British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Postby John Saunders » Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:20 am

More excellent detective work: thank you, Gerard and Richard. (I tried but didn't even come close to solving 'Løye'.) As in other branches of chess excellence, we need a way to honour top performers. Rather than the tired old master/grandmaster formula, perhaps detective sergeant/inspector/superintendent, with 'chief' added where appropriate. Couple of clear DCS norms here, I feel. Or maybe a ShErLOck rating system?

I have amended the games Loye-Beamish and Brown-Whittard on Britbase with the full names found, and added some notes. (N.B. Although I would have liked to refer to Løye as Løye in game notes, which seems to work OK in ChessBase, it causes a problem in text-based PGN files so I have left references to him as 'Loye'.)
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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Postby Gerard Killoran » Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:18 am

Don't worry John, Løye is printed as Loye in several Danish club publications of the time.

Which can be found here http://www.kobenhavnsskakunion.dk/ksuarkiv/

Løye/Loye played for a club called Handels og Kontorist-Foreningen Skakforening (H.K.S.) in Copenhagen until the late 40s, so the the place and the dates all match up.

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Postby Gerard Killoran » Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:14 pm

A quick loss in the same year...

[Event "Caissa Chess Club Winter Tournament"]
[Site "Copenhagen"]
[Date "1913.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Hald, Lorents"]
[Black "Loye, Christian Vilhelm"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "33"]

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nf3 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. O-O c5 7. Ng5 Be7 8.
Nxf7 Kxf7 9. Qf3+ Bf6 10. Bxd5+ Be6 11. Bxe6+ Kxe6 12. Re1+ Kf7 13. Qxb7+ Nd7
14. Qd5+ Kf8 15. Bf4 Rc8 16. Bd6+ Be7 17. Bxe7+ {Skakbladet March 1914 p.97
} 1-0

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Postby Brian Denman » Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:46 pm

I am returning to the subject of Edward Empson Middleton and wondered if Richard James has any thoughts on the following: John Edward Empson Middleton was born in London in 1925 and there was also a daughter, Patricia A Middleton, who was also born in the city about three years later. There is also a mention in the Surrey electoral register of Edward Middleton living with his wife, Adelaide Mary (nee Digby- Smith) in Spelthorne, Surrey in 1930.

The son, John, who died at Normandy in 1944, was quoted as having a home address in Transvaal, South Africa. What I cannot be sure of is whether Edward Middleton and his wife ever went to live in South Africa. Any thoughts, Richard, on how I might find this out?

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Postby Richard James » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:42 pm

Brian Denman wrote:The son, John, who died at Normandy in 1944, was quoted as having a home address in Transvaal, South Africa. What I cannot be sure of is whether Edward Middleton and his wife ever went to live in South Africa. Any thoughts, Richard, on how I might find this out?


Well, the South African War Graves record which I linked to above gives Edward and Adelaide living in the Transvaal but I don't know when they arrived or how long they stayed there. I can't find any travel records and there's a shortage of South African material online.

In 1929 they were living in Egham, Surrey. The houses in their road are mostly detached bungalows or chalets. By the following year they'd crossed Staines Bridge to Ashford, Middlesex, where they were living in a rather less desirable road. This suggests they might have had some financial problems. It looks as if EEM Jnr also had financial problems in 1923 concerning his hosiery business. He did seem to move around a lot and may well have had various business interests, not all of which were successful.

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Postby Brian Denman » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:58 pm

Thanks for this, Richard. I had felt that the punctuation in the South African graves report left it ambiguous as to whether it was just the son, who lived in the country or the parents also.

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Postby Gerard Killoran » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:25 pm

I happened to come across this game which is not yet in Britbase:

[Event "BCF-ch 10th Second Class"]
[Site "Cheltenham"]
[Date "1913.08.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Loye, Christian Vilhelm"]
[Black "Bockett-Pugh, Henry George"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Bg7 6. Be3 d6 7. Nc3 Nf6 8. Be2
O-O 9. O-O Bd7 10. Qd2 Rc8 11. Rad1 a6 12. f4 Qc7 13. f5 Ne5 14. b3 Bc6 15. fxg6
hxg6 16. Bf3 Nxf3+ 17. gxf3 Nh5 18. Kh1 Kh7 19. Rg1 Rh8 20. Rg2 Kg8 21. f4 Nf6
22. Nxc6 bxc6 23. f5 gxf5 24. Rdg1 Rh7 25. Bh6 Ng4 26. Bxg7 Rxg7 27. exf5 {The
Globe. September 6, 1913 p.8} 1-0

However I think the real find is the following match report where the star all-rounder turned out to be the notorious Harry Bogdanor...

The Globe. September 13, 1913 p.6.jpg
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'Applegarth' refers to Willie Applegarth the Olympic Gold Medal sprinter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Applegarth


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