Media comments on chess

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by PeterTurland » Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:47 pm

Out of interest, I decided to change my media habits, from 5 to 6, my norm is to listen to Radio 4, which I did as usual and yes great, they had Susan Polgar explaining Magnus Carlsen's historic win. Normally I would listen to the ITV local news and then the BBC local news.

Listening to the BBC national news, nothing, zilch, they deemed the Dr Who series much more important, which although they call it science fiction, I can't ever remember ever seeing any science on it, unlike Star Trek, which often has a scientific/philosophical slant to it, in fact I gave up watching Dr Who years ago.

Next the ITV national news, nothing, probably because they can find no connection between chess and washing powder, insurance, or payday loans.

Channel 4 nothing.

Tut tut, I think the people running our TV media, are the equivalent of alcoholics in charge of the brewery.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by PeterTurland » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:04 am

Yeah bangin, it has had a good mention on Aljazeera.

Maybe one day, all human beings might have sufficient food and clean water.

Perhaps logic, should be the only religion.

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According to the BBC...

Post by John Upham » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:53 am

Former British Chess champion Joseff Thomas says Magnus Carlsen has a grasp on the game ''that would usually take players 20 to 30 years''
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Matthew Turner » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:43 am

He was making the point that most young(er) players were very tactical, but that Magnus Carlsen was very positional (although I think he avoided using the word positional). He was saying that evolution in playing style (at whatever level of play you are) would normally take 20 or 30 years. He wasn't saying if you play for 20 or 30 years you'd be as good as Carlsen.
Yes, Joseff Thomas obviously isn't an experience interviewee and he could have been clearer.
but No, what he said wasn't ridiculous for the average punter, or even, Peter Turland.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Paul Dargan » Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:19 am

Some coverage on BBC Breakfast today in the Newspaper review ... "the three giants of the game in the 20th/21st Century BORIS Fischer, Kasparov and now Carlsen" I guess nice that they finally mentioned it amongst the Dr. Who love-in.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:33 am

If the BBC does have a list somewhere of people to contact for comment on chess matters, who should be on that list, or who should the BBC be turning to if they don't have such a list? Newspaper columnists? If they contacted the ECF, who would the ECF have put them in touch with? Remembering that this was a Friday afternoon.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John Philpott » Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:38 am

There will be a chess-related item on this morning's BT Sports Panel programme on BT Sport 1 which has just started, in which an ECF Director will feature.

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'Justin Bieber' of chess wins world champion chess title

Post by John Upham » Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:42 am

'Justin Bieber' of chess wins world champion chess title
according to BBC News.
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John Philpott » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:03 am

I wrote
There will be a chess-related item on this morning's BT Sports Panel programme on BT Sport 1 which has just started, in which an ECF Director will feature.
We are now underway - Alex Holowczak, Sabrina Chevannes and Yang-Fan Zhou.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by David Sedgwick » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:06 am

John Philpott wrote:I wrote
There will be a chess-related item on this morning's BT Sports Panel programme on BT Sport 1 which has just started, in which an ECF Director will feature.
We are now underway - Alex Holowczak, Sabrina Chevannes and Yang-Fan Zhou.
So the arbiter is mentioned ahead of the players. That's a first.

BT wanted a media friendly arbiter. I wasn't considered suitable.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John Philpott » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:11 am

David Sedgwick wrote
BT wanted a media friendly arbiter. I wasn't considered suitable.
The specification as I understand it was "20-something, media-friendly and up-and-coming", so it may not have been the media-friendly box that you failed to tick. :)

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by David Sedgwick » Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:54 am

John Philpott wrote:David Sedgwick wrote
BT wanted a media friendly arbiter. I wasn't considered suitable.
The specification as I understand it was "20-something, media-friendly and up-and-coming", so it may not have been the media-friendly box that you failed to tick. :)
Thank you for the additional information, which Alex failed to mention to me.

Anyway, how did the broadcast go?

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John Philpott » Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:28 am

David Sedgwick wrote
Anyway, how did the broadcast go?
As a chess item in a programme for general sports fans I thought it went very well. To begin with, Alex was asked about the World Championship match. There was then some more general conversation involving Sabrina and Yang-Fan, touching on cheating and playing styles, after which the game (20/20) got underway as a Classical King's Indian with Sabrina as White. Five or so moves in the programme moved onto other items while the game continued.

Alex provided a couple of progress reports, in the course of which he was asked about drug testing. We eventually returned to the players after the game had finished: Yang-Fan had sacrificed a pawn to set up a mating attack which was crashing through before Sabrina (who had less time on her clock) could queen a pawn.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Alex Holowczak » Sat Nov 23, 2013 1:59 pm

Back to Earth with a bump: I am just about to settle down to read a 17-page document about the grading system sent to me by the new Manager for Grading... :cry:

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Re: Media comments on chess

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