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by Tim Harding
Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:56 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest English Chess Clubs
Replies: 45
Views: 12624

Re: Earliest English Chess Clubs

Rather than post piecemeal points to this thread, I have written my latest Kibitzer article at the Chess Cafe on this topic. http://www.chesscafe.com/Tim/kibb.htm Congratulations to the Streatham sleuths on their discoveries but I am reluctant to believe there was a continuous Hereford club in after...
by Tim Harding
Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English-resident strong chess players
Replies: 46
Views: 9170

Re: English-resident strong chess players

Further to my last posting on this subject, I omitted the Frenchman Georges Emile Barbier (1844-95) who for many years was active in Scottish chess, and an obituary appeared in BCM.
Can anybody from Berkshire or Oxfordshire tell me more about Saczak whom I mentioned in my 18 April posting?
by Tim Harding
Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1st Hampstead Summer Festival, 11-17 July 2011
Replies: 7
Views: 1815

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

Adam, sorry, I agree with Carl that the History threads are not appropriate to announce a current tournament. If you have a historical query relevant to a current item, please post only the query here and possibly make a very brief cross-reference to the current item posted elsewhere. That said, I c...
by Tim Harding
Tue May 17, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Timeline of British Isles titles (1950-2010)
Replies: 51
Views: 9299

Re: Timeline of British Isles titles (1950-2010)

There is a list of all British and Irish holders of ICCF titles (for correspondence chess) awarded up to 2009 on pages 386-7 of my book "Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland 1824-1987". Unfortunately it was not possible to include 2010 awards because proof-reading had to be completed before t...
by Tim Harding
Fri May 06, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Where does the term "Indian" derive?
Replies: 17
Views: 3246

Re: Where does the term "Indian" derive?

D. J. Morgan (in BCM Quotes and Queries #832, Jan. 1960, p. 21) wrote that "the Indian Defences have no connection at all with India" but IMHO that was an overstatement. In the Ghulam Kassim book, discussed in another thread, there is a comment to 1 g3 in the 1828 Hyderabad-Madras game: "Many of the...
by Tim Harding
Fri May 06, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: BUCA Team Championship Winners
Replies: 95
Views: 15932

Re: BUCA Team Championship Winners

I played in the BUCA twice: 1967 (at the University of York campus) and 1972 (somewhere in West London). In the 1967 event, I recall Oxford had three teams and it amused Andrew Whiteley to have a member of his own college (Pembroke) on top board for each. So Andrew himself played for the first team,...
by Tim Harding
Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English-resident strong chess players
Replies: 46
Views: 9170

Re: English-resident strong chess players

I tend to think this project will stray from relevance if we start to include people who were essentially British but "accidentally" happened to be born abroad because of their parents being away for a few years. Sir George Thomas and Louisa Fagan (nee Ballard, of a well-known London chess family) w...
by Tim Harding
Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English-resident strong chess players
Replies: 46
Views: 9170

Re: English-resident strong chess players

As somebody invited me to contribute to this debate, I offer the following but do not claim it is anywhere near complete. 18th century: 1) Stamma (as was already mentioned); 2) Philidor (special case as he made several visits and was then trapped here by the Terror in the French Revolution and died ...
by Tim Harding
Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The first books about individual openings
Replies: 32
Views: 6197

Re: The first books about individual openings

Finding rare chess books is not really luck. It is a question of searching the catalogues of libraries that might have it. The British Library, as I recall, has a copy on large uncut sheets. This is the only copy to be found bys earchung the COPAC union catalogue. The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The Ha...
by Tim Harding
Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The first books about individual openings
Replies: 32
Views: 6197

Re: The first books about individual openings

JOHN MOORE wrote: 'I recently stumbled across a reference to "Analysis of the Muzio Gambit" by Ghulam Kassim and James Cochrane published in India in 1829. Haven't seen that on EBay recently! Having looked further, I see this is described in Hooper and Whyld's Oxford Companion to Chess as the first ...
by Tim Harding
Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Earliest published games played by women/children
Replies: 2
Views: 1333

Re: Earliest published games played by women/children

The earliest published game by a woman was certainly much earlier than 1858. Possibly the answer to that question is: EITHER (if genuine) Napoleon Bonaparte v Comtesse du Remusat OR a game played in London by a Miss Hook against the automaton “The Turk” in 1820. I incline to believe the latter i...
by Tim Harding
Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:52 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Harold Israel
Replies: 23
Views: 5112

Re: Harold Israel

I don't think the British library is a good option for researching Harold Israel's career. The BL moved all its chess magazines (and many other periodicals) last year to its Boston Spa storage outfit in Yorkshire. To see them you must first obtain a reader pass in person at the St Pancras HQ of the ...
by Tim Harding
Fri Jan 28, 2011 9:37 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London leagues and chess clubs
Replies: 33
Views: 5081

Re: London leagues and chess clubs

Random link on the history of chess in London, which I thought was worth putting here for those who didn't know this history already: http://www.victorianlondon.org/entertainment/dickens-chessclubs.htm Both the Timbs and Dickens guides are quite well known, and they are both incomplete and inaccura...
by Tim Harding
Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Graves of famous chess players
Replies: 17
Views: 11513

Re: Graves of famous chess players

It was John Keeble of Norwich who first discovered the burial record of Philidor in the 1920s (see the article published in The Times for the bicentenary of his birth). The burial record of St James Piccadilly is in the Westminster archive. It is just a very brief one-line entry with no additional i...
by Tim Harding
Mon Nov 01, 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: New book on the history of correspondence chess
Replies: 0
Views: 614

New book on the history of correspondence chess

This month McFarland & Co. will be publishing my new book, entitled "Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland, 1824-1987". It went to the printer last week. This is a deeply-researched history book, partly based on my doctoral thesis and partly on subsequent research. It includes about 200 games ...