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by John Clarke
Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Published Notation
Replies: 6
Views: 1887

Re: Published Notation

I'm sure this was discussed somewhere but I can't find it. Kevin: is this the thread you were trying to find? http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=648 Of course, you know how deserves most credit for bringing algebraic to British chess publishing? I've already mentioned in the thread cite...
by John Clarke
Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:09 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: OLympic Rowing
Replies: 0
Views: 604

OLympic Rowing

Three rowing golds now for NZ. Go Kiwi!!
by John Clarke
Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Opening ceremonies
Replies: 17
Views: 2887

Re: Opening ceremonies

Engelbert Humperdinck used to while away his off-stage hours by playing chess with fellow-tourers Cat Stevens and the late John (Maus) Walker. Mr Stevens has doubtless given up the pastime since his conversion to Islam. I once saw a reference in the early 60s to Roger Moore playing the game during b...
by John Clarke
Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Poor Sportsmanship
Replies: 253
Views: 20337

Re: Poor Sportsmanship

Taking ideas from other boards: not to be recommended! One year in the Ilford Open, at a heavy grading disadvantage for the second or third round in a row, I most reprehensibly decided to try evening things up a bit by copying an unusual-looking move that I’d noticed at a nearby board, where the i...
by John Clarke
Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Globe-trotting chess players
Replies: 21
Views: 1921

Re: Globe-trotting chess players

I make it 77 on Lawrence's list (he's got Greece in twice).
by John Clarke
Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:02 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: MHH
Replies: 1
Views: 1347

Re: MHH

He caused a minor sensation by beating Hartston at the 1971 Ilford Open. MH was White in a Sicilian; the game was printed in Chess under the curious heading "Attacking the King by Unusual Methods". 'Fraid I no longer have that issue, or I'd supply the score.
by John Clarke
Sat Jun 09, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Arbiters to suffer???
Replies: 482
Views: 31924

Re: English Arbiters to suffer???

I'm quite sure that the 'home nations' did not invent chess. Separate FIDE membership for Wales and the Channel Islands only dates from the 1970s. The Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey did indeed decide to form chess associations in the 1970s, and affiliate to FIDE. But they are not and never ...
by John Clarke
Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illness Over The Board
Replies: 22
Views: 2432

Re: Illness Over The Board

I once had a correspondence opponent die on me (and another passed on shortly after our game had ended), but given the time-frames I guess that's not such an unusual occurrence. The only severe symptoms I encountered in an OTB opponent were in a last-round game at a week-ender in the 1970s. Both of ...
by John Clarke
Sun May 27, 2012 10:03 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Russian legacy to chess
Replies: 88
Views: 12452

Re: Russian legacy to chess

And remember the recent fashion (notably under the last Govt), a borrowing from the US (!) if memory serves, for appointing 'Czars', like the "Drugs Czar', or the "Childrens' Czar'.. ...? Not so very recent ..... The term "soccer Czar" was well established in the UK by at least the early 1950s (it ...
by John Clarke
Mon May 21, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Why is Joey Barton such a c*ck?
Replies: 74
Views: 6060

Re: Why is Joey Barton such a c*ck?

Kevin Thurlow wrote:Once games are down to 7 a side and there have been 8 goals scored from penalties, it might calm things down.
It would have to. The laws say a team must have a minimum of 7 players - any fewer on either side, and the game has to be abandoned.
by John Clarke
Tue May 15, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings memorabilia?
Replies: 25
Views: 4988

Re: Hastings memorabilia?

Some of the Getty Images photos (nos. 15, 17, 24 and 34) were used to illustrate Golombek's Encyclopedia of Chess , published by Batsford early in 1977. Copyright at that time was held by the Radio Times Hulton Picture Library, apart from no. 24, which was Keystone Press. A few more used in GEOC (no...
by John Clarke
Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Playing against yourself
Replies: 20
Views: 2123

Re: Playing against yourself

Geri's Game won an Oscar for the best animated film in 1998 about an old man playing chess by himself. He goes to the trouble of walking round to the other side of the board each move. There was an early Popeye short (probably the 1930s) where his dad did that while playing checkers with himself in...
by John Clarke
Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:01 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Surrey Chess Congress in the 1970s
Replies: 80
Views: 11722

Re: Surrey Chess Congress in the 1970s

Roger de Coverly wrote:Jackie Keene from memory, spelling not guaranteed.
You're right, Roger - the old memory cells finally kicked in just now, but you beat me to it.
by John Clarke
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Surrey Chess Congress in the 1970s
Replies: 80
Views: 11722

Re: Surrey Chess Congress in the 1970s

Graeme (not sure of the spelling tho') Rivers - played him once at an Enfield congress in the mid-70s, then saw his full name mentioned in passing in Chess some time later. A Keene: I've a faint but persistent memory that Ray Keene's sister also played a bit of chess, and was named Annette (confusin...
by John Clarke
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Playing against yourself
Replies: 20
Views: 2123

Re: Playing against yourself

John Foley wrote:Have people played against themselves?
Potentially dangerous thing to do. Ever read The Royal Game by Stefan Zweig? Fiction, of course, but still .....

BTW, Zweig himself had suicided by the time it first appeared in print.