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by Andy Stoker
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 12121

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

At least not RaHa - cf BoJo and JLo... scope here, surely, JoCa, AlAl and BoFi
by Andy Stoker
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 4878

Re: Malcolm Barker.

Please tell me if you make contact with Barker and in what you are interested - I don't want to pester the teacher fruitlessly
by Andy Stoker
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 4878

Re: Malcolm Barker.

I'm not sure what the school will be able to tell you - partly for GDPR reasons, partly because there won't be much there: There will be a record of Barker's DoB, address, father's(!) initial I doubt they will have kept academic reports - it's just possible Possible they will have a record of his de...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 4878

Re: Malcolm Barker.

I'm not sure what the school will be able to tell you - partly for GDPR reasons, partly because there won't be much there: There will be a record of Barker's DoB, address, father's(!) initial I doubt they will have kept academic reports - it's just possible Possible they will have a record of his de...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 4878

Re: Malcolm Barker.

To my surprise, MN Barker was still at KES in 1952, when he was not only chess but also tennis captain ("lawn tennis played in the now fashionable scanty garb") . In Barker's chess report, he thanks the teacher who was still in charge of chess into the 1970s - as I mentioned, this person is still ac...
by Andy Stoker
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 4878

Re: Malcolm Barker.

I'm sure he is - though not seen him since 1972
by Andy Stoker
Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 4878

Re: Malcolm Barker.

Alan Lloyd of Olton was an exact KES contemporary of mine - never heard him mention any connection to KW/DE Lloyd - fairly sure there wouldn't have been one.
by Andy Stoker
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 4878

Re: Malcolm Barker.

The school is on half term next week - back 4th November. The school magazines dating back to 1940s are in the public domain via https://www.oldeds.kes.org.uk A quick whizz yields: "We congratulate M. N. Barker on winning the British Boys' Chess Championship at Hastings on April 29th. Barker had als...
by Andy Stoker
Sun Oct 27, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 4878

Re: Malcolm Barker.

Although a former King Edward's pupil (near contemporaneous with Miles) I can add little - just over a decade later, I don't remember him being mentioned. Just two possible angles: # 38 Salisbury Road Birmingham is a substantial dwelling and it might be misleading to think of his "brass worker" fath...
by Andy Stoker
Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019
Replies: 204
Views: 12121

Re: 22th European Team Chess Championship 2019

I agree that Nigel Short should have been asked - am I missing something obvious?! But he can't half be a wasp. Odd he hadn't noticed before (?)
by Andy Stoker
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3184
Views: 150979

Re: The English Language

Difficult to be sure without seeing the position - and any other context - are you sure that the rook is at f5 - not f6? It sounds like the rook would no longer be protected and could be taken immediately or in due course. It's not clear from what you say why the rook couldn't take the queen. The id...
by Andy Stoker
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3506
Views: 384074

Re: Media comments on chess

From "In fact" in "Prospect" p8
"A chess player can burn up to 6,000 calories a day playing in a tournament, three times what an average person consumes in a day" - source given as ESPN 13th September, 2019.
by Andy Stoker
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3506
Views: 384074

Re: Media comments on chess

Letter to November "Prospect" p9 "3D Chess. As a Europhile frustrated by Labour's equivocation on Brexit, Len McCluskey always seemed part of the problem. I'm grateful your profile ... highlighted his complexity and pragmatism, making internecine struggles more relatable. I'm particularly heartened ...
by Andy Stoker
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 231
Views: 23530

Re: End of an era

One would like to think he had been rumbled ... after such sterling service - but probably not. Surprised that he didn't claim the longevity record.
by Andy Stoker
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3506
Views: 384074

Re: Media comments on chess

Variation on a theme #94

Radio 4, PM, just now: Repatriating stranded Thomas Cook customers is like our old friend, three-dimensional chess or "Mornington Crescent for Aircraft".