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by John Clarke
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'The Famous Eccles'
Replies: 31
Views: 2328

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: 2976
Views: 324316

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 ...
by John Clarke
Wed May 31, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2976
Views: 324316

Re: Media comments on chess

Gary Kasparov on the Today (BBC Radio 4) programme this morning on the subject of artificial intelligence. Made the sensible distinction between activities where humans know how humans perform them, which are therefore activities where humans can probably program computers to do them even better, a...
by John Clarke
Wed May 31, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2976
Views: 324316

Re: Media comments on chess

NickFaulks wrote:
Garry wrote: Putin cannot think long-term.
He seems to have out-thought Gazza.
Not hard to do when you're the equivalent of several queens up.
by John Clarke
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4458

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

Adam Hart-Davis had an unpromising start to his competitive chess career, according to Volume 2 of The Lyttelton Hart-Davis Letters . p56 (letter dated 10 Feb 1957): " ... Adam has been asked to play chess for the School! Fred [AH-D's housemaster at Eton] rightly forbade it, since the match was sche...
by John Clarke
Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cancelling Matches
Replies: 17
Views: 2305

Re: Cancelling Matches

Sometimes it's "damned if you do; damned if you don't". My school team in the 1960s played in the local adult league for about 10 years, for much of that time with considerable success. By the time I became captain, though, our playing strength had declined noticeably, and our regular eight were the...
by John Clarke
Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:59 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Queen and knight v Queen
Replies: 8
Views: 1622

Re: Queen and knight v Queen

Matt Mackenzie wrote:Q+minor piece v Q - without pawns - is normally drawn. As ever, there are exceptions :)
There'd certainly be a lot less to intrigue and entertain us without "exceptions" such as the following (courtesy of Henri Rinck):
by John Clarke
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 32650

Re: EU referendum aftermath

When I look at Donald Trump, I see an overweight septuagenarian (BMI 29.6 approx) who isn't known for exercising to any great degree, and who'd look every year of his age without that infamous comb-over*. Ronald Reagan was about the same age at his inauguration, but at least he kept up a fair degree...
by John Clarke
Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Theoretical draws
Replies: 25
Views: 2345

Re: Theoretical draws

John Upham wrote:There is a pair of sisters who routinely go through the motions with this line whenever they are paired.
Ah yes, the Kosintsevas. Fourteen draws and counting, according to chessgames.com.

But the Zhigalko brothers of Belarus aren't that far behind, with eight ...
by John Clarke
Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Adverts
Topic: Jovanka Houska's Novel
Replies: 22
Views: 3811

Re: Jovanka Houska's Novel

Check To Your King ("Robin Hyde", 1936) - not actually about chess, but a great title.

Master Prim* (J Whitfield Ellison, 1968)

*though not for long
by John Clarke
Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU referendum aftermath
Replies: 617
Views: 32650

Re: EU referendum aftermath

Something else now to have a beef about concerning Toblerone! (My other, long-standing one is that you can't get the white or dark varieties here in the colonies, other than in airport duty-frees, and not always even then.) We tend to perceive it out here as a high(-ish)-end product, so a price rise...
by John Clarke
Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Engines fail to find mate in two
Replies: 25
Views: 3300

Re: Engines fail to find mate in two

No engine will fail to find a mate in three for White here - whichever way up you set the board. 7k/4K1pp/7N/8/8/8/8/B7 w - - - Position given by Gerald Abrahams in Test Your Chess (Constable, 1963). Claimed he came across it in the Cafe de la Regence in 1925, but was never able to find out who comp...
by John Clarke
Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: RASHID NEZHMETDINOV
Replies: 21
Views: 2414

Re: RASHID NEZHMETDINOV

Ah yes: I overlooked that rider about non-GMs. Another possibility is Abrahams-Spencer (Liverpool 1930), which impressed no less a commentator than Emanuel Lasker. 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 g6 5. Bf4 Bg7 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 b6 8. Ne5 Bb7 9. cd5 cd5 10. h4 h6 11. h5 g5 12. Bg5 hg5 13. h6 Bh6 1...
by John Clarke
Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: RASHID NEZHMETDINOV
Replies: 21
Views: 2414

Re: RASHID NEZHMETDINOV

IanCalvert wrote:Colloquially who is/was the nearest to "Super Nezh" in twentieth century UK chess? What was the English combination of the century??
Beliavsky-Nunn (Wijk-aan-Zee, 1985) would have to be a candidate.
by John Clarke
Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2976
Views: 324316

Re: Media comments on chess

An activity where there's a lot more at stake than in football (whatever Bill Shankly's famous remark might have suggested to the contrary) is compared here to chess. There are two references; one near the beginning, the other near the end - keep on scrollin'!.