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by John Upham
Wed Mar 17, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Civil Service Rules
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Civil Service Rules

Thanks Alex. I assumed that this was the case.

I wonder whose bright idea it was to create such a stupid rule?
by John Upham
Wed Mar 17, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Civil Service Rules
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Civil Service Rules

Whilst researching a piece on Stuart Milner-Barry I learnt that when he married Lady Thelma in 1947 she had to immediately resign her role at the Treasury.

Apparently this was due to "Civil Service rules of the day".

Could someone explain this please?
by John Upham
Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Reginald Bonham MBE MA (31-i-1906 16-iii-1984)
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Re: ]Remembering Reginald Bonham MBE MA (31-i-1906 16-iii-1984)[

Your article mentions two post-war occasions when Bonham tied first for the British Correspondence Chess Championship. He had earlier been runner-up in the BCF's 1938 CC Championship and, most importantly, he won the 1942/43 Championship outright with 9/10, a point and a half ahead of David Hooper....
by John Upham
Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Gerald Abrahams (15-iv-1907 15-iii-1980)
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: Remembering Gerald Abrahams (15-iv-1907 15-iii-1980)

John Clarke wrote:
Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:13 pm
John - if you can enable comments on the BCN piece, there's one or two things I could add.
Apologies, Now enabled.

I could explain why I forgot to enable them but no-one would be interested!

I'm pleased to take corrections, typos etc via a pm of course.
by John Upham
Tue Mar 16, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Reginald Bonham MBE MA (31-i-1906 16-iii-1984)
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Remembering Reginald Bonham MBE MA (31-i-1906 16-iii-1984)

Remembering Reginald Bonham MBE MA (31-i-1906 16-iii-1984) Reg Bonham received the MBE for "services to the blind" in 1970 a large part of which was bringing chess to the sight-impaired community. Interestingly his sister Mary received a similar award in 1992. You might like to find other examples ...
by John Upham
Tue Mar 16, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Gerald Abrahams (15-iv-1907 15-iii-1980)
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Remembering Gerald Abrahams (15-iv-1907 15-iii-1980)

Remembering Gerald Abrahams (15-iv-1907 15-iii-1980) Gerald Abrahams was one of the strongest British amateurs for many years and an excellent writer and wit. His Not Only Chess is well worth obtaining but not easy to find. He was involved in possibly the most famous chess legal case involving a mu...
by John Upham
Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Robert Silk Tournament Games
Replies: 19
Views: 1076

Re: Robert Silk Tournament Games

JustinHorton wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:41 pm
Canterbury 1973

Mestel v Crouch 1976

Speelman v Durão 1978

Hebden v Wells 1980

Item 85 here offered (21 years ago!) around 90 scoresheets, which sounds a lot

Item 1584 here suggests that there was a bulletin for the 1976 event

Thanks Justin: much appreciated.
by John Upham
Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times Winning Move
Replies: 14
Views: 1291

Re: Times Winning Move

The daily Winning Move replaced Raymond Keene's column, but there is no indication of who chooses each position and writes the pithy commentary. Sometimes a newspaper will give a columnist's email address to encourage reaction from readers, but none is evident in this case. GM David Howell writes t...
by John Upham
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Robert Silk Tournament Games
Replies: 19
Views: 1076

Re: Robert Silk Tournament Games

Thanks. I do have all the BCMs and CHESSs from that era. It is the games I (and the databases) lack.
by John Upham
Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: General Reference Books for Chess Openings
Replies: 35
Views: 3090

Re: General Reference Books for Chess Openings

Any plans to bring out a Sixteenth Edition of Batsford Modern Chess Openings? When did the latest edition of Nunn's Chess Openings come out? I suspect that the Batsford imprint (part of Pavillion Books) is no longer in the market for this type of book and probably nor is any other publisher. Thankf...
by John Upham
Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Registered Coaches Scheme
Replies: 6
Views: 796

Re: Registered Coaches Scheme

Rob, This is an excellent initiative. May I suggest you add "Elite" as a label over and above for the very "best" coaches or at least those coaching much stronger pupils. Of course there are excellent coaches working with much lower rated and experienced students. I feel somewhat embarrassed to have...
by John Upham
Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Best Wishes GM Dr. Jonathan Mestel (13-iii-1957)
Replies: 11
Views: 1133

Re: Best Wishes GM Dr. Jonathan Mestel (13-iii-1957)

Nick Burrows wrote:
Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:09 am
Some amazing games!
I really was spoilt for choice.

A book of best games is very much merited.
by John Upham
Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Adverts
Topic: WANTED - Chess book collections
Replies: 2
Views: 582

Re: WANTED - Chess book collections

Adam Raoof has been keen to mention his current sale of 2,000 chess books on various Facebook groups.
by John Upham
Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Best Wishes GM Dr. Jonathan Mestel (13-iii-1957)
Replies: 11
Views: 1133

Re: Best Wishes GM Dr. Jonathan Mestel (13-iii-1957)

I've have added details of the infamous "Brenda O'Randall incident" at Portsmouth 1976 So Leonard Barden got his revenge in a later Guardian column by reporting that Jonathan was wasting his time at Cambridge doing 'research into anagrams'. This highly academic study should surely have produced the...
by John Upham
Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Best Wishes GM Dr. Jonathan Mestel (13-iii-1957)
Replies: 11
Views: 1133

Re: Best Wishes GM Dr. Jonathan Mestel (13-iii-1957)

I've have added further studies kindly supplied by Brian Stephenson plus a few more photos. :D