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by John Townsend
Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Cecil de Vere
Replies: 16
Views: 5721

Re: Cecil de Vere

I understand the gen from the '51 was not published. In 1851 "Valentine de Vere" was described as a visitor, aged 5, born London, Middlesex, in the household of Mary Best, at 24 Warwick Place, Parish of St. Geo. Hanover Square. She was a 25-year-old married woman, "Householder", born Hanslope, Bucks...
by John Townsend
Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Cecil de Vere
Replies: 16
Views: 5721

Re: Cecil de Vere

Further to my last post, I subsequently found Cecil/Valentine and his mother on the censuses of 1851 and 1861. I also seem to have a note of her death registration. I suspect this ground is only what was covered in those issues of B.C.M. which Owen Hindle kindly alerted me to. I haven't seen copies ...
by John Townsend
Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 11946

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

In 1844 Huddersfield had the distinction of hosting the annual meeting of the Yorkshire Chess Association at the George Hotel. (See Chess Player's Chronicle , Vol. V, 1845, pp. 23-31). These Yorkshire meetings were good-humoured occasions, with fine dinners and wines, plenty of toasts, witty speeche...
by John Townsend
Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 11946

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

For some instances of clubs active in 1836, see William Greenwood Walker, A selection of games of chess, actually played in London, by the late Alexander Mcdonnell, the best English player, with his principal contemporaries; including the whole of the games played by Mons. De La Bourdonnais and Mr. ...
by John Townsend
Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Cecil de Vere
Replies: 16
Views: 5721

Re: Cecil de Vere

I am obliged to Owen Hindle, co-author of The English Morphy , for telling me that some important discoveries about Cecil De Vere's family background were made subsequent to publication of the book, and that British Chess Magazine carried relevant material in the Quotes & Queries column, conducted b...
by John Townsend
Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Cecil de Vere
Replies: 16
Views: 5721

Re: Cecil de Vere

Christopher, you enquired about my Staunton book. It is a limited edition of 100 copies. You can get further information by following the link below.

Best wishes,

John Townsend,
Author of "Notes on the Life of Howard Staunton"
http://www.johntownsend.demon.co.uk/ind ... age324.htm
by John Townsend
Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Cecil de Vere
Replies: 16
Views: 5721

Re: Cecil de Vere

Thank you, Richard, for your kind remarks about my book, Notes on the Life of Howard Staunton . Yes, I plan to buy a copy of The English Morphy . Cecil de Vere seems an elusive character. I see an entry in the death indexes for the quarter ending 31 March 1875: BROWN Cecil Valentine, age 29, in the ...
by John Townsend
Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:59 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Cecil de Vere
Replies: 16
Views: 5721

Cecil de Vere

To amuse myself the other day, I tried to find Cecil de Vere (said to have been born Valentine Brown) on various English (1851, 1861, 1871) and Scottish (1851) censuses. But I am none the wiser, having searched on different combinations of Cecil/Valentine/Brown/de Vere. Would I get any references to...
by John Townsend
Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1st Hampstead Summer Festival, 11-17 July 2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1787

Re: 1st Hampstead Summer Festival, 11-17 July 2011

Gordon,

The Westminster Papers article at the start of 1879 is saying that there were two newly-formed clubs, Belsize and South Hampstead. It seems unclear how this South Hampstead Chess Club relates to the slightly later Hampstead Chess Club, if at all.

Regards,

John Townsend
by John Townsend
Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:13 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Bracknell Chess Club's A.G.M.
Replies: 1
Views: 467

Bracknell Chess Club's A.G.M.

At its A.G.M. last night, Bracknell Chess Club decided to establish a second team, which will seek admission to the Surrey Border Chess League, Div. 6. The first team will play in Div. 1 of the Berkshire League, to which it won promotion last season. The subscription remains £28 (juniors £14). We ...
by John Townsend
Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1st Hampstead Summer Festival, 11-17 July 2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1787

Re: 1st Hampstead Summer Festival, 11-17 July 2011

A chess source refers to the "newly-formed Belsize and South Hampstead Chess Clubs" a good six years earlier than 1885. (see The Westminster Papers , 1 Jan. 1879, p. 195). With best wishes, John Townsend, Author of "Notes on the Life of Howard Staunton" http://www.johntownsend.demon.co.uk/index_file...
by John Townsend
Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Queen's Birthday Honour for Schools Chess
Replies: 3
Views: 1127

Re: Queen's Birthday Honour for Schools Chess

It is very welcome news that someone who has contributed to chess in schools has been honoured. Let us hope that this trend will gather momentum. I have always had the impression that chess is excellent brain fodder for school children. Michael Gove, please nota bene ! Has it been scientifically est...
by John Townsend
Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Notes on the life of Howard Staunton
Replies: 1
Views: 1226

Re: Notes on the life of Howard Staunton

My book, "Notes on the life of Howard Staunton", is now available in a limited edition of one hundred copies. It is a 200-page hardback, size 234 x 156 cm. approx.. Full details, including ordering procedure, on this web page: http://www.johntownsend.demon.co.uk/index_files/Page324.htm Best wishes, ...
by John Townsend
Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Notes on the life of Howard Staunton
Replies: 1
Views: 1226

Notes on the life of Howard Staunton

I expect shortly to be arranging the printing of my book, Notes on the life of Howard Staunton , which I intend will be printed in a limited edition. To enable me to judge how many copies should be printed, I am inviting people to register interest in purchasing one or more copies when it is publish...
by John Townsend
Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Terence Reese
Replies: 10
Views: 1617

Re: Terence Reese

I once played a Bridge match against Reese's team in the Gold Cup. What I remember most was the fairness of him and his partner, Jeremy Flint. Flint was declarer on one hand and mistakenly called for the top card from dummy when he had already played King from hand. He corrected himself quickly and ...