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by James Pratt
Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: New Years Honours for chess
Replies: 51
Views: 8987

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: 22873

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: 1796

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: 1796

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.
by James Pratt
Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Martin Blaine
Replies: 20
Views: 5635

Re: Martin Blaine

Martin Blaine was a merchant, he sold cloth. He was great friends with Professor DB Scott, sadly the two gents passed away about the same time. he spoke with pride of his compatriots, Breyer and Reti. His book, an attempt to see chess through military eyes - written with JFS Rumble - mentioned above...