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by John Saunders
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 12726

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

... 6 Qh5+ was in fact already known to be very bad. The same error of 5...Qh4+ in the (real) Vienna featured in Andrew Hon v Paul van der Sterren, Lloyds Bank 1993, when one of our 190-odd players scored an easy win against someone who had recently qualified for the Candidates (!). This is a cue f...
by John Saunders
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 44th Guernsey International Chess Festival
Replies: 44
Views: 4314

Re: 44th Guernsey International Chess Festival

The Harlem Masters starts today and is obviously overshadowed (like all other events this week) by the Isle of Man event . In Guernsey we are endeavouring to ensure that that is not the case. Good luck with that, David. If you can organise a speed boat to get me from the Isle of Man to Guernsey in ...
by John Saunders
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2920
Views: 316979

Re: Media comments on chess

A Spanish correspondent, Enrique Carcellach, wrote (of the Uruguayan team at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games): "I have been watching football for 20 years and have never seen any team play with the mastery of this Uruguay team. I did not suspect football could be brought to this degree of virtuosity, t...
by John Saunders
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship 2018
Replies: 424
Views: 27292

Re: British Championship 2018

I can't understand why nobody is talking about RdC v Sugden with the two ancient Cambridge graduates trying to knock lumps off each other. At the moment it looks like a case of "he who queens last, queens best" as the computer favours the Sage of Bourne End.
by John Saunders
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Photos and Results of the 1st Kingston Rapidplay, 28 July 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 991

Re: Photos and Results of the 1st Kingston Rapidplay, 28 July 2018

Already done it on FB, Chris. "Mike Basman opens with 1.a3 so Richard Bates calls over the arbiter to see if he can claim under article 11.1 of the FIDE laws of chess that states: 'The players shall take no action that will bring the game of chess into disrepute.'"
by John Saunders
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Photos and Results of the 1st Kingston Rapidplay, 28 July 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 991

Photos and Results of the 1st Kingston Rapidplay, 28 July 2018

If I might divert attention away from Kingston-upon-Hull to Kingston-upon-Thames just for a moment... The 1st Kingston Rapidplay took place on 28 July 2018 at the United Reformed Church, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. There was a pretty good turn-out (c. 70) for this inaugural congress organised by E...
by John Saunders
Wed May 23, 2018 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)
Replies: 7
Views: 1408

2018 Alexander Cup Final (Surrey team k.o. competition)

Surbiton beat Kingston by 6-4 in last night's (22 May) Alexander Cup Final, held at Ashtead. Full results here, plus some games and photos http://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/pgn/201805alexcup-viewer.html The match was notable for the first appearance by GM John Nunn for his original club, Kingston, in ...
by John Saunders
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:20 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John H Watts (6th June 1934 - 25th March 2018)
Replies: 7
Views: 1861

Re: John H Watts (6th June 1934 - 25th March 2018)

I have now uploaded to BritBase a file of games from the 1960 British Championship, played in Leicester: http://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/pgn/196008bcf-viewer.html I wasn't able to find many games as only about 30 were published in CHESS, BCM, The Times, the Manchester Guardian and a few other places...
by John Saunders
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John H Watts (6th June 1934 - 25th March 2018)
Replies: 7
Views: 1861

Re: John H Watts (6th June 1934 - 25th March 2018)

Slightly unfortunate timing: I would probably be able to answer this question very quickly were I at home with my notes on old British Championships and my chess library available but I'm not. However, I do have a computer with me and I have been able to find the answer via online newspapers. John H...
by John Saunders
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 2424

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

A great story! For anyone tempted to emulate this, I must say that the current Laws do not allow you to leave the playing venue during the game. I think any arbiter who can actually play chess would sympathise though. Perhaps players could contend that (like the famous snooker player Bill Werbeniuk...
by John Saunders
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 2424

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

Where does Ninian Marshall come from? I remember him clearly as Ian, and on team sheets he was I Marshall. As for the Penrose opening, Bc5 and Nd4 was often played by O'Kelly at that time as a drawing weapon. This particular name is something of a conundrum. I got 'Ninian Marshall' from the booklet...
by John Saunders
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 2424

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

Umm I remember Dr Fazekas. ... I am pleased to say that my thirteen year old self stood his ground boyfully and refused to be intimidated. Great anecdote, Michael! One for your autobiography - suggested title The Boy Who Fazed Faz . I've just looked through my Varsity research notes and discovered ...
by John Saunders
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 2424

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

There is a famous game between F.W. Viney and H.F. Gook where Viney represented the General Post Office v Customs on 3 December 1926. The Scottish version of the London Gazette has a Francis William Viney appointed as a Post Office Assistant Clerk on December 10, 1914. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/...
by John Saunders
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 2424

Re: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

H Alec Samuels (always known as Alec) was educated at Selhurst Grammar School, Croydon. He was an active player until around 1950 or 1951, maybe played in the 1950 British Universities championship, gave up for a few years, and returned, though not for very long, around 1958. My memory is that he w...
by John Saunders
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates
Replies: 22
Views: 2424

Historical British tournaments: latest BritBase updates

I am posting this to draw the forum's attention to a number of recent updates to BritBase: http://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/whatsnew.html Amongst the mainly historical items is one from the here and now, namely the 2018 Bolton Easter Congress. My thanks to Ian Lamb for supplying the games. Otherwise ...