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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: 2538

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: 11410

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: 2902

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: 8251

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: 12642

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: 1130

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: 5873

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: 17959

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: 4199

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: 2678

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...
by John Clarke
Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alex H is taking over the world
Replies: 27
Views: 2492

Re: Alex H is taking over the world

I don't see the relevance of the Russian/Ukrainian/Cyrillic debate - wouldn't the name Holowczak be of Polish origin? Yes, but the person it comes from was a Soviet technically, who was born in the Ukrainian SSR. So there would have been some Cyrillic going on there. Good enough, Alex; I'll happily...
by John Clarke
Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:35 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: News of the World
Replies: 44
Views: 3764

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: 2492

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: 8722

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: 4505

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.