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by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Samuel Beckett and chess
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Samuel Beckett and chess

I recently found some references in a biography of Samuel Beckett on how he was a very keen chess player, with some interesting snippets here and there, including encounters with some well-known chess players. While looking for more on this, I found this excellent article on Duchamp and Beckett and ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Isaac Asimov and chess
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Isaac Asimov and chess

Came across some references to chess in the works of science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, including the following two examples from 'Pebble in the Sky' (1950): https://www.chessvariants.com/fiction.dir/quot/asimov.html Chess, somehow, hadn't changed, except for the names of the pieces. It was as he ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The new Monthly grades are out
Replies: 32
Views: 1460

Re: The new Monthly grades are out

The old grading database is still available here:

http://www.ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php

(I prefer the layout and look of the older system!)
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unexpected chess painting
Replies: 35
Views: 1609

Re: Unexpected chess painting

Final post on this for now.

This is worth a read:

http://www.freemanart.ca/moss-bennett.htm

It goes into issues of imitations and authenticity and forgeries (and innocent copies as well).
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unexpected chess painting
Replies: 35
Views: 1609

Re: Unexpected chess painting

Heh, yes indeed. I notice that Harry's image isn't quite identical to the part of our painting it resembles, which is more intriguing still. There is no dog. I wonder which one came first? The clothing colours are different. Sadly, the painting Justin has seems to be inferior to the Bennett one on ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unexpected chess painting
Replies: 35
Views: 1609

Re: Unexpected chess painting

Wow, that is a great find by Harry Duff. Was that from previous knowledge of his style, or using something like the "find similar images" function in Google Images search (or something like that)? I don't want to get anyone (or Justin) too excited, but some of Bennett's works have been auctioned for...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unexpected chess painting
Replies: 35
Views: 1609

Re: Unexpected chess painting

Any updates on this?

Justin, is the location the painting was unearthed in Spain?

Any indication what period and culture the artist was depicting? Would it be 19th century and is the clothing English in style?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jul 26, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and the Holocaust
Replies: 1
Views: 506

Chess and the Holocaust

Some chess pieces and boards feature in a 'Children in the Holocaust' exhibition: https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/children/index.asp#toys-games-books Summary page here for those and other chess artefacts: https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/bearing-witness/chess.asp Preserved in ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun Jul 26, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 73
Views: 7285

Re: July 2020 grades

Brian says below that they: "expect to turn off the Clarke system database after publishing the August list". The grading database has lots of historical data that I suspect lots of people would want to still access or at least download a copy of. Is the intention to archive and/or keep the database...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: July 2020 grades
Replies: 73
Views: 7285

Re: July 2020 grades

I have managed a career best as well! Though 175E means that it is only based on a few games - to be precise, 16 games over the past three seasons (+6 =3 -7). Helped immensely by a win in my last game this season, on 13 February 2020 the month before lockdown started! I am wondering when I will get ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3725
Views: 408163

Re: Media comments on chess

Spotted in an advert, and wondered if anyone here is familiar with the salt and pepper mills from a company called Millstone Mills: https://millstonemills.com/product-category/products/mills-grinders/ As you can see, made in the shape of chess pieces. https://millstonemills.com/about-us/ In 1989 Mil...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun May 24, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lord Ebbisham and F St J Steadman
Replies: 16
Views: 3662

Re: Lord Ebbisham and F St J Steadman

Wow, many thanks for this Martin. That is amazing. Any chance of a photo of the grave? I wonder if there is a way to contact the Chris Steadman that posted in this thread back in May 2016? It was his only post here, and he may not have seen my reply at the time, and will almost certainly be unaware ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sat May 16, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3725
Views: 408163

Re: Media comments on chess

Simon, I also think 'Queen of Katwe' is well worth watching.

In a similar vein, there is the NZ film The Dark Horse, which I would also recommend:
by Christopher Kreuzer
Sun May 03, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on AI
Replies: 18
Views: 2307

Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

Oh dear, my cover (pun intended) has been blown! Yes, I am a 'sagacious' drapery manager... :D By "worrying" I was trying (poorly) to articulate concern that simplistic newspaper reporting might stoke concern about the wrong things in the wrong area. Though maybe that is more due to the secrecy rath...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Fri May 01, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Garry Kasparov on AI
Replies: 18
Views: 2307

Re: Garry Kasparov on AI

AlphaZero was the game-changer as it learned how to play by itself. How this was achieved is serious science and if there are applications in medicine as Kasparov claims, then it is unlikely to concern me. If enough of his thoughts are strung together then it ends up sounding like Sci-Fi. AI is alr...