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by Richard James
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Violence on the chessboard
Replies: 14
Views: 718

Re: Violence on the chessboard

[With apologies for being cryptic] I believe my club president (who may have co-authored a book mentioned earlier in the thread, where this story is possibly told) has a story of how his late predecessor as club president was involved in an altercation with his opponent during a Thames Valley Leagu...
by Richard James
Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History
Replies: 21
Views: 654

Re: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History

Sounds like one to miss. If we are talking winning streaks, how can we miss out Fischer's performance from the end of the Palma interzonal onwards - the greatest performance in history? To quote Lakdawala: "I was originally going to cover Fischer's fameous (sic) 19-game streak from 1971, then came ...
by Richard James
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: L.J.WILLIAMS - WEST OF ENGLAND CHAMPION
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: L.J.WILLIAMS - WEST OF ENGLAND CHAMPION

It seems highly likely this is the right chap. His wife, Ada Louisa Thorn, was from Clifton, which would explain LJW's activities in both Cardiff and Clifton. The family emigrated to Calgary, Alberta, presumably in the early 1900s, which would explain why he disappeared from chess records at that ti...
by Richard James
Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: L.J.WILLIAMS - WEST OF ENGLAND CHAMPION
Replies: 5
Views: 438

Re: L.J.WILLIAMS - WEST OF ENGLAND CHAMPION

https://search.findmypast.co.uk/bna/viewarticle?id=bl%2f0000919%2f18981024%2f016&stringtohighlight=l%20j%20williams%20chess%20cardiff The South Wales Daily News of 24 October 1898 reports on LJ Williams of Llandaff drawing with Blackburne in a simul. Although Williams is a very common Welsh surname...
by Richard James
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1989 British Championship now on BritBase
Replies: 21
Views: 1058

Re: 1989 British Championship now on BritBase

I've just uploaded a new item on BritBase - the 1989 British Championship, which was held in Plymouth and was won by a 17-year-old Mickey Adams... https://www.saund.org.uk/britbase/pgn/198907bcf-viewer.html There are 296 games available from a possible 429. These are the same ones which appear on B...
by Richard James
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Leonard is Ninety-One today !
Replies: 12
Views: 777

Re: Leonard is Ninety-One today !

Happy Birthday Leonard - and thanks for all you've done for chess.
by Richard James
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975
Replies: 39
Views: 1326

Re: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975

Curiously, there was another Anglo-Dutch match just two months later: a European Team Championship qualifier. England fielded Keene, Hartston, Miles, Stean, Mestel, Whiteley, Webb and Bellin.

The results are on OlimpBase.
by Richard James
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975
Replies: 39
Views: 1326

Re: Anglo-Dutch Match 1975

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1555121 is the Round 1 game between Keene & Donner.

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=4389&start=30 is their Round 2 game, which also appears in Münninghoff's biography of Donner.
by Richard James
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Health benefits of brain games
Replies: 47
Views: 6393

Re: Health benefits of brain games

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-07- ... arter.html

Music may not make kids smarter, according to Giovanni Sala and IM Fernand Gobet, who had previously reached the same conclusions about chess.
by Richard James
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 682
Views: 58026

Re: Chess history trivia

John Townsend wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:25 am
Kevin, if you want it to be near Sherwood Forest, you will be very disappointed! Think Charles I. Think donkey.
Then it must be Carisbrooke (remembered from summer holidays on the IOW).
by Richard James
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Eight pawns against none
Replies: 17
Views: 1308

Re: Eight pawns against none

Are there any where the player with eight pawns fails to win? [Event "Schwaben-chC (Women)"] [Site "Germany"] [Date "2003.??.??"] [Round "1"] [White "Adamer, Valerie"] [Black "Kress, Malaika"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D00"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2003.01.02"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "...
by Richard James
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Eight pawns against none
Replies: 17
Views: 1308

Re: Eight pawns against none

If you search for games with only pawns you get those two. If you allow pieces as well you get a lot more, but mostly low level junior games. This is the most recent game, and also the game featuring the strongest players (2598 v 2312) [Event "PNWCC Online blitz JP8 op"] [Site "chess.com INT"] [Date...
by Richard James
Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3719
Views: 407157

Re: Media comments on chess

Paul Buswell wrote:
Mon Jun 08, 2020 5:30 pm
Today's 'I' has a double page on Jonathan Rowson's 'The Moves That Matter... '

PB
Link
by Richard James
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club
Replies: 325
Views: 72995

Re: London Central YMCA (aka CentYMCA) Chess Club

Ray Cannon has asked me to post this (I may be able to find one or two other middle names for you): Anatoly KARPOV simultaneous display at the London Central YMCA (CENTYMCA) in Endell Street, London WC2. In his simultaneous tour prior to playing at the CENTYMCA club, Karpov had scored 90 wins and 8 ...
by Richard James
Thu May 28, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Harry Golombek games
Replies: 69
Views: 3701

Re: Harry Golombek games

Stewart Reuben wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 10:55 am
Here is a bombshell for many of you. Harry was married, very late in his life. I didn't even find out until some time after his death.
An even bigger bombshell - he had a son, Oliver Golombek Judkins, born in 1992.