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by Brian Denman
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early game of P S Milner-Barry
Replies: 5
Views: 803

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: 5
Views: 803

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: 1232

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: 1735

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: 722

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: 1890

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: 3986

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: 3986

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...
by Brian Denman
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:52 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 20
Views: 3986

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

I have a home address for Stephen Jackson, though he may have moved by now. The names of John Rogers and Roger Paige have been mentioned, but I very much doubt that they have anywhere near the knowledge of Sir George that Stephen has and for that reason there would not seem to be much point in bring...
by Brian Denman
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sir George Alan Thomas
Replies: 20
Views: 3986

Re: Sir George Alan Thomas

Stephen Jackson of Bexhill collected loads of games and material about Sir George Thomas. I have not been in touch with him for some years and do not know why he never wrote a book on the subject. Perhaps it was the problem of not being able to find a publisher.
by Brian Denman
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Political "hurly-burly"
Replies: 13
Views: 3631

Re: Political "hurly-burly"

Sorry, I was referring to my post of 24th May 2015.
by Brian Denman
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Political "hurly-burly"
Replies: 13
Views: 3631

Re: Political "hurly-burly"

I refer to my post of 8th November 2014. Virtually every internet mention of Charles Henry Stanley states that he was born in Brighton in 1819 and the same statement is made in on page 86 of Fabrizio Zavatarelli's book on Ignaz Kolisch (2015). However, as far as I am aware, there is no proof whatsoe...
by Brian Denman
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4229

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

Geoff, Craig, the following eleven games were probably all played by Wellington Pulling, though the evidence for his involvement is greater in some games than others. In 1847 he played two matches against Capt. H A Kennedy, president of the Brighton CC, though I do not know who won the most games in...
by Brian Denman
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Early ladies' chess tournaments
Replies: 3
Views: 808

Re: Early ladies' chess tournaments

Thank you for providing your historical knowledge about the Redcar tournament, Tim. I was hoping that someone would provide this detail. I would just like to comment on Edward Winter's review of Tanner's book as quoted by Leonard Barden. Edward only comments on the index and bibliography and I wonde...
by Brian Denman
Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Early ladies' chess tournaments
Replies: 3
Views: 808

Early ladies' chess tournaments

For the sake of historical accuracy I feel that I should correct a mistake in Robert Tanner's new biography of Vera Menchik. Robert states (page 7) that the first ladies' chess tournament was held in Sussex in 1884 and was won by a Miss Parvess. He may have used as his source an article on women in ...