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by Brian Denman
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Whatever happened to R. Chernikeeff?
Replies: 20
Views: 5659

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: 5659

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: 1294

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: 1294

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: 1014

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: 2303

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: 2303

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: 25
Views: 4703

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: 1913

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.
by Brian Denman
Sun Oct 11, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: More 1970s Tournaments on Britbase
Replies: 17
Views: 1913

Re: More 1970s Tournaments on Britbase

Thanks for the information, John. I was clearly wrong in assuming that there was a notable difference in standard between Kuiken and Stebbings. Earlier this season Anthony was graded 219, but he was quite a bit lower than that in 1973.
by Brian Denman
Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: More 1970s Tournaments on Britbase
Replies: 17
Views: 1913

Re: More 1970s Tournaments on Britbase

Thanks for this, Roger. Perhaps the Kuikens were related. L C Kuiken was listed as coming from Lensbury, Middlesex, in the 1973 grading list, but I am going to assume that J C Kuiken is correct.
by Brian Denman
Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: More 1970s Tournaments on Britbase
Replies: 17
Views: 1913

Re: More 1970s Tournaments on Britbase

Thanks for putting more 1970s games on to BritBase, John. Would you happen to know if the J C Kuiken, who played in the Ilford Open of 1973 was the Leo C Kuiken, who later became an Eastbourne and Hastings player? One or two of his games are given in the collection of Bernard Cafferty's games. If he...
by Brian Denman
Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1924 British Championships in Southport
Replies: 31
Views: 4817

Re: 1924 British Championships in Southport

Thanks for this auction listing, Richard, which provides proof that he was born in 1896. I had some difficulty finding out when he died as there seemed to be no local knowledge of his passing. I recently wrote about how Arthur Hall seemed to have been largely forgotten about by the chess community a...
by Brian Denman
Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1924 British Championships in Southport
Replies: 31
Views: 4817

Re: 1924 British Championships in Southport

Thanks for this, John. Anyone who is particularly interested in king pawn endings might like to look at the Rhodes v Drewitt game from Southport. It is uncertain that White can win the ending and in any case it is doubtful that Black should have resigned.
by Brian Denman
Mon Oct 05, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1924 British Championships in Southport
Replies: 31
Views: 4817

Re: 1924 British Championships in Southport

I do not know if anyone has carried out any research into the difficult biographical information regarding Herbert Gibson Rhodes. I note that three family trees on the Ancestry website state that he died in 1982, but a few years ago I obtained a death certificate for him, which gave his date of deat...