Meet The Horfield Players


This week player answering 10 questions is;

Nigel Pollett


Q1. How long have you been a club member and were you ever with any other chess clubs?


Nigel:. I have been a member since the mid nighties when I was introduced to the club by Phil Nendick. Previously as a junior I played for Downend but left when I went to university.


Q2. At what age did you learn to play chess, and how were you taught?


Nigel : The boy who lived next door taught me to play chess when I was about 8. It only took me a few games before I started beating him. I then started playing at primary school for the school team.


Q3. Who is your favourite chess player past or present and why?

Nigel: Probably my namesake Nigel Short or Tony Miles as these were the players that I grew up watching on TV.


Q4. What is your favourite colour, food, drink and tv programme?


Nigel: Black, Lamb Shank, Wheat Beer, Red Zone


Q5. What is it about chess that intrigues you so much ?


Nigel: Every game you play is different and you are continually looking for ways to improve Your performance is totally in your hands. The only random element is your opponent and how well they play.

 


Q6. Do you have a bogey player. Someone you always seem to lose to?


Nigel: Not really, but I always tend to struggle against junior players.

 


Q7. Is there a member of the Horfield club that inspires you in anyway ?

Nigel:Not over the board, but I am inspired by the fact that Peter Marks is always the first one at the club, preparing the rooms and setting up the boards. It makes me want to try and get there a little earlier to help out, but usually by the time I arrive, everything has ready been done.


Q8. If you were stranded on a desert island, with only a chess book to read which book would it be and why?


Nigel: Chess: The making of a musical by William Hartson & Tim Rice. I don’t read chess books but my Batsford book of Chess Openings used to be my chess bible when I was trying to learn openings and when playing correspondence chess many years ago.

Q9. If you could travel back into time to be present and watch any World Chess Championship match in any time period i.e. Steinitz -Zukertort. Which match would it be ?


Nigel: Probably the Fischer v Spassky world championship in 1972.


Q10. Do you own a car and what make and colour is it, or do you use public transport only.

Thank you for your answers Nigel and your service to the club.

This week player answering 10 questions is;

Peter Marks

Q1. How long have you been a club member and were you ever with any other chess clubs

Peter: I’ve been a member of the club since January 2017. I played a reasonable amount at school and university but hadn’t played for 20-25 years before joining the club. I restarted because my daughter came home from school telling me she had learnt to play chess and having decided I could teach her I realised that I forgotten the little I had ever known. It did however re-spark my interest in subjecting oneself to the agony of chess thinking.

Q2. At what age did you learn to play chess, and how were you taught?

Peter: Probably about eight or nine years old, my dad taught me how to play so he would have someone to win against on a regular basis.

Q3. Who is your favourite chess player past or present and why?

Peter: Karpov. Yes of course he could mix it and win in complicated obscure positions but the clarity and seeming simplicity of his technique is wonderful. Chess as harmony.

Q4. What is your favourite colour, food, drink and tv programme

Peter: Spring green, spring greens, green tea, Green Acres.

Q5. What is it about chess that intrigues you so much ?

Peter: The constant battle for understanding and the (probably imaginary) belief that improvement is possible. It almost feels by design made to make you suffer; but a good suffering!

Q6. Do you have a bogey player. Someone you always seem to lose to?

Peter: I haven’t really been playing long enough to have had multiple losses against any one player (just lots of loses against lots of different players). Ultimately when you play like I do every player is a bogey player, and every opening is a bogey opening.

Q7. Is there a member of the Horfield club that inspires you in anyway ?

Peter: I am impressed by Siobhan’s enthusiasm and development. It isn’t easy to lose and lose again. So to keep coming back and trying again is brilliant. As Beckett wrote ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better’

Q8. If you were stranded on a desert island, with only a chess book to read which book would it be, and why?

Peter: I’ve realised that of all my chess weaknesses (and it is a long list) rook and pawn endings is right up there so being on a desert island I’d probably go with Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual as I’d have no excuse but to engage….!

Q9. If you could travel back into time to be present and watch any World Chess Championship match in any time period i.e. Steinitz -Zukertort. Which match would it be ?

Peter: Steinitz – Zukertort is a good one as it was in New York, New Orleans and Saint Louis and over 22 matches so a pretty good holiday all in. I’d choose 1987 (in Seville, a city I like very much) when Kasparov won the last game to retain the title after Karpov had gone ahead the game before.

Q10. Do you own a car and what make and colour is it, or do you use public transport only ?

Peter: I do have a car. It is black and has wheels and everything.

Thank you for your answers Peter and for your service to the club.

This weeks player answering 10 questions is

Mike Harris

Meet The Horfield Players

This week player answering 10 questions is; Mike Harris

Q1, How long have you been a club member and  were you ever with any other chess clubs?

Mike:About 8 years; I joined when I moved to Bristol.

Q2.At what age did you learn to play chess, and how were you taught?

Mike: Age 5 – taught by parents.

Q3.Who is your favourite chess player  past or present and why?

Mike: Vasily Ivanchuk – a real genius

Q4. What is your favourite colour, food, drink and tv programme?

N/A

Q5. What is it about chess that intrigues you so much ?

Mike: Infinite complexity

Q6. Do you have a bogey player. Someone you always seem to lose to?

Yes, many!

Q7. Is there a member of the Horfield club that inspires you in anyway ?

N/A

Q8. If you were  stranded on a  desert island, with only a chess book to read which book would it be and why?​

Mike:The life and games of Mikhail Tal

Q9. If you could  travel back into time to be present and watch any World Chess Championship  match in any time period i.e. Steinitz -Zukertort. Which match would it be ?

Mike:Kasparov – Karpov

Q10. Do you own a car and what make and colour is it, or do you use public transport only.

N/A

Thank you for your answers and for your service to the club.

  • This week player answering 10 questions is;

Siobhan Campbell

Q1.    How long have you been a club member and  were you ever with any other chess clubs?
Siobhan: 2 years – I began at Clifton Chess Club and then moved after a season to Horfield.

Q2.    At what age did you learn to play chess, and how were you taught?
Siobhan: Learned aged about 12 and taught by father but didn’t play that much. As an adult, I played a little over a 5 year period but that’s all as an adult.

Q3.   Who is your favourite chess player  past or present and why?
Siobhan: Alex Dunn as he helped me so much when I came to Horfield.

Q4.  What is your favourite colour, food, drink and tv programme?
Siobhan: Red, tapas, Prosecco and Professor T.

Q5. What is it about chess that intrigues you so much ?
Siobhan: Strategies and anticipation – it’s like tennis which was my passion until I had to stop with a bad shoulder. Also, you can’t worry and play chess – you are in the moment so it’s mindful.

Q6. Do you have a bogey player. Someone you always seem to lose to?
Siobhan: I lose to everyone! However, I am improving!

Q7. Is there a member of the Horfield club that inspires you in anyway ?
Siobhan: All the members I have watched playing in matches inspire me to improve.

Q8. If you were  stranded on a  desert island, with only a chess book to read which book would it   be and why?  

Siobhan: I would want an audio book and chess board as I find chess books difficult to follow.

Q9. If you could  travel back into time to be present and watch any World Chess Championship  match in any time period i.e. Steinitz -Zukertort. Which match would it be ?
Siobhan: Not knowledgeable enough yet to comment.

Q10. Do you own a car and what make and colour is it, or do you use public transport only.
Siobhan: Hyundai, i10, grey.

Thank you for your answers  and for your service to the club.

This weeks meet the players is:

Robert Radford

Q1.    How long have you been a club member and  were you ever with any other chess clubs?
Bob: This is my third season with the club.

Q2.    At what age did you learn to play chess, and how were you taught?
Bob : I Learned at junior school and made it it to the school chess team. I then never moved a piece in anger again until the 1970s when I was inspired by Bobby Fischer to take interest in chess once more. I met a Hanham player Melvin Hughes in work who became my friend and tutor and taught me the right way to approach chess and trained me in many of the basic parts of the game every beginner should learn. Aron Nimzowitsch My System was the training method he used with me.

Q3.   Who is your favourite chess player  past or present and why?
Bob: Robert James Fischer is inspirational to me , taking on the greatest chess masters of the Soviet Union and defeating their champion Boris Spassky was amazing. However my favourite players are Paul Morphy, his chess was pure and he made the game look easy. The modern day player I like is Levon Aronian. He is a interesting player with great fashion sense and a fabulous sense of humour.

Q4.  What is your favourite colour, food, drink and tv programme?
Bob: Black, and Sky blue pink shot with carrot.

Q5. What is it about chess that intrigues you so much ?
Bob: “Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” – Bobby Fischer

“It is my style to take my opponent and myself on to unknown grounds. A game of chess is not an examination of knowledge; it is a battle of nerves.” – David Bronstein

Q6. Do you have a bogey player. Someone you always seem to lose to?
Bob: Yes, unfortunately. I would love to beat David Collier just once, but I cant see it happening to be honest.

Q7. Is there a member of the Horfield club that inspires you in anyway ?.

Bob: No, but I would not swap them as friends with anyone.

Q8. If you were  stranded on a  desert island, with only a chess book to read which book would it   be and why?  

Bob: Chess ‘Chess is My Life’ -Victor Korchnoi. When I purchased it and read it I found it to be a marvelous insight into the Soviet Union and the subjection of it’s people.

Q9. If you could  travel back into time to be present and watch any World Chess Championship  match in any time period i.e.Steinitz v Zukertort.

Bob: There are two actually. Capablanca v Alekhine in 1927 Buenos Aires and Spassky v Fischer Reykjavik Iceland 1972. These were title matches that shook the world of chess.

Q10. Do you own a car and what make and colour is it, or do you use public transport only.Bob: Dacia Duster, colour Black.

Thank you for your answers  and for your service to the club.

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