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by Andy Stoker
Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 56239

Re: Olympiad

I admire Nigel Short's play. I do not comment on his other qualities. Unfortunately we now have an echo of that 1970s joke - a reader writes in response to the magazine's quiz: "Your quiz posed the question: 'what is taken to the FA Cup Final and never used?' It gave the answer 'The ribbons of the l...
by Andy Stoker
Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Olympiad
Replies: 774
Views: 56239

Re: Olympiad

Flip me ... we were looking like we'd lose convincingly to Canada. India were 1 wicket down. I went out and dug the garden ... 7 wickets fell (Oh, 8 now) and some very odd things happened in the chess. Virtue triumphs again. Now just watching young Liam Broady in the tennis in USA. Normal service re...
by Andy Stoker
Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Real British Champion
Replies: 25
Views: 2741

Re: The Real British Champion

Tell all this to Leonard Barden ... who if I remember correctly was equal first in the '54 championships and then drew a 10 game play-off. (with Alan Phillips) Or there's cricket - drawn tests are common ... tied series Or we could follow the USA where they seem unable to accept a drawn game in any ...
by Andy Stoker
Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: The British itself!
Replies: 704
Views: 38778

Re: The British itself!

In Hawkins-Pert, was there any mileage in Bc4 after ....c6 -presumably not because I've not seen it mentioned ... but it looked good down at my coffee house
by Andy Stoker
Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty
Replies: 17
Views: 2831

Re: Happy Birthday, Bernard Cafferty

Much valued for all he has done - and all that he is and has been. For me, I particularly appreciate: His support of Birmingham schools chess in the 1960s and 70s - especially at St Phillip's GS His excellent leadership in the Birmingham Chess Club in the same era The qualities he brought to the edi...
by Andy Stoker
Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Road Cycling
Replies: 76
Views: 10380

Re: Chess and Road Cycling

Speak - and smell. My wife collected me once from a tournament and recoiled from the fragrant aroma as she opened the door. I now have to walk 50m up the road.

Or cycle home.
by Andy Stoker
Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess and Road Cycling
Replies: 76
Views: 10380

Re: Chess and Road Cycling

We look less good in lycra

On the whole
by Andy Stoker
Mon May 26, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Euro elections
Replies: 11
Views: 1765

Re: Euro elections

Arnott - very respectable chess - no comment on the politics

Ref Member Name Sex Club Standard Previous Rapidplay Previous
131223G Gold Arnott, Jonathan W M White Rose 186 C 186 C 180 E
by Andy Stoker
Thu May 08, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Acceptable conduct
Replies: 44
Views: 5047

Re: Acceptable conduct

Oh, such disappointment ... I had this vision of a column of 32 pieces, one after another .... perhaps with the aid of chewing gum
by Andy Stoker
Sun May 04, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bronstein v Uhlmann - Zagreb 1965
Replies: 13
Views: 2595

Re: Bronstein v Uhlmann - Zagreb 1965

cg.com Feb-11-07 Premium Chessgames Member Chessical: <drukenknight> It is contentious to say that Bronstein missed: <23 Qxe6>. Rather, the consequences of that move were practicably incalcuable, and I believe that he made a practical and professional decision. White needs to force mate on a near op...
by Andy Stoker
Sun May 04, 2014 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Getting people to volunteer to do things
Replies: 9
Views: 1820

Re: Getting people to volunteer to do things

I sympathise - and would also like to take this opportunity to thank you and the countless unsung heroes who run chess clubs, tournaments and the like. The church I belong to could have a similar problem - like most other organisations relying on volunteers. We have a "6 year" rule and "don't take o...
by Andy Stoker
Sat May 03, 2014 6:15 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Two games of William Winter
Replies: 15
Views: 3350

Re: Two games of William Winter

I do remember that we asked him to play in the notorious final against Middlesex in 1952, but he declined
(LWB)

This notoriety had passed me by ... please could we hear more? What was "notorious" about it?
by Andy Stoker
Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mastermind Good Friday
Replies: 21
Views: 2751

Re: Mastermind Good Friday

Then again, DR's suggested answer to no. 7 stands a good chance.
by Andy Stoker
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3184
Views: 151132

Re: little

Small in this context also has the sense of humble ... "the small man" ... it's also the smallest piece ("man") on the board but in this context it is making the point that what is normally relatively weak, can have unusual strength (I haven't tried to see the source in context, but it feels like it...
by Andy Stoker
Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mastermind Good Friday
Replies: 21
Views: 2751

Re: Mastermind Good Friday

I half watched it (distracted by trying to be a full member of a family). I thought it was hard eg " on which move did Fischer mate D Byrne in "the game of the century".