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by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3240
Views: 354564

Re: Media comments on chess

Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer at the Hampstead Theatre I just booked my seat for the opening night of this new play. Thank you Christopher. Glad to be of service, Stewart! I think they sometimes have a post-show discussion with the audience at that theatre (Hampstead Theatre). If they have that on th...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Election 2019
Replies: 48
Views: 3869

Re: General Election 2019

Rowson has recently published the following book:

The Moves that Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life

Am trying to think of recent politicians that have written works like that. Maybe they don't make them like that any more?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bonar Law Home Rule speech 1912
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: Bonar Law Home Rule speech 1912

Brilliant! Thanks so much for finding that. Which newspaper archive did you search to find that? It might be possible to find some more, but that is close enough that I think it should be sent in to Edward Winter as an update to that Chess Note (if this has not already been drawn to his attention). ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: F. F. Russell
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: F. F. Russell

Thank you Leonard, more in C.N. 7160 (including a photograph):

Franklin Russell

And a little bit more here.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2154

Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

And Andrei Markov (of Markov chain fame) was a chess player. According to the author on page 479 of Probability and Statistics by Example: Volume 2, Markov Chains: A Primer in Random Processes and Their Applications , Markov played in one of the cable matches that took place in the First World War (...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society
Replies: 20
Views: 2154

Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

Since the 'academics known to play chess' seem to go here, I am putting another one here, Paul Vinogradoff Sir Paul Gavrilovitch Vinogradoff (1854-1925) was a Russian and British historian and medievalist. He was born in the Russian Empire, studied in Germany, settled in England. I came across a men...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: F. F. Russell
Replies: 3
Views: 197

Re: F. F. Russell

From this blog: http://www.edochess.ca/batgirl/IsaacFranklinRussel.html A photograph of the father (Isaac Franklin Russell) and the tidbit that "Franklin F. [...] was in London serving with the Railway Transportation Corps". F. F. Russell wrote "Oxford Before the Wars", an article published in 1960 ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: F. F. Russell
Replies: 3
Views: 197

F. F. Russell

An F. F. Russell is mentioned here as author of a letter published in the British Chess Magazine in 1957 from Asmara (in Eritrea): http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/bonarlaw.html It says F. F. Russell was President of Oxford University Chess Club in 1914. On page 152 of the American Chess Bul...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bonar Law Home Rule speech 1912
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Bonar Law Home Rule speech 1912

Would any one reading this be able to help with this puzzle? At Edward Winter's page on Bonar Law: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/bonarlaw.html There is a bit about speech Bonar Law gave in 1912: From page 152 of the American Chess Bulletin, July 1912: ‘Speaking against Home Rule, Mr Bonar...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strongest chess-playing politicians?
Replies: 35
Views: 5444

Re: Strongest chess-playing politicians?

Worth adding Irish Chess Champion Sir Richard W. Barnett who was an MP in the UK parliament between 1916 and 1929. He was Irish Chess Champion from 1886 to 1889 and also "president of the Oxford University Chess Club, competing in a number of varsity matches against Cambridge in the 1880s". Thank yo...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strongest chess-playing politicians?
Replies: 35
Views: 5444

Re: Strongest chess-playing politicians?

Thanks, Roger. I've just been reading Winter's article on Bonar Law, mentioned earlier in this thread:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/bonarlaw.html

Well worth a read (or re-read). Lovely photo of Bonar Law at the 1922 London tournament.
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strongest chess-playing politicians?
Replies: 35
Views: 5444

Re: Strongest chess-playing politicians?

Is Dana Reizniece-Ozola ( Wikipedia article ) the strongest current chess-playing politician (WGM and rated 2243 - peak rating of 2355 in 1999)? I was surprised to find that the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia was able to take the time to play at the Chess Olympiad, but she got an exc...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?
Replies: 364
Views: 27558

Re: Repercussions / Fallout from FIDE Elections?

Any views on this interview by GM Peter Heine Nielsen at lichess? FIDE: Confidentiality Clauses and Secret Votes To put it bluntly: from a structural point of view, FIDE has obviously become less transparent. Interesting comparisons drawn with national political systems (his wife, Viktorija Čmilytė ...
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz
Replies: 15
Views: 898

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz

I was just about to ask that question! Pity for Anand, as he was playing in India and his supporters would have wanted him to qualify, but good for MVL. Wonder if Ding will be the one to end Carlsen's streak?
by Christopher Kreuzer
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz
Replies: 15
Views: 898

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Tata Steel Chess India Rapid & Blitz

Nakamura and Carlsen came joint first in the blitz (not sure if a tie-break separated them, they drew the two games they played against each other). Nakamura went undefeated in the blitz, while Carlsen lost both his games against Ding Liren. Carlsen won the event overall due to his four-point lead f...