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Post by John Upham » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:26 pm

Who was the youngest (to become titled) British chess player to author a physical chess book that was published ?
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Post by Roger de Coverly » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:41 pm

John Upham wrote:
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Who was the youngest (to become titled) British chess player to author a physical chess book that was published ?
Ray Keene with the first edition of "Flank Openings" would be in with a shout.

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Post by John Upham » Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:59 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:41 pm
John Upham wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:26 pm
Who was the youngest (to become titled) British chess player to author a physical chess book that was published ?
Ray Keene with the first edition of "Flank Openings" would be in with a shout.
Flank Openings was originally published by British Chess Magazine in 1967.

RDK was in his first year at Trinity College so I assume it was written in the gap between Dulwich College and Trinity and Ray would have been 18-19 when it was written / published.

So, RDK was my thought. Any other suggestions?
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Post by Neil Blackburn » Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:44 pm

Michael Adams!?. Just a thought, and probably a wrong one!!!🤣

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Post by John Upham » Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:16 pm

Neil Blackburn wrote:
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Michael Adams!?. Just a thought, and probably a wrong one!!!🤣
Neil,

I guess you are referring to

"Development of a Grandmaster" first published by Pergamon Chess in 1991.

Michael would have been aged 19/20 when it was published so its a close call but I think RDK was younger by more or less one year.

Good shout however!
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Post by John Upham » Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:29 pm

My attention has been drawn (by James Pratt) to CN 662 from EG Winter :
Bob Meadley informs us that Murray Chandler (born 4th April 1960) brought out "A White Pawn in Europe" in 1975, giving his games at the World Junior Championship in Yugoslavia and English tourneys August- November 1975
which would make MG 15 or so at the time. :D

I had never seen (or even heard) of this book before JDP mentioned it to me.

I will email MG to enquire further.

Meanwhile...

http://newzealandchess.co.nz/nzchessmag ... part1.html
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Post by MJMcCready » Thu Jan 28, 2021 5:24 pm

But I think he was still a kiwi at that time, so I'm not sure how that would qualify.

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Post by David Sedgwick » Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:44 pm

MJMcCready wrote:
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But I think he was still a kiwi at that time, so I'm not sure how that would qualify.
The wording of the question is "Who was the youngest (to become titled) British chess player to author a physical chess book that was published?"

Change the wording slightly to "Who was the youngest (to become titled British) chess player to author a physical chess book that was published?"

... and Chandler would qualify.

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Post by MJMcCready » Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:26 am

Yes agreed...could also throw in blonde, so who was the youngest blonde (to become titled British) antipodean duffel coat wearing chess player to author a physical chess book without the use of spectacles, which was then published.

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Post by John Upham » Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:43 am

Murray has kindly sent me a scan of his first book :

Written at the age of 15
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A White Pawn in Europe, Murray Chandler, 1975
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Post by MJMcCready » Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:17 am

And which sire of Lincolnshire, self-titled player, celebrated & well-loved author once began a column with the sentence 'All tournament controllers, like grouse, were born to be shot at' in the very same decade as Murray's publication?

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Post by Kevin Thurlow » Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:50 pm

And I am indebted to Damian Lemos, who informs us that Daniel Naroditsky (USA) wrote his first chess book aged 14. DN is an engaging presenter of ichess courses. I know he's not British, but it's quite interesting.

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Post by Gerard Killoran » Fri Feb 26, 2021 1:47 pm

MJMcCready wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:17 am
And which sire of Lincolnshire, self-titled player, celebrated & well-loved author once began a column with the sentence 'All tournament controllers, like grouse, were born to be shot at' in the very same decade as Murray's publication?
For more about this question, read https://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/copying.html and scroll to the end of the page.

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Post by John Upham » Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:21 pm

MJMcCready wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:17 am
And which sire of Lincolnshire, self-titled player, celebrated & well-loved author once began a column with the sentence 'All tournament controllers, like grouse, were born to be shot at' in the very same decade as Murray's publication?
I am going out on a limb here but would suggest

Geoffrey Harber Diggle aka 'Badmaster'.

I fully expect to be shot down in flames.
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Post by MJMcCready » Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:16 pm

It was him alright, and perhaps uncoincidentally, the funniest man to have written about chess (methinks).

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