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|Jul-16-11|| ||kingscrusher: In Tribute to Hugh Alexander, I created this video for some of his notable games on Chessgames.com :|
He may well have saved potentially thousands of lives for helping shorten World War II.
|Jul-16-11|| ||bartonlaos: <kingscrusher> Bill Wall and his brothers publish The White Knight Review, a beautiful free-monthly on chess-potpourri and extras. It has an extended article on Bletchley Park and its chess-playing codebreakers, that include: Harry Golombek , Alan Turing , James Macrae Aitken , Philip Stuart Milner-Barry , and Reuben Fine . |
Spies and Code-Breakers - White Knight Review
Free Subscription - http://www.offthewallchess.com/
|Jul-16-11|| ||Benzol: It's pleasing to see that the code breakers at Bletchley are getting acknowledgement. However, is there or has there been any recognition of the contribution that the Polish code breakers made in the first place?|
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomba_(cryptography) for more on this.
|Jul-16-11|| ||bartonlaos: <Benzol> Good point. This article <"How the young Polish mathematicians broke the unbreakable Enigma and gave the Allies a priceless gift"> contains some of the 'schematics' used in Rejewski's bombas and Zygalski's sheets, with an interactive enigma machine hidden within:|
|Jul-16-11|| ||HeMateMe: All that, but no one nailed Kate Winslet.|
|Aug-09-11|| ||Antiochus: 381 games of Alexander are here:
|Nov-12-11|| ||Karpova: C.N. 5458 cites from Alexander's foreword to 'King, Queen and Knight' by N. Knight and W. Guy (London, 1975):|
<‘... I should like to add one remark addressed especially to the stronger players. When we are soaked in chess, completely involved in its technicalities, we lose something; we forget what it was like when we first learnt this mysterious, inexhaustible, implacable art/game/science. Seeing chess – both in itself and in its numerous usages as an analogue of larger things – through the eyes of those who may be inexpert players but are highly articulate and intelligent men and women, we can perhaps regain some of the freshness of feeling that we once had.’>
|Feb-17-12|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "Slightly shortsighted, [Botvinnik] stoops over his score sheet and devotes his entire attention to recording the move in the most beautifully clear script; one feels that an explosion would not distract him and that examined through a microscope not an irregularity would appear. When he wrote down 1...c2-c4 against me, I felt like resigning." >
--- C.H.O'D. Alexander
|Apr-16-12|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is an Alexander victory that I have just uploaded to the database:|
[Event "Warsawl ol (Men) 1935"]
[White "Thomas George Cranston"]
[Black "Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander"]
1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 g6 3. ♘c3 ♗g7 4. ♘f3 d6 5. e4 ♘bd7 6. ♗e2 O-O 7. O-O e5 8. dxe5 dxe5 9. ♗g5 h6 10. ♗xf6 ♕xf6 11. ♘d5 ♕d8 12. ♕c2 c6 13. ♘e3 ♕e7 14.
♖ad1 ♘c5 15. ♖d2 ♘e6 16. g3 ♘d4 17. ♘xd4 exd4 18. ♘g2 b6 19. f4 c5 20. ♗f3 ♗b7 21. ♕d3 ♖ab8 22. ♖e1 ♕d7 23. b3 ♖fe8 24. ♘e3 f5 25. ♘d5 ♗xd5 26. cxd5 fxe4 27. ♗xe4 b5 28. ♖de2 ♔h8 29. ♔g2 ♖bc8 30. ♗f3 ♖xe2+ 31. ♖xe2
click for larger view
31...c4 32. ♕xg6 d3 33. ♖e6 ♗f8 34. ♕f5 ♖d8 35. bxc4 bxc4 36. ♗e4 d2 37. ♕h5 d1=♕ 38. ♕xd1 ♕xe6 39. ♕a1+ ♗g7 40. ♕xg7+ ♔xg7 41. dxe6 ♖d2+ 42. ♔f3 c3 43. ♔e3 ♖xh2 0-1
Source: "CHESS", Vol 1, No 1, 14th September 1935.
|Apr-19-13|| ||brainzugzwang: << HeMateMe: One of the first chess books I owned: "Fischer v. Spassky 1972" by Alexander.>>|
One of my first, too -- Actually, my third, for 50 cents from a rummage sale, and still one of my favorites. For someone fairly new to the game, and not living in anything even close to resembling a metropolitan area, the introductory section about the world of professional chess was revelatory, and C.H. o'D. also kept us patzers in mind when annotating the games. Very underrated book for its time, I think.
|Jul-29-13|| ||perfidious: From Larsen in the quote reproduced by <Caissanist>:|
<Even Alekhine would have had to study for a year first; I am not sure, but I believe the man had never seen an exchange sacrifice on c3 in the Sicilian. Imagine that!>
Not quite the case:
E Schultz vs Alekhine, 1914
|Mar-08-14|| ||thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: All that, but no one nailed Kate Winslet.>|
Jack Dawson did.
|Jul-19-14|| ||torrefan: Just bought a copy of this guy's "The Penguin Book of Chess Positions" published in 1973--a year before he died.|
|Dec-25-14|| ||alfamikewhiskey: In "The Imitation Game", Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander - Hugh Alexander - is depicted favourably by Matthew Goode.|
Alexander is Alan Turing's (Benedict Cumberbatch) colleague at Bletchley Park, the British codebreaking centre during World War II, decrypting the Germans' Enigma code.
His chess merits are briefly mentioned in the film.
The secret nature of the cryptographic work denied Alexander the possibility to play, post-war, behind the Iron Curtain.
Interesting guy (<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conel_...>, and a highly watch worthy movie.
|Apr-13-15|| ||wwall: "The BBC recently televised the first simultaneous chess match. The international master C. H. O'Donel Alexander played 16 people simultaneously in a London restaurant, and the TV cameras dipped into the program from time to time to see how he was getting on. Surprisingly, the transmission was far more successful than anybody had deemed possible. The players were representatives of many professions - they included a journalist, a cricketer, a Bridge expert, a Socialist editor, Lord Brabazon,the pioneer flier, a cartoonist, a blind champion, a woman champion, a schoolboy and a schoolgirl champion, and various others. Many viewers agreed that the BBC built up both suspense and human interest. Alexander managed to win by 10 to 4, with two draws." New York Times, May 10, 1953, p. X 11.|
|Apr-19-15|| ||kamagong24: the code breaker!|
|Jun-14-15|| ||zanzibar: <The best British chess player of the day, Hugh Alexander, went on to become head of cryptoanalysis at GCHQ, while doubling as the Spectator's chess columnist under the pseudonym Philidor.>|
|Jan-15-16|| ||visayanbraindoctor: <The best British chess player of the day, Hugh Alexander, went on to become head of cryptoanalysis at GCHQ, while doubling as the Spectator's chess columnist under the pseudonym Philidor.>|
I just went thorugh Bronstein vs C H Alexander, 1954
Amazing game. If IM Alexander were active in this era, he would definitely be a GM, probably one just a tier below the Candidates level (for the rating obsessed chess fan that would be today's low 2700s GM), with the occasional chance to make it into the Candidates during peak periods of playing.
A record not many players can boast of.
|Jan-15-16|| ||HeMateMe: The film "The Imitation Game" generally paints Turing as head and shoulders above the rest of the cryptographers, a supervisor with the power to fire those he felt weren't an effective part of the team at Bletchley Park. I don't know is that is historically accurate or not, but based on the movie, Turing seems to have an intimate knowledge of the primitive computer that the others don't, and the world was in no grave danger if C.H.O.D. Alexander were somehow kidnapped by the Soviets. Much ado about nothing.|
|Feb-15-16|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, C.H.O.D. Alexander.|
|Feb-15-16|| ||Petrosianic: As oppposed to what? What are you telling him not to do?|
|Feb-15-16|| ||TheFocus: I would not want him to rest in pieces.|
|Mar-17-16|| ||luftforlife: The following formerly secret document was approved for release by NSA on September 18, 2007:|
|Apr-19-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, C.H.O.D. Alexander.|
|Apr-19-16|| ||Dionysius1: Many many thanks <luftforlife>, that is a glorious read. It's gripping stuff on a player about whom there isn't very much elsewhere. Hugh Denham who wrote the In Memoriam just avoids overdoing the lyricism, though it leaks through nicely in the last few paragraphs, don't you think?|
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