British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Post by John Saunders » Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:20 am

More excellent detective work: thank you, Gerard and Richard. (I tried but didn't even come close to solving 'Løye'.) As in other branches of chess excellence, we need a way to honour top performers. Rather than the tired old master/grandmaster formula, perhaps detective sergeant/inspector/superintendent, with 'chief' added where appropriate. Couple of clear DCS norms here, I feel. Or maybe a ShErLOck rating system?

I have amended the games Loye-Beamish and Brown-Whittard on Britbase with the full names found, and added some notes. (N.B. Although I would have liked to refer to Løye as Løye in game notes, which seems to work OK in ChessBase, it causes a problem in text-based PGN files so I have left references to him as 'Loye'.)
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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Post by Gerard Killoran » Sun Aug 23, 2015 11:18 am

Don't worry John, Løye is printed as Loye in several Danish club publications of the time.

Which can be found here http://www.kobenhavnsskakunion.dk/ksuarkiv/

Løye/Loye played for a club called Handels og Kontorist-Foreningen Skakforening (H.K.S.) in Copenhagen until the late 40s, so the the place and the dates all match up.

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Post by Gerard Killoran » Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:14 pm

A quick loss in the same year...


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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Post by Brian Denman » Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:46 pm

I am returning to the subject of Edward Empson Middleton and wondered if Richard James has any thoughts on the following: John Edward Empson Middleton was born in London in 1925 and there was also a daughter, Patricia A Middleton, who was also born in the city about three years later. There is also a mention in the Surrey electoral register of Edward Middleton living with his wife, Adelaide Mary (nee Digby- Smith) in Spelthorne, Surrey in 1930.

The son, John, who died at Normandy in 1944, was quoted as having a home address in Transvaal, South Africa. What I cannot be sure of is whether Edward Middleton and his wife ever went to live in South Africa. Any thoughts, Richard, on how I might find this out?

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Post by Richard James » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:42 pm

Brian Denman wrote: The son, John, who died at Normandy in 1944, was quoted as having a home address in Transvaal, South Africa. What I cannot be sure of is whether Edward Middleton and his wife ever went to live in South Africa. Any thoughts, Richard, on how I might find this out?
Well, the South African War Graves record which I linked to above gives Edward and Adelaide living in the Transvaal but I don't know when they arrived or how long they stayed there. I can't find any travel records and there's a shortage of South African material online.

In 1929 they were living in Egham, Surrey. The houses in their road are mostly detached bungalows or chalets. By the following year they'd crossed Staines Bridge to Ashford, Middlesex, where they were living in a rather less desirable road. This suggests they might have had some financial problems. It looks as if EEM Jnr also had financial problems in 1923 concerning his hosiery business. He did seem to move around a lot and may well have had various business interests, not all of which were successful.

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Post by Brian Denman » Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:58 pm

Thanks for this, Richard. I had felt that the punctuation in the South African graves report left it ambiguous as to whether it was just the son, who lived in the country or the parents also.

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Post by Gerard Killoran » Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:25 pm

I happened to come across this game which is not yet in Britbase:



However I think the real find is the following match report where the star all-rounder turned out to be the notorious Harry Bogdanor...
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'Applegarth' refers to Willie Applegarth the Olympic Gold Medal sprinter.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Applegarth

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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Post by Gerard Killoran » Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:01 pm

Crooked pharmacist 'Dirty' Harry Bogdanor took time off between court appearances to edit a chess column in East London Observer, here's an example where he chooses one of of his own games from Cheltenham 1913. The game is nothing special, but has a very neat finish.


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Re: British Championship, Cheltenham 1913

Post by Barry Sandercock » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:22 pm

What happened to Harry Bogdanor ? He used to play on top board, I was on 2nd. in my first chess club in the 1940`s, Uxbridge Chess club. This is the first time I have seen anything about him since those far off days.

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