Thinking Allowed

Enjoyed my chat almost chess amongst Laurie Taylor as well as Gary Fine on yesterday's (16 Dec 2015) BBC Radio 4 programme Thinking Allowed. Laurie was a real affable as well as relaxed host, as well as I enjoyed his company. I equally good enjoyed coming together Professor Simon Down of Anglia Ruskin University, who was the invitee for the commencement purpose of the programme.

It looks equally if the programme volition survive available indefinitely online equally an MP3 download. So if the higher upwards link fails to move afterward a time, you lot could endeavor downloading the MP3 version here. The chess content starts around 12 minutes into the show.

I am real grateful to all 4 U.K. chess federations (English Chess Federation, Chess Scotland, Welsh Chess Union, Ulster Chess Union) for their prompt as well as helpful responses to my asking for figures of active competitive players inward their respective countries. For the record, the figures I quoted on the programme were 20,000 currently active and/or registered contest chess players inward England, Scotland, Wales, as well as Northern Republic of Ireland combined, as well as 48,200 schoolchildren who competed inward the 2015 Delancey U.K. Schools Chess Challenge (I flora the figure here inward the 2016 entry form). As I said on the programme, at that topographic point volition survive an overlap betwixt the ii figures which is non readily quantifiable.

Other links:

Laurie Taylor on Wikipedia

Gary Alan Fine on Wikipedia

Profile of Professor Simon Down

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