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by John Clarke
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 412
Views: 25437

Re: Worrying times

Regarding Day Of The Triffids : I've often heard the view that the book is weakened by having two wildly improbable catastrophic events. "Why not just picture a world where nearly everyone is struck blind?" The short answer to that is: there wouldn't be a story. You'd get the Torrences and their adh...
by John Clarke
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The English Opening.
Replies: 33
Views: 2109

Re: The English Opening.

There was for a time the Birmingham Defence (dating from 1980) but that didn't stick. It's now usually called the St George Defence.
by John Clarke
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3624
Views: 397540

Re: Media comments on chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:22 pm
And today's chess player in the news for discreditable business practices is Dave Hackett.
At least they didn't call him a chess master (or indeed reference the game at all).
by John Clarke
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3624
Views: 397540

Re: Media comments on chess

Nick Grey wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:33 am
1921 Was when the match took place Capablanca won easily.

10 years earlier teams like BUry Were the team to beat
Bradford City had their best-ever season in 1911 - 5th in Division One, and the FA Cup.
by John Clarke
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 3915

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:08 am
Oh dear, what a shame, never mind :)
Or, as another military comedy from a couple of decades earlier expressed it: "Still, never mind, eh?"
by John Clarke
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 3915

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

By one of those remarkable coincidences that do so much to spice one’s life, I was only last night leafing through a May 2017 copy of The Oldie , which carried a piece by Stephen Glover about the then-recent appointment of Mr Osborne. It made the same sort of gloomy prognostications about the Standa...
by John Clarke
Sat Feb 01, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 3915

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

Leonard says "dedicated to SJF" - would it be a breach of etiquette to ask who this is (or should it be obvious)? Several players on chessgames.com with the initials SF, but none identifiable as SJF, and none as far as I can see meriting this sort of dedication. Unless it's a misprint for R JF .......
by John Clarke
Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The French System
Replies: 34
Views: 3034

Re: The French System

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:54 pm
I'm still wondering how you play the Exchange French on move 2.
By transposition? 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 e6 3.d4 exd5 - voila! :mrgreen:
by John Clarke
Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.
Replies: 17
Views: 2349

Re: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.

Going back a bit further into the past, we arguably have: Introverts - Euwe, Steinitz, Philidor, Staunton, Burn, Keres, Fine, Reshevsky Extroverts - Alekhine, Bogolyubov, Tartakower (in fact all the leading "Hypermoderns", wouldn't you say?), Anderssen, Blackburne, Pillsbury, Tchigorin, Tarrasch, Na...
by John Clarke
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 3915

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

When I read some of today's other news, it struck me that Leonard's service on the London Evening Standard was longer service than that of Nicholas Parsons on Just a Minute. Which is quite an achievement! ... and longer even than Alistair Cooke's Letter From America , which clocked up not-quite 58 ...
by John Clarke
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column
Replies: 32
Views: 3915

Re: Leonard Barden's last Evening Standard column

A very entertaining game, that one against Kottnauer! Discovered it wasn't on chessgames.com, so I've just submitted it there. Strongly reminiscent of Kupferstich-Andreasen (Copenhagen 1953), which can be viewed here.
by John Clarke
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Mates In One From An Actual Game...
Replies: 5
Views: 1040

Re: Most Mates In One From An Actual Game...

Don't resign, opponent will lose on time deciding which mate to give. Remember the COKO chess program from 1971? Couldn't decide which of several mates to administer (they weren't all in one either, apparently) and ended up losing. No-one had told it how to choose among equally favourable options.
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 6324

Re: Brexit tea leaves

We are sailing away, just a question of how far (and that's a mutually agreed distance.) .... and there's going to be a lot more sea to sail on (not to mention rather less of the British Isles) once Greenland and Antarctica have shed most of their ice. That problem is of far more importance to my m...
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3624
Views: 397540

Re: Media comments on chess

Pretty poor stuff. Maybe they should have axed the show after Humphrey Lyttelton retired.
by John Clarke
Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 6324

Re: Brexit tea leaves

I guess BoJo is Her Majesty's fourteenth and last Prime Minister.