New Years Honours for chess

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by John Upham » Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:47 am

Just downloaded the 2011 New Years Honours list http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/p ... ny2011.pdf and can find no references to honours for services to chess or junior chess.

Does anyone know when someone was last nominated by the ECF (or anyone else) for services to chess?

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by Michael Jones » Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:51 pm

Maybe if England ever win Olympiad gold the players will all get gongs... and an open top bus parade through London while they're at it.

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by John Upham » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:36 am

Just downloaded the 2012 New Years Honours list

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/p ... rs2012.pdf

and can find no references to honours for services to chess or junior chess.

Does anyone know when someone was last nominated by the ECF (or anyone else) for services to chess?

Can anyone advise about the likely success of a Freedom of Information Act request revealing a list of all nominations to the honours committee?

Of course, in the good old days chess had a friend in Sir Stuart Milner-Barry: do we have such a friend in this day and age?

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by Michael Yeo » Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:33 pm

There is a CBE (not for services to chess!) to someone whose last published ECF grade was 159 (in 2000) and who was graded over 200 in the early 1970s.

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by John Moore » Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:52 pm

Michael - are we allowed to know who it is!

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by E Michael White » Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:59 pm

probably Professor Trevor William Robbins,

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by Michael Yeo » Sat Dec 31, 2011 7:06 pm

E Michael White wrote:probably Professor Trevor William Robbins,
Correct

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:19 pm

Michael Yeo wrote: someone whose last published ECF grade was 159 (in 2000) and who was graded over 200 in the early 1970s.
His highest would have been in the 1968 grading list at 216 when he would have been between school and university. That grade ranked at 19th equal in England and Wales.

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:19 am

"Of course, in the good old days chess had a friend in Sir Stuart Milner-Barry: do we have such a friend in this day and age?"

It helped he was in charge of the Honours at one stage...

Anyone can nominate someone else - just fill in the form.
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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by Colin Patterson » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:31 pm

At the risk of sparking controversy, shouldn't the chess community be nominating Malcolm Pein for his London Chess Classic organisation (putting London/England back on the chess map and giving our top players a huge opportunity/platform) and for his Chess in Schools and the Community Campaign? Even prior to these projects, he was employing people in chess-related jobs, organising high profile visits from people like Kasparov and doing admirable work as a frontline journalist and magazine editor. Possibly his critics will say his own business interests will profit from many of these actions, but nevertheless, we depend on someone rising to these challenges, and the future of chess in this country is a huge beneficiary.

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by David Robertson » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:41 pm

Do you propose the honour to Malcolm Pein for organising the London Chess Classic? Or to the hedge fund manager for putting up the large pile of cash that makes it possible?

On a more cheery note, a founding member of Atticus Chess Club (& former flatmate and longstanding friend of mine) was honoured the other day (for services to FE). Geoff Hall (c. 180 in the mid 70s, but long inactive) is now Sir Geoffrey Hall. Fine bloke; well-deserved

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by Colin Patterson » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:28 pm

David, that's like asking me who takes credit for the fabulous Liverpool chess tournaments of 2006-8.

Central Government? The Merseyside Partnership? The Capital of Culture bidding team? Prof. David Robertson? How do I choose?

No, I'm sticking with Malc, unless some other suggestions are forthcoming.

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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by David Sedgwick » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:10 pm

John Upham wrote:Just downloaded the 2012 New Years Honours list

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/p ... rs2012.pdf

and can find no references to honours for services to chess or junior chess.
If you search for "chess" in the above link, you do indeed draw a blank.

However, everyone, including me, has hitherto overlooked that a similar search of http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/p ... ry2012.pdf produces a much more satisfying result.

From the ECF website:

"We are delighted to announce that, in the recent New Year Honours List, the OBE was awarded to Mr Brian Adam Hugh Callaghan for services to chess and tourism in Gibraltar.

Anyone who has ever had any involvement with the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival (previously the Gibtelecom International Chess Festival) will appreciate that this is a richly deserved honour.

We send our warmest congratulations to Mr Callaghan."

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Post by John Saunders » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:27 pm

Hear, hear - great news!
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Re: New Years Honours for chess

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:17 pm

E Michael White wrote:probably Professor Trevor William Robbins,
I think I played him once, or at least played in a college match that he was also playing in. Nice to see a name you recognise. Good news about the award to Mr Callaghan. I expect to read all about it in the next issues of BCM and CHESS! (Or at least see a passing mention). Agree about the suggestion for nomination - but surely this forum can come up with more nominations than that? Would the ECF awards for Services to Chess be a good place to start? Or should it be something over and above that? I see Keene's OBE for services to chess was in 1985. Looking further back in the thread, I agree with John from a few years back in this thread that Mickey Adams should be recognised in some way.

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