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by Reg Clucas
Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 1925

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

Then one issue came with an insert, "To Our Readers", which had clearly been put into the envelopes out of sight of his now unionised staff. Unless my memory is at fault, BH described one of his employees, "G", as a communist agitator. I would be interested to know whether anyone here still has a c...
by Reg Clucas
Mon Apr 05, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 1925

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

Long time subscribers will remember a period when more than one issue of CHESS contained a reference to its having been delayed by industrial action. Then one issue came with an insert, "To Our Readers", which had clearly been put into the envelopes out of sight of his now unionised staff. Unless m...
by Reg Clucas
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess references in Films
Replies: 16
Views: 1892

Re: Chess references in Films

There was a film shown on Film4 recently starring Anya Taylor-Joy - not the Queen's Gambit, but a film called 'Morgan', in which she plays an artificial humanoid which malfunctions. No chess theme, though at one point she is seen studying a position on a chess board. (I actually enjoyed that film mo...
by Reg Clucas
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2465
Views: 203982

Re: Cheating in chess

Chris Rice wrote:
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:34 am
So there you go, playing for the four move checkmate could well get you thrown off of Lichess!
And deservedly so! I tell the juniors at our club not to try it. :wink:
by Reg Clucas
Wed Mar 24, 2021 1:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on TV
Replies: 275
Views: 46039

Re: Chess on TV

Well spotted Reg, Do you think you could rip out the page and sent it to me. :D Apparently, if I recall, it is MCO 11 but not in MC0 10. Something rings a bell about MCO 13 and a doomed quest about not being able to find the quoted game. I'll check my blogs. Actually I've just noticed it is not the...
by Reg Clucas
Wed Mar 24, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on TV
Replies: 275
Views: 46039

Re: Chess on TV

When I found out MCO 9 finished a variation with an 'unclear' symbol but was actually mate in two. The Quest was on. Interestingly, the same error is in MCO 11, the only difference being that the 9...N-R3 line has been relegated to a footnote. And it only cost me £3-75! (though that was over 40 yea...
by Reg Clucas
Sun Mar 21, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 111
Views: 7464

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Mark Taylor wrote:
Sat Mar 20, 2021 7:21 pm
From today's Guardian cryptic:

"You're a loser, says European partner"
(9)
by Reg Clucas
Wed Mar 17, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Civil Service Rules
Replies: 7
Views: 671

Re: Civil Service Rules

John Upham wrote:
Wed Mar 17, 2021 1:20 pm
Thanks Alex. I assumed that this was the case.

I wonder whose bright idea it was to create such a stupid rule?
As Alex said, it also applied to other employers. It probably has its roots in the marriage bar which persisted in some cases until the 1960s.
by Reg Clucas
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What was my grade?
Replies: 11
Views: 1170

Re: What was my grade?

Does anyone have lists from 1973 to 1985?
by Reg Clucas
Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Wobbling chess set
Replies: 2
Views: 808

Wobbling chess set

When OTB chess resumes, I think these should become compulsory for Blitz tournaments! https://chess.us9.list-manage.com/track ... 619c478ac0
by Reg Clucas
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lilian Letitia Barber
Replies: 6
Views: 559

Re: Lilian Letitia Barber

Richard James wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:15 pm
Lancashire Evening Post 06 July 1937 wrote: In my club at Altrincham there are only five members,
That's more than we have currently at Altrincham!
by Reg Clucas
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 111
Views: 7464

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Paul Habershon wrote:
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:19 pm
9ac today.
Hurts to lose a second battle of wits (5)
C - - - -
(That was the letter I had when I solved it)
Aches - a + s
by Reg Clucas
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: To whom is she referring?
Replies: 16
Views: 1758

Re: To whom is she referring?

I believe Rublevsky (in later life) has form when it comes to upsetting women, i.e. the Russian women's team when he was their captain (specifically the Kosintseva sisters) although I suppose he would hardly be considered as 'young' at the time of that Olympiad.
by Reg Clucas
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 2010
Views: 117760

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

More seriously, given the profile of the people living at the venue, I wouldn't be surprised if they and their carers will all be vaccinated (including second dose) in the next couple of months. If they are indeed vaccinated, a chess tournament will present no risk to them. That's not correct becau...
by Reg Clucas
Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3310
Views: 179751

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:29 am
What do you call babies who still drink milk? I think it cannot be 'infant', as infant covers only1 year of age.
Suckling. (assuming you mean they drink only milk). It's a bit archaic though, and is more commonly used with reference to animals, e.g. 'suckling pig'.