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by Richard James
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Brilliancy / Best Game Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 1105

Re: The Brilliancy / Best Game Prize

I was wondering (as you do) on the notion and history of the Brilliancy / Best Game Prize. Do we know when the first one was awarded? Would it be fair to say that the awarding of such prizes has largely died out? Is there a book or books listing the games that have been awarded such prizes? I have ...
by Richard James
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 97
Views: 5344

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

I can find at least 19 themed solutions.
by Richard James
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 97
Views: 5344

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

I'm obviously spending too much time on sudoku as I have been struggling with this one. Assuming I've got 18A right, the chess theme eludes me, but I assume not every answer is chess-related. I got 18A wrong at first. It's not one of the themed clues, though. I found the crossword much easier than ...
by Richard James
Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 97
Views: 5344

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

I suggest you have a look at today's (Saturday) Guaurdian cryptic crossword. The whole puzzle is chess themed. (Unfortunately I can't provide a link from my phone, as crosswords are a paid for service on the app, but you should be able to find it on the Guardian website.) https://www.theguardian.co...
by Richard James
Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: H.E.Atkins
Replies: 100
Views: 9295

Re: H.E.Atkins

Willy Hendriks (On the Origin of Good Moves p 318) wrote: If I might venture a wild guess regarding the average strength of say the top five or top ten players throughout the [19th] century I would say it gradually went from about 2000 around the [1830s] to 2400 near the end of the century.
by Richard James
Wed Feb 10, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Chess Association?
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Re: London Chess Association?

From what I remember, having been a member at some point, it was an umbrella organisation designed to coordinate tournament dates, lists of financial defaulters and other undesirables etc.
by Richard James
Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Ancestry
Replies: 20
Views: 2068

Re: Ancestry

There's also a chess connection:

Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany

See this recent thread:

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=11464
by Richard James
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4212
Views: 457698

Re: Media comments on chess

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:24 pm
This just appeated on Twitter - I can't show you the tweet as it's from a locked account, but here's a mention of Alan Turing in the Illustrated London News from 1952.

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Whose column would that be?
Baruch H. Wood, M.Sc.
by Richard James
Wed Feb 03, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Henry Atkins (20-viii-1872 31-i-1955)
Replies: 33
Views: 1293

Re: Remembering Henry Atkins (20-viii-1872 31-i-1955)

In Crowley's day, both places were fairly small. Having said that, nobody seems to know where "The Grange" (his parents' house) was. It seems to have been between Merstham and Redhill. You can see it on this map : right at the top and towards the right, just off the A23. There are roads called Gran...
by Richard James
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Steve Mann & Samuel Standidge Boden
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: Steve Mann & Samuel Standidge Boden

Richard is right in saying that the 1882 BCM is available online... http://www.chessarch.com/library/library.shtml ... but you first need to use a VPN before clicking on the relevant link as access is limited to the USA. I downloaded a free extract from https://www.forgottenbooks.com/en/books/TheBr...
by Richard James
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Steve Mann & Samuel Standidge Boden
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: Steve Mann & Samuel Standidge Boden

I'd be curious to know what BCM says in its 1882 obituary (assuming there is one). Just checked the 1882 obituary, which is available online. It does indeed give 4 April, which must be the source of the error. While parish registers are not always reliable sources in themselves, the baptismal entry...
by Richard James
Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Remembering (Charles) Michael Bent (27-xi-1919 28-xii-2004)
Replies: 3
Views: 372

Re: Remembering (Charles) Michael Bent (27-xi-1919 28-xii-2004)

Bit of a shame that there is no picture/photo of him in that piece. Indeed. We searched high and low without success. Local newspapers for Newbury might help in a lawn tennis context. Possibly the War Office archive could help or the Royal Navy College at Dartmouth? We looked at every one of his BC...
by Richard James
Wed Dec 09, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Marianne Allwright
Replies: 5
Views: 541

Re: Marianne Allwright

JustinHorton wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:54 pm
Richard James wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:53 pm
While researching HG Wright I came across a girl prodigy from 1950 named Marianne Allwright.
Was she any good?
Marianne was alright, but nothing special.
by Richard James
Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Constitution for chess club
Replies: 15
Views: 1008

Re: Constitution for chess club

Our club rules (not quite the same thing, I know):

https://richmondchessblog.files.wordpre ... -rules.pdf