At Last! The 1961 Grading List...

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Post by John Saunders » Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:06 pm

Downloads for all the British Championship games for the 1960s appear on BritBase on this page, except for 1960, 1961 and 1964 when I don't think bulletins were produced. Though I would love to be proved wrong about that: does anybody know better? I am systematically working my way through British Championships at BritBase, adding games, game viewers, crosstables, results and the occasional photo. I have worked my way from 1904 to 1951 so far and I will come to 1966 within a few weeks. In my database I have only 23 games for 1960, 29 for 1961 and 45 for 1964, so if anyone has any games or material for those years in particular I would be very grateful. I have already given the years 1967-69 a full make-over, with game viewers and full results, in order to coincide with a series of articles I wrote for CHESS.
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Post by John Saunders » Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:55 pm

Ray Collett has also sent me the 1963-64 West of England Chess Union Grading List, in PDF format. I have uploaded it to BritBase here. It is a bit hard to read in places: I have done the best I can to improve the contrast of the scan and to remove the greyness of the background.
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Post by John Saunders » Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:17 pm

I've revived this thread as I have published another old grading list on BritBase.

http://www.saund.co.uk/rgs/pdfs/viewer. ... nglist.pdf

This is the 1954 BCF Grading List as published in CHESS Magazine, 27 November 1954, pages 119-121, with some editorial comments appended by B.H. Wood. I've scanned it in, applied a few minor amendments to typos, and decoded the old-style grading categories.

Not too many of those names are still with us. But a few are - Penrose, Barden, Franklin, Cafferty, Gibbs, Sunnucks, Farrand, for starters. Hope people enjoy this further trip down memory lane.

[Later edited to include LWB]
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Post by Michael Farthing » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:18 pm

Ummmm, John!!!! There's a cetain 2a player not only with us but a member of our august Forum. What has happened to L W Barden?

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Post by David Sedgwick » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:07 pm

Former BCF President J Poole is another still with us.

And is M Rose (Glasgow) the same person as the well known M Rose (Athenaeum)?

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Post by John Saunders » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:29 pm

Oops! I thought I had written Leonard's name in that little list. :oops: Sorry, Leonard!
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Post by John Saunders » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:32 pm

Chris Howell points out that Jim (JB) Howson is still around and still playing good chess. I think he's around 85.
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Post by Leonard Barden » Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:37 pm

John Saunders wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:29 pm
Oops! I thought I had written Leonard's name in that little list. :oops: Sorry, Leonard!
I did check to make sure I was still breathing.....

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Post by John Moore » Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:36 am

John Saunders wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:32 pm
Chris Howell points out that Jim (JB) Howson is still around and still playing good chess. I think he's around 85.
Jim played on Wednesday night for Writtle in the top of the table Essex League clash against Wanstead and won a good game on Board 8 against a player graded 162.

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Post by Julie Denning » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:00 am

Down in the 5a group is L J (John) Cannon, who is still an active player and Chairman of Horsham Chess Club. He's shown as "Newcastle" in the 1954 list, which will have been during his university days. Amongst his achievements has been over 500 appearances in County Championship matches.

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Post by John Clarke » Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:58 pm

Quite a few familiar names there, one or two of whom I played back in the day (some little time after 1954, though!), with fortunes that were mixed to say the least.

Interesting to see a US Air Force sergeant among the 3b's. Would that be the Ken Smith who went on later to write a number of openings monographs, and even got his name attached to the Smith-Morra Gambit?
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Re: At Last! The 1961 Grading List...

Post by Leonard Barden » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:21 pm

John Clarke wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:58 pm
Quite a few familiar names there, one or two of whom I played back in the day (some little time after 1954, though!), with fortunes that were mixed to say the least.

Interesting to see a US Air Force sergeant among the 3b's. Would that be the Ken Smith who went on later to write a number of openings monographs, and even got his name attached to the Smith-Morra Gambit?
That was indeed the same Ken Smith. I played him in the 1953 British Lightning Championship, which he attended in his USAF uniform.

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