On this day a year ago
On the blog 5 years ago
Well, 6/10 this week, thus again beating political journalist John Rentoul, who scored 4/10.
I did not know the answers to questions 4, 5, and 8; I also could not recall the surname of the playwright at question 9 (though I got the first name), so disallowed myself that point too.
It is hard enough to beat a human grandmaster. In 1971 (I think), I took part in the Marlow International Chess Tournament, held in a school at Marlow, Buckinghamshire on a weekend in July. I camped in the grounds.
I took part in a “simultaneous exhibition”, in which a famous and very strong player takes on a number of others; in this case me and 19 others against Jana Hartston, a women’s grandmaster, former Czech women’s champion, and also (being then married to William Hartston, himself a grandmaster) British Women’s Champion.
I decided that I had no chance against her, so rather than trying to play seriously, started with a few conventional moves followed by an outrageously oblique one (not thought through at all). The result was mildly comical: the serious and youngish woman (she was herself only ~24 at the time; I was, I think, still 14) came swiftly around the rectangle of desks, each housing a chessboard. When she came for the third or fourth time to me, I made my move.
Madame Hartston paused, evidently puzzled for a moment, then made a swift move before moving on. I tried the same tactic again the next time round, but she barely paused.
I was checkmated after about 20 moves, if that, and was the second player to be beaten by her.
In the main tournament, I also fared badly, not lasting very long before being knocked out.
The view from Woollyhead Trussbanger
Well, “a week is a long time [etc]”…and the betting market is often wrong on political events and predictions.
One factor in former Conservative Party voters refusing to vote Con (or at all) is the continuing migration-invasion, about which the present hopeless Government is either doing nothing, or actually encouraging.
…and the North London police…
The dystopian dictatorship is already starting to happen: Laura Towler, Sam Melia, Mark Collett and others (most but not all from the Patriotic Alternative group) were told a year or more ago that their banks (major “high street” banks) were unwilling to continue to offer them (as individuals, not merely as “Patriotic Alternative”) any banking services. The (Jewish) fix was in, in short. The banks had been pressured by Jew-Zionist orgs to close them down, not only as a group but quite specifically as individuals.
Indeed. Look at the big picture. As recently as 20 years or so ago, Britain was still 90% white. Even a decade ago, it was about 85% white. The latest figures show 80%.
Now add to that the destruction of potentially very useful infrastructure such as power stations, military camps and airfields (over the past 30 years), railways and rail track (for about 70 years).
Add to the above the dumbing-down of education generally (primary, secondary, tertiary), and where do we see our society going? Straight down.
The callous or cruel destruction of the Welfare State
…and those responsible in the past (eg Iain Dunce Duncan Smith, Esther McVey etc) and in the present, at all levels, remain unpunished.
There is so much wrong with the country now that only social-national revolution can save what is worth saving, help those in need of help, reform that which requires reform, and punish the wrongdoers.