Malcolm Barker.

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Kevin Thurlow
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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:04 am

"How many of the contributors here held the "Captain of Chess" title, usually in their final school year?"

I did, + 2nd XI cricket

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by David Sedgwick » Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:29 am

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:51 pm
How many of the contributors here held the "Captain of Chess" title, usually in their final school year?
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:04 am
I did, + 2nd XI cricket
I was Captain of Chess for my last three years at school. It was good training for what awaited me later in life.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:11 am

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:51 pm
Has the concept of "Captain of Chess" alongside "Captain of Tennis", "Captain of Cricket", "Captain of Rugby" etc now disappeared from the school system?
How many of the contributors here held the "Captain of Chess" title, usually in their final school year?
I have no idea what this means. Is it different from being captain of the chess (or, say, cricket) team?
"Do you play chess?"
"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by NickFaulks » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:16 am

JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:11 am
I have no idea what this means. Is it different from being captain of the chess (or, say, cricket) team?
Well, any cricket team has to have a captain, whether or not the "captain of cricket" happens to be playing on that team.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Richard James » Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:04 pm

I've just noticed that two of the last four posters here were among my five opponents in the New Malden 1975 tournament. 44 years on and we're all still here. I guess this says a lot for the power of chess.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:15 pm

It wasn't me.
"Do you play chess?"
"Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating."

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Mike Gunn » Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:02 pm

Captain of Chess and Table Tennis (not a combined sport).

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Neil Blackburn » Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:24 pm

Richard James wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:04 pm
I've just noticed that two of the last four posters here were among my five opponents in the New Malden 1975 tournament. 44 years on and we're all still here. I guess this says a lot for the power of chess.
Now I feel old!! I think 1975 was the year of my first proper tournament 😂

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by David Sedgwick » Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:56 pm

Richard James wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:04 pm
I've just noticed that two of the last four posters here were among my five opponents in the New Malden 1975 tournament. 44 years on and we're all still here. I guess this says a lot for the power of chess.
JustinHorton wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:15 pm
It wasn't me.
Nor I, to the best of my recollection (although my first adult tournament was in 1968).

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Richard James » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:03 pm

Justin and David are both correct: I've never played either of them.

I drew with Kevin and won (undeservedly, from a lost position) against Nick.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by John Moore » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:27 pm

David Sedgwick wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:29 am
Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:51 pm
How many of the contributors here held the "Captain of Chess" title, usually in their final school year?
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:04 am
I did, + 2nd XI cricket
I was Captain of Chess for my last three years at school. It was good training for what awaited me later in life.
The playing fields of the old University and the trenches, eh!

Sorry, couldn't resist it.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by NickFaulks » Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:42 am

Richard James wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:03 pm
and won (undeservedly, from a lost position) against Nick.
I had completely forgotten that, but am not at all surprised. Some things never change, well played anyway.
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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Paul Habershon » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:59 am

Neil Blackburn wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:24 pm

Now I feel old!! I think 1975 was the year of my first proper tournament 😂
Such a youngster! My first tournament was a 'Christmas Special' section at Hastings 1961-62, a small all-play-all which included Eileen Tranmer. Aged 15 and having been at boarding school since the age of 7 I wasn't due to join an adult club till I was 19. My highlight of the Congress was an awe-inspiring moment when I coincidentally visited the gents urinals alongside Mikhail Botvinnik who was playing in the Premier. Those foreign GMs were even more godlike in those days before computers and English GMs.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Neil Blackburn » Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:45 am

Indeed Paul, I am but a mere child!! Pity the creaky old body doesn't know that though! Yep, in one of my first events Damljanovich was there - I thought he must be wonderful with a name like that!

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:53 pm

I think you mean a slightly differently spelled player, Damjanovic?

(he was also Croatian, whereas the similarly named but younger man you cite is a Serb)
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