Happy Birthday, Leonard

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:47 pm

Leonard has informed us that the Evening Standard is discontinuing his online chess column at the end of this month. That is so sad and an act of utter vandalism.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by O.G. Urcan » Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:38 am

On 30 December Edward Winter reported in C.N. 9022 (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter):

"Mr Barden informs us that the Evening Standard has now agreed to prolong his chess column for a month, until the end of January 2015, to give time for a longer-term solution to be sought."

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by John Townsend » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:33 am

That sounds like good news. I wonder also what it would take to get the chess column restored to the printed version of the Evening Standard, which is available free at railway stations. Trains can take a long time without any chess or bridge ...

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:01 pm

Leonard wrote today to say the column was continuing. I was all a misunderstanding.
To get the column into the printed Evening Standard.
Possibly 1000 independent letters might do the trick.
Or work out a way for the newspaper to make income from people entering competitions.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:31 am

Happy birthday Mr Barden

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by O.G. Urcan » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:52 am

Leonard Barden has confirmed that his on-line "Evening Standard" chess column has been saved: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/#9041._Mannerism

The column can be read at http://www.standard.co.uk/staticpage/chess/

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by Geoff Chandler » Mon Jan 05, 2015 12:46 pm

Stewart is correct:

"Possibly 1000 independent letters might do the trick."

Not emails, they can be deleted with a flick of the wrist.
Letters have to be opened, read and filed away by someone.

On another note.

I recently read that the longest running chess column was Hermann Helms (1870-1963)
who wrote a chess column for 62 years, from 1893 to 1955, in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

http://www.chess.com/article/view/records-in-chess

I thought Mr Barden had the record or was the Helms column paused during the
first and second World Wars and was not continuous.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Mon Jan 05, 2015 1:25 pm

Have a look at this article, Geoff:

http://en.chessbase.com/post/barden-on- ... ess-column

The link was posted earlier in the thread. Re-posting it now for those who missed it first time round.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by Stewart Reuben » Mon Jan 05, 2015 4:21 pm

Geoff >Not emails, they can be deleted with a flick of the wrist. Letters have to be opened, read and filed away by someone.

That is only partially true. We have generated such pressure groups, using emails, and that had the required response. Suggesting 1000 would be needed is probably excessive as the Evenng Standard is a smaller newspaper.
5000 to get a dedicated chess series on terrestrial TV?

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by Geoff Chandler » Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:21 am

Cheers Chris.

Missed it fiorst time around. Good Article

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:16 am

Chessbase
According to our calculations Leonard Barden has been at it for sixty years and seven months – making him the longest running uninterrupted weekly chess column in the world and in history
Leonard's Evening Standard column is quite possibly the longest ever running daily column by a single journalist in any field of journalism
Any postings on here represent my personal views and should not be taken as representative of the Manchester Chess Federation www.manchesterchess.co.uk

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by Carl Hibbard » Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:34 am

Happy Birthday Leonard have a good one.
Cheers
Carl Hibbard

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Post by Carl Hibbard » Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:35 am

Carl Hibbard wrote:Happy Birthday Leonard have a good one.
Ok a tad early this is about the article doh.
Cheers
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