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by John Townsend
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Replies: 15
Views: 1655

Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer has died at the age of 91. He was a very strong bridge player in the sixties, but he was also a more than useful chessplayer. Can someone contribute a few remarks about his chess activities and/or one of his game scores?
by John Townsend
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: "Chess is intellectual gymnastics"
Replies: 10
Views: 725

Re: "Chess is intellectual gymnastics"

I don't know who wrote it. The editor has been identified by Tim Harding ( British Chess Literature to 1914: A Handbook for Historians , 2018, page 138 ) as T.H. Hopwood, with assistance from Blackburne. I felt the passage was worth bringing to your attention because the idea is similar to that in t...
by John Townsend
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: "Chess is intellectual gymnastics"
Replies: 10
Views: 725

Re: "Chess is intellectual gymnastics"

Thanks to Google Books, I found this on page 2 of The Household Chess Magazine of 31 January 1865: "It is our intention to create for our readers a series of mental recreations, or, in other words, we have pleasure in presenting them with a complete INTELLECTUAL GYMNASTICS, on which the mental porti...
by John Townsend
Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 41976

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The 24-game matches seemed to work well. Regarding the arrangement that allows the champion to retain the title in the event of a draw, it is perhaps prudent to allow him that edge; after all, it means he has withstood the challenge of the best the world can throw at him at that time.
by John Townsend
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 2370

Re: English victories against World Champions

A naturalisation certificate for a Victor Buerger, from Russia, resident in London, was issued on 11 June 1927.
(source: National Archives catalogue: re HO 334/105/14830)
by John Townsend
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in the community: library chess
Replies: 2
Views: 711

Re: Chess in the community: library chess

Yes, I see Surrey has an enlightened view of library chess. Back in Berkshire, there was a group at Woodley Library a few years ago, where I dropped in once and got a decent game. I don't know if it's still going.
by John Townsend
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in the community: library chess
Replies: 2
Views: 711

Chess in the community: library chess

Library chess is a good way to attract new players to the game because they can meet opponents and try it without any commitment. Jon Lloyd has an initiative going with Bracknell Forest Council. He is currently promoting chess free at Crowthorne Library, 4 - 5 pm every Thursday; and also free at Bra...
by John Townsend
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?
Replies: 378
Views: 24475

Re: Which Candidate Should the ECF Support in the FIDE Presidential Election?

"Sutor, ne ultra crepidam iudicaret"

I doubt that there is any such quotation. The grammar looks wrong. "Sutor", since it is followed by the comma, seems to be vocative, whereas the verb is in the third person. (I won't ask about the tense of "iudicaret").
by John Townsend
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930
Replies: 12
Views: 1354

Re: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930

Did Chambers play against Morphy? Of course, Morphy didn't play in the Birmingham 1858 tournament, as he wished to avoid an encounter with Staunton. He did take on eight amateurs blindfold there, but their names are all accounted for. As regards Birmingham, that only seems to leave the possibility o...
by John Townsend
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930
Replies: 12
Views: 1354

Re: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930

Age given at death is commonly unreliable. Sometimes those supplying the information simply didn't know the deceased's age to within a few years.
by John Townsend
Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 35002

Re: Chess history trivia

My intended answer was Thomas Wilson Barnes, who for a time was regarded as one of the strongest players in England. In 1858 he won casual games against Paul Morphy. An interesting obituary appeared in Westminster Papers , 1 September 1874. I am amazed that of about ten people called to the Bar on 7...
by John Townsend
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 35002

Re: Chess history trivia

Help! Another one on 7 June 1852! But was Blackmore really a famous chess player, or was chess, rather, a life-long hobby?

Any more candidates?

I'm still waiting for the answer I had in mind ...
by John Townsend
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 35002

Re: Chess history trivia

We have rather a spectacular coincidence - believe it or not, two famous chess players called to the Bar on 7 June 1852! Congratulations to David for Horace Lloyd! That wasn't the answer I intended! The solution outstanding is, I believe, the more famous of the two, and I will wait for someone to po...
by John Townsend
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 35002

Re: Chess history trivia

Which famous chess player was called to the Bar on 7 June 1852?
by John Townsend
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times
Replies: 2
Views: 627

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

What is the editor's attitude towards chess history and nostalgia?