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by John McKenna
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1818
Views: 102761

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Not sure if I should welcome GM Matt T to cellblock-H(orton) he might be accused of getting into the wrong crowd. Some people here need to remember this - "Pluralism as a political philosophy is the recognition and affirmation of diversity within a political body, which is seen to permit the peacefu...
by John McKenna
Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3291
Views: 176371

Re: The English Language

Thanks for asking around. M. Ali Farboud has played no games I could find since the 1960s. During that time, at Olympiads, he defeated V. Bergraser (twice champion of France), had a win and draw against Brian Reilly (twice champion of Ireland) but lost to GM Oscar Panno (champion of Argentina at lea...
by John McKenna
Tue Feb 23, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 47
Views: 4310

Re: Jonathan Penrose

Penrose became a GM and not the inferior honorary version. How it happened is through another of Bob Wade's services to English chess. In the late 1970s when Jonathan had virtually finished his over the board career I thought my friend and contemporary was worthy of the GM title. This was round abo...
by John McKenna
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3291
Views: 176371

Re: The English Language

Where have you found ali, in the first place? See here (note that 'CC', below, is Correspondence Chess) - In 1965 he started CC Olympiad 6 preliminaries on board 3 in section 1 for GB and scored 3 wins and 5 draws; he was the only player not to lose to M. Ali Farboud of Iran, the country which won ...
by John McKenna
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 25
Views: 2055

Re: Peter Markland

IIRC there is only one "honorary" GM still alive - our own Penrose. Apparently he's not so "honorary", Matt. Penrose became a GM and not the inferior honorary version. How it happened is through another of Bob Wade's services to English chess... SNIP I see that Wikipedia and other sources call Penr...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3291
Views: 176371

Re: The English Language

Farboud not only played postal (correspondence) chess he also played for Iran in FIDE Olympiads in the early 1960s. Did he? olimpbase has a Farboud, Mohammad Hossein playing for Iran in 1962 and 1964 which it says were the only two Olympiads that Iran took part in in the 1960s. Thanks for pointing ...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3291
Views: 176371

Re: The English Language

SNIP In return a quick question for you... Have you ever heard of either of the following Iranian correspondence (postal) chess players? Pakdaman, Mehdi (active in the 1970s & 1980s) Farboud, M. Ali (active in the 1960s) No, but I can ask around for you Thanks, but no need to go out of your way to ...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3291
Views: 176371

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:10 am
Thanks
Don't mention it.

In return a quick question for you...

Have you ever heard of either of the following Iranian correspondence (postal) chess players?

Pakdaman, Mehdi (active in the 1970s & 1980s)

Farboud, M. Ali (active in the 1960s)
by John McKenna
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering IM Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (19-iv-1909 15-ii-1974)
Replies: 29
Views: 1359

Re: Remembering IM Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (19-iv-1909 15-ii-1974)

I think that the details of WRH not getting that title have been discussed on here before ;) The link below is from 2014 (see Jonathan Bryant's post in there for details) there may have been other such discussions on the forum. https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7079&p=150470&hilit=Hart...
by John McKenna
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1763

Re: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021

From another (linked) thread - I noticed that someone at ChessBomb was trying to defend MVL by saying it was a mouse slip. Of course these things must always be considered in an online game but in this case that is not really an option. 8/8/5pk1/6r1/6R1/6K1/8/8 w - - 0 1 You cannot 'mouse slip' the ...
by John McKenna
Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: H.E.Atkins
Replies: 100
Views: 9381

Re: H.E.Atkins

Thank you, David. Thank you for the diagrams, John. OK, might as well include what GM Matt Turner had to say about them in the thread "Re: Opera Euro Rapid..." Whilst these look similar, I think the Karlsbad mistake is much more understandable. Spielmann (the player a pawn down) initiated an exchan...
by John McKenna
Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1763

Re: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021

SNIP Compare and contrast the following two blunders: [Event "Opera Euro Rapid"] [Site "?"] [Date "2021.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave,M."] [Black "Radjabov,T."] [Result "0-1"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/8/5pk1/6r1/6R1/6K1/8/8 w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "6"] 1. Rxg5+ $4 (1 Kf3 $11) 1... Kxg5 $19 2...
by John McKenna
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: H.E.Atkins
Replies: 100
Views: 9381

Re: H.E.Atkins

"It is quite clear that the Karlsbad [1911] players were far more prone to severe errors than contemporary players." Compare and contrast the following two blunders: W: Kf3, Ra4; B: Kg6, Rf5, Pf6: 1. Rf4??, Kg5; 0-1 Spielmann v Duras, Karlsbad 1907 W: Kg3, Rg4: B: Kg6, Rg5, Pf6: 1.Rxg5??, Kxg5; 2. ...
by John McKenna
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 124
Views: 8846

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Thank you for your measured reply.

And in the spirit of "measure for measure"...

I admit that my spelling is far from exemplary and that my "Shakespere" was, at best, a palpable near miss that I was correctly hauled up for by Justice Horton.
by John McKenna
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1763

Re: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021

David S's above post is apropos of a statement (in the thread he now links to, below) - "It is quite clear that the Karlsbad [1911] players were far more prone to severe errors than contemporary players." And I tend to agree with David's explanation, further above, in this thread despite GM Matt Tur...