Malcolm Barker.

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Neil Blackburn
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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Neil Blackburn » Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:24 pm

O.K. have made contact with Malcolm Barker. Will keep you all informed

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Andy Stoker » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:41 pm

Oh! Astonishing - will watch carefully for more news from you

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Neil Blackburn » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:32 pm

Andy Stoker wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:41 pm
Oh! Astonishing - will watch carefully for more news from you
Thanks mate. Quite a man he is too. He has been kind enough to provide me with a lot of wonderful material, so my two part article will now be three parts. Will post here when the second part is online.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Richard James » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:46 pm

Neil Blackburn wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:32 pm
Andy Stoker wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:41 pm
Oh! Astonishing - will watch carefully for more news from you
Thanks mate. Quite a man he is too. He has been kind enough to provide me with a lot of wonderful material, so my two part article will now be three parts. Will post here when the second part is online.
:o :D :o :D

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Richard James » Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:58 pm

Neil Blackburn wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:32 pm
Andy Stoker wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:41 pm
Oh! Astonishing - will watch carefully for more news from you
Thanks mate. Quite a man he is too. He has been kind enough to provide me with a lot of wonderful material, so my two part article will now be three parts. Will post here when the second part is online.
:o :D :o :D

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Neil Blackburn » Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:13 pm

Final part now online.
https://www.chess.com/blog/simaginfan/t ... part-three
A huge thank you to everyone, with apologies for not being able to do personal and individual thanks. Everyone has been incredibly kind. thank you.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:46 pm

Excellent - I particularly enjoyed

"I used to like playing at Hastings because it was enjoyable going on to the pier between sessions and playing on the arcade machines there. I always felt that being an adult player would not be nearly so much fun:"

Er, I and another adult friend did play the arcade machines there a few years ago... (and we were supposed to be distinguished and highly qualified people).

Looking at the Hastings Honours Board, I think D Rabinovich became D Raeburn. I have played him and Frank Parr and of course Ken Inwood, who is still going strong at Kingston. Malcolm Barker excelled at chess and tennis and golf obviously - "only" reaching a handicap of 7 Is like "only" being a FM/IM! Ken participated in TT races for some years... Jean Craker played for Inland Revenue, before moving to a commercial concern. At some stage she became Jean Rogers, but I have no other information.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Michael Farthing » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:03 pm

I was impressed that in addition to all his sporting achievements he should have risen to the exalted military rank of Acting Temporary Sub-Lieutenant. Not many people can boast of that and his delightful pride in it hints much about his character.
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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by David Sedgwick » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:04 pm

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 8:46 pm
At some stage she became Jean Rogers, but I have no other information.
There is a bit about her in the threads at viewtopic.php?f=46&t=8867 and at viewtopic.php?f=27&t=8539.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:51 pm

The bit I liked best was this:
My last act as a chess player was in my first term at Birmingham University. I saw advertised there a student's international tournament being held in Brussels. My family had contacts there who would accommodate me, so I entered. On arriving I found that I had not only come a week early but also that it was an international team event and I was the sole Brit there! Our chess authorities found out about this and Leonard Barden and Peter Clarke came out to join me to make up a team. I am sure Leonard will remember the event.
If that recollection is accurate (Mr Barker himself avers that "with the passage of time [his memories] are now very vague and probably distorted"), that is a surprisingly ad-hoc way to organise entry to a tournament like that, but it was a different era then and maybe there was less formality over organisation of that nature.

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Neil Blackburn » Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:05 am

Evening guys. Glad you enjoyed it - Mr Barker's material is a joy!👍😁

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Nick Ivell » Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:03 pm

Thanks for your efforts, Neil. A whole era has been brought to life.

I hope, one day, that the 1970s will be recreated so lovingly. One thing is for sure: we had longer hair!

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Re: Malcolm Barker.

Post by Neil Blackburn » Sun Nov 24, 2019 4:31 pm

We certainly did😂👍. I remember many hours playing blitz with Keith Arkell with our hair hanging over the board - we couldn't muster enough for a paint brush between us these days!!!!!👴

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