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by John Clarke
Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: My Story
Replies: 107
Views: 17498

Re: My Story

In Britain there IS NO PLACE FOR FEMALE PLAYERS WHO DO NOT KNOW THEIR PLACE and stick to a lowly status - success and endeavour is kicked in the teeth when women and young people attempt something new and fresh - the old boy network doesn't care for it. Nor in Australian politics. I'm still fuming ...
by John Clarke
Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Printer's devil
Replies: 4
Views: 2041

Re: Printer's devil

I can recall one incident of a similar kind - not chess-related, unfortunately - from over thirty years ago. Some prankster succeeded in making a few mildly obscene additions to illustrated advertisements in the New Zealand Yellow Pages. All the copies had been printed and distributed before the thi...
by John Clarke
Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ChessBase Magazine 153
Replies: 12
Views: 1160

Re: ChessBase Magazine 153

In the old days one used to pour over printed games in magazines looking for shots to make you famous for a day in the next issue. Happens to the best of 'em .... Ray Keene once overlooked a mate in one, analysing a line in the Sicilian Dragon for Chess . B H Wood spotted it though, so no kudos for...
by John Clarke
Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:24 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cringeworthy use of a picture of Albert Einstein
Replies: 13
Views: 1550

Re: Cringeworthy use of a picture of Albert Einstein

Hands up those that would recognise a photo of Schrödinger, Heisenberg et al. You know, I don't recall ever seeing a picture of any of 'em. (Nor of Louis de Broglie, who seems to have been unaccountably omitted from the list.) Which only goes to confirm Paul McK's original point. Ref: Chess player...
by John Clarke
Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Cringeworthy use of a picture of Albert Einstein
Replies: 13
Views: 1550

Re: Cringeworthy use of a picture of Albert Einstein

Didn't he fudge his own equations too, because he didn't like their implications? My personal hero James Clerk Maxwell would never have done that.
by John Clarke
Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess strength of arbiters
Replies: 26
Views: 2649

Re: Chess strength of arbiters

IM Jack Rudd wrote:ALT-0229 is what you want.
Thånks, Jåck.
by John Clarke
Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess strength of arbiters
Replies: 26
Views: 2649

Re: Chess strength of arbiters

From previous generations we also had Alberic O'Kelly de Galway, Miroslav Filip and Gideon Stahlberg, each of whom officiated at several world championship matches.
(Apologies to any Swedes reading this: the editor we use here doesn't seem to include that letter 'a' with the little circle over it.)
by John Clarke
Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Unfinished Games
Replies: 51
Views: 3292

Re: Unfinished Games

Chess Treasury Of The Air contains the bare score of the game up to the point where “time” had to be called (because further consultation sessions could not be arranged). It then gives in full Dr Euwe’s original adjudication, followed by his response to comments and suggestions made subsequen...
by John Clarke
Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: St John's Ear Chess Club
Replies: 18
Views: 3109

Re: St John's Ear Chess Club

A few more oddities among club names, just for jolly. Powdermill chess club began as the works team of the Explosives Research & Development Establishment (ERDE) at Powdermill Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex (site of gunpowder manufacture since the 17th century). Over time, it acquired members who weren'...
by John Clarke
Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: St John's Ear Chess Club
Replies: 18
Views: 3109

Re: St John's Ear Chess Club

One of the oddest names I've ever seen for a chess club would have to be the London-domiciled Lud-Eagle. No idea when it was founded, or how it got its name, but it was still active till at least the early 1950s. Maybe Mr Barden could supply further details. Another exotically-styled (and now defunc...
by John Clarke
Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 19535

Re: Do you believe in God

You can watch Bragg's documentary here Not outside the UK, you can't. Parochial b----y BBC. BTW, I see Garry Kasparov has decided to exile himself from Russia for the time being. Further details here . Now why would he want to flee from a country run by that nice professing Christian Mr Putin?
by John Clarke
Sat May 25, 2013 3:07 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Guess The Opening+Candidate Moves
Replies: 6
Views: 2139

Re: Guess The Opening+Candidate Moves

I assume both sides can still castle?
by John Clarke
Sat May 25, 2013 2:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Senior Championship 2013
Replies: 21
Views: 2791

Re: British Senior Championship 2013

There are three one-off British champions we could add: Michael Haygarth (is he still around?), Peter Lee and Brian Eley (uuh ..... come to think of it, maybe not the last of those).
by John Clarke
Thu May 23, 2013 12:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League Champions!
Replies: 93
Views: 10470

Re: League Champions!

Barnet Elizabethans have won the North Circular Division A championship - further details here.
by John Clarke
Wed May 22, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Lomonosov tablebases
Replies: 35
Views: 12180

Re: Lomonosov tablebases

So somewhere in there now, presumably, is the following famous study by Troitzy (White to win):