Chess history trivia

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:54 pm

"George Walker seems not to have been impressed with the challenge"

I doubt he'd like chess-boxing then...

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Moore » Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:08 pm

Perhaps George's younger brother Billy would have been a better bet at Chess Boxing. :lol:

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:23 pm

What was the stated reason why E.Germany refused to participate in the 74 Olympiad?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Moore » Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:31 pm

Because they had no chance of winning the event.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:33 pm

MJMcCready wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:23 pm
What was the stated reason why E.Germany refused to participate in the 74 Olympiad?
I don't know whether it was that Olympiad, but one story was that they didn't consider their players good enough to be able to challenge to win it. Their sports reputation is such that it might imply they couldn't make any doping work on chess players.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:14 pm

In fact the then DDR did not play any Olympiads between 1972 and 1988.

(though I suspect the likelihood of them then finishing behind *W* Germany may have been more of a factor)

Truth be told, East German chess players were treated pretty shabbily by the authorities generally for several years.
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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:21 am

Suspect you got that spot on.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:07 am

Where and when was Spassky's debut for France? What was the habit he'd suddenly developed all about?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Moore » Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:31 pm

All your questions appear to be drawn from OlympBase so I predict the answer to the first part is the 1984 Olympiad at Thessalonika but I have no idea what the second part is about.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:00 pm

Yes first part is correct, second part is both amusing and significant in that it shows superstition is part of the game for many. Olympbase? I look at that about once every 5 years or so, not coming from there, not from the internet.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Moore » Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:40 pm

My guess then is that the second part is from a book.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Gerard Killoran » Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:56 pm

Here's an easy one.

What's unusual about this game?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by John Moore » Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:43 pm

Is this the one where they played on a larger board.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Gerard Killoran » Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:17 pm

John Moore wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 6:43 pm
Is this the one where they played on a larger board.
Correct. In fact a double sized board.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_chess

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by MJMcCready » Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:04 am

John Moore wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:40 pm
My guess then is that the second part is from a book.
Well, it's from New in Chess.

The answer is that Spassky shook many hands that tournament after it was rumoured it could improve your game if you shook his hand, so many people wanted to.

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