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by Brian Denman
Fri May 22, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Chess Library closure
Replies: 175
Views: 20515

Re: National Chess Library closure

The figure quoted of less than ten people visiting the library per year is misleading. For the last two to three years people wanting to view books had to give 24 hours notice during which time the staff would look for any material in the basement. One could not walk around and browse at the collect...
by Brian Denman
Sat May 16, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Political "hurly-burly"
Replies: 13
Views: 4023

Re: Political "hurly-burly"

My source is the second edition of 'Waifs and Strays' published in 1876. It is a rare book and I was lucky enough to be able to first view it at the Hastings Chess Club in 1990. I do not know if it is still in the library of that club. On page 185 Kennedy states that he was resident in Brighton from...
by Brian Denman
Thu May 14, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Political "hurly-burly"
Replies: 13
Views: 4023

Re: Political "hurly-burly"

In his book 'Waifs and Strays' Kennedy stated that he became resident in Brighton in 1840. In the BCM of November 1944 (page 251) R N Coles made the mistake of assuming that Kennedy formed the club in that year and this error was repeated in the 1975 book on Staunton written by Coles and Ray Keene. ...
by Brian Denman
Fri May 08, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Political "hurly-burly"
Replies: 13
Views: 4023

Re: Political "hurly-burly"

The Brighton Chess Club was not formed until December 1842 more than a year after the political 'hurly-burly'. According to Kennedy he had moved to the town in 1840. We do not have any minutes for this early period and it is almost impossible to work out who Mr D was, though there is no evidence to ...
by Brian Denman
Mon Mar 30, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Our national chess library
Replies: 34
Views: 6347

Re: Our national chess library

I do not agree that much of the information can be accessed online. If one tries to study chess history on the internet, one can usually only learn about the general outlines of events. Chess historians want to go further than this and read documents which recreate the atmosphere of the past. For ex...
by Brian Denman
Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: How Isidor Gunsberg invented Internet Chess
Replies: 4
Views: 1788

Re: How Isidor Gunsberg invented Internet Chess

I do not believe that this is a description of the game of kriegspiel. It is more likely that Gunsberg is describing how he was the operator of Mephisto. In 1879 the automaton came to Brighton and Gunsberg sat in a room below the main hall where Mephisto was being exhibited. By a system of electro-m...
by Brian Denman
Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Our national chess library
Replies: 34
Views: 6347

Re: Our national chess library

Ken Norman has kindly pointed out to me that the early yearbooks from about 1907-16 were in fact published independently rather than through the agency of the BCF. Ken also believes that there were yearbooks in the 1920s, though they are not in the National Chess Library. I myself have a BCF yearboo...
by Brian Denman
Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Our national chess library
Replies: 34
Views: 6347

Re: Our national chess library

I am sure that there are several BCF yearbooks that are not in the library, but I do not have the catalogue and am relying on memory. The yearbooks started in about 1907 and were published annually until about 1915. Some of these early yearbooks are probably in the library, though I am not sure if t...
by Brian Denman
Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Our national chess library
Replies: 34
Views: 6347

Re: Our national chess library

It is very likely that bound copies of the BCM from 1881-1999 still exist in the basement of the university library. If I remember rightly, the library also has some versions of the magazine from about 2000 onwards which are not bound. The library used to possess several different collections which ...
by Brian Denman
Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Welsh Chess Photographs
Replies: 8
Views: 2631

Re: Welsh Chess Photographs

I have the score of a game played by D A Curtis for Bucks v Sussex in 1977. I also possess a few SCCU grading lists for the 1970s, which list Curtis firstly as a member of the Bletchley CC and then the Milton Keynes CC. In these bulletins Curtis's grading is in the range of 164 to 181. I also posses...
by Brian Denman
Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:13 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Our national chess library
Replies: 34
Views: 6347

Re: Our national chess library

I used to visit the National Chess Library at Hastings regularly after its opening in 2007. Unfortunately very few other people came to the library and in 2012 the collection of books was transferred to the basement. Since then the general rule has been that in order to see a book you have to contac...
by Brian Denman
Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: R Hugh Storr-Best
Replies: 0
Views: 1995

R Hugh Storr-Best

I am sorry to have to report that Hugh Storr-Best passed away on 24th October at the age of 96. He had been born on 11th October 1918 in Brighton and came from a chess-playing family. His father, John, won the Brighton CC Championship on three occasions and played on a high board for Sussex while hi...