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by Andy Stoker
Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:49 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: New Year Honours List
Replies: 77
Views: 17482

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: 16238

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: 1085

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: 3396

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: 3396

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: 4070

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: 4122

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: 4122

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: 4122

Re: Is this the best an arbiter can do?

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

btw - are you NW Faulks?
by Andy Stoker
Mon Dec 01, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3192
Views: 153575

Re: The English Language

Colloquially it might be called "Plan B"- the primary plan would be "Plan A"
by Andy Stoker
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:53 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Oh, What a Lovely War!
Replies: 25
Views: 5751

Re: Oh, What a Lovely War!

The Streatham and Brixton articles are excellent - informative and attractive. Thank you for posting the links.
by Andy Stoker
Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Eton College Team Rapidplay
Replies: 10
Views: 3660

Re: Eton College Team Rapidplay

Excellent. Thank you for organising this - sure it was a great event.

Which King Edward's School was this, please?
by Andy Stoker
Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 6100

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Taken from a kibitz on Chessgames.com: "weary willy: Happy Birthday, Mr Barden. A tremendous record of service to British chess for which all UK players can be very grateful.... especially the juniors whom he encouraged and supported through their formative years. His journalism continues to inform ...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 56343

Re: Olympiad

Adams drew, Sadler won, so Howell's opponent knew the match was lost - little to be gained in playing on in the hope of a draw, when that would still leave them losing the match
by Andy Stoker
Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 56343

Re: Olympiad

Or Geoffrey Boycott's mum - whilst bowling out the Indian middle order with the other hand