Media comments on chess

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:03 pm

Nick Grey wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:13 pm
Midsomer Murders on ITV now. The Sicilian Defence. I've forgotten who did. Occasionally I want to play the Sicilian but forget to play 1...c5.
Happened to see a bit of that, have to say the actual chess "footage" was more convincing than is sometimes the case in these things.
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:15 pm

Presumably this Guardian article references the book by "our" (late) Colin Crouch?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... per-brexit

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:19 pm

Different guy
"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 Pete Morriss » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:12 pm

Just seen a particularly overblown chess metaphor in a report on Sunday's Arsenal - Spurs match, by Barney Ronay in the Irish Times. (It credits the piece to the Guardian, but I can't find it on their website.)
David Luiz was ... a man playing a game of slapstick defensive chess three moves ahead and on a different board.
I'm sure we've all done that ...

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:52 pm

Pete Morriss wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:12 pm
I can't find it on their website
Here
"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 JustinHorton » Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:40 pm

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Brad Pitt goes back to his caravan and on the TV there's a trailer for the film Three In The Attic, with a chess scene showing.

(Later, Leonardi Di Caprio is in his trailer and you can see a chessboard in a pocket on the wall.)
"Do you play chess?"
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by David Sedgwick » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:51 am

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:15 pm
Presumably this Guardian article references the book by "our" (late) Colin Crouch?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... per-brexit
JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:19 pm
Different guy
In his own pieces, "our" Colin Crouch pointed out that he was Colin S Crouch, not Colin R Crouch, who is the person referenced in the Guardian article.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by LawrenceCooper » Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:16 pm

"Boris Johnson played a game of chess and got boxed in" MP Jess Phillips on Sky News.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John McKenna » Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:38 pm

Boxed in, yes, but not yet back in the box...
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:06 pm

'Bletchley Park Brainteaser' by Sinclair McKay,

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Has an interesting chapter on Chess mentioning Alexander and his wins over Bronstein and Tolush at Hastings 1953/54
and the fact even then his war time activities had to remain a secret. Milner-Barry and Golombek also mentioned.
Ends with five Chess related puzzles. (not your mate in x moves variety.)

Got the bottom one very quickly: Queen - Victoria - Plum. Some of the others took longer and one or two (three or four) not at all.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John McKenna » Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:08 pm

Here's one for Geoff's word list, above -

castle - gate - keeper

cheap at the price -

https://dev.sulisfineart.com/catalog/pr ... te-keeper/

Tom Chivers on Dominic Cummings (BBC Radio 4 World at One 13:44 today)
I don't think he's playing 9-dimensional chess.
For details see link, below -

https://tomchivers.com/author/tomchivers/
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by NickFaulks » Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:49 pm

John McKenna wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:08 pm
Here's one for Geoff's word list, above -

castle - gate - keeper
Too obscure. Why not just game - game - keeper?

Cut out the middle man.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Michael Farthing » Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:29 pm

Well I thought it was pawn shop keeper

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John McKenna » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:35 pm

It's pawn - shop - ticket, Michael.

Nick, you are not permitted to use the same word twice, nor to exclude the middle, man.
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:40 pm

Hi,

The book answer is 'Pawn-Shop-Keeper' but if an answer makes sense then I'm sure that that is OK.

Found something very strange. One of the puzzles in the book is this.



In the book there is no Black King on a8. I have to place one here to display the fen position.

So with just the White pieces you have to figure out three names. (I was off on the wrong track, even
though, and here is a clue I never got. I got Victoria Plum practically right away in the other puzzle.)

But forget about the puzzle. It's the position of the White pieces. King e1,Queen e2, Bishop e6 and Knight e8.

Just our of curiosity I wondered if this WHite set up had appeared in Red Hot Pawn.

Yes! Seven times! All seven between the same two players! all from a different order of moves! here are three of them.







The seven games were played in 2014 three years before the Bletchley Park book was published.

I bet you think I am joking. Here is a link to just two of the games.

https://www.redhotpawn.com/chess/chess- ... qsid=12033

https://www.redhotpawn.com/chess/chess- ... qsid=28502

The players seem to be deliberately heading for this set up in all 7 games. Very strange...cue Twilight Zone theme.

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