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by John Clarke
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: At Last! The 1961 Grading List...
Replies: 41
Views: 6383

Re: At Last! The 1961 Grading List...

Quite a few familiar names there, one or two of whom I played back in the day (some little time after 1954, though!), with fortunes that were mixed to say the least. Interesting to see a US Air Force sergeant among the 3b's. Would that be the Ken Smith who went on later to write a number of openings...
by John Clarke
Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Doomed Rook...
Replies: 8
Views: 1141

Re: A Doomed Rook...

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:02 am

Not so painful when you're a whole rook up!
Edited, to restore the missing a8 rook!! (Cheers, Nick.)
by John Clarke
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Doomed Rook...
Replies: 8
Views: 1141

Re: A Doomed Rook...

Another doomed rook (not my own) from Teesside, 1973. I'll spare readers the sometimes woeful play that led to it.

Black to play.
by John Clarke
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Snow Cancellations
Replies: 81
Views: 8212

Re: Snow Cancellations

I can't remember anything as bad as this in March. The 1962-3 "Big Freeze" lasted well into March. Several boys in my year at school who were reasonably good chess players lost interest in the game around that time. One possible reason was that they'd played so much of it when penned up indoors whi...
by John Clarke
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 4-player chess
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Re: 4-player chess

My choice I think would be the usual black and "white" (i.e. natural wood or cream plastic), along with mid-green and light brown. Plus pale and mid-brown for the board. Easier on the eye than the more strident hues.
by John Clarke
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sport England is waste of money - claim
Replies: 14
Views: 1658

Re: Sport England is waste of money - claim

Falling participation? At the risk .... no, dammit, the necessity of repeating myself: it's the (gig) economy, stupid. If the grass-roots are dying off for lack of basic nourishment, no amount or type of top-dressing is capable of reviving them. You might successfully raise a few carefully-nurtured ...
by John Clarke
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post Brexit Openings
Replies: 33
Views: 2594

Re: Post Brexit Openings

Won't this approach result in even more use of the London System? :evil:
by John Clarke
Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Writing a Letter
Replies: 15
Views: 2667

Re: Writing a Letter

You shouldn’t stand on anything split, in case it gives way under you. :mrgreen:
by John Clarke
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2917
Views: 316613

Re: Media comments on chess

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5179741/Ex-chess-player-fled-accused-rape-jailed.html I think he was about 190 from memory, so perhaps not what we normally think of as a professional. Back on the site after several weeks given over to the usual frantic Xmas/New Year/early summer holiday per...
by John Clarke
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39060

Re: Chess history trivia

From the second diagram, Black continues 2. ... Bxh3 and claims the game. As Gerald Abrahams once remarked (I forget where): "first king lost loses". BTW, the book this little conundrum comes from is The Pleasures Of Chess (originally published as Adventure In Chess , afterwards renamed to be a bett...
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Behind Bars
Replies: 24
Views: 4368

Re: Chess Behind Bars

Encouragement of chess behind bars undoubtedly has merit, but I don't think the proponents would want the results to look like this:

(Detail from "Giles" cartoon, Dec 1966)
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?
Replies: 59
Views: 5125

Re: Attracting new players to the game; who is responsible?

It'll take more than tinkering with ECF membership rules, or tarting up club venues, to make any meaningful impact on this issue. I made a very similar point just on two years ago, here . No-one seemed to pick up on it then, so I offer it again now. Of course, I'm only stating the problem. The solut...
by John Clarke
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another one for the arbiters
Replies: 10
Views: 1213

Re: Another one for the arbiters

Presumably Colle only discovered the error after signing off on the result? (In which case he was too late with his protest.) As for the incident that prompted this thread: of course the captains should intervene! What ever happened to common sense? There seem to be far too many nit-pickers in the g...
by John Clarke
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Health benefits of brain games
Replies: 37
Views: 4107

Re: Health benefits of brain games

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:43 pm
An old work colleague eagerly ate a banana every morning. He now suffers from arthritis, so I am not convinced... It would be very unfair if it didn't work for him.
I have one most days. No arthritis yet (even though my grandma had it something chronic).
by John Clarke
Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2917
Views: 316613

Re: Media comments on chess

Good to meet another Jennings fan. My favourite books as a boy. Good on ya, Richard. I still find some of them laugh-out-loud funny (including Clue ). Actually I'm a double Jennings fan - both the fictional schoolboy, and the Oddly books by Paul Jennings. (OK Carl - there won't be any more off-topi...