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by Stephen Saunders
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Barden v O'Kelly, Hastings 1948/49
Replies: 13
Views: 1747

Re: Barden v O'Kelly, Hastings 1948/49

Thanks again, Mr Barden! Very much appreciate your help.
by Stephen Saunders
Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Barden v O'Kelly, Hastings 1948/49
Replies: 13
Views: 1747

Re: Barden v O'Kelly, Hastings 1948/49

You may be able to see a snippet of the game in this link:-

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=2lK ... gs&f=false
by Stephen Saunders
Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Barden v O'Kelly, Hastings 1948/49
Replies: 13
Views: 1747

Re: Barden v O'Kelly, Hastings 1948/49

Many thanks for that swift reply, Mr Barden. I don't have the book eiher but that does sound like the game in question. I'll pass it on to the CG people.

Saw your edit - many thanks once again.
by Stephen Saunders
Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Barden v O'Kelly, Hastings 1948/49
Replies: 13
Views: 1747

Barden v O'Kelly, Hastings 1948/49

There's a query on CG about the source of this game, which appears in R.N.Cole's book "Epic Battles of the Chessboard" As it clearly wasn't played in the main tournament, I assume it was played in a subsidiary and/or swiss at Hasting that year. Can anybody confirm that, or offer any other informatio...
by Stephen Saunders
Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Who was Ursus Major?
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

Re: Who was Ursus Major?

Thanks for the replies so far. My guess is the elder Prince Urusov (hence Ursus and Major) but the guy who's asking on CG.com objects to that because of "student" and Urusov would have been in his 60s. However I think "student" = "young person" is a 20th C idiom and not what the BCM means. Anyway I'...
by Stephen Saunders
Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:05 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Who was Ursus Major?
Replies: 7
Views: 1123

Who was Ursus Major?

BCM around early 1892 introduced a "well known Russian student and player" as author of a new series of articles... <Letters from Russia>.

This student/player went by the pseudonym Ursus Major.

Does anybody know who exactly Ursus Major was?

TIA for any help.
by Stephen Saunders
Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)
Replies: 37
Views: 6862

Re: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)

Many thanks, John, Roger, and John. One wonders how many fine games get left out of Informator!
by Stephen Saunders
Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)
Replies: 37
Views: 6862

Re: Pawn Sacrifice (Bobby Fischer film)

John McKenna wrote:
Trivia question for you (or any kibitzers) -

Who won a brilliancy prize playing against William Lombardy in 1974?
Was it Ivkov at Amsterdam? That's the only game in Informator which seems to fit.

If not I'd love to know who it was!
by Stephen Saunders
Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Can anyone help?
Replies: 5
Views: 3879

Re: Can anyone help?

Mr Barden, your council should certainly be able to accomodate you. If you have a local CAB approach them, they are (in my experience) tremendously helpful in such matters.
by Stephen Saunders
Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess art
Replies: 7
Views: 1338

Re: Chess art

Geoff Chandler drew my attention to this painting:-

http://serkanergun.org/gallery/world-chess-champions/

Geoff wanted to know why Kramnik is blindfolded (I assume it's just a reference to Melody Amber myself.)

I think the people standing behind Capa are meant to be Morphy and Anderssen.
by Stephen Saunders
Sun Feb 15, 2015 3:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Why doesn't Anand play in the Olympiads?
Replies: 9
Views: 2017

Re: Why doesn't Anand play in the Olympiads?

Anand was a 17-yo IM when he first played top board for India in an Olympiad (Dubai 1986). ISTR he had scored his first-ever win against a GM (Jon Mestel!) around the same time. Anybody might think that 20 years of playing Olympiads is enough, give the younger guys a chance, etc Larsen was another t...
by Stephen Saunders
Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does This Have a Name?
Replies: 10
Views: 1596

Re: Does This Have a Name?

ooo, so it is possible for white to win. I bet miles was annoyed at losing to a punk like that. Actually Miles had a very poor record against Hort up till 1983 when they drew an exhibition match 5-5. And Hort had played 2.c3 several times before with good results, so Miles would not have been surpr...
by Stephen Saunders
Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does This Have a Name?
Replies: 10
Views: 1596

Re: Does This Have a Name?

Roger de Coverly wrote: I wouldn't associate any particular name with it
I'd just call it a Sicilian Alapin (ie 2.c3) myself; the same position can be reached by 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Qxd4 so one could call it Morra Gambit declined, I suppose!
by Stephen Saunders
Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen - Anand 2014
Replies: 414
Views: 37202

Re: Carlsen - Anand 2014

Must admit I would love to see Anatoly Karpov making a comeback and crushing Carlsen.... If that is serious, I'd love to see a Kasparov-Carlsen match! 8) I honestly think Kasparov would struggle against Carlsen in much the same way as Anand has done, and Karpov - or rather the Karpov of the 90s - w...
by Stephen Saunders
Tue Nov 25, 2014 2:19 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen - Anand 2014
Replies: 414
Views: 37202

Re: Carlsen - Anand 2014

I haven't really followed top flight chess for the last ten years (or more!) but are Leko and Radjabov busted flushes as far as the title is concerned?

Must admit I would love to see Anatoly Karpov making a comeback and crushing Carlsen....