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by John Townsend
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

Help! Another one on 7 June 1852! But was Blackmore really a famous chess player, or was chess, rather, a life-long hobby?

Any more candidates?

I'm still waiting for the answer I had in mind ...
by John Townsend
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

We have rather a spectacular coincidence - believe it or not, two famous chess players called to the Bar on 7 June 1852! Congratulations to David for Horace Lloyd! That wasn't the answer I intended! The solution outstanding is, I believe, the more famous of the two, and I will wait for someone to po...
by John Townsend
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

Which famous chess player was called to the Bar on 7 June 1852?
by John Townsend
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Latest Bristol Chess Times
Replies: 2
Views: 646

Re: Latest Bristol Chess Times

What is the editor's attitude towards chess history and nostalgia?
by John Townsend
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

Gerard's quotation referred to the dissolution of the London Chess Club after 63 years. The legendary foundation year was 1807, and I expect that is about right, but can it be corroborated from any contemporary evidence? (I know of at least one source from the 1820s which refers to 1807.)
by John Townsend
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

The London Chess Club packed up in 1870, so I expect that's the answer.

We are answering each other's questions, Gerard!
by John Townsend
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

Yes, very good, Gerard. The author claimed to identify himself in the introduction, which is in Latin verse, but the solution has caused difficulty. Further details on request, if anyone wants a shot!
by John Townsend
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

Happy New Year, everyone! May all your research meet with good fortune. My question (below) may be considered a sequel to Christopher Kreuzer's recent theme of the Bonus Socius collection. Which celebrated nineteenth-century player was once the owner of a copy of a famous medieval manuscript collect...
by John Townsend
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

Yes, Richard. In five minutes! Too easy, I can see.
by John Townsend
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

Which famous chess player was born during the eighteenth century, died in Poland, and gave his name to a popular opening in the modern game?
by John Townsend
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

John, Edward Winter has a feature article, Chess Grandmasters , which can be seen here: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/grandmasters.html He cites an entry in the Oxford Companion to Chess which notes that Lewis was described as "our past grand master" in an 1838 newspaper. The newspaper ar...
by John Townsend
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

Right you are, Gerard. Lewis (1787-1870) was a central figure in British chess for a long time. Does anyone know of any books about his life and/or his games?
by John Townsend
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 36821

Re: Chess history trivia

It's time for another question.

Which famous British chess player died at 5 Brunswick Villas, St. John's Wood?
by John Townsend
Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:45 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Yorkshire Chess History Site
Replies: 22
Views: 3421

Re: Yorkshire Chess History Site

Thank you, Gerard, for bringing this interesting biographical sketch to our attention. The account contains an inconsistency over the name of Wormald's father (which I believe was Samuel). Joseph Foster’s Alumni Oxonienses states that Wormald was the third son of Bryan [Wormald], of Bramham, Yorks.,...
by John Townsend
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Political "hurly-burly"
Replies: 13
Views: 3646

Re: Political "hurly-burly"

I agree with Brian. What evidence is there that Charles Henry Stanley was born in Brighton? In my 2014 book, Historical notes on some chess players , I cited two sources which gave Middlesex as his native place, in one case specifically Clapton, Middlesex. Whilst that is no guarantee that he was bor...