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by Craig Pritchett
Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Turk v Mephisto
Replies: 40
Views: 5608

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: 5608

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: 5608

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: 5608

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: 5608

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...
by Craig Pritchett
Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Championships, November 2016
Replies: 37
Views: 7788

Re: World Senior Championships, November 2016

Overall entries heading towards 500, although women's events a little thin on numbers compared to men. So a successful event is in prospect. Forgive the hobby-horse, however. The 'missing' event continues to be the old 60+ Open, replaced for the last three years by 'new' 50+ and 65+ championships. T...
by Craig Pritchett
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Gyula Sax
Replies: 9
Views: 3760

Re: Gyula Sax

Great to hear from you, Jim. However: Candidates Wijk aan Zee 1991 (Plus rapidplay play-off)? Short not Sax, I think!
by Craig Pritchett
Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:22 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: EU Referendum - in or out?
Replies: 226
Views: 12865

Re: EU Referendum - in or out?

Government by referendums can indeed seem odd! Say, in a year or two, Scotland has a second referendum in which results to go independent/remain in UK are simply reversed. Isn't that a score draw? Might not happen. But the betting is very highly on a large majority against Brexit in Scotland. So if ...
by Craig Pritchett
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:44 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Daniel Kopec
Replies: 11
Views: 1740

Re: Daniel Kopec

Very sad news to me, though I had been aware that Danny had been diagnosed (early) with pancreatic cancer a year or so ago. He hoped that it would remain in remission and thought that the odds were in his favour due to early treatment. Unfortunately it appears that this was not to be. I knew him ver...
by Craig Pritchett
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: EU Senior Individual Champs 2016 Yerevan
Replies: 36
Views: 6181

Re: EU Senior Individual Champs 2016 Yerevan

I am also surprised that anyone should be remotely surprised that Vaganyan, who can play in either event, should wish to play 50+ Euro senior ch rather than 65+.If I'd gone, I'd almost certainly have chosen 50+ rather than 65+, too (and I am 67). The FIDE/ECU decision (since 2014) to replace the 60+...
by Craig Pritchett
Sun May 08, 2016 11:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Scottish Election Results
Replies: 24
Views: 1929

Re: Scottish Election Results

Perish the thought, but there is a good tabular summary at the much maligned (but in fact sometimes quite useful) Wiki site: scroll down to it at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_Parliament_election,_2016 This provides an excellent overview of Holyrood's PR system and its (intended proportiona...
by Craig Pritchett
Sun May 08, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Scottish Election Results
Replies: 24
Views: 1929

Re: Scottish Election Results

Despite his strong showing, Alan Reid failed to get a Lib Dem List MSP spot, so no very strong chess-playing MSPs in the new Holyrood Parliament, alas; although my local East Lothian constituency winner, Ian Gray (Lab, an ex-leader of the Scottish party and a very nice guy), did once turn out, many ...
by Craig Pritchett
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Dates for 2016 senior events
Replies: 19
Views: 6569

Re: Dates for 2016 senior events

Why no non-euro team in the third, so-called 'world' team championship? Well perhaps there is still some time to prove that this new fide venture might live up to its name!? It remains on course, however, to becoming a third successive emperor with no clothes. At present it seems to be no more in ef...
by Craig Pritchett
Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Dates for 2016 senior events
Replies: 19
Views: 6569

Re: Dates for 2016 senior events

To answer Tim's Qs at 24/3 above (Scotland only):

1. EU teams (April): one 50+ plus two 65+ teams

2. EU individual (May-June): as yet no one I know of

3. World Teams (June-July): no teams as yet and so far limited interest.
by Craig Pritchett
Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:22 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: British Senior Championships 2016
Replies: 47
Views: 8427

Re: British Senior Championships 2016

At the risk of seeming to be utterly boring (my views on the wrong-headedness of abolishing 60+ senior FIDE / ECU championships in favour of 65+ are only too well known from many previous posts), can I say that I already posted well over a year ago the fact that the German Chess Federation overwhelm...