Thursday 19 July 2018


If you were watching football around the start of the Nineties there's a good chance you'll remember James Richardson

who was the presenter of the popular Channel Four show James Has Breakfast In Italian Cafés And You Don't, officially known as Football Italia. You'll maybe also remember its theme.

James is still commenting on football - and if he is not as prominent as he was twenty-five years ago, then again neither is English chess - and among his current projects is The Totally Football Show, a podcast which has just finished a series of shows discussing the World Cup.

Here's the most recent.

If you listen to it from the start, after just a few seconds you'll hear a voice shouting "Unbelievable! Unbelievable this!" in a way which is reminiscent, to me at least, of the background shouting that accompanied the Football Italia theme. I've only listened to the first and last in the series: but I understand you can hear the same thing on all the shows.

But what's that got to do with anything? What's it got to do with chess?

Listen again, and see if you recognise who it is. (But don't take too long, because either you remember this one, or you don't. I didn't.)

It's Dimitri Komarov!

It's Nakamura-Savchenko!

Unbelievable in all kinds of ways.

Football 365
Caissa Hong Kong Chess Club

Thanks to Seán

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