Tuesday, April 24, 2007

In Praise of Chess!

Fear that chess will be the death of you? Maybe. Or, maybe not:
Alec Holden is 100 today and has made headlines after winning £25,000 from a bookmaker after placing a £100 bet with them a few years ago that he would make it to 100 (if you think about it, a bet which, if lost, hardly matters).

Asked the inevitable questions about how he accounts for his longevity ... one of his answers was that he plays a game of chess every day and still runs a club. He is celebrating his birthday at a party later today and he made a point of mentioning that he would be taking his chess set with him.
He also mentionned porridge and breathing as being important, but can you really believe that?

5 comments:

ejh said...

Mind you he doesn't appear on the grading list, which may be the actual cause of his longevity.

Jonathan B said...

Tontines used to be popular. Perhaps we could bring them back in fashion again.

What say you to a Streatham & Brixton Chess Club Tontine? Everybody chucks in some cash and the last person to snuff it gets the loot - on condition they're still an active chess player.

Anonymous said...

On the BBC news it said daily 1. He plays chess 2. He eats porridge 3. He does crosswords. If it is not too hot, I do 2/3, must take up crosswords!
Andrew

Tom Chivers said...

With my staggering ability to say yes to pints, I think I would be most unwise to join an S&B tontine ...

Ryan Emmett said...

Don't make the cash prize too tempting in the tontine or you'll be bumping each other off to get it, and there'll be no club left!