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by Gerard Killoran
Thu May 02, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Replies: 16
Views: 2202

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

A game played by Peter's father: [Event "Worcestershire vs Shropshire and Herefordshire"] [Site "Birmingham Midland Institute"] [Date "1948.11.06"] [Round "?"] [White "Southall, G. T."] [Black "Swinnerton-Dyer, Leonard (Sir)"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D31"] [Opening "QGD: semi-Slav, Noteboom variation"]...
by Gerard Killoran
Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 19
Views: 1143

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

To complete this topic This seems to be the right age for our man and gives another address for him: Islington Gazette - Monday 11 December 1893.png This next is definitely him and a further address. Islington Gazette - Wednesday 18 September 1895.png Unless there are two James Masons living in Glen...
by Gerard Killoran
Mon Apr 22, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 19
Views: 1143

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

From Thomas Holmes' entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography which covers the period when he would have known James Mason: 'In 1877 Holmes had a serious accident which eventually made it impossible for him to continue his work as an iron-moulder. His friends, who appreciated his gift for...
by Gerard Killoran
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 19
Views: 1143

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

I think the reference to 'dancing on the pavement' and the Islington Gazette report showing that James Mason was arrested for doing the same is the evidence we need that Holmes is talking about James Mason in his reminiscence. Their friendship - and Holmes' support for Mason - deserves to be better ...
by Gerard Killoran
Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 19
Views: 1143

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

These two items from the Islington Gazette sadly fit the description.

Islington Gazette - Tuesday 01 September 1896.jpg
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Islington Gazette - Tuesday 27 July 1897.jpg
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by Gerard Killoran
Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 19
Views: 1143

A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

LONDON'S UNDERWORLD by Thomas Holmes published in 1912 contains the following reminiscence. It seems to describe a real chess player or problemist. Does anyone have any idea who it was? 'Some of my friends have crossed the river, but as I think of them they come back and bid me tell their stories. H...
by Gerard Killoran
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 38
Views: 1923

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

Alex McFarlane wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:02 am
It is Alan who should get the credit.
To quote Shaggy, 'It wasn't me!'
by Gerard Killoran
Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Rediscovered game by De la Bourdonnais
Replies: 21
Views: 1144

Re: Rediscovered game by De la Bourdonnais

Harding's claim that the game was played by Labourdonnais is still on-line (http://www.chessmail.com/research/Historic-games.html). The page above is not linked to either from Tim's home page, or even his research page under which it is found in the link above. It would be difficult for anyone to c...
by Gerard Killoran
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 38
Views: 1923

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

The Essex County Association Lightning Championship will be taking place in June 2019. Does anybody know of any other lightning tournaments? Lightnig chess is where a buzzer used to go and a move had to be made every 10 seconds, It was also sometimes played every 5 seconds, or perhaps just for the ...
by Gerard Killoran
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ralph L. Barnett Memorial Tournament & Olive Chataway
Replies: 9
Views: 706

Re: Ralph L. Barnett Memorial Tournament & Olive Chataway

From the Birmingham Daily Post - Wednesday 15 September 1971

Birmingham Daily Post - Wednesday 15 September 1971 .png
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by Gerard Killoran
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Rediscovered game by De la Bourdonnais
Replies: 21
Views: 1144

Re: Rediscovered game by De la Bourdonnais

We all make mistakes - that's why they put rubbers on the ends of pencils.
by Gerard Killoran
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Rediscovered game by De la Bourdonnais
Replies: 21
Views: 1144

Re: Rediscovered game by De la Bourdonnais

The arrival in London of De la Bourdonnais is announced in the Morning Post of Saturday 28 June 1834 and Bell's Life in London of Sunday 29 June 1834. I doubt they would have waited three weeks if he'd already started to play games in town.
by Gerard Killoran
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now
Replies: 31
Views: 2227

Re: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now

The answer to my Quiz Question is unsurprisingly, Dominic Lawson. You can read the whole thing here https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/dominic-lawson/dominic-lawson-this-poverty-debate-is-fuelled-by-anger-at-the-rich-not-sympathy-for-the-poor-5331394.html but you'll need a strong stom...
by Gerard Killoran
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now
Replies: 31
Views: 2227

Re: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now

I've now listened to Lawson's reply and he spends little or no time on the the real causes of poverty, but spends his most of his answer criticising the poor for gambling, smoking and drinking. We've had to listen to this nonsense ever since the nineteenth century. Some people might like chess to b...
by Gerard Killoran
Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now
Replies: 31
Views: 2227

Re: Dominic Lawson on Question Time (BBC Radio 4) now

Maybe just tell us the opinion you have in mind? I thought that Justin might agree that reducing the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals to £2 was desirable. As for the contributors to Twitter above, if there had been no problem previously, then the change wouldn't have been necessary. It...