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by Leonard Barden
Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Lionel Lewis
Replies: 10
Views: 645

Re: Lionel Lewis

This rang a bell with me. Assuming I have the right man (and I'm pretty sure I have), Lionel Lewis played for Oxford in the 1949 Varsity chess match on board four and won his game. Details here: https://www.saund.org.uk/britbase/pgn/194903vars-viewer.html RIP I was wondering if Leonard knew him. Or...
by Leonard Barden
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: it was a joke....but...
Replies: 3
Views: 447

Re: it was a joke....but...

My memory of what I was told, possibly/probably by Harry,was that the USSR delegate, who was Kotov, made the objection due to his misunderstanding of Atkins/Aitken. The protocol then was that the Fide secretary or whoever was the designated official read out a list of the disputed player's principal...
by Leonard Barden
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949
Replies: 17
Views: 671

Re: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949

https://kevinspraggettonchess.wordpress ... ess-rooms/

Scroll down for a pic of Hayden and Diamond together at a historic event.....
by Leonard Barden
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949
Replies: 17
Views: 671

Re: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949

I'm absolutely sure the obit is by Bruce Hayden and not Brian Harley.

In the Lud Eagle v Allied Forces match pic
viewtopic.php?f=27&t=11172&p=255065&hil ... er#p255065

Diamond is the spectator standing on the eztreme right.
by Leonard Barden
Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)
Replies: 15
Views: 575

Re: Birthday Greetings GM David Howell (14-xi-1990)

John Does British Chess News have an editor or proof reader? The sentence about David Howell using the Caro-Kann seems to more properly belong in his repertoire choices as 'the second player', rather than with his varied choices as white against the Sicilian. And surely it is 'closed' rather than '...
by Leonard Barden
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Harold Godfrey Cole
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Harold Godfrey Cole

I also discovered that my Chessbase file of his games is a bit scrambled as I have him playing games in 1950, when he apparently died in 1922... Any snippets of information would be useful. No doubt mixed up with HH Cole, who did play at Southsea 1950. HH sticks in my memory because I defeated him ...
by Leonard Barden
Fri Nov 13, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?
Replies: 85
Views: 2606

Re: Late-starting chess players with grandmaster potential?

David's memory is accurate. A few weeks after winning a grading limited section in the North, Tony Kosten attempted to enter another where I was checking for sandbaggers with the aid of infornation from reports to the Cutty Sark Grand Prix controller (me). It was clear that he was too strong for the...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Oct 31, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Who was L. Alexander?
Replies: 34
Views: 1075

Re: Who was L. Alexander?

From the Battersea website: The trophy was in fact in memory of another earlier Alexander, believed to be F. F. L. Alexander, who is mentioned in our club history and was Battersea treasurer from 1919, Surrey champion in 1924 and Surrey treasurer from 1931 to 1938. Battersea first won the Alexander ...
by Leonard Barden
Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Who was L. Alexander?
Replies: 34
Views: 1075

Re: Who was L. Alexander?

FFL in old age defeated Bogolyubov at Southsea 1950.
by Leonard Barden
Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Who was L. Alexander?
Replies: 34
Views: 1075

Re: Who was L. Alexander?

Laurie Alexander was a strong Surrey player, about 2350 at his peak. Writers sometimes confused him with CHO'D or FFL Alexander, notably Horowitz in Golden Treasury who praised a trivial win to the skies while naming CHO'D as the winner. The game is possibly from the 1947 Surrey championship: Laurie...
by Leonard Barden
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: David Miller
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: David Miller

I'm pretty sure I played D Miller, probably in Combined Universities v Metropolitan in March 1950 during the CU London week. All I can recollect about the game is that he was too passive and I eventually ground him down in the ending.
by Leonard Barden
Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3944
Views: 431916

Re: Media comments on chess

Facebook photo of young Short That pic is from Nigel's February 1978 Lloyds Bank simul against opponents from the banks and the Ciry, eloquently reported by the Badmaster (GH Diggle) in the BCF Newsflash and repeated in Edward Winter's Chess Notes: ‘The Badmaster (just emerged from long chess hiber...
by Leonard Barden
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 1581

Re: 8th Altbox Norway Mon 5th Oct 2020 - Fri 16th Oct 2020

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:43 pm
Not so used to it that he didn't lose a second game, though. What was his last previous "classical" loss with the White pieces?
Nepomniachtchi, December 2017, London Classic.
https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1899460
36...Qa4!
by Leonard Barden
Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020
Replies: 60
Views: 3058

Re: Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

For his outstanding contributions to his country Alexander was awarded an OBE in 1946, a CBE in 1955, and a CMG in 1970.
by Leonard Barden
Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3944
Views: 431916

Re: Media comments on chess

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Tue Oct 06, 2020 6:17 pm
When the daughter failed the 11+, people joked that was the end of the mandatory exam.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Hodgson