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by John Clarke
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2933
Views: 317769

Re: Media comments on chess

I'm reading an excellent book at the moment, 'The Trap' by Melanie Raabe. A few references to chess and that has 'Knights, Bishops and Castles'. Anthony Buckeridge committed the same sin in Jennings Follows A Clue . Someone's chess set is knocked off his head (don't ask) and " .... castles, knights...
by John Clarke
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2933
Views: 317769

Re: Media comments on chess

Geoff Chandler >what gets me is books, T.V. programmes and films calling Rooks, Castles. So, I presume you use the term 'rooking' when making that rather odd move with the king and rook? David Pritchard made that suggestion in his humorous piece "A Match At The Club". Broadcast c1961 on the BBC's c...
by John Clarke
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2933
Views: 317769

Re: Media comments on chess

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:15 am
No clocks, No score sheet.
There is a clock, I think. Not easy to make out, but I seem to see a vague rectangular blur. not much darker than the background, where a clock ought to be.
by John Clarke
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Scotland headline
Replies: 31
Views: 6678

Re: Chess Scotland headline

Rather late to this thread - it must have come and gone during one of my hiatuses from the site. However ... I don't know why, but whenever I hear a monty python sketch described to me it is always considerably funnier then when I see it performed. Amen to that. I used to own two volumes called Mont...
by John Clarke
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early Tony Miles game
Replies: 29
Views: 3363

Re: An early Tony Miles game

To someone of my vintage, using initials only was what we'd grown up with. Seemed - and still does - perfectly normal. Use of full first names is a phenomenon of the the last 20-30 years (even our first OTB grandmaster was referred to, often as not, as A J Miles). Chess writers didn't even do it whe...
by John Clarke
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2933
Views: 317769

Re: Media comments on chess

It seems scarcely a week passes these days without some football commentator somewhere comparing the game they are watching to a game Chess. I first heard it used way back in 1965 during the cup final between Liverpool and Leeds. I remember reading about a newspaper report from 1962 which described...
by John Clarke
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early Tony Miles game
Replies: 29
Views: 3363

Re: An early Tony Miles game

Among other players of that era, Whiteley and Levy also attempted to defend the Dragon, without much success against top level opposition. Keene also gave it a go for a time, rather uncharacteristically. (In addition, he analysed it extensively in 2 articles for Chess late in 1966.) He seems to hav...
by John Clarke
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Grob. Bring it back
Replies: 49
Views: 3216

Re: The Grob. Bring it back

It conjures up a beautiful picture of the end result of 8 moves each involving a couple of double square pawn moves. Plenty of food for thought on move 9. I think the nearest to this there's ever been was a "game" (almost certainly apocryphal) cited by Bruce Hayden in Cabbage Heads And Chess kings ...
by John Clarke
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Let's Bring Back the Old Rules
Replies: 43
Views: 4018

Re: Let's Bring Back the Old Rules

My dad grew up on Guernsey in the 1930s. I asked him once if the inter-island rivalry depicted in The Book Of Ebenezer Le Page (regarded as the great Guernsey novel) really was that intense. "Oh yes!" was his reply. I get the impression it's been a bit of an old-money/new-money thing in recent decad...
by John Clarke
Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championship Daily Reports
Replies: 32
Views: 4376

Re: British Chess Championship Daily Reports

One more intriguing snippet about Gerald Abrahams, which I've only just managed to track down again. According to Chess no. 204 (Sept 1952), he was " .... warned off [ie banned from] British racecourses by Tattersalls' in connection with a four-year-old debt of 75 pounds". At that time 75 quid was a...
by John Clarke
Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championship Daily Reports
Replies: 32
Views: 4376

Re: British Chess Championship Daily Reports

Of the items published in that book, one is an abridged ("greatly shortened") version (only 3 pages) of a broadcast of a talk by Abrahams, published in the book under the title: 'Sportsmanship and Gamesmanship in Chess'. If I'm not mistaken, the full-length version of that radio item was reprinted ...
by John Clarke
Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:14 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13240

Re: Dave Rumens

We were still in the early middle-game and already heading into deep time trouble. We both believed that attack was the best form of defence, and this was what we were doing. Attack was followed by counter-attack followed by counter-counter-attack. We had both castled king-side. The f-file was open...
by John Clarke
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'The Famous Eccles'
Replies: 31
Views: 2295

Re: 'The Famous Eccles'

As an indication of Len Pickett's playing strength, here's a creditable draw of his as white against rising star Joe Gallagher. Lewisham International 1984, Round 3. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qf3 h6 8.Be3 Qc7 9.Bd3 Nbd7 10.Qg3 b5 11.a3 g5 12.h4 g4 13.f4 Bb7 14.O-O-O O...
by John Clarke
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'The Famous Eccles'
Replies: 31
Views: 2295

Re: 'The Famous Eccles'

I was personally acquainted with Len Pickett for a few years in the 1970s. We were connected with a SE London chess-playing circle that also included Tony Swift, Norm Oliver, Bob Pentecost, Hilary Thomas and some Charlton members as well, notably the Hannans and Mike Phillips. Australian master Max ...
by John Clarke
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2933
Views: 317769

Re: Media comments on chess

A chess question on today's "Impossible" TV game show - "At the start of a game of chess which piece is between the rook and the knight?" The contestant got the answer wrong. Not a very well-worded question at all. Which rook and which knight? Are they even necessarily the same colour? In the same ...