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by raycollett
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League Champions!
Replies: 93
Views: 7764

Re: League Champions!

Can any club beat Halesowen's 2016-7 season triumphs: League champions: Birmingham DCL, Worcestershire CL; and Wolverhampton & DCL. Also other teams were division champions: Dudley & Dist Div 2; Worcestershire CL Div 2 (their other team in this division were runners-up); Birmingham &DCL Div 5.
by raycollett
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: League Champions!
Replies: 93
Views: 7764

Re: League Champions!

I have published records for Worcestershire Chess League, Worcester & District Chess League and Dudley & District Chess League since 2000. See links from: http://www.raycollett.net/ Although I have access to older records and plan to post them to the web in the future I have not yet found time to do...
by raycollett
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dr Brian Dudley of Stourbridge
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Re: Dr Brian Dudley of Stourbridge

The Stourbridge News has published a death notice on-line at:
http://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/announ ... rge_DUDLEY
by raycollett
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dr Brian Dudley of Stourbridge
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Dr Brian Dudley of Stourbridge

The death of Dr Brian Dudley, former president Worcestershire Chess Association and captain of its first team in the 1970s has been reported. I understand he died on Saturday 30 September aged 86. He was Worcestershire individual champion for the first time in 1961 and was also champion in 1965, 197...
by raycollett
Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: MCCU Qualifiers
Replies: 2
Views: 668

Re: MCCU Qualifiers

The last MCCU stage matches were played on 11 March. The under-180 title was shared between Warwickshire and Nottinghamshire after the teams drew 8-8. It is expected that Warwickshire will be MCCU's first nomination. In the under 120 section, Worcestershire beat Staffordshire 6.5 - 5.5 to go into th...
by raycollett
Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Geoff F Harris
Replies: 2
Views: 916

Re: Geoff F Harris

I have been informed of the recent death of Geoff. There is a short news item on the Worcestershire Chess Association website 7 Jan, Eric Horwill and Brian Dudley report. Memorial service for Stourbridge and county stalwart. Geoff Harris, a lifetime member of Stourbridge, was remembered at a service...
by raycollett
Mon Jul 18, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Angela Eagle games
Replies: 27
Views: 3814

Re: Angela Eagle games

Sorry! I see that this game's already noted.

Leonard Barden in his 16 July 2016 chess column for The Guardian used a position from the game Tebb-Eagle, Liverpool, 1978.
by raycollett
Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Angela Eagle games
Replies: 27
Views: 3814

Re: Angela Eagle games

by raycollett
Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Friar
Replies: 10
Views: 1845

Re: Jim Friar

The funeral was very well attended with standing room only in the church. After a requiem mass and a private cremation, the wake was held at Bewdley Pines Golf Club. I met at least twenty five chess players from Malvern, Worcester, Redditch, Stafford, Mercia, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Bew...
by raycollett
Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Friar
Replies: 10
Views: 1845

Jim Friar: A further tribute

Barry Smith (Mercia Chess Club) wrote: "I am shocked and sad to here about Jim. Ken Francis and I knew him when he played for West Bromwich. He was a nice bloke who would always talk to you. He was also a very good player and passed it on to his sons. I am sure I speak for everyone at Mercia in offe...
by raycollett
Mon Jun 13, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Friar
Replies: 10
Views: 1845

Re: Jim Friar

John Wrench "Family flowers and donations to Bewdley Medical Centre and The Mesothelioma Society"
[Mesothelioma UK}. Care of B Ince, Funeral Directors, Bank House, Bewdley. DY12 2DX
by raycollett
Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Friar
Replies: 10
Views: 1845

A tribute a good chess player and a good man: Jim Friar

Until very recently, like I suspect other chess players, I was completely unaware that anything was amiss. Indeed as recently as late March Jim - cheerful and optimistic as usual - ferried his younger son Joseph to Worcester for a Bennett Cup game. The first sign to me that Jim was ill was when he a...
by raycollett
Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jim Friar
Replies: 10
Views: 1845

Chess players’ tributes to Jim Friar

As Worcestershire CA secretary I have received many tributes to Jim. Frank Pickett , Kidderminster Club player Had no idea he was ill, last spoke to him during the winter at the mid day session`s at Bewdley Chess club, he was his normal happy self then. Really sorry & shocked at the sad news. Stephe...
by raycollett
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Victorian and Edwardian chess in the UK
Replies: 32
Views: 7130

Re: Victorian and Edwardian chess in the UK

There was also, probably up to about the late 60s, a 'Second Class' tournament below that. My copy of the 1963 BCF 50th Annual Congress held at the Assembly Rooms, Bath (price 2s 6d) Shows there was a First Class 11-round Swiss tournament (22 entrants, one of whom did not play; first prize £5) and ...
by raycollett
Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: At Last! The 1961 Grading List...
Replies: 31
Views: 3582

Re: At Last! The 1961 Grading List...

John Saunders I'm not entirely sure I understand the then Scottish system but I don't think it was an Elo System as it is now, more something modelled on the BCF system with a zero added to the end of the BCF grade number to create a four-figure one. Or was the underlying BCF grade (which wasn't pub...