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|Jan-14-15|| ||WannaBe: <Zanzibar> I don't think CG did that, one of the editor may have done it, because of the () in the link, which CG.com does not translate very well.|
Have to use forty; and forty-one; so the link would work.
|May-11-15|| ||TheFocus: <Every pawn is a potential queen> - James Mason.|
|May-13-15|| ||TheFocus: <Never make a good move too soon> - James Mason.|
|Nov-19-15|| ||plang: I thought he was pretty good in Lolita|
|Nov-19-15|| ||HeMateMe: he played a mean Rommel.|
|Nov-19-15|| ||gars: Let's praise James Mason games and books, but let's not forget Jose Raul Capablanca, born exactly thirty-nine years later.|
|Nov-19-15|| ||ketchuplover: reincarnation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Feb-05-16|| ||zanzibar: In regards to his play in
<2nd BCA Congress - London (1886)>:
<"Mason's play throughout the entire tournament was as usual notable for tenacity, coupled, at times, with a trifle of dulness, and many of his games were, if not 'linked sweetness,' certainly 'long drawn-out,' for some extended far above 100 moves with a draw to wind up with. Indeed of the twelve games he played exactly one half were drawn. Six draws out of twelve speak well for a player's dogged stubbornness whatever else they may show. It is worthy of note that exclusive of Mason's draws there were only five other draws made by all the remaining masters. His game with Lipschutz was somewhat remarkable. Mason played 1 P to K 3, and his opponent followed his example almost move for move until at the 12th move the following position appeared, wherein the White and Black pieces occupy precisely similar squares."
- BCM v7 p350>
|Jun-03-16|| ||zanzibar: Maybe mentioned before, definitely good enough to be mentioned again:|
A nice profile of Mason. The bio probably should also mention his contributions to BCM.
(And as far as chess is concerned - James Mason is good enough, he used it his entire lifetime)
|Nov-19-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, James Mason.|
|Jul-10-18|| ||Whitehat1963: A damned fine actor. I liked him in The Verdict.|
|Jul-10-18|| ||HeMateMe: My favorite Paul Newman movie, after 1) cool hand luke and 2) the sting.|
|Jul-10-18|| ||plang: The Verdict is very under-rated
of course Butch Cassidy
and A Long Hot Summer
|Jul-10-18|| ||plang: getting back to James Mason I liked Pandora and the Flying Dutchman|
|Jul-10-18|| ||Count Wedgemore: And Lolita, he was great in that film, although the film is not as good as the book (is it ever?).|
|Jul-10-18|| ||WannaBe: bunchapervs. =))|
|Jul-10-18|| ||saffuna: <And Lolita, he was great in that film, although the film is not as good as the book (is it ever?).>|
Feel free to disagree, but I thought much of the power of the book was the contrast between the proper, arch, almost academic way Humbert described events and the truly tawdry things he was describing.
That was lost in the movie.
|Jul-10-18|| ||Count Wedgemore: <saffuna> Agreed. That is an aspect of the book that the film doesn't convey. In fact, the Humbert in the book is very different from the movie character. I don't know if you remember that but the chronology of events is messed up in the film, too. And, of course, censorship limitations prevented Kubrick from making the film as he originally intented, as well.|
|Jul-11-18|| ||HeMateMe: Forgot about butch and the sundance kid, an all time great. There was a time when Redford's movies weren't boring and preachy.|
|Jul-11-18|| ||Whitehat1963: The Bridges of Madison County. The movie was FAR BETTER than the book. The book is garbage, a trifle. The movie features Meryl Streep and is well directed.|
|Jul-12-18|| ||plang: If we are going to talk about movies directed by Clint Eastwood they deserve their own thread - too many to mention.|
|Jul-12-18|| ||HeMateMe: I think the chimp in the biker movies should havebbeen nominated for an Oscar.|
|Jan-19-19|| ||Caissanist: <Every pawn is a potential queen> - James Mason.|
Quite right, just as I learned by reading <Chess in 30 Minutes> when I was nine. This seems rather less profound than most of the other quotes I've seen on here.
|Apr-21-19|| ||John Saunders: Some of us at the English Chess Forum have been conducting further research into James Mason recently - <https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopi...>|
Still nothing regarding his real name but we now know he was married to Annie (born around 1855 in Swanage, Dorset, England) and that in 1901 he tells the census enumerator that he was born in Ireland but an American citizen.
I did speculate that the tantalising reference to his name being "infernally Milesian" (as said by Mason to RJ Buckley) might point in the direction of John Byrne, one of the possibilities rejected by Jim Hayes in his excellent biography. My reasoning was that 'Byrne' and 'burn' are homophones, and 'burn' is what happens to people in an inferno. It has the ring of a cryptic crossword clue about it.
|Jun-05-19|| ||mifralu: < BOW STEEET. A Chess Player in his Cups.
James Mason, 38 was charged by Police-constable 55 E with being drunk the previous night in Bedford-street between seven and eight, and breaking a pane of glass in the window of the British Chess Club. A gentleman, who was a member of the club, said the defendant was one of the greatest chess players in the world, and lately had, unfortunately, given way to drink. The members of the club had made him an honorary member, but he made himself offensive, and was ordered to leave by the steward. On the way out he broke a pane of glass, and was given into custody. They relied upon the defendant to vindicate them in international contests, and were extremely sorry at the condition into which he had fallen. Mr. Bridge told defendant chess-players were generally men of intellect, but inordinate drink turned them into beasts. Fined 5s. >|
Reynolds's Newspaper, London, Greater London, England
01 January 1888, Page 8
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