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by Ian Kingston
Fri Dec 04, 2015 7:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2972
Views: 322729

Re: Media comments on chess

Ian Kingston >What would be really great would be a follow-up report from the Classic.< To achieve that write in, and get others to do so, saying how good the programme was and how you would like to see another one about the LCC. 100 people doing so independently should be enough. For newspapers it...
by Ian Kingston
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2972
Views: 322729

Re: Media comments on chess

The average audience for The One Show is over 4 million people according to BARB. Even if every competitive player in the country was watching (I'm pretty sure they weren't), over 99% of the audience were at most casual players. They saw a good-looking young man conduct an interview while winning a ...
by Ian Kingston
Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: King & Queen v King & Rook ending
Replies: 29
Views: 2547

Re: King & Queen v King & Rook ending

In Nunn's Secrets of Pawnless Endings (1994), p. 67 he gives this position as the longest win: [FEN "K3r3/8/5k2/Q7/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 0"] [PlyCount "61"] 1. Kb7 Re7+ 2. Kb6 Re6+ 3. Kc7 Re7+ 4. Kd8 Re4 5. Qc5 Re5 6. Qc4 Kf5 7. Kd7 Re4 8. Qf7+ Ke5 9. Qh5+ Kf4 10. Kd6 Rd4+ 11. Kc5 Rd3 12. Kc4 Rg3 13. Kd4 ...
by Ian Kingston
Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: King & Queen v King & Rook ending
Replies: 29
Views: 2547

Re: King & Queen v King & Rook ending

K &Q v K & R Is this confirmed as a win for the Queen against all defences possible? I thought that since the invention of strong chess computers it was shown that the queen can win everytime. Pre engines though was it possible to get escape with a draw? There are a handful of drawn positions (excl...
by Ian Kingston
Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2972
Views: 322729

Re: Media comments on chess

A source tipped me off to a scene in a recent episode of The Only Way Is Essex in which two of the characters appeared to play chess. Purely in the interests of research, and to spare anyone else from having to investigate, I watched the brief segment. Having now had a stiff drink to recover from th...
by Ian Kingston
Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: An Alzheimer's Cure: Chess & Champagne At Simpsons
Replies: 60
Views: 6210

Re: An Alzheimer's Cure: Chess & Champagne At Simpsons

I posted this at the S&B blog a while ago, but I'll repeat it here. It's not chess, but it might be considered relevant: Park, D. C. Park, Lodi-Smith, J. Drew, L., Haber, S., Hebrank, A. Bischof, G. N. and Aamodt, W. (2014) The impact of sustained engagement on cognitive function in older adults. Ps...
by Ian Kingston
Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is a chess club?
Replies: 24
Views: 1534

Re: What is a chess club?

Mine is clearly Michael Fartthing One of the best typing mistakes I've seen in a long time! There are league clubs that are 'clubs' in name only. The players only turn up on match night; there's no social chess. Usually these 'clubs' field just a single team. However, they count as a club for the p...
by Ian Kingston
Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Problem with Streatham and Brixton Chess Club Blog?
Replies: 33
Views: 2189

Re: Problem with Streatham and Brixton Chess Club Blog?

... there may be ads that appear on the blog that use the extreme-dm.com tracker .... We don’t have adverts on the blog. Never have. There is a link to extreme tracker for anybody to be able to view our stats should they wish to. As Justin says, though, that’s been on the site from the beginning. I...
by Ian Kingston
Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Problem with Streatham and Brixton Chess Club Blog?
Replies: 33
Views: 2189

Re: Problem with Streatham and Brixton Chess Club Blog?

Looking at what uBlock Origin blocks on the S&B blog, one domain stands out: extreme-dm.com. If I attempt to visit that domain directly the entire website is blocked. As far as I can tell, it's a tracking site, so there may be ads that appear on the blog that use the extreme-dm.com tracker. I'll spe...
by Ian Kingston
Fri Sep 25, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Communication Strategy
Replies: 73
Views: 4702

Re: Communication Strategy

I think this must be a new record for the forum: under the heading of 'Communication Strategy' not a single post is actually on topic - except, possibly, for one that takes issue with the word 'Communication'.
by Ian Kingston
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF may join with English Bridge Union in Judicial Review
Replies: 177
Views: 17488

Re: ECF may join with English Bridge Union in Judicial Review

An interesting piece from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34323643 I'd not come across the suggestion that grandmasters can use 6,000 to 7,000 calories a day when competing, and the link given in the article says nothing about the specific claim. A little searching appears to show that n...
by Ian Kingston
Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2972
Views: 322729

Re: Media comments on chess

There is a still from the new James Bond movie , Spectre , in which the following position can be seen: 1k1r4/pQ4pp/6q1/8/1P6/P3PBP1/2R4P/1K6 b - - 0 1 The e-pawn might be on d4 - it's hard to be sure - but it doesn't matter. What seems to be the same position can also be seen in the trailer (at 0:4...
by Ian Kingston
Thu Jul 16, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Channel 4 opportunity
Replies: 20
Views: 4270

Re: Channel 4 opportunity

Pink Floyd made a similar point in The Wall in 1979: 'Got thirteen channels of sh*t on the T.V. to choose from' ('Nobody Home').
by Ian Kingston
Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: World Junior Championship 1961
Replies: 22
Views: 3016

Re: World Junior Championship 1961

Here are the pages from Kažić.
by Ian Kingston
Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:59 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: World Junior Championship 1961
Replies: 22
Views: 3016

Re: World Junior Championship 1961

Kažić contains no information that isn't already in this thread (now that Richard has produced the crosstables), so my offer to scan is redundant. Still happy to do it if requested.