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by Alan McGowan
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS
Replies: 46
Views: 4879

Re: HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF CHESS

I have the relevant issues of 'Chess' that cover the Rumens-Mabbs controversy. I also have the BCM, checking it right now. To whom should I send scans?
Alan McGowan
Historian, Chess Scotland
by Alan McGowan
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 21
Views: 3116

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

A letter from a young G.T. Crown (he was not quite 14) appeared in the March 1943 British Chess Magazine (p.56). Dated February 6th, it included the following observation: 'Might I suggest that while people in other spheres of life are planning for after this war, chess players should also be consid...
by Alan McGowan
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930
Replies: 12
Views: 1974

Re: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930

Further comments re Chambers and Morphy: In view of the fact that a user has been posting newspaper extracts in the Chessgames.com pages for Chambers at http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=112922, I thought it appropriate to add some information. The Falkirk Herald of 11 July 1928, page 1...
by Alan McGowan
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930
Replies: 12
Views: 1974

Re: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930

Mr Chambers experienced financial difficulties after the failure of a bank. The BCM 1926, p. 319 reported that a testimonial was being arranged for him. Perhaps ongoing financial problems prompted him to offer the set for sale. From the British Chess Magazine 1927, p 498: 'Mr J.D. Chambers has decid...
by Alan McGowan
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930
Replies: 12
Views: 1974

Re: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930

Re the Gazette piece: it appears that his mother died without leaving a Will. The bond of caution is an insurance against someone applying for confirmation when they are not entitled to do so and against an executor failing to distribute the estate according to law.

Thanks to all contributors.
by Alan McGowan
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930
Replies: 12
Views: 1974

John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930

An updated biography of Mr Chambers, who had connections to chess in Scotland, Cheshire and Wales, has been posted at https://www.chessscotland.com/documents/history/biographies/chambers_jd.htm There had previously been some difficulties in tracking his origins, so the bio includes his place of birt...
by Alan McGowan
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge
Replies: 44
Views: 5136

Re: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge

Let there be no more doubts about David Archibald and Geoff Chandler. The material is genuine. I have communicated with David on many occasions regarding Edinburgh CC historical matters. I don't think the Aitken notebooks (which I have seen) will be leaving the club. Perhaps a member, or several of ...
by Alan McGowan
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Dr Kurt Meyer/Dr Gerhard (Gerald) Katz
Replies: 6
Views: 1391

Re: Dr Kurt Meyer/Dr Gerhard (Gerald) Katz

Thanks to all who replied. Much appreciated.
by Alan McGowan
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Dr Kurt Meyer/Dr Gerhard (Gerald) Katz
Replies: 6
Views: 1391

Dr Kurt Meyer/Dr Gerhard (Gerald) Katz

I am finalising the manuscript of a book about Kurt Richter (1900-1969). In a Berlin-Wilmersdorf 1930 tournament he played against Dr Kurt Meyer and Dr Gerhard Katz. Dr Meyer moved to England in 1939 and was apparently a member of West London and Worcester clubs and, latterly, of the Athenaeum CC. G...
by Alan McGowan
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bruce Hayden
Replies: 7
Views: 3893

Re: Bruce Hayden

In view of a recent article in Chess (reprinted by Chessbase), it was decided that it was time to put the results of our research (Brian Denman and myself) on the Forum. Bruce Hayden was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 7 April 1907. His name was registered as Henry Bruce Cobb Ellenband. His father was ...
by Alan McGowan
Fri May 20, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player
Replies: 83
Views: 11743

Re: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player

The excellent Bletchley Park web site has a roll of honour. Search by name for anybody who worked there; the information is reasonably detailed - position, hut number, etc. http://rollofhonour.bletchleypark.org.uk/search/ I sent detailed information about the Bletchley CC v Oxford match to the site ...
by Alan McGowan
Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Who was R. Schwarzschild?
Replies: 11
Views: 1529

Re: Who was R. Schwarzschild?

Just in case the following is of any interest: Various issues of Ranneforths Schachkalender, a German yearbook, include this person's details. From the volumes I have. The 1918, 1920 and 1925 editions show him as Schwarzschild, Robert, Fabrikant, Berlin W 30, Luitpoldstrasse 20. The 1933 edition has...
by Alan McGowan
Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bruce Hayden
Replies: 7
Views: 3893

Re: Bruce Hayden

Thank you Tim. I will deal with Blackburne's many, many visits if and when I have the time. I have removed his name from that list until I get round to dealing with him. I have also removed Lasker, Lee and Teichmann for the same reason. I am aware of the Masters who visited Dundee in 1867; I may add...
by Alan McGowan
Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bruce Hayden
Replies: 7
Views: 3893

Re: Bruce Hayden

Roger: Thank you for the information. Some more inquiries for me to do in regard to date/place of birth, and names.
John: Thanks to you also. Now you have obliged me to add another item to my 'To Do' list, with regards to Harrwitz and Aberdeen! As if I don't have enough to do!

Regards,
Alan
by Alan McGowan
Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bruce Hayden
Replies: 7
Views: 3893

Bruce Hayden

I would like to obtain a little more information about Bruce Hayden than I have in his very brief biography on the Chess Scotland History Archive web site. http://www.chessscotland.com/history/biographies/hayden.htm I believe he was born in Scotland but spent most of his life in England. At one time...