Champions' Names

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Re: Champions' Names

Post by John Saunders » Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:50 am

John Saunders wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:17 pm
News in from Brian Denman...
Brian Denman wrote: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 are a few things to comment on regarding names of British Champions. For those who don't remember what it's about, some of us here collaborated to discover at least one forename for all the champions listed on the ECF site and my own BritBase site.

As might be expected, some of the champions name-dropped in our earlier discussions have come across this thread via Google and taken an interest, which is why I have quoted the above post from in which Brian Denman told us that the 1965 Under-18 champion was Michael N Walsh. I've just received an email from Mike Walsh who has lived and worked abroad for many years, played a bit of local league chess in various European countries and is now domiciled in Finland. Mike is very active on Twitter under the name @Mike_Walsh_FIN if you want to know more about him or contact him. I haven't noticed any chess-related tweets as yet.

I spotted one omission from the list of champions the other day. In 1979 Susan Walker won the Girls' Under-14 Championship. This had previously been listed as 'uncontested' in recent issues of the yearbook but the 1979-80 BCF Yearbook clearly states that she won the U14 title that year. For some reason this item disappeared from the yearbook from about 1999. I have added it to BritBase but it also needs to go up on the ECF page. I'll use their online form to get it added.

I have provided full details of the 1979 British Championship results on BritBase here, using the official 1979-80 Yearbook as the source, and also the report in the Guardian. A lot of current forum members' names appear in the results list found therein and I daresay this may spark some memories here...?
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Re: Champions' Names

Post by Tim Harding » Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:28 pm

1964 U14 TJ Gluckman

Timothy J. Gluckman; I played him in postal in 1984.

1978 U21 D Shuttleworth, J Hall
The late Tom Clarke (Thomas M. Clarke) from Belfast was also involved in the tie in Ayr; he beat Julian Hodgson in a key game. Unfortunately he lost out in the play-off some weeks later in England, but did two of them really share the title? John was certainly Hall's first name.
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Re: Champions' Names

Post by John Saunders » Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:43 pm

Tim Harding wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:28 pm
1964 U14 TJ Gluckman

Timothy J. Gluckman; I played him in postal in 1984.

1978 U21 D Shuttleworth, J Hall
The late Tom Clarke (Thomas M. Clarke) from Belfast was also involved in the tie in Ayr; he beat Julian Hodgson in a key game. Unfortunately he lost out in the play-off some weeks later in England, but did two of them really share the title? John was certainly Hall's first name.
Tim - I am slightly puzzled as to why you are commenting on this now as the players mentioned have long since had their forenames correctly entered on my list of champions at BritBase.

The BritBase lists also identifies four U21 winners at Ayr in 1978, including Tom Clarke and Andrew Muir. I'm not aware of there being a play-off for that title. However, what I *did* find was a mention in the 1978-79 BCF Yearbook, p55, chief controller's report (JH Baines)...
J.H. Baines, 1978 British Championship chief controller wrote:The under-21 Championship resulted in a four-way tie between T. M. Clarke, J. Hall, A.J. Muir and D.Shuttleworth. They now face a play-off for a place in next year's British Championship.
Relevant words in italics. The play-off was to decide the one player to qualify for the top section in 1979, not the 1978 championship.

The ECF appears to have taken down their list of junior champions, minus forenames, probably as a result of a suggestion I made the other day that the two separate lists they featured on their site needed to be brought together and to show forenames as established some years ago. They are probably now overhauling their records. Perhaps, Tim, your comments about names were referring to their page?
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Re: Champions' Names

Post by Tim Harding » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:50 am

John, I was only reading the postings; didn't look at their dates or Britbase.

I knew Tom Clarke well, and in fact I was in Ayr too. When he had to play Hodgson with Black, I knew Julian favoured 3 e5 against the French.
So I briefed him on a little-known sub-variation (actually George Botterill's idea) and it worked for him.

He told me later he had gone over (to Leeds perhaps) later in the year for the play-off without success, but I have no more details.

Tom unfortunately died a few years ago.
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Re: Champions' Names

Post by James Pratt » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:15 pm

Gillian Moore tied 1st= with Peggy Clarke in the British Ladies in 1966. I saw the latest ECF Yearbook says Dinah on p.33, but it was Gill!

1966 U14 Robert Cecil Bellin (you'll read RS Bellin but not according to Gaige)
1988 U15 Oliver R Worsfold
2000 U21 Nicholas G Pert
2002 U13 Peter T Roberson

Elsewhere Claire Watkins (WLS) had a first name which she didn't use and I've forgotten. Claire Summerscale (nee Lusher) is now remarried. There was seldom a play-off for some junior titles in days gone by, I think Watson and Hodgson tying was uncontested. Ian Welch tied 1st= with Levitt but lost out on tie-break one year, not even a mention ... and that's true.

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Re: Champions' Names

Post by Michael Farthing » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:45 pm

James Pratt wrote:
Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:15 pm

1966 U14 Robert Cecil Bellin (you'll read RS Bellin but not according to Gaige)
Title shared with Robert Woodford. I feel bound to point this out having contributed to Woodford's success by allowing him to beat me in Round 1.
Incidentally, the bulletin recorded Bellin as just R Bellin without any second initial.

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Re: Champions' Names

Post by John Saunders » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:29 pm

James is right about Robert Bellin's middle name. Quite a number of well-known chess players have middle names or initials which never seem to get used in the reporting of chess results or in entries on grading/rating lists, etc. Jeremy Gaige's Chess Personalia shows the above player name as Bellin, Robert [Cecil], with the square brackets I think being used to signify that the player is usually referred to without the middle name/initial but that it is his formal full name. Another example: statutory records show that twins Nick and Richard Pert share the middle name 'Giscard' but I'm not sure I've seen this referred to in any chess context, even as an initial.

Our forum collaboration a few years back was intended to find a minimum of one forename for each British champion but in some cases has gone on to find two or more. The way I have presented names in the list of champions at BritBase is not entirely consistent but is the best I can do without spending inordinate amounts of time on it and has by and large achieved the aim of helping to get games attributed correctly on databases and avoid the sort of mix-ups experienced with names such as J.Hodgson, D.Wise and others. Of course, it's still not much help when it comes to combinations of very common forenames and surnames, where a middle initial/name becomes essential. And I won't claim that I have been particularly successful in keeping up with the Joneses, or indeed Smiths, Browns, Taylors. I'm still quite keen to sort some of the latter cases out in the interests of database accuracy, but less bothered about the middle names of (e.g.) Bellins and Perts since their relatively unusual surnames are sufficient to sort them out.
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Re: Champions' Names

Post by Richard Bates » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:43 pm

John Saunders wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:29 pm

Our forum collaboration a few years back was intended to find a minimum of one forename for each British champion but in some cases has gone on to find two or more. The way I have presented names in the list of champions at BritBase is not entirely consistent but is the best I can do without spending inordinate amounts of time on it and has by and large achieved the aim of helping to get games attributed correctly on databases and avoid the sort of mix-ups experienced with names such as J.Hodgson, D.Wise and others.
I’m very proud of my single appearance for England in the Faber Cup (on Chessbase) probably aided by my sister and I sharing the same initials! Results weren’t great, mind ;)

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