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by Neville Twitchell
Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 125388

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

I may simply be duplicating points made by previous posters but looking at the list of entrants on the ECF website for the Congress as a whole the entry (as at 25th June) is very small by comparison with previous years. Apart fom the Championship proper, the other sections are all very poorly suppor...
by Neville Twitchell
Fri May 14, 2010 12:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election
Replies: 309
Views: 24826

Re: General Election

Looking on the bright side... I'm glad the British constitution doesn't allow for a quickplay finish. Some younger readers who don't remember the 1970s may be unfamiliar with the rules, so let me explain it in chess terms. The Tories have not delivered checkmate (though some of their younger team m...
by Neville Twitchell
Thu May 06, 2010 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship 2010
Replies: 231
Views: 17366

Re: World Championship 2010

I have just managed to answer my own question. You can bet on the match with Betfair. But nonetheless I would be interested to know of other internet sites where you can place a bet on it.
by Neville Twitchell
Thu May 06, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship 2010
Replies: 231
Views: 17366

Re: World Championship 2010

Is there anywhere I can put an online bet on the world championship or indeed any chess related bet? I cannot find such a betting site.
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election
Replies: 309
Views: 24826

Re: General Election

Incidentally he was a cousin of Sydney Silverman Neville, do you have a reference for this? Silverman is a very common Jewish name. Embarrassingly I cannot find a reference for this. Various sites listing MPs do not state that there was a relationship, but I thought I recollected reading that they ...
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Apr 25, 2010 6:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship 2010
Replies: 231
Views: 17366

Re: World Championship 2010

....Bxb4 by Topalov was astonishing, I thought and reminiscent of some similarly (relatively) unforced blunders in his match v Kramnik. What is your suggested alternative to 35...Bxb4? My analysis engine tells me this is the best of a (very bad) job. Otherwise White can check with Ra8 and trundle t...
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:42 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election
Replies: 309
Views: 24826

Re: General Election

It was Nick Amos, and yes it was Brentwood. I think he then moved to Suffolk. Quite a good player, possibly under-graded in the 160s - at least when I played him as a cocky 200 in a quickplay, I found myself having to grovel a draw instead. Sorry Jonathan, but I have looked it up and it seems that ...
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:34 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election
Replies: 309
Views: 24826

Re: General Election

I doubt that Bonar Law was as strong a player as Julius Silverman (1905-96) who was a Midlands MP for nearly 40 years. I've seen a couple of game scores of his from the 1930s (wins against Eliskases and Znosko-Borovsky) and I think he was close to master strength. John, yes, he had slipped my mind....
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:36 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election
Replies: 309
Views: 24826

Re: General Election

Re my last posting I have just remembered that the player's name was Nick Amor, and he was, if I recall, the Alliance candidate for Brentwood, or certainly an Essex seat. He does not seem to have a current grading. There was a B H Wood who stood against Gaitskell in the 1950 general election, as Mat...
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election
Replies: 309
Views: 24826

Re: General Election

In regard to the list of chess players who have stood in general elections there was an Essex player called Nick somebody who I think stood for the Liberal/SDP Alliance as it then was in the 1983 election. I apologise to him for not remembering his name, and I don't know if he is still playing (or s...
by Neville Twitchell
Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 7049

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

People may be interested that there is a book by Bob Basalla called "Chess in the Movies", published by Thinkers Press in 2005 that itemises every film or TV play that has a chess scene or chess reference of some sort - at any rate all of those that the author is aware of though doubtless that there...
by Neville Twitchell
Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 7049

Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

Hello all, This is my maiden posting on this site. I was watching an episode of the (normally excellent) Monk on one of the cable channels recently and this episode concerned a professional chess player who planned to murder his wife, and indeed boasts to her that he is going to do so. (I should per...