Enid Blyton (1897-1968) Chess Player?
Stuck for an Idea I surfed the net looking for inspiration.
I always browse Edward Winter's 'Chess Notes'.
Without a doubt the 2nd best site on the net (this is the best).
Chess Note 4234 and we find Mr. Winter discussing whether or not Enid Blyton
played chess. Apparently she appears as a chess player on Bill Walls site
(another great source where I get my 'ideas' from - the 3rd best site).
Bill has listed a very large number of famous people who played chess
and Mr Winter wonders why Enid Blyton is amongst them.
He then mentions a book - The Mystery of the Missing Man. and states
that chess is mentioned and then lists the pages.
So I kept my eye open for the said book on my rambles around
the 2nd shops looking for THE BOOK (see C.C. The Book - Revised).
I happened to pick up two copies on the same day. 10p each.
I read one.
Fatty Trotteville and his friends Pips, Bets, Larry, Daisy
and Buster the dog live in Peterswood Village where it is always
the School holidays. Fatty outwits P.C. Goon in catching an escaped
criminal who has a job at the local fair cleaning the cages where
the fleas are kept. (I hope I'm not ruining the ending for anyone).
Fatty plays chess with his cousin Eunice who has come to stay
for a fortnight. Fatty is getting beat but Buster the dog hears a
mouse scratching behind the wainscoting. (wooden paneling).
The dog upsets the board. The game is drawn.
So did Enid Blyton play chess?
I fired up my database of 240,989,311 games.
Nobody called Blyton. She Married an H. Pollock who played
two simul games v Alekhine in Japan in 1933. Lost one, Drew one.
I doubt very much if this was the same H. Pollock.
I searched through a few on net autobiographies. No chess was mentioned.
I discovered she took a fair bit of stick for being politically incorrect.
Especially where Noddy was concerned.
Well it was not so much Noddy it was Big Ears who upset the P.C. Goons
and of course the Golliwog. You cannot say Golliwog anymore.
I did find a Noddy chess set - complete with Big Ears and a Golliwog.
I remember doing a doing Noddy spoof on this site ages ago.
Noddy laughed at Big Ears because he was a lousy chess player
so Big Ears trashed the Noddy car.
I recall having a lot of fun trashing the Noddy car.
I'm of the opinion that Enid Blyton did not play chess. Maybe she knew
the moves. Most people do but only a small percentage of the
population actually play chess.
I have a clincher.
In the book, on page 65. (this will vary from book to book as
some books have drawings whilst others do not.)
Fatty is waiting on Eunice to make a move and thinks...
"Chess was always a slow game, but this is dreadful."
No player of the game would ever call chess '...a slow game.'
I'll get in touch with Bill Wall and ask him where he got his
information from. Maybe he is listing authors who mention
chess in their writings.
(Bill replied a day later: He picked it from the Chess Addict by James & Fox)
The Sting (and I was stung)
This con took place at my work.
Now unknown to me the girl who sits opposite me knew I was
reading an Enid Blyton book. She must have seen me on the bus.
Around about 10:30 she bets her partner in crime £1.00 that
she cannot guess the author of the book she is reading.
Her collaborator had few random guess's and then paid the £1.00.
So I fall right into it.
"I bet you £1.00 you cannot guess the female author of the book I'm reading?"
And I paid the £1.00.
The scam was revealed to me later.
Moral: Never trust a pretty face.
More Turin One Move Blunders
N.Ronchetti (2419) - V Ivanchuk (2731)
White to play: 34 Rd1?
34...Qxd1+ 1-0 (35 Qxd1 e2+ wins.)
J.Santa(2211) - M. Al Modiahki,M (2579)
White can survive here with 31 Kg1 instead
he played 31 gxf3? and after...
31...Rg8+ 32 Kh1 Qh5+ he resigned.
S.Rouchouse (2205) - D.Volpinari,D (2036)
White under pressure tries to get the Queens off. 33 Qf3? ....
Black played 33... Rxd3 0-1.
I've saved the best till last.
P.Khetho (2238) - P.Lebrun (no grade given)
Black to play. He played 29...Nd7?.
Missing mate in two starting with 29...Rh1+
The game ended in a draw.
Kelvin Cletheroe from Canada sent me an interesting game.
It starts with 1 Nc3 but the opening moves could have been
1 e4 d5 2 Nc3. and I've been having some fun as white with
this line in 5 minute games v the boys in Bells on Sunday nights.
Everyone pushes on with 2...d5 but 2...Nf6 (Alekhine's Defence)
is the theoretical move.
[Click here to replay the game]
Kevin vs. Rashim Iben Rohal
1.Nc3 d5 2.e4 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.Ng3 c5 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.d3 Nc6 7.a3 Bd6 8.N1e2 h6 9.0-0 0-0 10.f4 Bg4 11.f5 a6 12.h3 Bxe2 13.Qxe2 b5 14.Bd5 Nxd5 15.exd5 Ne7 16.f6 Nxd5 17.fxg7 Kxg7 18.Bxh6+ 1-0
After 18 Bxh6!+ White mates or wins bucket loads of material.
I was at the James Gillespie School car boot sale.
I picked up the usual load of junk and sold it at a huge
profit the following day at the ASDA car boot sale.
On the way there I walked past Sciennes Primary School.
I took this picture of a table which had inlaid chess boards.
One had been vandalised.
Did Big Ears lose to Noddy again?
(I've just been email by George 'hawk-eyed' Barbour.
the inlaid boards are the wrong way around.)
(..I've also had a couple of emails saying it could have been
Danny Gormally that smashed it up...Gosh! Will this ever go away.)