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by Hans Renette
Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The oldest
Replies: 2
Views: 337

The oldest

A few days ago I read in an article in a Dutch newspaper of 1921 that Tarrasch was at that time the oldest active chess master in top regions. I wonder who his predecessors and successors were. Some people are easy to name: from 1879-1899 Bird was the oldest active master, the decade or two before h...
by Hans Renette
Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 3202

Re: Steve Berry

That is a true pity to read. Together with several other guys from the same London club he was a loyal guest for years at the tournament in Leuven, Belgium. I notice my only game against him also made it to the database. A tough guy to beat he was.
by Hans Renette
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 34980

Re: Chess history trivia

Gerard Killoran wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:12 pm
Hans Renette wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:50 pm
Which world class player, whose career lasted several decades, only played for the first time in England in his penultimate international tournament?
Rudolf Spielmann at Margate,1938.
Yes, Spielmann it is!
by Hans Renette
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 34980

Re: Chess history trivia

Which world class player, whose career lasted several decades, only played for the first time in England in his penultimate international tournament?
by Hans Renette
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4016

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

I found a bit more on Pulling at Ancestry. He was born in 1813, in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales. He died in April 1866. When the census of 1851 was taken he was visiting his brother Robert Pulling in Penge, Surrey. Ten years later he resided in Camberwell St. Giles, Surrey. His occupation was give...
by Hans Renette
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4016

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

As far as I know Paulsen played 4...Qh4 only once - in the aforementioned game against Wilson. Wellington Pulling was mentioned on a few other occassions in the Ill. London News: * 22 Feb. 1862 - as a member of the standing committee of the B.C.A. * 30 May 1863 - Staunton commenting 4...Qh4 against ...
by Hans Renette
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:48 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4016

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

While doing research on L. Paulsen I can confirm what Tim writes. See below Staunton's note to Paulsen's 4th move (4...Qh4) in the game Wilson-Paulsen, Bristol 1861. "This move was first introduced in England by Mr. Wellington Pulling, an amateur remarkable for the brilliancy and rapidity of his com...
by Hans Renette
Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Longevity of Senior Chess Players
Replies: 4
Views: 984

Re: Longevity of Senior Chess Players

I often wondered about long-living Victorian chess players. I believe Edward Pelham Pierpoint (1830-1928), a Reverend and sometimes visitors of the C.C.A. congresses grew oldest (http://www.edochess.ca/players/p3021.html).
by Hans Renette
Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Victorian and Edwardian chess in the UK
Replies: 32
Views: 8390

Re: Victorian and Edwardian chess in the UK

It may interest a few readers of this forum that my book on Henry Edward Bird has been published a few days ago. You can have a look at it, here (http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.ph ... 864-7578-0) and at Amazon.

Hans
by Hans Renette
Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: First tournament in England
Replies: 11
Views: 1687

Re: First tournament in England

As far as I know a tournament played at Simpson's Divan early in 1849 was the first. In my forthcoming book on Henry Edward Bird I make mention of a few hints I found about a handicap tournament played at the same Divan in 1848, but I doubt if that ever took place.
by Hans Renette
Sun May 29, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 34980

Re: Chess history trivia

In March 1898 Bird began two games against the readers of a London magazine, Pearson's Weekly. To make the games attractive he opened twice with the King's Gambit. After 11 moves both games were silently stopped.
by Hans Renette
Thu May 26, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 34980

Re: Chess history trivia

I have the following question/querry: In 1999 a consultation game Kasparov vs. the World was played. Which master was the first to play against a group of players (i.e. readers of a magazine) according to this principle? I have a player in mind, but it may be well possible that someone comes up with...
by Hans Renette
Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 34980

Re: Chess history trivia

John Racker Medley - third prize winner at London 1849.

His picture: http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/192773926? ... =211007060
by Hans Renette
Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 34980

Re: Chess history trivia

I learn something new, thanks!
I am looking, however, for a player who played chess in England, and played in a tournament there.
Blackburne isn't the man either.
by Hans Renette
Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 458
Views: 34980

Re: Chess history trivia

Good tries, but it's someone else. A small hint: his brother was also active in chess (and more well known)