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by Andy Stoker
Sat Jan 27, 2024 9:23 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: K. W. Lloyd
Replies: 22
Views: 1583

Re: K. W. Lloyd

Another pupil of King Edward's School, Birmingham - various references in the (online) school magazine.
(A casual glance reveal he represented the school at (Eton) fives, in partnership with AC Smith, the future test cricketer.)
by Andy Stoker
Mon Oct 30, 2023 2:10 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Crabbed age
Replies: 5
Views: 648

Re: Crabbed age

John Townsend wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2023 5:32 pm
It's a quote from Shakespeare: "Crabbed age and youth cannot live together".
And I, already sans hair, sans teeth am rapidly becoming sans brain.
by Andy Stoker
Sun Oct 22, 2023 9:53 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Tele Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 1505

Re: Tele Chess

Quote Was having a match by telephone a last resort or adherence to a trend back then? Was it actually perceived as the way forwards at some point? I can't quite work out what brought it about. [/quote] I think simply savings on time and cost. Had we had to play Methodist College Belfast in person, ...
by Andy Stoker
Sat Oct 21, 2023 8:24 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Tele Chess
Replies: 24
Views: 1505

Re: Tele Chess

Am I right in thinking that matches by telephone were reasonably common in the 60s / 70s? I remember playing for my Birmingham school in at least two phone matches in the latter stages of the Sunday Times competition (vs Ayr Academy and Methodist College, Belfast) - the games took much longer than n...
by Andy Stoker
Sun Oct 15, 2023 9:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?
Replies: 29
Views: 2039

Re: J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?

Thank you, Christopher and Jon, for the interest. Craddock writes the following as part of his short autobiography: "... in 1935,1 graduated with a double First in Mathematics. Later I entered for the First Division of the Civil Service, and was successful at the second attempt. However, the work wa...
by Andy Stoker
Sun Oct 15, 2023 6:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?
Replies: 29
Views: 2039

Re: J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?

To round this off - Craddock was indeed a pupil at King Edward's Birmingham when he won the 1931 British Boys Championship. I have had a very helpful and prompt response from the school, which was able to send me a potted autobiography written by Craddock in 1991. In this he said: # His father was a...
by Andy Stoker
Thu Oct 12, 2023 10:00 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?
Replies: 29
Views: 2039

Re: J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?

Many thanks John - I had not previously been aware of those pen pictures (delighted to see mention of the Coulson twins, just above Craddock). I will be interested to see what the school can offer as firm evidence of him attending King Edward's. I had also not realised that the U18 was referred to a...
by Andy Stoker
Wed Oct 11, 2023 11:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?
Replies: 29
Views: 2039

Re: J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?

Earlier this year Gerard posted a newspaper clipping from 1931 describing J M Craddock as a pupil of King Edward's School, Birmingham: https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=8166&start=18 Thank you - may be from the same source - having nothing better to do with my life, I have asked the school...
by Andy Stoker
Wed Oct 11, 2023 10:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?
Replies: 29
Views: 2039

J M Craddock - King Edward's School, Birmingham?

I visited the Hastings Chess Club today - wonderful photographs, kind hospitality. The board showing British Boys Champions lists three winners from King Edward's, Birmingham: CHO'D Alexander (1926), MN Barker (1949-51) are familiar names but there is a third - JM Craddock (1931). Is this an error (...
by Andy Stoker
Wed Aug 09, 2023 2:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BBC Genome site
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: BBC Genome site

It has been linked and mentioned a couple of times before (2014, 2015 and earlier this year in 2023) but it does need to be publicised more. Some interesting material there. https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=5043&p=147991&hilit=Genome#p147991 https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=...
by Andy Stoker
Wed Aug 09, 2023 2:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BBC Genome site
Replies: 4
Views: 464

BBC Genome site

My apologies if this has already been publicised. I recently stumbled across the Genome facility on the BBC website. It provides links to very many programmes - TV and radio. There seem to be many programmes on chess which are of potential interest: https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?playable=1...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Jul 31, 2023 11:10 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship 2023
Replies: 339
Views: 30338

Re: British Championship 2023

James Pratt wrote:
Sun Jul 30, 2023 7:05 pm
No, at Chester 1979 x3 Littlewoods but this must be a record.
Apologies for the pedantry - prompted by this post I looked in Britbase - it seems to be Ayr 1978 where we had John, Paul and Norman. Norman didn't play in 1979
by Andy Stoker
Sat Jul 29, 2023 11:39 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship 2023
Replies: 339
Views: 30338

Re: British Championship 2023

Mark Howitt wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2023 10:46 am
I hope Adams slaps him around.
That seems a very unpleasant comment - would you consider deleting it?
by Andy Stoker
Fri Jul 28, 2023 11:52 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship 2023
Replies: 339
Views: 30338

Re: British Championship 2023

0-1 in 44 moves on LiChess & chess24 so maybe updated since you looked or you were watching on another site.

Ah - thank you - I was watching on chess.com
by Andy Stoker
Fri Jul 28, 2023 10:44 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Championship 2023
Replies: 339
Views: 30338

Re: British Championship 2023

Mark Howitt wrote:
Fri Jul 28, 2023 10:34 am
Ra1 was blunder from Shaw.
I'm looking at the Rd 6 game which supposedly finished 12 Bxg4 0-1