Media comments on chess

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Tim Spanton » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:06 am

October's issue of The Oldie has an explanation of zugzwang from a writer who "collect(s) German portmanteau words."

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Mick Norris » Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:19 am

Chess just featured as an answer in Fighting Talk on Radio 5 live
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Neil Graham » Sat Sep 19, 2020 11:30 am

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:58 am
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:26 pm
"I see Sean Bean will be playing Mark Hebden in a new BBC series."

Great spot - I'll leave someone else to greet Mark with "Hello, Mr Bean".
Also Shula's husband in "The Archers". (Killed in a car crash/by a car if I remember correctly)
Mark Hebden in the Archers swerved to avoid Caroline Bone's horse and hit a tree as far as I remember. I don't recall chess ever featuring in The Archers though no doubt someone will correct me.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Simon Rogers » Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:02 pm

Last Sunday, 20th September BBC2 6.30pm to 7pm.
House of Games presented by Richard Osman.
The celebrity contestants (Shaun Keaveny, Jay Blades, Rachel Parris and Jan Ravens) in the penultimate round of the quiz, were each given a tablet to use.
They had to each circle, the starting square for the white queen.
Not all of them got it correct.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:11 pm

Rachel (who I quite like) was the one who went wrong, putting the Queen on the Kings square.

(was quite pleasantly surprised 3 out of 4 got it right tbh)
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu Sep 24, 2020 1:25 am

Watching tv Wednesday evening. I wasn't paying much attention during the ads.
There was a Barclay card ad depicting a woman playing chess.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Mick Norris » Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:36 am

Simon Rogers wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:02 pm
Last Sunday, 20th September BBC2 6.30pm to 7pm.
House of Games presented by Richard Osman.
The celebrity contestants (Shaun Keaveny, Jay Blades, Rachel Parris and Jan Ravens) in the penultimate round of the quiz, were each given a tablet to use.
They had to each circle, the starting square for the white queen.
Not all of them got it correct.
There was a "highbrow" question in last night's edition about which piece was involved in a fianchetto
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:22 am

"There was a Barclay card ad depicting a woman playing chess."

pressing the clock with the wrong hand!

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Roger de Coverly » Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:43 am

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:22 am
pressing the clock with the wrong hand!
I think it was actually Barclays Bank being advertised rather than Barclaycard.

One of the moves didn't look entirely legal. The advert was for a Smartphone app but the chess clock was somewhat retro, being a Garde.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:20 am

Roger >The advert was for a Smartphone app but the chess clock was somewhat retro, being a Garde.<

The reason may be that they were advised to use an analog clock because setting it is easier. Certainly, when being consulted about staging 'CHESS The Musical' that is what I always recommend. Quite apart from the fact it is historically more accurate anyway.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:52 am

The architecture writer Owen Hatherley has a book coming out about London and an excerpt appears in a tweet from another writer, Dan Hancox. This involves events from the Eighties when Ken Livingstone, having won control of the then County Hall toured the place, finding all sorts of oddities there including
a huge Masonic temple, simply another facility on offer alongside the cinema and after-hours chess club.
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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:02 pm

"a huge Masonic temple, simply another facility on offer alongside the cinema and after-hours chess club."

Wow! The GLC chess club (later GLCC - Greater London Chess Club, when GLC ceased to exist) was pretty successful with over 100 members at one stage, which probably paled into insignificance compared with the other entertainment...

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Nick Grey » Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:45 pm

ITV4 - Lewis. Missed 60 minutes. Why are these murders Chess related? I think a female chess player must be the killer.

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by Tim Spanton » Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:22 am

Wikipedia's "Did you know ..." page today (my bolding):

... that early vocational-education advocate Mary Schenck Woolman (pictured) obtained her first teaching position as a result of her "harsh" review of a sewing manual?
... that the seeds of Guilandina bonduc, commonly known as nickernuts, are buoyant and remain viable while being dispersed by ocean currents?
... that Nihonga artist Yumeji Takehisa was arrested in connection with a plot to assassinate Emperor Meiji of Japan?
... that India has 66 chess grandmasters?
... that James Edwin Campbell, the first president of West Virginia State University, was among the first African-American poets to write poems in the African-American vernacular dialect?
... that the Third Punic War between Rome and Carthage ended in the complete destruction of Carthage and the death or enslavement of all of its citizens?
... that Jane Fonda paid for her political activism with the profits of her Workout videos?
... that during the Falklands War, a fishing trawler served in the Royal Navy as HMS Junella?

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Re: Media comments on chess

Post by John McKenna » Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:06 am

Tim Spanton wrote:
Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:22 am
Wikipedia's "Did you know ..." page today (my bolding):

... that early vocational-education advocate Mary Schenck Woolman (pictured) obtained her first teaching position as a result of her "harsh" review of a sewing manual?
... that the seeds of Guilandina bonduc, commonly known as nickernuts, are buoyant and remain viable while being dispersed by ocean currents?
... that Nihonga artist Yumeji Takehisa was arrested in connection with a plot to assassinate Emperor Meiji of Japan?

SNIP
"... many of the people he worked with at the Heimin Shinbun were arrested and executed. Takehisa was arrested and questioned for two days, but was let go..."

(Wikipedia)

NB: "Heimin Shinbun" translates to - The Common People's Newspaper and is what the authorities in Japan in 1910 would have called - a socialist rag.
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