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by John Townsend
Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Cecil de Vere
Replies: 16
Views: 5684

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: 5684

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: 5684

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: 5684

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: 1779

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: 464

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: 1779

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: 1120

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: 1214

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: 1214

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: 1610

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 ...
by John Townsend
Wed Nov 10, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings memorabilia?
Replies: 25
Views: 4806

Re: Hastings memorabilia?

Paul, you asked me when and where. It was summer 2010, in a museum with a local history section, roughly in the White Rock area of Hastings.
by John Townsend
Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings memorabilia?
Replies: 25
Views: 4806

Re: Hastings memorabilia?

Just a thought, but I have visited a local history room, which I think must be part of the Museum at Hastings. In it I found one or two boxes containing chess memorabilia, including some 20th c. photographs of masters at the tournament, V. Korchnoi, etc.. Best wishes, John Townsend, Howard Staunton ...
by John Townsend
Sun Oct 31, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Odds games
Replies: 14
Views: 1797

Re: Odds games

Christopher asked: (1) Is there a full account of this system written anywhere? Staunton was the odds-giver par excellence. His Chess Player's Companion gives much information on games at odds. (2) Why was this system used and why and when was it discontinued? As chess was often played for a small s...
by John Townsend
Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: BRACKNELL CHESS CLUB
Replies: 2
Views: 3570

BRACKNELL CHESS CLUB

BRACKNELL CHESS CLUB Binfield Club Forest Road Binfield Bracknell Berkshire RG42 4HP is seeking new members of every level from beginners to masters. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend a club night in the upstairs room at the Binfield Club. The club meets for a Club Night on the second Mo...