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by John Saunders
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:28 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Lionel Lewis
Replies: 2
Views: 77

Re: Lionel Lewis

Here's a game played by Lionel Lewis in the Birmingham Post Cup, and published by BH Wood in his newspaper column... [Event "Brimingham Post Cup"] [Site "Birmingham"] [Date "1956.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Lewis, Lionel"] [Black "Harris, Geoffrey F"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C51"] [PlyCount "101"] [Eve...
by John Saunders
Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Lionel Lewis
Replies: 2
Views: 77

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 John Saunders
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A fragment from Chester 1934
Replies: 10
Views: 233

Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Richard James wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:58 pm

And in 1936 Elsie M Reid married Alfred Lenton, who shared first place in the 1934 Major Open Reserves before going on to bigger and better things later in the decade.
More useful info. Thanks, Richard.
by John Saunders
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A fragment from Chester 1934
Replies: 10
Views: 233

Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Mick has divined right. Gerard's intention was twofold: to inform me (so that I would add the fragment to the 1934 British Championship page on BritBase - which I have done) and to provide a snippet of historical interest for the rest of the forum. Or even threefold: I'm not sure I had a forename fo...
by John Saunders
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player
Replies: 95
Views: 12630

Re: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player

Added the game to the article. Hopefully you can take it from there mate. Thanks for that, Neil. Here's the game for the delectation of the forum. It all looks fairly routine stuff... until you switch on an engine at the end. It assesses the final position as +6 to Tylor. It's not at all obvious to...
by John Saunders
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player
Replies: 95
Views: 12630

Re: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player

Big thank you from me for this. We also have the top board game from the CHESS report As far as I can see your Chess.com article only has the score of the board 2 game between Golombek and Cornforth, originally posted here by Brian Denman in 2015. No sign of top board Tylor ½-½ Alexander. Is it ava...
by John Saunders
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player
Replies: 95
Views: 12630

Re: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player

Having mentioned Hans Georg Schenk, who was Aitken's victim in the Oxford University v Bletchley match, here's another forum scoop... Whilst the Bletchley CC team is rightly famous for playing a key role in saving the world from Nazi tyranny, Dr Schenk played a significant part in saving the academi...
by John Saunders
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player
Replies: 95
Views: 12630

Re: Stuart Milner-Barry, Messenger & Chess Player

Here's another little scoop for the forum. On page 1 of this thread, in 2015, Brian Denman was the first person to publish a digital version of the one extant game from the 12-board Oxford University vs Bletchley CC match on 2 December 1944. Until now that game, Golombek-Cornforth (board 2) had been...
by John Saunders
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949
Replies: 17
Views: 658

Re: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949

Thanks to Gerard and Richard for their contributions. It's amazing what the forum's chess sleuths can unearth when working in unison. Someone sent me the Arnold Green game some years ago, minus forenames. It would nice to find a Diamond win. Stray thought... he was a Diamond, with a broken heart (cf...
by John Saunders
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949
Replies: 17
Views: 658

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 https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=11172&p=255065&hilit=Lud+Eagle+L+Alexander#p255065 Diamond is the spectator standing on the eztreme right. That's great, Leonard, many tha...
by John Saunders
Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949
Replies: 17
Views: 658

Obituary of Shamaria Diamond from 1949

I thought the forum might enjoy this obituary which I found in the London Chess Bulletin for 22 April 1949 for a player called Shamaria Diamond (1875-1949). It's superbly written by "BH", which, subsequent to my original posting here, Leonard Barden confirms stands for Bruce Hayden (and not Brian Ha...
by John Saunders
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Harold Woolley 1945-2020
Replies: 13
Views: 817

Re: John Harold Woolley 1945-2020

It is nigh on 50 years since I played him. Neither of us had much appetite for the game, it being the third game on the Saturday of an Islington weekender (round 4, Islington Major, 12 December 1970 to be precise). Draw in 17 moves. Like Roger, I recognised the face. I can't remember what I had for ...
by John Saunders
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Henry Holwell Cole (1873-1953)
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: Henry Holwell Cole (1873-1953)

I've been informed that Hertfordshire Chess Association had Henry Holwell Cole's scorebooks in its possession, as of the 1990s. Does anyone know their current whereabouts? A collection of his games would make a nice feature for Britbase.info were they to be input. Alternatively, they could be offere...
by John Saunders
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Henry Holwell Cole (1873-1953)
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: Henry Holwell Cole (1873-1953)

In late December 1898, Henry Holwell Cole's life took a terrible turn for the worse when he was committed to London's Bethlem Hospital (from which the word 'bedlam' derives, of course). Those with access to the FindMyPast website will be able to read of his bout of mental health problems in some det...
by John Saunders
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Henry Holwell Cole (1873-1953)
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Henry Holwell Cole (1873-1953)

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 ...