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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: 2702

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: 18905

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: 5386

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: 18905

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...
by John Clarke
Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Neil Diamond
Replies: 5
Views: 926

Re: Neil Diamond

Time for this thread to be evicted to "Not Chess"?!
by John Clarke
Sat May 28, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: What is happening to Europe?
Replies: 31
Views: 3459

Re: What is happening to Europe?

Brings back memories of some old Polish YMCA club members in London of the 70s and 80s. Forgotten all the names, no IMs there at that time, but some solidly loyal regulars. During the 60s Ferguson Thorn, one of the clubs in my local league (the North Circular), was notable for the number of East Eu...
by John Clarke
Thu May 26, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Annoying Behaviour?
Replies: 92
Views: 8691

Re: Most Annoying Behaviour?

Hard to choose among: (1) the gentleman who produced loud double sniffs every few minutes throughout the entire game; (2) the second gentleman who cleared his throat every ten or fifteen minutes in a very deliberate manner (Erh-HERM!) - after a time I found myself waiting tensely for the next one, l...
by John Clarke
Sun May 22, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Grade please?
Replies: 75
Views: 6127

Re: Grade please?

We used to have a guy at our club who used to ask "what's your grade?" on being offered a draw. If the other chap was higher rated than him he would almost always agree. If lower, he would mostly refuse. Evidently he refined his technique over time. During one away match I heard somebody offer him ...
by John Clarke
Fri May 20, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Stalemate
Replies: 19
Views: 3726

Re: Stalemate

A couple of examples from British Championships. First, 1966. The following position occurred in B N Green vs J M Aitken, after Black's 46th move: /16/R6p/5npk/5p2/4q2P/5QP1/7K/ In a final try for a win White played 47.g4+ fxg3 48.Qxf5. only to run into 48. ... Qe1+ 49.Kg2 Qe2+ 50.Kg3 Qe5+ 0.5-0.5 J...
by John Clarke
Thu May 19, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Queens Gambit Accepted?
Replies: 21
Views: 5828

Re: Queens Gambit Accepted?

..... Hans Berliner ..... claims to have fully worked out responses by white to QGA, QGD, Kings Indian, Benko, and Benoni which maintain white's opening advantage. What opening advantage? White has an initiative by virtue of being the first to move, but that's all. Doesn't matter what White does; i...
by John Clarke
Wed May 18, 2011 11:28 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Etiquette of resigning
Replies: 107
Views: 10676

Re: Etiquette of resigning

Match captains are allowed to agree package deals, so a match could be terminated early by agreement of the captains. Not in any event I know of. All captains can do is advise their players to offer or accept draws, or to resign. It's the player's decision alone whether to comply or not. Unless the...
by John Clarke
Mon May 16, 2011 1:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Timeline of British Isles titles (1950-2010)
Replies: 51
Views: 9327

Re: Timeline of British Isles titles (1950-2010)

I'm not sure whether Murray Chandler was resident in England at the time, but still registered with NZL. As he was aged 16-17, I've presumed he was still living in New Zealand at that time. Murray was most definitely living in England by then - I clearly remember meeting him at the home of a mutual...
by John Clarke
Sun May 15, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: BUCA Team Championship Winners
Replies: 95
Views: 16026

Re: BUCA Team Championship Winners

Roger de Coverly wrote:1970 BUCA (Chess May 1970)

This was held at the University of Manchester, Owens Park possibly
The venue was Hulme Hall (I was one of the team from Sussex that year).
by John Clarke
Sat May 14, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: BUCA Team Championship Winners
Replies: 95
Views: 16026

Re: BUCA Team Championship Winners

The 1971 event was held in July in Leeds, only 8 teams taking part. The reason for the low turn-out was that organisation of the event was severely disrupted by a national postal strike, which lasted for several weeks. Incredible to think of now, in this ultra-connected age. There were of course te...
by John Clarke
Sat May 14, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: BUCA Team Championship Winners
Replies: 95
Views: 16026

Re: BUCA Team Championship Winners

1951 Oxford 1. L W (Leonard) Barden 2. J B Sykes 3. I Marshall 4. D J (David) Youston 5. H Morton 6. G R Worthing 7. K N Bascombe 8. D E Cohen They defeated Birmingham 6-2 in the final, but my source (CHESS, June 1951) doesn't even mention the venue, let alone anything about the format for the even...