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by John Clarke
Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: News of the World
Replies: 44
Views: 3717

Re: News of the World

I was amused on BBC News the other day, when the closure of NOTW had just been announced and a presenter started saying "the News of the S, er, World". Presumably he was about to use its well-known nickname. The News of the Screws , or The Nudes of the World . Take your pick. Always preferred the l...
by John Clarke
Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alex H is taking over the world
Replies: 27
Views: 2463

Re: Alex H is taking over the world

At the risk of exposing my ignorance of matters East European ..... I don't see the relevance of the Russian/Ukrainian/Cyrillic debate - wouldn't the name Holowczak be of Polish origin? And thus originally written in the Latin alphabet? Only uncertainty then would whether the "L" is really an L, or ...
by John Clarke
Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Annoying Behaviour?
Replies: 92
Views: 8647

Re: Most Annoying Behaviour?

Allegedly Gerald Abrahams at one time used to suck oranges noisily during play. So what? Well, oranges were hard to come by just after the war. Stewart Reuben Abrahams himself once related how an opponent countered this tactic by smoking a particularly foul pipe at the board which, in his words, "s...
by John Clarke
Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: John Healy's Coffeehouse Chess Tactics
Replies: 14
Views: 4455

Re: John Healy's Coffeehouse Chess Tactics

If I remember rightly (it was about 20 years ago, after all), the chess got a lot more emphasis in the film of "The Grass Arena" than it did in the book.
by John Clarke
Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Annoying Behaviour?
Replies: 92
Views: 8647

Re: Most Annoying Behaviour?

"There are a couple of other Cookseys, we are not related to my knowledge. I don't think FIDE has ever confused them with me. But ChessBase does. So does ChessGames. It's only after multiple postings on there in the last few weeks that I've managed to get a dozen or so games wrongly ascribed to Gra...
by John Clarke
Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess families
Replies: 70
Views: 7135

Re: Chess families

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:I shouldn't have mentioned other sports, should I? (You missed out the Broads in cricket). Anyone know of families in other mind games? Shogi, Go, Chinese chess, er, does poker count? Backgammon? Draughts?
Spassky's sister Irena won the USSR draughts championship in the early 60s.
by John Clarke
Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess families
Replies: 70
Views: 7135

Re: Chess families

Brothers Martin and Jeff Crowe both captained New Zealand at cricket, and their father Dave also had a short career at first-class level.
by John Clarke
Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches
Replies: 173
Views: 13711

Re: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches

George Szaszvari I think your point on the alcohol is interesting and probably very well justified. I do agree that depending on the circumstances and the person(s) drinking in front of juniors could be a blessing. It would show how to act responsibility and give good social awareness, of course if...
by John Clarke
Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Superfluous notation clarification
Replies: 13
Views: 2355

Re: Superfluous notation clarification

Some old wooden chess sets had a little "king" symbol on the top of the rooks and knights, so you could identify them throughout the game (assuming you put them on the correct square at the start). Well my old wooden set has those little crowns on all four rooks and both black knights, but not on e...
by John Clarke
Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: What is your favourite film score?
Replies: 36
Views: 4074

Re: What is your favourite film score?

England 4 West Germany 2 (from the 1966 movie Goal!) :mrgreen:

Seriously though: Lawrence of Arabia (by Maurice Jarre).
by John Clarke
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Annoying Behaviour?
Replies: 92
Views: 8647

Re: Most Annoying Behaviour?

Stewart Reuben wrote:The late W Ritson Morry ..... used to listen to cricket commentary during his chess games.
By earphone, of course. Wouldn't have been allowed to do it nowadays, would he?!!
by John Clarke
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Going to the wrong venue for a game
Replies: 39
Views: 2671

Re: Going to the wrong venue for a game

Fouled up once in the 70s, when due to play a Civil Service League match for the Dept of Education & Science (DES) against the Natural History Museum. My actual place of work was the V & A Museum, in those days part of the DES empire. Set off from the V & A and arrived in good time at the DES HQ nea...
by John Clarke
Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 18849

Re: Do you believe in God

It is not what you say, it is what you mean, but some folk don't give a damn about that, they use language to get you to do what ever they want you to do, basically they manipulate you with words, to turn you into their zombie. "We know that you believe you understand what you think we said, but we...
by John Clarke
Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Where does Anand sit in the list of World Champions?
Replies: 102
Views: 5310

Re: Where does Anand sit in the list of World Champions?

Botvinnik should be in Group 2. He was an industrious talent, nothing more. Plus he had the backing of the Soviet chess establishment, a pretty considerable asset in those days. Bronstein and Tal, for instance, never had it to the same degree. Indeed, Botvinnik seems to me to have had the sort of s...
by John Clarke
Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 18849

Re: Do you believe in God

But there are more important things to get excited about, er, I mean about which to get excited. There's nothing wrong about ending your sentence with a preposition. The idea that you shouldn't is a hangover from the days when English syntax was excessively influenced by Latin (where such a constru...