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by James Pratt
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)
Replies: 37
Views: 2276

Re: Remembering BH Wood MSc FCS OBE (13-vii-1909 04-iv-1989)

BH would give his staff jobs then go and do them himself. Some tolerated this (Fox and Escott): most couldn't. I have this from Basman but I am sure others have echoed this in my hearing. When eventually he left, he thought he might appear on occasion - I had this from PH Clarke, his son-in-law - bu...
by James Pratt
Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: T Van Scheltinga vs A Alekhine
Replies: 8
Views: 815

Re: T Van Scheltinga vs A Alekhine

I think the book might be a Chess Player from Tony Gillam's stable.
by James Pratt
Sat Mar 27, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Under Statement?
Replies: 47
Views: 2305

Under Statement?

I thought you might like this from a recent article about Philidor by Ray Keene who calls the Frenchman: "The theorist who anticipated the French Revolution by asserting that the humble pawns are the soul of chess ..' But see for yourself, the reference to the lady-in-waiting is worth the price of a...
by James Pratt
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Gareth Williams RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 992

Re: Gareth Williams RIP

A generous man. We last spoke at Tate Britain some years ago. When I did BCM he rang me long distance and we had a quick chat. Kind chap. RIP.
by James Pratt
Sat Jan 23, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Film: Late Call
Replies: 58
Views: 3789

Film: Late Call

A belated call that the film 'Pawn Sacrifice' is on BBC2 this evening at 11.30pm. Check local listings obviously and enjoy the tale of Bobby versus Boris in this film, shot in 2014, which runs for a modest 115 minutes, a blessing for a late night screening I'd say. Directed by Edward Zwick and writt...
by James Pratt
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964
Replies: 35
Views: 2842

Re: N.Littlewood - B.Wade, Southend 1964

Wade told me that several of his early games were with an Aunt in NZ. But that was a long time ago wasn't it? :shock:

James
by James Pratt
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: BBC News HD
Replies: 2
Views: 934

BBC News HD

I have just seen Karpov playing 4 ... Qb6 against Nicky Ivell in a 'this day in 1977' slot/shot' when the then World Champion took on 10 Barden Babes. They called the games 'matches' and had no time to say Tolya won +9=1-0 but still. Staged in London during the 1977 British in Brighton. Almost nosta...
by James Pratt
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Vera Menchik
Replies: 14
Views: 1353

Re: Vera Menchik

The Menchik biography by Tanner (2016) lists 29 games between Vera and Sir Geo. The Baronet emerges with dishonours +10 -6 =13.

Paige (2005) gives 22 games only betwixt the duo in his biography of Sir George.

In view of what Leonard writes further delving seems unnecessary.

James
by James Pratt
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jonathan Penrose
Replies: 47
Views: 4689

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: 4023

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: 1219

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: 71
Views: 9280

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: 72
Views: 5151

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: 926

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: 1376

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...