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by John Saunders
Sat May 15, 2021 12:42 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Aitken Game 658 (a mystery)
Replies: 37
Views: 1600

Re: Aitken Game 658 (a mystery)

Geoff, I am interested in games between PH Clarke and Dr Aitken. Can you help? (Rewriting my biography of Peter) James The games input so far are available for download at BritBase: https://www.saund.org.uk/britbase/pgn/aitkenj-viewer.html They are being input and published systematically, book by ...
by John Saunders
Sun May 02, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Aitken Game 658 (a mystery)
Replies: 37
Views: 1600

Re: Aitken Game 658 (a mystery)

See how he does 'I' in 'I had White' it looks the second letter of the black player. HIL (?) Yes, but in the index image I don't think that middle letter could be a capital I. The more I look at it, the more I think it's H5 (something) in both cases. Harry the h-pawn gets everywhere, doesn't he? (G...
by John Saunders
Sun May 02, 2021 9:57 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Aitken Game 658 (a mystery)
Replies: 37
Views: 1600

Re: Aitken Game 658 (a mystery)

We may know who or what H stands for by this evening. :lol: :lol: Yes, that joke had occurred to me too! (I guess a lot of us are watching Line of Duty - perhaps it deserves a thread of its own under 'Not Chess' to see if a chess players' collective can figure out what's going to happen). Some very...
by John Saunders
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Simultaneous Displays
Replies: 42
Views: 2466

Re: Simultaneous Displays

IM Jack Rudd wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:27 pm
I'm very happy to do simuls, or will be once life returns to normal.
Or, indeed, play in simuls - Gibraltar 2015, playing Salome Melia & Jovi Houska (Tandem Simul)
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by John Saunders
Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Simultaneous Displays
Replies: 42
Views: 2466

Re: Simultaneous Displays

"... and if you click on the link you can also see a reproduction If The Times front page story of a Karpov simul from the 70s. Imagine that happening now" When I played Karjakin, the Sunday Telegraph (I think) covered it on an early page (roundabout 2-4ish), I read the report and then looked at th...
by John Saunders
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Ian Brooke
Replies: 1
Views: 680

Re: Ian Brooke

That's sad news. I knew Ian from the December 1998 Oxford International Congress (two GM tournaments and one IM tournament). Ian kindly hosted me and Richard Furness. (Richard was chief arbiter whilst I was webmaster/game inputter.) He came across as a calm and capable man and it's clear that he was...
by John Saunders
Tue Apr 27, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1919 BCF Victory Congress at Hastings
Replies: 12
Views: 830

Re: 1919 BCF Victory Congress at Hastings

John, the interview was noted in Edward Winter's book on Capablanca (1989): on page 98, Pussyfooter appears in inverted commas - which I believe is faithful to the text in the Observer. That supports its interpretation as a special piece of terminology, as opposed to the common or garden pussyfoote...
by John Saunders
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1919 BCF Victory Congress at Hastings
Replies: 12
Views: 830

Re: 1919 BCF Victory Congress at Hastings

I presume that Mormon must relate here to the Mormon restriction on not consuming alcohol of any kind. Possibly there is some intended irony involving the fact that Utah, the 'Mormon' state, had been one of the last to ratify the 18th Amendment (Prohibition) earlier that year in January 1919 - but ...
by John Saunders
Mon Apr 26, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: 1919 BCF Victory Congress at Hastings
Replies: 12
Views: 830

1919 BCF Victory Congress at Hastings

I've just uploaded to BritBase a file of games, crosstables and reports on the 1919 BCF Victory Congress at Hastings... https://www.saund.org.uk/britbase/pgn/191908bcf-viewer.html Most of the games have been in the public domain for some time but I managed to track down a few that haven't been digit...
by John Saunders
Sun Apr 25, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: West London Chess Club Gazette
Replies: 12
Views: 1032

Re: West London Chess Club Gazette

I note that number 51 mentions D Rabinovitch, that I think later became D Raeburn of Mitcham? There is also an intriguing comment about a dispute, "AJ Duke said (deleted by typist.)" I note too in 52, a mention of Dr Creed, later to play for Redhill, also mention of young stars like Frank Parr and ...
by John Saunders
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...
Replies: 52
Views: 4154

Re: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...

P.S. an amendment just applied to the latest Aitken download. Game 569, dated 18 January 1952 - should be Alfred Mortlock (not Matlock). (There was a substantial forum thread about Alfred Mortlock a decade or so ago.)
by John Saunders
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...
Replies: 52
Views: 4154

Re: James Macrae Aitken and the good news is...

Now that Geoff has access to all the Aitken scorebooks, the project to digitise the games is moving forward again. Geoff has input Book 12... https://www.saund.org.uk/britbase/pgn/aitkenj-viewer.html The number of game entries is now up to 994, with 27 games from the period Autumn 1951 to Spring 195...
by John Saunders
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928
Replies: 10
Views: 1036

Re: Missing Game Score: Yates - Mansfield, Cheltenham, 1928

I've now updated the Comins Mansfield page on BritBase to correct the dates when games were played... https://www.saund.org.uk/britbase/pgn/mansfieldc-viewer.html I have also added a crosstable (which I worked out for myself but it also tallies with the table in Tony's booklet). I echo what David wr...
by John Saunders
Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess on TV
Replies: 275
Views: 46923

Re: Chess on TV

It is from a game I played as an 18 year old and I provided it for the director. Sorry, I have never learnt how to put it on the site. Peter Byre (Westminster City School) v Stewart Reuben (William Ellis School) London Schools League 1957. I was 18. From memory 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e3 0-0 5...
by John Saunders
Thu Mar 04, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Nancy Elder MBE (25-v-1915 04-iii-1981)
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: Remembering Nancy Elder MBE (25-v-1915 04-iii-1981)

They [the Scottish Chess Championships] are now open to both men and women – but no woman has ever entered the Scottish championship itself. The 1935 Scottish Chess Championship was a six-player all-play-all, won by Dr Aitken. One of the six competitors was Mary Dinorah Gilchrist, who finished fifth.