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by Gerard Killoran
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 54
Views: 1968

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

I have found his will on Ancestry - the top of the first page shows that his brother was a barrister called Thomas MacDonnell.

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I think this is his brother - from The Annual Register 1878


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by Gerard Killoran
Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 54
Views: 1968

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

I think ending this discussion would be the 'classy' thing to do.
by Gerard Killoran
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 54
Views: 1968

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

Nobody on this Forum (including Gerard Killoran, John Townsend and me) has been able to substantiate Tim Harding's claim of nearly five weeks ago that Edward Winter has made "many and unfair attacks" on him. Let's now see whether Tim Harding will break his silence and withdraw the words. By the way...
by Gerard Killoran
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 54
Views: 1968

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

Gerard, I think the issue is the claim which was made for the book. To say that it was "the most important chess historical biography to appear for many years" was a subjective judgement. It could not be readily verified, and some readers would say that such judgements are best left to disintereste...
by Gerard Killoran
Fri Oct 16, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 54
Views: 1968

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

I see nothing wrong with publishers promoting their own authors, isn't their job? As for authors,like Tim Harding, who promote their own work, how is that something to criticise? He could have used a much more effusive blurb as the Blackburne biography has earned praise from everyone who has written...
by Gerard Killoran
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 54
Views: 1968

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

"I hope the whole publishing industry will take note, and be suitably modest about their efforts in future." Private Eye frequently refers to "log-rolling" by publishers. I think that refers to something quite different i.e. mutual back-scratching see... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logrolling
by Gerard Killoran
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 54
Views: 1968

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

I see Mr. Urcan believes that Tim Harding shouldn't use his own website for 'self- promotion'. I hope the whole publishing industry will take note, and be suitably modest about their efforts in future.
by Gerard Killoran
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 54
Views: 1968

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

I haven't for many years contributed to Chess Notes because of Winter's many and unfair attacks on my work, so that's another reason why I didn't follow up your finding. Tim Harding refers to fairness yet makes that attack on Edward Winter without a word of substantiation. - O.G. Urcan A month has ...
by Gerard Killoran
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3823
Views: 416970

Re: Media comments on chess

From Hodgson, Shirley: transcript of an audio interview (04-Nov-2015) https://qmro.qmul.ac.uk/xmlui/bitstream/handle/123456789/12731/e2016009.pdf?sequence=4 SH:Well, I went to an ordinary primary school. In fact, in those days I used to walk about a mile when I was about six to this school on my own...
by Gerard Killoran
Mon Oct 05, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1494
Views: 137702

Re: Cheating in chess

Petrosian has analysed his games with Baadur Jobava here... https://www.twitch.tv/videos/761278124 I've watched the segment covering the Dominguez game and it is clear that TP has a deep understanding of the KIA - it's very instructive. Nakamura thought that only Carlsen could spot a move like Qd2, ...
by Gerard Killoran
Sun Oct 04, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1494
Views: 137702

Re: Cheating in chess

Nakamura is not a KIA player and assumes that f4 is a natural move in the position, however in the Tang game TP plays the manoeuvre Qd1-d2-f4. It's the sort of thing you remember, especially if it leads to a win. So Qd2 would have been one of the first moves he would have considered.
by Gerard Killoran
Sun Oct 04, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 1494
Views: 137702

Re: Cheating in chess

One point. Wesley So claimed that Petrosian never played the Caro Kann but beat Caruana with it - as if this was a totally absurd thing to have happened. 1. Here's a counter-example. [Event "Asrian Memorial"] [Site "Yerevan ARM"] [Date "2019.06.12"] [EventDate "2019.06.11"] [Round "2.3"] [Result "1/...
by Gerard Killoran
Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering WIM Eileen Tranmer (05-v-1910 26-ix-1983)
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: Remembering WIM Eileen Tranmer (05-v-1910 26-ix-1983)

A game from late in her career... [Event "Northern Open Chess Championships"] [Site "Whitby"] [Date "1970"] [Round "?"] [White "Tranmer, Eileen"] [Black "de Milliano, Rene"] [Result "1-0"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 f5 5. d4 exd4 6. O-O Bc5 7. Bg5 Nge7 8. exf5 h6 9. Bh4 O-O 10. c3 dxc3 11....
by Gerard Killoran
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering WIM Eileen Tranmer (05-v-1910 26-ix-1983)
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: Remembering WIM Eileen Tranmer (05-v-1910 26-ix-1983)

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by Gerard Killoran
Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering WIM Eileen Tranmer (05-v-1910 26-ix-1983)
Replies: 5
Views: 324

Re: Remembering WIM Eileen Tranmer (05-v-1910 26-ix-1983)

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