Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

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Gordon Cadden
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Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

Post by Gordon Cadden » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:23 am

John McKenna wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:30 pm
... If the weather is too cold or too rainy, I take refuge in the Regency Café. I like to watch the games of chess. The best chess players in the world are in Paris, and the best players in Paris are in the Regency Café. Here, in Rey's establishment, they battle it out--Legal the Profound, Philidor the Subtle, Mayot the Solid. One sees the most surprising moves and hears the stupidest remarks. For one can be an intelligent man and a great chess player, like Legal, but one can also be a great chess player and a fool, like Foubert and Mayot...
Believe that is a quote from Deschapelles

Mike Truran
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Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

Post by Mike Truran » Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:08 pm


John McKenna
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Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

Post by John McKenna » Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:24 am

Thanks to Gordon C for the prompt and to Mike T for that timely reminder.

Alexandre Deschapelles (1780-1847) could have quoted Dennis Diderot (1713-1784) - a bit like the modern habit of retweeting right, left and centre.

Read more about the effect Diderot had -
Beware of the contamination of sudden wealth. The poor man may take his ease without thinking of appearances, but the rich man is always under a strain
I suspect the same applies to chess - the more grading/rating points you have to lose the more the strain of keeping up appearances

NB: Diderot was passed over for membership of the Académie française.
To find a for(u)m that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. (Samuel Beckett)

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Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

Post by John Upham » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:56 am

Here is perhaps a less well-known chess playing FRS :

Charles Tomlinson ... areer.html

and ... scientist)

The first article has FRS whereas the second has "member".
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