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by Brian Denman
Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Early ladies' chess tournaments
Replies: 3
Views: 847

Early ladies' chess tournaments

For the sake of historical accuracy I feel that I should correct a mistake in Robert Tanner's new biography of Vera Menchik. Robert states (page 7) that the first ladies' chess tournament was held in Sussex in 1884 and was won by a Miss Parvess. He may have used as his source an article on women in ...
by Brian Denman
Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Judy/Stella
Replies: 5
Views: 1132

Re: Judy/Stella

John,

I have sent you a scanned copy of the article and also Chris's article about Howard Staunton. You will now have seen the email that I sent to you yesterday.
by Brian Denman
Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:33 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Christopher Peter Ravilious
Replies: 4
Views: 1624

Re: Christopher Peter Ravilious

I forgot to mention in my earlier obituary that Chris and Ken Whyld wrote a bibliography of chess books which had been published before 1850. This was a follow up to a similar book by D A Betts published in 1974 which covered the period from 1850-1968. The book by Chris and Ken was published in 2003...
by Brian Denman
Sun Jan 31, 2016 6:44 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Christopher Peter Ravilious
Replies: 4
Views: 1624

Christopher Peter Ravilious

Chris Ravilious passed away recently at the age of 77. He joined Eastbourne Chess Club in about 1954 and a year later won the East Sussex Queen competition. In February 1973 he brought out the first of four club magazines called En Passant. The final version was printed in December 1974 and Chris be...
by Brian Denman
Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Whatever happened to R. Chernikeeff?
Replies: 20
Views: 4611

Re: Whatever happened to R. Chernikeeff?

Thanks for the information about the Reeve v Jackson game, John. If the Jackson v Cross game ever comes to light it will be in round 7.
by Brian Denman
Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Whatever happened to R. Chernikeeff?
Replies: 20
Views: 4611

Re: Whatever happened to R. Chernikeeff?

John, thanks for your notes on the Rhodes v Cross game. A few years ago I found a newspaper (perhaps The Field), which gave the players' individual results round by round for the 1931 Worcester congress. I copied down the opponents for the four players with a Sussex connection viz E M Jackson, H G R...
by Brian Denman
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Whatever happened to R. Chernikeeff?
Replies: 20
Views: 4611

Re: Whatever happened to R. Chernikeeff?

Perhaps I could ask John about the Rhodes v Cross game played at Worcester. The main score is from the Glasgow Herald from which it is clear that White had a lost position on move 30. As regards the BCM of 1931, does it just gives moves 27-30 and then state that White won? I was wondering if the BCM...
by Brian Denman
Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Whatever happened to R. Chernikeeff?
Replies: 20
Views: 4611

Re: Whatever happened to R. Chernikeeff?

I enclose a couple of games from the BCF Congress at Worcester. [Event "BCF Congress at Worcester Major Open"] [Site "?"] [Date "1931.08.17"] [Round "7"] [White "Reeve, HT."] [Black "Jackson, EM."] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "E12"] [PlyCount "66"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. d4 e6 3. c4 b6 4. Nc3 Bb7 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Qc2 c...
by Brian Denman
Fri Nov 20, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Doubtful Menchik v Graf games
Replies: 4
Views: 1152

Re: Doubtful Menchik v Graf games

Brilliant discoveries, David and Roger! Agnes Stevenson took part in both the 1930 and 1931 tournaments. The Big Database 2013 includes six Vera Menchik games against the other three contestants in the 1931 event, which makes it extremely likely that the remaining two games in the double round event...
by Brian Denman
Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Doubtful Menchik v Graf games
Replies: 4
Views: 1152

Doubtful Menchik v Graf games

The enclosed three games between Vera Menchik and Sonja Graf were published in the Mega Database for 2013. I have to admit, however, that I have doubts about their authenticity. Sonja Graf did not take part in the 1930 and 1931 World Women's Championship and Vera Menchik nearly always played the Fre...
by Brian Denman
Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: University Chess Annual, 1950 - 1953/4
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: University Chess Annual, 1950 - 1953/4

Thanks, John, for re-publishing the interesting collection of university chess annuals from the early 1950s. Some of the games are linked with other BritBase publications. For example you previously created a BritBase file for the 1952 BCF Congress at Chester, though the Oakley v Rhodes game does no...
by Brian Denman
Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1970 British Universities (BUCA) Individual & Team Championships, Manchester
Replies: 15
Views: 2014

Re: 1970 British Universities (BUCA) Individual & Team Championships, Manchester

Thanks for this, John and Roger. Sorry for the query - I think now that PHV is correct. In 1974 I played P M Collins of Berkshire in a county match and in recent years he has taken part in British Seniors events. I have a record of a D H Collins playing for Southampton Stoics against Hastings in a N...
by Brian Denman
Mon Oct 26, 2015 10:24 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1970 British Universities (BUCA) Individual & Team Championships, Manchester
Replies: 15
Views: 2014

Re: 1970 British Universities (BUCA) Individual & Team Championships, Manchester

One small point. I have seen this bulletin before and, if I remember rightly, the only initial given for the Southampton University player, Collins, was 'P'. I notice for the Thornton v Collins game, the Black player is listed as P H V Collins. I no longer have the bulletin to hand, but in the past ...
by Brian Denman
Sat Oct 24, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Newsflash by G.H. Diggle
Replies: 22
Views: 3348

Re: Newsflash by G.H. Diggle

I met G H Diggle about twenty five years ago. He lived in Hove and let me look at his chess library. I was particularly interested in Chess Player's Chronicles of the 1840s, which at that time had not been reprinted and were rare books. We had a discussion about the first Brighton Chess Club. He was...
by Brian Denman
Sun Oct 11, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: More 1970s Tournaments on Britbase
Replies: 17
Views: 1553

Re: More 1970s Tournaments on Britbase

One minor point regarding the games for the 1973 Ilford Open. There is a typing mistake for the Szaszvari v Bulford game. The first round encounter must have been played on 25th May 1973 rather than 25th January of that year.