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Re: Midsomer Murders

Post by Richard James » Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:06 am

Michael Jones wrote: Wasn't there some (non-fictional) murderer who claimed his aim was to kill one victim for every square on the board?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Pichushkin

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Re: Midsomer Murders

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:04 am

Michael Jones wrote: Wasn't there some (non-fictional) murderer who claimed his aim was to kill one victim for every square on the board?

Fact: All serial killers play chess

If only there was some chess playing super sleuth to deal with this crime wave.

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Re: Midsomer Murders

Post by Jon Mahony » Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:13 pm

Jonathan Bryant wrote:
Michael Jones wrote: Wasn't there some (non-fictional) murderer who claimed his aim was to kill one victim for every square on the board?

Fact: All serial killers play chess

If only there was some chess playing super sleuth to deal with this crime wave.
Moors murderer Ian Brady, claimed to play a game of chess a day with lesser known poisoner Graham Young in Parkhurst -

http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/seri ... ng/11.html
"When you see a good move, look for a better one!" - Lasker

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Clive Blackburn » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:58 pm

This episode of Midsomer Murders is just finishing on ITV1 now.

I am going to watch it at 9pm on ITV1+1 :D

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:32 pm

Midsomers Murders is always awful tosh.
But at least a chess gm didn't do it.
The chessboards were round the right way.
The Sicilian Defence is played.
A hotel called 'The King's Gambit'.
A local player from long ago who was world champion.
Many people playing chess with analogue clocks. I always advise those. It is easier than digital. Chess, The Musical is the first professional production in London since 1988. It is at the Union Theatre from 13 February to 16 March. The clocks is the only real advice I have given as I am out of the country till the end of February. I've passed it over to Adam Raoof.
I didn't see the name of the advisor.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:36 pm

First time I watched Midsomer Murders. (and the last.)

What an awful complicated nonsense plot.
Why did the murderer not bump off the boy chess player, she killed
everyone else who got too close. She must have known he would talk.

People hidden in hospital basement for a year, girls coming out of coma,
frustrated wives, pushy mothers, love quadrangles and a dead cat in a freezer.
Bring back Z Cars.

The chess looked OK though.
I never taped it, the clue game (a Najdorf) which defeated the World Champion.
did anyone capture all the game. Was it a well known game?

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Barry Sandercock » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:46 pm

Also my first time watching Midsomer Murders. What a load of rubbish !

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Peter D Williams » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:57 pm

The Chelsea match in 3D on Sky Sports was far better than that tosh.
when you are successful many losers bark at you.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Brian Valentine » Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:01 pm

I think that the only piece of interest for us is that they selected Unzicker v Fischer Varna 1962 as the game.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Clive Blackburn » Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:19 pm

Geoff Chandler wrote:First time I watched Midsomer Murders. (and the last.)
Yes, my first and last time too! I only managed to stick with it for about 20 mins.
Geoff Chandler wrote:The chess looked OK though.
Yes, the tournament scenes looked very convincing and better than any previous attempts that I have seen on television.

My one criticism would be that although it was supposed to be standard play and all the players were keeping score, the players were moving far too quickly in the middle game. I realise though that it was bound to be done that way for dramatic effect.

I did think that the mood music was excellent, very atmospheric.

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Re: Midsomer Murders

Post by Michael Jones » Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:32 pm

Richard James wrote:
Michael Jones wrote: Wasn't there some (non-fictional) murderer who claimed his aim was to kill one victim for every square on the board?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Pichushkin
Thanks, didn't think I was imagining it.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Clive Blackburn » Sat Feb 09, 2013 5:50 pm

At half time in the France-Wales rugby, a (presumably) unintended chess reference....
BBC1 wrote: The French Defence has been dominant.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:54 pm

KNIGHT MOVE THINKING

A reference totally new to me that I learnt about on the way to The Gambia. Apparently the term used where somebody flits from one idea to another without a logical sequence. A common problem for schizophrenics apparently.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John Clarke » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:32 am

Article here on the current difficulties of navigating round Christchurch, which includes an allusion to the knight's move. Syndicated to Wellington's Dominion Post under the headline "Moving forward is a chess game".

(Several parts of Christchurch including the CBD are still a wasteland, two years on from the devastating earthquake of February 2011. Until the aftershocks drop to acceptable levels of intensity and frequency, there's little point in starting the rebuild.)
"The chess-board is the world ..... the player on the other side is hidden from us ..... he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance."
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by HLang » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:01 pm

Heather Knight and Lydia Greenway playing chess during a break in England's current cricket world cup campaign:
http://t.co/sjqSklrE

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