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by Tim Harding
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 17
Views: 659

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 Tim Harding
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Alexander McDonnell (22-iv-1798 14-ix-1835)
Replies: 17
Views: 659

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

This is a good summary of McDonnell's appalling record, for which he was handsomely rewarded by the slave drivers. 'Alexander McDonnell, a fine chess player, with a fair claim to being a World Champion, but someone who did his utmost on behalf of wealthy and unscrupulous plantation owners to impede...
by Tim Harding
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of Chess Clubs
Replies: 20
Views: 1142

Re: History of Chess Clubs

It would be great if the ECF kept a page of links to chess histories - for club or county. Perhaps we can start here with a list of histories. This may inspire others to write a history of their area. I am aware that Roy Maddock compiled a 117-page history of Harrow Chess Club for its centenary in ...
by Tim Harding
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964
Replies: 35
Views: 1633

Re: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964

I don't know Norman's handwriting but it could well be Bob's.
by Tim Harding
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Joseph Blackburne (10-xii-1841 01-ix-1924)
Replies: 9
Views: 598

Re: Remembering Joseph Blackburne (10-xii-1841 01-ix-1924)

Thanks, Gerard, a nice interview to add to my collection. I agree that "Handisen" could be a clue to Blackburne's pronunciation but it could also be down to the reporter's poor hearing/bad note-taking. Always in such cases in the 19th century there can be problems arising from the writer's handwriti...
by Tim Harding
Wed Sep 09, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Bristol Sloth : Remembering Elijah Williams (07-x-1809 08-ix-1854)
Replies: 3
Views: 252

Re: The Bristol Sloth : Remembering Elijah Williams (07-x-1809 08-ix-1854)

I don't think there is any likeness of Elijah Williams to be found. Many years ago I looked at some of his early Bath and Cheltenham Gazette columns and there were no pictures in the paper. The best hope might be in finding him in an illustrated report of the 1851 tournament but I do not recall seei...
by Tim Harding
Thu Sep 03, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58192

Re: Chess history trivia

Who was the first player in the Oxford - Cambridge university matches who suffered from blindness? P. Hart-Dyke (Cambridge 1893, 1894, 1895) is the first I am sure of; do you know of an earlier? The earliest Oxford blind player may have been T. H. Tylor (1919, 1920, 1921 and 1922) but perhaps there...
by Tim Harding
Mon Aug 31, 2020 11:30 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58192

Re: Chess history trivia

So who has the best 100% record against a reigning world champion? It is not easy to think of anyone who has a 100 per cent record in more than one game against a particular world champion while they were actually champion. Several players have won their only game against a reigning world champion,...
by Tim Harding
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Murray Chandler's Games, 1973-1989
Replies: 14
Views: 1126

Re: Murray Chandler's Games, 1973-1989

The first City of London Open was 23-25 February 1979 as your web page shows. But in the PGN several of the games including mine have the wrong year (1977) so you need to fix that. This was my only classical game against Murray and didn't last long as I couldn't remember the theory. The only other t...
by Tim Harding
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Gibraltar Chess Festival 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 586

Re: Gibraltar Chess Festival 2021

Good luck to Stuart but not only is Covid-19 and accompanying travel restrictions/quarantines a potential worry, there is also the risk of a no-deal Brexit and the border with Spain being closed, or at least fraught. Back in 2022 maybe?
by Tim Harding
Fri Aug 28, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Event Cancellations
Topic: Event Cancellation
Replies: 68
Views: 8213

Re: Event Cancellation

The Kilkenny chess congress (November) has just been cancelled.

IMHO it's not looking too promising for Bunratty in February either.
by Tim Harding
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 942
Views: 44878

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

... As to the vaccine, I would prefer to inject myself with rat poison. At least we know what's in that. That's good to hear since there won't be enough vaccine to go round quickly when it's available - so if all the anti-vaxers like you prefer to die, the folks who welcome the vaccine will move a ...
by Tim Harding
Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals
Replies: 48
Views: 2421

Re: 2020 Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals

Smooth (crushing!) win for Hikaru in Game 3...
by Tim Harding
Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard is Ninety-One today !
Replies: 12
Views: 806

Re: Leonard is Ninety-One today !

Many Happy Returns, Leonard!
by Tim Harding
Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2020 Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals
Replies: 48
Views: 2421

Re: 2020 Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals

And they're off. Magnus, needing to win today's set, opens 1 c4 e5 2 g3...

LATER: Game 1 Drawn. Carlsen seems to have blown a big advantage somewhere. This is not the player who was so dominant for most of the Magnus tour. Will he stick with the Berlin now?