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by James Pratt
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 43
Views: 2551

Re: Jonathan Penrose

Opposite one of my venues is Penrose Gardens, NW3. Someone told me this is named after the family but not the chess player, might this be true? Yes certainly. The Penroses are come down from Lord Peckover and father Lionel, brothers Oliver and Sir Roger, not to mention painter Uncle Roland, still o...
by James Pratt
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Four-Move Game at 1950 British Championship
Replies: 15
Views: 3518

Re: Four-Move Game at 1950 British Championship

Mark Horton told me that he applied for a gratis place in the British as he was then visiting Canada. The BCF of the time declined and so he lost interest as a direct result. Nice that he's still around today, of course
by James Pratt
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship
Replies: 11
Views: 928

Re: 7th International Clergy Polish Correspondence Chess Championship

The late PR Kings (King's Lynn) told me that the trouble was the clergy had much more work to do these days than hitherto. Who is Britain's strongest man of the cloth?
by James Pratt
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Book Collections
Replies: 53
Views: 4829

Re: Chess Book Collections

I have 'The King-Hunt' by WH Cozens (Bell 1970) and the similarly entitled 1996 reissue written with John Nunn. The latter is a US edition published by Henry Holt although it looks like a Batsford where it clearly originated in this newer format. Nunn gives an intro but, to respond to John Upham's p...
by James Pratt
Mon May 25, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Harry Golombek games
Replies: 69
Views: 3398

Re: Harry Golombek games

Harry's legacy is far more in his journalism than in his games, IM though he was, of course. That's where we should look for riches surely?
by James Pratt
Sun May 24, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Pillsbury Gave His M for an O....
Replies: 10
Views: 627

Re: Pillsbury Gave His M for an O....

'Rabbit's Review' ?
by James Pratt
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Bill Pettigrew 8/2/1927 - 12/1/2020
Replies: 4
Views: 1163

Re: Bill Pettigrew 8/2/1927 - 12/1/2020

A very great deal I could write about Bill. He was a self confessed 'chess nut' as happy playing in a local league or helping clubmates with a trip down to London to watch a World Championship match. At the London Classic one year there he was again, eating his own sandwiches no doubt brought from S...
by James Pratt
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 2844

Re: Announcing mate

An old story. Irishman Connor Bracken once exclaimed "It's mate in eight!" Andrew Whiteley told him to be quiet (and it was mate in 7) ..
by James Pratt
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early game of P S Milner-Barry
Replies: 15
Views: 2042

Re: An early game of P S Milner-Barry

Lady Thelma would have informed us of his death. (Does that explain why the names appear merged?) I think she came into the picture following a meeting at the BCF Congress at Edinburgh 1985, Keene's idea.
by James Pratt
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 161
Views: 14099

Re: Hastings Congress

Can somebody please talk me through the opening in Matthew Wadsworth-v-Roman Edouard from Rd. 7 (yesterday). It looks like white was quickly on the back foot if not quite 'an early bath'.
by James Pratt
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strongest chess-playing politicians?
Replies: 35
Views: 6152

Re: Strongest chess-playing politicians?

Course there's always
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmaduke ... ss_player)
Or better
p 80-81 in 'The Even More Complete Chess Addict' by Mike Fox and Richard James (Faber 1993) - naturally where else would be worth looking-?
by James Pratt
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coming in the Spring
Replies: 0
Views: 1306

Coming in the Spring

The Oxford Playhouse is hosting CHESS with the Musical Youth Company of Oxford. Evenings Wednesday thru Saturday at 7.30pm and Matinee at 2.30 on the Saturday. Tickets from £10 to £30. Musical Director Julie Todd. Director Choreographer Graham Brigg. Tel 01865 305305. 8th-11th April. This is a 'sty...
by James Pratt
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 5501

Re: Malcolm Barker.

He gave up chess because of all the smoking. He won the Over 70s World Left-Handed Golf Championship (no joke) and I had brief correspondence with him about ten years ago. He may no longer be with us, of course, but was then living in England ...
by James Pratt
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A "book review" by James Pratt
Replies: 8
Views: 1398

Re: A "book review" by James Pratt

John Upham is threatening never to give me any more review copies. I tried emigrating but my luggage was 5 kilos over weight, so I got stopped in customs while they searched for contraband, Leningrad Dutches, I fear. I had in mind x ... Nh6 but Harding (1976), a book I have always loved, is silent. ...
by James Pratt
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A "book review" by James Pratt
Replies: 8
Views: 1398

Re: A "book review" by James Pratt

I have corrected on screen and thanked Olimpiu personally at the end.