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by John Clarke
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Christmas Picture Puzzles
Replies: 12
Views: 871

Re: Christmas Picture Puzzles

Ha Ha...New Zealand. No wonder they were mumbling and grumbling. Suppose I'd better fix it. (nobody else has noticed - thank you Mr. Barden.) As soon as I saw that picture, I was thinking - the result of long and bitter experience - "has he got the flag right?" Thank you, Mr Barden, for the correct...
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 19
Views: 1610

Re: Under promotion to a bishop.

Underpromotion to B where White has minimum K+P (study by Harold Lommer, date unknown). 8/8/P7/8/1p3p2/5p1p/5K1p/6nk White to win. Lommer had a very amusing tale to tell about the difficulties he had composing this piece - see Assiac's The Delights Of Chess , where the study is reproduced on p22. OK...
by John Clarke
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 63737

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

I can add some hard facts to the speculations about Bob Pentecost. They don't make for very happy reading. I saw a good deal of Bob in the mid-70s. We were fellow-employees at the Education Department (though I was actually based much of the time at the V & A Museum), and played together for its che...
by John Clarke
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Excelsior!?
Replies: 26
Views: 3738

Re: Excelsior!?

An excelsior using minimal material (study by H F Blandford, 1949). White to win - by means of a strange device of course.

by John Clarke
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Karpov v Korchnoi 1978
Replies: 6
Views: 1695

Re: Karpov v Korchnoi 1978

Isn't that proposal of Euwe's identical in principle (though not detail) to what Fischer was insisting on as a condition for his never-held world title defence? FIDE voted the idea down in 1974; one wonders if they'd have really pulled a one-eighty and gone along with Euwe only four short years later.
by John Clarke
Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 5314

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

I know they’re kids, so one has to cut them some slack, but why are so many junior players so downright bad mannered at the board? You left out j'adoubing the pieces when it's not their turn. And standing up and leaning over the board from their side was quite the vogue for a short time in the mid-...
by John Clarke
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Names in Robert Ludlum Novels
Replies: 15
Views: 1100

Re: Chess Names in Robert Ludlum Novels

White had two eyes on the performance, and only half an eye on the board. Meanwhile, Black (two aristocrats) sweated over their moves, their consultation disturbing both audience and singers. I read somewhere that the aristos placed the board so that Morphy had his back to the stage, which irritate...
by John Clarke
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2917
Views: 316592

Re: Media comments on chess

At first glance, this (from today's Dominion Post) looks like another chess cartoon drawn by someone ignorant of the rules ....
by John Clarke
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2917
Views: 316592

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi John remember reading about a newspaper report from 1962 which described the Spurs-Rangers Cup-Winners' Cup tie as "a game of electric chess". Looks like we have our source for possibly the first reporter who started using chess terms when writing about football. CHESS 11th November 1961 (page 4...
by John Clarke
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times
Replies: 36
Views: 4751

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

It's worth avoiding the Spanish (Ruy Lopez) too, at least in evening league chess. I do. Against any reasonable opponent, in many lines, you can reach the first time control (#30) still in book with barely a pawn exchanged. I exaggerate, but not by much. I've had a few of those (as Black, I don't p...
by John Clarke
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "ChessGames" Founder Dies
Replies: 6
Views: 1020

"ChessGames" Founder Dies

Some shocking news to report: Daniel Freeman, co-founder and webmaster of the ChessGames site, has just passed on at only 51 years of age. I know there was the odd complaint from time to time about the site's historical accuracy, but it's still an invaluable resource, and always with a strong sense ...
by John Clarke
Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who is our next Adams?
Replies: 37
Views: 4947

Re: Who is our next Adams?

"Like it or not, those guys are star performers from a very early age." I more or less agree, but there are exceptions. It seems Lasker didn't even learn to play until he was 11 years old! Chigorin didn't learn until he was 18 or something similarly ridiculous? Blackburne was nineteen when he learn...
by John Clarke
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2917
Views: 316592

Re: Media comments on chess

The usual error in setting up a chess board - and a less common one (look carefully). From an ad in NZ's Sunday Star-Times magazine.
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by John Clarke
Sat May 12, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 12310

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

I can only sympathise with Michael and Kevin on the evident decline in English chess standards. Put me down as one who helped accelerate the decline. As a schoolboy, I sometimes wrote moves like N-Kt5 just to be different. A fellow team-member used to employ his own set of initials for the pieces (...
by John Clarke
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2917
Views: 316592

Re: Media comments on chess

Interesting In 1968 I played for the English students' team at Ybbs, Austria where I made a modest plus score England team Achieving 5.5/8 (a better percentage than anyone else in the team) is hardly "a modest plus score"! One might have expected Basman to be there, but IIRC this was when he'd deca...