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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by David Williams » Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:10 pm

https://www.uefa.com/memberassociations ... /#/yr/2021
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu Dec 03, 2020 9:03 pm

Sean Hewitt used to use the results in a pre-nominated football match to define who on board 1 had White and who Black. 0-0 counted as even. Then, if it was odd the number 1 seed got white. If even, the number 2 seed.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:17 am

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:04 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:17 am
The Green Gambit
I spotted a statistic starting with a 6 in it.
The seven-part series – watched by 62 million people in its first month on the streaming site
A zero or two away from the sometimes quoted world total of chess players, but presumably a real total rather than a statistical guess.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:38 pm

South China Morning Post with Anya Corke

Presumably there's loads of these articles around the world
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Ian Thompson » Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:09 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:04 pm
Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:17 am
The seven-part series – watched by 62 million people in its first month on the streaming site
A zero or two away from the sometimes quoted world total of chess players, but presumably a real total rather than a statistical guess.
It must be a statistical estimate. Accurate figures should be available for the number of times it's been streamed, but the number of people watching it (anything from one person to a large family) each time can only be an estimate.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:22 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:38 pm
South China Morning Post with Anya Corke.
They don't mention that she played on top board for the Hong Kong open team in two Olympiads. In 2006 she was involved in what I believe is still the only top board encounter between two female players, her opponent being Bermuda's Zuzana Kovacova.
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John Upham » Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:45 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:22 pm
Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:38 pm
South China Morning Post with Anya Corke.
They don't mention that she played on top board for the Hong Kong open team in two Olympiads. In 2006 she was involved in what I believe is still the only top board encounter between two female players, her opponent being Bermuda's Zuzana Kovacova.

Are you including Olympiads prior to Haifa 1976?
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:48 pm

John Upham wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 3:45 pm
Are you including Olympiads prior to Haifa 1976?
To the best of my knowledge, but let me know if there is a counterexample.
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Sun Dec 06, 2020 5:16 pm

SUNDAY TIMES 6.12.2020
There is a full page article about DEMIS HASSABIS CBE.
It is quite informative, although there may be some errors - or alternatively errors in my memory.
In case anybody does not know, he is central to artificial intelligence and developed a computer to beat the World Champion at GO. Not teaching it, but programming itto teach itself.

A strong point is made about how important chess was to his development.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:12 am

The final of the UK Snooker Championship was truly like a game of chess out there this evening.
Neil Robertson thinking for about 4 minutes over one shot against Judd Trump compared very closely with Fischer in the game in the US Closed Championship in 1964 where Bobby thought for 50 minutes and I had no idea what he was thinking about.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:16 am

The "i" general knowledge crossword for Saturday started with a clue wanting to know the name of the actress who starred in "Queen's Gambit" and a few clues later asked who wrote books such as QG, Hustler etc.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:52 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:51 pm
Chess question on tonight's Only Connect

Sequence round staring with Boris then Bobby
Another sequence tonight :)
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Richard James » Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:03 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:52 pm
Mick Norris wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 7:51 pm
Chess question on tonight's Only Connect

Sequence round staring with Boris then Bobby
Another sequence tonight :)
But it's a rook, not a castle!

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:58 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:17 am
The Green Gambit
Only just saw this piece and this stuck out:
Alice O’Gorman from Dublin is secretary of the European Chess Union’s Women’s Commission and has carried out significant research in the area. “As ages increase, the percentage of women playing decreases, showing girls have a much higher dropout rate than boys,” she explains.

“The most successful initiatives to keep girls playing are female-only camps and training. Because this allows them to be in a non-male-dominated environment and form friendships with other girls, making them more likely to continue playing.”

O’Gorman, who is a chess player herself, says she too has been subjected to gender-based remarks. “When I was starting out I got a lot of negative comments,” she explains. “And it is quite intimidating. I think to progress, there has to be more education and a plan to make tournaments nicer places for girls to go.”
We do really need to listen to these people.
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