Chess history trivia

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Post by Hans Renette » Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:33 pm

Which chess giant ended his career, in his last official game, by playing Ke1 (the king returning home) as his last move?

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Post by Matt Mackenzie » Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:51 pm

Mikhail Tal, 1-0 v Akopian, Barcelona 1992.

IIRC in this tournament he was playing in a wheelchair, and had a draw turned down in this game after a handful of moves.
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Post by David Sedgwick » Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:51 pm

Which former FIDE official has a brother who is a retired Anglican Bishop?

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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:28 pm

Would it give it away to ask whether the Anglican Bishop was a bishop in the UK or not? Am trying to work out which group is larger, the living former Anglican bishops, or the living former FIDE officials?

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Post by David Sedgwick » Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:13 am

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:28 pm
Would it give it away to ask whether the Anglican Bishop was a bishop in the UK or not? Am trying to work out which group is larger, the living former Anglican bishops, or the living former FIDE officials?
It might give it away if I answered your question.

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Post by MJMcCready » Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:51 am

What sort of FIDE Official was he? It's quite tough because the ECF seems to be circumvented here.

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Post by John Upham » Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:37 am

David Sedgwick wrote:
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Which former FIDE official has a brother who is a retired Anglican Bishop?
I will take a punt here and suggest Nigel Freeman.
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:53 am

In time-honoured fashion I am going to take the chance for the bonus point after the "wrong answer" buzzer, and say...

Nigel Freeman! :D

Presumably the bishop is Robert Freeman, though it is very difficult to conclusively tie the two together, so this could be wrong. And it may well be wrong, as David's reply to my question seems to imply that the bishop officiated outside the UK and Robert Freeman was Bishop of Penrith in Carlisle. Having said that, there may well be another Anglican bishop with the surname Freeman.

[Apparently Nigel Freeman resides in Bermuda, so maybe John was conflating him with Nick Faulks?]
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Post by John Upham » Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:56 am

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:53 am
In time-honoured fashion I am going to take the chance for the bonus point after the "wrong answer" buzzer, and say...

Nigel Freeman! :D

Presumably the bishop is Robert Freeman, though it is very difficult to conclusively tie the two together, so this could be wrong.

[Apparently Nigel Freeman resides in Bermuda, so maybe John was conflating him with Nick Faulks?]
That is odd Christopher : I wonder what the previous post had as its suggestion : quite a coincidence as James Plaskett might say.
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Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:58 am

Yes, very odd. And if there is a former FIDE official called Nick Freeman, I owe you an apology.

There is another possibility, as David has not specified the gender of the former FIDE official, so how many female former FIDE officials are there? Presumably British, though maybe not.

[And it is more of a pain than it should be to generate lists of former FIDE officials.]

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Post by John Upham » Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:03 am

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:58 am
Yes, very odd. And if there is a former FIDE official called Nick Freeman, I owe you an apology.

There is another possibility, as David has not specified the gender of the former FIDE official, so how many female former FIDE officials are there? Presumably British, though maybe not.
No apology required : in fact your post made me chuckle during my mid morning tea break. :lol:

I asked Bill Murray about the incident and he said it happened to him regularly.

It was a desperate guess on my part and then I did this :

https://www.google.com/search?q=bishop+ ... &oq=bishop

and hey presto!
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:08 am

There are a number of bishops (some serving, some retired, some dead) with the surname Freeman. However, not all are Anglican bishops. I am going to stop looking now. It will be annoying if David was talking about a different former FIDE official! But it was interesting trying to guess.

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Post by David Sedgwick » Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:13 am

It is of course possible that there is another correct answer to the question besides the one which I have in mind.

Subject to that, the answer is not Nigel Freeman.

I made no statement either way as to whether the Bishop officiated within or outside the UK, nor about whether the ECF was or was not circumvented.

Regarding the nature of the FIDE Official, it is someone who at the time worked in the FIDE Office in Athens.

That is enough clues for the moment.

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Post by John Upham » Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:14 am

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:08 am
There are a number of bishops (some serving, some retired, some dead) with the surname Freeman. However, not all are Anglican bishops. I am going to stop looking now. It will be annoying if David was talking about a different former FIDE official! But it was interesting trying to guess.
I hope it will be another FIDE Official and then David can have the last laugh.

I have looked for FIDE Officials with the surname Tutu with no joy so far.
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by David Sedgwick » Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:39 am

Forum History Trivia Question:

When was the last three way cross-posting prior to the three posts immediately above.

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