He then annotated it again in his Spectator column, entitled "Adamantine", in the issue dated 9 October 2010.
It's not too hard to spot similarities between the two pieces, but let not that question detain us too long, because it is rather easier to detect similarities between the Spectator piece in particular and the Times column he wrote, annotating the same game, for his column on 12 April 2011.
And the Times column he wrote, annotating the same game, for his column on 30 July 2011.
And the Times column he wrote, annotating the same game, for his column on 2 December 2011.
And the Times column he wrote, annotating the same game, for his column on 13 March 2012.
Here's the column for 12 April 2011.
Here, the column for 30 July 2011.
Here's the column for 2 December 2011.
Let us hasten to a comparison.
1. Black's move two.
There must be some kind of memory game you could devise involving trying to remember which slightly different version of a note belongs to which column...
2. White's move four.
Ray dropped this note in his post-2010 version, though not, as you see, before he'd already got in a spot of self-copying.
3. White's move five.
4. Black's move thirteen.
A strange, lonesome note, not even copied into the Spectator. Not like the next note.
5. Black's move seventeen.
...the "guess the date" game not being much fun this time.
6. Black's move eighteen.
Anybody know what happened to 18...Qd7 in between the first Times column and the Spectator?
7. White's move twenty-two.
8. Black's move thirty-six.
Another note all on its own. But we cannot say the same about the one following.
9. Black's resignation.
That's your lot. It remains only to try and guess what minuscule changes the seventh edition will incorporate.
Also, to wonder - can there can be another journalist in the country who does this? Who consistently copies out their own work, identically or near-identically, from one piece to another?
[Thanks to Pablo Byrne and Angus French]
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