Chess Behind Bars

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Re: Chess Behind Bars

Post by John McKenna » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:13 pm

Gordon Cadden wrote:
NickFaulks wrote:
Gordon Cadden wrote:John Healy was a vagrant
Isn't that racial abuse nowadays?
Would you prefer gentleman of the road, or hobo ?
'Hobo' is American English.

British English 'tramp' is more common here, or used to be, than 'vagrant'.

[Note that in American parlance a 'tramp' is a loose woman.]

As for "gentlemen of the road" that term was originally coined for mounted highwaymen.
The socially inferior infantry of the criminal fraternity were called 'footpads'.
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Re: Chess Behind Bars

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:53 am

"Kevin, they haven't quoted your review!! "

The other reviewers were doubtless sent a copy of the book, and they supplied the publishers with the review. I bought the book and the publishers probably don't know I reviewed it. Or it could be that the other reviews are better written!

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Re: Chess Behind Bars

Post by Tim Harding » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:17 pm

To get back to the book in question, does it mention Claude Bloodgood?
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Re: Chess Behind Bars

Post by Richard James » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:50 pm

Tim Harding wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:17 pm
To get back to the book in question, does it mention Claude Bloodgood?
Yes, there are two pages on Bloodgood, most of which is taken up by an annotated game. Nothing on Raymond Weinstein, though. Nor on chess in Broadmoor.

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Re: Chess Behind Bars

Post by Jon Mahony » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:47 pm

Gordon Cadden wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:47 pm
AustinElliott wrote:
NickFaulks wrote: Isn't that racial abuse nowadays?
As the 1824 Vagrancy Act is still on the books in England, I would imagine a lawyer defending you from a libel action could argue that calling someone sleeping rough 'a vagrant' was a strictly factual description and thus carried no imputation of abuse. Whether they would win the argument is a different question... probably one for a lawyer.
If you had taken the trouble to read " The Grass Arena ", you would see that John Heal
y made it very clear that he occupied a bench at Lincolns Inn Fields. The grass arena was the field at Lincolns Inn.

John was a member of the Hampstead Club for a number of years, after he had achieved fame for his literary works. Not the strong player that he laid claim. No stronger than 140 ECF.
I read The Grass Arena myself some years ago, I have to say I wasn't overly taken with it - I got through it, but I found it quite disjointed and rambling in places. Very little chess either, for those who are picking it up for that - about 2 pages mention near end.
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Re: Chess Behind Bars

Post by Jon Mahony » Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:51 pm

Richard James wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:50 pm
Tim Harding wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:17 pm
To get back to the book in question, does it mention Claude Bloodgood?
Yes, there are two pages on Bloodgood, most of which is taken up by an annotated game. Nothing on Raymond Weinstein, though. Nor on chess in Broadmoor.
There's quite a good chapter on Bloodgood in The Kings Gambit, by Paul Hoffman, I seem to remember it included an interview with his sister and the man himself.
"When you see a good move, look for a better one!" - Lasker

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