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by John Townsend
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 17
Views: 679

Re: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)

I believe that proof that the father of Alexander McDonnell was Thomas, a merchant, appeared on Edward Winter's Chess Notes, C.N. 10662, in a contribution from me. It cited, for the first time, I believe, Alumni Dublinenses , which establishes that Thomas was the father of Thomas the barrister, who ...
by John Townsend
Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58215

Re: Chess history trivia

After looking at John Venn's Alumni Cantabrigienses, I see I gave the wrong birth details for Dyke above. It seems he was born on 27 October 1871. He died on 25 June 1922. He was a good cricketer and also played bridge - presumably, the auction variety.
by John Townsend
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58215

Re: Chess history trivia

Yes, indeed, Tim. Percyvall Hart Dyke, of King's College, Cambridge, was the first, according to P. W. Sergeant's A century of British chess, page 300.
by John Townsend
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58215

Re: Chess history trivia

Who was the first player in the Oxford - Cambridge university matches who suffered from blindness?
by John Townsend
Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Thomas Wilson Barnes grave ?
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: Thomas Wilson Barnes grave ?

20 August 1874 is given by various sources as the date of Barnes' death. It is worth noting, though, that the Calendar of Wills and Administrations (Dublin), for 1874, says he died on 13 August. Presumably, this date is normally the same as the date given on the death certificate. Has anyone seen th...
by John Townsend
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Thomas Wilson Barnes grave ?
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: Thomas Wilson Barnes grave ?

John, I've never heard of a photograph of Barnes' grave. You would probably be doing the chess community a service if you made one available. A similar situation exists regarding the grave of John Cochrane, which was discussed briefly in C.N. 11392 on Edward Winter's Chess History website: https://w...
by John Townsend
Tue Jul 21, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58215

Re: Chess history trivia

Yes, Carisbrooke it is. Well done, Richard. The challenge was noted in various newspapers, including Bell's Life in London , 16 August 1835. It can be viewed on-line at the excellent Chess Archaeology website. George Walker seems not to have been impressed with the challenge, which was instigated by...
by John Townsend
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58215

Re: Chess history trivia

Kevin, if you want it to be near Sherwood Forest, you will be very disappointed! Think Charles I. Think donkey.
by John Townsend
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58215

Re: Chess history trivia

No, that's not the answer.
by John Townsend
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58215

Re: Chess history trivia

Which parish challenged the whole of England, excluding London, to a match at chess (21 boards) and archery (500 shots) for a maximum stake of £52 10s.?
by John Townsend
Wed Jul 15, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58215

Re: Chess history trivia

Is it Bonar Law?
by John Townsend
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58215

Re: Chess history trivia

Yes, well done, Nick. The meeting took place on 9 June 1941 at Mytchett Place, near Aldershot. It seems Hess also played chess. Does anyone have information about that?
by John Townsend
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58215

Re: Chess history trivia

Another question:

Which keen chessplayer met with a top Nazi during World War II to discuss a peace proposal?
by John Townsend
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Pergamon Chess Magazine Launch
Replies: 12
Views: 1357

Re: Pergamon Chess Magazine Launch

As a postscript, I see from the SCCU bulletin archive that Dr. Penrose played on Board 2 that day. Board 1 was E. Klein. It sounds like a strong Essex team!
by John Townsend
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Pergamon Chess Magazine Launch
Replies: 12
Views: 1357

Re: Pergamon Chess Magazine Launch

Very superficially, one might expect Middlesex and Surrey to have the edge in such a match, Jonathan. Or is it closer? Presumably, the time of the match would be important. Essex would call on Penrose. I had the pleasure to meet him in a Essex v. Berks. county match on 27 January 1973. He made the j...