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by Gerard Killoran
Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Falkland Islands
Replies: 54
Views: 3587

Re: Falkland Islands

I see the ECF is claiming jurisdiction over the remnants of the British Empire, although I can't remember them organising anything on the Falklands/Malvinas - is there even an ECF graded player on the islands? Perhaps we can send Nigel to give a simul, or would that provoke another war? From 2004 ht...
by Gerard Killoran
Tue May 28, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 38075

Re: Chess history trivia

Nigel White wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 2:45 pm
Asquith and Oswald Mosley.
Correct. Never trust a politician with 'little capacity and less interest' for chess. Or the rest of them.
by Gerard Killoran
Tue May 28, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 38075

Re: Chess history trivia

I came across this quote: That evening after dinner he invited me to play chess with him in another room, rather unexpectedly, as it was his habit to play bridge. It was quickly apparent that both of us had little capacity and less interest for the game. Soon he desisted and began to talk of the pol...
by Gerard Killoran
Thu May 02, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Replies: 16
Views: 2267

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: 20
Views: 1853

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: 20
Views: 1853

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: 20
Views: 1853

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: 20
Views: 1853

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: 20
Views: 1853

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: 39
Views: 2193

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: 1237

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: 39
Views: 2193

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: 761

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: 1237

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: 1237

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.