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by John Clarke
Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Converting advantages into wins
Replies: 10
Views: 3182

Re: Converting advantages into wins

I've found more than once to my cost that getting too much too soon and/or too easily can bring trouble later on. With the material or positional advantage achieved, one tends to imagine the game will now "win itself", and it can be incredibly hard to reach the necessary pitch of intensity if the go...
by John Clarke
Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: GAC Ashcroft
Replies: 11
Views: 3745

Re: GAC Ashcroft

Could that be the same Ashcroft against whom E E Colman first sprang his variation in the Two Knights Defence in 1949?
by John Clarke
Sat Apr 14, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: World Inter Gender Wrestling Championship - Amusing
Replies: 1
Views: 842

Re: World Inter Gender Wrestling Championship - Amusing

Anyone remember that play Trafford Tanzi from the early 80s? Good fun.

Andy K was in the Broadway production (as the Referee) which folded after only one performance.
by John Clarke
Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The end of the game
Replies: 28
Views: 3983

Re: The end of the game

Does anyone else remember the red plastic soldiers that came in packets of Cornflakes? You bet! But despite having cornflakes every morning and persuading other family members to do the same as often as possible, I only ever got nine of 'em, and never the drum major .... It was a huge campaign, wit...
by John Clarke
Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Your favourite endgame studies
Replies: 9
Views: 1488

Re: Your favourite endgame studies

I find the Reti one is too well known. This is a good low level study. Like the Reti Few pieces, like the Reti. First glance 'no way' like the Reti. Here's another fitting that general description. Made a big impression on me when I first saw it, age 12. Composed by L Prokes, 1947. White to draw. [...
by John Clarke
Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Not Notating
Replies: 24
Views: 2077

Re: Not Notating

Please forgive what may turn out to be a silly question (despite being reasonably experienced, I haven't played competitive chess since the mid-80s, and things appear to have changed a lot with all these new clocks, time controls, etc). If your opponent doesn't notate, or stops notating too early, t...
by John Clarke
Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:06 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cat Picture
Replies: 12
Views: 1881

Re: Cat Picture

Carl - happy to take 'em down if they're going to cause bother. Just say the word. I did think twice about the cartoon one, owing to potential copyright issues.
by John Clarke
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:53 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cat Picture
Replies: 12
Views: 1881

Re: Cat Picture

And here's another photo with an appropriate theme:

"Hmmmm ..... should I take the queen?"
by John Clarke
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:40 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cat Picture
Replies: 12
Views: 1881

Re: Cat Picture

Peter D Williams wrote:This is the best cat of all time!
TC is in the top three, I'll grant you, but this is my pick for numero uno:

Image

Leaves Garfield in the dust, anyway!
by John Clarke
Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: How sad
Replies: 7
Views: 1544

Re: How sad

Yes, always sad to see an unusual talent wrecked by the flawed personality it's attached to. Although Ms Houston never particularly appealed to me, I still regret both her passing and the tragically unnecessary manner in which it seems to have occurred. But I have to say it was another recent (and b...
by John Clarke
Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Winning, Losing or Drawing streaks
Replies: 71
Views: 7460

Re: Winning, Losing or Drawing streaks

By the way, Dan Harrington made money on roulette due to the wheels being biased at various casinos. Apparently the bias could start being detected after only 90 minutes play. The casinos had no idea what was going on. Unfortunately MIT hit on the same idea. They were unable to make it profitable, ...
by John Clarke
Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:44 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Should Scotland adopt the Euro?
Replies: 31
Views: 3796

Re: Should Scotland adopt the Euro?

I don't understand this. The UK can split up and Elizabeth II can remain the Queen of her realms. The two are different. Indeed, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could, if they so wished, become similar to places like Canada and Australia, where the Queen remains their Head of State, but they d...
by John Clarke
Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Interview with Gawain Jones
Replies: 29
Views: 3585

Re: Interview with Gawain Jones

Jonathan Rogers wrote:Ah, I didn't know of his Yorkshire connections.
More than just "connections" - he was born in Bradford and educated at Bradford Grammar!
by John Clarke
Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:44 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess tournaments in Kent in 30s. Also Tenby 1928
Replies: 7
Views: 1967

Re: Chess tournaments in Kent in 30s. Also Tenby 1928

The following position (quoted by Golombek in The Game of Chess ) occurred in the game E Spencer vs W A Fairhurst in the British championship at Tenby in 1928: r2qkb1r/pppn1ppp/5n2/3p2B1/3PN2N/8/PP2PPPP/R2QKB1R Here Fairhurst played 8. ... Nxe4!, winning a piece and the game after 9.Bxd8 Bb4+; 10.Qd...
by John Clarke
Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:49 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5874

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Just grab your nearest scientific calculator, input -9 press the square root key, then the equals key, ergo you have crashed your calculator. You mean to say it won't find the modulus of the negative number and display it, followed by an "i" to represent the square root of minus 1?? Would have thou...