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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Paul Buswell » Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:35 pm

BBC Radio 4, 8:45 tonight. A repeat, but I don't know when from.
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:20 pm

September 11 2014.

(Can be listened to 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 Kevin Thurlow » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:41 am

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-55658370

Scroll down to 0945 today (at time of writing, everything above it is depressing) - there is a giant chessboard in Beirut.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:02 am

Can be seen 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 » Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:17 pm

Chess just a couple of minutes ago on my local magazine programme Aragón En Abierto

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:05 pm

Last Night: Endeavour - Series 4. Episode one. (now on catach up)

Storyline
Whilst Professor Amory unveils his chess-playing computer Jason and crime novelist Kent Finn signs copies of his latest book,
the body of Dr Nielsen, a member of the computer team, is dragged from the river and some time later a series of drownings
is discovered at the local baths. The pattern of the murders suggests a serial killer with a knowledge of chess moves....

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:32 pm

Leicester-Southampton: "It's a chess game at the moment, there's a lot of thinking going on out there" BT Sport commentator

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:20 am

I watched that 'Endeavour'

First time I've watched it, apparently a young Morse.
Thought the policewoman was better, it was her who spoke French,
and she was the chess player, first to recognise chess notation clues.

Chess was OK, they gave a nod to Ian Fleming calling an opening 'The Kronsteen variation.'
A wee bit corny with some of the names, Mr Castle, Miss Knight, Mr King....but that's fine.

Don't think I'll watch other episodes. Hardly ever watched the old Morse and the sequel 'Lewis.'
Maybe when they do 'Son of Frost' I'll get into that.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Paul Robert Jackson » Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:41 am

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:20 am
I watched that 'Endeavour'

First time I've watched it, apparently a young Morse.
Thought the policewoman was better, it was her who spoke French,
and she was the chess player, first to recognise chess notation clues.

Chess was OK, they gave a nod to Ian Fleming calling an opening 'The Kronsteen variation.'
A wee bit corny with some of the names, Mr Castle, Miss Knight, Mr King....but that's fine.

Don't think I'll watch other episodes. Hardly ever watched the old Morse and the sequel 'Lewis.'
Maybe when they do 'Son of Frost' I'll get into that.
Sir Christopher Jeremy Morse:
Colin Dexter's fictional detective, Inspector Morse, was named after him. (obituary in The Daily Telegraph).
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Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:59 am

"Colin Dexter's fictional detective, Inspector Morse, was named after him."

Colin Dexter used the prize winners' list from the Observer crossword competitions (Ximenes and Azed) as a source of names for his characters. Sir Jeremy featured on that nearly every week!

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:09 pm

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:20 am
Chess was OK
There's another one with chess, the background was a match between an Oxford computer and a Soviet one.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Geoff Chandler » Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:37 pm

Hi Guys,

I knew of that connection and did a re cap:

from the British Chess Problem Society.

Jeremy is modest about his achievements in the field of cryptic crosswords, but there is a tale to tell in this connection.
He was for many years a regular prizewinner in the “Ximenes” crossword published in The Observer. Another solver,
whose name also featured frequently in the prize list, was N. C. Dexter – Colin Dexter, now well known as a writer of detective fiction.

When Dexter was at work on his first novel, he needed surnames for his principal characters and decided to take them from those
of his fellow crossword enthusiasts. This is how Jeremy’s surname was attached to a detective whose fame has spread worldwide,
thanks in large part to the medium of television: Inspector Morse was born!

http://theproblemist.org/composers.pl?type=c_cjm&page=1

Wonderful quote from Jeremy there:

When asked what were his best problem compositions.

"..those which my writings have inspired others to compose!”

I have tried and envy those who do the really good ones, some are quite brilliant. Works of genuine art.

Did Morse (the proper one) do a chess episode?
A google search found some lad caught cheating use Morse Code.
(Cheating is currently topical on another thread. Are they looking at Boy Scouts, if not I think they should.)

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/italian-chess ... ml#a894V9R

That 'Endeavour' chess episode (without giving too much away.)

A killer knocks people out, take them home, drowns them in a bath, makes a death mask of the victim,
puts desk mask on the wall, carries a couple of the bodies to the local swimming baths were they sneak in at
night via a secret passage (I'm not making this up) and dumps the bodies giving the impression they accidently drowned.

All this to connect and pay homage to the killers sister who committed suicide by drowning.
The death mask? The killers father was a plastic surgeon...but of course. (though I suspect you guessed that.)

The chess. The Russian G.M. should have been wearing a bright red fish costume with a sign saying: 'I am the Red Herring.'
A load of old twaddle - who every wrote it should be thinking up games for 'It's A Knockout.'

Hi Roger,

Thanks. Is it Morse (John Thaw) or Morse the younger (the cardboard cut out) or Lewis (the flogging of a dead horse.)

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:39 pm

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:37 pm

Thanks. Is it Morse (John Thaw) or Morse the younger (the cardboard cut out) or Lewis (the flogging of a dead horse.)
Checking this in more detail, the episode you've just seen is the one with the 1960s computer in it.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by LawrenceCooper » Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:17 pm

"This is a proper game of chess" Dion Dublin on the lack of excitement in Liverpool-ManU just before half time.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Nick Grey » Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:28 pm

very much a stalemate. very much a game of chess - Dion Dublin summary full time

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