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by Richard James
Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?
Replies: 42
Views: 3783

Re: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?

I've been doing some research into Mrs Sidney. There is some confusion as in four separate documents her name is given as Eliza, Elizabeth, Ellen and Helen. My guess is that she was actually Eliza, and that, far from being the aristocratic grande dame and Lady Bountiful you might have expected, her ...
by Richard James
Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:13 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: How many chess players does it take to change a light bulb?
Replies: 34
Views: 4856

Re: How many chess players does it take to change a light bulb?

None.

How many chess players do you know who are capable of changing a light bulb?
by Richard James
Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?
Replies: 42
Views: 3783

Re: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?

More from Brighton Chess: "In the same year (1922) Mrs E.H. Sidney of Hove announced her intention of presenting a trophy for annual competition among the schoolboys of Brighton and Hove." (pp46-7) The appendix suggests that this only ran between 1922 and 1925. "The trophy for the Hove Chess Club Ch...
by Richard James
Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?
Replies: 42
Views: 3783

Re: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?

Richard, I love your (and the late Mike Fox's) book; anytime I'm feeling down, I just pick it up and spend an hour or so rolling on the floor in gales of mirth! What did Brian Denman have to say about Mrs S., then? Regards, Paul. "In 1938 chess in Brighton received a boost when it was declared that...
by Richard James
Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?
Replies: 42
Views: 3783

Re: Agreeing a time control not permitted by the rules?

You beat me to it, Paul.

I think, from reading more about her in Brian Denman's excellent history of chess in Brighton, we were rather unfair to Mrs Sidney in the book.

Should there ever be another edition of Addict I'll try to remedy this.
by Richard James
Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:40 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: 1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4
Replies: 48
Views: 11856

Re: 1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4

Is it Guy Willis or Guys Wills - it too seems to differ at some sites. Mansfield has Wills (a typo?). It's Guy Wills (not Willlis) Chandler. I have his complete WW1 service record, running to 23 pages, in front of me at the moment. He was living at 117 Whipps Cross Road, Leytonstone, Essex at the t...
by Richard James
Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Raymondo
Replies: 100
Views: 7393

Re: Raymondo

Matt Mackenzie wrote: Not to mention Tarquin Fintimlinbinwhinbimlin Bus Stop F'Tang F'Tang Ole Biscuit Barrel, of course :lol:
Strange you should mention Tarquin. His son is a currently active junior chess player.
by Richard James
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 36439

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

3) I don't remember what board I was on but I'm pretty sure it wasn't top board. (Does somebody know where to look this up?) This is where I found it (google for London League Chess :D ) http://www.lcl.streamlinenettrial.co.uk/74.htm So it was board 5. GC Taylor scored 9½/10 in the London League: ...
by Richard James
Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 36439

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

I am new to this forum, but thought I would add my voice to the multitudes. I have a double interest in the grades - my daughter Hannah, who is 18, and the Lincolnshire Juniors, for whom I run occasional U18 tournaments. Hannah's new grade is 148. She played in the Open Major at Torquay, and her gr...
by Richard James
Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:25 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 36439

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

Howard You don't seem to accept that many of these junior grades are just wrong. Members of this forum have come up with several examples of juniors whose new grades are 50 or more points too high. I'm sure these are not isolated cases. So we have a junior of about 100 strength who perhaps played an...
by Richard James
Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:33 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 36439

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

Looking at the "most improved" list is a hoot. Try this one: http://grading.bcfservices.org.uk/getref.php?ref=267682F improved from a grade of 8 to a grade of 111. Well, he played in the British Under 10s . The winners went from 86 to 147, and from 65 to 131. ...scoring 3/7 with a grading performan...
by Richard James
Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:15 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: When is the new grading list coming out?
Replies: 509
Views: 36439

Re: When is the new grading list coming out?

This one is 105 point improvement: http://grading.bcfservices.org.uk/getref.php?ref=267813F from 53 to 158... and advances on 105 points? He sometimes plays in the Minor (U80) section of the Richmond Rapidplays, finishing near the top but not dominating, so, in old money, he's probably about 100 ra...
by Richard James
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Most moves before any pieces moved?
Replies: 25
Views: 3558

Re: Most moves before any pieces moved?

I've sent a query to Tim Krabbé, care of his website, Tim Krabbé's website . If anyone knows, he will. btw. "Teufel" means devil. The German word for rook is "Tor", literally meaning tower. The German word for rook is "Turm", meaning tower. Likewise, Tour in French, Torre in Spanish and Italian.
by Richard James
Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Postal players
Replies: 26
Views: 4602

Re: Postal players

Yes, it only gives the players from the XII Olympiad onwards. I guess Tim Harding would be the man to ask. The games are probably all in his database but unfortunately I don't have a copy.