Remembering Harold Lommer (18-xi-1904 17-xii-1980)

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Remembering Harold Lommer (18-xi-1904 17-xii-1980)

Post by John Upham » Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:51 pm

Born in Islington, relocated to Geneva, then to Hammersmith and then to Valencia, Spain.

Recorded as a Foreign Correspondent (for what organ?) and became owner of the famous Mandrake Club frequented by Anthony Dickins amongst others.

Another Bohemian of the problem world...

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Remembering Harold Lommer (18-xi-1904 17-xii-1980)


We have seen only two photographs of HML unless you know differently. :D


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Re: Remembering Harold Lommer (18-xi-1904 17-xii-1980)

Post by David Sedgwick » Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:41 pm

1...Qf6+; 2. Kb1, Rc1+; 3. Rxc1, Qa1+; $.Kxa1, dxc1(Q)+; 5. Bb1, Qc3#

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Re: Remembering Harold Lommer (18-xi-1904 17-xii-1980)

Post by John Clarke » Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:33 pm

A bit disappointed to find there seems to be no way to add a comment to that BCN profile. I was going to mention Bruce Hayden's pen-portrait of Lommer in Cabbage Heads And Chess Kings (and before that in Chess Review). Also the entertaining story behind a study where under-promotion to B is necessary for a win, while using a minimum white force of K+P (related by Lommer's friend and fellow endgame study enthusiast Heinrich Fraenkel, writing as "Assiac", in The Delights Of Chess).
"The chess-board is the world ..... the player on the other side is hidden from us ..... he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance."
(He doesn't let you resign and start again, either.)

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Post by John Upham » Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:07 pm

John Clarke wrote:
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:33 pm
A bit disappointed to find there seems to be no way to add a comment to that BCN profile. I was going to mention Bruce Hayden's pen-portrait of Lommer in Cabbage Heads And Chess Kings (and before that in Chess Review). Also the entertaining story behind a study where under-promotion to B is necessary for a win, while using a minimum white force of K+P (related by Lommer's friend and fellow endgame study enthusiast Heinrich Fraenkel, writing as "Assiac", in The Delights Of Chess).
John,

Comments are enabled. Could you try again please?

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Re: Remembering Harold Lommer (18-xi-1904 17-xii-1980)

Post by John Clarke » Mon Dec 21, 2020 8:57 am

John Upham wrote:
Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:07 pm
John,

Comments are enabled. Could you try again please?

J.
Thanks, John. I've now posted my two penn'orth. The Lasker connections should be of interest to some.
"The chess-board is the world ..... the player on the other side is hidden from us ..... he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance."
(He doesn't let you resign and start again, either.)

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