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|Aug-20-14|| ||ketchuplover: He will soon reach the 59th year mark on his column! Kudos :)|
|Sep-09-14|| ||ketchuplover: Savor your $5000 young man|
|Aug-20-15|| ||kingscrusher: "Play better chess" is one of my most favourite chess books ever. |
It is like getting a snapshot in time of the British and wider global chess scene with Nigel Short as a junior.
|Aug-20-15|| ||diagonal: Happy birthday, dear Mr. Barden, congratulations and many more chess columns to come!|
The maestro himself on the longest running chess column:
Hommage from Frederic Friedel on Leonard Barden's Evening Standard column:
|Aug-20-15|| ||eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to Leonard Barden! <diagonal> That's amazing that his chess column has been going on that long uninterrupted! He's a very dedicated man w/ a good work ethic.|
|Aug-20-16|| ||Nosnibor: I first met Leonard Barden at the Spalding Open in 1970. He was a very nice gentleman. I believe he finished just outside the prize list in a very strong event. Here is an early game ,which is not in the d.b. played when he was just 17. Played in the National Correspondence Chess Club Premier Tournament,1946-7. White L.W.Barden,Black J.K.Ault. Giuoco Piano 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Nxe4 9.d5 Na5 10.Bd3 Nf6 11.Qa4 b6 12.Ba3 Nb7 13.0-0 Nc5 14.Rfe1+ Kf8 15.Qd4 d6 16Re2 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Bg4 18.Rae1 Bxf3 19.Qxf3 Qd7 20.Bc1! Qg4 21.Qxf6!! Qxe2 22.Rxe2 gxf6 23Bh6+ Kg8 24Re3 1-0 The position after Black`s 20th move would make a good problem for the day. Happy birthday Leonard.|
|Aug-20-17|| ||Ironmanth: So honored to wish you a happy birthday, Leonard Barden! Your love and respect for chess came through in your writings, and like many, formed the basis of my earliest library of chess books and learning. Be well sir!|
|Aug-20-17|| ||gars: Happy Birthday, Mr. Barden. Your book "How good is your chess" is simply wonderful!|
|Apr-02-18|| ||MissScarlett: <Mortimer played Znosko-Borovsky and (most notably) Tartakover at Ostend 1907 which blows up Morphy 3 as a finite one-hand number...>|
Mortimer also played George Alan Thomas before WW1, who, in turn, was another who continued active play until after WW2, so that's another possible avenue.
If <cg.com> were to arrange another <The World> match with Barden, we could all be Morphy#4s.
|Aug-20-18|| ||Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday!|
|Aug-20-19|| ||Nosnibor: Happy Birthday Leonard on this your big 90th.|
|Aug-20-19|| ||Cardinal Fang: Happy Birthday Leonard Barden, and thank you for all the work you've done for chess over the years.|
In England in the 70s I remember well how Leonard Barden would appear at junior tournaments with a roll of paper, and put up handwritten posters with up-to-date ratings of junior players - not just the top ones, but all the way down through the rating levels. He was well aware that the six- or twelve-monthly rating lists got out of date very quickly, and wanted us young players to see how rapidly we were improving and be inspired by it. Great memories.
|Aug-20-19|| ||Sally Simpson: ***
|Aug-20-19|| ||Sally Simpson: **
Hope you don't mind but I have posted your kind word on the ECF forum where Mr.Barden appears to frequent more than here and the 90th Birthday tributes are flooding in. (Geoff)
|Aug-20-19|| ||Cardinal Fang: <Sally Simpson> You're welcome to. Thank you.|
|Aug-20-19|| ||WTHarvey: Leonard Barden vs M O'Hara, Varna, 1962
White mates in 4.
click for larger view
Solution (in reverse)
3.Qg8+ Kh8 2.Nxh6+ Kg8 1.Nf7+
|Sep-18-19|| ||mckmac: Leonard Barden's excellent chess column and problem have been a constant fixture in the NZ Listener magazine for many years now. A belated Happy Birthday Mr Barden!|
|Sep-20-19|| ||JimNorCal: A nice 90th birthday tribute to Mr Barden
|Jan-27-20|| ||MissScarlett: C.N. 11695: <‘The daily chess column in the Evening Standard will finally reach its end on Friday, 31 January 2020. I have given the starting-date as Monday, 4 June 1956 since although I am not totally sure of the exact date I recall that it was early June and some time after Whitsun, which was in May that year. The total is thus 63 years, 7 months and 27 days without a day missed. The final puzzle is a Carlsen win from the 2019 world blitz championship.’>|
|Jan-27-20|| ||Cibator: No reasons given, I see. Anyone able to enlighten us?|
|Jan-28-20|| ||offramp: <Cibator: No reasons given, I see. Anyone able to enlighten us?>|
I really think it is just a case of old age. However, the circulations of British newspapers have been falling for decades, and it is possible that the Evening Standard wanted to save some money. Barden's column may have been online only, but he was presumably paid in real cash.
It is strange that so few modern newspapers have a chess column. Chess is very popular across all age ranges and the space needed for a column is tiny.
|Jan-28-20|| ||MissScarlett: I think Len's taking a well-earned sabbatical. I could do with one of those, too!|
|Jan-28-20|| ||spingo: |
<If I had known the job was only temporary I'd never have taken it on.>
|Jan-30-20|| ||Granny O Doul: I didn't really process the "daily" in my original reading of the chesshistory report. I still (as of last weekend) check out Barden's weekly column that appears (appeared?) in the Financial Times. Skimming The Guardian's website just now, it is not the same column as appears there, so I have hope. To me, Barden's FT column is the best of its type out there.|
So maybe it is just a question of the daily grind. On the other hand, I remember when my favorite sports columnist as a kid, Red Smith, wrote a column wherein he explained that thenceforth he's be writing just twice a week and not thrice as he had been. This proved to be his last-ever piece.
|Feb-12-20|| ||Granny O Doul: So Barden has not laid his pen to rest: https://www.ft.com/content/7e85b2ea... .|
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