Media comments on chess

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Gordon Morse » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:39 pm

From today's "Observer" (a full page article on the back of the sports section!):

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/ ... ampionship
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:04 pm

Gordon Morse wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:39 pm
From today's "Observer" (a full page article on the back of the sports section!):

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/ ... ampionship
Shame it's utter rubbish.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:07 pm

Nick. Me thinks thou exaggerates.
After all, Kasparov and Short did play in 1993. There was a great deal of TV coverage. And much of it was boring.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Nick Grey » Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:29 pm

The article is good but I just do not want to pay for it & more of the same.
On the TV coverage yes much of it was boring. But so was day time TV at that time. Setting the Video each day was Ok too.
Also difficult to get it into an hour highlights package.
Which Channel 4 were successful a decade earlier in it's NFL American Football Highlights package.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:52 am

Nick Grey >On the TV coverage yes much of it was boring.<

The problem was they started the programs (there were 3 every playing day) with the first hour of play. They should have started the match one hour earlier. Then the commentators would have had something to talk about for the one hour during the second hour of play.
Also Ray could and should have told them that 1 hour is too long for a chess programme on TV. He said precisely that when we were first approached by Thames TV in 1986.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:46 am

Ray and Nigel celebrating at Simpson's, Alan Byron's new documentary film, Closing Gambit: 1978 Korchnoi versus Karpov and the Kremlin

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:15 pm

Good to see leading cronies Tony and Lorraine were there. Wonder if Nigel will be joining the Brain Trust?
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:34 pm

CLOSING GAMBIT Alan Byron's new film had its premier yesterday. It is a documentary weaving together contemporary video material with modern interviews. There is very little voice-over. Alan has directed it to be accessible to all, not just chessplayers.
It lasted about 73 minutes. The version that will be shown on PBS will be about 55 minutes because they felt it was too long a documentary. It is not known exactly When it will be shown.
There is very little specific chess analysis. I recommend it to anybody because it is a good film, irrespective of your personal interest. Michael Stean commented afterwards that he learnt something new as I did.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:12 am

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:15 pm
Good to see leading cronies Tony and Lorraine were there. Wonder if Nigel will be joining the Brain Trust?
Pop go the weasels
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Chris Rice » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:03 am

It was a really good evening....

"The highlight of our evening at Simpsons 1828 with the great chess-set collector, Jon Crumiller - drinking a bottle of Madeira that predated the Immortal Game, Anderssen-Kiesieritzky in 1851 :) "

You can order a bottle of D'Oliveiras 1850 Reserva Verdelho Madeira online for £1195.00, I assume Simpsons charge quite a bit more.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:07 pm

THE GRINCH

I saw the trailer for this new film just before Closing Gambit on Sunday. In this cartoon feature film, The Grinch plays chess and cheats by removing a couple of his opponent's pieces in his absence, thus allowing him to deliver mate.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:41 pm

Hi Stewart,

'The Grinch' is the nickname I gave jokingly gave to Edmar Mednis for his book:
' From the Opening into the Endgame' because he was ruining Chess.

The 'Closing Gambit' DVD is doing the rounds of the Edinburgh Chess Scene and I've heard nothing but praise for it.


Olimpiu Urcan does not seem too fond of it:

"The lack of a coherent voice leading the narrative is especially missed when various inconsistencies
in the interviews required better presentation. At one point, in a discussion about the psychological
trappings of the match, you see Keene claiming that Korchnoi played at his worst when he was angry
and a few moments later you have Stean claiming Korchnoi was playing at his very best when he was angry.

The film’s almost servile reliance on Keene’s story-telling is particularly regrettable. As a leading member of Korchnoi’s team,
he obviously had to be interviewed but he had to be interviewed searchingly. Was the director aware of Korchnoi’s own writings
and unequivocal public statements about Keene’s role and behavior during the match? Or about Keene’s long record of blundering
on multiple levels in terms of public statements or in his writings on historical topics? As it stands, Keene’s nonsense remained
unchallenged. For instance, when he recounted the dramatic 5-5 moment in the match and being approached for a possible termination,
he took time to explain his decision to keep Korchnoi in the dark."


Full review here, though I had to copy and paste into 'Notepad' to read it.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/19860672

Be in London for Game 5. Any tips on how I can sneak in? I intend to spend my ticket money in the Chess & Bridge shop.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:45 pm

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:41 pm

Full review here, though I had to copy and paste into 'Notepad' to read it.


This may also be pertinent reading (and this).
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:58 pm

Geoff Chandler >Be in London for Game 5. Any tips on how I can sneak in? I intend to spend my ticket money in the Chess & Bridge shop.<

You could ask Malcolm Pein to make you his guest! Or masquerade as a VIP.

Why shouldn't Keene offer one viewpoint of Korchnoi's behaviour and Stean another? My solely experience was when I annoyed him, innocently, before the first game of the 1983 match against Kasparov, that was he only game he won.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:25 pm

Hi Stewart,

I will not buy a ticket, todays game has sealed that so I will spend £80+ in the chess shop.

I'll also buy a single wooden Black Pawn and rush up breathless to the door saying let me in,
They have lost a pawn I am here to replace it.

Or... Kaspersky are the FIDE computer guys so I could use their logo to knock up a really fancy doo-dah
badge and just stroll in under the guise of an IT guy. (I'll wear a Spice Girls tee-shirt to look the part .)

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Think Caruana is setting Carlsen up for a gambit. Expect to see 6.b4 here



Game 5 is his last White before Carlsen has back to back White's. Time to go for it.

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