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by John Clarke
Mon Nov 07, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 45
Views: 9725

Re: Hope for our society!

A list of people would be quite interesting on those who have been, or are, ECF graded or FIDE Rated, who have appeared on quiz shows. How far back do you want to go? And how far down the grading list?? I ask because my peak rating, way back in 1973/4, was no higher than 164. Which some might say i...
by John Clarke
Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 45
Views: 9725

Re: Hope for our society!

As I've said, I can't speak authoritatively about Eggheads , because I don't watch it at all regularly (it screens out here at 4.15pm daily, and though semi-retired we're often busy elsewhere at that time of day). But it's my impression, based on frequent viewing of many other shows over the years, ...
by John Clarke
Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Hope for our society!
Replies: 45
Views: 9725

Re: Hope for our society!

Geoff Chandler wrote:between you and me I think the Eggheads get easier questions
Y' know, Geoff, I've felt that way myself sometimes when watching the show. But I've never liked to say so because I'm not a regular enough viewer to make an informed judgement.
by John Clarke
Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Has anyone ever given up chess?
Replies: 165
Views: 20041

Re: Has anyone ever given up chess?

Two major factors in my case. Firstly the "plateau" effect: I'd peaked at around 160-plus in '73 but despite a statistically good season in '75/6 had drifted steadily down to 150 by '77. But the real push was emigrating to a country (New Zealand) with a low level of chess activity relative to the UK...
by John Clarke
Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A wandering American perspective on England, chess & bananas
Replies: 18
Views: 3246

Re: A wandering American perspective on England, chess & ban

Geoff, nice.... What other fruits can you open with? Damme, this is hard when there's no "i", "o" or "y" available! (In the languages I know some words of, anyway.) All I can find so far is the "Casana" (a near relative of the tamarillo), and even that only works if you score in a mixture of Englis...
by John Clarke
Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me
Replies: 9
Views: 2523

Re: Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me

Martyn Jacobs wrote:Is there a word for 'Fear of Political Correctness' ?
How about "politikakribeiaphobia" ?

(This appears to be a new coinage - can I claim copyright?) :D
by John Clarke
Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Tournament dispute from several years ago
Replies: 74
Views: 11343

Re: Tournament dispute from several years ago

Maybe a more general thread about fisticuffs in chess tournaments. There was some dispute over a woman at some Olympiad, wasn't there? And I recall someone being banned from an Irish tournament for something possibly involving fists. Clearly, chess players don't just do battle on the chess board. I...
by John Clarke
Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of London League chess clubs
Replies: 7
Views: 2856

Re: History of London League chess clubs

If I remember rightly, the full name of the now-defunct Islington club was the "Islington and North London Chess Club". Any connection there?
by John Clarke
Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Who would have won had Anatoly Karpov played Bobby Fischer?
Replies: 60
Views: 8188

Re: Who would have won had Anatoly Karpov played Bobby Fisch

The Morphy and Fischer cases go far beyond mere chess and raise vastly different and much wider questions. Why only Americans? Is it only coincidence? I doubt it. I would suggest that it’s dangerous to generalise about Americans on the basis of the sample offered by Morphy and Fischer. Both ethni...
by John Clarke
Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Descriptive notation
Replies: 95
Views: 12528

Re: Descriptive notation

I can clearly recall a letter published in that excellent but sadly short-lived little magazine Junior Chess c1963. It was from D Pennycuick (sorry, can't be sure about that spelling), master i/c chess at Dulwich College, whose roll at the time included someone later to become a well-known chess col...
by John Clarke
Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:14 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Asked to pay a fine of £0 by DVLA
Replies: 7
Views: 1125

Re: Asked to pay a fine of £0 by DVLA

IM Jack Rudd wrote:You could send them a cheque for £0.
Just make sure you date it 0/0/0000.
by John Clarke
Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Special requirements/disability
Replies: 101
Views: 5770

Re: Special requirements/disability

Brendan O'Gorman wrote:Isn't this the answer?
Not if you wear glasses and they start to steam up.
by John Clarke
Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Cafe Culture
Replies: 78
Views: 17891

Re: Chess Cafe Culture

The outdoor board in Cathedral Square, Christchurch is off limits indefinitely since the Feb 22 earthquake. I don't know how the set itself fared.
by John Clarke
Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hats at the board
Replies: 30
Views: 4175

Re: Hats at the board

Have twice faced opponents with head coverings: both twentysomething. One wore a bobble hat, the other a kind of fedora. Lost both games after mucking up good positions in time trouble. Our school second team (I wasn't a member) was drawn once in the Sunday Times against an orthodox Jewish college w...
by John Clarke
Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: John Major
Replies: 31
Views: 2640

Re: John Major

Anyway, what about the chance that a random member of the population would know the moves? Any takers? Just a bit better than 50/50 I reckon. It depends what you mean by 'knowing the moves'. Assuming you mean 'how the pieces move' that sounds like a good guess. What about the chance that a random m...