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by John Clarke
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3047
Views: 329633

Re: Media comments on chess

There is quite a lot wrong with that cartoon Not least the fact that an entire file is missing from the board - presumably the a-file if it was originally set up correctly. Re the date: Peter Kuper has been drawing Spy vs Spy since 1997, but since 2001 it, like the rest of Mad , has been in full co...
by John Clarke
Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Andy Price
Replies: 6
Views: 993

Re: Andy Price

He looked to have a pretty good position in that picture.
by John Clarke
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rook Odds Rules.
Replies: 39
Views: 2133

Re: Rook Odds Rules.

In the giving of odds of rook (or knight) it was customary for them to have the white pieces and to remove the QR/Kt. I seem to remember reading somewhere, a long time ago now, that the odds-giver also had the option of placing his a-pawn at a3 as part of the initial set-up. In effect, an extra mov...
by John Clarke
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Swiss Pairing Systems
Replies: 27
Views: 1554

Re: Swiss Pairing Systems

I played regularly in these weekenders, albeit at a less exalted level, and they were indeed brutal. I have always believed that they played a role in toughening up the greatest generation of English chess players. Even more brutal when combined with sessions at the National Film Theatre! My schedu...
by John Clarke
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3047
Views: 329633

Re: Media comments on chess

His son mentions his dad was a good chess player and after Hastings (no year given) Bronstein played a simul v Cambridge University Chess Club P.25 W.19. D.5 L.1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_J._Thouless That gives his year of birth as 1934, so it's likely to have been Bronstein's "Alexander...
by John Clarke
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is this a win?
Replies: 34
Views: 2586

Re: Is this a win?

I watched Jovanka Housk make her move with her queen, put it on the board. It was blitz. Pressed the clock and, in slow motion, the queen fell over. A loss, At first glance that doesn't seem in accordance with the laws of physics. Place the queen, press the clock, and then the queen falls over? Sho...
by John Clarke
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:03 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 40194

Re: Chess history trivia

Adam's?
by John Clarke
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Simon Norton
Replies: 11
Views: 1632

Re: Simon Norton

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:15 pm
That's probably true - another possibility is that the graders confused him with someone else. I failed to get a grade about then, whilst Ken H Thurlow of Inland Revenue improved dramatically!
Yes, graders weren't always as careful as they might have been - another case here from the 1970s.
by John Clarke
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 2828

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

Wasn't she in the Army? "Major" Sunnucks. Yes - a major (no quote marks necessary) in the WRAC. According to Wikipedia she was both Army and Combined Services champion in 1968. BTW, Chessgames has opted to use her married name for her entry, despite being far better known in the chess world under h...
by John Clarke
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 77
Views: 7889

Re: Raymond Keene new site

It's a funny old world... Err... Square I think?* Val Doonican and Dave Allen once did a duet proving it could be either square or flat. " ... round as a ring" [quick shot of boxing ring] " ... so the world is square - so there!" " ... round as an egg" [quick shot of fried egg] " ... so the world i...
by John Clarke
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Information on David Foley-Comer
Replies: 7
Views: 1645

Re: Information on David Foley-Comer

Here's some personal recollections of DF-C. I tried doing them as a PM but for some reason couldn't get it to send properly - just sat in the Out-Box. I'm not 100% clear on his birth and death dates, but these were approx 1935-1998 - a regrettably early demise. The family was Jewish; I don't know an...
by John Clarke
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New in Chess - Nigel Short
Replies: 11
Views: 2265

Re: New in Chess - Nigel Short

I’d rather that mix than the bland devoid nothingness that often passes for journalism in chess mags. Hear, hear! Opinions are always more entertaining than dry recitals of facts, even if you don't always agree with them (and as long as they don't get nasty or personal). That's my view, anyway. :)
by John Clarke
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 18
Views: 1680

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

I think much of the credit for the work done to encourage chess was down to teachers in charge of chess at school That very much agrees with my own experience and observation. Our grammar school club in the early 60s had an excellent master in charge who built for the future as well as managing the...
by John Clarke
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 1297

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Jeff Webb of Glasgow University - most likely now retired, and certainly no longer active at chess He is still playing. He plays for Bearsden in the Glasgow league. Is that right? He doesn't feature at all in the ECF Grading site (which has numerous long-retired and even deceased players). A very r...
by John Clarke
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 1297

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Jeff Webb of Glasgow University - most likely now retired, and certainly no longer active at chess - played to a 190-plus standard. He was completing a PhD or holding a post-doc fellowship (not sure which) when we played together for Sussex U at the 1970 BUCA teams event.