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by Paul McKeown
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 17
Views: 659

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

Concerning his paternity, I will be interested in seeing the proofs, and reserve judgement.
by Paul McKeown
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 17
Views: 659

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

In that presentation, the slide on page 9 is relevant, listing the lobbying tracts he wrote, mostly on behalf of the slavers and against manumission. They can be found at the British Library.
by Paul McKeown
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 17
Views: 659

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

If anyone is interested, a pdf of a talk I gave at City Lit in 2014 about the matches between Labourdonnais and McDonnell and their backgrounds is attached as a pdf. It was originally a pptx, but ecforum accepts pdfs only.
by Paul McKeown
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 17
Views: 659

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

besides chess he was interested in political economy on which he wrote half a dozen books or pamphlets. That is an interesting form of euphemism. He worked in the Caribbean slave plantations for a short while, before settling in London as a political lobbyist representing the interests of the plant...
by Paul McKeown
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44878

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Could not junior-chess sessions come under the allowable category of education? Richmond Juniors is currently providing some chess lessons live, but only under circumstances in which it is very clear that they are being run by a school as a normal part of their activities. I don't, however, expect ...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44878

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

The gist of which seems to be that if the ECF really wanted to encourage chess they would be levying a mandatory €200 fine for every fixture unfulfilled. Which would be a quick way to kill off the desire of anyone to organise and advertise rated chess tournaments in England. It's bad enough with HM...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964
Replies: 35
Views: 1633

Re: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964

I am fairly convinced that that is Bob's handwriting. I have seen many, many scores of his score-sheets. Regarding the opening work that Bob did for Fischer, Bob told me that Fischer sent it back twice, because the hand-writing did not suit him, so Bob had to adapt his hand-writing to Fischer's dema...
by Paul McKeown
Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:54 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Rik Thomas
Replies: 1
Views: 355

Rik Thomas

Rik Thomas, a stalwart of the King's Head Chess Club for three decades, passed away two days ago. For the last few years he had worked on the tutorial staff at Richmond Junior Chess Club. He is survived by his wife, mother and brother. Rest in Peace.
by Paul McKeown
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sam Livingston RIP
Replies: 1
Views: 334

Re: Sam Livingston RIP

A name from my past. Rest In Peace, Sam.
by Paul McKeown
Tue Aug 25, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Paleface Attack
Replies: 28
Views: 1884

Re: Paleface Attack

As often, Paul Cooksey writes sensibly. The opening 1. d4 Nf6 2. f3 has no name that chess players are familiar with. The first grandmaster who plays it regularly will get to name it properly. "Paleface Attack" is merely pulp nonsense originating with Schiller, alongside hundreds of other nonsense n...
by Paul McKeown
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44878

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I did see the ECF bit about ventilation, think about most club venues, and start to wonder! Also, do open-sided tents (gazebos?) count as outdoors? Goodness knows formally. They probably shouldn't as they'll block the UV off - I think that's one of the really big difference between outdoors & indoo...
by Paul McKeown
Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44878

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Thanks Paul, that is an interesting idea, not suitable for a large hall of course - difficult to stop people moving around. Smaller rooms means other issues, see below. The distance between players at Golders Green is 1m, and there is no problem with ventilation in a church hall. Of course, there i...
by Paul McKeown
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44878

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I have been wondering if running Round Robins rather than Swisses, with one section per room, might be a way of running tournaments in accordance with the new guidelines. So, very old style, six sections of ten players APA, say, and an accelerated game pace of 15 minutes per player plus 5 seconds p...
by Paul McKeown
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44878

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Also, do open-sided tents (gazebos?) count as outdoors?
by Paul McKeown
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44878

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

I have been wondering if running Round Robins rather than Swisses, with one section per room, might be a way of running tournaments in accordance with the new guidelines. So, very old style, six sections of ten players APA, say, and an accelerated game pace of 15 minutes per player plus 5 seconds pe...