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by Andy Stoker
Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3632
Views: 398473

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".
by Andy Stoker
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 2880

Re: British Champions in Prison

A notorious jailbird (sic) was arguably the British champion seat-of-the-pants organiser
by Andy Stoker
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 40
Views: 5187

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

Interesting - so if you aren't there, what would the children do? Is this the same for secondary and primary?
by Andy Stoker
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?
Replies: 40
Views: 5187

Re: ECF ACCREDITED COACH: COMPLAINTS SYSTEM?

"You're a peripatetic going into schools specifically to do chess, and in these cases, you're treated as a de facto member of staff who is trusted to get on with it by themselves. I think that's by far the most common model in primary schools. The "sit in the room" model also exists in primary schoo...
by Andy Stoker
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3632
Views: 398473

Re: Media comments on chess

A speaker on "Woman's Hour" today likened the current political farago to a game of twelve-dimensional chess - thus taking the lead numerically. The PM was said to have painted himself into a corner of chess pieces.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008436
by Andy Stoker
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Preferences for a weekender
Replies: 23
Views: 2513

Re: Preferences for a weekender

Probably not a recognised format now - but in 1970s, Birmingham University ran tournaments with 7 x 1 hour per person games on Sat / Sun - which were good. Reasonable standard of play.
by Andy Stoker
Sun Aug 11, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1246
Views: 121454

Re: Cheating in chess

"In many ways Boons is a far more typical cheat than Rausis, a teenage, overconfident, but weak player who wants to prove that they are cleverer than everyone else. (Australia has seen two.)"
by Andy Stoker
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3632
Views: 398473

Re: Media comments on chess

Old news, obviously - but I discovered these by accident - Bobby Fischer in 1958 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN1FcljFSjY

and 1972 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIE3CFNpZ5Y

Fascinating
by Andy Stoker
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 553
Views: 48286

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Keith Arkell reported by commentators to be unwell.
by Andy Stoker
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 553
Views: 48286

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Another win by default for Palliser.

"Death ray Palliser"
by Andy Stoker
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 5934

Re: Quit Stallin'

Fair point - don't think that was the case here, though - I think equipment was from the local county and similar associations
by Andy Stoker
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 5934

Re: Quit Stallin'

Played in a tournament at the weekend - 12 months after my first since returning after a 35 year lay-off. Arrived early on the first day, so helped the bookstall guy unload. He had a large stock. He predicted he would take £200 - £300 over the weekend - not profit, just takings. I suggest that's why...
by Andy Stoker
Wed May 15, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3195
Views: 154908

Re: The English Language

Yes, as Roger says, definitely need the context - we would usually say "Executive summary" if referring to a summary - perhaps it means a document that states what must be done / how something must be managed etc
by Andy Stoker
Tue May 14, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four
Replies: 23
Views: 3004

Re: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four

I haven't a clue about the rights and wrongs - but "poach" rather stood out. Think Korky the Kat and the bailiff with a club to deter poachers.
by Andy Stoker
Sat May 11, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3195
Views: 154908

Re: The English Language

Would need to see the context but I think it has the sense that anyone overlooks something at some time - so anyone might miss - or miscalculate -a tactical idea - and this humbles us - makes us realise that we are not perfect.