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by Gordon Cadden
Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society
Replies: 17
Views: 1279

Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

... If the weather is too cold or too rainy, I take refuge in the Regency Café. I like to watch the games of chess. The best chess players in the world are in Paris, and the best players in Paris are in the Regency Café. Here, in Rey's establishment, they battle it out--Legal the Profound, Philidor...
by Gordon Cadden
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society
Replies: 17
Views: 1279

Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

In London during the 18th century, it was the Fellows of the Royal Academy that established the Chess Club, in St James Street. They employed one Francois Andre Danican Philidor as their chess coach, bringing him over from Paris, for the Season. It was George Atwood who insisted on games being recor...
by Gordon Cadden
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society
Replies: 17
Views: 1279

Re: Chess-playing Fellows of Royal Society

One name I don't think I've seen mentioned in this forum, although he's sufficiently well-known that this is probably due to lack of rigour on my part, is that of Dr Jacob Bronowski, a polymath probably best remembered for "The Ascent of Man" and a member inter alia of the Royal Society of Literatu...
by Gordon Cadden
Thu May 16, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess Matches
Replies: 7
Views: 913

Re: Chess Matches

I have been reading a bit about chess in the late 19th century. There was a postal match during that time when England beat Scotland and the Scotch opening was played. Does anyone know the year? I would also like to know when people think the first international match was. Would it be the 1932 Olym...
by Gordon Cadden
Mon May 06, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Ralph L. Barnett Memorial Tournament & Olive Chataway
Replies: 9
Views: 892

Re: Ralph L. Barnett Memorial Tournament & Olive Chataway

Ralph Ladislas Barnett (1911-1976) lived in Hayes, Middx. He played chess for Middlesex and EMI (in the Middlesex League) between about 1930 and 1960. He was awarded an MBE in the 1967 Birthday Honours List. (Citation: Location Manager, Electric & Musical Industries Electronics Ltd.) I'd imagine he...
by Gordon Cadden
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale
Replies: 72
Views: 11654

Re: Chess & Bridge Withdraw Ray Keene's Book from Sale

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:28 am
Goodness. It might become a collector's item! :mrgreen:
Banned books are always sought after. Must put this book on my WANTS list.
by Gordon Cadden
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 3320

Re: Eric Schiller 1955-2018

Sorry to hear about Eric's passing. I only met him the once and immediately got the impression that he was very likeable but a bit of a character. A bit of a funny story. It was back in the early 90's in one of the half hour open tournaments that was run by the goodwin brothers? that regularly had ...
by Gordon Cadden
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric Schiller 1955-2018
Replies: 26
Views: 3320

Re: Eric Schiller 1955-2018

A man who was loved and detested by all who knew him. He receives praise on this Forum, but switch to facebook Chess Book Collectors, and you get a completely different image of Eric Schiller.
by Gordon Cadden
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian Gillman
Replies: 13
Views: 1402

Re: Brian Gillman

The bulk of the sets of pieces are of Staunton pattern, triple weighted in presentation boxes / cases. There are two top quality BCM sets I guess from the 1970s / 1980s when Brian Reilly was at the helm. If anyone is interested in making serious offers then I will pass the contact details on. J. Do...
by Gordon Cadden
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Rety (1930-2010)
Replies: 28
Views: 7937

Re: John Rety (1930-2010)

"Come the Revolution, John Reti would be at the front, holding the flag, and breathing fire." Gordon will be pleased to know that John was at the "Chess For Peace"(!) tournament and walked up and down shouting that no refreshments were available. We did agree with his general point, but not the way...
by Gordon Cadden
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Rety (1930-2010)
Replies: 28
Views: 7937

Re: John Rety (1930-2010)

I knew John Reti at Hyde Park Speakers Corner. A renowned Anarchist and chess player. Was a regular player at the Hampstead Chess Club. This outspoken anarchist was very quiet at the club, and played a reasonable game. Note that his name is spelt Rety, but I seem to remember the name Reti, on the me...
by Gordon Cadden
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Links
Topic: City Chess Association
Replies: 5
Views: 2115

Re: City Chess Association

We do have quite a few cities in England. May I suggest the London City Chess Association.
by Gordon Cadden
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Batumi Olympiad
Replies: 983
Views: 40141

Re: Batumi Olympiad

That's a rather weak Belgian team on paper? Despite bordering the chess powerhouses of France, Netherlands and Germany, Belgium has never produced that many top players. The top two players, Gurevich and Chuchelov are both ex Soviets. O'Kelly de Galway is Flemish, and not Irish, as the name suggest...
by Gordon Cadden
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Echoes from Liverpool
Replies: 5
Views: 1466

Re: Echoes from Liverpool

Looks like BH Woods famous tin clock. Usually reliable, unless one of the metal flags was bent, in which case you could lose on time, somewhat before the actual Time Control.
by Gordon Cadden
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: FM Philip Short
Replies: 4
Views: 1819

Re: FM Philip Short

A sad loss to Irish Chess. Very well known at weekend Tournaments, with a friendly word for everyone. Had many an encounter with him, across the board. He was a Cork man, but moved to Galway in recent years. R.I.P.