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by John Townsend
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43650

Re: Chess history trivia

Steinitz?
by John Townsend
Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Morphy...Which Opera
Replies: 29
Views: 1254

Re: Morphy...Which Opera

Geoff Chandler asks whether Edward Winter is "what you would call a genuine chess historian". Of course, he is. For example, much of the material on the Chess History site is his own work. This is in addition to editing contributions from his many correspondents. From my experience as a contributor,...
by John Townsend
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43650

Re: Chess history trivia

Thank you, Colin. I suppose it was quite a difficult question, but I thought it might have been guessed, as George Walker was a prolific writer.
by John Townsend
Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43650

Re: Chess history trivia

It was George Walker who used those words in reply to a correspondent. Acknowledgement and thanks to Edward Winter's feature article on Alexander McDonnell which contained the column from the 13 November 1842 edition of Bell’s Life in London (page 2): http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/mcdonne...
by John Townsend
Tue Nov 05, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43650

Re: Chess history trivia

I hope no-one will be too disappointed to hear that there have been no correct answers so far.
by John Townsend
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43650

Re: Chess history trivia

Sorry, Colin, it's not Bird!

It's time for a clue. The answer is someone well known. Think what age this may have been written in, then guess a person likely to have written it, or a likely place to write it.
by John Townsend
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43650

Re: Chess history trivia

Sorry, not Staunton!
by John Townsend
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43650

Re: Chess history trivia

Thank you, Kevin. Both wrong, unfortunately!
by John Townsend
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43650

Re: Chess history trivia

An ingenious idea, Christopher, but it isn't the answer. (It's a pity, as it would have made a good answer to a different trivia question!)
by John Townsend
Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 43650

Re: Chess history trivia

There is no act of Parliament compelling a man to begin with king's pawn.
Who wrote this?
by John Townsend
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 46
Views: 3858

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

Michael, to save you the trouble of writing, Reg died - in 1985, I think. He left us with a book on the King's Gambit. I believe he was an entomologist.
by John Townsend
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Correspondence Chess
Replies: 1
Views: 765

Correspondence Chess

On the Lechenicher Schachserver, there is a special category of "No Engine" tournaments, for those who like to play the old-fashioned way. As the name suggests, use of an engine in these tournaments is strengst verboten.

Are there other providers who cater for this preference?
by John Townsend
Wed May 29, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 24
Views: 3377

Re: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!

John Saunders wrote: "Further delvings into online records show a James Mason marrying an Annie Grant in Hackney in 1896. In the 1891 census I then found an Annie Grant (aged 37, hence within a year or two of the right age, born in Swanage, Dorset) visiting a family in Walthamstow. Quite good circum...
by John Townsend
Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A genius; but a dipsomaniac!
Replies: 24
Views: 3377

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: 24
Views: 3377

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.