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by John Upham
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Patron Saint of Chess
Replies: 0
Views: 75

Patron Saint of Chess

According to Jimmy Wales august organ, the patron saint of chess is allegedly Saint Teresa of Avila However, the following letter to British Chess Magazine (Volume LXXIV, August, page 258) from W.G.Daish (Mr.) of Wateringbury, Kent (July 17th, 1954) reads as follows : "Sir, - "St," the suggestive ab...
by John Upham
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 602

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:17 pm
Which does at least inform us that (rather surprisingly) Paul Littlewood still doesn't have his own Wikipedia article.
Hopefully that lamentable situation will not continue for too long.

Several notable English players are missing from Wikipedia.
by John Upham
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 602

Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

A fairly lengthy tribute including previously unpublished photographs of FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

may be be found here :

https://britishchessnews.com/2020/09/16 ... 6-ix-2009/

Thanks to the Littlewood family for their kind assistance. :D
by John Upham
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 13
Views: 480

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

Gerard Killoran wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:44 pm
I'm curious why his position as secretary of the Committee of West Indian Merchants was mentioned, but not that the job was that of a lobbyist on behalf of the slave owners.
Is it interesting that you mention this. James O'Fee has documented some of this background but not yet published it.
by John Upham
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 13
Views: 480

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:34 pm
There have, though, been a few times in chess publications when pictures of Rev G A MacDonnell have been claimed as his.
Indeed plus images of Dr. Alexander McDonnell who was not his father despite a number of publications asserting as such.
by John Upham
Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 13
Views: 480

Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

Keen (but not Keene) students of chess history may be interested in new information about the heritage of Alexander McDonnell. Unpublished research by James O'Fee is referenced below. https://britishchessnews.com/2020/09/14/remembering-alexander-mcdonnell-1798-15-ix-1835/ No reliable image of the ch...
by John Upham
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Past NCCU Champions ?
Replies: 0
Views: 139

Past NCCU Champions ?

Perhaps you can help ? I'm looking for the past NCCU Champions and have found http://www.nccu.org.uk/nccu/roh/individual_champions_1908.htm and http://www.nccu.org.uk/events/individual/nccu_individual_champions.htm curiously both coming from the same web site but showing different information. There...
by John Upham
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Manx Championship 2020 9th to 11th October
Replies: 25
Views: 1179

Re: Manx Championship 2020 9th to 11th October

Entries have now gone up to 14. The grades have been changed to ELO with the highest being 2118. You might mean Elo ratings (after Professor Arpad Emmerich Elo (1903-1992) The Electric Light Orchestra has had little input to chess ratings over the years. :) (Possibly posting to "Pedants United" was...
by John Upham
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The new Monthly grades are out
Replies: 32
Views: 1365

Re: The new Monthly grades are out

I tried ar*e (with an s instead of an *) as the search string and the query returned 8 players who matched that search term.

An easy enhancement would be to employ an Ajax mechanism after perhaps three chars had been typed (but return not pressed).
by John Upham
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: The new Monthly grades are out
Replies: 32
Views: 1365

Re: The new Monthly grades are out

Some clues as to the reasoning behind the fuzzy logic used in the search query routine : "2020-03-22 Steve Bush commenced conversion to work on Chessnuts database 2020-04-30 SB commenced conversion to Cheshire Cat database (Chessnuts V2) removed 8859-1 code page and allow UTF-8 by default 2020-05-23...
by John Upham
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 98
Views: 16628

Re: Dave Rumens

Chris Rice > Cutty Sark provided a special prize of half a gallon of Scotch whisky in the prize fund.> Of course Cutty Sark also sponsored the GP from 1973. I didn't know about this particular convoluted prize. Leonard Barden wanted there to be Cutty Sark Grand Prix junior prizes. But I vetoed that...
by John Upham
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering IM Imre König (2-ix-1901 9-ix-1992)
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Remembering IM Imre König (2-ix-1901 9-ix-1992)

Remembering IM Imre König (2-ix-1901 9-ix-1992)

https://britishchessnews.com/2020/09/09 ... 9-ix-1992/


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IM Imre König (2-ix-1901 9-ix-1992)
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by John Upham
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Dr. Paul List (09-ix-1887 09-ix-1954)
Replies: 0
Views: 102

Remembering Dr. Paul List (09-ix-1887 09-ix-1954)

Dr. Paul List played for England but originated from Lithuania :

https://britishchessnews.com/2020/09/09 ... 9-ix-1954/

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Dr. Paul List (09-ix-1887 09-ix-1954)
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by John Upham
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 604
Views: 53410

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

Nick Grey wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:29 pm
Is Mike alive?
I can let you have Mike's mobile telephone number and then you can ask him yourself.
by John Upham
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Bristol Sloth : Remembering Elijah Williams (07-x-1809 08-ix-1854)
Replies: 3
Views: 246

The Bristol Sloth : Remembering Elijah Williams (07-x-1809 08-ix-1854)

Elijah Williams (aka The Bristol Sloth) is perhaps, not such a well-known player but has an interesting past nonetheless : https://britishchessnews.com/2020/09/08/remembering-elijah-williams/ If you aware of any likeness of EW then I would be grateful. I suspect time spent consulting Bristol newspap...