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by James Pratt
Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2631

Re: Championship of the British Isles

I don't see why Stewart can discuss matters with Neville Belinfante and the upshot not be minuted. This isn't the Blair Cabinet! If they had no time then they do now. Neville did not understand my question and therefore Stewart's saying that grades are still used is, as far as I can see, wrong. As a...
by James Pratt
Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:39 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: 1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4
Replies: 48
Views: 11553

1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4

What justification is there for calling 1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4 after Tartakower? Who has played it most? It might even be Tony Miles. Keene/Levy give this label with Old Indian in 'An Opening Repetoire for the Attacking CP', an influential book in its time. http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/chessparrot...
by James Pratt
Sat Mar 21, 2009 11:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Two enquiries
Replies: 6
Views: 1629

Two enquiries

Who can help a journalist? Two questions. Dharsan Kumaran. What title did he hold in August 1994? William Watson. He played a certain Murphy in July 1978 in The Sunday Times semi- or Schools Final. Which Murphy? I need initials please. Thanks http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/chessparrot James Pra...
by James Pratt
Sun Mar 15, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2009
Replies: 14
Views: 2631

British Championship 2009

Qualification for Torquay. A list of players is displayed as a link on the site which is taking shape. Good. Good? I emailed Neville Belinfante - the contacted quoted - and asked why grades were not mentioned as a criteria/route to qualification, he replied that since the event was Elo rated he saw ...
by James Pratt
Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: The Sicilian Defence in 1897
Replies: 2
Views: 1054

Re: The Sicilian Defence in 1897

uninterestingly enough, the spelling of Giuoco Piano has changed too, according to an Italian chessplayer I used to know. Not sure how ..
by James Pratt
Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Manager of Prisons Chess
Replies: 19
Views: 3157

Re: Manager of Prisons Chess

A new post?

Those who have been in jail: Claude F Bloodgood, Fischer, Alekhine, Kasparov ..

James Pratt (Basingstoke!)
by James Pratt
Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:43 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11212

Re: British Junior Championships

fair enough.

Jonathan Tait has become Games Editor of 'Correspondence Chess' of late. He is a brilliant writer!

James
by James Pratt
Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:14 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11212

Re: British Junior Championships

I am aware that the Under 11's was by invitation but Jonathan Tait was never a British Champion and, yes, I know of Walford's winning. I can read Yearbooks as excitedly as the next man. (Alec Boswell has been missed at ECF gatherings for a while now. He's still alive, is he?) Things were not so well...
by James Pratt
Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: British Junior Championships
Replies: 104
Views: 11212

Re: British Junior Championships

I am surprised that I could not answer parts of Mrs Owens's questions without hurrying away to my archives first. The British Junior Events, U-21, 18, 16 and 14 - nothing younger - first got run alongside the British in 1956, the Under 11s got added in 1975 because of Nigel Short, who promptly did n...
by James Pratt
Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: On a lighter note
Replies: 17
Views: 3817

Re: On a lighter note

well, here's somethiing else to smile at, certainly not involving me. Claire Whitehead was playing in the Major Open at the BCF Congress in 1979 and had expressed the worry - amongst friends and supporters - that she might come last. A number of fellows promised to 'see her alright' and the last rou...
by James Pratt
Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: On a lighter note
Replies: 17
Views: 3817

Re: On a lighter note

regarding Stewart Reuben's posting about Ron Harman, ESN stands for Educationally Sub Normal, perhaps not a label that is still is use.. Anyway, one year at the King's Head Rapidplay I was not given an opponent, I complained and was promptly paired with a controller or helper, before battle I enquir...
by James Pratt
Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: New Years Honours for chess
Replies: 51
Views: 9131

Re: New Years Honours for chess

Nancy Elder, for services to Scots chess.
by James Pratt
Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Grandmasters
Replies: 59
Views: 23873

Re: British Grandmasters

PH Clarke, not Clark, as his biographer I feel I should speak. R.W. Bonham (1972) GM of the Blind. Bogdan Lalic now Croatia, Kosten now France, Mieses should not be listed as English, alhough he lived here, and was recognised as a GM as German, came here to avoid the Nazis, buried in London in Jewis...
by James Pratt
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: My favourite unwritten biographies
Replies: 9
Views: 1863

Re: My favourite unwritten biographies

I have some terrific stuff on Penrose with any amount of cross referencing and detailed knowledge, I was offered a contract and a GM to work with but declined. Penrose is a very shy man and probably hated the idea of a biography. I respected his privacy but, as I say, did not proceed for other reaso...
by James Pratt
Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: My favourite unwritten biographies
Replies: 9
Views: 1863

Re: My favourite unwritten biographies

Unfortunately the Basman biography, for which I got MJB's permission, had to be abandoned for personal reasons. I also tried to assemble stuff about Penrose but here my problem was technical, he was just so strong, his life so dull! I will willing sell my Penrose findings to anybody interested.