Media comments on chess

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Tue May 15, 2018 12:10 pm

If Brexit is a game of chess, the words from Chess, The Musical in the song 'Nobody's on Nobody's side' fit perfectly. Tim Rice was truly prescient.
'Everybody's playing the game
but nobody's rules are the same'

Better learn to go it alone
Recognise you're out on your own

Never take a stranger's advice
never let a friend fool you twice'

Never stay a minute too long
Don't forget the best will go wrong

Never be the first to believe
Never be the last to deceive
Nobody's on nobody's side
Never make a promise or plan

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Bob Kane » Wed May 16, 2018 3:00 pm

I see that the "mastergame" is available on amazon prime

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu May 17, 2018 11:50 am

Ad in today's Daily Telegraph regarding 'The post-Brexit risk to businesses'
There is a fragment of a chessboard with two pawns on adjacent squares. One is marked with the Union flag and the other with stars like the EU.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Thu May 17, 2018 12:33 pm

The Tumour in the Whale by George Melly

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Is a collection of urban myths you hear from a friend of a friend.
It's based on the WWII tale that meat was rationed so people ate whale meat.
A housewife put some on a plate and it started throbbing and moving....

Some are mildly believable. Most are obvious myths. A few Chess related stories.

page 90.

Two Russian Grandmasters sat opposite each other at the chessboard.
After thirteen hours one of them exclaimed: "My God! Is it my move?"

Page 98.

To trap German spies The Brits asked them to pronounce:
"Where were the wise women?"

Apparently the Dutch asked them to pronounce the
name of the town 'Scheveningen'.

I wonder if they set a chess position...



"What opening is this?"

(the author goes on to explain he tried to pronounce 'Scheveningen' after a
few seconds tutoring and according to his Dutch teacher he got it spot on.)

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu May 17, 2018 12:48 pm

I think Scheveningen and Groningen are both relatively easy, provided you remember that both ch and g are pronounced as a guttural, as in buch.

Garry Kasparov presented some problems. He made the conscious decision to become Garry rather than Harry. We just don't have a way of representing that sound in the 26 letters of the alphabet. Players often speaking of coming to Gastings.

My own Hebrew name has that problem. Solmen Ben Yitschok.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Thu May 17, 2018 4:09 pm

You'll be pleased to learn that the Rockets-Warriors series is not a chess match
"Do you play chess?"
"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by David Robertson » Thu May 17, 2018 10:58 pm

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 12:48 pm
I think Scheveningen and Groningen are both relatively easy
This is absolutely not true.

Groningen is relatively easy for us, sounding something like Khroninger. But Scheveningen is a different matter altogether. The 'Sch' is thoroughly hard for us to reach; and distinctively hard for Germans. Hence, the spy test. I've tried, to great Dutch mirth, to imitate their 'Sch' in Scheveningen; it's a rasping sound that isn't quite 'Skhr'. Frankly, it's all theirs alone; any foreign spy will be caught. And George Melly, who I knew, was an amiable bullsh!tter - though p!ssed (his default state), he might have managed to pronounce it, to his own satisfaction anyway

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Fri May 18, 2018 1:00 am

It is relatively that is the key. Chroninchen is quite difficult as is Schveninchen, The Dutch word for helicopter is also a sight for sore ears.
But I find the click language impossible and Polish only slightly less so. I only learnt to say, Prcwewoznik by starting the name by sneezing. I am sure I have spelt that incorrectly.

I was telephoned by the Georgians about an invitation for one of their players at the time of the start of the Soviet Union diaspora. It sounded like Mr Jam jar. So I asked for his rating and and realised it was Dzhindzhava. He duly came to Hastings and I realised FIDE had his name wrong. It should have been Dzhindzhgava. I arranged for the correction.
Then the USSR broke up and they used Jinjgava.

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