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John Saunders


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16/09/17 Correction to a player name - I am grateful to David LeMoir for pointing out an error in a name in the game Miles-Wise from the British Under-21 Championship in 1970. I have now corrected this error - the black player was Derek M Wise - but it led me to investigate further confusion between games played by Derek M Wise (of Bristol) and by David Wise (of Middlesbrough). I consulted David Wise and I am grateful for his help in sorting out the confusion. I am in the process of applying these amendments to BritBase. For those wish to apply amendments to their databases without having to download the games again, here's the solution. All games which you have downloaded for a player from this site named D or DM or David Wise which were played in the 1960s and 1970s (in particular the British Championships of 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1976) should be ascribed to Derek M Wise (1949-2010). And all games downloaded from here for the 1980s onwards with one of these names should be ascribed to David Wise (b 1956). (Please note that these names have frequently been confused in various contemporary sources. There is no third player with games from this era called David M Wise. Note also that David Wise has also sometimes been referred to erroneously as David A Wise. He has no middle name.)
13/09/17 Thanet Open 2017 Alan Merry All 30 games from the traditional August event, plus a crosstable. My thanks to Kevin Thurlow.
24/08/17 Isle of Man Index - You may notice that I have added another item to the left-hand menu, which leads to a new page indexing all the Isle of Man material which I have amassed here. There are now games viewers for all 16 Monarch Assurance tournaments (1992-2007), with crosstables and results where known, plus the current PokerStars/Chess.com Masters (2014-2016). I have also rescued many old web pages relating to the Monarch Assurances events from 2001 to 2007 when I was the tournament webmaster, with daily reports, photos, etc.
21/08/17 British Championship 1971 Raymond Keene All 198 games of the championship proper, plus 21 games from subsidiary sections. Crosstables of the championship, women's championship and Under-21, plus full results of all sections.
16/08/17 British Championship 1970 Bob Wade All 179 games, plus one from the Major Open and 17* from the British Under 21 Championship. Mainly from the bulletin, plus a few from the StarBase 4.56 database. Note that one of the championship games (Farooqui-Pritchard, Round 5) was shown in the bulletin with the wrong result. This has been corrected to 0-1. Includes complete crosstables of the Championship, Women's Championship and British Under-21 Championship, plus full results from all subsidiary events. (* added LeMoir-Cubitt, 16/08/17)
16/08/17 Correction to a player name - I have made a correction to a player's name - Miss M Henniker-Heaton, who played in a number of British Championships between 1946 and her death in 1972 had the full name Mary Araluen Elizabeth Anne Henniker-Heaton (and not Monica as previously given here). As the name is overlong, I have reduced it to Mary Araluen E A Henniker-Heaton in the PGN downloads. Corrections have been made to all the relevant files here, and if you wish to correct the name on your databases, you will find one of her games in each of the 1946 and 1969 British Championship downloads. Biographical note - her date of birth was 26 Nov 1904 and date of death 31 Jan 1972 (died in Sydenham, Kent).
09/08/17 British Championship 2017 and Subsidiary Events Gawain Jones All 455 games from the 104th British Championship, played in Llandudno, plus the six play-off games. On a separate page may be found 2,435 games from the subsidiary events (Major Open, Senior, Junior Championships, etc), with tournament titles and names tidied up, and some crosstables. My thanks to the tournament game inputters.
09/08/17 British Championship 2016 and Subsidiary Events Mickey Adams Rather belatedly, all 471 games from the 103rd British Championship, played in Bournemough in 2016. On a separate page may be found 2,693 games from the subsidiary events (Major Open, Seniors, Junior Championships, etc), with tournament titles and names tidied up, and some crosstables. My thanks to the tournament game inputters.
21/07/17 Bernard Cafferty file - * 21/07/17 amended to insert the complete score of Cafferty-Hecht from Montilla-Moriles 1972 - my thanks to Rafael Santana for this contribution. * 2016: It's just come to my notice that I inserted a spurious middle initial 'W' into Ken Whyld's name in this file. I think I must have mixed him up with someone of a similar name, age and place. As far as I can tell, Ken had no middle name - Kenneth Whyld, pure and simple. Apologies for this - I have amended the file.
21/07/17 British Championship 1911 HE Atkins (after play-off) 29* of the 66 games from the 1911 British Championship held in Glasgow. I have included stubs of games not yet found with an indication of the opening played. My thanks to Gerard Killoran and others who collected some of these games, which have been culled from BCM, newspapers and contemporary yearbooks. Also included are seven games from subsidiary events in 1911. * 21/07/17 substantive score of MacDonald-Blackburne (Rd 1) now added (thanks to Gerard Killoran); * now 31, thanks to Brian Denman - game Lean-Palmer (Rd 11) added 12 Aug 2015 and also to Roger Watson, who supplied Palmer-Blackburne (Rd 3), Yates-McKee (Rd 11) and corrected the score of Yates-Palmer (Rd 4), 17 August 2015. And added one Major Open game, 20 Aug 2015.
21/07/17 British Championship 1904 Napier

57 of the 66 games, with 9 stubs, plus 21* games from subsidiary events, and the play-off games between Napier and Atkins played in early 1905. Some of the minor games are new but the rest have been available here for some years. My thanks to Tim Harding for helping me to sort out round numbers and dates, plus indicating where a handful of individual games were played ahead of schedule. * 21/07/17 Complete moves of Tattersall-Blackburne (Rd 4) added (thanks to Gerard Killoran); * 3/7/17 - final four moves added to the end of the first play-off game between Napier and Atkins, found in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer for 7 Jan 1905; * Seven more added 24/08/15, many thanks to Brian Denman. * Two more subsidiary event games (Fawcett-Wilmott and Mortimer-Kirschner) added 03/09/15. * Two more subsidiary games added 08/09/15, many thanks to Gerard Killoran and Brian Denman. 23/02/16: two more games added - Anderson 0-1 Finn (Women's Championship) and Leonhardt 1-0 Hamond (First Class C). Thanks to Gerard Killoran.

09/07/17 De Montfort Bell King's Place Rapidplay 2017 Luke McShane (on tie-break), Stephen Gordon, Richard Bates 30 games taken directly from the electronic boards and kindly supplied by David Clayton. Please note that, since this was a rapidplay, there would have been no scoresheets to refer to, hence some scores may be incomplete or inaccurate.
10/01/17 British Championship 1907 Atkins 26 games (and 2 part-games, and 13* subsidiary games) from the 1907 British Championship held in Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London. Many thanks for help from Gerard Killoran and others. Update 3/9/15: two additional games sent in by Roger Watson - both involving FD Yates, making his championship debut in a subsidiary section. And five more games added - many thanks to Brian Denman. And 4/9/15, the game Houlding-Anderson, Ladies Rd 9, thanks to Gerard Killoran. Thanks also to Tim Harding for pointing out the error in the start position of Blackburne-Michell, Rd 9 - corrected. Three more games added 05/09/15, Shoosmith-Mackenzie (Rd 2), Sergeant-Mackenzie (Rd 9), Holmes-Kelly (Rd 9). Updated 25/03/16: Ward-Mackenzie (Rd 5) is still not complete but there is now a position from the middle of the game from The Scotsman with what may be the key middlegame position. That said, the position given in the newspaper (BPs on f6 and f5) must be wrong and the reconstruction BPs instead on f7 and f6) has a question mark or two against it. The part-game Kelly-Palmer (Rd 8) features a real humdinger of a position. Black, a pawn down, misses a glorious opportunity to win. Thanks to Gerard Killoran for submitting the position from The Scotsman. Updated 10/04/16: minor amendment - two game fragments for Ward-Mackenzie, Rd 5, and Mackenzie-Blake, Rd 6. Updated 10/01/17: Full score of the round 11 game Blackburne-Mackenzie now included. This was very kindly submitted by Tim Harding, who included it in his book Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography. Many thanks to Tim. Incidentally, I am conscious that this is the first substantive Britbase update in a very long time. I was able to get a lot done last spring but I've become involved in some other (non-chess) projects which take up quite a lot of time. I hope to spend more time with Britbase in a couple of months' time.
04/05/16 4NCL 1993/94 Invicta Knights 204 of the 240 possible games from the first season of the 4NCL (British Team Chess League). I input these games myself more than a decade ago but have now given them a make-over to include team data and make them viewable online. Hopefully someone from ChessBase will see this entry and improve the way the games are presented on Mega/Big Database (as a spurious tournament called 'London op'). 36 games are missing from the second weekend of the season, held in Bolton. If anyone has any leads to the discovery of these games, please let me know.
03/05/16 British Championship 1910 Atkins 33 of the 66 games, with 33 stubs and 20 games from the subsidiary games, from the 1910 British Championship played in Oxford. Many thanks for help with games and names, etc, from Gerard Killoran, Richard James, David McAlister and Tim Harding. Updated 03/05/16 to correct the score of the game SF Smith-Blackburne (Rd 6) with the move 18...Rfd8 (not 18...Re8).
03/05/16 London Central YMCA (Centymca) Games, 1968-76 - These games have been input from the bulletin The Centymca Story by Jimmy Adams, published in 1976, which I have supplemented with a few more relevant games sourced from elsewhere. Games input without notes for the most part. For further details of what the file contains, click on the link. Updated 9/10/15 - 174 games. Updated 03/05/16 with the addition of a game lost by Korchnoi at a simul in Luton in 1976. Thanks to Mark McCready. Now 175 games.
28/04/16 British Championship 1969 Penrose All 176 games from the bulletin, plus 112 games from subsidiary events. Updated 16 Jan 2016: many thanks to Andy Ansel for providing corrections to the following games: Whiteley-J.Littlewood, Bellin-Haygarth, J.Littlewood-Bonner, Wade-Holmes, Green-Whiteley and Hempson-Clarke. Updated 28/04/16: one game added in the U18 section (Howley-Quinn).
28/04/16 Colin Crouch Celebration Congress 2016 J. Vakhidov 183 games of the April 2016 Masters tournament held in Harrow in memory of the late IM Colin Crouch. Also 40 games from the intermediate tournament and 53 games of the English Senior Championship held alongside. My thanks to David Sedgwick for sending me the games. Link to the official tournament website.
27/04/16 British Championship 1955 Golombek 76 of a possible 198 games, plus 1 game fragment and 4 games from other sections. Full results and crosstables.
26/04/16 1955 British Championship bulletin - A PDF (2MBs) of the official 1955 BCF Congress bulletin, with reports, results and some games from the year's British Championship events. The congress was held in Aberystwyth and the title won by Golombek. All the games have long since been input and have already appeared on BritBase.
26/04/16 British Championship 1954 Barden / Phillips 74 of a possible 165 games, plus 3 game fragments, 13 games from other sections and the 10 games of the Barden-Phillips play-off match. Full results and crosstables.
26/04/16 British Championship 1925 HE Atkins 54 of the 66 games played in the 1925 British Chess Championship, played in Stratford-upon-Avon. I have input complete games from rounds 2-8 from the Tinsley notebooks, kindly lent by Tony Gillam, and a number of these won't have seen the light of day until now. Others sourced from newspapers and elsewhere, with the assistance of Gerard Killoran. There are also 13 games from the subsidiary tournaments, plus three crosstables and results of lower sections. Originally uploaded 13.03.16. * Updated 14.03.16 with one extra game, plus tidied up references to which games come from the Tinsley notebooks, etc. Updated 15/03/16 with five more games contributed by Gerard Killoran - 1 in the Major Open (Morrison-Znosko-Borovsky), 1 in the Women's Championship (Houlding-Gilchrist) and three from lower sections. Many thanks, Gerard. Updated 30/03/16 with three further Major Open games (Lean-Watts, Rd 5; Znosko-Borovsky-Atkinson, Rd 10; Short-Drewitt, Rd 11), for which many thanks. Updated 12/04/16 with one championship game (Spencer-Saunders, Rd 9) and three games from the Major Open, all of which were in BCM. I have also tightened up some of the source references (as I did for the 1924 file). Updated 26/04/16: Roger Watson has unearthed Winter-Yates (Rd 11) from a Czech newspaper. Many thanks, Roger.
26/04/16 British Championship 1905 Atkins 40* games from the 1905 British Championship held in Southport, plus 28 games from subsidiary events. Many thanks for help from Gerard Killoran, Brian Denman, Richard James and others. Updated 21/10/2015: Shoosmith-Ward (R5); 13 Oct 2015: Bellingham-Wainwright (R11); 25 Sept 2015: Atkins-Ward (R11), all contributed by Gerard Killoran (many thanks). Updated 11/02/2016: added Atkins-Michell (so we now have all Atkins' games) and Mortimer-Holmes from First-Class A - many thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 25/03/16: new Championship game added: Wahltuch-Bellingham (Rd 10). Many thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 26/04/16: the game score with both players unidentified has now been identified as Fawcett-Brooks by Gerard Killoran. Many thanks, Gerard.
26/04/16 British Championship 1926 FD Yates 52 of the 66 games from the 1926 British Championship held in Edinburgh, plus seven games from that year's Major Open. My thanks to Gerard Killoran for his help in sourcing the games, culled from BCM and newspapers. Updated 09/03/16 with seven more games from the Tinsley notebooks, which have a complete record of games from rounds 1, 10 and 11. Many thanks to Tony Gillam. I'm hoping that Tinsley records of games from other rounds will eventually turn up. Updated 13.03.16 to correct one move in the Saunders-Wheatcroft game, rd 1 (37.h4, not 37.a4). My thanks to Andy Ansel. Updated 15.03.16 to include one more Championship game, between Gooding and Yates in Rd 3. No ordinary game - it went to a staggering 142 moves! It turned up in the chess column of the Glasgow Herald some two years after it was played. Updated 16.03.16 with 15 further games from Gerard Killoran, including three from the Championship proper. Updated 04/04/16 to remove a duplicate game - the game Watts-Drewitt was shown with the colours reversed in the Glasgow Herald. My thanks to Brian Denman for spotting the error. Updated 11/04/16: games sourced from The Scotsman newspaper. Three championship games (Goldstein-Thomas, Rd 3, Wheatcroft-Heath, Rd 6, and Goldstein-Michell, Rd 5) have more moves at the finish (replacing the "and wins" comments in BCM); four more games from the women's championship, and one from 2nd Class B. Updated 26/04/16 with one Major Open game, Barlow-Littlejohn (which The Scotsman newspaper gives with the wrong colours). Many thanks to Gerard Killoran for supplying.
24/04/16 1954 BCF Championship Bulletin - A PDF of the official 1954 BCF Congress bulletin, with reports, results and some games from the year's British Championship events.
23/04/16 British Championship 1953 Abe Yanofsky All 176 games of the Championship, plus 6 from subsidiary events. Most of these games have been available here for nearly 20 years but I've now added dates, full names of players (where available), and included crosstables and results. Updated 23/04/16 with one extra game from the Major Open, supplied by Brian Denman (many thanks), and also a Bernard Cafferty from the Major Open which has already appeared on BritBase in the Bernard Cafferty game collection and which needs to be located in this file too.
23/04/16 British Championship 1952 R.G. Wade 42 of a possible 154 games, plus 14 game fragments and 3 games from subsidiary sections. Updated 23/04/16 with six games from the Major Open, from Brian Denman (many thanks).
21/04/16 British Championship 1928 FD Yates 37 of the 66 games played in the 1928 British Championship, played in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Also, 9 games from the Major Open, 2 from the Women's Championship and 2 others from subsidiary events. The Tinsley notebooks were available for rounds 9-11 so the games from those rounds are complete. Many thanks to Tony Gillam and Gerard Killoran for their help with this. With this post, Britbase now features all the readily available games for all the pre-WW2 British Championships from 1904 to 1938 (after which there was no Championship proper until 1946). Note that the easiest way to browse them is via the British Championship page, clicking on the link against the year in the second column. Updated 21.04.16 to include a game from the First-Class section, plus an updated score of Wright-Menchik (Major Open). Many thanks to Brian Denman.
20/04/16 British Championship 1951 E. Klein 37 of a possible 165 games, plus 3 games from the Major Open. Crosstables and results. First posted here 20.04.16. Updated 20.04.16 to include 1 Championship game (Pollitt-Scott, Rd 11) and two Major Open games. Many thanks to Brian Denman.
19/04/16 British Championship 1931 Yates Now includes 30 complete championship games, plus 3 part-games, plus 21 games from Major Open (won by Vera Menchik), etc. Thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 16 Jan 2016: final move of Thomas-Sultan Khan (R6) corrected. Thanks to Andy Ansel. Updated 19/04/16 to include the Major Open game Menchik-Seitz (Rd 2 - many thanks to Tony Gillam). I have corrected the round number of Seitz-Znosko-Borovsky to Rd 1, and added round numbers and dates for other Major Open games.
19/04/16 1963/64 West of England Grading List - Another submission from Ray Collett (for which many thanks). A bit hard to read in places: I've cleaned it up as far as I can.
18/04/16 1975 Scottish Grading List - Ray Collett sent me a PDF of the 1975 Scottish Grading List, which I have uploaded.
18/04/16 British Championship 1949 H Golombek 47* complete games of a possible 176, plus many game fragments and one game from the Ladies' Championship. This was the first British Championship to be held on a Swiss system basis, with 32 selected players. Originally posted 13.04.16. Updated 15.04.16 to include two games from subsidiary events, supplied by Brian Denman, and one by Gerard Killoran, for which many thanks. Updated 17.04.16 to include eight more complete games played by Ron Bruce in the Championship. Three of Bruce's games were already there so this completes the set for this player. I remembered that I had already downloaded a large file of Ron Bruce games which Bob Jones input from scorebooks. Thanks to Bob. Updated 18/04/16 with nine new games by William Fairhurst and one game played by him that was already there corrected from BCM's version of the score. These came from Alan McGowan's Fairhurst collection, for which many thanks.
18/04/16 British Championship 1947 Golombek (after a play-off versus Broadbent) 25 of the 66 games from the 1947 British Championship in Harrogate. Also, 11 fragments of games. I'm hoping other researchers will be able to find more. By way of compensation, the six games of the Golombek/Broadbent play-off are all available and a number of games from the Major Open and the women's championship have been included. Updated 01/04/16 to include the complete score of Schenk-Aitken, Premier Rd 8. Many thanks to Andy Ansel. Updated 07/04/16 to include complete games Abrahams-Milner-Barry, Rd 3, and Thomas-Broadbent, Rd 5. Again, many thanks to Andy Ansel. Also, Thomas-Fairhurst, Rd 3, which I discovered, and three games from lower sections, found by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. Updated 18/04/16, with a further nine games played by William Fairhurst, from Alan McGowan's Fairhurst collection. Many thanks to Alan.
18/04/16 1937 British Championship WA Fairhurst 44 of the 66 games, plus 9 games from subsidiary events, results and crosstables, and a photo from a regional newspaper. My thanks to Eduardo Bauza and Andy Ansel for help with the games. Updated 10/02/16: three games from the Ladies' Championship added, thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 24/03/16: one Major Open game (Watson-Cole) added. Many thanks to Brian Denman. And, later the same day, two Fairhurst games added (vs Golombek (rd 6) and Michell (rd 10). Many thanks to Alan McGowan. Updated 18/04/16: added the missing Fairhurst game (Rd 4 v Ritson Morry). Thanks to Alan McGowan.
17/04/16 British Championship 1932 Mir Sultan Khan 48 of the 66 games, plus 4 game fragments and 17 games from the Major Open. First uploaded in 2009. Updated 17/04/16: I have now added all of William Fairhurst's games - many thanks to Alan McGowan for these. I have also amended a number of errors, one of which was from the 1932 BCM, and three others which were down to me. Games affected were Yates-Fairhurst (Rd 3) - which has now been superseded by the complete score anyway - Yates-C.Alexander (Rd 7), result corrected; Saunders-Yates (Rd 4), result corrected; and Tylor-Yates (Rd 5), which had been given with the wrong colours in the 1932 BCM.
17/04/16 Mir Sultan Khan - 182 games, plus part-games and stubs, by the legendary Indian/Pakistani player Mir Sultan Khan (c1905-66), who played most of his chess whilst residing in the UK between 1929 and 1933. As of the date of posting (26/02/16), it is probably the most comprehensive collection of Sultan Khan's games currently online, though there are gaps that still need to be filled. Updated 27/03/16 to include a game played against Vera Menchik in a county match, 14 Nov 1931. Many thanks to Brian Denman. Note that a list of previous updates to this file is located under the games viewer. Updated 17/04/16 with Sultan Khan's last-round game against William Fairhurst from the 1932 British Championship. Many thanks to Alan McGowan. I've also just found most of the Yates game from the 1932 Cambridge Premier (Rd 6).
17/04/16 British Championship 1950 R.J. Broadbent 56* complete games out of a possible 198, plus 17 game fragments and 5* complete games from the Major Open. Originally posted 16.04.16. Updated 17.04.16 to include a further ten games played by William Fairhurst (many thanks to Alan McGowan) and three more games from the Major Open (many thanks to Brian Denman).
12/04/16 British Championship 1924 Atkins All 66* of the 66 games from the 1924 British Championship held in Southport (same venue as the 1905 championships), plus 43* games from subsidiary events. The most interesting of the latter category are 10 of the 11 games played and won by Akiba Rubinstein in compiling his 11/11 score in the 1924 Major Open. I have also included a couple of photos of the venue taken in September 2015, names of competitors, results, etc. (07/10/15) Another six Championship games, and 13 more subsidiary event games, thanks to some assiduous work from Gerard Killoran; (04/10/15) Three games (Khadilkar-Atkins, Khadilkar-Gibson and Yates-Khadilkar) supplied by Andy Ansel, many thanks; (03/10/15) Two more Major Open games contributed by Brian Denman, many thanks. (19/02/16) one game added: Watts-Moses (Rd 10). Thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 07/03/16: we now have all 66 games from the 1924 British Championship, and all of them are complete (some have move order issues), thanks to my receipt of the Tinsley notebooks. Fairhurst-Yates (Rd 2) was missed out in the photocopying process but an appeal to Scottish archivist Alan McGowan secured the first half of the game, and there was a photocopy of the second half. Updated 12/04/16: I have added two ARB Thomas games from the Major Open: his tenth round loss to C Duffield, and the final part of his fifth round loss to Sergeant. Both were in BCM.
12/04/16 British Championship 1948 RJ Broadbent 19 of the 66 games of the 1948 British Championship, held at Bishopsgate, London, plus several game fragments, and 15 games from the subsidiary sections. This was the last British Championship to be held on an all-play-all basis. First posted 11/04/16. Updated 12/04/16: Andy Ansel has found some more moves for the game Hooper-J.Penrose. Thanks, Andy. And Brian Denman has contributed two games from minor sections. Thanks, Brian.
11/04/16 1930 Canterbury Sir George Thomas A strong eight-player all-play-all, held in the Crypt(!) at St Augustine's College, Canterbury, in April 1930. 16 out of 28 games, plus 1 part-game and 5 games from subsidiary events. This tournament is already to be found on ChessBase and in one of Tony Gillam's rare/unpublished tournament booklets but I have found one additional complete game - Price-Yates, Rd 2. A photo and crosstables appended.
10/04/16 British Championship 1906 Atkins 30 games from the 1906 British Championship held in Shrewsbury, plus 37 stubs and 25 games from subsidiary events. Many thanks to Gerard Killoran for helping with the games. Updated 10 Dec 2015: added Mercer-Blackburne (R06). Updated 19 Feb 16: extra moves appended to Brown-Lee (1). Thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 10/04/16 to include the finish to Atkins's first-round loss to Shoosmith.
10/04/16 British Championship 1912 RC Griffith 33of the 66 games from the 1912 British Championship held in the Castle Assembly Rooms, Richmond, Surrey. Also 10* games from the Major Open (won jointly by Abraham Speijer and William Hewison Gunston with 10/11) and 4 games from the Women's Championship won by Gertrude Anderson. Also 4 games from an innovative match between the 12 competitors in the British Championship proper and the 12 Major Open competitors. The Major Open won by 6½-5½. Updated 19/08/15: Two more Major Open games added, thanks to Brian Denman. Updated 20/08/15: Three more Major Open games added, thanks to Tim Harding. Updated 23/02/16: One more game added, Jacobs-Gibson (Rd 11), many thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 25/03/16: added Scott-Speyer, Major Open. Thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 10/04/16: additional championship game Gibson-H.G.Cole, Rd 10.
07/04/16 Nottingham 1936 Botvinnik, Capablanca All 105 games of this famous event, originally posted here in 1999 and given round numbers and dates on 06/07/12. As it is one of Britain's most important chess tournaments ever, I have gone over it again and included contemporary source references, checking the game scores as I went through the file. This process has turned up a number of discrepancies with versions of games which appear generally on commercial and online databases compared to older printed sources (for example, Bogoljubow-Botvinnik seems to feature a wrong move in all online versions of the game; as does Vidmar-Bogoljubow, Rd 6). I have documented these discrepancies in situ. I have also added details of newspaper references to incidents (e.g. Capablanca-Alekhine, Rd 2, and the analytical discussions following Winter-Capablanca, Rd 12) and some biographical items. I have added 39 games from subsidiary events, including the two very strong Major Opens which were held alongside. Updated 07/04/16 to include six more games from the Major Open and subsidiary events, making 45 in all. My thanks to Brian Denman.
07/04/16 British Championship 1946 Robert Forbes Combe All 66 games, plus 89 games from the subsidiary sections, of the 1946 British Championship, won by Scottish player Robert Forbes Combe. Results of the events, full names of the players, press cuttings and photos. Updated 28/03/16 to include seven more games played by Ron Bruce in the 4th section of the 1946 Major Open, taken from the Ron Bruce file input by Bob Jones and Bill Frost some time ago. This enabled me to work out round numbers and dates for other games played in the 4th Major Open section. Updated 07/04/16 to add three games from the First and Second Clas sections - thanks to Brian Denman.
06/04/16 Middlesex County Championship 1970 Paul F Timson All the available games of the 1970 Middlesex County Individual Championship 1969, a ten-player all-play-all won by Paul Timson ahead of a strong field. The tournament was played over the course of six months, between March and September 1970. I'm afraid I cannot remember who sent me the bulletin! I think it might have been Simon Spivack - whoever it was, many thanks.
06/04/16 Middlesex County Championship 1969 Ken Rogoff All the available games of the 1969 Middlesex County Individual Championship 1969, a ten-player all-play-all won by Ken Rogoff ahead of a strong field. The tournament was played over the course of six months, between March and September 1969. I'm afraid I cannot remember who sent me the bulletin! I think it might have been Simon Spivack - whoever it was, many thanks.
04/04/16 British Championship 1920 Roland Henry Vaughan Scott New item as of 26 February 2016... 27 of the 66 games of the 1920 British Championship, held in Edinburgh. Also included are 5 games from the Major Open (won by Abraham Speyer), 6 from the Ladies' Championship (won after a play-off by Agnes Stevenson) and 9 more from subsidiary sections. Many thanks to Gerard Killoran for his help in assembling these. Updated 09/03/16 with a few more games in each category. Updated 25/03/16: another game from the subsidiary sections (Holloway-Osborn). Updated 04/04/16 to add two championship games: Middleton-Gibson (Rd 1) and Blake-Mackenzie (Rd 2). Contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
04/04/16 British Championship 1923 Sir George Thomas 48 of the 66 games played in the British Championship, played at the girls' school in Fawcett Road, Southsea. For the final three rounds, I had the benefit of the Tinsley notebooks, lent by Tony Gillam. The tournament was also significant for the participation of future world champion Alekhine in the Major Open, in which he scored 10½/11. The download includes eight of his games, the missing or incomplete ones being from rounds 5, 7 and 11, against Groen, Kahn and Gurnhill respectively. The eight extant Alekhine games appear on Mega/Big 2016 and elsewhere but they are often mixed up with others from simuls and lightning tournaments. My thanks to Gerard Killoran for help in compiling the file. Originally posted 11/3/16, updated 13/3/16 to include three games by WH Pratten in one of the minor events, contributed by Andy Ansel. Updated 25/03/16: added Championship game, Steele-Jacobs (Rd 6). Many thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 04/04/16 to add some new games from subsidiary events, to correct errors and to try and make sense of the so-called Premier and General tournaments used that year. My thanks to Brian Denman for proof-reading and supplying additional games.
03/04/16 Bolton Easter Congress 1952 S. Milan 54 games from the Bolton Easter Congress of 1952. All the games of the Premier, plus some from other sections. They were input from an excellent bulletin produced by BL Wilkinson. I have also included crosstables and results, plus a 1972 obituary of BL Wilkinson. Many thanks to Mike Conroy for sending me a copy of the bulletin and obituary. I have now made a PDF of the bulletin available: 1952 Bolton Easter Congress
30/03/16 Korrection Korner - A couple of notable games on your database may need fixing - click on the link and navigate to Bogoljubow-Botvinnik and Winter-Capablanca, both played at the famous Nottingham 1936 tournament. Big/Mega Database 2016 has the scores of these games wrong.
28/03/16 British Championship 1921 FD Yates 26 of the 66 games of the 1921 British Chess Championship, held at Malvern College in August, plus 4 part-games, and 25 games from the subsidiary events, including some games from the womens championship play-offs won by Mrs Gertrude Anderson. Unfortunately I don't have the Tinsley notebooks for this event but hopefully more games will appear in due course. New item as of 9 March 2016. Updated 10/03/16 - Gerard Killoran found two more games. Thanks, Gerard. Updated 28/03/16, with four games from the Major Open and First-Class sections, plus round numbers and dates of other subsidiary games. Many thanks to Brian Denman.
27/03/16 British Championship 1929 Sultan Khan 31 games out of 66, with stubs, part-games, and 9 games from subsidiary events. Updated 23/02/16 to add the Eva-Winter (Rd 5) game, the Winter-Hamond (Rd 11) game - a brevity - and Seitz-Jackson, from the Major Open. Updated 26/02/16 with six new, complete game scores from the championship proper and three subsidiary event games. Many thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 27/03/16 with two games from subsidiary sections - Jackson-Vajda and Lean-Wynne - plus I have removed the spurious game Michell-Gilchrist from the 1929 women's championship as it was a wrongly-dated duplicate of the game played between the same players at the 1934 British Championship. Many thanks to Brian Denman.
26/03/16 British Championship 1933 Mir Sultan Khan 34 of the 66 games from the 1933 British Championship, held at the Hastings Chess Club, plus some part-games, and three games/part-games won by Miss Fatima in the British Ladies Championship held alongside. Crosstables included, plus those of the General Congress, which was held the previous month alongside the Team Tournament in Folkestone. First posted 22/02/16. My thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 26/03/16, the complete score of Cole-Jameson (Rd 7) received from Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
26/03/16 Blackpool Premier 1944 David Hooper 10 of the 15 games in this six-player round-robin. Hooper 3½, Wahltuch 3, Rhodes, Abarhams, Gurnhill 2½, Mieses 1. Reports from the Manchester Guardian included as text annotations. I was inspired to collect the games from this tournament following a discussion on the English Chess Forum. My thanks to David McAlister, Richard James, Kevin Thurlow who contributed game scores and information.
25/03/16 Cambridge Premier 1932 Mir Sultan Khan 18 of a possible 28 games, plus some part-games. Corrections made to some scores found on commercial databases. Originally posted 15/02/14. Updated 25/03/16 to inlude two games from the subsidiary event.
25/03/16 Games of Comins Mansfield - 29 games played by Comins Mansfield (1896-1984). Of course, vastly better known as a problemist, and the world's first GM of that branch of chess, Comins Mansfield was also a fine OTB player. Gerard Killoran has gathered together these games, including a notable win over Sir George Thomas. I've included links to biographies of Mansfield at Wikipedia and also Bob Jones' splendid piece on him at Chess Devon. Many thanks to Gerard for collecting the games. Originally posted 05/09/16. Updated 25/03/16 to include a game played against WA Fairhurst in 1938.
25/03/2016 British Championship 1936 W Winter 29 of a possible 66 games, plus 12 part-games. All of Frank Parr's games included, thanks to Steve Kerr. Originally uploaded 20/12/2013. Updated 01/08/15 to include ten further complete games collected and forwarded by Andy Ansel (for which many thanks). Updated 25/03/16 to include complete games Lenton-Butcher (Rd 3), Israel-Cross (Rd 1) and Butcher-Saunders (Rd 8). Many thanks to Gerard Killoran.
25/03/16 1938 British Championship CHO'D Alexander 29 of the 66 Championship games, plus 24 games from subsidiary events, results, crosstables. Updated 10/02/16: four games added, thanks to Gerard Killoran. Updated 16/02/16: Mallison-Tylor - the final move given wrongly by printed sources but correctly by Mallison himself (along with his own notes). Thanks to Andy Ansel. Updated 25/03/16: added Mallison-Menchik, plus eight games from subsidiary events. Thanks to Brian Denman. And, the same day, added Schaechter-Koenig, sent by Andy Ansel, for which many thanks. And the last few moves of Milner-Barry-Sergeant (Rd 2) added (many thanks to Gerard Killoran).
25/03/16 London-Washington Cable Match 1930 Drawn All six games of the 1930 cable match for the Insull Trophy, kindly sent by Andy Ansel. Four of the games were adjudicated. I have found a photo of the Washington players, published in a contemporary US newspaper.
24/03/16 1969 Glasgow Congress RD Keene, DNL Levy, RM McKay All 30 games of the five-round Glasgow Invitation tournament held 27-29 September 1969, plus all 30 games of the 'Candidates' tournament which ran alongside. Games input from the bulletin by Andy Ansel, for which many thanks. (Small adjustment made later the same day - 24/03/16 - to adjust the round 5 dates to 1969.09.29)
13/03/16 British Championship 1914 FD Yates 36* of the 55 games from the 1914 British Championship held in Chester just after the outbreak of the Great War, plus 26** games from that year's Major Open, 4** from the Ladies' Championship and 11** from other events. My thanks to Gerard Killoran for his initial researches into this, and also to Brian Denman for supplying some of his previously-found games. I have appended a crosstable, as usual, and also a couple of paragraphs PW Sergeant's A Century of Chess which give the background to the event and details of the aftermath. * edited 19/08/15: full score of Yates-Viner (Rd 9) now given - thanks to Gerard Killoran. edited 23/08/15 to add Louis-Wilkes (Rd 1), Sparkes-Scott (Rd 1) and Sparkes-Yates (Rd 10) - thanks to Andy Ansel. 7 more games (4 Major Open, 1 women's ch, 2 other events, supplied by Brian Denman, 19/08/15). Updated 19/02/16: Yates-Viner corrected, Watts-Schories added. Updated 24/02/16 with three new scores - Scott-Blackburne (Rd 2), Sparkes-Louis (Rd 6), Gunsberg-Louis (Rd 11), plus amendments to the scores of Viner-Schumer (Rd 6) and Viner-Wilkes (Rd 8). Many thanks to Tony Gillam. Updated 13/03/16 - 13 more games from the subsidiary events, thanks to Tony Gillam's booklet 'Tournaments of 1914'.
13/03/16 British Championship 1913 Yates 29 of the 66 games, with 37 stubs, plus 13 games from subsidiary events. Culled mainly from the Times, Manchester Guardian, Yorkshire Post, Falkirk Herald and other chess columns in regional newspapers. My thanks to Tim Harding, Gerard Killoran, Brian Denman and others who have helped to source games and supply information about names. A number of the players' real names have yet to be discovered so there is, as ever, scope for further investigation by those who enjoy these riddles. Originally uploaded on 15.08.15, updated on 13.03.16 to amend just one move - 31...Qf7 Yates-Jacobs, rd 4 (not 31...Qc7). Thanks to Andy Ansel.
08/03/16 British Championship 1934 Sir George Thomas All 66* games, plus 22 games from the Major Open, the Major Open Reserves and the Ladies' Championship. * Updated 08/03/16: the complete set of games have been taken from the Tinsley notebooks, kindly loaned by Tony Gillam. I have also found a few more games from the subsidiary events. Many thanks also to Andy Ansel and Gerard Killoran for previously having sent games from this event. I have also added some crosstables for the subsidiary events.
05/03/16 Varsity Match 2016   Cambridge won 6-2. All games now available.
25/02/16 Old-Style BCF tournament pairings - Warning: this is something which will probably be of interest only to a tiny number of chess historians - it explains (1) how the BCF used to pair its 12-player all-play-all tournaments, and (2) how this arcane information can be used by harmless drudges such as myself to discover tiny snippets of information about tournament games long ago.
17/02/16 Evening Standard Islington Open 1973 Borivoje Vujacic 89* of the games of this weekender, plus six games from subsidiary events and the London U21 Ch'p (which, strictly speaking, was a separate event). More than 2,000 players took part in this record-breaking congress, played 7-9 December. My thanks to Richard James for the loan of the bulletin. * updated to include the game Goldschmidt-Crouch.
16/02/16 Thanet Open 2013 and 2014 Martin Taylor (2013); Gordon Scott, Alan Merry (2014) 49 games and 45 games respectively of the 2013 and 2014 Thanet Opens. Many thanks to Kevin Thurlow.
21/01/16 1978 Lloyds Bank Masters P Littlewood, J Peters, Y Rantanen 184 games from the 2nd Lloyds Bank Masters. Some additions and corrections as compared with Mega/Big Database, plus round numbers and dates. Also available is a PDF of the complete bulletin, with crosstables, results, norms and an article by Leonard Barden. Updated 21/01/15: Five more games contributed by Andy Ansel, for which many thanks.
20/01/16 1988 Oakham International James Howell All 235 games of this strong young masters event, won by James Howell ahead of an impressive field, including Michael Adams, Boris Gelfand, Ivan Sokolov, etc. There is also a very comprehensive bulletin in PDF format.
19/01/16 1985 Lloyds Bank Masters A Belyavsky 182 games from the 9th Lloyds Bank Masters, won by Alexander Belyavsky. Amongst the also-ran competitors in this event was the 15-year-old future world champion Vishy Anand. One additional game to those that appear on Mega/Big Database, plus various corrections, round numbers and dates. Also available is a PDF of the complete bulletin, with crosstables, results, norms and prizes.
18/01/16 Midland Ch, Forrest Cup 1986 K Arkell, C Baker, G Lawton 55 games from the bulletin of the 1986 Midland (MCCU) Individual Championship (Forrest Cup), held in Derby. Bulletin provided by Neil Graham - many thanks.
16/01/16 Dragon (Cambridge University CC Bulletin), Michaelmas 1971 - A PDF of Dragon, the bulletin of Cambridge University Chess Club, for Michaelmas 1971 (Vol. 13, No.37), with 14 games to play through here.
16/01/16 Tradewise Hastings Masters 2015/16 Mista, Vakhidov All 358 games, from the official website. Incidentally, I have added the games played therein by Bernard Cafferty to his individual player file.
12/01/16 British Championship 1968 Penrose All 198 games from the bulletin, plus 101 games from subsidiary events. Updated 12/01/16 to include the game A.Miles-J.Nunn (from John Nunn's Secrets of Grandmaster Chess).
12/01/16 British Championship 1967 Penrose This one has been here for a very long time, and previously updated to include all dates and full names. But recently, to my horror, I noticed that three games had wrong results recorded. As a result, every database in the world seems to have the same three errors! The correct results are as follows: Parr-Gilbert (R1) 1-0 (not 0-1); Horton-Ludgate (R2) 1-0 (not 0-1); Whiteley-N.Littlewood (R4) 1-0 (not ½-½). I've a feeling I may have been the person who originally input the games from the bulletin, many years ago. It underlines the importance, after inputting all the games, of using ChessBase's tournament crosstable facility to check results against published crosstables (which is how I picked up the errors). I have also taken the opportunity to update a few names and generally tidy up, making the file viewable, etc. If anyone can supply full forenames (rather than initials) for players, please let me know. Note that there are 198 games from the Championship (complete), two from the Ladies' Championship, 28 from the Major Open, 37 from the U21, 41 from the U18, 40 from the U16, and six from the U14. I've also included full results of all sections and a photo of Norman Littlewood and Dinah Dobson I found in the Times. Updated 12/01/16 to include the game L.Marks-J.Nunn (from John Nunn's Secrets of Grandmaster Chess).
29/10/15 University Chess Annual (1950 - 1953/4) - I have uploaded PDFs of the four issues of University Chess Annual, which was a 20+ page booklet published by the British Universities Chess Association (BUCA). The PDFs may be found here. I have also uploaded a games viewer will all 92 games and part-games to be found in these four issues. Game Viewer.
26/10/15 PDFs and Documents - I have introduced a new menu item on the left-hand side of the website: PDFs. I will occasionally be making available PDFs of scanned chess documents in my possession, such as old bulletins, grading lists and indexes. It's as much for my own convenience as anything (as I get tired of rifling through old files and papers looking for things), but the files may be of interest or benefit to other chess researchers and antiquarians.
25/10/15 British Universities (BUCA) Individual and Team Championships 1970 Simon Webb; London University 1 All the games from the 1970 British Universities Chess Association (BUCA) Bulletin 1970. Andy Ansel has kindly input the 72 games of the individual championship, while I have input the 163 games of the Team Championship. Results of the events are appended. Many thanks to Andy Ansel.
14/10/15 British Championship 1935 William Winter 29 games, 2 part-games of the 66 available. Also, 17 games of the 1935 Major Open, won with 10/11 by Samuel Reshevsky, and other subsidiary events. * Updated 14 Oct 2015, three games from subsidiary events, submitted by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. * Updated 15 Oct 2015, with five more complete games from the Championship, plus three more from the subsidiary events, many thanks to Gerard Killoran.
15/10/15 Thanet Open 2012 Martin Taylor All 55 games, sent to me by Kevin Thurlow, for which many thanks.
14/10/15 Ilford Open 1973 Alan Phillips 39 games from the 1973 Ilford Open, published in the bulletin of the 24th Ilford Congress, 25-28 May 1973, held at the Ilford County High School for Girls. Congress hon.sec. was P Rosenberg, chief controller David Eustace and adjudicator Bob Wade (yes, no quickplay finish in those days). Originally uploaded 11/10/15, updated 14/10/15 to correct forename of Helman to 'Amir' (and not 'Abraham').
09/10/15 Bayswater Open 1971 Barden, Blackstock 47 of the 60 games of the 3rd Bayswater Open, played 11-13 June 1971, from a bulletin published by Jimmy Adams.
08/10/15 Young England vs USSR Rapidplay 1976 USSR by 12½-5½ All 18 games of the Young England vs USSR (Scheveningen system) match between three young English players, Michael Stean, David Goodman and Jonathan Mestel, and three Soviet GMs, Viktor Korchnoi, David Bronstein and Mark Taimanov. The time limit was 25 minutes per player per game. It was played at the offices of chess publishers B.T. Batsford on 24 January 1976. The games already appear on Mega/Big Database but I have added dates and round numbers, etc.
08/09/15 New Blog Posts: Kate Belinda Finn and Grace Moore Curling. - Whilst researching games for Britbase, I often come across historical snippets which are worth sharing. So I've revived my blog to feature some of these chess snippets. Today I've compiled two posts on early British women's champions Kate Belinda Finn and Grace Moore Curling. Both have new items of biographical information which don't seem to have emerged previously.
06/09/15 British Championship 2013: Other Events Various 1,715 games from subsidiary events at the 2013 British in Torquay, from the website but with names tidied up and standardised. The round 5 games from the Five-Day Week 2 morning tournament are missing (faulty link on the official site) but the games are otherwise complete.
06/09/15 British Championship 1908 Atkins All 66 games, sourced mainly from BCM. Not new - this file has been on Britbase for years - but it contains a significant amendment made to Palmer-Blackburne, Rd 11, which had been misprinted in the contemporary BCM in which the games appeared. My thanks to Tim Harding for pointing this out and providing the correct score. Added 6/9/15, two games from subsidiary events, many thanks to Gerard Killoran and Brian Denman.
06/09/15 British Championship 1909 Atkins All 62 games played in the main championship (first posted here in 2013 - n.b. EG Sergeant missed 4 rounds through illness), plus three games from the play-off match between Atkins and Blake, to which I have now added 16 games from the subsidiary events, for which many thanks to Gerard Killoran. And, the same day, two more games from Brian Denman - many thanks.
30/08/15 New Feature: Player Collections - More of a tidying-up operation, but with one new item. Britbase already featured game collections of Peter C Griffiths, Bernard Cafferty and the late Ian Wells but I've now collected them together on a separate page, with the addition with a small file of games by my old Bucks county colleague Barry Sandercock. I'd like to feature more players here - any offers? JS
27/08/15 1961 Grading List - Not games, but the 1961 BCF Grading List as published by the British Chess Federation and reproduced in the January 1962 BCM. It has the bulk of players then graded in England Wales. A key to the then grading list is included at the end.
23/08/15 Yates-Palmer match, Bradford, 1911 Yates All 3 games of a short match between FD Yates and Rev. WC Palmer, held in Bradford, 2-4 October 1911. The Rev. Palmer was domiciled in Trinidad and craved top-level competition whilst he was on leave in the UK. He had done very well to finish 3rd at the 1911 British Championship but he lost all three of what had originally been scheduled as a five-game match. My thanks to Roger Watson for supplying the games.
10/08/15 London Training Tournament 1965 Mike Basman All 14 games of a six-player training tournament held in London in 1965, featuring Mike Basman, Ray Keene, Owen Hindle, Bill Hartston, Bob Wade and Graham Chesters. It preceded a junior team tournament in which four of the above represented England. My thanks to Andy Ansel for the games.
10/08/15 Glorney Cup 1975 England All 90 games of the Glorney Cup (Junior six-nation championship over six-boards), held in Carmarthen. My thanks to Andy Ansel for supplying the games. * Edited 13/08/15 to correct names of Jonathan Benjamin, Peter Varley and Paul Hadden. My thanks to Richard James for the info.
09/08/15 2015 British Championship Jonathan Hawkins All 405 games from the tournament website. Note that Hawkins-Arkell, Rd 11, is shown correctly here with the last move as 26...Rd4 (followed by resignation). There may be other instances of LMS (last move syndrome) - I would be grateful if readers could let me know and I'll fix them.

Tinsley notebooks: I am grateful to Tony Gillam for loaning me his photocopies of the Tinsley notebooks. Edward Samuel Tinsley (1869-1937) was the Times chess columnist from 1903 to his death in 1937 and he kept notebooks of games from the many tournaments he visited. I am hugely grateful to Tony Gillam for lending me this valuable repository of chess games, and it will keep me busy for months inputting and uploading the games. You can expect to see regular updates here. The batch of photocopies I received from Tony includes the following: (1) British Championship, Southsea 1923, Rds 1-11; (2) British Championship, Southport 1924: Rds 1-11 + other games (Ladies Ch); (3) British Championship, Stratford 1925: Rds 2-8; (4) British Championship, Edinburgh 1926: Rds 1-7 + 3 other games; (5) British Championship, Chester 1934: Rds 1-11; (6) Inter-university match 1924, 1925, 1927?, 1929; (7) University Cable match 1924; (8) English Counties Final 1926; (9) London v Washington, cable match 1928; (10) Northumberland v Staffs, year?; + several other games; (11) two games by CHOD Alexander in Boys’ Tournament, year?

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