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by Paul Buswell
Thu Nov 12, 2015 6:45 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Alec Boswell
Replies: 5
Views: 1778

Re: Alec Boswell

Given his support for juniors it is ironic that my clearest memory of Alec is his wish - in the later 1970s, on the BCF Executive Committee - that juniors should not be permitted to play in the various 'amateur' sections of the BCF Congress but that they should be a junior-free zone. Then I thought ...
by Paul Buswell
Sun Oct 25, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Newsflash by G.H. Diggle
Replies: 22
Views: 3403

Re: Newsflash by G.H. Diggle

Was he simply a chess enthusiast who wished to remain anonymous ? I suspect that Paul Buswell knows the answer to this mystery. I can't really add that much. I never met him. As far as I know he was exactly who people say he was: a good (but retired) amateur with a brilliant turn of phrase. Lived i...
by Paul Buswell
Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:32 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 100 Year History of the British Chess Federation - 2 Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 3635

Re: 100 Year History of the British Chess Federation - 2 Questions

I'm going from memory on this but it was only in the late 1970s that the BCF acquired a 'Board' and 'Directors'. Prior to that (and referring to my 1975/76 Year Book) it was an Executive Committee - @ 30+ oversized (in my view) to ensure wider representation - and a raft of Committees of that Execut...
by Paul Buswell
Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Independent Commission
Replies: 13
Views: 2369

Re: Independent Commission

Angus French wrote: Members of the WP are..... Suzanne Wood (a former chess player who is now a senior consultant in executive recruitment).
Pedant's corner: she spells her forename irregularly: Suzzane, not Suzanne. (I was her team captain occasionally at uni' back in the early 70s)

PB
by Paul Buswell
Sun Apr 12, 2015 8:54 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Who is Garry Willson?
Replies: 6
Views: 1985

Re: Who is Garry Willson?

He's a top guy, one of the best. Formerly with County Council 'Learn Direct', ran a highly successful junior club at Hastings Club until this season, diligent and organised captain of our league third team, and above all no one's fool. Unqualified endorsement from me.

PB
by Paul Buswell
Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess social event
Replies: 16
Views: 3954

Re: Chess social event

Gordon > Wonder how many chess players in Bradford, are aware that the Trophy presented to the British Champion was made by Thomas Fattorini Est.1827< That is strange. I was assured it was made by Mr Mappin of what became Mappin nd Webb. No, definitely Fattorini's.... I remember when I was BCF Gene...
by Paul Buswell
Fri Jan 16, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings budget cut?
Replies: 1
Views: 1117

Hastings budget cut?

As if it wasn't tight enough already

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-30840239

PB
by Paul Buswell
Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Our national chess library
Replies: 34
Views: 6024

Re: Our national chess library

Hi all, could someone help with the following questions. 1) Is the national chess library cataloged, and if so, can it be accessed on line? 2) Is the British Chess Magazine archived anywhere? I am assuming that all copies can be found in our national chess library but stand to be corrected. 3) Woul...
by Paul Buswell
Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Distance travelled to a tournament within the British Isles
Replies: 11
Views: 2477

Re: Distance travelled to a tournament within the British Is

I'm not aware of there ever having been any open chess tournaments in Orkney or Shetland (although Fetlar used to host the World Hnefatafl Championship). There was some chess activity in Shetland in the early 80s - I remember a group coming down to congresses in mainland Scotland around that time (...
by Paul Buswell
Wed Dec 24, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How did you learn to play? How has the pattern changed?
Replies: 24
Views: 3263

Re: How did you learn to play? How has the pattern changed?

I was taught by a friend of similar age at his home when I was maybe 9 or 10 (though it might have been later); no books or anything. Then attended a chess club at grammar school (early 1960s).

PB
by Paul Buswell
Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Eric E Croker
Replies: 5
Views: 1860

Re: Eric E Croker

Very sorry to hear that: a gentleman, and someone blessed with pragmatic common sense.

PB
by Paul Buswell
Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Distance travelled to a tournament within the British Isles
Replies: 11
Views: 2477

Re: Distance travelled to a tournament within the British Is

Back in 1977/78 an oil industry magazine sponsored a tournament for employees in that industry, organised by the BCF. Various regional qualifying events were held and finalists emerged of all standards - 200-ish at the top to ignorant of en passant at the bottom. There was a Shetland area qualifier ...
by Paul Buswell
Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:34 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board minutes
Replies: 253
Views: 32822

Re: Board minutes

... I don't know what is happening there. But hearing there's arguments, instead of people helping him, I'm not surprised. People have tried to help him, but Phil Ehr doesn't want help and refuses such offers. For example, months ago John Philpott offered to do the minutes. John didn't want to do t...