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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Wadih Khoury » Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:45 pm

Not sure how solid this is, but Wikipedia says it exists:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_Gambit


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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Ian Thompson » Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:48 pm

Paul Habershon wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:23 pm
Is there even a chess opening variation called the Swiss Gambit?
It appears that there is - https://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/swiss.html

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Tue Feb 09, 2021 5:35 pm

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Paul Habershon » Tue Feb 09, 2021 6:08 pm

Paul Habershon wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:23 pm
Faulty quiz question on ITV's The Chase this evening?
'The Swiss Gambit is an opening move in which board game?'

I have heard of it only in the context of losing in the first round of a Swiss System tournament with the hope of meeting easier opponents. Is there even a chess opening variation called the Swiss Gambit?

Anyway the 'Chaser' got chess as the right answer.
Ok, so 1f4 f5 2 e4 is the Swiss Gambit but I still think the question is poorly worded. It's an opening, not an opening move.

'The Chase' was on safer ground today:
''Checkmate' is a book written by Garry Kasparov about what game?'

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Neville Twitchell » Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:16 am

Paul Habershon wrote:
Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:23 pm
Faulty quiz question on ITV's The Chase this evening?
'The Swiss Gambit is an opening move in which board game?'

I have heard of it only in the context of losing in the first round of a Swiss System tournament with the hope of meeting easier opponents. Is there even a chess opening variation called the Swiss Gambit?

Anyway the 'Chaser' got chess as the right answer.
I have only heard of the Swiss Gambit in the jocular/figurative sense Paul mentions, but rather as taking a draw in the first round of a Swiss to get easier opponents in subsequent rounds and end up with a better score than if one had won in the first round - though whether this would work out in practice is to say the least debatable.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:58 pm

I once won a tournament with the Reversed Swiss Gambit: I won in round 1, while the rest of the top 5 seeds all either took a bye or drew their game, and so I managed to win my games against weaker opponents while they were busy taking points off each other.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John Clarke » Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:33 pm

Neville Twitchell wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:16 am
I have only heard of the Swiss Gambit in the jocular/figurative sense Paul mentions, but rather as taking a draw in the first round of a Swiss to get easier opponents in subsequent rounds and end up with a better score than if one had won in the first round - though whether this would work out in practice is to say the least debatable.
The only time I was able to deploy it successfully (and, I should add, involuntarily), it still didn't work. The section I was in was too damn big for the number of rounds. Hence although I had 5.5/6 at the end, some other b****r had got 6/6 and I'd never got the chance to play him.
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:00 am

John Clarke wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:33 pm
The section I was in was too damn big for the number of rounds.
Are you sure it wasn't the right size for the number of rounds, just too big for the Swiss Gambit?
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Post by John Clarke » Fri Feb 12, 2021 4:13 am

Too big for the number of rounds. As well as the winner, there three of us on 5.5, none of whom had played each other.
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Post by JustinHorton » Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:11 am

Latest in my occasional series "not particularly funny chess-themed pieces from Spanish satirical publications"
"Do you play chess?"
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Tim Spanton » Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:41 am

The latest Private Eye has a feature on the Guardian and Her Majesty under the headline QUEEN GAMBIT

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Post by David Sedgwick » Wed Feb 17, 2021 1:14 pm

From https://www.thearticle.com/how-scottish ... heir-money, about Scottish Labour and the SNP:

"After leadership comes purpose. Opposition leaders spend most of their time being against things, but the question voters are asking is “What are you for?”

In Scotland, that’s simple. Change the game. The SNP want to play draughts (or checkers), so sweep the pieces off the board and play chess instead."

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:57 pm

Today's "i" has an item on David Ferrer, the Spanish chess-board maker. They use his boards in the TV "Queen's Gambit", which wasn't brilliant product placement. It came as a complete surprise to him that the TV company had bought some boards and used them. His sales have rocketed and he's quite pleased.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:26 pm

These people
"Do you play chess?"
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:02 pm

Have we had this before?

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