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by Tim Harding
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 67
Views: 4241

Re: The ACO is back!

It's not the ACO fake World Amateur "Championship" I object to - I agree any such designation is somewhat absurd.
It's their claim to run a World Senior Championship.
by Tim Harding
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New books by Short & Adams
Replies: 3
Views: 746

Re: New books by Short & Adams

Yes those future titles are mentioned in the Quality Chess catalogue PDF but I suspect that document is largely aspirational. For news of titles actually likely to materialise in the next two to six months you do better to look at their Coming Soon page and sometimes their blog. Maybe somebody shoul...
by Tim Harding
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 67
Views: 4241

Re: The ACO is back!

I'm not sure that "parasitical" really makes sense for something like a rating system; you don't in any meaningful sense use up FIDE's resources by using its ratings for your tournament. Well it is parasitical in the sense that if they didn't piggy-back on FIDE and national ratings they would not b...
by Tim Harding
Fri Mar 26, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 67
Views: 4241

Re: The ACO is back!

Presumably FIDE would be willing to rate ACO events if and only if: a) ACO stopped designating their events as "world championships" (but they are unlikely to because it's their marketing ploy); b) Rating fees were paid and results submitted through the appropriate national federation; c) FIDE-licen...
by Tim Harding
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: The ACO is back!
Replies: 67
Views: 4241

Re: The ACO is back!

I get the strong impression (as before) that all these plugs for ACO should be moved to the Adverts section of the Forum
by Tim Harding
Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Peter Markland
Replies: 38
Views: 3631

Re: Peter Markland

I am not sure if Peter Markland got a second FIDE norm somewhere but his performance at Wijk aan Zee B 1973, which I mentioned earlier, was far short of a norm and I think if he was close to getting a title subsequently I would have known it, We were doing analytical work together around 19874-75 fo...
by Tim Harding
Fri Mar 19, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of women's chess
Replies: 13
Views: 704

Re: History of women's chess

Was Miss Hooke related to George Archer Hooke? I was impressed that the Ladies club managed to play a match a week approximately, which would require some organization. They played some Civil Service teams in 1898. Yes, they were sister and brother. See, for example, https://www.saund.co.uk/britbas...
by Tim Harding
Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Critical Period of Cambridge Chess
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Re: The Critical Period of Cambridge Chess

Yes it is just an article in the BCM Annual not a book.
by Tim Harding
Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: History of women's chess
Replies: 13
Views: 704

Re: History of women's chess

I think the London Ladies Chess Club is quite well known and Rhoda Bowles was one of its leading lights. Her column in Womanhood magazine ran for several years and organised quite a few correspondence tournaments in which both women and men competed. There is a fair bit about all this in my book Cor...
by Tim Harding
Tue Mar 16, 2021 2:04 pm
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 Tim Harding
Mon Mar 15, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times Winning Move
Replies: 14
Views: 1286

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 Tim Harding
Sat Mar 13, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Where was James Mason born?
Replies: 38
Views: 2339

Re: Where was James Mason born?

John Townsend wrote:
Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:48 am
Could anyone point me to a specimen of James Mason's signature, please. I'd like to compare it with the signature on another document.

Thanks and regards,

John
Hastings 1895 tournament book (ed. Cheshire) below his photo, facing page 19
by Tim Harding
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 736
Views: 65802

Re: Chess history trivia

Alexander Alekhine's Chess Games, 1902-1946 eds Leonard M. Skinner and Robert G. P. Verhoeven (McFarland 1998), Over 800 pages, 2543 games, surely this is THE book on Alekhine.
by Tim Harding
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 736
Views: 65802

Re: Chess history trivia

What links the encounter Foerder (also known as Porath) v Alekhine at the 1935 Warsaw Olympiad, and the correspondence game Simagin v Sokolsky from circa 1965/66? The dates might just be a clue here to the initiated...... Was the Alekhine game the first to be published by B.H. Wood in his Chess mag...
by Tim Harding
Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior Tournaments in 2021
Replies: 35
Views: 3935

Re: Senior Tournaments in 2021

I would be very surprised if the Poles host the EU Senior Teams this year and the individuals (which were to have been held there in April 2020) look doubtful to me. Bad Woerishofen is now definitely off this year, scheduled to return March 2022. Since the UK is well ahead of most countries (other t...