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Chess on the canals

Post by Adam Raoof » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:21 am

I recently spent some time on a narrowboat, and whilst trying not to fall in the canal I wondered if there were other chess players out there interested in 'cruising the cut'?

I have seen all sorts of businesses out there on boats, including bookshops and restaurants - and it struck me (of course) that a floating widebeam restaurant would be a great place to hold a chess tournament...

Now all I need to do is find one that might be available!

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Post by Nick Burrows » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:31 am

From Richmond to Hampton Court!

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Post by Tim Spanton » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:34 am

Harwich to Hook of Holland?
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Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:40 am

Interestingly, when there was a Channel Islands team in 4NCL (or maybe then 6NCL...), our dynamic captain suggested we hire a narrow boat as the accommodation for the weekend. He was always full of ideas, but this one didn't seem to enthuse too many people.

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Post by Tim Spanton » Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:14 pm

The USCF, or a closely-affiliated body, runs, or used to run (I am out of touch), an annual chess cruise (this looks like a modern version: http://www.insightcruises.com/events/cm05/). And then there is a rapid tournament held aboard a train in central Europe: https://praguechess.cz/pripravovane-akce.php?langue=en

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Post by Paul McKeown » Sat Jul 27, 2019 5:50 pm

Done before many times in Amsterdam. Would be delighted to repeat the exercise on the Thames or other English/British canal.

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Post by Stewart Reuben » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:43 am

Korchnoi gave a simul against English youngesters on a cross-channel ferry,

Generally chess on cruise ships on not as successful as bridge ones. Chessplayers have less available funds.

I did have the idea of running the British Chess Championships on a cruise ship going around Great Briatin. But the logistics defeated me. The nearest I came was 1985, the British Rail Chess Championship London to Edinburgh.

It was intended to have a tournament in which Karpov was going to play on the Trns-Siberian Railway. But it fell through.

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Post by Mark Ashley » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:57 am

I think this all sounds quite exciting. I would definitely love to take part if events on Trains/canal boats/cruise ships. I havent a clue how feasible it is though.

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Post by Adam Raoof » Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:29 pm

OK! I am officially looking for unusual venues and especially on the water, so if anyone has any tips, do email me at adamraoof@gmail.com

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Post by Stewart Reuben » Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:50 pm

I also had the idea of playing a bullet chess tournament in the Channel Tunnel. They were besieged by suggestions at that time and nothing came of it.
Why not have a second go? A whole tournament n 20 minutes!
A Tournament, or a one-on-one match on the underground??
Chess in a swimming pool? After each player moves, he swims a width and makes his next move. There is a chess clock.
Or the set is placed on the bottom of the pool and th players dive to make their moves.

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Post by LawrenceCooper » Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:58 pm

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:50 pm
Chess in a swimming pool? After each player moves, he swims a width and makes his next move. There is a chess clock.
Or the set is placed on the bottom of the pool and th players dive to make their moves.
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Post by JustinHorton » Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:07 pm

Ah yes
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Re: Chess on the canals

Post by Carl Portman » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:40 am

Adam,
One of my team mates at Banbury chess club lives on a narrowboat called Grendel. I wrote about him for Chess Monthly magazine. He is well known on the chess circuit - his name is Arthur Hibbitt. He has his own little chess laboratory deep within Grendel's bowels and I am due to have a short cruise with him playing chess in the great outdoors, which promises to be great fun.
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Post by Adam Raoof » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:54 am

Carl Portman wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:40 am
Adam,
One of my team mates at Banbury chess club lives on a narrowboat called Grendel. I wrote about him for Chess Monthly magazine. He is well known on the chess circuit - his name is Arthur Hibbitt. He has his own little chess laboratory deep within Grendel's bowels and I am due to have a short cruise with him playing chess in the great outdoors, which promises to be great fun.
Carl
excellent! what issue was that? I will have to see if I can find a copy to read

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Re: Chess on the canals

Post by Carl Portman » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:21 am

Adam,
It was Volume 81, No.7 October 2016. If you cannot find a copy, PM me with an email address and I am sure I can find a PDF.
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