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by John Clarke
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 254
Views: 27634

Re: End of an era

In the film A Hard Day's Night the lads plus their minder Norm charge into a posh gambling club to collar Paul's mischievous (and fictional) grandfather. They're presented with his bill. Norm: "A hundred and eighty quid??" * Club Manager (icily): "Ahem .... guineas." Fortunately grand-dad's winnings...
by John Clarke
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Puzzle Books
Replies: 14
Views: 831

Re: Chess Puzzle Books

The Penguin Book Of Chess Positions by C H O'D Alexander (1974) was pretty good, but copies in reasonable nick may not be easy to find now. A decade before that came Gerald Abrahams' Test Your Chess (Constable, 1963). A mixture of the quite easy and very hard, mostly somewhere in between. Usually o...
by John Clarke
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Unusual Books (Not Chess)
Replies: 17
Views: 849

Re: Unusual Books (Not Chess)

There's a chess publication by John Watson & Eric Schiller "The Big Book of Busts". Ask to see it next time you're at the bookstall - a brown paper bag is provided for you to take it away. I have one called "Bizarre Bras". A compilation of images from the annual "World Of Wearable Art" shows*, form...
by John Clarke
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Harry Golombek games
Replies: 69
Views: 3417

Re: Harry Golombek games

It is well known that Rolls Royce and Bentley were meticulous in their screw alignment. Not sure how you ensure your screw-heads are aligned to a particular pattern. You screw them in till they're tight; beyond that you cannot go, and if you turn them back a little they're going to be too loose (an...
by John Clarke
Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Unusual Books (Not Chess)
Replies: 17
Views: 849

Re: Unusual Books (Not Chess)

Simon Rogers wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 6:24 pm
I remember seeing a book in a charity shop a number of years ago, titled "Toilets of the World".
A book inspired perhaps by this bizarre recording from half a century ago?
by John Clarke
Sun Jun 07, 2020 2:57 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 72423

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

If no 10 on that list is the same George A Dickson I played at Ilford in 1974, then the grading given of 1137 is almost certainly wrong. It should perhaps be 2137 - "my" Dickson was rated around 194, which tallies almost exactly.
by John Clarke
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 147
Views: 19658

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

Now I’ve ploughed through the Ann Meo transcript (can’t get the audio to play, for some reason) I have to say I found it kind of irritating in the end. She seems terribly unsure much of the time about names, dates, shows …. Some of it might be “diplomatic forgetfulness” of course, but with that appa...
by John Clarke
Sun May 31, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 147
Views: 19658

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

More interestingly, how often has something chessy been a specialist subject on 'Mastermind'? Can't answer for the UK, but the history of the game (or a subset thereof) has turned up on New Zealand's version of the show at least six times. Four of those I was responsible for (you were allowed to ap...
by John Clarke
Thu May 28, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud
Replies: 147
Views: 19658

Re: Plaskett and Woffinden's book on the "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Fraud

I recommend this https://historyproject.org.uk/interview/ann-meo if you're interested in correctness of quiz answers (there's a transcript if you don't want to listen to it). It's quite lengthy, but old-timers like me will probably enjoy her views on Michael Miles and Hughie Green. Thanks for flagg...
by John Clarke
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?
Replies: 40
Views: 2681

Re: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?

Well, I got that well wrong about Mrs Alexander! But it seems to have sparked off another interesting discussion.
by John Clarke
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Harry Golombek games
Replies: 69
Views: 3417

Re: Harry Golombek games

Golombek had this fine win against Pachman at the Reti Memorial (Trencianske Teplice, 1949). Black overreaches trying to establish a knight on d3, and falls to a counter-attack in the centre. If the one-sided snuffing-out of H Brown the same year could make the list of notable games, then this one c...
by John Clarke
Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?
Replies: 40
Views: 2681

Re: CHO'D Alexander : Drapery Manager ?

Totally irrelevant to chess, of course, but my interest is piqued by that Register entry immediately below the one for C H O'D. An unpaid domestic? Surely he could have given the poor woman (presumably an elder unmarried sister) some sort of pittance, however small?
by John Clarke
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25469

Re: Worrying times

Figures for NZ: Population 5 million Deaths 11 Deaths/million 2.2 Lots easier of course for a fairly remote island nation. (According to the Guardian's infection map, Greenland hasn't been hit at all yet.) But things mightn't ultimately be as rosy as those stats would seem to suggest. The real tests...
by John Clarke
Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?
Replies: 27
Views: 2058

Re: Pre-move -who came up with that idea?

So who did come up with the idea of 'pre-move' and if it can cost you the game on the spot, aren't we better off without it? Sounds to me like a bastard child of Simon Webb's "barrage technique", as explained in Chess For Tigers - first published 1978. And to enlarge a bit on what Mr McCready says:...
by John Clarke
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25469

Re: Worrying times

Not so much a straw in the wind for print media, as the whole bloody haystack: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/120757500/bauer-closure-spells-apocalypse-for-new-zealand-print-media-says-past-editor Iconic titles in other countries to disappear soon? (Including, one nastily hopes, Der Spiegel...