Media comments on chess

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:28 pm

Do others wince when they hear, 'Breaking the stalemate'?

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Post by Barry Sandercock » Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:06 pm

Yes.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Reg Clucas » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:15 am

Stewart Reuben wrote:Do others wince when they hear, 'Breaking the stalemate'?
Yes, this is another one beloved of football commentators. I want to scream at the television "you can't break a stalemate, you idiot, stalemate ends the game!"

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Roger de Coverly » Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:31 pm

Stewart Reuben wrote: 'Breaking the stalemate'?
Dictionaries give two meanings to this, one being where it is used as an alternative to "deadlock" and the other as the technical chess term.

http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/stalemate

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Post by Neill Cooper » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:47 pm

Hyundai using chess to advertise on the back of this week's Economist.
I wonder if they would be willing to sponsor chess?
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:14 am

Mark Rivlin is currently in charge of trying for business sponsorship of chess for the ECF. It is always worth a try. Hyundai might be interested.
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In the final of the English Snooker Championship one of the commentators said:
'Like the Garray Kasparov of snooker, Ronnie sees 7 or 8 moves ahead.'

Note, he didn't see the need to say who Kasparov is, just as I haven't said swho Ronnie is.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:31 am

Yes you have, you've identified him as one of the finalists in the English Snooker Championship.
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Post by Alex Holowczak » Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:56 am

Stewart Reuben wrote:In the final of the English Snooker Championship one of the commentators said:
JustinHorton wrote:Yes you have, you've identified him as one of the finalists in the English Snooker Championship.
I'm afraid I'm going to be annoyingly pedantic. He was one of the finalists in the English Open, a professional ranking event on the World Snooker tour.

The English Snooker Championship isn't a thing, but the closest thing to it is probably the English Amateur Championship, which is an amateur event organised by the EASB. The closest Ronnie got to winning it was losing 13-10 to Steve Judd in the 1991 Final.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:15 am

"I'm afraid I'm going to be annoyingly pedantic..."

Me too because I'm bored

You are not 'one step ahead' in chess, you are one move ahead.

It is not a studio shoot. The picture has been pasted together.
Look at the shadow under the car and the lack of it under the human player.

No pieces have been captured, impossible to see who may be winning.

No clocks, No score sheet. I think they have the board set up correctly,
that style of table does tend to have a drawer on either side for the pieces.

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In the original picture you can see a draw on the car side.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Oct 25, 2017 4:14 pm

Apparently the England women's cricket team also has chess players:

'We've got a giant chess set at the hotel'

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:20 pm

My tech: Alex Thomson
Alex Thomson wrote:For routing, I run a bit of software called Adrena, which is a bit like a satnav, except this works out routes based on weather [...] I also get the positions of competing boats six times a day so I can run all those routes to see what they might be doing. It’s like a giant game of chess where I spend a minimum of ten hours a day in front of that computer calculating routes.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:03 am

On yesterday's "Tipping Point" (ITV), one of the questions was, "How many different first moves are possible in a game of chess?" Options of 5, 20 and 35 were given. The contestant groaned at first then said that all the pawns could move, and the knights, but not the other pieces, so he got the right answer. He quite rightly later won £10000, helped considerably by that answer.

Yes I know I was watching "Tipping Point", but I needed to relax before a chess match.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:19 am

"Do others wince when they hear, 'Breaking the stalemate'?"

I'm kind of OK with that, what gets me is books, T.V. programmes and films calling Rooks, Castles.

I'm reading an excellent book at the moment, 'The Trap' by Melanie Raabe.
A few references to chess and that has 'Knights, Bishops and Castles'.

I heard a minor debate on R4X yesterday. In football the net is facing the
pitch so the ball does not hit 'the back of the net,' it hits the front of the net.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by NickFaulks » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:27 am

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:19 am
I heard a minor debate on R4X yesterday. In football the net is facing the pitch so the ball does not hit 'the back of the net,' it hits the front of the net.
Isn't the back of the net the bit that isn't the side netting or the top?
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:09 pm

Geoff Chandler >what gets me is books, T.V. programmes and films calling Rooks, Castles.

So, I presume you use the term 'rooking' when making that rather odd move with the king and rook?
Even the staff in the ECF Office ddn't know why it is called a 'rook'.

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