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...

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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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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Postby Gerard Killoran » Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:01 pm

Crooked pharmacist 'Dirty' Harry Bogdanor took time off between court appearances to edit a chess column in East London Observer, here's an example where he chooses one of of his own games from Cheltenham 1913. The game is nothing special, but has a very neat finish.

[Event "BCF-ch 10th First Class"]
[Site "Cheltenham"]
[Date "1913.08.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Macalister, J."]
[Black "Bogdanor, Harry"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B01"]
[Opening "Scandinavian: Mieses-Kotrvc gambit"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. b4 Qxb4 5. a4 c6 6. Ba3 Qa5 7. Bc4 Nf6 8.
Rb1 Nbd7 9. Nf3 e6 10. Bxf8 Nxf8 11. Qe2 Ng6 12. O-O O-O 13. Nd4 Nf4 14. Qf3 e5
15. Nb3 Qb4 16. Bd3 Rd8 17. Nc1 Qe7 18. Re1 Qc7 19. Ne4 Nxe4 20. Qxe4 Ng6 21.
Nb3 b6 22. Re3 Be6 23. Qf3 Nf4 24. Qg3 h6 25. Rbe1 Rd7 26. Nc1 Nxd3 27. Nxd3 f6
28. Qg6 Bf7 29. Qf5 Re8 30. Rg3 Qd6 31. Re4 Qe6 32. Qf3 Rd4 33. Rxd4 exd4 34. h3
c5 35. Qb7 Re7 36. Qb8+ Be8 37. Qf4 Kh7 38. a5 Bb5 39. axb6 Bxd3 40. bxa7 Be4
41. Ra3 Ba8 42. Ra1 Qd5 43. f3 c4 44. d3 cxd3 45. cxd3 Qe5 46. Qxe5 fxe5 47. Ra6
Kg8 48. Kf2 Kf7 49. Kg3 Re6 50. Ra5 Kf6 51. Kg4 h5+ 52. Kxh5 Kf5 53. g4+ Kf4 54.
g5 Bxf3+ 55. Kh4 Rh6+ 56. gxh6 g5# {East London Observer, September 13, 1913
p.6} 0-1

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Postby Barry Sandercock » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:22 pm

What happened to Harry Bogdanor ? He used to play on top board, I was on 2nd. in my first chess club in the 1940`s, Uxbridge Chess club. This is the first time I have seen anything about him since those far off days.


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