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by Richard James
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?
Replies: 18
Views: 2866

Re: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?

In all the years I have been playing and all the 'teachers' and 'trainers' of chess I have met and worked with I have noticed a general trend emerge between those who have children themselves and those who don't. A German FM I once taught with had a far greater knowledge of chess than I but no real...
by Richard James
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world
Replies: 56
Views: 4896

Re: Xenophobic abuse in British chess in the post-Brexit world

The Swedish GM Pontus Carlsson, who is of African descent, received some very unpleasant racist abuse from a chess.com user named funnychess9, who plays under the flag of the Solomon Islands, yesterday. You'll find it on his Twitter feed if you care to look.
by Richard James
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Player name query
Replies: 5
Views: 938

Re: Player name query

Diaereses seem to be an issue. I used to have a problem uploading the master database into UTU because of a player with the first name Gaël, but his name has now been changed to Gael. It looks like the bug has been partially corrected in the current version of UTU: Dr de la Motte was accepted last t...
by Richard James
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 35968

Re: Chess history trivia

Chielamangus (Cecil Purdy)?
by Richard James
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 475
Views: 35968

Re: Chess history trivia

John Townsend wrote:
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:12 pm
Which famous chess player was born during the eighteenth century, died in Poland, and gave his name to a popular opening in the modern game?
Alexander Dmitrievich Petrov?
by Richard James
Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2773
Views: 296355

Re: Media comments on chess

John Clarke wrote:
Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:59 pm
Anthony Buckeridge committed the same sin in Jennings Follows A Clue. Someone's chess set is knocked off his head (don't ask) and " .... castles, knights and bishops flew in all directions".
Good to meet another Jennings fan. My favourite books as a boy.
by Richard James
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Chess Behind Bars
Replies: 24
Views: 4065

Re: Chess Behind Bars

Tim Harding wrote:
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:17 pm
To get back to the book in question, does it mention Claude Bloodgood?
Yes, there are two pages on Bloodgood, most of which is taken up by an annotated game. Nothing on Raymond Weinstein, though. Nor on chess in Broadmoor.
by Richard James
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early Tony Miles game
Replies: 29
Views: 2924

Re: An early Tony Miles game

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:
Does anyone know R. F. T. Wood's full name?
His name is given in online birth records as Rex Frank T Wood, born Q1 1943 in Sutton Coldfield.
by Richard James
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge
Replies: 44
Views: 4050

Re: Sultan Khan - A newly discovered game and a challenge

I think you have the result wrong, both in the original post and as copied to Britbase. It was a win for White, not for Black.

I'm also not going to be taking the Glasgow Herald challenge.
by Richard James
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM venue
Replies: 17
Views: 1593

Re: ECF AGM venue

John Reyes wrote:what bus can I get?

I'm not a big fan of the underground as I'm from manchester
205 bus from Euston Station Stop D to Central Street. 16 minutes on the bus followed by a 5 minute walk.

Google Maps is your friend.
by Richard James
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What’s the longest you’ve played with 16 pawns still on the board?
Replies: 30
Views: 2634

Re: What’s the longest you’ve played with 16 pawns still on the board?

[Event "Guernsey op 11th"] [Site "Guernsey"] [Date "1985.??.??"] [Round "3"] [White "Yeo, Michael J"] [Black "Bellin, Robert"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C49"] [WhiteElo "2230"] [BlackElo "2395"] [PlyCount "271"] [EventDate "1985.10.??"] [EventType "swiss"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "GCI"] [Sou...
by Richard James
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2773
Views: 296355

Re: Media comments on chess

From yesterday's Sun, find the 7 chess terms. (I found 8. if you include 'net' as in mating net) https://image.ibb.co/hpgSaQ/wordsearch.jpg It looks like the Sun's Word Search composer thought of doing something about Wimbledon There is 'BAT', 'NET, and 'TENNID' in there. Then he ran out of ideas a...
by Richard James
Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017
Replies: 272
Views: 19513

Re: ECF Finance Council Meeting April 2017

I didn't understand the logic for doing this as aren't juniors more likely to play in Silver events than Bronze events (see Richard James article/comment somewhere)? Yes, somewhere, but I don't remember where offhand. I might try to find it later. Juniors usually start their competitive chess in to...
by Richard James
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Yorkshire Chess History Site
Replies: 22
Views: 3285

Re: Yorkshire Chess History Site

Anyone looked at how he gives his name in census records? Your wish is my command. In 1891 and 1901 he was just Fred Yates. By 1911 he'd acquired a middle initial: Fred D Yates. His humble background is very striking. The rest of his family were employed in the wool trade. His father was a millwrig...
by Richard James
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Yorkshire Chess History Site
Replies: 22
Views: 3285

Re: Yorkshire Chess History Site

His birth and death records give his name as plain Fred Yates. No Frederick and no Dewhirst or Dewhurst. His parish burial record gives his name as Frederick Dewhirst Yates (as Steve Mann explains, Dewhirst, not Dewhurst, was his mother's maiden name). I suppose the vicar thought he should be dignif...