a Disney movie. The Queen of Katwe tells how she dropped out of school early, but started playing chess aged nine, becoming a grandmaster. It stars Oscar winner Ny'ongo and British...
by Francis Fields
Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rapid chess
Replies: 8
Views: 1758

Re: Rapid chess

I find that my rapidplay grade is sometimes higher and sometimes my classical grade. It depends what sort of player you are, do you see the moves quickly?
by Francis Fields
Fri Jul 29, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Winning material imbalances
Replies: 6
Views: 1191

Re: @inning material imbalances

If you want to study the endgame have a look at this site:

http://thechessworld.com/learn-chess/3-endgame/
by Francis Fields
Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Which Two Books ? - The Quest continues
Replies: 25
Views: 2537

Re: Which Two Books ? - The Quest continues

In my fruit bowl I have apples and bananas and never tuck into the peppers.