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by O.G. Urcan
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: "Chess is intellectual gymnastics"
Replies: 10
Views: 1280

Re: "Chess is intellectual gymnastics"

By chance, I discussed the Steinitz quotation with Edward Winter a few days ago, with a view to presenting various citations on the Chess Notes page.

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by O.G. Urcan
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 3870

Re: Eric Schiller 1955-2018

Mention has been made, in relation to Eric Schiller's passing, of the "De mortuis nil nisi bonum" tag so maybe it's not totally inappropriate to recall what Eric himself wrote on the death of former FIDE president Florencio Campomanes in 2010: "An evil man who is not going to be missed. Thoroughly ...
by O.G. Urcan
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 77
Views: 8169

Re: Raymond Keene new site

Anyone who does not have Raymond Keene's 2017 book on Tony Buzan but is concerned about claims in it which are misleading, or worse, may like to see what is in the "About the author" section on page 6: zzzzkeene1.jpg Among that section's many other boasts is one on page 5 about a so-called "Oscar fo...
by O.G. Urcan
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymond Keene new site
Replies: 77
Views: 8169

Re: Raymond Keene new site

In the second edition of his book on Tony Buzan (2017), Raymond Keene is still describing himself as "the Chairman of the English Chess Association." Some years ago, I enquired about the Association on this Forum (https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=6117), but facts proved hard to find. ...
by O.G. Urcan
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times
Replies: 36
Views: 5062

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:22 am
There's a good quip about that French Exchange line, can't quite remember it, somebody must know what I mean (the one about its sole merit being the ingenuity you can display to get away with it).
From page 245 of Edward Winter's Chess Explorations (1996), C.N item 1283:
by O.G. Urcan
Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard Barden's fantastic world record
Replies: 25
Views: 4486

Leonard Barden's fantastic world record

In his Evening Standard column on 30 June 2016 Leonard Barden wrote:
"Today's puzzle marks a record 60 years of the Evening Standard chess feature, the longest running daily column on any subject by a single individual in the history of journalism."
Olimpiu G. Urcan
by O.G. Urcan
Fri Sep 11, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Claims by C.J. de Mooi
Replies: 132
Views: 15026

Re: Claims by C.J. de Mooi

At the Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog on 9 September Justin Horton wrote that Amazon's "Look Inside" function showed only four references to chess in C.J. de Mooi's recent autobiography. A colleague who has the book tells me that those four mentions are indeed the only ones. The book has nothing abo...
by O.G. Urcan
Thu Sep 10, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Claims by C.J. de Mooi
Replies: 132
Views: 15026

Re: Claims by C.J. de Mooi

I see that in an editorial on page 4 of CHESS, November 2009 Malcolm Pein wrote that C.J. de Mooi "was the UK's most active tournament player for a couple of years when he averaged over a game a day".

No particulars were given.
by O.G. Urcan
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Claims by C.J. de Mooi
Replies: 132
Views: 15026

Claims by C.J. de Mooi

C.N. 9476 quotes a claim by C.J. de Mooi on page 46 of CHESS , March 2010: "I think it was 1998 and 1999 I was the most active player in the country. I was playing 360-370 rated long-play games a year as well as about 250 rated Rapidplay games." After I posted a tweet about this yesterday, Angus Fr...
by O.G. Urcan
Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:26 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Footage of 1960s Hastings tournaments
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Footage of 1960s Hastings tournaments

The Chess Notes website has just posted some links which I have provided for footage of a number of chess events, including tournaments played in Hastings in the 1960s. Edward Winter's site also has a feature article Chess Masters on Film offering many other such links. There is even a film sequence...
by O.G. Urcan
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: George Ellison RIP
Replies: 23
Views: 5789

Re: George Ellison RIP

My Twitter page (https://twitter.com/OlimpiuUrcan) mentions a book by George Ellison, Spike's Chess Primer, published in 1983.
by O.G. Urcan
Tue May 05, 2015 12:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Royalty
Replies: 33
Views: 6305

Re: Chess Royalty

In March my Twitter page had suggestions about possible members of an "elite": Baron Columns, Seigneur Donationsfortunis, Emir Justforthegrub, Viscount Hewritehisownstuff and Shah Yourselfwithpraise.
by O.G. Urcan
Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17773

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

I suggest that three basic questions are worth consideration:

1) Is plagiarism wrong?

2) Does proof exist that Raymond Keene has plagiarized a substantial amount of material?

3) Is it proper for plagiarists' conduct to be brought to the public's attention?

My own answers are: yes, yes and yes.
by O.G. Urcan
Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17773

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

One difficulty with Ernie Lazenby's wish for no further discussion of Raymond Keene is that new transgressions keep coming to light. The latest exposé, from yesterday, is this . Mr Urcan and myself may have to differ on the meaning of the word `new`. The link refers to something that happened in 20...