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by John Townsend
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 18
Views: 904

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

Tim, thank you for your reply. Any information about Mason's marriage would be interesting, not least because his marriage certificate should contain, in theory, the name and occupation of his father, which may in turn shed light on the mystery of his birth.
by John Townsend
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 18
Views: 904

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

Thomas Holmes's "dipsomaniac" had a wife. When did James Mason tie the knot? In the 1881 census, he was described as unmarried (see National Archives, RG 11/590, folio 90). Incidentally, the same record also says he was born in America, which differs from the writers who say Kilkenny.
by John Townsend
Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 18
Views: 904

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

An intriguing problem. The nearest to a match I can think of is Robert Barnett Brien (1827 - 1873). He satisfies some of the criteria, but I'm uncertain about "whose books are the poetry of chess". He did edit Chess Player's Chronicle , which was produced annually in book form, but that's not quite ...
by John Townsend
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: How many casual players?
Replies: 87
Views: 4972

Re: How many casual players?

Allan's suggestion of encouraging councils here to install chess tables in local parks sounds a marvellous idea. Where successful, it would get people playing chess more. I recall many years ago enjoying a game one sunny afternoon with a large set on the end of a pier at the seaside. Was it Bournemo...
by John Townsend
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36541

Re: Chess history trivia

The answer is Burton Ale. According to George Walker, he drank a lot of punch, but sometimes chose Burton Ale instead.
by John Townsend
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36541

Re: Chess history trivia

Thank you, Colin. I think he used to accept the King's Gambit!
by John Townsend
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36541

Re: Chess history trivia

No correct answers so far. I'll allow a little more time.
by John Townsend
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36541

Re: Chess history trivia

An interesting thought, John, but it's the wrong answer.
by John Townsend
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36541

Re: Chess history trivia

Another question.

What form of ale was De La Bourdonnais fond of in London in 1834?
by John Townsend
Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Academic theses on the subject of chess
Replies: 13
Views: 1068

Re: Academic theses on the subject of chess

Rob,

Very kind indeed. I've just sent you my e-mail address.

Best regards,

John
by John Townsend
Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Academic theses on the subject of chess
Replies: 13
Views: 1068

Re: Academic theses on the subject of chess

Rob Ensor said:
My MA (De Montfort, 2016) dissertation was '"The champion club of the Midland counties": a social study of the Nottingham Chess Club, 1829 - c.1904'.
Does anyone know how we can read this, please?
by John Townsend
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36541

Re: Chess history trivia

Yes, correct, Leonard, and well done. I don't know whether Blackburne went to the funeral. Perhaps Tim Harding will know.
by John Townsend
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36541

Re: Chess history trivia

Another question.

Which international chess tournament was postponed for a few days because of the funeral of a British monarch?
by John Townsend
Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Rediscovered game by De la Bourdonnais
Replies: 21
Views: 1050

Re: Rediscovered game by De la Bourdonnais

Incidentally, George Walker, in his Chess Studies (1844), assigned this game (No. 59 (183)) to Chapter III, which contains McDonnell games during the period 1832-1835. Black is partially identified as "Mr. P*ll**g". I should think it is likely that Walker wrote the original (1834) newspaper article.
by John Townsend
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Rediscovered game by De la Bourdonnais
Replies: 21
Views: 1050

Re: Rediscovered game by De la Bourdonnais

I don't see why Tim has concluded that De La Bourdonnais played this game. White was described as "one of the first players in Europe". McDonnell would fit the bill.