Dominic Lawson

Discuss anything you like about chess related matters in this forum.
Post Reply
John Collins
Posts: 15
Joined: Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:24 am

Dominic Lawson

Post by John Collins » Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:58 pm

Dominic is to present a series of radio interviews while contesting a game. The series is to be broadcast on Radio4, the first one on 30 Dec. at 1.45 p.m. His opponents/interviewees include Lennox Lewis and Rachel Reeves M.P.

NickFaulks
Posts: 5074
Joined: Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:28 pm

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by NickFaulks » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:38 am

I'll remember to be doing something else.

Roger de Coverly
Posts: 18092
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:51 pm

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by Roger de Coverly » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:12 am

NickFaulks wrote:I'll remember to be doing something else.
Fifty years ago there was a chess radio series on what later became Radio 3. Before my time to listen to it, but there was an anthology published under the title of "Chess Treasury of the Air". Whilst at the time of first publication it was a Penguin priced at three and six or five bob, it's now a Hardinge-Simpole at twenty pounds or so. (So still a Penguin in a manner of speaking).

We'll have to see how the series works out, but perhaps it's "Star against a reasonably rated chess player".

Gordon Cadden
Posts: 484
Joined: Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:57 pm

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by Gordon Cadden » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:44 am

Dominic is a 200+ player. Met him at the Kings Head Club, London, many years ago. Have made a note in my diary.
The "Chess Treasury of the Air", was a successful series, back in the 1950's. Gerald Abraham's was the barrister who believed that he could beat Robert J. Fischer.
Not the first barrister who suffered from delusions of grandeur.

Jonathan Bryant
Posts: 3146
Joined: Sun May 11, 2008 3:54 pm

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:07 am

Gordon Cadden wrote:Dominic is a 200+ player.
Not according to the ECF - although I do recall RDK saying many years ago that he would have been IM strength had he devoted more time to the game.

The series sounds like A Round With Aliss* which was on the tellybox in the 80s if memory serves. Except chess not golf.








* not Alice as I initially typed. That sounds like a different kind of programme altogether.

Jonathan Rogers
Posts: 3868
Joined: Tue Nov 18, 2008 9:26 pm

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:20 am

NickFaulks wrote:I'll remember to be doing something else.
And so say all of us.

Mind you, Lawson's interest and ability in chess is not in dispute, and I quite liked the bits I saw of his book The Inner Game. I'd be curious to know if his relationship with Short ever quite recovered?

John Foley
Posts: 293
Joined: Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:58 am
Location: Kingston-upon-Thames
Contact:

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by John Foley » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:25 am

I am grateful that Dominic Lawson is doing a radio series on chess. He is a strong player and a thoughtful communicator. The programmes are about people for whom chess has made a difference to their lives. Sounds interesting.

AustinElliott
Posts: 645
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:01 pm
Location: North of England
Contact:

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by AustinElliott » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:25 am

Jonathan Bryant wrote:
Gordon Cadden wrote:Dominic is a 200+ player.
Not according to the ECF - although I do recall RDK saying many years ago that he would have been IM strength had he devoted more time to the game.

The series sounds like A Round With Alliss which was on the tellybox in the 80s if memory serves. Except chess not golf.
Well, a peak ECF rating in recent years of somewhere close to 200, and a rapidplay one c 190, sounds pretty good to me for an occasional club player in his late 50s. Would make him a valued member of the first team at our place. Anyway, neither his enthusiasm for, or long-standing interest in, the game is in dispute.

On the basis that more 'exposure' for chess is a good thing, I suggest we should wish him luck.

Jonathan Bryant
Posts: 3146
Joined: Sun May 11, 2008 3:54 pm

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:54 am

AustinElliott wrote: Well, a peak ECF rating in recent years of somewhere close to 200, and a rapidplay one c 190, sounds pretty good to me for an occasional club player in his late 50s. Would make him a valued member of the first team at our place.
Well I agree with all of that. And for what is worth, although Ray certainly not beyond absurd flattery of anybody he feels could be useful to him later, the thesis that Mr L might have been much stronger than he already is strikes me as very plausible. Not that any of this makes him '200+'.

Like the other Jonathan, I also enjoyed Lawson's 'The Inner Game'.


I don't subscribe to the view that all and any 'exposure' for chess is necessarily a good thing, but I'll make a point of listening to the first one at least and possibly more.

stevencarr

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by stevencarr » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:05 pm

john collins wrote:Dominic is to present a series of radio interviews while contesting a game. The series is to be broadcast on Radio4, the first one on 30 Dec. at 1.45 p.m. His opponents/interviewees include Lennox Lewis and Rachel Reeves M.P.
Lennox Lewis?

What we want to see is this new sport of chess-boxing between Dominic and Lennox.

User avatar
Greg Breed
Posts: 714
Joined: Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:30 am
Location: Harrow, Middx, UK
Contact:

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by Greg Breed » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:44 pm

stevencarr wrote:
john collins wrote:Dominic is to present a series of radio interviews while contesting a game. The series is to be broadcast on Radio4, the first one on 30 Dec. at 1.45 p.m. His opponents/interviewees include Lennox Lewis and Rachel Reeves M.P.
Lennox Lewis?

What we want to see is this new sport of chess-boxing between Dominic and Lennox.
I don't expect you'll see much on the Radio Steven ;)
Hatch End A Captain (Hillingdon League)
Harrow Captain (Middlesex League)

User avatar
JustinHorton
Posts: 6435
Joined: Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:06 am
Location: Somewhere you're not

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:59 pm

I listened to Bruno-Tyson on the radio.
"Do you play chess?"
"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

lostontime.blogspot.com

David Robertson
Posts: 2154
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:24 pm
Contact:

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by David Robertson » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:14 pm

Now a Lawson-Keene v. Tyson-Lewis chess-boxing tag match would be worth watching. Actually - hearing it would probably do.

Geoff Chandler
Posts: 2005
Joined: Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:36 pm
Location: Under Cover
Contact:

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by Geoff Chandler » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:17 pm

Cannot quite understand the negativity.

There are threads all this forum moaning about the lack of Chess in the media
and yet when it happens along people are going to go out of their way to avoid it.

Also:

"Dominic is a 200+ player."

I could have shut my eyes and predicted the next post.

"Not according to the ECF...."

I just knew someone would check to see if DL had the grading rights to speak about Chess on the radio.

We should listen out for the producers name and write letters of encouragement.
Not emails, they end up in the junk folder and get deleted.
Letters written on paper using ink.....google it if you don't know what I'm talking about.

Jonathan Bryant
Posts: 3146
Joined: Sun May 11, 2008 3:54 pm

Re: Dominic Lawson

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:57 pm

For the record, Geoff, I didn't need to look up Mr L to know 200+ was likely to be an overestimation of his strength - because a couple of years back I once played on the same team. I did check to see if he'd increased any over the last little while though.

The idea that my post was in any way a suggestion that somebody has to be over 200 to present a radio programme on chess is simply your invention.

Post Reply