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by Gordon Cadden
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 40213

Re: Chess history trivia

John Herbert White was the Secretary of Hampstead Chess Club. He died on November 18, 1920, after an accident on his bicycle.
He produced the first pocket edition of Modern Chess Openings, with fellow Hampstead member, Richard Clewin Griffiths.
by Gordon Cadden
Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Mysterious Oscar Blum
Replies: 4
Views: 1685

Re: The Mysterious Oscar Blum

The 1939 Hampstead Chess Club Invitation Tournament, took place at the National Chess Centre. One M. Blum claimed to have been a member of the Hampstead Club, but I have no other record of this name. He achieved a creditable score, equal with S. Fazekas (Scotland), and Mrs Stephenson (Vera Menchik)....
by Gordon Cadden
Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Inordinate length of time at a club
Replies: 30
Views: 4043

Re: Inordinate length of time at a club

Gordon Cadden wrote:This is the record that you must aim to beat.
Hugh Price joined the Cardiff Chess Club in 1938, at the age of 10 years. Too young to serve in the Second World War, he has an unbroken run of 78 years at the club.
Forgot to mention that Hugh Price is the Current Membership Secretary.
by Gordon Cadden
Thu Sep 29, 2016 4:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Inordinate length of time at a club
Replies: 30
Views: 4043

Re: Inordinate length of time at a club

This is the record that you must aim to beat.
Hugh Price joined the Cardiff Chess Club in 1938, at the age of 12 years. Too young to serve in the Second World War, he has an unbroken run of 78 years at the club.
by Gordon Cadden
Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Physical incident at Atticus C C Liverpool not reported
Replies: 8
Views: 1426

Re: Physical incident at Atticus C C Liverpool not reported

Violence across the chess board is rare indeed. Anger at being swindled across the board, can sometimes give way to a shouting match, but not violence. Have heard of a London League Match, Wimbledon v. Richmond which ended in punches being thrown. Can anyone confirm this incident ? Alexander Alekhin...
by Gordon Cadden
Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Michael John Haygarth
Replies: 12
Views: 3278

Re: Michael John Haygarth

M J Haygarth was a regular competitor in the British Championship during the early 1960's. I remember watching some of his games.

Comments by Martin Carpenter indicate that he retired from serious chess after the main Leeds Club folded.
by Gordon Cadden
Thu Jun 16, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Daniel Kopec
Replies: 11
Views: 1543

Re: Daniel Kopec

Remember Danny Kopec in London during the 1990's. He gave chess instruction to the pupils at the American School in London, St Johns Wood.
by Gordon Cadden
Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Ugandan player Phiona Mutesi
Replies: 24
Views: 5658

Re: Ugandan player Phiona Mutesi

Phiona Mutesi is certainly gathering publicity. Have just been reading an article in the Australian Readers Digest, on her achievements. That Uganda is sufficiently well organised that it can send a team to the Chess Olympiad, speaks volumes for the progress being made in Africa.
by Gordon Cadden
Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: What, exactly, is Alekhine wearing here?
Replies: 34
Views: 3295

Re: What, exactly, is Alekhine wearing here?

Getting back to the original question, I strongly suspect students at the pre-eminent Universities of Imperial Russia (like St Petersburg and Moscow) did wear a student uniform. For instance, see the photo here and caption (scroll down a page). The students at such institutions in pre-revolutionary...
by Gordon Cadden
Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: What, exactly, is Alekhine wearing here?
Replies: 34
Views: 3295

Re: What, exactly, is Alekhine wearing here?

Pre-Revolution Days. Alekhine was probably a Cadet Officer in the Imperial Russian Army. Pity we can't get a close-up on the rings attached to his elegant hand. The unidentified player may well be Znosko-Borovsky. Another candidate could be David Janowsky. This is a splendid photograph. Alekhine see...
by Gordon Cadden
Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blackpool 1944
Replies: 18
Views: 2472

Re: Blackpool 1944

In 2000, Caissa Editions published a memoir of David Hooper, edited by Kenneth Whyld. Just 100 copies. Also included the many tributes following his death. Good selection of photographs and drawings. Excellent photograph of the BCF team at the Helsinki Olympiad, 1952. Left to Right: Barden, Horne, P...
by Gordon Cadden
Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blackpool 1944
Replies: 18
Views: 2472

Re: Blackpool 1944

The BCM 1944 published 7 annotated games from Blackpool. The Tournament was organised by J.F.Boyd. Game 9321 G. Abrahams - D.V.Hooper 9322 H.G.Rhodes - V.L. Wahltuch 9331 C.R.Gurnhill - D.V.Hooper 9336 G.Abrahams - J.Mieses 9337 D.V.Hooper - J.Mieses 9338 V.L. Wahltuch - C.R.Gurnhill 9342 D.V.Hooper...
by Gordon Cadden
Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:44 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Blackpool 1944
Replies: 18
Views: 2472

Re: Blackpool 1944

Yes, there's a report, scores and a few games in CHESS October 1944. The games were: Wahltuch 1:0 Gurnhill, Rhodes 1:0 Abrahams, Mieses 0:1 Wahltuch and Rhodes 0:1 Gurnhill. Final scores in the Premier: DV Hooper 3½, VL Waltuch 3, G Abrahams, CR Gurnhill and HG Rhodes all 2½, and, sadly, J Mieses 1...
by Gordon Cadden
Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Old Shite's Almanac - Anybody claiming responsibility?
Replies: 15
Views: 1469

Re: Old Shite's Almanac - Anybody claiming responsibility?

Available from Amazon at £23.59. Expensive for a paperback.
Will we get the truth on that fracas in Australia a few years back ? Made headlines in the national newspapers.
by Gordon Cadden
Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: George Osborne the chess player
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Re: George Osborne the chess player

Reminds me of that infamous book, "Steve Davies Plays Chess".