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    The Sunday Mail chess column ceases publication

    A Queensland chess era ends this Sunday with the final chess column to be published in the online version of The Sunday Mail (http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/a...010300,00.html)

    Readership has fallen to the point where the column is unsustainable.

    The column's history is a little murky, but seems to have started in The Brisbane Courier around 1907. A merger with The Daily Mail in 1933 created The Courier-Mail and its Sunday version The Sunday Mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray
    A Queensland chess era ends this Sunday with the final chess column to be published in the online version of The Sunday Mail (http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/a...010300,00.html)

    Readership has fallen to the point where the column is unsustainable.

    The column's history is a little murky, but seems to have started in The Brisbane Courier around 1907. A merger with The Daily Mail in 1933 created The Courier-Mail and its Sunday version The Sunday Mail.
    How would those planks at News know about the readership of the chess column? Or are they referring to their readership generally?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    How would those planks at News know about the readership of the chess column? Or are they referring to their readership generally?
    coz it is the online version they can see how many hits it has had. [mod-delete]
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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist
    coz it is the online version they can see how many hits it has had.
    I thought Ian was referring to the printed version and he was simply noting that the online version of same was to be the time it appeared (after the killing of the printed version).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    I thought Ian was referring to the printed version and he was simply noting that the online version of same was to be the time it appeared (after the killing of the printed version).
    The column in print disappeared when the paper was revamped in 2007. With online publication, they know exactly how many unique readers there are

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    Printed version was always hard to find. They moved it around the paper from week to week.

    I liked seeing the names of the successful problem solvers. Sometime I knew them, sometimes not.

    Don't forget to put in a problem (that will never be answered). mwahaha
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    Printed version was always hard to find. They moved it around the paper from week to week.

    I liked seeing the names of the successful problem solvers. Sometime I knew them, sometimes not.

    Don't forget to put in a problem (that will never be answered). mwahaha
    It was always on the crossword page, which did move around a bit. The online version was nigh on impossible to find for quite a while, until a link was added among the 'regular columnists' box on the front page

    I have this week's problem selected, one from the column in 1911

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    Cancellation is appalling news!
    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray
    The column in print disappeared when the paper was revamped in 2007. With online publication, they know exactly how many unique readers there are
    Thanks. Now on to the other. News said the column was unsustainable? Ha! The huge cost must have been worring them for years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunner Duggan
    Thanks. Now on to the other. News said the column was unsustainable? Ha! The huge cost must have been worring them for years.
    The writing's been on the wall for a while now. I have a pretty good idea of readership by the number of problem solutions submitted. Of the healthy stable of regulars of a few years ago, only two remain.

    There was a time when newspaper columns were the only source of fresh chess news. Now the internet satiates every appetite - even giving us live games as they are played.

    Like the horse and buggy, another victim of technology

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    no chess scene

    Howie, how come there isn't a chess column in the Scene?
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    Quote Originally Posted by justaknight
    Howie, how come there isn't a chess column in the Scene?
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    Thumbs up

    Anyway, QLD chessplayers owe Ian a great debt for his columns over the years. Even one of my work colleagues, who has never attended a chess club, enjoyed the puzzles and even got his name in the paper for solving one.
    “The history of the 20th century is full of examples of countries that set out to redistribute wealth and ended up redistributing poverty.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Anyway, QLD chessplayers owe Ian a great debt for his columns over the years. Even one of my work colleagues, who has never attended a chess club, enjoyed the puzzles and even got his name in the paper for solving one.
    Thank you, kind sir.

    I am but the last in the line - the columnists before me were Keith Whittam, Allan Wilkes, Bruce Holliday and the original Upminster and former CAQ president, Frank Pugh (although before my arrival in Queensland).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Anyway, QLD chessplayers owe Ian a great debt for his columns over the years.
    ^^^ Wot he sed.
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