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John Brown's body of work

I was at the WECU Easter Congress in Exmouth today for the final round (news at http://chessdevon.co.uk/), and heard from Bill Frost that Brian Gosling has written a book about the problems of Dorset composer John Brown. And I thought if I hadn't heard about it, then perhaps you haven't too.

Should every child be made to play chess?

News story from the BBC about Armenia

Holidays

The Junior club will be meeting every Friday until the end of May,
including Friday 22nd and Friday 29th April.

Hope to see you there!

D

The Secret Life of Rafa Benitez

Plagiarists' Corner

I've just noticed that one of my favourite comedians, Stewart Lee, has a little bit of his website devoted to rip-offs of his work:
http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/plagiarists.htm

On a completely different topic, you might be interested to compare the design of a popular locally produced scorebook:
http://onionschess.atspace.com/tims.htm
...to that of a recently issued product from the other side of the country.

Chess: the musical

...coming to the Princess Theatre, Torquay

"Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood directs an amazing cast in an extraordinary new staging of the classic musical CHESS."

…possibly the ultimate staging of Chess.” The Chronicle
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Ancient chessplayers who remember the KK struggles of the late 1970s and early 1980s will find some echoes here.

Lyricist Tim Rice is apparently a chess player, although he seems to have let his grading lapse.

Read more:

http://www.princesstheatre.org.uk/prod-productions_details.asp?pid=2388&...

Let's chess again

From the UK Chess Challenge
http://www.ukchesschallenge.com/

Let's Chess Again:
http://www.2seeitlive.com/ukscc/ChessVid

"Sensational new chess video by Alex and Marcus of St Andrew's, Much Haddam, Herts"
http://www.ukchesschallenge.com/Music/LetsChessAgain.wmv

(via Trefor Thynne of Torquay Boys Grammar school)

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Junior Chess Calendar

Happiness

"Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby!", said GBS, but typically there's not a lot of overlap between my day job in health and education and my pastime of chess.

Then two come along at once :)

My colleague David McGeorge called to my attention to some research about going second, which looked at penalty shoot-outs and the game of chess.

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Chess Quotes

Here are some of the questions and answers to an examination paper in chess that was given some time ago by Dr. TARRASCH. (...)
"Q: What is the object of playing a gambit opening?
A: To acquire a reputation of being a dashing player at the cost of losing a game.

  Q: Account briefly for the popularity of the Queen Pawn Opening in matches of a serious nature.
A: Laziness.

  Q: What is the duty of an umpire where a player wilfully upsets the board?
A: Remove the bottle.

Chess Review, 1935.