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by Brian Denman
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of Chess Clubs
Replies: 19
Views: 1042

Re: History of Chess Clubs

There is a small book on the history of chess in Bedfordshire and I believe chess columns in the Luton News and Beds and Herts Pictorial. There is material here for anyone, who wants to write a local history.
by Brian Denman
Sun May 17, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020
Replies: 43
Views: 2152

Re: Bobby Fischer on BBC 2 Friday 15th May 2020

Fischer did not beat any Russians at Santa Monica in 1966, so I have no idea who this alleged Russian called Ivanovic was. I believe also that false information was given about Paul Morphy, though it all happened so quickly that I am not sure about the words. Was it said that Morphy came to fame in ...
by Brian Denman
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Civil Service vs Essex 1939
Replies: 7
Views: 716

Re: Civil Service vs Essex 1939

There was a chess column for Essex in the Borough of East Ham, West Ham and Stratford Express for 1939. Unfortunately it is not in the British Newspaper Library and research at the British Library is probably impossible at this time. Otherwise the British Chess Magazine for 1939 might contain the ma...
by Brian Denman
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Captain King
Replies: 8
Views: 934

Re: Captain King

Thanks for this, Tim. I am still going strong! I have enjoyed two of your books, but I had not read that one. It seems that we have not identified who Captain King was. He seems to have had a number of contacts in the chess world, but I do not gain the impression that he was a top player. Unfortunat...
by Brian Denman
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Captain King
Replies: 8
Views: 934

Captain King

I was wondering if anyone has any information about Captain King. In the period from about 1901 to 1914 he seems to have edited more chess columns in this country than anyone else. He seems to have generally used the same material for the different columns. An address for him in 1904 was Whitefriars...
by Brian Denman
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Alan Whitbread
Replies: 7
Views: 1896

Re: Alan Whitbread

Brighton Chess Club had an annual match against Battersea in the 1960s. I know that Alan played either board 1 or 2 in the 1963-65 matches. He was a strong player and in the 1963 match I was outplayed by him for virtually the whole game, though it ended in a draw. In the 1964 and 1965 matches he dre...
by Brian Denman
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Christian Henshaw
Replies: 0
Views: 1655

John Christian Henshaw

Talented Brighton and Sussex player, John Henshaw, died suddenly on 17th June 2019 in Hove at the age of 74. Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, his family moved to Richmond, Surrey, where he became the top board in the Tiffin Boys’ Grammar School team at Kingston. His chess career began to really flourish ...
by Brian Denman
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early game of P S Milner-Barry
Replies: 15
Views: 2156

Re: An early game of P S Milner-Barry

Thanks for this. I took the information from Reg Cload's book 'Battles of Hastings' written with Ray Keene (1991). In it he states (page 31): "Beginning in 1934, the Congress was recognised as a national event, re-named the 'British Boys Championship.'" However, this is clearly wrong as other inform...
by Brian Denman
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early game of P S Milner-Barry
Replies: 15
Views: 2156

Re: An early game of P S Milner-Barry

This game, which was played on 11th April 1923, was a play-off to decide which player advanced from the preliminary section to the finals. William Ernest Francis Court (1906-1964) was a Hastings Grammar School pupil at the time of the Congress. This was the first time that the Hastings Boys' Congres...
by Brian Denman
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Messina Chess Club
Replies: 6
Views: 1779

Re: The Messina Chess Club

In the game in which Messina were White, Gerard Killoran quotes the game as lasting 45 moves adopting as his source the Belfast News-Letter of 25.2.1909. However, 'The Chess Amateur' of February 1909 has a longer version of the game, stating that it took this from an article in The Field. The extra ...
by Brian Denman
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Brian Hare
Replies: 7
Views: 2857

Brian Hare

Brian Henry Hare died on 27th January 2018 at Brighton. He was born on 3rd June 1940 at Stroud and was therefore 77 years of age. From an early age he demonstrated good skills at chess and in 1957 he won the West of England Junior Championship. This was followed by his selection for the England unde...
by Brian Denman
Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Springgay
Replies: 0
Views: 1150

Dave Springgay

David George Springgay died on 12th February at the age of 80. Born in Brighton in 1937, he was a strong player as a junior and was only 16 when he won his first Brighton CC Championship and aged 21 when he first became Sussex champion. He went on to win the club championship four times and the coun...
by Brian Denman
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lightning Chess
Replies: 17
Views: 2556

Re: Lightning Chess

There seems to be a mistake in the score in the Cafferty v Tolan game. 40...Qd3 puts the queen en prise. I have checked the article in the Coventry Evening Telegraph and it seems that 40...Qd1 was played. Sometimes the print in old newspapers can be difficult to read.
by Brian Denman
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 20
Views: 5365

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

If you are reading this, Tim, from the World Seniors event, I am afraid that I have not had any success. My letter to Stephen Jackson has been returned as 'not at this address' and I have not had any reply to the email that I sent to the quoted address of Russell Sherwood. If you want to pursue this...
by Brian Denman
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 20
Views: 5365

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

I have had email discussions with Tim Harding and Ken Norman and it seems likely that a book on Sir George Thomas could not be produced without someone experienced in writing coordinating the material. I understand that John Rogers was unable to find a publisher for his book and it is likely that wi...