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by John Saunders
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...
Replies: 42
Views: 3642

Re: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...

P.S. an amendment just applied to the latest Aitken download. Game 569, dated 18 January 1952 - should be Alfred Mortlock (not Matlock). (There was a substantial forum thread about Alfred Mortlock a decade or so ago.)
by John Saunders
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...
Replies: 42
Views: 3642

Re: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...

Now that Geoff has access to all the Aitken scorebooks, the project to digitise the games is moving forward again. Geoff has input Book 12... https://www.saund.org.uk/britbase/pgn/aitkenj-viewer.html The number of game entries is now up to 994, with 27 games from the period Autumn 1951 to Spring 195...
by John Saunders
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928
Replies: 10
Views: 948

Re: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928

I've now updated the Comins Mansfield page on BritBase to correct the dates when games were played... https://www.saund.org.uk/britbase/pgn/mansfieldc-viewer.html I have also added a crosstable (which I worked out for myself but it also tallies with the table in Tony's booklet). I echo what David wr...
by John Saunders
Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on TV
Replies: 275
Views: 46340

Re: Chess on TV

It is from a game I played as an 18 year old and I provided it for the director. Sorry, I have never learnt how to put it on the site. Peter Byre (Westminster City School) v Stewart Reuben (William Ellis School) London Schools League 1957. I was 18. From memory 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 0-0 5...
by John Saunders
Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Nancy Elder MBE (25-v-1915 04-iii-1981)
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Re: Remembering Nancy Elder MBE (25-v-1915 04-iii-1981)

They [the Scottish Chess Championships] are now open to both men and women – but no woman has ever entered the Scottish championship itself. The 1935 Scottish Chess Championship was a six-player all-play-all, won by Dr Aitken. One of the six competitors was Mary Dinorah Gilchrist, who finished fifth.
by John Saunders
Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bertie Cohen - 1925 Lancashire Champion
Replies: 7
Views: 641

Re: Bertie Cohen - 1925 Lancashire Champion

The Manchester Presidents in the 20s were: ... 1924-25 Lilian Letitia Barber Having raised the topic of Bertie Cohen, I'm now going to break the forum record for going off-topic as I was struck to see a female name amongst the MCF presidents in the 1920s! That must have been quite unusual for the t...
by John Saunders
Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bertie Cohen - 1925 Lancashire Champion
Replies: 7
Views: 641

Bertie Cohen - 1925 Lancashire Champion

Whilst updating the HE Atkins file on BritBase , I came across a name that was unfamiliar to me - Bertie E Cohen. Brian Denman sent me the score of the game Cohen drew with Atkins in January 1926 in a Lancashire vs Yorkshire match. This was referred to in the Guardian as follows: Great interest was ...
by John Saunders
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...
Replies: 42
Views: 3642

Re: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...

Many thanks for these games, Gerard: I've added them to the BritBase collection of Aitken games which now numbers 962 games. Re your question about J Smail: it was a new name on me but I think I've tracked him down. Firstly, I found seven games by a J Smail / John Smail on the StarBase 4.56 database...
by John Saunders
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 111
Views: 7822

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

I frequent the Crossword Help Forum where some posters know compilers. Apparently Qaos, Saturday's Guardian setter, said on Twitter that there are 18 chess related clues. Ah, that's interesting... I recounted and still only found 15. Then I decided to check Twitter and found the dialogue Paul refer...
by John Saunders
Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 111
Views: 7822

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

"I suggest you have a look at today's (Saturday) Guaurdian cryptic crossword. The whole puzzle is chess themed." Your spelling of "Guardian" is fitting tribute to the paper's reputation! I'm obviously spending too much time on sudoku as I have been struggling with this one. Assuming I've got 18A ri...
by John Saunders
Fri Feb 19, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: DG Mackay
Replies: 30
Views: 1974

Re: DG Mackay

Considering the era, is it possible that the reason his forename is so hard to find is that he wasn't inclined to reveal it? He would have been Mr Mackay to most, maybe DG to work colleagues and friends. If he was still around, as he might be, would he think this whole thread impertinent, and it's ...
by John Saunders
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering IM Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (19-iv-1909 15-ii-1974)
Replies: 29
Views: 1569

Re: Remembering IM Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (19-iv-1909 15-ii-1974)

Gerard, thanks for identifiying Solomon Adler - may I ask how you tracked that information down - was it in a newspaper clipping and is the game score extant? Adler must have been a good player to have defeated Alexander, unless there was a need to win because of the match situtation? I wrote a few...
by John Saunders
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: DG Mackay
Replies: 30
Views: 1974

Re: DG Mackay

Alan McGowan has kindly shared some of his researches with me. Having examined them, I'm about 90% convinced he's right in suggesting that the player in question was named Donald G Mackay and that his birth was registered in the 4th quarter of 1931 in Richmond, Surrey. Further to that (having done a...
by John Saunders
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remarkable chess career of GPS Coy
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Re: Remarkable chess career of GPS Coy

I think Kevin already knew about Philip Coy's 1970 success as I mentioned it on Britbase last year when making available 74 of Coy's games...

https://www.saund.org.uk/britbase/pgn/c ... iewer.html

My source for games and info was Kevin.
by John Saunders
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: DG Mackay
Replies: 30
Views: 1974

Re: DG Mackay

According to Di Felice, it's DUNCAN G MACKAY - see for instance the index of his 1961-63 Volume and also the next one. There is some mention of Chess Magazine 60-61 as a possible source. Page 248, if anyone has it. Page 248 of CHESS, 22 April 1961 (Vol.26) has a crosstable of the 1961 Stevenson Mem...