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by JustinHorton
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2797
Views: 299927

Re: Media comments on chess

Guardian piece on Peniche, "the most notorious political prison of the Portuguese dictatorship": Chess was banned. One day, a guard came across a board drawn on the floor in chalk, and confiscated the stones the prisoners had been using as pieces. The inmate who called the guard a thief was punished...
by JustinHorton
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April
Replies: 37
Views: 2183

Re: Gashimov Memorial 2019 Shamkir 30 Mar to 9 April

Ding looks likely to lose today, which doesn't happen very often. Giri also having another bad day at the office.
by JustinHorton
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fluo Chess
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: Fluo Chess

Oh, that rings a bell. I think I have one of those, can't remember the subject offhand.
by JustinHorton
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Financial Times piece on the FIDE Presidential election
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Re: Financial Times piece on the FIDE Presidential election

I doubt anybody "planted" it, though I imagine we can guess its major source, not that that's actually important. One helpful thing it does do is put a lot of previously known material in one place (helpful, if for no other reason, because not all of it will have been known to everyone who reads it)...
by JustinHorton
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Financial Times piece on the FIDE Presidential election
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Financial Times piece on the FIDE Presidential election

Must-read article by Sam Jones that touches on all kinds of interesting things, like the widespread Russian state assistance received by Dvorkovich, Makro's remarkable medical bills and the question of what Kasparov had to do with the election and (perhaps) why.
by JustinHorton
Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fluo Chess
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: Fluo Chess

Having thought a bit more on this, there is a bit of a tradition of opening books/booklets which are just database dumps. Well there was Trends, but even then you could get at least some informed comment by people who knew what they were on about (for instance I have one on the Closed Lopez by Bogd...
by JustinHorton
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Fluo Chess
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Fluo Chess

Having come across these people a couple of days ago, I wondered if anybody else has been getting ads for their products, or has even (God forbid) bought any of them. Come to that, does anybody have any idea who they are?
by JustinHorton
Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: US Championship 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1925

Re: US Championship 2019

Yu has won again and will finish at least two points clear of the field. Nakamura has looked like clinching it tonight for quite some time, but as I write, he's struggling to kill off Xiong [edit: not really, he's bringing it home all right] while Gareyev hasn't yet manged to clinch the draw against...
by JustinHorton
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: US Championship 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1925

Re: US Championship 2019

Talking about losing with either side, neither So nor Liang are having an optimal performance today
by JustinHorton
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: US Championship 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1925

Re: US Championship 2019

However, a user on Chessbomb says "I would lose this from either side" and that opinion coincides with my own
by JustinHorton
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greenlandic Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 1250

Re: Greenlandic Chess

Or until the Day of the Greek Kalends
by JustinHorton
Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: US Championship 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 1925

Re: US Championship 2019

Nakamura punting the Leningrad Dutch
by JustinHorton
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Greenlandic Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 1250

Re: Greenlandic Chess

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:57 pm
John McKenna wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:52 pm
although I think I recently glimpsed, in passing, a report that the largest one might even be growing!?
Careful, John. Saying things like that is nowadays punishable as a hate crime.
Well not really no
by JustinHorton
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2797
Views: 299927

Re: Media comments on chess

The Guardian obituary for Agnès Varda discusses Les Créatures : The characters are all pawns in a fascinating chess game played on an outsize board. I don't know the film (or Varda's other work) and I've only been able to track down this still. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--6ojIV5jtGA/U_DOhEbyZGI/AAAAA...