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by Tim Harding
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Penrose Papers (Wellcome Library)
Replies: 3
Views: 200

Re: Penrose Papers (Wellcome Library)

That was news to me too. I have only taken a quick look.

The World Chess Championship item is a book about the 1951 Botvinnik-Bronstein match by R. G. Wade and William Winter which was published (number 27-51 in the Betts bibliography).
by Tim Harding
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Mary Rudge (06-ii-1842 22-xi-1919)
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Remembering Mary Rudge (06-ii-1842 22-xi-1919)

I suppose that most if not all UK (and many non-UK) university libraries and most large UK public libraries, when they reopen, will have access to the online ODNB. Otherwise readers would need to purchase a personal subscription. Unless the system has changed since I contributed, ODNB do two updates...
by Tim Harding
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Mary Rudge (06-ii-1842 22-xi-1919)
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: Remembering Mary Rudge (06-ii-1842 22-xi-1919)

Forumites with access to the online edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography might like to look at the article about Mary Rudge which I wrote several years ago.
She is also mentioned several times in my history of correspondence chess, starting pages 89-90.
by Tim Harding
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Decision Making in Major Piece Endings by Boris Gelfand
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Re: Decision Making in Major Piece Endings by Boris Gelfand

One of the most advanced books of 2021 pre-reviewed in depth by endgame virtuoso FM Richard Webb Decision Making in Major Piece Endings A candidate for Book of the Year 2021... I don't understand "pre-reviewed". Decision Making in Major Piece Endings was published in the last week of September 2020...
by Tim Harding
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Playing opponents born the longest time apart
Replies: 28
Views: 893

Re: Playing opponents born the longest time apart

In the 1981 Guernsey tournament, I was paired against T van Scheltinga (graded 214ish) in round 1, so I idly wondered if he were any relation to the famous one. When a tall mature gentleman turned up, I realised it wasn't a relation... He was born 1914. I'm not sure I follow your line of thought he...
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 13, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Harold Godfrey Cole
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Harold Godfrey Cole

Regrettably his first name was given as "Henry" in my Joseph Henry Blackburne ; I had the correct Harold in my thesis. British Chess Magazine January 1898 frontispiece was a City of London Chess Club team photo in which somebody named Cole (presumably him) was seated in the front row. That photograp...
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Steinitz in London : A Chess Biography with 623 Games
Replies: 8
Views: 806

Re: Steinitz in London : A Chess Biography with 623 Games

Hi Justin The question of Steinitz's date of birth (14 May 1836) is discussed thoroughly at the start of the very first chapter in my book (page 13) and the associated chapter notes. Steinitz himself often stated the wrong date but gave it correctly in his 1899 interview for the Jewish Chronicle. Dr...
by Tim Harding
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Jacob Sarratt (?-?-1772 06-xi-1819)
Replies: 6
Views: 298

Re: Remembering Jacob Sarratt (?-?-1772 06-xi-1819)

John Townsend has chapters about Sarratt and Brand in his book "Notes on Some Chess Players."

The editors of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography considered Sarratt's second wife a bit more important than him, as the joint article about them is listed under D for Dufour.
by Tim Harding
Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: International News
Topic: US Chess Championships 2020 Online
Replies: 12
Views: 1023

Re: US Chess Championships 2020 Online

Looks like So and Xiong are T-1st ???? Wesley was a point ahead going into the last round. He and Hikaru blitzed out a 20+ move theoretical draw in nothing flat. So no tie. So 9/11. Xiong 8.5 Robson 7.5, Dominguez 6 Shankland & Liang 5.5 Nakamura & Sevian 5 Lenderman 4.5 Swiercz 3.5 Ramirez & Morad...
by Tim Harding
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: James Mahood
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: James Mahood

I don't know about James Mahood in connection with the rifle issue, but winning the Civil Service Championship three times is perhaps not as impressive as being runner-up in the 1913 British Championship. The 1911 census shows he was born in Portaferry, County Down, and his chess activities were som...
by Tim Harding
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Professor Michael Furmston
Replies: 4
Views: 541

Re: Professor Michael Furmston

Very sad news; I knew Professor Furmston from when he was at Oxford (as a lecturer) at the same time I was there as a postgraduate and we were occasionally in touch through correspondence chess. Here is what Michael regarded as his best game. He annotated it in the BCCA magazine Correspondence Chess...
by Tim Harding
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Sir Theodore ("Theo") Tylor (13-v-1900 23-x-1968)
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Remembering Sir Theodore ("Theo") Tylor (13-v-1900 23-x-1968)

Nice piece. See also http://www.chessmail.com/research/Tylor.html and there was an item in New In Chess magazine about Tylor a few issues ago. Professor Michael Furmston, if he is still around, can probably tell you more about Tylor. Many thanks Tim. A link has been added to your Tylor article. Sad...
by Tim Harding
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: US Chess Championships 2020 Online
Replies: 12
Views: 1023

Re: US Chess Championships 2020 Online

Wesley So seems to have the happy knack of inducing blunders from his opponents. He's going to be hard to stop now.

The Lenderman game was a stone cold draw until a few moves from the end and Liang threw away first a win and then a draw.
by Tim Harding
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Grand Prix Gibraltar January 17-29 2021
Replies: 2
Views: 473

Re: Grand Prix Gibraltar January 17-29 2021

Well it is good they can at least host this event though the Open is cancelled. I hope it goes ahead OK and that 2022 will see the full festival return. The Caleta Hotel, a traditional venue for this annual gathering of great minds, will be turned into an isolated environment to ensure the safety of...
by Tim Harding
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)
Replies: 12
Views: 3143

Re: The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis (Netflix adaptation)

My wife and I have watched the first two episodes so far; we love it.
Somewhere I still have an ancient copy of the novel and might re-read it after finishing the series.