YESTERDAY I featured a picture of a boxer who was on the cover of Fox and James’ The Even More Complete Chess Addict.
Three responses. First from Rusty Miller who must sit at his computer all day. He didn’t know who the guy was.
Second was James Pratt who must do a similar thing except he thought it might be Frank Bruno (England). The video and pictures I saw of Frank show him to be a heavyweight like Mike Tyson, but he seems too big for that posted picture.
The third was from an old time ally Allan Savage who thought it might be Frank. Apparently Frank knows something about chess. Allan indicated that Frank’s mention was in the Sportsmen’s section of “Chess Addict” and yet somehow I missed it. I did find him mentioned on page 3, and the authors asked if Bruno could beat Albert Einstein “Very possibly. Einstein loathed the game.” I don’t recall Einstein saying that, ever. He did play a game against somebody important, maybe Oppenheimer, and as I recall, he won. So most likely he played more than once because one does have to go through a learning process. I suspect that Albert had more important things on his mind than chess.
Bruno was mentioned, upon a reread, on pages 67-68 of the Fox and James’ book. I recall reading the sportsman section but starting 2 paragraphs down.
Allan mentioned in a note that he has been known to give the book away as presents. Good choice.
Thanks to those who responded. Was it too tough for the rest of you? I have found, over the years, that chess people are not particularly fond of answering quizzes unless the answer drops from the sky of a Google (I use Bing) search. I would still like to find the original photo that we posted, a more narrow face and Google’s “image search” didn’t bring up anything and yet I have tons of my book covers, and art show up which I never asked them to misappropriate.
If anyone finds out, please let me know.
A NOTE ABOUT CHESS VERSUS WORK AT HOME MOMS
There is a woman (kudos to her) who writes about opportunities for stay at home moms. She has 330,000 readers per month and she makes serious money at it. Chess, not so much. GM Simon Williams has over 20,000 viewers on YouTube, a couple other guys have maybe 75,000 followers, but that is not per month. And lately, Simon has been doing more work for ChessBase than himself. What he does takes time and effort.
There are people who write about tomatoes! Mercedes used to eat them raw. Grow them in the back yard, pick one when they were ripe, brush off the dirt, and eat the juicy things raw! I didn’t even know about this until Rita told me! I also found my kids would get into the neighbors’ back yard garden and pick and eat HIS rhubarb! None ever got sick! (That I know of.) We weren’t too happy to hear what they had done. I think Mercedes marched them over to apologize to him, but this may have really just been an “idealized moment!” I don’t know for sure that that happened.
I enjoy writing about chess and have done so for many, many years. I invite you to subscribe to this 4 times per year publication for what turns out to be $18.75 per issue if you get your subscription to me before Sept. 16th of this year. You will get three follow up issues. (see note below about what else you could get)
Last night I worked on two articles for the next issue of The Box: Fabiano Caruana and his spectacular results with the Petroff Defense and what it would be like to have two Fridays back to back! Plus, some other thoughts you probably have seldom or NEVER thought of because it was the result of incessant reading. Upcoming is a piece on Alekhine and the instant judgment by many who thought he was a Nazi sympathizer. That MAY NOT be so! Yes, I even know about the articles he wrote and which were found by his wife after his death! There may have been much more to it than that, but you will read it right here and the result, most likely, will be that it will be ripped off and spread around the chess blogosphere because chess people, in too many instances, are willing to take things for FREE. I am hoping that subscribers won’t let others do this. Over the years I have been surprised at how often I see the name Thinkers’ Press mentioned on the web.
Now we have that chess “publishing” outfit named Thinkers’ Publishing… today I chastised them for doing this over and over. This MUST show people how unoriginal they really are and HOW can you trust them on anything except to swipe what others took their time to create (I came up with the name Thinkers’ Emporium about 1974 before I was selling games). The Thinkers’ Press name came out later, about 1992 or so, maybe 1991. You might be surprised at how much work something like this takes but I can provide an example. When Mercedes and I were driving down Kirkword Boulevard, in fact, right past where I now live, I suggested “The Thinking Man’s Emporium” and she counter suggested, “What about just The Thinkers’ Emporium?” I went with her suggestion. I suppose I could have waited 40 years and come up with Thinkers Publishing (notice they didn’t include the apostrophe, Europeans for you).
Heard from Greg Delaney about Frank Bruno!
Greg looked up Bruno after my earlier post today about the three respondents and he said he found a picture of Bruno with Michael Jackson and it looked like he could be the guy so thanks to James and Allan too, and maybe a little piece of cake for me too.
The gift for getting a subscription to The BOX
Several years ago my son Rob and I made a Paul Morphy coin similar to one made in 1859 or thereabouts. We had it constructed of brass and gold plating. A limited run. I sold some of the brass ones for $50 and the golden ones for $125. I still have some left (see picture of the brass one). If you want one, it’s only $25 extra while supplies last or Sept. 16, whichever comes first. So if you order in time, it would cost you only $100. It comes in a plastic sleeve. If you want the gold one (a few did) it would be $175. I know it may be hard for some to believe that others have $175, it’s just that I am not one of them!
So, I will be looking forward to hearing from you: with The BOX or with The BOX and the special minted brass or GOLD coin (which looks really, really sharp!)
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