Media comments on chess

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by J T Melsom » Sat May 30, 2020 10:06 pm

'Michael Deacon is not satirical'. I'd not heard of him, the Daily Telegraph not being a news source of choice, but the first line of his Wiki page describes him as a political satirical journalist.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John McKenna » Sat May 30, 2020 10:21 pm

Good choice for chess, though.
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by NickFaulks » Sun May 31, 2020 7:23 am

J T Melsom wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 10:06 pm
the first line of his Wiki page describes him as a political satirical journalist.
So it does - I wonder whether he regards himself like that. Satire can of course be hard to spot nowadays, truth having overtaken fiction in so many ways.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by J T Melsom » Sun May 31, 2020 8:59 am

CJ Sansom Tombland - the gentleman prisoners play chess in Norwich Castle.

I.Allende The House of Spirits - one of the characters plays chess regularly with the President. Does anybody know whether Salvador Allende played chess?

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Sun May 31, 2020 9:43 am

According to Spanish-language Wikipedia he played chess with his friend and comrade Juan Demarchi.
"Do you play chess?"
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Sun May 31, 2020 12:49 pm

nick >Michael Deacon is not satirical.<

You mean that when he wrote that pickpockets and burglars needed state support, because of the falloff in their income, he was being serious, or at any rate, not joking?

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by J T Melsom » Sun May 31, 2020 12:57 pm

Justin, thanks, that detail is actually not in the English language version.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:48 am

Well, it's chess-related... Sudoku with a chess twist.

https://blog.chrishannah.me/the-miracle-sudoku/

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by NickFaulks » Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:15 pm

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 12:49 pm
nick >Michael Deacon is not satirical.<

You mean that when he wrote that pickpockets and burglars needed state support, because of the falloff in their income, he was being serious, or at any rate, not joking?
I do seem to be losing this one. I had not been struck by this side of his writing before.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:48 am

Chess in rugby analogy...

""I went straight into his office and said 'Mike I don't trust you, I think you have been playing games behind my back, you have used me as a bit of a pawn in your game of chess, I can't put my boots on and play for you every week'."

from https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/52912941

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by J T Melsom » Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:49 pm

Mark Mason : Move Along Please ' One field contains a dozen white sheep and two black ones, like a giant chess game that someone's about to lose.'

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John McKenna » Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:03 pm

J T Melsom wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:49 pm
Mark Mason : Move Along Please ' One field contains a dozen white sheep and two black ones, like a giant chess game that someone's about to lose.'
Is that meant be have been written to be read topically, satirically or what??
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by J T Melsom » Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:14 pm

It is a reference to chess in a book, just like my previous posts in this thread. I guess its just descriptive prose, nothing more than that. Some time back I did suggest that we might have a separate thread, but books are 'media' so I think its legitimate. I think it is actually quite interesting how many authors still refer to chess.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:19 pm

A team of two self described "chess players" in today's Bargain Hunt, apparently.
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:13 pm

Is it a repeat, and if so is it this programme?
"Do you play chess?"
"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

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