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by Tim Harding
Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Game score errors and discrepancies
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Re: Game score errors and discrepancies

The single most useful thing would be if ChessBase employed somebody full-time to fix mistakes in their databases, because so many people use them and they make so much money out of them. Such an employee, who should have historical training and a real desire to do the job properly, would need to tr...
by Tim Harding
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:18 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Where was James Mason born?
Replies: 38
Views: 2339

Re: Where was James Mason born?

EDIT: I said I was going to post the text from the Cheltenham Examiner article that Gerard requested but I see John Saunders has done it first.

I don't know who S.J. S. was but the column's editor was W. S. Branch, who was not always reliable.
by Tim Harding
Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Where was James Mason born?
Replies: 38
Views: 2339

Re: Where was James Mason born?

... 1888 Mason sojourned in Dublin - “CHESS CELEBRITY IN DUBLIN Mr James Mason, the chess-player, is in Dublin and can be seen daily in play in the newly opened Chess Divan and Café of Mr J. Morphy at No. 79 Grafton Street. In addition to simultaneous games and general play, Mr Mason has undertaken...
by Tim Harding
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Game score errors and discrepancies
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Game score errors and discrepancies

I have just posted the first in what is planned to be a new series of articles about errors and discrepancies in 19th century games as published in some databases and books. http://www.chessmail.com/history/Fix-database-intro.html introduces the general problem and links to the substantive article (...
by Tim Harding
Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Where was James Mason born?
Replies: 38
Views: 2339

Re: Where was James Mason born?

Thanks for that. Strangely Ancestry.com doesn't find this record through its search engine. I eventually found it in enumeration district 41. I agree this is conclusive evidence for his Irish birth, but I would like to know where the Kilkenny story came from. Have you read the discussion about this...
by Tim Harding
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Chess Library closure
Replies: 177
Views: 24014

Re: National Chess Library closure

The latest statement on the ECF library would appear to be the following item from the board's strategy statement presented to the AGM in October this year: "Work with De Montfort University Leicester to manage the transfer of the library from the Office to the DMU Special Collections facility." It...
by Tim Harding
Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior Tournaments in 2021
Replies: 35
Views: 3935

Re: Senior Tournaments in 2021

I am thinking that players who have not had their second vaccination at least a week before travelling would be unwise to go, and even then it's not certain, is it, that they cannot infect others even if they don't get sick? (Astra Zeneca seems to be better on that score according to latest reports....
by Tim Harding
Thu Feb 04, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior Tournaments in 2021
Replies: 35
Views: 3935

Re: Senior Tournaments in 2021

Thanks for the tip. My pages are updated today and the English regulations (PDF) for both ACO events can be downloaded from my website or theirs. It may be that enough British players will have been vaccinated by May for the earlier event to get sufficient entries in May but I won't be surprised if ...
by Tim Harding
Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: Senior Tournaments in 2021
Replies: 35
Views: 3935

Re: Senior Tournaments in 2021

I updated my Seniors news and calendar pages at www.chessmail.com today. The Bad Woerishofen organisers were to have made an announcement on Monday about whether their festival in early March (which includes a Senior tournament) can go ahead next month but they have now postponed this to 10 February...
by Tim Harding
Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New in Chess & BREXIT
Replies: 65
Views: 5099

Re: New in Chess & BREXIT

I am not sure that there will be much difference to NiC's audience outside Europe which is probably quite big already. What I mainly disagree with is your opinion that chess players should view the development positively. I would much prefer chess magazines especially the important ones (like NiC) t...
by Tim Harding
Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New in Chess & BREXIT
Replies: 65
Views: 5099

Re: New in Chess & BREXIT

That is not especially good news from an independent media point of view. My predictions 1. The quality will be maintained 2. The price will go up 3. There will be increasing digitization 4. There will be an increasing audience for NIC outside of Europe You can see what the PlayMagnus Group is tryi...
by Tim Harding
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: New in Chess & BREXIT
Replies: 65
Views: 5099

Re: New in Chess & BREXIT

According to TWIC Magnus Carlsen (or specifically the Play Magnus Group) has just bought New in Chess . Judging by the comments above, I guess the magazine was struggling to survive. I don't see how you come to that conclusion. New in Chess has a worldwide market for its magazine and other services...
by Tim Harding
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:14 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Samuel Boden (04-v-1826 13-i-1882)
Replies: 1
Views: 408

Re: Remembering Samuel Boden (04-v-1826 13-i-1882)

Somebody asked in the comments on your website, who drew that illustration of Boden.

I couldn't name him but I did reply (there) that it was first published in the Westminster Papers in 1876.

Probably the same artist did all the WP sketches. Does anyone know who it was?
by Tim Harding
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: What's wrong with the software?
Replies: 20
Views: 1417

Re: What's wrong with the software?

If the cursor hovers over a pawn or piece, isn't that touch move? No more than a hand hovering over a piece would be in an OTB game. You could argue, and I'm sure it would be easy to program, that clicking on a piece constitutes touching it. I don't think it would be fair to consider it touch move....
by Tim Harding
Mon Feb 01, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering Edith Baird (née Winter-Wood) (22-ii-1859 01-ii-1924)
Replies: 5
Views: 605

Re: Remembering Edith Baird (née Winter-Wood) (22-ii-1859 01-ii-1924)

The Gittins book used to be available to download in Google Books but has (like so many others in recent years) fallen foul of some reprint house paying Google after which they withdraw it. I wonder how much Google charge for that, and do they share the money with the libraries from which they scann...