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by Geoff Chandler
Thu Jun 27, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3079
Views: 336965

Re: Media comments on chess

I bought a DVD yesterday (Cube One) as part of a 4 for a £1.00 deal. (it had a guy playing chess on the cover so it was a 'must have'.) One guard was trying to solve a puzzle in a newspaper and we were given a shot of it. https://www.redhotpawn.com/imgu/blog/1/b4u437199-1561634851.png (picture taken...
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Best place to find recent books/dvd on Chess Openings
Replies: 7
Views: 1366

Re: Best place to find recent books/dvd on Chess Openings

Hi Bruce, Not much has changed in the last 20 years. The pieces still move the same, the opening traps that caught our 19th century pioneers still catch players today. If you have the precious time available to memorise an opening book looking at variations you will never see OTB, may I humbly sugge...
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3079
Views: 336965

Re: Media comments on chess

"...American Football is an open-air chess game disguised as warfare. There is a lexicon of 'plays' known to any decent footballer, as premeditated as the Ruy Lopez opening, the Petroff Defence, The Sicilian Defence, The Muzio Gambit, The Queen's Gambit Declined." Broadcast 9th January 1971. from th...
by Geoff Chandler
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 4757

Re: Quit Stallin'

...and whilst looking to see if any human v human had fallen for the same trick.trap/blunder. The opening moves were. 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bd2 dxe4 5. Qe2 Qxd4 6. O-O-O Nf6 7. Bh6 Qc5 8. Bxg7 Qg5+ * I came across a game that reached here. rnb1k1nr/ppp2ppp/4p3/8/1b1qp3/2N5/PPPBQPPP/R3KBNR ...
by Geoff Chandler
Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 4757

Re: Quit Stallin'

Hi Jonathan, The writer did mention 9.Qd2 winning but it was too late. Not actually a resignation (or was it?) he (Jerry Hanken) was playing a computer and after 8...Qg5+ switched it off in disgust and then spent the next hour refraining from jumping up and down on it. Finally, In his words, He let ...
by Geoff Chandler
Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 4757

Re: Quit Stallin'

Hi James, People browsing and then hunting online for the book is probably the main culprit. I always try to get to a few things, mostly from the bargain box at the Edinburgh Congress. If I want a new book, which can be pretty expensive, I'd buy it in the flesh, I dislike shopping online. I cannot b...
by Geoff Chandler
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 4483

Re: Falkland Islands

There is a Malvinas variation attached to the English Opening. 1.c4 d5 2.cxd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 rnb1kbnr/ppp1pppp/8/q7/8/2N5/PP1PPPPP/R1BQKBNR w KQkq - 0 4 Maybe the newly formed Falkland chess club can come up with a Falkland variation in the Argentinian Gambit. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Bf5 3.cxd5 Bxb1 4.Qa4+ c6 ...
by Geoff Chandler
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3079
Views: 336965

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi Mathew, They were close, The 1938 Championship was held in Brighton and Fairhurst was the 1937 'defending' champion but he did not play in 1938. Cannot find an Alexander game opening with 'his customary 1.d4' he was a 1.e4 man. ( a few 1.c4's) He faced only one French Defence in that tournament v...
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3079
Views: 336965

Re: Media comments on chess

HI Nick,

Yes if it's genuine and Sotheby's and no mugs at valuation then yes it could go for silly money.

They will need proof it was part of the original haul but even then it is still valuable.
by Geoff Chandler
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3079
Views: 336965

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi Alex, This will put them back in the headlines again and I may get another invite for the radio! Opening shot for my radio interview: Like the site of John Knox's House, the blood of Rizzio on the steps at Holyrood Palace, the tale of Greyfriars Bobby this is yet another Edinburgh myth. That shou...
by Geoff Chandler
Fri May 31, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3079
Views: 336965

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi Justin, Interesting link. I once played a league game with those board and pieces.. A pawn was missing we used a 10p piece. A Rook was missing, we used a match box. You have not played chess till you have castled with a match box. (I won!) https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/40b319ece658e2f8c551189451...
by Geoff Chandler
Thu May 30, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5371

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Hi Mick and Mark, (and Mike!) It was a business promotion event, a showpieces where they used chess players instead footballers or minor celebs. A flat across the board appearance fee to turn up and play chess to promote whiskey. Carlsen won 250 bottles of whisky! It also raised the profile of chess...
by Geoff Chandler
Wed May 29, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Definition of IMC
Replies: 15
Views: 2138

Re: Definition of IMC

Found someone else asking the same question. it's an International Master of Correspondence Chess.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/kibitzin ... 84&reply=2
by Geoff Chandler
Wed May 29, 2019 1:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Definition of IMC
Replies: 15
Views: 2138

Re: Definition of IMC

I think it mean International Master at Correspondence Chess or International Master at Composition (Studies, problems etc...)
I'm a member at Chessgames, I'll ask there. The person who posted it will tell us.
by Geoff Chandler
Mon May 27, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK
Replies: 40
Views: 5371

Re: Carlsen, Anand and Ding Liren to play in the UK

Hi John, I often speak to Ian Rankin in my job, we share the occasional joke. Not yet mentioned his chess bit in 'Beggars Banquet.' A collection of short stories, the one titled 'Castle Dangerous. ' He says that Rebus knew the chess player's motto: 'If in doubt, play a pawn.' which is the last thing...