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by Geoff Chandler
Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 8947

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

Hi E. Michael, Just finished the lastest Corner http://www.chessedinburgh.co.uk/chandlerarticle.php?ChandID=391 I'm not totally convinced by the shilling either but Edward Winters post seems to confirm money did change hands and shilling is being banded about. There is also a term 'to Shill' which m...
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Baruch Harold Wood
Replies: 48
Views: 6712

Re: Baruch Harold Wood

Hi Luis I have all Chess magazines front of me from October '46 - September '51. I will enjoy going through them page by page. A very interesting period in the history of Chess. Thank you for giving me the excuse. I hope I find some good copy for you. I am in the correct date range. Yes? If you go t...
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gibraltar : Draws in less than 30 moves
Replies: 36
Views: 2715

Re: Gibraltar : Draws in less than 30 moves

Cheers Jack.

"Where's the entertainment for the spectators?

When there is a malfunction of some sort on the DGT board.
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gibraltar : Draws in less than 30 moves
Replies: 36
Views: 2715

Re: Gibraltar : Draws in less than 30 moves

Hi Jack

10 d4 Bf5
11 Nc3 Bc8
12 Nb1 Bf5
13 Nc3

these moves posted differ from the game posted.
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Gibraltar : Draws in less than 30 moves
Replies: 36
Views: 2715

Re: Gibraltar : Draws in less than 30 moves

Hi Ian

"Where's the entertainment for the spectators in that?

The look on the players faces when both are double defaulted should be entertaining.

Agree there are a dozen standard 'swap-off' draws or perpetual checks that the
two could have played out. There is no sensible way of stopping it.
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Baruch Harold Wood
Replies: 48
Views: 6712

Re: Baruch Harold Wood

Hi Luis I'll be at the Edinburgh Chess Club tonight double checking on the lad who appears to have started the Blackburne Shilling myth. I have found a pre 1980 reference, I just need to check the books he quotes as a ref. (if he gives one). (Who was it? All will be revealed soon. if you were in a l...
by Geoff Chandler
Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Steinitz as the best player of all time?
Replies: 24
Views: 2323

Re: Steinitz as the best player of all time?

Hi By coincidence this link was posted today on another site I'm a member of. http://www.angelfire.com/nf/chess/players.html A list of the worlds top ten chess players with a short explanation as to why they are there. Their top ten in order: 1. Capablanca 2. Kasparov 3. Botvinik 4. Steinitz 5. Alek...
by Geoff Chandler
Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:26 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Steinitz as the best player of all time?
Replies: 24
Views: 2323

Re: Steinitz as the best player of all time?

These threads are always interesting points of view. The numbers have been run over the top players on a few sites. ChessMetric appears one of the more in depth ones. http://db.chessmetrics.com/CM2/Introduction.asp?Params=199510SSSSSWS000000000000111000000000000010100 Steintiz comes in the top 20 (u...
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:07 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Female Player Rule
Replies: 128
Views: 9552

Re: Female Player Rule

Hi Jonathan, "And indeed, if you are a woman, much of your 4NCL experience will be winning points for your team by default." What is the ratio of these defaults, is it alarmingly high? If so then perhaps this question should have been addressed earlier. I'm in favour of any idea being given a trial ...
by Geoff Chandler
Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 8947

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

Hi Richard Ha. I shy away from Wiki as I've often noticed mistakes myself. If you are correct, and I doubt if you are not, then this lot have cut/pasted from Wiki. Thanks for the correction. Well nipped in the bud. He appears to have a few things attached to his name in error, The Field Column and t...
by Geoff Chandler
Wed Jan 27, 2010 3:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 8947

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

Hi Adrian, " I am rather puzzled that Blackburne does not appear to have ever gone in for chess journalism, He spent his last years writing the column for the Field. "In 1914 he tied for the British Championship with F.D. Yates but at the age of 72 his best days were behind him and ill health preven...
by Geoff Chandler
Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:28 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 8947

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

Hi Keith. Chess Addicts dated 1987 have them listed in order of grades. Short 2615 Nunn 2590 Miles 2580 Blackburne 2570 (sorry I had Miles and Nunn crossed over. I did it from memory.) They do state a couple of pages before hand it is subjective and makes no claim for statistical accuracy. I mention...
by Geoff Chandler
Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 8947

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

Hi Adrian, I was careful not to mention Blackburne, a player I rate very highly indeed. Chess Addicts (1987) has him listed as the 4th best British player behind Short, Miles and Nunn which is incredible considering his play was inituitive and he did not have the games of Capa, Alekhine, Fischer etc...
by Geoff Chandler
Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 8947

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

Hi Mathew, I think you are correct in saying the old masters did not approach the game as today's professional players. Poor Bird winning only the odd game in 5 v 'country joskins'. As you say the old masters strength was the fact they were intuitively good. The writings of Lasker and Tarrasch who d...
by Geoff Chandler
Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Strange County Chess Problem
Replies: 26
Views: 1740

Re: My Strange County Chess Problem

Hi Joseph, Quite a Run of bad/(good?) luck. It has been my experiance that the average player knows more about their Black opening than they do with their White's. I've never counted them, but I would not be surprised if the number of opening books dedicated to Black outnumber White by 2-1. As you m...