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Chess and cricket

Post by Robert Page » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:17 pm

Interesting discussion on TMS this afternoon about chess and cricket. According to Graeme Swann, Andrew Flintoff was a 'seriously good chess player' (or words to that effect) as a junior. I think I've heard this before but can anyone verify it? How good a player was he and does anyone know of any other chess-playing cricketers (as opposed to cricketing chess-players)?

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Re: Chess and cricket

Post by David Robertson » Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:35 pm

This has been raised in here each year, every year, since 2009. Best type 'Flintoff' into the site search bar, and read your fill.

But to save you time: Flintoff was an adequate primary school player, featuring once for Lancashire u-11s. And that's it!

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Post by Geoff Chandler » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:29 am

"does anyone know of any other chess-playing cricketers."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Winter_(cricketer)

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Post by Alex Holowczak » Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:52 am

This season there were two Birmingham League chessplayers on the Birmingham League umpires panel. There used to be three other Birmingham League chessplayers who were Birmingham League umpires within the last 10 years or so.

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Post by Tim Harding » Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:16 pm

Paul Terry (Hampshire and England in the 1980s) used to be a BCCA member, at least around the same period.

Maybe postal chess helped to pass the time during rain delays and journeys to away matches?
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Re: Chess and cricket

Post by MJMcCready » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:44 pm

It's quite possible that GM Peter Svidler will one day describe himself tongue-in-cheek as a chess-playing cricketer.

http://yorkshirechess.org/interview-with-peter-svidler/

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Post by HLang » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:13 pm

"does anyone know of any other chess-playing cricketers."
I've played in European Senior Championships at both sports, though I'd classify myself more as a cricket-playing chesser.

Peter Svidler's batting technique is definitely on the, um, uncoached side. That said, there's some good hand-eye going on here (assuming that the video isn't too heavily edited): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAjaeGMB51c

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Re: Chess and cricket

Post by David Shepherd » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:07 pm

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:29 am
"does anyone know of any other chess-playing cricketers."
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Re: Chess and cricket

Post by Roger Lancaster » Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:30 pm

Former England Test captain Mike Brearley was a useful chess player in his teens - verge of school first team.

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Re: Chess and cricket

Post by E Michael White » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:06 am

There's this piece about Brearley and Barber doing a chess cricket simultaneous for a few moves in the link below. I have known a fair number of amateur cricketers who played chess. It seems to me that bowlers and allrounders are more likely to feature in the chess-cricket group, possibly reflecting that bowlers prepare whereas batsmen practise.

http://www.firstpost.com/firstcricket/s ... 68726.html

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Re: Chess and cricket

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:21 pm

Mike Atherton played a bit, but that was probably mentioned in the previous Flintoff reports.

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Post by harrylamb » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:50 pm

Keith B Richardson was Englands first Grandmaster. He got his title for ccorrespondance chess. He also played for England at Cricket playing in Englands under 19 team. I believe that he also played First team county cricket. I am not sure which county he played for but he was from Nottinghamshire. So he may well have played for them.

Sadly Keith died in April this year
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Re: Chess and cricket

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:40 pm

harrylamb wrote:
Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:50 pm
I believe that he also played First team county cricket. I am not sure which county he played for but he was from Nottinghamshire. So he may well have played for them.
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Re: Chess and cricket

Post by James Pratt » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:10 pm

In a 1888 Bristol simul, JH Blackburne played WG Grace's son, a game watched by the cricketer WGG himself. And 'Young Mr. Grace' won.

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