A fragment from Chester 1934

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A fragment from Chester 1934

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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:07 pm

Any particular reason for posting this?

(ie more information about the players/game/event/etc)
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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:23 pm

Maybe the name of Esme Budge is similar to that of Mary Rudge (mentioned in another thread)? :D

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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by Mick Norris » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:26 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:07 pm
Any particular reason for posting this?

(ie more information about the players/game/event/etc)
Presumably the British
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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by John Saunders » Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:46 pm

Mick has divined right. Gerard's intention was twofold: to inform me (so that I would add the fragment to the 1934 British Championship page on BritBase - which I have done) and to provide a snippet of historical interest for the rest of the forum. Or even threefold: I'm not sure I had a forename for Miss EM Reid of Leicester previously (she also played in 1935). Now I have. Thanks, Gerard.
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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by Richard James » Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:58 pm

John Saunders wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:46 pm
Mick has divined right. Gerard's intention was twofold: to inform me (so that I would add the fragment to the 1934 British Championship page on BritBase - which I have done) and to provide a snippet of historical interest for the rest of the forum. Or even threefold: I'm not sure I had a forename for Miss EM Reid of Leicester previously (she also played in 1935). Now I have. Thanks, Gerard.
And in 1936 Elsie M Reid married Alfred Lenton, who shared first place in the 1934 Major Open Reserves before going on to bigger and better things later in the decade.

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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by John Saunders » Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:54 pm

Richard James wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:58 pm

And in 1936 Elsie M Reid married Alfred Lenton, who shared first place in the 1934 Major Open Reserves before going on to bigger and better things later in the decade.
More useful info. Thanks, Richard.
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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by Richard James » Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:41 pm

John Saunders wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:54 pm
Richard James wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 5:58 pm

And in 1936 Elsie M Reid married Alfred Lenton, who shared first place in the 1934 Major Open Reserves before going on to bigger and better things later in the decade.
More useful info. Thanks, Richard.
As it happens I've done quite a lot of research into the Lenton family. I met Alfred a couple of times in second hand bookshops while researching The Complete Chess Addict, and, although I wasn't aware of the connection at the time, I'd played his son twice while I was studying in Leicester.

My 3rd great grandmother was Ann Lenton, and I can trace both Ann and Alfred's families back to the neighbouring villages of Kibworth Beauchamp and Smeeton Westerby. Although I can't go back far enough to find a direct connection, they were almost certainly originally from the same family, so I think it's reasonable for me to claim Alfred as a kinsman.

Elsie Margaret Reid (later Lenton) was born 20 May 1909 and died Q3 1991, both in Leicester. In the 1939 Register she was working as a Hosiery Terrot Machinist. The Terrot was a circular knitting machine first produced by Charles Terrot in 1862. You learn something new every day. In her mid 20s and from a modest background, she must have been quite different from most of the other participants, but as she scored 6/11 she was clearly a decent player. Perhaps Alfred had taught her - or maybe she taught him.

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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by Richard James » Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:23 pm

Sad to say, in the first round of the World Cheese Championship, Miss Reid (Leicester) fell victim to a sacrificial attack by MN Tal.

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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by Gerard Killoran » Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:54 pm

Alfred Lenton was the editor of the Leicester Evening Mail chess column.

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In passing, can I point out that Leicester had a player with the name, 'A. E. Passant'. I hope he gave his child the initials 'E. N.'.

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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:40 pm

"Sad to say, in the first round of the World Cheese Championship, Miss Reid (Leicester) fell victim to a sacrificial attack by MN Tal."

Those of us living near Cheddar enjoyed that...

"In passing, can I point out that Leicester had a player with the name, 'A. E. Passant'. I hope he gave his child the initials 'E. N.'."

And that!

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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by Gerard Killoran » Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:48 pm

A game of two halves.


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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by Richard James » Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:20 pm

Gerard Killoran wrote:
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:48 pm
A game of two halves.



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Many thanks, Gerard. You've made my life complete! Up to now I'd only seen the end of this game. (Just going through Alf Lenton's columns but hadn't reached this game yet.

While Lenton was a kinsman of my father, one of Noel-Johnson's brothers married a fourth cousin of my mother.

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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by John Saunders » Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:44 pm

Two pieces of a jigsaw neatly slotted together. Duly added to BritBase. Many thanks, Gerard.
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Re: A fragment from Chester 1934

Post by Gerard Killoran » Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:44 pm

Alfred Lenton comes up trumps again with two games from Brighton 1938




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