|May-01-04|| ||Jim Bartle: Sorry not to see any wins by Cathy Forbes here. She's been one of the best chess writers for quite a while, with serious interviews with a lot of top players. One story I particularly remember was from the Fischer=Spassky match in 1992. Forbes asked Fischer this question at a press conference: "Would you play a game with me?" Fischer was taken aback, then asked her rating (2100 or so), and said we'll see. A few days later he called her over during a dinner or a party, pulled out a magnetic pocket set and asked her to sit down. When Forbes finally realized he wanted to play her right then, she almost panicked, unprepared and not having played on a pocket set for many years. Still, she held her own for a good while until walking into a knight fork and a one-move loss. |
|May-02-04|| ||Calli: Forbes tells the story here
|May-02-04|| ||Benjamin Lau: C Forbes vs Fischer, 1992 |
|May-02-04|| ||Benzol: Grandmaster video number 8 tells the full story of her coverage of the 1992 Fischer-Spassky rematch. |
|Jul-25-04|| ||WMD: There was a rumour that a certain British chess journalist sexually harrassed Ms Forbes. |
|Jul-25-04|| ||WMD: I thought I'd better err on the side of caution but it seems there's no need: http://www.1001knights.com/ChessChi.... |
|Jul-25-04|| ||Lawrence: Junior 8 suggests that Henderson had a slight advantage there, -0.41.|
Gosh, <WMD>, when you said "a certain British chess journalist" how many of us were thinking........(I won't even say it.)
|Jul-25-04|| ||WMD: The clue was in the word British rather than English. |
|Jul-25-04|| ||WMD: <Chessgames.com> Can this game be uploaded? |
Forbes,C - Henderson,J [A41] 4NCL (6)
1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4 3 Nbd2 Nf6 4 g3 e6 5 Bg2 Be7 6 c4 Nbd7 7 0-0 0-0 8 h3 Bh5 9 g4 Bg6 10 Nh4 c6 11 Nxg6 hxg6 12 g5 Ne8 13 Nf3 d5 14 Qb3 Rb8 15 Bf4 Bd6 16 Ne5 Qc7 17 Nxd7 Qxd7 18 Bxd6 Nxd6 19 cxd5 cxd5 20 Rac1 Rfc8 ½-½
|Jul-25-04|| ||refutor: i was going to upload it, but what year is it? |
|Jul-25-04|| ||WMD: Pretty sure it was 1999. That was the year in which Susan Lalic's Chesscafe article appeared, of which an excerpt:|
"The days following the Birmingham weekend were taken up by Miss Forbes alerting every newspaper and chess magazine of her story. Meanwhile Mr. Henderson had to explain the fuss to his long standing girlfriend and battled for the 4NCL representatives to belatedly interview the only witness - the man serving the teas.
When the witness declared that he saw nothing improper take place it would not have been unreasonable to assume that the incident would be forgotten."
"However, there followed a damning article in the British Chess
Federation's monthly publication "Chess Moves" headed "Guilty Men". Miss Forbes claims that this was the third time she has been "sexually assaulted" at a chess event."
|Jul-25-05|| ||NeilUK: So where is Cathy Forbes now ? Does she still play ? Does she still write ? Does anyone know ? What happened ?|
|Nov-11-05|| ||lopium: I really don't know!|
|Nov-11-05|| ||WMD: I heard she was at large in the Bristol area.|
|Nov-12-05|| ||MadammeCurry: She wrote a book about the Polgar sisters, "Genius or Hard Work", or someting like that.|
|Nov-12-05|| ||pazzed paun: <WMD> why would you mention her weight? couldn't she just go unnoticed somewhere in England?|
|Dec-28-05|| ||seeminor: Cathy Forbes once commented during the 1993 World Championship Match between Kasparov and Short "i Can't remember a day in the last week where i've met someone who has not known what was happening in the match. TV will never be able to ignore as major chess event again." I wish it were true Miss Forbes! However i get the feeling that after this, despite attempts to show the PCA rapid tournaments, Chess on TV was doomed to failure.|
|Jan-08-06|| ||pazzed paun: Cathy Forbes appears in Jennifer Shahade"s recent book whose title I won't mention.|
It seems that Forbes regrets the controversy and illwill generated by her unauthorized biography of the Polgar sisters,but she does not regret writing the book.
Poor judgement to write something like that and then be suprised that it generates hate mail.
|Mar-04-06|| ||Fan of Leko: <Jim Bartle> She is this pushy female writer who insits to play all these strong players and writes mean crap about them if they refuse. Reason you don't see her win any is she isn't very good. maybe one of these older guys really hard up would give her draw.|
|Mar-04-06|| ||Jim Bartle: "...and writes mean crap about them if they refuse."|
Ah, the Bob Woodward school of journalism: give me inside stuff, or I'll pulverize you in my next tell-all book.
|Mar-10-06|| ||BluffKingHal: I guess it would be pretty naff to "blow the whistle" on the sexism previously posted here, but fwiw that of course is precisely the kind of attitude toward women players that so rightly annoys Ms Forbes.|
I had the pleasure of playing Ms Forbes at an informal chess haunt in London recently - she said she'd be back, but we havent seen her since - I hope we do.
She seemed a modest and charming lady and physically very fit as she is training for running the London marathon for charity. She commented on the inccuracies about her in the media - a minor point, this database lists her game with Tal as taking place on Chicago, a place she has never visited.
|Mar-10-06|| ||BluffKingHal: Chessmaster 9000 gives position as favouring Henderson 0.59 in the notorious "happy slapping" game, presumably as White has weakened her kingside by advancing the g pawn.|
|Mar-26-06|| ||NorthernExposure: Oh dear! And I remember coaching her as a sweet 12 year old :-)|
|Oct-13-06|| ||mack: How is Cathy's relationship with Jon Speelman these days?|
|Feb-06-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Cathy Forbes.|