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by Andy Stoker
Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
Replies: 14
Views: 5132

Re: Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

(BTW, why did/do people insist on using initials and not full names?)

Because they are polite - and correct - by the standards of 100 years ago.

Using first names would be forward and inappropriately informal

http://www.robertdarlaston.co.uk/KingEdwardsSchool.htm
by Andy Stoker
Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess row in Cork
Replies: 217
Views: 22878

Re: Chess row in Cork

Mr Reuben, I fully agree with you ... hence my comment.

(And - only a bit off topic - please may I thank you sincerely for your decades of service to chess ... your efforts have meant so much to so many - including a significant proportion who never stopped to think how these things came to pass)
by Andy Stoker
Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess row in Cork
Replies: 217
Views: 22878

Re: Chess row in Cork

Then there was that odd game that Tony Miles played in Luton against whatisname? It's always seemed to me that the game was scored correctly.
by Andy Stoker
Fri Mar 28, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dealing with a crisis as a captain
Replies: 28
Views: 2949

Re: Dealing with a crisis as a captain

Paul Buswell wrote: "I do this partly in case of a dispute later, partly so my player has the moves if they want them." (emphasis added by me)

... and in the spirit of things ... or his opponent. presumably
by Andy Stoker
Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:14 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3037
Views: 131707

Re: rigor

I think that the word "rigor" (or "rigour" as the English spell it) in this context refers to detailed calculations and evaluations of positions - as a computer plays ... calculating as many variations as possible and analysing all the positions that result ... making no assumptions, taking nothing ...
by Andy Stoker
Fri Mar 14, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Touch move rule
Replies: 60
Views: 6153

Re: Touch move rule

My goodness ... you learn something on many days. I play very little face-to-face chess these days and hadn't realised that things have apparently moved on from when I last played regularly (1970s!) when I think we all announced check (quietly, I hope). In my last tournament - about 14 months ago - ...
by Andy Stoker
Tue Jan 28, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Stockport Rapidplay Sunday 26 January 2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2553

Re: Stockport Rapidplay Sunday 26 January 2014

We'll see ... I wasn't convinced from the original post that the first quibbler was a chess player ... I know she behaved like one, but we have our own idiosyncratic characters in Stockport
by Andy Stoker
Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3049
Views: 330360

Re: Media comments on chess

How many chess cartoons are there? Has there ever been a chess cartoon in a non-chess publications was wasn't one of the following: # Very old people playing for a long time ... beard growing over the board or similar # Players very engrossed in the game - building collapses around them, or similar ...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Stockport Rapidplay Sunday 26 January 2014
Replies: 20
Views: 2553

Re: Stockport Rapidplay Sunday 26 January 2014

Interesting point ... I'd rather play in a greasy spoon, church hall, school hall ... when I've played in a hotel, it's seemed obvious to me that the regular clientèle and the chess players were from different planets - and I'm in the latter camp, if I have to pay my own way, and would rather pay 5...