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by John Saunders
Wed Mar 06, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Simon Norton
Replies: 11
Views: 1746

Re: Simon Norton

I too remember Simon Norton and can show a few game scores which might help determine his playing strength. I first came across him in February 1969 when a six-player chess team from Eton College arrived to play a Friday-evening match against my own school, High Wycombe Royal Grammar School. Despite...
by John Saunders
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 3100

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

It is good that the information has been publicised, even at this late date. Are there any efforts to keep track of others who are relatively famous (in chess terms) who may have died or who are no longer in touch with other chess players? Are there other cases of chess players from the past where ...
by John Saunders
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 3100

Re: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

This tallies with what appears on online genealogy websites. According to the electoral register Anne and her husband Richard C Mothersill lived in Ilkley, Yorkshire, around 2004, then appear in Hassocks, Sussex, around 2008, and then move to Braintree, Essex, around 2010. Following what I posted he...
by John Saunders
Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)
Replies: 37
Views: 3100

Anne Sunnucks/Mothersill (1927-2014)

I have just come across the sad news that three-times British women's champion Anne Sunnucks (as she was better known - her full married name was Patricia Anne Mothersill) died on 22 November 2014, aged 87. As far as I can see this news has not been recorded on any chess website online, including he...
by John Saunders
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 2019 Varsity Match
Replies: 9
Views: 2245

Re: 2019 Varsity Match

As well as the live coverage of the games, I shall be endeavouring to put up a few comments and photos here:

http://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/pgn/201 ... iewer.html

Cambridge have won the toss and opted to take Black on top board. Players are just about to start play now.
by John Saunders
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: INFO WANTED: 1979 British Championship Official Programme
Replies: 13
Views: 1356

Re: INFO WANTED: 1979 British Championship Official Programme

I'm pretty sure one was published as I have seen a newspaper reference to its existence. It's indirectly mentioned in the report in Chess (August 1979) where the writer (BHW himself presumably) observes that Miles, Cooper and Horner had been added to the printed list, but it was only known to most ...
by John Saunders
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: INFO WANTED: 1979 British Championship Official Programme
Replies: 13
Views: 1356

INFO WANTED: 1979 British Championship Official Programme

Does anyone have a copy of the official programme for the 1979 (Chester) British Championships (or BCF Congress as it was referred to in those days)? I'm pretty sure one was published as I have seen a newspaper reference to its existence. It was normal to receive a copy of a programme with list of c...
by John Saunders
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Champions' Names
Replies: 222
Views: 29313

Re: Champions' Names

News in from Brian Denman... As regards the U-18 champion for 1965, information in the Crewe Chronicle for August 1965 shows that the initial of 'M' in M N Walsh stands for Michael. I take that to be conclusive. Many thanks to Brian. Apologies for bumping this very old thread yet again but there ar...
by John Saunders
Sat Jan 19, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered
Replies: 18
Views: 1837

Re: Gordon Crown, England's lost talent, remembered

Yes, on the matter of schools chess, I suspect that the establishment of chess as an organised activity at grammar schools goes back much earlier than we tend to think. I looked into chess at own old school (High Wycombe Royal Grammar School) and discovered there was a chess club there as early as 1...
by John Saunders
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:06 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 4538

Re: Steve Berry

The collection of Steve Berry's games on BritBase is now up to 393 following the addition of 38 more games supplied by Roger de Coverly. Many thanks, Roger.

My apologies for not being able to attend Steve's funeral as I shall be in Gibraltar.
by John Saunders
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 4538

Re: Steve Berry

... and now we're up to 355 games, with Brian Valentine sending me ten more games from the 2017 and 2018 Beacon Senior tournaments. Many thanks, Brian.
by John Saunders
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 4538

Re: Steve Berry

Make that 345 games... Roger de Coverly was typically quick out of the blocks and emailed me three more of his games against Steve Berry, which I have duly added. Thanks, Roger. Any more for any more?
by John Saunders
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 4538

Re: Steve Berry

I have now collected together 342 games played by Steve Berry and posted them at BritBase... http://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/pgn/berrysh-viewer.html I am grateful to Mark Page and Kevin Thurlow for sending some games for the collection. If other forum members have any more games played by Steve that...
by John Saunders
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Replies: 16
Views: 2743

Re: Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer

Thanks for letting us know. I've found three game scores for him but this is the only win (I think we should adhere to a chess version of the normal principle which I can render as 'de mortuis nihil nisi victoriae')... [Event "County Match"] [Site "?"] [Date "1951.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Swinner...
by John Saunders
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 4538

Re: Steve Berry

Like Mark, I was a club colleague of Steve at Mitcham Chess Club back in the 1980s and 1990s, and I have little to add to his moving tribute beyond saying how much I too liked Steve. Obituarists will want to know that Steve came originally from Dewsbury in Yorkshire and his date of birth, gleaned fr...