Harry Golombek games

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Harry Golombek games

Post by Simon Rogers » Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:09 pm

Hi all. I attended Denis Lane's funeral back on the 10th March which was mentioned in Deaths & Obituaries.
At the gathering after there was a picture of Denis Lane welcoming British Champion Harry Golombek to Blackpool Chess Club. The picture was in the Blackpool Gazette possibly 1955. Has anyone got any interesting games of Harry's.

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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by Stewart Reuben » Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:02 pm

Simon Rogers >Has anyone got any interesting games of Harry's.<

On chessgames.com you will find 509 of his games. At the start there is a notable list. That is free,

Chessbase costs money. It has 894 of his games.

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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by Simon Rogers » Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:32 am

Thank you Stewart. Although regrettably I can't afford Chessbase. I only have a mobile phone. Which is where I send my posts to the forum from.

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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:59 am

I don't know whether you can get on chess.com via your mobile phone.
You could also go to an internet cafe and go online to access his games.
As far as I know, there is no published collection of Harry's games.

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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:05 am

NOTABLE GAMES:
Geller vs Golombek, 1952 1/2-1/2
Golombek vs Brown, 1949 1-0
G Abrahams vs Golombek, 1948 0-1
J Turn vs Golombek, 1937 0-1
Golombek vs I A Horowitz, 1935 1-0
Golombek vs Rossolimo, 1950 1-0
Gligoric vs Golombek, 1965 1/2-1/2
Foltys vs Golombek, 1950 1/2-1/2
Golombek vs Filip, 1965 1/2-1/2
Golombek vs Ed. Lasker, 1953 1-0

I didn't meet Harry until 1961. The above games are selected from chess.com, by them.
There is no book collection of his best games.

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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by John Upham » Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:39 am

There is an interesting game annotated in

https://britishchessnews.com/2020/01/07 ... 07-i-1995/

There are more games of HGs in Britbase not present in MegaBase 2020.
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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by Phil Neatherway » Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:05 pm

Golombek's book "The Game of Chess" was my first chess book. I expect many players of a similar vintage may say the same.

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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by John Clarke » Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:27 pm

Golombek had this fine win against Pachman at the Reti Memorial (Trencianske Teplice, 1949). Black overreaches trying to establish a knight on d3, and falls to a counter-attack in the centre. If the one-sided snuffing-out of H Brown the same year could make the list of notable games, then this one certainly should. That list was probably compiled before I submitted the game a few years ago, and not been updated since.
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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by John Upham » Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:59 pm

Phil Neatherway wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:05 pm
Golombek's book "The Game of Chess" was my first chess book. I expect many players of a similar vintage may say the same.
The Right Way to Play Chess by David Brine Pritchard was my first chess book found in the family library and read several times.
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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by NickFaulks » Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:55 pm

John Upham wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:59 pm
The Right Way to Play Chess by David Brine Pritchard was my first found in the family library and read several times.
Does this predate "Teach Yourself Chess" ( the first edition, not the Hartston one ), which I remember finding in our bookcase?

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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:05 pm

And there was also B H Wood's "Easy Guide To Chess" - came across the 1960s edition in someone's living room just recently.
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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by John Upham » Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:29 pm

NickFaulks wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:55 pm
John Upham wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:59 pm
The Right Way to Play Chess by David Brine Pritchard was my first found in the family library and read several times.
Does this predate "Teach Yourself Chess" ( the first edition, not the Hartston one ), which I remember finding in our bookcase?
First published in 1950 :


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The Right Way to Play Chess (1950)
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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by John Upham » Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:35 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:05 pm
And there was also B H Wood's "Easy Guide To Chess" - came across the 1960s edition in someone's living room just recently.
Easy Guide To Chess was published in 1944 :

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Easy Guide to Chess (1944)
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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:09 pm

You could still find the Pritchard book in Waterstones recently (when we were allowed out). I wish I'd asked him to sign my copy when I played him.

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Re: Harry Golombek games

Post by Stewart Reuben » Fri May 01, 2020 12:55 am

Note what Barry Wood did in 1944
Had a full time job as a laboratory chemist
published Chess Magazine monthly
Brought up 4 children, albeit with his wife
wrote Easy Guide to Chess

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