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by David McAlister
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 2735

Re: English victories against reigning World Champions

Anyone want to have a go at English victories against these World Champions - Khalifman (FIDE Las Vegas 1999), Ponomariov (FIDE Moscow 2001), Kasimdzhanov (FIDE Tripoli 2004) and Topalov (FIDE San Luis 2005)?
by David McAlister
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36539

Re: Chess history trivia

The review of "R. P. Michell, a Master of British Chess" referred to was actually in CHESS (April 1947, page 213). Here it is in full: Britain is far from the top of the chess tree, and there must be a hundred British players with better justification of a book of their games than Michell. Mr. du Mo...
by David McAlister
Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:50 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Mysterious Oscar Blum
Replies: 4
Views: 1578

Re: The Mysterious Oscar Blum

There are a number of items in Edward Winter's "Chess Notes" which refer to Blum. Coincidentally Winter also refers to Blum in the first of those items as "mysterious". The issues of unpaid hotel bills and the winning of the 1932 Championship of Paris are among the matters mentioned. http://www.ches...
by David McAlister
Mon May 16, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player
Replies: 83
Views: 10270

Re: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player

In the 1953/54 BCF Yearbook, the entry for Buckinghamshire Chess Association (pages 92-94) includes a list of 12 affiliated clubs. One of these is Bletchley Chess Club, whose Hon. Secretary is given as R.G. Love of 7 Drayton Road, Bletchey. The said Love is also separately listed as the Hon. Secreta...
by David McAlister
Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:15 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Media Comments on Chess (Historical)
Replies: 7
Views: 1350

Re: Media Comments on Chess (Historical)

A classier chess metaphor than usual, from the legendary cricket/music writer Neville Cardus, writing in the Manchester Guardian on 25 November 1954 about the MCC's chances in the forthcoming Ashes tour, and specifically about the England captain Len Hutton... Neville Cardus wrote: Hutton has achie...
by David McAlister
Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Geoffrey Harold Rowson (1910-1943) vs Hugh Alexander, 1926
Replies: 3
Views: 1130

Re: Geoffrey Harold Rowson (1910-1943) vs Hugh Alexander, 1926

Alexander's earliest extant game? Perhaps not: the commercial database StarBase 4.56 has a game F.H. Cunnington 0-1 C.Alexander, ENG 1924, but, given the unreliability of the players' names on this database, it is anyone's guess whether this can be ascribed to Hugh Alexander or not. Perhaps it appe...
by David McAlister
Thu Mar 10, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blackpool 1944
Replies: 18
Views: 2331

Re: Blackpool 1944

Hirst-Lockwood was played at the Blackpool Whitsun Congress played 21-26 May 1945 . There's a backstory to the game, as revealed in "A Blackpool Story" (Chess, Volume X, July 1945, page 165). B. Hirst, his eyes and thoughts riveted on the pocket set in his hands, walked one day into the wrong room i...
by David McAlister
Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blackpool 1944
Replies: 18
Views: 2331

Re: Blackpool 1944

The crosstables for both the Premier and the Major are at page 202 of the 1944 British Chess Magazine. The relevant volume of Di Felice also gives both, giving the BCM as the source. The crosstable for the Major is also given in Chess (November 1944, Volume X at page 25). The Premier crosstable give...
by David McAlister
Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Doubtful Menchik v Graf games
Replies: 4
Views: 1088

Re: Doubtful Menchik v Graf games

Yes, that's a contemporary source (or at least a 1973 reprint of a 1931 original). It suddenly dawned on me after posting how the confusion must have arisen, but while I was editing my post, Roger got there before me!

And also Brian confirming 1931! I'll have to work quicker in future!
by David McAlister
Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Doubtful Menchik v Graf games
Replies: 4
Views: 1088

Re: Doubtful Menchik v Graf games

The Hamburg 1930 game is Agnes Stevenson -v- Vera Menchik. I found it in the BCM Classic Reprint of Die Schacholympiade von Hamburg - game 149 at page 147. The confusion presumably arises from Graf's married name. Is it a similar issue with 1931?
by David McAlister
Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Moles (1949-2015)
Replies: 7
Views: 2064

Re: John Moles (1949-2015)

I have put together a short profile of John at http://ulsterchesshistory.blogspot.co.uk/p/john-moles.html . There is also a game from Ballyclare 1968 against Wolfgang Heidenfeld (which, as far as I'm aware, is not in the standard databases) and annotated by him at http://ulsterchesshistory.blogspot....
by David McAlister
Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Championship Southport 1905
Replies: 19
Views: 2097

Re: British Championship Southport 1905

Two more games from the January 1906 BCM, both featuring the winner of 2nd Class Section A: [Event "BCF-ch 2nd Class Section A"] [Site "Southport"] [Date "1905.08.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Watts, William Henry"] [Black "O'Hanlon, John James"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B40"] [PlyCount "36"] [EventDate "190...
by David McAlister
Thu Aug 20, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Championship, Richmond 1912
Replies: 9
Views: 1209

Re: British Championship, Richmond 1912

A source for John J. O'Hanlon -v- Frank Brown, Richmond 1912 is the Northern Whig for 27th March 1913 (with notes by O'Hanlon). Times given as White: 1 hour 26 minutes; Black: 1 hour 55 minutes.
by David McAlister
Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Unreliable sources
Replies: 2
Views: 2268

Re: Unreliable sources

8...c5 is the error (and 8...c6 the correct move). In Gillam's "Hastings 1923-4, Weston-super-Mare 1924" the move given is 8...c6. A diagram given after White's 18th move also has the pawn solidly sitting on c6. So wherever the mistake comes from, it isn't Gillam. He had taken all the games at Westo...
by David McAlister
Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Another Hastings Club Chess Tour (1909)
Replies: 2
Views: 1279

Re: Another Hastings Club Chess Tour (1909)

There was also a Hastings CC tour of the West Country, Wales and Ireland in 1901. The Hastings and St. Leonards Observer had that one covered too.