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From BCF Yearbook 1970/71, ppn 45-49

BRITISH CHESS FEDERATION GRADING LISTS FOR 1970

1. The BCF National Grading List for 1970 covers all play in the year ending 30th April, 1970. Where less than 30 games have been played in the year, performances in the previous year are added to bring the total up to 30 games. Players so included are noted by an asterisk. In no circumstances is anyone included with less than 10 games in the year.

2. The number in the list is 39, compared with 37 last year. There has been a downward shift, with the numbers down to 3a falling from 17 to 12, whilst those in 3a increased from 20 to 27.

3. J Penrose has fallen from 1a to 1b and has been just overtaken by R. D. Keene. W. R. Hartston has slightly improved his position in 2a, and A. J. Whiteley has returned to 2a after one year in 3a. The most striking feature of 2b is the return of L. W. Barden to active play. Many young players have done very well, with S. Webb coming up from 3b to 2b, and M. J. Corden and J. J. Carleton from 4a to the top of 3a.

4. Those who appear in the National List for the first time are Simon Webb (London University), M. J. Corden (Oxford University and Bolton), J. J. Carleton (Sutton Coldfield and Liverpool University), J. L. Moles (Oxford University), G. N. Henderson (Oldham), P. R. Markland Oxford University), P. C. Griffiths (Solihull), T. Wickens (London University and Bradford), R. R. Smith (Oxford University and Kent), and J. E. Scholes (Brentwood). This reflects the great strength of University chess at the present time.

5. R. D. Keene’s place in 1b completes his qualification for the title of British Master. Earlier this year, the Glasgow University player D. N. Levy was awarded the title by virtue of having been awarded the title of F.I.D.E. International Master for his performance in the West European Zonal. The British Master title is granted for one appearance in 1a, two in 1b, one in 1b and two in 2a, or four in 2a. The present holders are J. M. Aitken, C. H. O’D. Alexander, L. W. Barden, V. Berger, R. J. Broadbent, P. H. Clarke, W. A. Fairhurst, M. J. Franklin, J. A. Fuller, H. Golombek, D. M. Horne, R. D. Keene, C. Kottnauer, D. N. Levy, J. E. Littlewood, P. S. Milner-Barry, J. Penrose, Sir George Thomas, and R. G. Wade—a total of 19 players.

6. D. Wright, by his performances at Hastings in 1967-68 and 1968-69, and M. J. Corden by his performances at Hastings in 1968-69 and in the 1969 B.C.F. Championship have completed their qualifications for the title of Candidate Master.

7. The Scottish Grading List, sponsored by the Glasgow Chess League, is now regularly issued. The notation is similar to that of the B.C.F. list; and although it is never possible to be sure that the performance levels are strictly comparable, they are probably close enough to give a reasonable indication. In the July, 1970, list, D.N. Levy was put at 229, C. W. Pritchett at 225 (i.e. both in our 2a), R. M. McKay at 215, and G. Bonner at 209 (both in our 3a).

8. The Union Lists have been merged in a different manner this year to exclude all references to grades below 3a. This completes the change to grading numbers which were first published in Union Lists in 1965. The Union designations have been retained with the club details.


n.b. the original had surnames and forename initials only - I have added some forenames where known - JS


NATIONAL GRADING LIST

1a. 248 — 241

None

1b. 240 — 233 (2)

Keene, Raymond D. (BM : 237) 234
Penrose. Jonathan (IM : 248) 233

2a. 232 — 225 (2)

Hartston, William R. (CM : 225) 229
Whiteley, Andrew J. (CM : 216) 229

2b. 224 — 217 (8)

Barden, Leonard W. (BM : —) 224
Knox. Victor W. (N : 224) 220
Lee. Peter N. (CM : 222) 220
Webb, Simon (S : 208) 220
Franklin, Michael J. (BM : 221) 218
Botterill, George S. (S 218) 217
Littlewood, John E. (BM : 229) 217
Basman, Michael J. (CM : 224) *217

3a. 216 — 209 (27)

Corden, Martyn J. (CM : 199) 216
Wade, Robert G. (IM : 222) 216
Fuller, Max L. (S : 216) 215
Carleton, John J. (M & N : 198) 214
Richardson, Keith B. (M & S : 219) 214
Gibbs, Peter C. (M : 207) 213
Wright, Daniel (CM : 219) 213
Clarke, Peter H. (BM : 219) 212
Pritchard, David B. (S: 221) 212
Sherman, David (S : 201) 212
Simpole, Julian I. P. (S : 213) 212
Moles, John L. (S : 201) *212
Green. Barry N. (S : 205) 211
Henderson, Gavin Nigel (N : 201) 211
Markland, Peter R. (N & S : 208) 211
Parr, Frank (S : 214) 211
Patterson, Nicholas J. (S : 209) 211
Griffiths, Peter C. (M : 197) 210
Parr, David (S : 206) 211
Williams, A Howard (S & Wales : 210) 211
Hollis, Adrian S. (CM : 218) *211
Taylor, John Dudley (N : —) *211
Wickens, Timothy (N & S : 195) *211 (looks like a duplicate - also at 197 below - or were there two T Wickens's? - JS)
Perkins, Alan H. (S : 209) 201
Smith, Roger Rance (S : 196) 20)
Phillips, Alan (S : 207) *209
Scholes, James E. (S : 205) *209

IM, International Master: BM, British Master : CM, Candidate Master : M, M.C.C.U. : N, N.C.C.U.: S, S.C.C.U.: W, W.E.C.U.

COMBINED UNION LISTS (280)

208 (4)

Eales, Richard G. (N & S ; Chester, Cambridge Univ. : 204)
Gavrilovic, Mikhail (Wales ; Cwmbran : 205)
Lambshire, Michael V. (M & S ; Lewisham, Warwick Univ. : 213)
Sugden, John N. (S ; Cambridge Univ. : 197)

207 (5)

Cafferty, Bernard (M ; Birmingham : 205)
Eley, Brian (N ; Doncaster : 202)
Hempson, Peter W. (S ; Cavendish, Inland Revenue : 205)
Tate, Leslie S. (N ; York Univ. : 214)
Timson, Paul F. (S ; Harrow ; 202)

206 (3)

Bellin, Robert (S ; Great Yarmouth : 205)
Howson, James B. (S ; Ilford, Romford, King & King : 207)
Robbins, Trevor W. (S ; Cambridge Univ.: 199)

205 (4)

Chesters, Graham (Wales ; Swansea Univ.: 203)
Miles, Anthony J. (M ; Birmingham : 180)
Stephenson, F Norman (N ; Middlesbrough: 205)
Wise, Thomas H. (N ; Middlesbrough : —)

204 (8)

Beaty, John H. (N ; Doncaster : 208)
Fox, Terry C. (S ; Islington : 203)
Golombek, Harry (IM ; Bucks : 206)
Harman, Ronald F. A. (S ; Cavendish, King & King, Islington : 197)
Horton, Mark H. (M ; Players, Notts. : 207)
Lees, David (N; Longsight: 198)
Macdonald-Ross, Michael (S ; Harrow : 211)
Oliff, Keith M. (S ; Cable & Wireless : 204)

203 (4)

Cooke, John R. (S: Ilford : 198)
Harris, Ronald A. (S ; Athenaeum, Min. of Employment : 208)
Wallis, Philip N. (M ; Leicestershire : 200)
Wills, Michael W. (S ; Metropolitan:—)

202 (9)

Bielby, Paul R. (N ; Sunderland : 190)
Hoad, Philip C. (N ; Liverpool : 221)
Holloway, Nigel J. (S & W ; Plympton, Cambridge Univ. : 193)
Moberly, Roger W. L. (S ; Winchester College : 192)
Reuben, Stewart (S ; Islington : 204)
Sales, Dr. Keith D. (S : Ilford : —)
Saverymuttu, Seth (S ; Gosport: 198)
Stean, Michael F. (S ; Latymer Upper School, Richmond : 188)
Upton, Richard St. G. (S ; Hastings : 207)

201 (7)

Bowyer, Edward B. (S ; Southend : 189)
Edwards, Raymond B. (N ; Harrogate : 207)
Godwin, Terence T. (S ; West London : 193)
Hall, Richard V. M. (M ; Birmingham : 204)
Hammond, Norman G. (S ; Richmond, Min. of Transport : —)
Haygarth, Michael J. (N ; Leeds : 222)
Horner, Jeff (N ; Bolton : 207)

200 (8)

Almond, Philip (N ; Blackburn : 196)
Burnett, Leon P. (S & W ; Weston-S-M.: 194)
Gait, Paul D. (S ; Battersea : 197)
James, Geoffrey H. (S ; Regency : 202)
Lenton, Alfred (M ; Nalgo-Gambit : 186)
Lexton, Michael (Wales ; Swansea Univ. : 202)
Meade, Philip J. (W ; Cheltenham : 195)
Stuart, E Leslie (S ; Civil Service : 204)

199 (8)

Adaway, William G. L. (S ; Slough : 201)
Haigh, Geoffrey T. (Wales & S; Cwmbran, Oxford Univ. : 187)
Hawes, Stephen O. N. (S ; Athenaeum: 194)
Lemon, Richard C. (N & S; Southgate, Sheffield Univ. : 200)
Milner-Barry, P Stuart (BM ; Civil Service, Kent: 211)
Povey, John E. (N ; Leeds : 188)
Toothill, Andrew (N ; Bradford : 197)
Westra, Roelof D. (N ; Hull : 205)

198 (14)

Aitken, Dr. James M. (BM ; Cheltenham 199)
Blackstock, Leslie S. (M & S ; Bewdley, Oxford Univ. : 189)
Firth, Malcolm (N ; Giro : 205)
Fleury, Martin (M ; Wolverhampton Kipping : 182)
Hall, John (N ; Liverpool Univ. : 182)
Holmes, Roger de L. (S ; Mitcham, Board of Trade : 199)
Hutchings, Stuart J. (W ; Bristol & Clifton, Plymouth : 190)
Ludgate, Alan T. (N ; Leeds Univ. : —)
Malcolm, David M. (S ; Sutton & Cheam, Insurance : 191)
May, Alan K. (S ; Richmond : 205)
Power, Richard J. D. (N & S; Horsham, Sheffield Univ. : 207)
Sutton, (John) Anthony (M ; Walsall Kipping : 179)
Thomas, Ronald (N ; Middlesbrough : 208)
Wood, Baruch H. (M ; Sutton Coldfield : 209)

197 (12)

Barker, R. J. (S ; Paymaster General : 202)
Barnard, C. S. (M ; Electra : 193)
Bennett, Gerald H. (S ; Bournemouth: 194)
Ellis, D. (S ; Richmond : 184)
Farrand, Julian T. (N ; Stockport: 203)
Lee, Robert A. (W ; Exeter : 192)
Naylor, John W. (N ; Leeds : 191)
Roe, Philip L. (S ; Bedford : 204)
Thornton, John D. (S ; Sussex Univ. : 191)
Walsh, D. J. (S ; Maidenhead : 190)
Wickens, Timothy (S ; King & King, Southend : —) (looks like a duplicate - also at 211 above - JS)
Woodcock, Christopher F. (N & S ; Headington, Hoylake : 204)

196 (12)

Adams, David M. (M & N ; Nuneaton’ Sheffield Univ. : 182)
Anderton, David W. (M ; Wolverhampton Kipping : 204)
Beach, Richard A. (M ; Electra : 192)
Collins, Peter M. (S ; Barton Peveril, Hants : 196)
Cubitt, Clive (S : Great Yarmouth : 196)
Macgrillen, Hugh (S ; London Univ. : 204)
Rogers, D John (S ; Lewisham : 196)
Smith, Ivor B. N. (S; Ilford: 198)
Stockwell, Roger J. (S ; Civil Service: 186)
Thrower, Sean (N & S; Bucks, Leeds Univ. : 186)
Toothill, John (N ; Ambleside : —)
Wolstenholme, John (N ; Manchester : 197)

195 (16)

Beach, T John (N ; Waterloo : 192)
Burstow, John A. (S ; Athenaeum : —)
Century, Jonathan I. (N & S ; Muswell Hill, Manchester Univ. : 188)
Emsley, James Stuart (S ; Cable & W'ireless : 187)
Gardner, R. (N ; Shell : 182)
Hardinge, Julian A. (S ; Athenaeum : —)
Hayes, Gerald M. (S ; Athenaeum : 195)
Landry, Thomas A. (S ; Willesden : —)
McCarthy, E. A. (S ; Athenaeum: 180)
Nicholas, Geoffrey James (S ; Brighton : 174)
Northage, Robert H. (W ; Bath : 188)
Perkins, N Anthony (S ; Post Office, Finchley : 197)
Speed, Graham (S ; Mitcham : 196)
Tabakiernik, Wladyslaw (M ; White Eagles : 195)
Veauce, Louis de (S ; Pirbright : 204)
Webb, Roger (S ; Cambridge Univ. : 188)

194 (19)

Bissell, Maurice D. (S & W; Cheltenham, Inland Revenue : 189)
Conroy, Michael J. (N ; Burnley : 198)
Dilworth, Alan John (N ; Bolton : 202)
Friedlander, Ivor Adrian (S ; London Univ., Ilford, Southend : 189)
George, Peter M (S ; Wimbledon, Lensbury : 187)
Hershman, Paul (S ; London Univ., Southend : 180)
Israel, Harold (S ; Hampstead : 200)
Jones, John H. (S ; Gosport : 203)
Kirk-O’ Grady, Julian F. T. (N ; Cambridge Univ., Wilmslow : 181)
Law, Andrew P. (S ; Lewisham, Acton : 185)
McFarland, Robert S. (M ; Nuneaton : 195)
McNee, Ian C. (N ; Hoylake : 174)
Masters, David J. (S ; Chertsey, Wimbledon : —)
O’Dell, James E. (N & S ; Epsom, Manchester Univ. : 195)
Oliver, Norman R. (S ; Lewisham, Insurance : 195)
Taylor, Graham Coleridge (S ; West London : —)
Thompson, Marshall W. J. (S ; Southampton : 184)
Watson, Ronald Hanno (S ; Muswell Hill, Oxford Univ. : 195)
Yerbury, Paul D. (S; Brit. Petroleum, Cavendish : —)

193 (9)

Craddock, James M. (S ; Bracknell : 198)
Edwards, L Alan (M ; Braunstone : 189)
Johannes, Ronald L. (S ; Oxford Univ. : 194)
Karmaz, Peter (N ; Bolton : 186)
Lamb, Harry (N ; Bolton : 189)
O’Kelly, Rory M. R. (S ; Cambridge Univ. 194)
Pelling, Timothy W. (S ; Mitcham, Mushrooms : 183)
Raeburn, David (S ; Mitcham : —)
Waters, Peter (W ; Barnstaple : 194)

192 (13)

Acton, Peter J. (S ; Bletchley : 184)
Andrew, Donald M. (S ; Cavendish, Ins. : 187)
Dunnett, R. M. (S ; Central Electricity : 183)
Ellison, D George (N ; Bolton : 193)
Hare, Brian Henry (S ; Sussex Univ. : 189)
Harris, Geoffrey F. (M ; Stourbridge : 194)
Hilton, Clifford G. (N ; Bury : 210)
Howley, Roger W. (M & N ; Loughborough, Bury : 189)
Nunn, John D. M. (S ; Elliott School, Richmond : 180)
Prizant, Michael (S ; Sutton & Cheam : 196)
Smith, Michael A. (N ; Bolton : 182)
Webb, Jeffrey R. L. (M & S ; Kidderminster, Sussex Univ. : 196)
Wise, Derek Maurice (W ; Downend & Fishponds : 193)

191 (9)

Atkinson, John W. (N; Hull: 196)
Bracher, Alan R. (S ; Richmond : 198)
Carter, Anthony F. C. (S ; Portsmouth : 180)
Doney, Ronald A. (S ; Richmond : 193)
Learner, Dr. Abraham (S ; Hastings : 195)
Lloyd, David Edward (S ; R.A.E. Farnborough: 198)
Maudsley, Keith (N ; Blackburn : 183)
Reddie, Michael J. (S ; Orpington, Insurance : 194)
Wheeler, John F. (S ; I.B.M. Surrey: 190)

190 (15)

Bailey, Richard (N ; Hoylake : 185)
Bimpson, Thomas (N ; Liverpool Univ. : 190)
Bulford, Michael J. (S ; Islington : 191)
Burton, Colin G. (M ; Hereford : 191)
Gilbert, Colin (Wales; Cwmbran: 177)
Hollis, Geoffrey A. (S ; Cavendish : 198)
Hutchinson, Paul A. (M ; Broughton : 198)
Katz, Dr. Gerald (S ; Athenaeum : 188)
Killick, Peter G. (M ; Nalgo-Gambit : 183)
Lancaster, Roger D. (S; Mushrooms, Insurance : 196)
Linton, William A. (S ; Mushrooms : 199)
MacDonald, David G. (S ; Welwyn G.C. :—)
Snape, Ian L. (S ; Dulwich College : 176)
Spurgeon, Ronald E. (S ; Metropolitan, Civil Service : 192)
Wade, Philip Valentine (N ; Leeds : 192)

189 (15)

Clunie, Ronald J. (M ; West Bromwich : 193)
Cook, Percy B. (S ; Ilford, Inland Revenue : 186)
Dilworth, Vernon (N ; Sale : 175)
Dodgson, John A. (S ; Gravesend : 180)
Jones, D. R. T. (S ; Oxford Univ. : 190)
Jones, Iolo C. (Wales ; Llandyssul : —)
Lemoir, David (S & W ; Battersea, Harrow, Patchway : 189)
Morry, W. Ritson (M ; Mutual : 181)
Rehman, K. A. (S ; Metropolitan, Civil Service : — )
Roebuck, Ian (W ; Weymouth : 183)
Rudge, Jeremy F. (S ; Cambridge Univ. : 176)
Shallcross, Douglas G. A. (S ; Wimbledon, Brighton : 179)
Stone, Joseph (S ; Hampstead : —)
Trangmar, Alan G. (S ; Kent, Cambridge Univ. : 196)
Watson, J. F. (S ; Athenaeum : 165)

188 (18)

Blackburne, Colin M. T. (S ; Wimbledon, Bracknell : 193)
Boucher, Frank B. (S ; Eastcote : 191)
Brown, P. A. J. (S ; Stevenage : 185)
Cabrinovic, Milenko (S ; West London, Lloyds Insurance : —)
Cook, Michael P. (S ; Maidstone : 199)
Elston, Richard G. (S ; London Univ., Sutton & Cheam : 174)
Ewing, David J. F. (S ; Ashtead : 187)
Gilliam, Clive D. (S & W ; Mitcham, Bristol Univ. : 171)
Goodhill, T. (M ; Birmingham : 184)
Green, P. R. (N & S ; East Anglia Univ., Leeds : 180)
Jones, Brian A. (N ; Sheffield : 176)
Jones, R. S. (S ; Bedford : 184)
Joyce, P. (N ; Ashton : 191)
Nicholson, John G. (S ; Dulwich College : 170)
Nicolson, James R. (N ; Longsight : 182)
Sheldrick, J[ohn?]. N. (N & S ; Huddersfield, Cambridge Univ. : 189)
Wood, R. Frank T. (M ; Sutton Coldfield : 204)
Woolverton, Harry I. (S ; Ilford, East Ham : 191)

187 (19)

Anslow, George E. (S ; Hastings : 188)
Atkinson, Brian W. (S ; Slough, Ibis: 183)
Bamford, Anthony B. (S; Sutton & Cheam, Insurance : 187)
Bennett, Terry B. (S ; Metropolitan, Stevenage : 184)
Blaine, Martin (S ; Hampstead : 196)
Brigden, Michael E. (W ; Bristol & Clifton, Downend & Fishponds : 181)
Clarke, Michael R. B. (S ; London Univ. : —)
Cooper, John G. (M ; Ericssons : 182)
Hutchinson, Norman A. (S ; Oxford City : 190)
Hyde, Keith G. (S ; High Wycombe : 184)
Kings, Rev. Peter R. (S ; Finchley : 187)
Little, Ernest A. (N ; Waterloo : 192)
McDevitt, W. E. (S ; Regency : —)
Ripley, John M. (N ; Prescot: 193)
Sellens, John B. (S ; Hastings : 183)
Todd, C. J. (S ; Richmond, East Anglia Univ. : 186)
Walker, John N. (S ; Cowley : 187)
Walton, John S. (S ; Athenaeum : 185)
Winser, W. Arthur (S ; Hastings : 194)

186 (23)

Abrahams, Gerald (N ; Prescot : —)
Crowther, Bryan (N ; Huddersfield : 179)
Edmonds, A. M. (S; Itchen Coll : 190)
Ford, J. P. (M ; Skegness : 179)
Gill, Neville B. K. (N ; Douglas : 187)
Hawson, John B. (S ; Ilford, Cavendish : 181)
Jenson, Dr. Victor G. (M ; Wolverhampton Kipping : 188)
Kendall, Paul S. N. (S ; Oxford City : 184)
Kermeen, Robert J. (N ; Douglas : 188)
Lamming, Robert Love (N ; Douglas : 186)
Maher, Thomas V. (N ; Manchester : —)
Moore, Peter G. (N ; Wilmslow : 186)
Orton, Charles H. J. (S ; London Univ. : 167)
Powell, C. (M ; Holbrooks : 174)
Read, T. O. (N ; Chester : 187)
Reynolds, F. M. (N : Hoylake : 179)
Richards, William Edward Cole (S ; Harrow, Civil Service : 191)
Ripp, Jerome Valentine (S ; Romford, Insurance : 184)
Scanlan, J. P. (N & S ; Wallasey, Cambridge Univ. : 182)
Sommerville, Johann P. (S ; Dulwich College : 170)
Springate, David L. L. (S; Suburban, Kent: 171)
Streets, David G. (M & S ; Lincoln, London Univ. : 177)
Wilkinson, John R. (S ; Itchen College : 191)

185 (25)

Bellinger, Robin G. (S ; Islington : 177)
Bennett, James K. A. (S ; Housing & Local Government : —)
Brooks, A. J. (S ; Waltham Forest, Patent Office: 183)
Bryant, Richard B. E. (S ; Guildford : 184)
Burdock, Harry Charles Robert (S ; Leigh Park : 172)
Cockroft, Alan (M ; Lincoln : 175)
Edge, Frederick W. (S ; Wimbledon : 183)
Felce, Harold George (S ; Sutton & Cheam : 187)
Foster, C. L. (N ; Bolton : 169)
Harding, Timothy D. (M & S ; Worcester, Oxford Univ. : 189)
Jackson, Oliver A. (N ; Manchester : 182)
Macleod, Norman Alasdair (W ; Cheltenham : 184)
Marshall, H. A. (S ; Sutton & Cheam : 191)
Parsonage, G. (N ; Liverpool: 173)
Pearson, J. (N ; Malew : 186)
Powis, Ronald O. (W ; Stroud : 178)
Prizant, Alan H. (S; Sutton & Cheam, Sheffield Univ. : 173)
Pyper, N. C. (S ; Univ. of East Anglia : 180)
Rumble, John F. S. (S ; Eastbourne : —)
Steedman, James (N ; North Shields : 185)
Surtees, Michael J. (S ; Acton, Brunei Univ. : 194)
Taylor, M. J. (S ; Banstead : 176)
Tennant-Smith, James (N ; Faculty of Technology, Manchester: 196)
Watson, K. B. (N ; North Shields : 180)
Willmets, David P. (S ; Guildford : 180)


NOTES

Guide to BCF Grade Conversion

When the BCF grading system came into being, grades were published as shown in column 1 below. I believe the underlying three-figure grades were calculated but the published figure was a code such as 1a, 1b, 2a, etc. With the advent of FIDE (or, as they are usually known, Elo) ratings, there was a commonly used conversion formula which was (BCF x 8) + 600 = FIDE (as shown in column 3). These days I believe the conversion formula is as per column 4 - (BCF x 7.5) + 700 = FIDE.

Old BCF Codes BCF Grades Conversion A Conversion B
1a 241-248 2528-2584 2508-2560
1b 233-240 2464-2520 2448-2500
2a 225-232 2400-2456 2388-2440
2b 217-224 2336-2392 2328-2380
3a 209-216 2272-2328 2268-2320
3b 201-208 2208-2264 2208-2260
4a 193-200 2144-2200 2148-2200
4b 185-192 2080-2136 2088-2140

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Date Notes
July 2022 First uploaded to BritBase
5 August 2022 Some forename updates. My thanks to Neil Graham.