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by John Clarke
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Games against visually impaired players - Laws
Replies: 28
Views: 3048

Re: Games against visually impaired players - Laws

What does "readjust the clocks accordingly" mean? Does it mean wind them both back and if so by how much? This could make a late finish for that game compared to all the others in that round of a competition and so affect the start of the next round. If it doesn't mean that, then what else does it ...
by John Clarke
Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:08 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Operation Barbarossa - the official start time...
Replies: 14
Views: 2001

Re: Operation Barbarossa - the official start time...

Paul Johnson, on p372 of A History of the Modern World (paperback edition, Weidenfield, 1984), cites an incident that supposedly took place around 3.10-3.15 am. German intelligence intercepted an exchange between an advance Soviet unit and its HQ: We are being fired on. What shall we do? You must be...
by John Clarke
Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: what is the title please?
Replies: 10
Views: 2507

Re: what is the title please?

A passage closely fitting the given description (but too long to quote in full here) occurs in The Chess Mind by Gerald Abrahams (Penguin Books, 1951), pp 23-24. The position discussed is Rubinstein-Capablanca, San Sebastian 1911. 2r2rk1/pp4pp/2n1pq2/2bp4/8/2N3PB/PP2PP1P/R2Q1RK1 The caption to this ...
by John Clarke
Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3243
Views: 354968

Re: Media comments on chess

Article here on the current difficulties of navigating round Christchurch, which includes an allusion to the knight's move. Syndicated to Wellington's Dominion Post under the headline "Moving forward is a chess game". (Several parts of Christchurch including the CBD are still a wasteland, two years ...
by John Clarke
Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rare first edtion chess books
Replies: 46
Views: 5806

Re: Rare first edtion chess books

As a junior in the 70s I would agree that players brought up in that era are probably the most likely to be bilingual. If I remember I went algebraic in about 1978, or whenever the BCM did. The full change must have been late 70s but Ray Keene's column from late 71/early 72 (i.e. post his British C...
by John Clarke
Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The second most famous Armenian?
Replies: 16
Views: 2323

Re: The second most famous Armenian?

More significant (though perhaps nowadays less well-known) than any of the aforementioned would be the Mikoyan brothers. The elder, Anastas Ivanovich (1895-1978) was a leading Soviet politician for over forty years, surviving near the top from the time of Lenin until the early days of the Brezhnev e...
by John Clarke
Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:25 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Title norms held by English players
Replies: 97
Views: 18513

Re: Title norms held by English players

I would have thought that being awarded the GM title outright would be very rare. It seems Fischer was one person who achieved this, and Larry Kaufman was another (by winning the World Senior title): http://www.uschess.org/content/view/8982/500/ I was wondering what other examples exist? According ...
by John Clarke
Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:00 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Apocalypse? No.
Replies: 1
Views: 730

Apocalypse? No.

Looks as though the Mayans forgot to include little old NZ in their predictions - we're all still here. How's the rest of the world getting on? Halloo-oo-oo .....
by John Clarke
Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bullying at chess
Replies: 69
Views: 7048

Re: Bullying at chess

I agree that playing several moves very quickly is not intimidation. Indeed! Simon Webb, in Chess For Tigers , recommended this very process (calling it the "barrage technique") as a particularly useful tool for taking advantage of the opponent's time-trouble. Only trouble was: for maximum effect, ...
by John Clarke
Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bullying at chess
Replies: 69
Views: 7048

Re: Bullying at chess

I’ve never experienced anything that I’d call bullying while a game was actually in progress, though occasionally a bit of gamesmanship that some might have said had crossed the line. In one tournament game, I had a 14 or 15-year-old who accused me repeatedly of shaking the table while he was th...
by John Clarke
Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How many players have won or drawn a game losing there queen
Replies: 19
Views: 3049

Re: How many players have won or drawn a game losing there q

There's that encounter between Kevin Wicker and Roger Webb in the mid-70s (memorable for being the debut of the Mutkin Counter-Gambit), in which KW blundered on about move 10, and decided to give up Q for N rather than go into a hopeless ending a piece down. The game was adjourned but later agreed d...
by John Clarke
Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess clubs named after individuals
Replies: 29
Views: 2744

Re: Chess clubs named after individuals

Back in the 60s and 70s one of the clubs in my local league (the North Circular) was the Ferguson Thorn Chess Club, often also known Thorn Electrics. Thorn was Julius Thorn, who founded his eponymous firm in the 1920s, but I haven't yet been able to trace Mr Ferguson, whose company appears to have b...
by John Clarke
Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Draw by repetition claims
Replies: 46
Views: 10695

Re: Draw by repetition claims

Slightly off-topic, but .... If you're keeping score with paper and pen, and arrive at a situation where the position is being repeated on, say, a three- or four-move cycle - do I take it you're not allowed to make signs on the scoresheet to indicate first occurrence, second occurrence, etc of the r...
by John Clarke
Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:32 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Fischer notes
Replies: 9
Views: 2706

Re: Fischer notes

Bjelica certainly did publish a book with that title and content. The purist in me (now largely moribund) was mildly offended at seeing for the first time the word "meet" used as a noun. If I remember rightly, Fischer actually sued Bjelica over that book - I forget on what grounds. They ran into one...
by John Clarke
Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Time Changer...
Replies: 31
Views: 4729

Re: Time Changer...

How long have I got? Here's a few.

Rubinstein gets backing for a match against Lasker, c1912.
Pillsbury doesn't get syphilis.
The Turk doesn't get destroyed in that fire in 1854.
England draw with Spain at Dubai Olympiad & end up taking gold.