7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

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Kevin Thurlow
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Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:16 am

Any members of the clergy that visit this forum must be made of stern stuff...

Poland is organizing the event, they welcome entrants from clergy anywhere.

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Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

Post by Richard Thursby » Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:31 pm

My school chess captain (170+ strength at peak) is now a vicar, but has not had a published grade for nearly twenty years and I don't think plays any more.

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Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

Post by James Pratt » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:07 pm

The late PR Kings (King's Lynn) told me that the trouble was the clergy had much more work to do these days than hitherto. Who is Britain's strongest man of the cloth?

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Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:17 pm

"Who is Britain's strongest man of the cloth?"

Don't forget they let women in now...

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Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

Post by John McKenna » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:21 pm

Some say -

http://manofthecloth.co.uk/

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Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:55 pm

FM Nathan Alfred, rated 2209 and last grade 206, is a rabbi.

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Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

Post by Nick Burrows » Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:48 am

William Lombardy would have been a contender. John Donaldsen said he was a stronger junior than Fischer.

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Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

Post by John McKenna » Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:52 pm

Another who might have been a contender -

"Henrique Costa Mecking (b. 1952), also known as 'Mequinho', is a Brazilian chess grandmaster who reached his zenith in the 1970s and is still one of the strongest players in Brazil...

His highest FIDE rating is 2635, achieved in 1977, when he was ranked number four in the world."

He was the first Brazilian to become a grandmaster...

And, in 1979, was stricken by a serious illness that caused him to retire from the Interzonal (held in Rio de Janiero that year) after only two rounds, and from chess itself, on medical advice.

He turned to (the study of the Catholic) religion and almost became a priest but, having recovered his health, he decided to make a return to chess in 1991.

(Brazil is now suffering greatly due to the virus, which even before its appearance has been helped on its way, at times, by political decisions and other forms of human agency.)
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Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:02 pm

Rubinstein originally trained to become a rabbi, of course.
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Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

Post by J T Melsom » Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:58 pm

If we allow religious buildings then Ezra Kirk would be a strong contender.

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Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

Post by Joseph Conlon » Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:35 pm

The opening theorist Ruy Lopez de Segura (1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5N ) was of course a Spanish priest.

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