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by James Pratt
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Announcing mate
Replies: 42
Views: 1404

Re: Announcing mate

An old story. Irishman Connor Bracken once exclaimed "It's mate in eight!" Andrew Whiteley told him to be quiet (and it was mate in 7) ..
by James Pratt
Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: An early game of P S Milner-Barry
Replies: 15
Views: 1614

Re: An early game of P S Milner-Barry

Lady Thelma would have informed us of his death. (Does that explain why the names appear merged?) I think she came into the picture following a meeting at the BCF Congress at Edinburgh 1985, Keene's idea.
by James Pratt
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hastings Congress
Replies: 160
Views: 12518

Re: Hastings Congress

Can somebody please talk me through the opening in Matthew Wadsworth-v-Roman Edouard from Rd. 7 (yesterday). It looks like white was quickly on the back foot if not quite 'an early bath'.
by James Pratt
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Strongest chess-playing politicians?
Replies: 35
Views: 5631

Re: Strongest chess-playing politicians?

Course there's always
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmaduke ... ss_player)
Or better
p 80-81 in 'The Even More Complete Chess Addict' by Mike Fox and Richard James (Faber 1993) - naturally where else would be worth looking-?
by James Pratt
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Coming in the Spring
Replies: 0
Views: 963

Coming in the Spring

The Oxford Playhouse is hosting CHESS with the Musical Youth Company of Oxford. Evenings Wednesday thru Saturday at 7.30pm and Matinee at 2.30 on the Saturday. Tickets from £10 to £30. Musical Director Julie Todd. Director Choreographer Graham Brigg. Tel 01865 305305. 8th-11th April. This is a 'sty...
by James Pratt
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3970

Re: Malcolm Barker.

He gave up chess because of all the smoking. He won the Over 70s World Left-Handed Golf Championship (no joke) and I had brief correspondence with him about ten years ago. He may no longer be with us, of course, but was then living in England ...
by James Pratt
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A "book review" by James Pratt
Replies: 8
Views: 1112

Re: A "book review" by James Pratt

John Upham is threatening never to give me any more review copies. I tried emigrating but my luggage was 5 kilos over weight, so I got stopped in customs while they searched for contraband, Leningrad Dutches, I fear. I had in mind x ... Nh6 but Harding (1976), a book I have always loved, is silent. ...
by James Pratt
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A "book review" by James Pratt
Replies: 8
Views: 1112

Re: A "book review" by James Pratt

I have corrected on screen and thanked Olimpiu personally at the end.
by James Pratt
Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A "book review" by James Pratt
Replies: 8
Views: 1112

Re: A "book review" by James Pratt

I have corrected on screen and with thanks to all these experts.
by James Pratt
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Edward Guthlac Sergeant
Replies: 21
Views: 5959

Re: Edward Guthlac Sergeant

whoops!
by James Pratt
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Edward Guthlac Sergeant
Replies: 21
Views: 5959

Re: Edward Guthlac Sergeant

PW Sergeant was the oldest player ever, I think, in the British Championship itself, at Leicester, 1960. When John Littlewood last played I wrote to him teasing that he'd not quite got the record. Paul wrote back that he'd get it - and he would have - the next year. Sadly, John died before achieving...
by James Pratt
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Starter for ten
Replies: 2
Views: 963

Starter for ten

Your starter for ten: Which former British Chess Champion once appeared on University Challenge? If you think the answer is George Botterill then you might be wrong. The clip showing the youthful Stephen Fry has a fellow team mate labelled Botterill, but I am reliably informed it could not have been...
by James Pratt
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Board Games Morning
Replies: 2
Views: 1180

Re: Board Games Morning

There is a Board Games Morning every Tuesday in Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, 10.30-11.30. Bring your own sets, I suppose, no contact name on the poster but many different games illustrated.
by James Pratt
Sun Jun 30, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Board Games Morning
Replies: 2
Views: 1180

Board Games Morning

There will be a Board Games Morning from 10 am to Noon at the Parish Centre, Church Street, Alton, Hants on Saturday 20th July. Both children and adults welcome, bring your own games of choice. Dominoes, various dice and race games and chess feature on the poster. 'Tea, coffee, squash and cake.' Con...
by James Pratt
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: No Comment?
Replies: 24
Views: 2741

No Comment?

I see Charlie Storey, who did the commentary last year, and Simon Williams, who has great following in this domain at large, are both playing in the British in Torquay. Andrew Martin, who they/we relied for so many years, is not going, leaving this spectator a-wondering who is down to do the comment...