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by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3961
Views: 433391

Re: Media comments on chess

Further to the Reykjavik 1972 query a colleague from Guildford Chess Club who was reporting on the match tells me he can't remember any posters in the toilets, either. However, he adds that this is the sort of detail he probably wouldn't have noticed anyway. He sent me a nice image of the original p...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1816
Views: 158551

Re: Cheating in chess

David Sedgwick wrote:
Wed Apr 15, 2020 10:55 pm
I seldom make comments about fellow arbiters on this Forum and on this occasion I can't. The Chief Arbiter is IA Nuno Felipe Andrade. I have to confess that I had not previously heard of him.
This looks like an anagram of April Fool in some vaguely recognisable language.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?
Replies: 40
Views: 3103

Re: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?

Drapery would seem to be appropriate as a cover story?
by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 151
Views: 21209

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

I think the ambiguity in the message of the play and TV programme was deliberate. Remember the Picasso quote at the start: "Art is not true, but Art illuminates the truth" (or similar). Nobody knows (apart from the Ingrams) whether they really cheated and I think that is the main point of the progra...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kindle to PDF
Replies: 3
Views: 612

Re: Kindle to PDF

Copyright law.
by Mike Gunn
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7960

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

I was bought the Moves that Matter for Xmas but I haven't read more than a few pages (yet). I have started to re-read Zebras and most of the points JR makes are reasonable, indeed they are common sense or common place things and they don't need backing up by long quotes from scientists, psychologist...
by Mike Gunn
Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 106
Views: 7740

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

To attempt to answer the original question it is either: 1. A lack of social discipline or 2. living in an open society (depending on your point of view). After 20 days of going for our daily walk in the local park (about 200 metres away) I have noted that whereas 90% of people on the streets are ca...
by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 10, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7960

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Yes, Purdy in his "Guide to Good Chess" (1st edition, 1950) gave a list of things you should consider before making a move. The last one was (paraphrased) "if you can't find anything better to do, improve the position of your worst placed piece" so the idea is at least as old as that.
by Mike Gunn
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7960

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

I've got several hundred chess books and about 30% of those would come under the heading of general improvement guides. Generally I have found these books disappointing and very few have taught me a lesson which I recall. I just tried to write down a list of books which I found useful and out of 8 t...
by Mike Gunn
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Will the County Championship go ahead
Replies: 27
Views: 2896

Re: Will the County Championship go ahead

In fact Surrey have nominated the Open and U140 teams for the next stage (whatever that is).
by Mike Gunn
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Polish Opening 1. b4
Replies: 31
Views: 2181

Re: Polish Opening 1. b4

I've got a book by American Master Joel Johnson which promotes 1. ...b5 as black's main defence. I tried it out down the club without much success. Watson and Schiller in "The Big Book of Busts" describe 1. b4 as "a Mickey Mouse opening based on a few tricks".
by Mike Gunn
Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 3050

Re: Announcing mate

Just saying Mate? rather than Mate! would seem to be the solution.
by Mike Gunn
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 27307

Re: Worrying times

Even at the rate of one every 5 minutes there are going to be 100,000 lost kids wandering around out there every year which seems a bit on the high side...
by Mike Gunn
Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE ID
Replies: 5
Views: 660

Re: FIDE ID

It is only a problem in the sense that the database could contain dodgy data. This is hardly the end of the world ...