Media comments on chess

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Richard James » Thu May 30, 2019 10:50 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 9:30 pm
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"Is that possibly just a reference to the episode where he mentions having seen them play in 1927 rather than to a previously unknown episode?"

That seems plausible. Is that the one where he gets cross when K9 beats him? I think the only unseen story was "Shada"(?) which was made during a technicians' strike and then never broadcast as the unions objected.
K9 advises the Doctor against a move and the Doctor insists that he saw Capablanca play it against Alekhine, and win.

K9: Correction Master: he lost

Doctor: I must have missed the end of the game

He then went fishing. (This last detail I remember seeing recorded in Fox & James TCCA)
I don't think it was in the book. Possibly in Addicts' Corner: I don't have the earlier columns on my computer.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu May 30, 2019 11:39 pm

"I don't think it was in the book"

The book was brilliant - surely time for another one...

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Richard James » Thu May 30, 2019 11:41 pm

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 11:39 pm
"I don't think it was in the book"

The book was brilliant - surely time for another one...
I might possibly do something when I've finished the Chess Heroes books, but it would be very different. One reason it was very much something I did with Mike: it wouldn't be the same without him. Societal attitudes to both truth and humour are both very different from 30 years ago as well.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Mick Norris » Fri May 31, 2019 7:43 am

Richard James wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 11:41 pm
Societal attitudes to both truth and humour are both very different from 30 years ago as well.
Especially truth :roll:
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Fri May 31, 2019 8:23 am

"One reason it was very much something I did with Mike: it wouldn't be the same without him. Societal attitudes to both truth and humour are both very different from 30 years ago as well."

Understandable - I only met MIke a couple of times, and we corresponded a bit, but he was great. The second bit is very true...

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Fri May 31, 2019 12:33 pm

Dina Litovky's photos of Amish holidaymakers in Florida include a chess game.
"Do you play chess?"
"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

lostontime.blogspot.com

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Fri May 31, 2019 1:15 pm

Hi Justin,

Interesting link. I once played a league game with those board and pieces.. A pawn was missing we used a 10p piece.
A Rook was missing, we used a match box. You have not played chess till you have castled with a match box. (I won!)

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Fri May 31, 2019 9:06 pm

Yeah, I recognised the set.
"Do you play chess?"
"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John McKenna » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:42 am

23 May 2019 · The Salomon Atoll on the Chagos Archipelago. ...... It's a strategic piece of real estate in the chess game of global power, and ...
https://www.thejournal.ie/chagos-island ... 7-May2019/
To find a for(u)m that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. (Samuel Beckett)

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Alex McFarlane » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:14 am

Lost Lewis chess (or as Geoff would say, game) piece discovered.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... e-48494885

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:30 pm

Hi Alex,

This will put them back in the headlines again and I may get another invite for the radio!

Opening shot for my radio interview:

Like the site of John Knox's House, the blood of Rizzio on the steps at Holyrood Palace,
the tale of Greyfriars Bobby this is yet another Edinburgh myth. That should warm up the switchboard!

Definitely carved in the 12th century, Possibly not chess pieces.

Museum still refuse to acknowledge my idea that perhaps the carved Bishop was meant to be a Rook
and the berserkers (wardens) were carved as Bishops. When they were first shown:
'it was it looks like a Bishop...therefore it must be a Bishop.' If indeed it was a chess set.

(I've been saying for the past 45+ years saying they are not chess pieces and there is doubt,
backed up with evidence they were at the time suspected of not being found on Lewis. )
Also the timing of the find is very fortuitous. Within months of the finish of the then much publicised Edinburgh - London match.)

Recently the 'experts 'appeared at the Edinburgh Museum and saying there is evidence that pieces where used for
another game.......'as well as chess.' They are now displayed in the Edinburgh Museum on a Viking board game.
Like the Piltdown Man it is hard to get these guys to admit they be wrong, but that will do for me.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:06 pm

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:30 pm
Like the Piltdown Man it is hard to get these guys to admit they be wrong, but that will do for me.
Whatever these pieces are, £1m is still £1m.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by David Robertson » Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:13 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:06 pm
Whatever these pieces are, £1m is still £1m.
And always check in your drawers, guys. You may find hidden treasures there

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:55 pm

HI Nick,

Yes if it's genuine and Sotheby's and no mugs at valuation then yes it could go for silly money.

They will need proof it was part of the original haul but even then it is still valuable.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Simon Brown » Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:43 pm

BBC website asking for "Surprising cricket fans" and good to see Richard James pitching in with Peter Svidler at 12.35 on the live cricket commentary!

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