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by Paul Habershon
Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2018
Views: 119528

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Can you say which scientific papers were quoted by Dominic? Dominic Lawson refers to this: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(20)30561-2/fulltext This was published nine months ago and Lawson adds: 'Anyway, the British Medical Journal has finally sided with Professor Go...
by Paul Habershon
Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2018
Views: 119528

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Covid 19 and surfaces. Dominic Lawson in yesterday's Sunday Times strongly dismisses the idea that the virus can easily be transmitted by communal touching of surfaces. Quoting scientific evidence, he says that expensive deep sanitising is unnecessary. Separately I have heard that charity shops no l...
by Paul Habershon
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)
Replies: 13
Views: 1042

Re: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)

I'm pretty sure he told me his best handicap was 5 or 6 (the uncertainty being my memory of what Keith told me, not his). Thanks, Ian. A 5 or 6 handicap for Keith sounds very plausible, especially as the 14 mentioned in my conversation with him was well after the 1990s Parkinson's diagnosis (which ...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)
Replies: 13
Views: 1042

Re: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)

Keith played at one of the early English Senior Championships organised by Neil Graham at Dovedale. We had a chat about golf - his handicap was 14, respectable club standard. I've never been better than 19 myself. As Keith was excellent at cricket and squash, I wonder if his handicap might have been...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:10 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 320
Views: 18887

Re: Pedants United

I wasn't going to bother with this one, but I've just heard it twice on Radio 5 Live, including once from the presenter, who should know better. In a discussion on hospitals and infections we got '...mitigate against these threats...' I have often heard this before. Mitigate means to soften or to le...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 39
Views: 2364

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

I have good reason to be grateful to BHW. Having been sent to boarding school from the age of 7 I arrived at my next school at 13, not even realising that chess clubs existed. Fortunately on the staff there was a club player (actually the late John Herring, father of recent ECF Finance Chairman, Tim...
by Paul Habershon
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 320
Views: 18887

Re: Pedants United

Or I shall be accused. What's the one function 'shall' has which 'will' does not have. Or how can we make a sentence where we can't replace 'shall' with 'will'? Shall v will is complicated and sometimes has special significance in legal documents. However, off my own bat (NB not 'back' as some like...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Mar 21, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 111
Views: 7822

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Thanks for the (9), Reg. I was slow on the uptake without it. It's our hoary old friend CHECKMATE from Prague.
by Paul Habershon
Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4337
Views: 475054

Re: Media comments on chess

[*]I don't normally watch 'Doctors', the BBC1 lunchtime soap, but yesterday I saw a doctor, who was clearly an unpleasant character, playing online chess in his office. His running commentary included much gloating and self-satisfaction. He got his just deserts, though, by getting mated. I could see...
by Paul Habershon
Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 111
Views: 7822

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Not The Times, but from this week's crossword in The Week: Chess champion resorts to the heavens (7) Good to see the cryptic chess clues from anywhere rolling in. I don't suppose many have been struggling to solve that one, but as it's now been around for a few days I give you SPASSKY (resorts=spas...
by Paul Habershon
Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times Winning Move
Replies: 14
Views: 1311

Re: Times Winning Move

I do not get the Times, (the Sun. Mrs. C. likes it, she picks her horses from there.) Do they give the players names and date of the game. I've seen the Qxf1+ and B+ idea before but would not mind seeing whole game. (sometimes like to guess what the opening was in puzzles, but here not enough clues...
by Paul Habershon
Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times Winning Move
Replies: 14
Views: 1311

Re: Times Winning Move

I think Paul is right, this line possibly should have been mentioned. Certainly no harm in showing it. [FEN "4r1k1/pp3ppp/6b1/8/1P1N1n2/PQ6/1B2qPPP/5RK1 b - - 0 1"] 1... Qxf1+ 2. Kxf1 Bd3+ 3. Ne2 Rxe2 4. Qxd3 Rxf2+ 5. Kxf2 Nxd3+ * Thanks, Geoff. though I do admit to Chris K that the prosaic 4...Nxd...
by Paul Habershon
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 111
Views: 7822

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Colin Purdon wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:08 pm
Not The Times, but from this week's crossword in The Week:

Chess champion resorts to the heavens (7)
The Times wouldn't have that solution - he's not dead yet. They slipped up once with Giscard d'Estaing - at the time still alive in his 90s.
by Paul Habershon
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times Winning Move
Replies: 14
Views: 1311

Times Winning Move

I was intrigued by today's position, Black to move and win, because the solution gave only 1...Qxf1+! 2 Kxf1 Bd3+ forces 3 Qxd3 (Kg1 Re1 is mate). I thought the defence 3 Ne2 should have been mentioned because accurate and attractive play is still needed to finish White off. The daily Winning Move r...
by Paul Habershon
Sun Mar 14, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2596

Re: Puzzles

That is another really clever answer. Indeed it is, but "Hume" is not the universal pronunciation of "Home" as a proper noun. Home House is an upmarket private members' club in Marylebone which was mentioned as a victim of alleged fraud emanating from the Braingames World Championship Match in 2000...