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by Gordon Cadden
Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

I'm following through on my enigmatic posts about East Ham Town Hall, where Dave and several hundred others slept on the floor. The giveaway clue was the date, which happened to be the night of Easter Sunday/Monday 1961. By the nature of this forum, most of us knew Dave Rumens in a chess environmen...
by Gordon Cadden
Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

David was with us the night before he was rushed to the hospital. He had been ill the last few weeks with some ear problems but was assuring us that evening that he was starting to feel better. He passed on his love for chess to my son who said to me recently "no matter what, David will always be m...
by Gordon Cadden
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

Dave kept 1. f4 for the palookas. It was his favourite opening for demolishing the weaker players.
by Gordon Cadden
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

"Howard Williams memorably said to Rumens at one Civil Service League match, "Is your qualification for DHSS as an employee or a claimant?" " In fairness to Howard, it was his answer to Dave's, "Hello, where are all the other Welsh Patzers?" I understand it was a good-humoured exchange. This thread...
by Gordon Cadden
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

Now have a copy of Carol Rumens " Double Exposure", which I can post on this forum, upon request. She did dedicate this poem to her husband, but I am uncertain of her motives. It is a " Warts and all " poem, and does not show Dave Rumens in a good light.
by Gordon Cadden
Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

7. ..., Qd7 was a serious blunder by Murray. Doubt if he published this game in the BCM. My computer doesn't agree with you, saying the position is equal. It suggests 13...cxb2 was a serious error, giving a big advantage to White, when 13... Qb5 would have given Black a big advantage instead. White...
by Gordon Cadden
Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:11 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

They knew the theoretical lines of play, and had no fear of Rumens aggressive style over the board. There are a few examples where they came unstuck. This may be one of the better known ones. The positions reached in this game hadn't been seen before and haven't been seen since. Event "Ch Great Bri...
by Gordon Cadden
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:20 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

My knowledge of the Cedars Club and Dave Rumens, during the early years, came from DJ Mabbs. He was the man of letters, making many contributions to the CHESS magazine. Very sad that having gained two IM Norms, the third Norm was a bridge to far. Believe that his progress in the 1970's, faltered whe...
by Gordon Cadden
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

Good detective work by Christopher Kreuzer. It is "Double Exposure", which I read over 20 years ago. Carol does not mention Dave in the Poem, but I had not realized that she dedicated that poem to her husband. As I recall, it focused on Dave's addiction to the "One Armed Bandits" in Camden Town. We ...
by Gordon Cadden
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

Believe that Dave Rumens was involved in a major incident regarding the Rules of Play. Dave had checkmated his opponent, but his flag fell, as he gave the coup de grace. His opponent claimed a win on time. F.I.D.E. had to be consulted.
by Gordon Cadden
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

How wonderful to have DJ Mabbs on this thread. Know that you were the dynamo behind the Cedars Club, and you would have helped Dave Rumens to raise his game. Stewart Reuben and DJM used to fill the pages of Baruch Woods magazine, during the 1960's, mainly with various interpretations of the Rules of...
by Gordon Cadden
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

The year is 1959, and at 20 years of age, David Rumens had secured second place in the World Junior Championship, held in Switzerland. Dave Rumens family does not appear to have encouraged his enthusiasm for chess. His father was employed as a Postman. He appears to have honed his chess skills at a ...
by Gordon Cadden
Tue Jul 11, 2017 7:10 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

Not one of my good days (played in 1985). The other time I played him was even worse - he was an excellent player and interesting character. Howard Williams memorably said to Rumens at one Civil Service League match, "Is your qualification for DHSS as an employee or a claimant?" Howard Williams was...
by Gordon Cadden
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 82
Views: 13794

Re: Dave Rumens

This is very sad news. I introduced Dave Rumens to junior coaching at the Hampstead Junior Club in 1993. He enjoyed coaching the juniors, and soon started coaching at local schools. He was a regular visitor to my home in Hampstead, and he also visited the Hampstead Club President, Bernard Haase. Lon...
by Gordon Cadden
Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 316
Views: 65999

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Hi George, yes you are right I am still living in the UK. I have had a 10 year break from chess due to work and family commitments, starting at the time of the club move to Barbican, but I have been fairly active both in OTB and correspondence chess for the last ten years. I have had contacts in th...