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by John Townsend
Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in the community: library chess
Replies: 2
Views: 650

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: 650

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: 22765

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: 1071

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: 1071

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: 32934

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: 32934

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: 32934

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: 32934

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: 565

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

What is the editor's attitude towards chess history and nostalgia?
by John Townsend
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 32934

Re: Chess history trivia

Gerard's quotation referred to the dissolution of the London Chess Club after 63 years. The legendary foundation year was 1807, and I expect that is about right, but can it be corroborated from any contemporary evidence? (I know of at least one source from the 1820s which refers to 1807.)
by John Townsend
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 32934

Re: Chess history trivia

The London Chess Club packed up in 1870, so I expect that's the answer.

We are answering each other's questions, Gerard!
by John Townsend
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 32934

Re: Chess history trivia

Yes, very good, Gerard. The author claimed to identify himself in the introduction, which is in Latin verse, but the solution has caused difficulty. Further details on request, if anyone wants a shot!
by John Townsend
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 32934

Re: Chess history trivia

Happy New Year, everyone! May all your research meet with good fortune. My question (below) may be considered a sequel to Christopher Kreuzer's recent theme of the Bonus Socius collection. Which celebrated nineteenth-century player was once the owner of a copy of a famous medieval manuscript collect...
by John Townsend
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 32934

Re: Chess history trivia

Yes, Richard. In five minutes! Too easy, I can see.