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by James Pratt
Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: A "book review" by James Pratt
Replies: 8
Views: 1345

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: 6407

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: 6407

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: 1029

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: 1245

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: 1245

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: 3148

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...
by James Pratt
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: GH Hardy
Replies: 5
Views: 1231

Re: GH Hardy

Matthew - yes, played by great friend Otto.

Chess problems the hymn tunes of Mathematics from 'A Mathematician's Apology' (1940) appears om pp 222-3 of 'King, Queen and Knight' (Batsford 1975).
by James Pratt
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 5820

Re: Quit Stallin'

No answers? Then maybe that's a response all on its own ?!
by James Pratt
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 553
Views: 47631

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

L@@king at the list of entrants for Torquay, I spotted - horror - one GM out of the near fifty that might have registered. Surely they can do better than this?

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by James Pratt
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 36
Views: 5820

Quit Stallin'

I wonder: how many events these days lack bookstalls? Increasingly I find them not at all. :(

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by James Pratt
Thu May 16, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dom
Replies: 6
Views: 1426

Dom

I think Dominic Lawson's chess column in Standpoint magazine disappeared some months ago. He had plenty of space and I enjoyed what he wrote. Can't we ask why/where/how our President's scribblings got snaffled-? Shouldn't we all write in and complain?

James
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by James Pratt
Thu May 09, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Guardian Chess Column
Replies: 23
Views: 6266

Re: Guardian Chess Column

I think there's a game of Frank Hatto's with a mate like this, Geoff. BH Wood quoted it.
by James Pratt
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1954
Replies: 9
Views: 1478

Re: 1954

The link was blocked by a BT notice. It still is. Mystery;-)
Anyway, I now have the game in spades.

Thanks to all.
James

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by James Pratt
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1954
Replies: 9
Views: 1478

Re: 1954

No this hasn't helped. Sorry Nick.