Media comments on chess

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Reg Clucas
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Reg Clucas » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:05 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:47 pm
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:32 pm
I think he was about 190 from memory, so perhaps not what we normally think of as a professional.
Professional in the sense that he launched a magazine that folded after a couple of issues and wrote a book or books for Batsford (on Tal).

https://chessbookchats.blogspot.co.uk/2 ... azine.html
Yes, I remember seeing that magazine. I know people who took out a year's subscription and never received a refund, so add that to his list of offences!

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Nick Grey » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:30 pm

Evening Standard James Olley 10 Jan.
King's castle is crumbling as Gazidis quietly lays the foundations for a new ruler (for Arsenal's manager).

....The pieces are quietly being moved into place but Gazidis has so far proved unwilling to make the checkmate move by taking the King, even if relations with Wenger are strained as a result of the alterations.

It was surreal reading this as passing a noiseless Stamford Bridge at 8.40pm. Ok the match finished 0-0. Not like it is even close to a grandmaster draw. Highlights on Channel 5 around 11pm. Hopefully quick & show some more highlights of last night's Man City v Bristol City instead.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:09 pm

Last night's "Eggheads" featured a team which seemed to be not only a quiz team but a group of chess players from Horncastle area of Lincolnshire. I regret I did not recognise any of them.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Mick Norris » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:44 pm

Any of these possibly?

Ref Member Name Sex Age Club Standard Previous Rapidplay Previous
301287G Bronze Jnr Burt, Kieran M 16 Horncastle 65 B 64 D 71 C 78 C
222106J Bronze Comben, Mike M Horncastle 129 B 131 C 131 E 133 E
277724B Silver Grasham, John M Louth 111 A 116 A 129 B 131 B
297646J Silver Newstead, Mark A M Horncastle 118 B 111 B 115 D 116 D
293978C Bronze Orr, William M Horncastle 127 B 122 B 107 C 113 C
302149L Bronze Rae, Graeme M Horncastle 124 B 126 B 100 E 102 E
308192J Bronze Rutter, Paul M Horncastle 74 E
293983G Bronze Watson, Andrew T M Horncastle 110 A 93 B 102 C 104 C
302362L Watson, Susan F Horncastle 42 F 42 F
182518F Watson, Wilf M Horncastle 97 D 98 C 86 E 86 E
293984J Wells, Arthur W M 11 Horncastle 47 E 50 D 64 E 68 E
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:14 pm

One was called "John", so he's a possibility.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:14 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology ... own-pieces
BBC wrote:CES 2018: Square Off smart chessboard moves its own pieces
An internet-connected chessboard that moves its own pieces is on show at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas.

The machine is the result of a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and is designed to make it easier to play against friends and rivals based elsewhere.
Am sure this was mentioned on this forum earlier, but can't find the thread right now.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Roger de Coverly » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:30 pm

Back in the days (late 1980s / early 1990s) when dedicated chess computers were state of the art, I think I saw a report of one that had a robot arm, so you didn't have to make the engine's move for it. I suppose building the equivalent of a DGT board with a hidden robot arm which moves the pieces has a certain logic to it, but at a serious level everyone has long since mastered the art of viewing and playing games essentially using a diagram.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:08 pm

I don't know if this counts, but Eminem's "River", featuring Ed Sheeran, comments:-

"And she just wants to exact revenge and get back
It's a chess match, she's on his back like a jet-pack"

Well, yes.

Perhaps we need a thread for chess in literature.

But more on topic, "Tipping Point" (ITV 4pm Mon - Fri) usually has a chess question.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:21 pm

Don't know about "usually" tbh......
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:45 am

OK - I'll try "quite often"! It was about 50 % last week.

Big Fat Quiz of Everything last night had a chess question in the first 15 minutes.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Reg Clucas » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:43 pm

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:08 pm

Perhaps we need a thread for chess in literature.
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Whether queens or pawns or innocents at the game." (Peter Hammill)


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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:58 pm

Garry Kasparov will be on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 at 11.15am next Sunday, 28 January.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09pjldq

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Paul Buswell » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:23 pm

Yesterday's 'Guardian' TV guide pejoratively describes one serial's (McMafia's) progress as having "all the thrilling urgency of correspondence chess played by second-class post".

PB

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Nick Grey » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:39 am

Looking forward to Garry's music choices. I expect one or two from chess the musical, nil of Nigel Short's music tastes.
A bit of Frankie (Sinatra or Goes to Hollywood). Some opera or even heavy metal (Ecstacy of Gold) and a piano concerto.
No glam rock. But a bit of 'Pussy Riot' will tie up with some of his activities.

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