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Post by Richard James » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:14 pm

I've just received an email from Ray Cannon telling me that Leonard Barden's chess column in the Evening Standard has been axed. He picked up a copy this afternoon and discovered there was no chess column there.

Can Leonard or anyone else tell us what's happened. Bad news if it's true.

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Re: Evening Standard

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:18 pm

For some years that column has been the only reason for reading that paper.
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Re: Evening Standard

Post by James Coleman » Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:13 pm

There is a note on the games page to say that the chess and bridge sections are online. It doesn't say if that's a permanent thing.

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Re: Evening Standard

Post by John Saunders » Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:22 pm

I've put up a link to Leonard's Evening Standard online column on BCM's Links page - it is http://standard.co.uk/chess
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Re: Evening Standard

Post by isaac wallis » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:18 am

Apparently they've replaced it with Battleships. Oh great.

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Re: Evening Standard

Post by Gavin Strachan » Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:36 am

Its because it is owned by the ownly Russian who doesn't understand chess. The chess was very good.

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Re: Evening Standard

Post by John Saunders » Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:52 am

For ease of reference, I repeat the link to the column, which is http://standard.co.uk/chess

I urge people who care about this to visit the page and make a comment in the box provided. To add insult to injury, whoever is putting the chess column on the web page is making a total hash of it, placing the solution before the diagram (which is dumped any old how at the bottom of the page so that you can't tell to which puzzle it refers). It is galling to think that some numbskull web techie is probably being paid money to do this.

As well as placing a comment in the box provided, we should write letters to the ES about this. Here is what Stewart Reuben wrote the last time there was a problem, when the ES cut Leonard's printed column to one a week (13 May 2009)...
Stewart Reuben wrote:...This is a crime against humanity for what is the longest-running chess column in the world.
The contact details are: Editor Geordie Greig, letters@standard.co.uk; Evening Standard, PO Box 2309, London W8 5EE.

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Stewart was absolutely right and the 2009 campaign to restore Leonard's column to the printed page was 100% successful. We should all be writing to the ES about this again. It only takes a moment or two to dash off an email.
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Re: Evening Standard

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:47 pm

Additionally, I'd advise as many people who can to write letters, on paper, asking for responses. From experience, this gives you a much better chance of getting an actual reply.
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Re: Evening Standard

Post by John Saunders » Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:52 pm

I've just had a look at today's puzzle in the ES. The good news is that they have tidied up presentation so that the puzzle precedes the solution. However, they have chosen to get rid of the comments facility and the various comments that had already accumulated there.
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Re: Evening Standard

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:00 pm

I think the fact that they shifted it during the actual British Championship speaks volumes.
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Re: Evening Standard

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:37 pm

I note from Wikipedia that this was the oldest-running daily chess column in the world. One wonders whether the Standard even knew this.
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Re: Evening Standard

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:48 pm

This time they also dropped the Bridge column. I have tried to enlist their support, but have received no response from the EBU to my email. Possibly of course they had already leaped into action.
Please, please write in. But don't knock our competition such as Battleships, Su Duko or Crosswords. That may alienate their supporters.
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Re: Evening Standard

Post by David Sedgwick » Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:34 pm

JustinHorton wrote:I think the fact that they shifted it during the actual British Championship speaks volumes.
Stewart Reuben wrote:This time they also dropped the Bridge column. I have tried to enlist their support, but have received no response from the EBU to my email.
Whether by accident or design, the Evening Standard have timed their action for a period when leading organisers in both Chess and Bridge are otherwise occupied. The EBU Summer Meeting in Brighton, their biggest event of the year, starts tomorrow. I imagine that at this precise moment their organisers and staff are concentrating on the preparations.

However, once the Summer Meeting actually starts they'll be hundreds of players there who can be asked to write in. I would hope that the EBU are alive to that.

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Re: Evening Standard

Post by Adam Raoof » Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:37 pm

Tanks to Stewart for this;

A CALL TO ARMS

On Monday Leonard Barden’s chess column was discontinued in the London Evening Standard. It had appeared daily virtually continuously for over 50 years. Now it has been relegated to the online version of the newspaper.

Even if you never see the column, you should be able to appreciate that this is a serious blow to chess in this country. We get little enough publicity as it is and Leonard has been one of our greatest popularisers of the game. He deserves our support.

On previous occasions, when faced by such threats, we have mounted successful campaigns to reinstate columns. Please write to the Evening Standard in your own words decrying their act of vandalism. The contact details are:

Editor Geordie Greig,

letters@standard.co.uk;
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Evening Standard, PO Box 2309, London W8 5EE
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Re: Evening Standard

Post by Alex Holowczak » Thu Aug 05, 2010 4:44 pm

Adam Raoof wrote:Tanks to Stewart for this;

A CALL TO ARMS
No pun intended. :wink:

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