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.


Nigel: I own an old grey VW Touran with lots of go faster scratches. My next car will probably be electric but I am hanging on until the prices come down and the infrastructure is a bit more established.

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.

 

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