Favourite Colour: Green. Like the old emerald isle, and the colour of spring and my jealous rages.
Football team: Wherever I happen to live. So currently Norwich City, previously Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Tottenham . I'm not tribal: I like Spurs and Arsenal and grew up on the borderlands between the two. When I was a little lad, Wolves, because I wanted to be a wolf.
Previously, Ben (Border Collie) for 18 years, then Bonnie ( ex-racing Greyhound for 13 years - racing name Four Candles). My god I want another dog so much, but I guess I want my wife more.
Does fishing count? Or chess? Nothing that could be counted as exercise. I follow the advice of Churchill (paraphrased): Never run if you can walk, never walk if you can stand still, never stand if you can sit, never sit if you can lie down.
Lager in the summer, ale in the winter, Guinness when in Ireland or at a wedding. Simple.
The First World War:
I am using Crumpton's entry as a template here, and assume I must say something about WW1. OK, I will. Shouldn't have happened. Dammed Austro-Hungarians and Serbians - what were they playing at?
Married for 40 odd years. Remarkably happy. The secret? Ahh!
Gosh, that's difficult. Probably David Bowie.
1. Dances with Wolves, 2. Shenandoah, 3. Open Range.
Last book read (excluding chess):
Miracles of Life, Autobiography of J G Ballard.
Favourite holiday destination:
Cuba, Havana is my heaven. Russia: before we were at war with them.
When did I start playing chess:
In 1972 as a certain match was being played out in Reykjavik.
When did I first join a club:
My first chess club was Wood Green in North London when I was 13 years old and long before they started paying all the grandmasters!
Most memorable chess moment:
A win at the Bradford Chess Congress which was subsequently nominated for a brilliancy prize (though actually relied on my opponent making all the right moves): 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.e3 h6 5.Bh4 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.Nbd2 c5 8.Bxf6 Nxf6 9.Bb5+ Nd7 10.Ne5 Bc8 11.Qf3 f6 12.Qh5+ g6 13.Qxg6#
Worst chess moment:
A nine move loss to Bruce Carman: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bd3 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.h4 c6 8.Bxh7+ Kxh7 9. Ng5+ Resigns.
Funniest chess moment:
Playing drunk blitz with Gerry, Crumpton, Richard and Andrew at my house following a Christmas feast and a couple of bottles of brandy!
What are your strong and weak points:
Strong: My endgame play is getting stronger with practice and I don't tend to panic under pressure. Weak: I'll take a draw at the drop of a hat!
Do I have a copy of my best ever win:
Yes, It was probably against Christine Li of the UEA who outgraded me by over 50 points.