Matt Mackenzie wrote:The death has been announced of the former child progidy and ex-British Ladies Champion. One of the last living links to the pre-war chess world.
Mike Gunn wrote:John Beasley was responsible for completing the 2nd of "the Encyclopedia of Chess Variants" (2007). The first edition was produced by David P in 1994.
I remember playing Elaine a few times in Border League Guildford v Godalming matches (I have found a game score for 5th Jan 1998, French defence exchange, and I'm afraid the game was not very exciting, most bits swapped off and a draw agreed in 18 moves.) I was quite please to draw with en ex British Ladies champion, albeit not at her strongest!
Colin Patterson wrote:None of my texts (including Chess Personalia) have her middle name Zelia, but I noticed it in one of Winter's pieces. Can anyone confirm this is correct? Stewart used it, but not sure if he just got it from Winter.
Edward Winter wrote:In 1939 P.W. Sergeant dedicated to her his book An Introduction to The Endgame at Chess, as follows:
â€˜Dedicated to Miss Elaine Zelia Saunders because she doesnâ€™t (at present) like the Endgame.â€™
John Moore wrote:C D Locock also dedicated his book "Imagination in Chess" to Elaine Saunders in the following terms:-
To Elaine Saunders (b 1926) who has solved many of them.
Locock's book, published by Whitehead and Miller of Leeds (then publishers of the BCM) is undated, but an American edition on ABE Books is dated 1937 so here maybe is the answer to Edward Winter's question about the youngest dedicatee of a chess book.
Gordon Cadden wrote:A splendid Obituary Notice in yesterday's TIMES for Elaine Pritchard; 4 columns deep. C.D. Locock was her personal coach, and a friend of the family.
She was not fond of Alexander Alekhine, who sat in her rail compartment for an entire journey from London to Margate, without uttering a single word.
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