Chess history trivia

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Barry Sandercock » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:51 pm

I have 1:0 against Luke McShane. He was only 8 at the time and had just won the World Under 10 Championship at Duisburg. You have to catch them young to beat these future Grand Masters !

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Post by Michael Farthing » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:55 pm

Could be. I'm rather hoping I bagged another one during last year!

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Gerard Killoran » Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:59 pm

The Rook is an important piece in chess, but can you name a minor English chess player and problemist whose middle name was Raven?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Barry Sandercock » Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:09 pm

Henry Bird ?

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:24 am

"Henry Bird ?"

Great answer! But I'm sure it's wrong...

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Post by Gary Kenworthy » Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:32 pm

H E Bird was not a minor player, at all.

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Post by Gary Kenworthy » Fri Sep 30, 2016 8:41 pm

Sure Mickey also won Hitchen 1988, he was 244J. He played Julian Hodgson next round,(draw) after my game. Joint winners. So, yes rather over 200!

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Gerard Killoran » Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:30 am

Barry Sandercock wrote:Henry Bird ?
Nice try.

Coincidentally, our man (who hailed from Norwich) also had a surname which ended with a male bird.

Another clue, his initials were F. R. A.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Richard James » Sat Oct 01, 2016 11:22 am

A BMD search locates Frank Raven Adcock, born Swaffham, Norfolk 1870, died Norwich 1949.

There are 8 problems (6 #2, 2 #3) on the MESON database.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Gerard Killoran » Sat Oct 01, 2016 2:01 pm

F. R. (Frank Raven) Adcock of Norwich it is. Well done.

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Post by Gary Kenworthy » Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:06 pm

What was the gallantry medal that --- Ksawery Grigoriewitsch Tartakower --- received in WW!?

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Post by Gary Kenworthy » Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:06 pm

The picture with medals. Note a Combat gallantry medal, from the horrible war on the East front.
Before, he was a staff officer in Vienna. A highly intelligent man.

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Geoff Chandler » Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:22 am

"H E Bird was not a minor player, at all."

He was a Myna Bird!

Here is a question with a genuine answer. It's from a WWII BCM.

Name the Chess player whose book shop was bombed in WWII on the same day as his house was bombed in a separate raid.

He repaired the house but the Germans came back and bombed it again.

Undeterred the chess player went to Bath. And yes the Germans sought him out and once again bombed him homeless.

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An Easy One:

Name the famous Chess player who had a mountain named after him.
(the mountain in question is actually a 500 foot hill but 'Mount' was added to it.)

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Geoff Chandler » Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:19 pm

Good. Stumped you all.

The bombed player was a Mr Redway. see The December 1940 BCM pp 393-394

Mount Alekhine. See BCM December 1996 Quotes and Queries.

Or if you want to see where I got them from. A wee gold mine of historic stuff.

A LETTER TO BERT (A medley about chess libraries, dealers and collectors) by Bob Meadley.

http://www.cs.unibo.it/~cianca/wwwpages ... ToBert.pdf

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Re: Chess history trivia

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:23 am

"Or if you want to see where I got them from. A wee gold mine of historic stuff.

A LETTER TO BERT (A medley about chess libraries, dealers and collectors) by Bob Meadley.

http://www.cs.unibo.it/~cianca/wwwpages ... ToBert.pdf"

Wow - thanks for that.

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