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Date: 03 Feb 2008 15:09:40
From: Chess One
Subject: Benjamin takes over, again
This time its the Gambit Blog at NY Times. Last time it was Larry Evans'
spot at CL.

I have thought for a while the Gambit blog was sort of weak - or even very
much so - and even corrected it twice myself this week.

Anyway, if GM Benjamin no longer has much time for playing chess, as he
himself says, maybe we'll see some writing in the New York Times which is
not-for-kids? Or at least he will get a chance to make his own pitch to some
ket segment, and maybe even make it interesting?

Its a good move for Benjamin for two reasons - the NY Times coverage has
actually been worse than CL's - if you can believe that - and secondly,
there is no more CL for kids, and for a GM to keep writing for CL itself is
to address whom, exactly? It must have been bored out of his mind.

Writing for kids is a skill - nothing wrong with that. So is writing for
adults. Now Benjamin can chose what level and content of chess to present
the public. Let's hope he does better than previously for the NY Times -
which was so poor it was ignorable - and have a go at writing for adults,
not unlike what Larry Evans actually did for CL - representing the behind
the scenes reality of it all. I even see that Kasparov apologized to his NiC
readers for doing the same - but the politics, he said, were half of
everything these days.

Phil Innes






 
Date: 03 Feb 2008 13:26:25
From: The Historian
Subject: Re: Benjamin takes over, again
On Feb 3, 3:57 pm, "Chess One" <OneCh...@comcast.net > wrote:
> "The Historian" <neil.thehistor...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:4ef24d23-61db-41e3-bfec-76a165a1b9e5@s13g2000prd.googlegroups.com...
>
> > On Feb 3, 3:09 pm, "Chess One" <OneCh...@comcast.net> wrote:
> >> This time its the Gambit Blog at NY Times. Last time it was Larry Evans'
> >> spot at CL.
>
> > Applying the Ken Sloan rule that you only need to read a P Innes post
> > to the first mistake/falsehood.
>
> Considering he doesn't actually ever say anything about chess...

Applying the Ken Sloan rule that you only need to read a P Innes post
to the first mistake/falsehood.


 
Date: 03 Feb 2008 12:30:49
From: The Historian
Subject: Re: Benjamin takes over, again
On Feb 3, 3:09 pm, "Chess One" <OneCh...@comcast.net > wrote:
> This time its the Gambit Blog at NY Times. Last time it was Larry Evans'
> spot at CL.

Applying the Ken Sloan rule that you only need to read a P Innes post
to the first mistake/falsehood.


  
Date: 03 Feb 2008 15:57:35
From: Chess One
Subject: Re: Benjamin takes over, again

"The Historian" <neil.thehistorian@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:4ef24d23-61db-41e3-bfec-76a165a1b9e5@s13g2000prd.googlegroups.com...
> On Feb 3, 3:09 pm, "Chess One" <OneCh...@comcast.net> wrote:
>> This time its the Gambit Blog at NY Times. Last time it was Larry Evans'
>> spot at CL.
>
> Applying the Ken Sloan rule that you only need to read a P Innes post
> to the first mistake/falsehood.

Considering he doesn't actually ever say anything about chess, then you and
he are thereby free of any possible criticism along the same lines.

New York Times didn't make a change for a nothing, Brennan. It was awful
chess writing.

Maybe Benjamin can make a change, or continue to write somewhat
indifferently to any passion for chess or its players, since that is the
only requirement of a sinecure.

Phil Innes