Search found 727 matches

by Simon Brown
Fri May 15, 2009 11:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Director of Finance
Replies: 201
Views: 13776

Re: Director of Finance

I agree with Paul and Stewart on this. When I was a BCF director,about 100 years ago, I visited the office a number of times and found the then staff (including Cynthia) to be helpful and efficient. If the office costs only £120k a year, that sounds cheap to me. I don't know the numbers but it soun...
by Simon Brown
Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two enquiries
Replies: 6
Views: 1628

Re: Two enquiries

Sorry. I forgot that everyone is 190 these days. Hugh was of course a real 190 plus player, no mean achievement in the 70s.
by Simon Brown
Wed Apr 01, 2009 11:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17013

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Sorry Nigel (D) but I don't agree. Nigel (S) may have made has fair share of what people may perceive as mistakes, but, with one exception to my mind, he has thought out his actions carefully, and acted accordingly. I think the UK chess scene would be the poorer without him, whether you agree with w...
by Simon Brown
Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two enquiries
Replies: 6
Views: 1628

Re: Two enquiries

Hi James

I'm sure Richard is correct on Dharshan. He normally is.

I would imagine your Murphy is Hugh Murphy, who if I recall came from Herts. He was a useful player, probably about 190 and he would be about 47 now I guess.

Hope that's useful
by Simon Brown
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:01 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 69594

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Hi John

I've joined your Facebook group. Doubt I have much to contribute apart from memories and a few games, but I will keep a look out - I occasionally find gems at my mother's house from the good old days...

All the best

Simon
by Simon Brown
Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 69594

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

I was a member of CentYMCA from about 1971 until 1983 or so. The club was mastermined by Mike Wills and met in extraordinary premises in Endell Street, Covent Garden. A chess room was open every day and it attracted the sort of colourful characters seldom seen these days. If I recall, Leonard Barden...
by Simon Brown
Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:10 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Martin Blaine
Replies: 20
Views: 5767

Re: Martin Blaine

Martin was captain of Hampstead when I started playing for them, in about 1984, and would often rustle up a pretty decent team, with Speelman and even Penrose, unless my memory is playing tricks. He was a charming man, still a good player and always willing to step in to avoid defaults - I think I m...