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by John Clarke
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Simon Norton
Replies: 11
Views: 1988

Re: Simon Norton

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:15 pm
That's probably true - another possibility is that the graders confused him with someone else. I failed to get a grade about then, whilst Ken H Thurlow of Inland Revenue improved dramatically!
Yes, graders weren't always as careful as they might have been - another case here from the 1970s.
by John Clarke
Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 3582

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

Wasn't she in the Army? "Major" Sunnucks. Yes - a major (no quote marks necessary) in the WRAC. According to Wikipedia she was both Army and Combined Services champion in 1968. BTW, Chessgames has opted to use her married name for her entry, despite being far better known in the chess world under h...
by John Clarke
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 77
Views: 8649

Re: Raymond Keene new site

It's a funny old world... Err... Square I think?* Val Doonican and Dave Allen once did a duet proving it could be either square or flat. " ... round as a ring" [quick shot of boxing ring] " ... so the world is square - so there!" " ... round as an egg" [quick shot of fried egg] " ... so the world i...
by John Clarke
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Information on David Foley-Comer
Replies: 7
Views: 1896

Re: Information on David Foley-Comer

Here's some personal recollections of DF-C. I tried doing them as a PM but for some reason couldn't get it to send properly - just sat in the Out-Box. I'm not 100% clear on his birth and death dates, but these were approx 1935-1998 - a regrettably early demise. The family was Jewish; I don't know an...
by John Clarke
Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New in Chess - Nigel Short
Replies: 11
Views: 2341

Re: New in Chess - Nigel Short

I’d rather that mix than the bland devoid nothingness that often passes for journalism in chess mags. Hear, hear! Opinions are always more entertaining than dry recitals of facts, even if you don't always agree with them (and as long as they don't get nasty or personal). That's my view, anyway. :)
by John Clarke
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 21
Views: 2559

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

I think much of the credit for the work done to encourage chess was down to teachers in charge of chess at school That very much agrees with my own experience and observation. Our grammar school club in the early 60s had an excellent master in charge who built for the future as well as managing the...
by John Clarke
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 1805

Other B

Jeff Webb of Glasgow University - most likely now retired, and certainly no longer active at chess He is still playing. He plays for Bearsden in the Glasgow league. Is that right? He doesn't feature at all in the ECF Grading site (which has numerous long-retired and even deceased players). A very r...
by John Clarke
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past recollection a split topic
Replies: 18
Views: 1805

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Jeff Webb of Glasgow University - most likely now retired, and certainly no longer active at chess - played to a 190-plus standard. He was completing a PhD or holding a post-doc fellowship (not sure which) when we played together for Sussex U at the 1970 BUCA teams event.
by John Clarke
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Replies: 16
Views: 3028

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

John Saunders wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:07 pm
RCO Matthews also became a Cambridge prof)
An Oxford one too (1965-75).
by John Clarke
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Christmas Picture Puzzles
Replies: 12
Views: 982

Re: Christmas Picture Puzzles

Afraid at the schools I went too there was no dunces cap, they just thrashed the living daylight out of you. Tell the truth, I was pretty uneasy at using the d-word, with all its negative connotations. Just couldn't think of any other term that was concise enough not to disrupt the flow of the sent...
by John Clarke
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Christmas Picture Puzzles
Replies: 12
Views: 982

Re: Christmas Picture Puzzles

I could not think of another player with B.W. initials. Not surprising. A quick trawl through some 220 players on Chessgames whose surnames begin with W reveals only eight having any forenames starting with B. Highest rated is Bruce Watson (2300) of NZ, followed by Bill Wall (USA, 2231), who is I g...
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Christmas Picture Puzzles
Replies: 12
Views: 982

Re: Christmas Picture Puzzles

Ha Ha...New Zealand. No wonder they were mumbling and grumbling. Suppose I'd better fix it. (nobody else has noticed - thank you Mr. Barden.) As soon as I saw that picture, I was thinking - the result of long and bitter experience - "has he got the flag right?" Thank you, Mr Barden, for the correct...
by John Clarke
Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under promotion to a bishop.
Replies: 19
Views: 1787

Re: Under promotion to a bishop.

Underpromotion to B where White has minimum K+P (study by Harold Lommer, date unknown). 8/8/P7/8/1p3p2/5p1p/5K1p/6nk White to win. Lommer had a very amusing tale to tell about the difficulties he had composing this piece - see Assiac's The Delights Of Chess , where the study is reproduced on p22. OK...
by John Clarke
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 66832

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

I can add some hard facts to the speculations about Bob Pentecost. They don't make for very happy reading. I saw a good deal of Bob in the mid-70s. We were fellow-employees at the Education Department (though I was actually based much of the time at the V & A Museum), and played together for its che...
by John Clarke
Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Excelsior!?
Replies: 26
Views: 4257

Re: Excelsior!?

An excelsior using minimal material (study by H F Blandford, 1949). White to win - by means of a strange device of course.