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by Craig Pritchett
Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2554

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

Thanks, Alex. I think that this provides a much fuller picture. For all the reasons I gave in my previous post, however, not least the fact that the existing qualification bars are set in a way that (quite rightly) encourages those 65+ players who meet them to play in the strongest possible competit...
by Craig Pritchett
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2554

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

Sorry, Kevin. Alex hasn't explained it, at least not fully. Why womens', u-21, u-18, 50+ and sundry other rating prizes, but no 65+ prize, although this is a major FIDE senior age classification, in which continental and world championships are held annually? Ian's point is interesting and maybe the...
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Over 65 Championship 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 2554

Re: British Over 65 Championship 2018

While I don't wish to make a big point about this, can anyone explain why in addition to the separate 50+ and 65+ British Championships, there are (rather good) prizes for competition among 50+ players who prefer to enter the 'main' Championships yet no prizes for 65+ players who do the same? This h...
by Craig Pritchett
Fri May 11, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 1686

Re: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP

In above, it should, of course, read 'Russian' not as inadvertently written late at night 'Soviet' veterans association. If editor can change this and delete this post, as I'm now too late to do this, I'd be grateful!
by Craig Pritchett
Thu May 10, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 1686

Re: GM Evgeni Vasiukov (1933-2018) RIP

For me, too, a very sad loss. I first played against Vasiukov in a simul he gave in Glasgow in the mid-1960s. Since then I've played against him and analysed with him many times in international senior events. He was not just a dangerous and enterprising opponent who retained considerable strength i...
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930
Replies: 12
Views: 1641

Re: John D. Chambers ca. 1845-1930

interesting character and some excellent research but is there really any hard evidence that a teenaged Chambers, ether born c. 1845 or c.1842, actually played Morphy at Birmingham 1858? No game or mention of his name, eg in the Loewenthal book on Morphy.
by Craig Pritchett
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 42
Views: 5532

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

Very quickly ... Reprintsev didn't remonstrate in the slightest. All the emotion came from his opponent. Reprintsev told me he just felt shocked by his opponent's vehement insistence and surprised that any strong titled player would have reacted that way, so he just appears to have more or less give...
by Craig Pritchett
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme
Replies: 42
Views: 5532

Re: World Senior Championships, Nov. 2017 Acqui Terme

Interesting this. I'm staying at the same small guest house as Reprintsev, who told me that he placed his queen a bit awkwardly (and I presume hardly intentionally) on the join between the two squares b5 and a5. It is, of course, ridiculous to even entertain the idea that he didn't mean anything oth...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations
Replies: 62
Views: 6255

Re: Liverpool Englsh Rapidplay Congress now open for registrations

Is there any car parking area for competitors nearby either on the Saturday or (perhaps more chance!?) on the Sunday?
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Nathan Goldberg
Replies: 3
Views: 1862

Re: Nathan Goldberg

I would like to echo Anthony's kind thoughts. I don't think I ever came across anyone so in love with absolutely everything about chess, its players of all strengths, its lore and considerable history, or someone as prepared as Nathan Goldberg to undertake the kind of considerable personal and purel...
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4425

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

Many thanks, Tim, for such a fulsome and interesting reply. I think I (continue to) draw the conclusion that while Pulling was certainly worth a mention in 'The Companion', along lines ... a strong London amateur, who seems to have been especially active in the 1830s; who had a reputation for brilli...
by Craig Pritchett
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4425

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

First, the 'Companion' was an excellent work, in my view, if extraordinarily ambitious, as Whyld/Hooper recognised themselves. They undoubtedly sought to be meticulous and any question I raise accords with their own words (Preface): '... our best efforts will not have not freed us from all error and...
by Craig Pritchett
Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4425

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

* 26 May 1866 - "The most rapid, and at the same time the most brilliant, English player of the last thirty years was Mr. Wellington Pulling..." Many thanks due to very many hard-working contributors to this thread, not least Hans, for digging out those Staunton quotes from 'The Illustrated London N...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4425

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

Even more interesting! Given Staunton's (surprisingly!?) effusive plug for the little-known (certainly to me) Wellington Pulling in 1866, perhaps he really was a much more important figure in chess history than the near silence that most chess historians accord him in the grand sweep of early 19th c...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Feb 28, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 4425

Re: The Turk v Mephisto

Interestingly Staunton's 1861 Illustrated London News reference (see above) to Wellington Pulling and the initial 'discovery' of 4...Qh4 against the Scotch wasn't included in his earlier 'The Chess-Player's Handbook' (1847), though I've no doubt the claim is almost certainly correct and that it indi...