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by John Clarke
Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Playing against yourself
Replies: 20
Views: 2128

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: 11775

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: 11775

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: 2128

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.
by John Clarke
Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pointless Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 3843

Re: Pointless Chess

"Pointless Celebrities"? Shurely a tautology??
by John Clarke
Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Surrey Chess Congress in the 1970s
Replies: 80
Views: 11775

Re: Surrey Chess Congress in the 1970s

If that's the same G H Davies (no 75 in 1976) who was a top West of England junior in the early 60s, then his first name is Gordon.
by John Clarke
Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 9 move checkmate
Replies: 59
Views: 7055

Re: 9 move checkmate

OK, let’s clear the embarrassing stuff out of the way first. While often getting inferior positions, I usually managed, more by luck than anything, to avoid getting busted outright in the early opening. But every now and then .... Lowest number of moves ever to have me totally wrecked: 12, as foll...
by John Clarke
Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:23 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Converting advantages into wins
Replies: 10
Views: 3187

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: 4641

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: 844

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: 3996

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: 1493

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: 2089

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: 1888

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: 1888

Re: Cat Picture

And here's another photo with an appropriate theme:

"Hmmmm ..... should I take the queen?"