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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Chris Rice » Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:05 pm

As I understand it, or rather what Malcolm's tweets state that Malcolm is still doing Sunday to Friday each week in the paper ie 6 days and its just that his Saturday column has been replaced by a crossword with Mickey doing a chess column on Saturdays instead. Malcolm's Saturday columns can still be read at chess.co.uk, I'm not a reader of Boris Johnson's PR machine anyway but really, even if I was, how vexed as a chess player, should I be about this?

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:06 am

Malcolm used to have 7 columns and Michael 1. Now Malcolm has 6 and Michael1. Chris, you spent nearly as much time writing the above, as you would writing to the editor.
In 1983, the Sunday Times pulled the chess column. We mounted a similar campaign and th column was reinstated - and has been there ever since.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Chris Rice » Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:52 am

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:06 am
Malcolm used to have 7 columns and Michael 1. Now Malcolm has 6 and Michael1. Chris, you spent nearly as much time writing the above, as you would writing to the editor.
In 1983, the Sunday Times pulled the chess column. We mounted a similar campaign and th column was reinstated - and has been there ever since.
Now the Daily Telegraph has one chess column on a Saturday rather than two. The Daily Telegraph is therefore not pulling the chess column as the Sunday Times did in its entirety. So the question I was asking was not whether I could write to the editor but whether I should because I really can't see the fire here.

Here is Malcolm's latest Telegraph column which you can read for free and even download it as a pgn.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:57 am

"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 Geoff Chandler » Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:44 pm

Nice cover. According the 29th June 1974 New York Times Bobby Fischer had renounced his world title.
I wonder if the cover related to a story inside as Chess and Bobby Fischer was back in the news again.

https://www.nytimes.com/1974/06/29/arch ... -from.html

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:07 pm

Chris Rice Why not support the elected International Director and FIDE Delegate of the ECF? Neither post is paid and it is what Malcolm wants.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:23 pm

Telegraph article on the chessboxing freak show, yours truly quoted at length.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:19 pm

Good grief! Two columns on chess in the Daily Telegraph on a Saturday. Who saw that coming?

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:22 pm

Chessboxing....
I agree - actually, I'm not even sure that boxing has "proper organising bodies"...

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:55 pm

Chris Rice wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:19 pm
Good grief! Two columns on chess in the Daily Telegraph on a Saturday. Who saw that coming?
Will you be writing to complain?
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:09 pm

I have been reading today a 19th century article on stock market speculation and unexpected events which cause reversals. It contains

“The profoundest chess-player may see an inevitable mate, and yet, if the chandelier falls upon the pieces, may never win that game.”
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Chris Rice » Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:02 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:55 pm
Chris Rice wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:19 pm
Good grief! Two columns on chess in the Daily Telegraph on a Saturday. Who saw that coming?
Will you be writing to complain?
Bit of a First World problem, isn't it?

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:30 pm

From Mike Brearley's book "On Cricket", a fragment of an interview conducted by David Sylvester in 2001, on the aesthetics of sport and the arts.

MB - "He (the bowler-kjt) needs a good batsman to bring out the best parts of his bowling, and I need him as an excellent bowler to bring out the arts of my batting. At these rare times, I could feel this sort of oneness with my antagonist. Mostly I was too anxious or pragmatic, for that, or too insecure; but there were these valuable experiences of a sort of union between us."

DS - "As it is in chess."

MB - "As it is in chess".

The rest of the book is a bit more readable than that!

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:24 pm

Interview in South Africa publication with Gary Younge, well-known British journalist, writer and now university professor.
When I left, Ronnie Kasrils had been a member of Parliament and I used to play chess with him in journalist David Beresford’s back yard.
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:32 pm

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/a ... rooms.html

About halfway down, photo of Madonna's chess set, correctly set up as far as I can see!

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