Britbase Updates

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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by John Saunders » Fri Apr 14, 2023 5:54 pm

Thanks, Gerard.

A new item at BritBase: the games of Vera Menchik...

https://www.saund.org.uk/britbase/pgn/m ... iewer.html

This collection of Vera Menchik's chess games has 569 game entries of which 448 are complete scores and 12 are part-games. I have made two PGN files available for download, one of which includes all game entries (including stubs); the other excludes stubs.

I am grateful to Brian Denman for his help with this project; he made available to me the collection of games which he had made in collaboration with Tony Gillam.

I don't have the Robert Tanner book on Vera Menchik published by McFarland but I believe it has 350 complete games. The 2022 Mega/Big Database has 416 game entries of which 330 are complete scores. Chessgames dot com has 314 complete scores. So BritBase is well ahead of the competition...
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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by Gerard Killoran » Fri Apr 14, 2023 6:06 pm

More British Championship games












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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by John Saunders » Mon Apr 17, 2023 12:46 am

Many thanks, Gerard. The latest batch of games now added to BritBase.

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1910 BCF Congress, Oxford
1911 BCF Congress, Glasgow
1933 BCF Premier, Folkestone
Collected games of H E Atkins (365 games in total)

The 1934 game was already on file.
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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by Gerard Killoran » Mon Apr 17, 2023 11:19 am

John Saunders wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2023 12:46 am
Many thanks, Gerard. The latest batch of games now added to BritBase.

The 1934 game was already on file.
Apologies.

As recompense can I offer you the immortal double rook blunder game?

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Post by John Saunders » Mon Apr 17, 2023 12:46 pm

Many thanks again, Gerard. I've added that game to the collection at BritBase...

1947 British Championships, Harrogate

Some of the newspaper and magazine cuttings I've posted on that page might be of wider interest as they exemplify the tension between the chess establishment (in the persons of Hugh Alexander and Stuart Milner-Barry) and the editor of CHESS, BH Wood, who could be seen as the unofficial 'leader of the opposition' at the time.
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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by Gerard Killoran » Fri Apr 21, 2023 6:02 pm

I assume the second H. E. Atkins game was played on 14.02.1914 - reported in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Monday 16 February 1914 p.3 - as I can't find an other occasion where this game could have taken place.

However the 1991 chess editor did not date it and seems to have taken it from R. N. Coles' book on Atkins - which I do not have.

The simul game was unusual as his first opponent had to leave early and the game was taken up by another. Is this the first example of 'tag-chess'?





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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by John Saunders » Tue Apr 25, 2023 2:57 pm

Thanks for those games, Gerard. The second one was already on file but tentatively dated 1918, which I was never happy with. Your suggested date seems more likely. I don't have the Nevil Coles book either, I'm afraid.
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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by Neil Blackburn » Tue Apr 25, 2023 6:25 pm

John Saunders wrote:
Tue Apr 25, 2023 2:57 pm
Thanks for those games, Gerard. The second one was already on file but tentatively dated 1918, which I was never happy with. Your suggested date seems more likely. I don't have the Nevil Coles book either, I'm afraid.
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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by Gerard Killoran » Tue Apr 25, 2023 6:26 pm

John Saunders wrote:
Tue Apr 25, 2023 2:57 pm
Thanks for those games, Gerard. The second one was already on file but tentatively dated 1918, which I was never happy with. Your suggested date seems more likely. I don't have the Nevil Coles book either, I'm afraid.
I'm sure this one is new to you.

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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Apr 25, 2023 6:39 pm

Move 19......WHOOPS!
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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Tue Apr 25, 2023 8:12 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Apr 25, 2023 6:39 pm
Move 19......WHOOPS!
Maybe White was so disappointed that his 18. Ncxe5 Nxe6+ cheapo failed, that he missed the threat to his own queen? :D

EDIT: 22.Kd1 seems a bit strange. Surely something like 22.Rf3 was a better try, but maybe White had given up already.

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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by Gerard Killoran » Wed May 03, 2023 9:49 am

A mixed bag...







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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by John Saunders » Sat May 13, 2023 1:32 am

Many thanks for those games, Gerard. I have now uploaded them to BritBase (somewhat belatedly):

1922 London Tournament & Congress
1934 British Championship
1935 Margate
1936 Nottingham General Congress
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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by Gerard Killoran » Fri Jul 14, 2023 8:41 pm

Another mixed bag...









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Re: Britbase Updates

Post by John Saunders » Sat Jul 15, 2023 9:11 am

Many thanks for those games, Gerard. Duly added to BritBase...

1906 British Championship
1960/61 Hastings
1961 British Championship

I'm currently working on the Yorkshire Evening Post newspaper columns of Ronnie Ives, kindly lent to me by Ingrid Ives, with a view to making them available on BritBase. It's a time-consuming task and it will be some time before it is completed, but here's a taster - a brevity played in 1959 between two players who have still been active recently, at least until the pandemic, and one of whom is a member of the forum. Connoisseurs of the Elephant Gambit may find it of interest...

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