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by Andy Stoker
Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:48 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Chess in the factories.
Replies: 24
Views: 4710

Re: Chess in the factories.

My guess - from a position of ignorance - would be earlier rather than later... though extending post war. "Regaining Paradise: Englishness and the Early Garden City Movement" by Standish Meacham mentions a chess club at Lever Brothers in the early years of the 20th Century, I am fairly sure that Ca...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:29 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar
Replies: 182
Views: 19253

Re: 2015 World Senior Team Ch 24 Feb-4 Mar

Great that we can get "instant" results from the website .... my browser helpfully translates automatically - so Plaskett's opponent appears as "Stephan Accountancy" - rather than Stephan Buchal ... I wonder if the Germans are seeing Nigel Kurz or something similar on Board 1?! John DM Nonne. Terry ...
by Andy Stoker
Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does anyone know the answer to this?
Replies: 12
Views: 1991

Re: Does anyone know the answer to this?

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
David Robertson wrote:The result is immaterial.

Both players should be counselled that playing chess is, on the evidence, probably not the best use of their remaining time on the planet
:lol:
#like
by Andy Stoker
Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Wijk aan Zee 9th- 25th January 2015
Replies: 103
Views: 12720

Re: Wijk aan Zee 9th- 25th January 2015

Me too
by Andy Stoker
Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17826

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

Insight(?) from the Chessgames.com forum: Feb-24-12 SimonWebbsTiger: Hi Ray I recently acquired some old volumes of <Chess> from the 80s. Vol. 49, nos 933-934, October 1984 had a rather interesting photo taken by you at Silverstone . It features Annette Keene, Julian Hardinge and the driver Simon Ha...
by Andy Stoker
Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:49 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Adams qualifies for World Cup
Replies: 2
Views: 1171

Re: Adams qualifies for World Cup

Thank you for this link.

A quick count suggests 17 different nationalities in the top 23 players ... if I had the time, I'd compare this with previous years - but it's a greater number than I would have expected
by Andy Stoker
Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:49 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: New Year Honours List
Replies: 77
Views: 15988

Re: New Year Honours List

I have just been successful in the nomination of a relative for an award. The procedure is relatively straightforward - a form can be downloaded and completed with factual information and an account of why the person making the nomination considers that the potential recipient is worthy. Then collec...
by Andy Stoker
Tue Dec 30, 2014 5:55 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 2015
Replies: 193
Views: 15920

Re: Hastings International Chess 29 Dec 2014 - 6 January 201

Oh! John McKenna given 0/1 in first round. I don't think he'd requested that!
by Andy Stoker
Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First chess book I ever bought
Replies: 5
Views: 1070

Re: First chess book I ever bought

I didn't buy a book for many years after learning - partly because (a) there were relatively few books available in the late 1960s and (b) the public libraries (at least in my part of Birmingham) were well stocked.

I suspect I then succumbed to the lure of Fred Reinfeld
by Andy Stoker
Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How did you learn to play? How has the pattern changed?
Replies: 24
Views: 3267

Re: How did you learn to play? How has the pattern changed?

I thought Bott and Morrison were school teachers, rather than high achievers as players - I'm sure Mr Barden (or Mr Reuben?) can tell us.

Ah, yes, the set ... I wrote the names of the pieces on squares of paper and used the draughts board.

I had to teach my parents in order to get a game.
by Andy Stoker
Wed Dec 24, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How did you learn to play? How has the pattern changed?
Replies: 24
Views: 3267

How did you learn to play? How has the pattern changed?

Groupon has just offered me a reduced price on-line course to learn to play chess. (https://excelwithbusiness.com/home/pages/courses ) I wonder how many people learn this way - any data? I taught myself with Bott and Morrison - have never had the benefit of any teacher or coach (evident in mediocre ...
by Andy Stoker
Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why did WIlliam Hartston stop playing chess?
Replies: 18
Views: 3969

Re: Why did WIlliam Hartston stop playing chess?

Strange that Keene, a linguist, uses such an hilarious rendering of the conversation with the German First Aider. The only surprise is that the latter did not (apparently) exclaim "Donner und Blitzen, Teufel!"
by Andy Stoker
Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is this the best an arbiter can do?
Replies: 19
Views: 4070

Re: Is this the best an arbiter can do?

... and sadly, brilliant as I am, the closest I got to Dexy, was Aunty Eileen
by Andy Stoker
Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is this the best an arbiter can do?
Replies: 19
Views: 4070

Re: Is this the best an arbiter can do?

Rumbled. And presumably you are a Fellow of the International Shotokan-ryu Karate-do Shihankai.
by Andy Stoker
Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is this the best an arbiter can do?
Replies: 19
Views: 4070

Re: Is this the best an arbiter can do?

Keres at that time (whatever any ?retrospective? ratings would say)

btw - are you NW Faulks?