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by Richard James
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)
Replies: 13
Views: 906

Re: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:17 pm
Thanks for that, though it suggests he still played soccer at a reasonably high level.

(pretty sure I saw the "international" claim made before Addict was published, maybe in a chess - possibly Chess - magazine?)
Yes - which is where we would have taken it from.
by Richard James
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)
Replies: 13
Views: 906

Re: Remembering CGM Keith Richardson (02-ii-1942 10-iv-2017)

There was the Romanian turned German IM Bela Soos, who played football for his native country at international level. I now believe this is fake news - like quite a lot else in The Complete Chess Addict. It was questioned some years ago so I spent some time looking up Romanian international footbal...
by Richard James
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928
Replies: 10
Views: 942

Re: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928

BCM 1928 gives a crosstable claiming that Mansfield drew with Yates. It's clear from contemporary newspaper reports that this is wrong, although the final scores for each player appear to be correct. If I can find time I'll see if I can construct a correct crosstable. "We are unable to give space to...
by Richard James
Thu Mar 18, 2021 11:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of women's chess
Replies: 13
Views: 705

Re: History of women's chess

Was Miss Hooke related to George Archer Hooke? I was impressed that the Ladies club managed to play a match a week approximately, which would require some organization. They played some Civil Service teams in 1898. Yes, they were sister and brother. See, for example, https://www.saund.co.uk/britbas...
by Richard James
Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 111
Views: 7772

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

From today's Guardian Cryptic:

Criminals being executed? They start off being first rankers (5)
by Richard James
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

English humorist Paul Jennings once made a similar point, citing this question from H J Eysenck's Know Your Own IQ : Was that from a piece called "I do not like you IQ" by any chance? I remember being in hysterics reading that on a District Line train between Ravenscourt Park and Richmond at some p...
by Richard James
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lilian Letitia Barber
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: Lilian Letitia Barber

Lilian Letitia Kalthoeber born 1872 Manchester. Father was a grocer born in London - the Kalthoeber family had emigrated from Berlin in the 18th century. In 1896 she married John Gill Barber, a widower with a young family. In 1942 she married John Edward Morgan and died on 11 December 1943. I haven'...
by Richard James
Thu Mar 04, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lilian Letitia Barber
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: Lilian Letitia Barber

A glance round the arena revealed that women competitors are well outnumbered by men. This is what Mrs. J.G. Barber, former president of the Manchester Women's Chess League and Cheshire Chess Association, who is a steward for the British Women's Championship, thinks is the reason: "Women nowadays w...
by Richard James
Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bertie Cohen - 1925 Lancashire Champion
Replies: 7
Views: 632

Re: Bertie Cohen - 1925 Lancashire Champion

There's a Bertram Cohen (1904-1970) from Manchester - also known as Morris Bertram according to his probate record. In 1939 he was a Synagogue Secretary, living - appropriately if this was your man, in Penrose Street, with his parents, Joseph, a Cap Fitter (whatever that may entail) and Leah.
by Richard James
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The Brilliancy / Best Game Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 1434

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: 111
Views: 7772

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: 111
Views: 7772

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: 111
Views: 7772

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: 9934

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: 904

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.