Media comments on chess

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:21 am

Radio Times for this week, previewing a programme about President Bashar Al-Assad, President of Syria. Jeremy Bowen writes:-

"He wants to dominate the chessboard, as his father did."

and

"Perhaps now he will become, like his father, the master of the Middle Eastern chessboard."

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:03 am

Mark Ashley wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:45 pm
JustinHorton wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:17 pm
Mark Ashley wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:03 pm
Just saw on Twitter that Alexander Arnold Trent, a young promising right back for Liverpool
You may mean Trent Alexander-Arnold
hahha yes, i always make that mistake, thanks for picking me up on it.
BBC Merseyside reports that Trent Alexander-Arnold lasted 17 moves against Magnus which was longer than Bill Gates did. More pics with Shreyas in the background.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:35 am

Good for Trent taking it on, and for Magnus for playing along

Trent was on Radio 5 live this morning sometime between 7:30 and 8 am I gather
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Gordon Morse » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:55 pm

The big match (but not the moves) is featured on the BBC News website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/45786786
I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Paul Cooksey » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:40 pm

About 20 minutes of lightweight chess talk on Five Live Drive this evening. Starting with Trent Alexander-Arnold, who lost to Magnus today. Then Malcolm Pein, Sarah Longson and Shreyas Royal chatting with the hosts. https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/m0000lth from 2:38

I had just turned over from the Museum of Curiosity, featuring Deep Blue.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:00 pm

Image

Terry Jones and David Jason playing Chess in 'Do Not Adjust Your Set' episode 5 from 1968.

The full episode is here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7gXUej355I

The chess bit comes in at 1:40.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by David Williams » Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:43 pm

https://chess24.com/en/read/news/carlse ... ld-co-13-0
Is it just me that gets annoyed by this sort of thing?

Magnus wins in only five minutes? Just as well with only six minutes on the clocks. Trent does twice as well as Bill Gates, being mated in 17 moves instead of 9? And the assumption that many people seem to have that a novice would have any sort of chance against the world chess champion. It's like Magnus getting to play against Lionel Messi because he likes a kick-around with his mates.

The whole set-up does no-one any favours. Trent has computer and human assistance, but clearly (given his standard of play) unable to get any use out of it with five minutes on the clock, and his opponent moving instantaneouly.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by David Robertson » Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:56 pm

David Williams wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:43 pm
https://chess24.com/en/read/news/carlse ... ld-co-13-0. Is it just me that gets annoyed by this sort of thing?
It's worse than you think. He's now being treated as an intellectual. No one ever called you that, Dave ;-)

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Mick Norris » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:04 pm

Liverpool and England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is keen to get more young people interested in playing chess
This would be great, and if Trent and Magnus have helped then good for them
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by David Williams » Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:28 pm

David Robertson wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:56 pm
David Williams wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:43 pm
https://chess24.com/en/read/news/carlse ... ld-co-13-0. Is it just me that gets annoyed by this sort of thing?
It's worse than you think. He's now being treated as an intellectual. No one ever called you that, Dave ;-)
You'd be surprised what they call me on the Kop.
He seems to be a bright, level-headed lad, but this does no-one any favours. Couldn't they have spared half an hour for the game, maybe 25 minutes against 5, and made it a consultation game with his two 'assistants'? As it was, I'd guess Trent may never have played with a clock before, he's got no time, he's got a computer to look at, two kids whispering in his ear and the world champion facing him. No wonder his play was so awful.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:39 pm

It may well have been that he wanted to play on equal terms. Certainly when I tried to put together Steve Davis against Anatoly Karpov at chess and snooker, both seemed to prefer that. Also blitz fits a TV schedule better.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Matthew Turner » Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:13 pm

Guido Fawkes has a piece with a couple of nice pictures. I am not sure how to link to the article, but here is the text

Andrew Gwynne made a rook-ie error while attempting to play chess on a visit to a primary school in his constituency last week, with the Shadow Communities Secretary concluding: “all I can say is it’s rock hard and I’ve been beaten by a 7 year-old called Alfred!”

Guido is not surprised Gwynne was left looking a little board – on closer inspection it turns out that both players were playing without kings. Gwynne might want to Check the rules. Or perhaps it’s just a preview of the coming Corbynite utopia where the monarchy has been removed…

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Re: Media comments on chess

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Mick Norris » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:22 pm

I gather there's chess featured in 1 of the routines on Strictly this Saturday; Pasha plays (he's Russian) but his partner Ashley doesn't (she's American, Pussycat Dolls)
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:02 am

Hi Mick,

This weekends show should be watched by more viewers than normal due to the
coverage of some guy (name forgotten already) who is meant to be having an affair
with one of the dancers whilst his girlfriend looked on. (or something like that.)

All obviously stage-managed and yet the public fall for it every time.

Can we not get a chess player on there. Mickey, Nigel, Jovanka.....

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