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|Aug-25-09|| ||offramp: The quote referred to is today's 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."
He means 1...c7-c5. A slip of the pen, I suppose. Alexander was probably much more fluent in descriptive than standard notation. His score sheet would have read 1...P-QB4.
|Mar-19-10|| ||RonB52734: <jahhaj> <Turing also devised the first computer chess program. Since he didn't actually have a computer to program it was a pen and paper system. I have seen a score of a game it 'played', can't recall where however. It would be intersting to see it on chessgames.com, it's of historical interest after all.>|
As <jahhaj> is well aware, but others may not be, the game is here: A Turing vs A Glennie, 1952
|Mar-19-10|| ||Caissanist: I have the book that the above quote is taken from (1973's <A Book of Chess>), and he did indeed write it incorrectly as "1...c2-c4". Probably, as offramp says, it was because he was not as comfortable in algebraic; all the games in the book are in descriptive.|
|Apr-15-10|| ||alexrawlings: Leonard Barden used one of Alexander's games for his chess column today's in London Evening Standard:|
C H Alexander vs V Castaldi, 1947
He writes of Alexander: <Alexander was the best English player of his time, by profession a top class code-breaker who was influential at Blechley Park during World War Two and later transferred to Russian cyphers. The Foreign Office would not allow him to lead the England team at the Moscow Olympiad 1956 nor even at Helsinki 1952, which the mandarins deemed too near the Soviet border.
On the chessboard Alexander specialised in giant-killing, defeated two world champions, and played in an imaginative, unorthodox style with fertile flair for new openings.
He was a great teacher, too, and his primer Learn Chess, written 47 years ago, is still highly recommended for novices>.
|Apr-19-10|| ||HeMateMe: One of the first chess books I owned: "Fischer v. Spassky 1972" by Alexander. In the intro to the book, he candidly says, paraphrasing, when you publish a book like this IMMEDIATELY after a match or tournament, its not a case of mabye making mistakes, its a certainty there will be errors. |
An interesting observation of his, in this book, is that "like Alekhine and Capablanca getting the best of Nimzovitch, so do Fischer and Spassky dominate the erratic Bent Larsen."
|Oct-16-10|| ||EinZweiDrei: If my opponent moved my own piece on his first move, I might resign, too.|
|Nov-11-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Photo:
|Jul-15-11|| ||kingscrusher: Code breaker at Bletchley park
|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.>|
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