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Posted Tournament Title & Year Winner Contributor, Notes
26/10/20 Games of Dr JM Aitken - An interim collection of games played by leading Scottish player Dr JM Aitken (1908-1983). The PGN file has 478 entries, including 400+ complete games, the remainder being either part-games or stubs. I put this collection together primarily to assist Geoff Chandler in his forthcoming project to input all of Dr Aitken's games from the collection of 45 scorebooks (each containing 50 games) held by Edinburgh Chess Club but thought I might as well make it available on BritBase while we await the completion of this major input project. A secondary purpose is to make the games available to BritBase's volunteer proof-readers who have proved themselves to be an invaluable resource in weeding out errors in existing game databases. Update: later that same day... 16 further games added, thanks to Brian Denman and Alan McGowan.
21/10/20 1969 British Championship Penrose All 176 games from the bulletin, plus 137 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: Fuller-J.Littlewood, round 9 - the bulletin score ends at move 46 but Littlewood's own record shows them playing on to move 52.
21/10/20 1988 Haringey Masters Murey/Hodgson 81 games of this Scheveningen format tournament, previously posted here in 2008, but now with one replacement score supplied by Andy Ansel, plus game viewer and (slightly weird!) crosstable. Thanks to Andy for the Jacobs-Gallagher score.
21/10/20 1986 Lloyds Bank Masters Simen Agdestein 142* games of this tournament (out of circa 800 played), 141 of which were posted some years ago but now with a complete crosstable of results (it was no small feat compiling this from the tiny print in both bulletin and BCF yearbook). Update: an extra game supplied by Paul Georghiou, plus various textual amendments. Thanks, Paul.
19/10/20 1985 Brighton International - Eileen Tranmer Memorial Whiteley These 45 games have been here since 2006 - now with a game viewer and crosstable.
19/10/20 1984 Lewisham International Hebden, de Boer 111 games originally uploaded as a zipped file in 2006 but a missing game has now been added and game viewer and crosstable included.
17/10/20 1939 BCF Bournemouth M Euwe All 66 games of the non-championship tournament held as part of the BCF Congress, won by ex-world champion Euwe. Also 26 games from the British Ladies' Championship and Major Open competitions. Full crosstables and results from all sections. Update: a further game added, Pounce-Watson, from the First-Class C section. My thanks to Brian Denman.
17/10/20 1976/77 Hastings O Romanishin 105 games from the Premier (previously posted here as part of a larger zipped file), plus some games from the Challengers and other sections, crosstables and results. Update: Brian Denman sent me a game, W.Brown-E.Mitchell, from the Third-Week Special, won by a blind member of Hastings CC.
17/10/20 1939 Margate Keres All 45 games from the Premier, previously posted here as a zipped file but now with dates, plus three games from lower sections, crosstables and results. Update: a further eight games from subsidiary sections added, thanks to Ron de Haas, Brian Denman and some of my own researches. Thanks to Ron and Brian.
14/10/20 1982 Kings Head International Tisdall 45 games from this IM/FM norm event held in Bayswater, London. It had previously been posted here in 2008 but the set-up had been overtaken by changes to browser technology in the past 12 years and no longer worked. It should now work OK. Plus a crosstable and a brief report from CHESS Magazine.
14/10/20 1939 England-Netherlands Match Drawn These 20 games have been available here for 20 years but now come with a crosstable and the match report from the contemporary BCM. Update: a minor amendment made to the score of Alexander-Euwe, round 2 (½-½). My thanks to Andy Ansel.
13/10/20 1939 Scottish Championship Pavey Not really new—it was first posted here 21 years ago!—but presented in our now-standard format, with viewer, crosstable, etc. I've also added dates and some more forenames.
10/10/20 1992 British Championship Julian Hodgson 222 of a possible 303 games, plus full crosstable and results from other sections. As with the 1991 British, the games have been available for some time but I have applied corrections, added dates and pairings, with some considerable help from Paul Georghiou. Update: Brian Denman has contributed a further 11 games, all played in the Major Open by the later Erkki Pesonen. Many thanks to Brian.
09/10/20 1991 British Championship Julian Hodgson 267 of a possible 385 games, plus full crosstable and results from other sections. These games have been available commercially for some time but I have applied some corrections, added dates and pairings, etc. Many thanks to Paul Georghiou for assisting in this process. Update: a further 23 games from subsidiary events supplied by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
03/10/20 1975 Staffordshire Open Richard A Beach 33 games from this weekender held over the late May bank holiday weekend. I have added a further four to the 29 games already published on Mega/Big Databases, corrected some names and added dates.
01/10/20 1971 British Championship Raymond Keene All 198 games of the championship proper, plus 23* games from subsidiary sections. Crosstables of the championship, women's championship and Under-21, plus full results of all sections. First uploaded August 2017. * Latest update: added 11 games played by Brian Denman in the Major Open (many thanks to Brian) and five more games played by Mike Donnelly in the Under-21. Also revamped the presentation of crosstables, adding one for the U18 Championship, created from my contemporary notes.
29/09/20 1974 Evening Standard London / Islington Open Ten-way tie 26 games from the 1974 Islington Open. Not many games but they are very entertaining ones. Also John Ripley's equally entertaining report from CHESS (his report in BCM being almost identical), plus a photo of Tony Miles and Gerald Bennett sharing the Grand Prix spoils. Update: Brian Denman has kindly contributed a further six games, including five by Geoffrey H James – who incidentally was one of the joint winners. The report I appended from CHESS magazine omitted his name from the list of winners but he was one of ten players on the top score of 5/6.
28/09/20 Bernard Cafferty file - 1,921 games by English FM Bernard Cafferty (born 1934), including 2 part-games and 19 stubs. Latest update: two complete games, both played in 1976 and a part-game from the same year. Update: minor amendment. The games played in the 1974 Evening Standard London (a.k.a. Islington) Open were played over the weekend of 20-22nd December, not 13-15th as previously given.
27/09/20 1995 Tyneside International (3rd) McDonald, T Wall All 45 games of this ten-player all-play-all held in Newcastle just before Xmas in 1995. I don't think these have been published online previously. My thanks to Tim Wall for sending me the bulletin. He accomplished the rare feat of organising a tournament, winning it (jointly) and gaining a title norm. I wonder if anyone else has managed that.
27/09/20 1996 Northumbrian Masters L. Pliester 99 games, never before published online, from the bulletin of the 1st Northumbrian Masters, played in Newcastle in August/September 1996. The tournament marked the international debut of Gawain Jones, aged only 8, and featured several other players who have gone on to become GMs (Rowson, Gormally, Williams, Shaw). My thanks to Tim Wall for sending me the bulletin.
25/09/20 1975/76 Hastings Bronstein, Hort, Uhlmann All 120 games, which have been available here previously, but now with 34 games from the Challengers, plus crosstables of the Premier and Challengers, results of subsidiary events and reports from magazines. Update: a further 11 games contributed by Brian Denman, ten from the Challengers and one from another section. Thanks, Brian.
24/09/20 Murray Chandler's Games, 1973-1989 - 1,593 games played by Murray Chandler between 1973 and 1989. This is a major new (29 August 2020) item for BritBase, showcasing the early games of one of the top GMs during a particularly exciting and important era of British chess. During the summer Murray made available to me scans of scoresheets which he had discovered amongst his family's effects, and I keyed in the moves. These were mostly from the time he arrived in England in 1975, and well into the 1980s. I've endeavoured to discover the event in which they were played (the teenage Murray didn't always fill in all the fields of his scoresheets), date them, work out round numbers and opponents' names, and then place them in chronological order. (I do hope readers will help in the identification process and perhaps send in games of Murray's which are missing.) I have also appended a list of the tournaments that Murray took part in from 1975 onwards. I've included some of his early New Zealand games but these are being worked on independently by Bill Forster and in the course of time these will be made available at the Peter Stuart NZ Games Database, which I recommend you to visit. Also, I am still working on adding further detail to Murray's games played subsequent to 1989 and will add these to the collection in due course (there are more than 600 of them). I can also recommend following Murray's excellent Facebook chess autobiography where he is recounting his chess career in regular segments. He's up to number 48 as I write and has just started coverage of his English period in 1975. Together with his BritBase collection it provides a unique and innovative insight into the career of a grandmaster. Update: added Chandler-Angantysson (Iceland), European Team Qualifier, 10 July 1982, found in an issue of CHESS Magazine.
23/09/20 1970 Welsh Championship Gavrilovic, Chesters 138 games from the Championship and subsidiary events played at swansea. These games have been available at BritBase for 20 years but now have accompanying crosstables and more forenames than were available originally. Any further help with names would be much appreciated.
23/09/20 1977 Lloyds Bank Masters Miguel Quinteros First uploaded here as a zip file in 2007 with 166 games, plus 1 from a subsidiary event. Leonard Barden wrote out the entire bulletin in manuscript, including crosstables, rating calculations and annotations. This was the first of these legendary series of tournaments. My thanks to Stewart Reuben for lending the bulletin, Steve Giddins for keying in the games, and to Leonard Barden for producing the bulletin. Update: an extra 7 games added, and this page now features a complete crosstable, details of norms and ratings, results of the subsidiary section, and much more. It was a significant tournament in the development of chess in this country as it was the first of its type to offer norm and rating opportunities. Following the main update, Bob Taylor informed me of the full name of a player, Martin A Lee, so we now have a forename for all the competitors. Thanks, Bob. And, stop press, we have a further 15 games involving the Sussex players John Henshaw and Geoff James. Many thanks, Brian. The total number of games now stands at 188 from the Masters and one from the subsidiary event.
23/09/20 Ian Wells Collection - The collection of games played by Ian Duncan Wells (1964-82) now numbers 299. Latest update: a by-product of the 15 games added to 1977 Lloyds Bank Masters was that one of them involved Ian Wells - a loss to John Henshaw in round 7. Thanks again to Brian Denman.
20/09/20 1968 BUCA Individual Championship G Chesters, J Carleton 177 (i.e. all bar a couple of) games played in the nine-round British Universities' Chess Association Championship held in Swansea. My thanks to Alex Holowczak for sending me the games. Update: one of the games, Eustis-Ilersic (rd 5) was shown with an incorrect result – should be 0-1. Thanks to Brian Denman for pointing it out.
20/09/20 1984 British Championship N. Short All 347 games, plus three from the Ladies' Championship. The Championship games have been here for some time but are now with dates, a game viewer, crosstables and results of other sections. Update: a further 29 games from other sections added, including all Brian Denman's and John Henshaw's Major Open games. Many thanks to Brian Denman.
20/09/20 1966 Glorney Cup England 18 games and 11 part-games from the 1966 Glorney Cup Junior International Team Tournament, from a possible maximum of 90. There were already 10 games on 2020 Mega/Big Database but with some incorrect identifications. Update: Brian Denman has supplied a correction to the score of Pritchett-Sugden.
19/09/20 1990 British Championship Jim Plaskett Still just 293 games of a possible 407, plus 11 from the Major Open. Latest update: I've added a full crosstable and results of other sections. The games themselves also came in for some running repairs, including a game which had the wrong round number, with rating data revised in line with what appears in the BCF Yearbook.
18/09/20 1982 British Championship A. Miles All 308 games, first posted here in 1997, now with ratings and dates, plus crosstables and full results.
17/09/20 1972 Irish Championship W.Heidenfeld, M. O'Leary Five years ago Sean Coffey sent me the 90 games of the 1972 Irish Championship in Dublin. Apologies to Sean and readers for keeping you waiting so long! I've not appended a crosstable or report to the file on this occasion because Sean has already posted an immaculate crosstable and tournament report.
16/09/20 4NCL 1994/95 Midland Monarchs 442 games (plus 11 stubs) out of 528 games played in the 1994/95 4NCL season. Another major BritBase offering, featuring a substantial tranche of games which haven't seen the light before. Only a handful of games from the 4NCL's second season have ever been published to date. The tale of how these games came to light is told in the September 2020 issue of CHESS Magazine, which will be arriving through letterboxes today. If you want to know more, why not buy a copy. Update: small tweak to the end of G.H.James-A.Mack (Rd 10.7) Black played 33...Qd4+ before White resigned. Thanks to Brian Denman for this.
16/09/20 1989 Barnsdale Young Masters M.Suba 40 of a possible 230 games, from this very strong weekender played 24-26 February 1989. Some of the games appear already on 2020 Big/Mega Databases but without dates or round numbers plus identification errors. It has been possible to work out most of these from the results given in the 1989/90 BCF Yearbook.
16/09/20 British Championship 1987 Short All 321 games of the Championship (of which three are byes). Additional to the games already available on mega/Big database, these feature round numbers and dates. There are crosstables of the Championship and Women's Championships plus full results of other sections. Update: Further running repairs to this file: minor amendments made to the scores of Shutler-Upton (Rd 10) and Rossiter-Levitt (Rd 11). Many thanks again to Andy Ansell for doing the necessary checking work.
16/09/20 1974 Mikhail Tal Simul, Knotty Ash, Liverpool +23 =2 -2 23 of the 27 games which Mikhail Tal played in a simul given at Knotty Ash, Liverpool, on 18 January 1974. I am grateful to Gerald Hartmann for sending me the games, which had been noted down by Jimmy Adams. There is a photo of this event to be found at the Liverpool Chess Club website.
16/09/20 1938 British Championship CHO'D Alexander 30 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. Update: six more games found in Glasgow Herald - four involving JM Aitken (including one against Vera Menchik) from the Championship proper, one from the Ladies Championship and one from the Major Open.
14/09/20 Lloyds Bank Masters 1981 Keene, Miles, Seirawan 122 games from the 1981 Lloyds Bank Masters, won on tie-break by Ray Keene. Three games added to what was here previously, added from Big Database 2020 (but they have attributed another two games which were NOT played in this event). Also five games from associated events (simuls and junior competition), plus a full crosstable. Update: added two games played by Paul Georghiou in the Junior Invitation event, and tidied up the crosstable.
14/09/20 British Championship 1985 Speelman All 418 games (including a few stubs and bye games), plus 13 previously unpublished games from other sections. Now with round and board numbers and dates. Plus crosstables and full results of all sections.
13/09/20 British Championship 1986 Speelman All 341 games of the Championship, plus the eight games of the Speelman/Chandler/Mestel play-off in December 1986. All games now have rounds and dates. Crosstables of the Championship and Women's Championship, plus full results of other sections.
12/09/20 British Championship 1988 Mestel 305 of the 385 games played in the 1988 British Championship in Blackpool. This is the first time it has been available here, and the games have dates, round and board numbers included compared with what appears on Mega/Big Database and also corrects errors found therein. Full crosstable of the Championships and results of all subsidiary events.
07/09/20 Regency Masters 1981 Fedorowicz 46 of the (roughly) 250 from this 56-player nine-round Swiss event held in Ramsgate in December 1981.
06/09/20 Brighton 1981 Chandler All 45 games. These are new here though they have been on Big/Mega Database for many years. I have added a crosstable.
06/09/20 Benedictine 1981 Miles 116 games from the 4th Manchester Benedictine Open. These have been here for some time but now have a viewer and complete crosstable.
05/09/20 Varsity Match 1874 Cambridge Jason Radley pointed out that I had overlooked the third game played by Meredith and Ogden, which was printed alongside other games which I had culled from the Westminster Papers, 1 April 1874. I have now added it to the page, making 12 out of the 20 games played as part of the 1874 match.
04/09/20 Hastings 1936/37 Alekhine All 45 games from the Premier, which have been available for some time, but now 14 games (and 10 part-games) from lower sections, crosstables, report and full results. Update: Brian Denman has contributed three further games from subsidiary section. Thanks to Brian.
02/09/20 Isle of Man Opens 1990 & 1991 Colin Crouch David McAlister has contributed a further three games played by David Houston at the 1990 Isle of Man Open, in addition to one already posted there (vs Roger de Coverly). Thanks, David.
30/08/20 British Championship 1980 John Nunn (after a play-off) All 220 games of the tournament plus 13 games from the Major Open, 1 from the U14 and all 6 games from the Nunn-Hartston play-off match. Update: added 13 games from subsidiary sections, contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. This includes 11 games played by Canon (Arthur) Eric Smith in the Major Open – the same clergyman whose nine games from the 1927/28 (!) Hastings Major Reserves tournament I uploaded an hour or so ago. What remarkable longevity. Incidentally, I've just solved the mystery of what happened to the 1980 British U14 Girls' Champion, Mandy Hepworth. She's now Mandy Gilmore and works as head of dietetics at a hospital in Northern Ireland. Here's a story with a photo showing her receiving an award in 2016.
30/08/20 Hastings 1927/28 Tartakower The 25 (out of 45) Premier games have been available here for some time but I've now added 23 games from subsidiary sections (including five Vera Menchik games), crosstables, results and some biographical items. Update: Brian Denman sent me a further nine games, played by Canon (Arthur) Eric Smith in the Major Reserves section, including a draw with a very young Hugh Alexander.
28/08/20 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. Latest update: one game added - Parsons-Elliot, First Class Section.
27/08/20 British Championship 1913 FD Yates 31 of the 66 games from the Championship, plus 15 from subsidiary sections. Latest update: Added the game Mahood-Jacobs - many thanks to David McAlister. I also took the opportunity to record a few more details about that year's women's champion, the Welsh player Amabel Moseley.
24/08/20 1983 British Championship Mestel All 319 games, plus 34 games from subsidiary sections. The Championship games now have round numbers and dates, and names have been revised. Crosstable and short summary of other sections included. Update: full results of subsidiary sections, full crosstable of the Major Open and ten more games received from Mark Page. I am grateful to Paul Georghiou for proof-reading and helping me with names of his contemporaries. Many thanks to Mark and Paul.
24/08/20 1989 British Championship Adams 296 games from a possible 429, of the 78-player British Championship held in Plymouth. I've created a partial crosstable, based on the one published in BCM, but I'd like to have more data, which may be in the BCF Yearbook, if someone could scan some pages for me. What's needed is round numbers for some of the games already published, plus results from subsidiary sections. Original upload 20 August 2020. Update: Richard James has made it possible to publish a complete crosstable for the Championship, plus round numbers and dates for all games in the download, and David McAlister has kindly provided seven more games played by David Houston. Many thanks to Richard and David, and also to Paul Georghiou for proof-reading.
20/08/20 Hastings 1986/87 Chandler, Larsen, Lputian, Speelman All 91 games have been available for some time, but I have now added round numbers and dates, plus a crosstable and some results and games from the Challengers.
19/08/20 Brighton 1980 Chandler & Speelman All 45 games, from Big Database 2020. However, ChessBase have a name wrong - it was William (not John) Watson who took part.
11/08/20 1921/22 Hastings Kostic All 45 games have been available for some time; now added 3 from the Masters, plus crosstables, report and results. Update: Brian Denman has contributed two more games from the subsidiary sections, while Andy Ansel has corrected two moves from Premier games Kostic-Scott and Norman-O'Hanlon. Many thanks to both.
10/08/20 1950/51 Hastings Premier Unzicker All 45 games of the Premier and 1 from a subsidiary section. The Premier games have been available for some time but I have added dates, a crosstable, results of all sections and contemporary reports. Update: one game from a subsidiary section contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
10/08/20 1949/50 Hastings Premier Szabo All 45 games of the Premier and 4 from subsidiary sections. The Premier games have been available for some time but I needed to correct one of the game scores (Rossolimo-Winser, round 7), so took the opportunity to give the games a make-over, adding dates, crosstables, results of all sections and a contemporary report. Update: four games from subsidiary sections contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
18/07/20 1987 Varsity Match Oxford One more game added - the top board game between Peter Wells and David Watts, found in a Guardian column.
18/07/20 1986 Varsity Match Oxford One game added - top board Bell-McNab. My thanks to Colin McNab for supplying the score.
18/07/20 1984 Varsity Match Oxford One game added (Walker-Regan) on 16 July and another game, McNab-Bell two days' later. I am grateful to Colin McNab for sending in the score of his game and also for resolving the anomaly of the wrongly-attributed game published in the May 1984 BCM which he tells me was the game Dyson-McNab from the Varsity Freshers' match, played a month before the first-team Varsity match. My thanks to Alex McFarlane for forwarding the score of Walker-Regan.
28/06/20 BritBase has moved - BritBase is now on a new secure site on a different host. The URL has changed to www.saund.org.uk (i.e. 'org' instead of 'co') and you should change any bookmarks you have to the new one immediately. There may be some glitches - if you spot anything not working, please email me. (The old 'co' site will still be in place for some time while I dismantle it but will not be updated.)
06/06/20 Mir Sultan Khan - 204 games plus 32 stubs/part-games. Latest update: some games added from Daniel King's new book Sultan Khan (New in Chess, 2020) and also from ChessBase's Big/Mega Base 2020.
13/05/20 British Championship 1962 Jonathan Penrose All 176 games of the main championships, plus 40 games from subsidiary events. These games have been widely available for many years, but now given dates, newspaper sources and forenames of players, plus full results and crosstables, etc. Latest update: Four games added: Lambshire-Jamieson (U18 Final), Brown-Gamble (U18 Consolation), Lemon-Gilhespy (U18 Preliminary) and Moss-Hartston (U15 Final). Thanks to Andy Ansel.
12/05/20 British Championship 1965 Peter N Lee All 184 games from the Championship proper, plus results and crosstables. Latest: nine games from subsidiary events added. My thanks to Brian Denman for these.
12/05/20 British Championship 1964 Michael Haygarth 40 complete Championship games and 5 part-games, plus 18 games from subsidiary events. Crosstables and results from the BCF Congress, held that year in Whitby. Latest update: One game added from the British Under-18 - Eley 0-1 Nicholas (rd 3). Many thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 British Championship 1963 J.Penrose All 154 Championship games plus 80 from subsidiary sections and full results and crosstables. Latest: Added one game from the First-Class section, Geoffrey Chesters vs Bainbridge. Thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 British Championship 1961 Jonathan Penrose 32 of the 187 games in the championship, plus 13 part-games, plus 22 games (and 1 part-game) from subsidiary events. Latest: Added one game from the First-Class section, Whicher vs Geoffrey Chesters. Thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 British Championship 1960 Jonathan Penrose 31 games out of 198, plus 9 part-games, plus 3 games & 2 part-games from subsidiary events. Also crosstables of the two main tournaments, plus some contemporary newspaper coverage. Latest: Added a game from the First-Class, Geoffrey Chesters vs CJ Arthur. Thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 British Championship 1911 HE Atkins (after play-off) 30 of the 66 games from the 1911 British Championship held in Glasgow, plus 8 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: Brian Denman has identified an error in the score of the game Yates-McKee, round 11. It has now been corrected, with the full score of the game now appearing. Also, a game has been added from the Third Class tournament - Dr CF Knight vs Miss Wilkins. Thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 British Championship 1959 Jonathan Penrose (after a play-off with Leonard Barden) All 187 games of the 1959 British Championship, plus 15 from subsidiary events, and all four from the play-off tournament played in November 1959 between Penrose, Haygarth and Golombek. Latest update: added a game from the First Class section: AT Watson vs Geoffrey Chesters (brother of Graham).
12/05/20 British Championship 1921 FD Yates 27 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. Latest update: added one game from the 1st Ladies' play-off - Price-Michell (Round 2). Thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 British Championship 1908 HE Atkins Added a new game, Schories-Fawcett (Round 7, First-Class A), kindly submitted by Alan Smith (many thanks). I have also taken the opportunity to add further data regarding this tournament played in Tunbridge Wells, including photos, full scores of events and the report as published in BCM, plus round numbers and dates for two previously published games from subsidiary events. Latest: added one game (Watson-Crum, Ladies' Championship) - thanks to Brian Denman.
12/05/20 4NCL 1993/94 Invicta Knights 205 of the 240 possible games from the first season of the 4NCL (British Team Chess League). I input these games myself around 2006 and in 2016 gave them a make-over to include team data and make them viewable online. 35 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. Originally uploaded 204 games (2016). Latest: added one game from round 4 - K.Arkell ½-½ M.Chandler.
08/05/20 Games of GPS Coy (1917-2019) - 74 annotated games played by George Philip Stanley Coy (1917-2019) between 1934 and 1940. He was a strong amateur player who represented the civil service and Kent in matches and won the civil service championship four times. Games input and contributed by Kevin Thurlow, for which many thanks.
01/05/20 British Championship 1975 W. Hartston All 187 games from the Championship, plus 7 from other sections. Latest update: Three games added and one corrected as regards its provenance. The game Sheila Jackson vs Anne Sunnucks previously given here was not played as part of the British Women's Championship proper, but was the last of the four play-off games played in 2-5 January 1976 in Cardiff. I've now added the three other games of this play-off match.
27/04/20 British Championship 1977 G. Botterill Originally uploaded with results & crosstables, 2017. Latest: Added all four games of the British Women's Championship play-off between Sheila Jackson and Jana Hartston (n.b. the latter's surname given as 'Bellin' for ease of reference). This play-off took place in Hastings in January 1978 "during the last stages of the international tournament" (BCM).
16/04/20 British Championship 1947 Golombek (after a play-off versus Broadbent) 25 of the 66 games from the 1947 British Championship in Harrogate and six games of Golombek/Broadbent play-off. A number of games from the Major Open and the women's championship have also been included. Latest update: Buerger-Schenk, Rd 10 & Lenton-Buerger, Rd 7, Premier, added. The scores were contributed to the Facebook Chess Book Collectors group by Eric Fisher and forwarded to me by Eduardo Bauza, for which many thanks.
07/03/20 2020 Varsity Match   Today I am attending the 2020 Varsity match and will be updating this page during the afternoon with results and photos. Also note that my compilation of historical records of the Oxford-Cambridge chess fixture now go back to 1935, with full reports, games (where available) and biographical information. (It's work in progress for earlier matches: in the fullness of time these will stretch right back to 1873.)
28/02/20 1951 World Junior Championship Borislav Ivkov 98 of the 99 games of the inaugural World Junior (U20) Championship, held in Birmingham from 11-22 June 1951 as an 11-round Swiss tournament, with 18 players including future GMs Borislav Ivkov (winner), Bent Larsen and Fridrik Olafsson. There is one missing score, another is obviously faulty in some respect and others appear in slightly different versions in different places. I have used the Chess Player (Tony Gillam) booklet as the main source of these games.
28/02/20 1950 Birmingham Junior (U20) International Bjorn Karl Haggqvist 20 games (plus 1 part-game, from a possible 110 played) taken from the tournament booklet "First International Junior 1950 / First World Junior Championship, Birmingham 1951," edited by Tony Gillam and first published by The Chess Player in 2014. My thanks to Tony Gillam for supplying the booklet. Held alongside the Birmingham Easter Congress, this has a claim to be the first ever junior international chess tournament.
27/02/20 British Championship 1929 Sultan Khan 32 games out of 66, with stubs, part-games, and 14 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: added two Major Open games: Noteboom-Howell-Smith (Rd 2) and Thompson-Noteboom (Rd 6). And another three Noteboom games added 27 Feb - Vukovic-Noteboom (Rd 1), Vajda-Noteboom (Rd 10) and Noteboom-Seitz (Rd 11).
27/02/20 Glasgow Invitational 1968 Basman 47 of the 48 games played in this September 1968 weekender, with 16 players. Entered from the bulletin by Alan McGowan, for which many thanks. There is one missing score (Lumsden-Hunter) and one defective score (Hunter-Lancaster) - if anyone can provide solutions, please contact me.
27/02/20 British Championship 1904 Napier

57 of the 66 games, with 9 stubs, plus 27 games from subsidiary events, and the play-off games between Napier and Atkins played in early 1905. 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. Latest update: a game from the women's championship, Hallaway-Michell/Tapsell, added. My thanks to Brian Denman.

27/02/20 British Championship 1920 Roland Henry Vaughan Scott 30 of the 66 games of the 1920 British Championship, held in Edinburgh, plus 20 games from subsidiary sections. Latest: Added three British Championship games: Mackenzie-Wenman (Rd 5), S.Smith-Wenman (Rd 9) and Wenman-Michell (Rd 10). Thanks to Brian Denman.
27/02/20 Hector William Shoosmith (1877-1912) - 125 games (plus 2 part-games and 16 stubs) of Hector William Shoosmith (1877-1912), a strong English player of the Edwardian era, who played in several British Championships. I made a collection of his games as part of my research for an article about Shoosmith published in the August 2017 issue of CHESS Magazine. My thanks to Brian Denman for his considerable help with this task, also Gerard Killoran for additional games. Latest update: Added one game, Shoosmith-Holmes, Ostende Amateur 1906, contributed by Brian Denman, plus the full score of Shoosmith-Wahltuch, British Championship 1906 is now available, for which many thanks.
25/02/20 Thanet Open 2019 Alan Merry All 52 games from the traditional August event, and 45 from the subsidiary event, with crosstables. My thanks to Kevin Thurlow.
24/02/20 British Championship 1967 Penrose All the games of the 1967 Championship, plus more than 150 of the subsidiary events, from the bulletin. Latest update: deleted a duplicate game (Kemp-Trinder) which was left in the file after White's name had been corrected to P.D. Venn. My thanks to Andy Ansel for drawing my attention to it.
18/02/20 1980, 1981 & 1982 Varsity Matches   I am grateful to Clive Frostick for supplying scores of all three of his Varsity match games.
13/02/20 1931 London/Philadelphia Cable Match London All six games of the March 1931 Insull Trophy cable match held between the London League and the Philadelphia club. London won by 3½-2½. This was the fifth and last in the Insull Trophy series of London/USA cable matches, all of which are now complete on BritBase. The text and photo are from BCM, while I have culled the game scores from the American Chess Bulletin, via the excellent game collection of ACB game scores posted by David Moody on chessgames.com.
12/02/20 1928 London/Washington Cable Match Annulled All six games of the November 1928 cable match held between the London League and the Washington club. The score of the match was 3-2 in favour of London but after a protest by the US team to FIDE regarding a hitch in the transmission of moves, the match was considered annulled. These games appear to be previously unpublished in commercial databases and on the web.
12/02/20 1927 London/New York Cable Match London All six games of the November 1927 cable match held between the London League and New York. These games have previously been published on Big/Mega Database and elsewhere. The report is from BCM.
12/02/20 1926 London/Chicago Cable Match London All six games of the November 1926 cable match held between the London League and Chicago for the Insull Trophy. These games have previously been published on Big/Mega Database and elsewhere. The report is from BCM.
10/12/19 British Championship 1952 Bob Wade 42 of a possible 154 games, plus 14 game fragments and 24 games from subsidiary sections. Latest update: added details of the junior events, played separately from the main congress, plus 15 games from the Boys' Championship.
30/07/19 Paignton Premier 1960 Threefold tie All 70 games from the 1960 Paignton Premier which I found on Mega/BigBase 2017. I have amended the numerous mistakes in players' names, added dates, crosstable and results.
23/07/19 Steve Berry Collection - A collection of games played by strong English amateur Steve Berry (1951-2019). Latest update: three more games submitted by Alan Smith, for which many thanks.
23/07/19 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 45 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 I took of the venue in September 2015, names of competitors, results, etc. Latest update: added one game from the Ladies' Championship (Banting 0-1 Holloway), thanks to Alan Smith. I have also taken the opportunity to add complete crosstables of results and photos of HE Atkins and Edith Price.
25/06/19 Korrection Korner - I draw readers' attention to a couple of recent entries in 'Korrection Korner' where I list Mega/Big Database errors that I come across.
23/06/19 Peter Griffiths file - Games of the well-known Midlands player Peter C Griffiths, with the majority input from Griffiths' own scorebooks by Matthew Tapper and originally posted here in 2009. Latest update: one game added Griffiths 0-1 Kurajica, Midland Open Championship 1968.
23/06/19 British Championship 1970 Bob Wade All 179 games, plus 19 from subsidiary events. 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. Latest update: added RH Tracy-P Griffths from the First-Class tournament (n.b. not PC Griffiths)
20/06/19 British Championship 1981 Paul Littlewood All 286 games have been available here since 1998. Latest update: reformatted, with improvements to names, plus crosstables and full results of subsidiary sections.
19/06/19 British Championship 1932 Mir Sultan Khan 48 of the 66 games, plus 5 part-games. 23 games and part-games from subsidiary sections. Latest update: added 13 more games and part-games from subsidiary events and provided round numbers where known. I have also added more sources to championship games where known.
18/06/19 Hastings 1930/31 Max Euwe 33 of the 45 games of the Premier. Latest update: I have just stumbled on the score of Winter-Menchik, Premier Round 8, which was in the Manchester Guardian for 9 January 1931. Perhaps surprising that it hasn't come to light before.
12/06/19 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 Ghulam 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. Latest update: some newspaper reports added, plus one significant item of data culled from a 1933 ship's passenger list - the full name of 'Miss Fatima' which the register gave as Ghulam Fatima (though the latter name was misspelt as 'Fatims').
04/06/19 Wilfred Henry Pratten - 533 games played by strong Hampshire amateur player Wilfred Henry Pratten (1908-1985). Pratten was a fine player who won the British Boys' (Under 18) Championship in 1924 and 1925 and might have gone on to become a master had not the necessity to earn a living and support a family intervened. 400 of these these games were originally published in a 2004 self-published book Wilfred Henry Pratten: Doyen of Hampshire Chess by Roger Paige; the number of games has grown subsequently and this file was kindly made available to me by Arthur Brameld who collaborated with Roger Paige in collecting them. I am grateful to both Roger and Arthur. Latest update: 12 more games contributed by Brian Denman, for which many thanks. Brian has also provided some amendments to dates and venues.
30/05/19 British Championship 1935 William Winter 32 games, 2 part-games of the 66 available. Also, 20 games of the 1935 Major Open, won with 10/11 by Samuel Reshevsky, and other subsidiary events. Latest update: part-game from the Major Open added (Menchik 0-1 Seitz) plus two semi-complete games and one part-game from First-Class B.
28/05/19 British Championship 1953 Abe Yanofsky All 176 games of the Championship, plus 17 from subsidiary events. Latest update: 8 games from the junior (U21, Boys U18 and Girls U18 tournaments) which were played separately and earlier than the main congress. I've have also added further textual detail about these events.
25/05/19 British Championship 1923 Sir George Thomas 49 of the 66 games played in the British Championship, played at the girls' school in 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. Latest update: I've added a significant amount of new text and images, culled from the 1923 BCM reports, and included some new games and part-games from subsidiary events. Also, an amendment to the score of the Rd 5 Championship game between Jacobs and Sir George Thomas.
20/05/19 1969 BCF Grading List & SCA Ratings - PDF with leading grades of 183 and above as published in the Autumn of 1979, plus the equivalent top Scottish national list for that year.
21/04/19 Varsity Match 1912 Oxford Three complete games and 1 part-game from the 1912 Varsity match, with results, reports and biographical material. My thanks to Gerard Killoran for supplying the photo, which prompted me to upload the file.
20/04/19 England vs Netherlands 1969 Drawn 11 of the 22 games played in this double-round match played in London. Uploaded for the first time on 20 April 2019. All decisive games of the match are included. Some of the games are additional to those which have previously appeared on Big/Mega Database.
10/04/19 Paul Keres Simul Tour 1962 - 16 games and part-games from a simul tour made by Soviet/Estonian GM Paul Keres between 25 November and 3 December 1962, with magazine and newspaper reports and a photo. First uploaded to BritBase, 10 April 2019.
10/04/19 Netherlands vs England 1962 England 12 of the 22 games played in this match, held in Vlissingen [Flushing] on 3-4 November 1962. Some of the games have previously been published on Mega/Big but I have added a few more, culled from CHESS magazine. It includes all the decisive games played in the double-round match. Also, full results and reports from CHESS, The Times and the Manchester Guardian. First upoaded to BritBase, 9 April 2019. Latest update: One game added - Kuijpers-Hollis (Rd 2, ½-½).
27/03/19 Birmingham 1976 Mestel 19 games plus 6 part-games of the Birmingham International, played 12-24 April 1976. It seems strange that a complete record of this tournament is not available, given its strength, but I've not come across a bulletin. Can anyone help to discover more games?
27/03/19 1958 London Boys Championship Various Just the one game but a significant one for the laws of chess. The result of the game between David Rumens and David Mabbs was eventually decided by the 1958 FIDE Congress which established that checkmate on the board concluded the game irrespective of the flag falling before the player could stop his clock. The score was published in the Glasgow Herald and sent to me by Stewart Reuben for inputting.
26/03/19 London-Belgrade telex match 1976 Drawn 4-4 All 8 games played in this April 1976 match.
24/03/19 Glasgow 800 Cup England This was a three-round team event featuring representative sides from Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. All 48 games available, with thanks to Alan McGowan and Alistair Maxwell who input them and uploaded them to the Chess Scotland download area. Alan has also supplied further background information at the same site here.
18/03/19 Southsea 1949 Rossolimo 50 of the 140 games, plus 4 from subsidiary events. This is not new to BritBase - the games have been downloadable since 1997 - but I have tidied up the names and added dates, crosstable, some contemporary text, etc.
12/03/19 London-Sydney Radio Match 1949 London A 10-board match played via radio on 26/28 August 1949 between teams representing the city leagues of London and Sydney, Australia. All ten games, sourced from The Chess Bulletin, Vol, 1, No.3, 17 September 1949, plus a results table and links to biographical information about the players.
03/03/19 2019 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge Oxford All eight games, report plus several photos of this match, played 2 March 2019 at the RAC Clubhouse, Pall Mall, London. Note, I have also updated the complete lists of Oxford and Cambridge participants in this series of 137 matches.
03/03/19 1989 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge Cambridge Added one game: Webster-Mukherjee. Thanks to Peter Webster for supplying.
28/02/19 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). Latest update: One game added: Peters-Mallison, Major Open, Rd 5. Many thanks to Brian Denman..
28/02/19 Roger Emerson - 602 games played by Roger Emerson between 1965 and 1982. They were for the most part input by Roger himself and some of them include his extensive commentary. Roger stopped playing competition chess in 1982, unable to devote the time needed to maintain his standard, but returned to play on retirement in 2009, since when his ECF grade has once more reached 200 and he has won three British Senior Championship titles and sponsored/captained Guildford to six 4NCL Division One titles. As well as the games there is some biographical information and photos. Latest update: two further games submitted by Brian Denman, plus some amendments made to names and dates.
18/02/19 Shoosmith, Cafferty and Varsity Matches - Added one game to the Hector Shoosmith file and another to the Bernard Cafferty file (my thanks to Gerard Killoran for both games). I've also added some years to the Varsity match series - it now goes back as far as 1947 from the present day. I have also added a new feature - complete lists of Oxford and Cambridge participants in Varsity matches going back to 1873.
18/01/19 Steve Berry (1951-2019) - 342 games played by FM Steve Berry who sadly died only a few days ago. He was a strong player, consistently of 2300+ standard for around 40 years, and held the FM title. Latest update: now up to 394 games following updates from Roger de Coverly, Mark Page, Norman Stephenson and others.
11/12/18 Games of Comins Mansfield - 34 games played by Comins Mansfield (1896-1984). Many thanks to Gerard Killoran for originating this set of games by the famous problemist in 2016. Latest update: another game, plus a date confirmation of another, supplied by Gerard Killoran; and, a couple of days previously, two further games added, sent by Alan Smith. Many thanks to Gerard and Alan.
07/12/18 British Championship 1912 RC Griffith 36 of the 66 games from the 1912 British Championship held in the Castle Assembly Rooms, Richmond, Surrey; also 10 games from the Major Open, 4 games from the Women's Championship won by Gertrude Anderson and 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). Latest update: Additional championship game: Michell-Wahltuch (Rd 10) - many thanks to Alan Smith.
07/08/18 Alexander Cup Final 2018 Surbiton Eight of the ten games played in the Alexander Cup (Surrey team K.O. competition) final in which Surbiton beat Kingston by 6-4. Reports, results and photos. Latest update: The board two game Jogstad-Holland added. Thanks to John Foley.
14/05/18 Technical update   I have changed the board window throughout BritBase to a two-tone shade of blue, and changed to the Merida font for the pieces. This is part of an upgrade of the game viewer software Pgn4Web from version 2.71 to 3.03. If the board and/or pieces don't load properly, please try refreshing the screen or clearing the cache. If that doesn't work, or you spot anything else peculiar, please report the problem to me.
12/05/18 British Championship 1910 Atkins 33 of the 66 games, with 32 stubs and 20 games from the subsidiary games, from the 1910 British Championship played in Oxford. Latest update: added the game Houlding-Stevens (Rd 8, Ladies' Championship - thanks to Brian Denman.
03/05/18 British Championship 1905 Atkins 40 games from the 1905 British Championship held in Southport, plus 38 games from subsidiary events. Many thanks for help from Gerard Killoran, Brian Denman, Richard James and others. Latest update: Added nine more games from subsidiary sections, all contributed by Gerard Killoran: three from First Class B — Coates-Hamond, Wallwork-Hamond, Hamond-Crum (this last one was already on file but without clarity about result or end of game) — and six from Second Class B — Adcock-Burgoyne, Collins-Adcock, Greenhalgh-Adcock, Adcock-Kitchin, Adcock-Stockwell, Adcock-Forrest. Many thanks, Gerard. I have taken the opportunity of adding complete crosstables (in draw order) from BCM.
01/05/18 Bognor Regis 1953 Winter / Golombek 9 of the 28 games of this eight-player round robin, played as the main event of the first Bognor Regis congress. Also three part-games and three games from lower sections. Latest update: an additional Premier game (Gross-Wade, Rd 1) and a game from Reserves B (Fawcett-Nield) added - thanks to Andy Ansel and Brian Denman. And, later the same day, Golombek-Wood (Rd 7) has now transformed from a part-game to a complete game, thanks to Gerard Killoran.
01/05/18 Glasgow International 1953 Jonathan Penrose 16 of the 25 games played in this eight-player round robin, July-August 1953. My thanks to Alan McGowan for the games.
01/05/18 Wade-Fairhurst match 1953 Bob Wade All eight games played in this match held in Glasgow in February/March 2018, contributed by Alan McGowan. They have long been available via ChessBase and elsewhere but Alan has placed them in the correct order. I have added dates and printed sources.
29/04/18 GB-USSR Radio Match 1946 USSR All 24 games of the GB versus USSR radio match played in June 1946. These games have long been generally available but, with the help of Eduardo Bauza, we now have dates, round numbers and provenance, plus a table of results and some press reports added by me.
27/04/18 British Championship 1906 Atkins 32 games from the 1906 British Championship held in Shrewsbury, plus 33 stubs and 25 games from subsidiary events. Latest update: the game Lee-Wainwright (Rd 2) added - thanks to Gerard Killoran.
19/04/18 Hastings 1920/21 Yates All 12 games from this four-player double-cycle event, which was the first in the sequence of Hastings Christmas/New Year congresses. Latest update: correction to Griffith-Scott (Rd 6), plus some extra text giving a round-by-round report, as well further source references for some of the games. My thanks to Andy Ansel for pointing out the error in Griffith-Scott.
18/04/18 Varsity Match 1935 Drawn All seven games plus a lot of biographical information about the participants, including some photos.
16/04/18 British Championship 1958 Jonathan Penrose (after a play-off with Leonard Barden) 28* of the 154 games, plus six part-games and a default game, plus 11 games from the Major Open and the five games of the Penrose-Barden play-off match played some months later. As usual I have supplied a crosstable and results of other sections. Disappointing to have found so few games, though BH Wood's scathing comment about how 120 of the 154 games played were "very boring" may give a clue as to why so few are in circulation. * Latest update: (15 April 2018) Six more Championship games contributed by Andy Ansel. Many thanks to Andy. And on 16 April 2018 a game from the Major Open (Cook-Matchett) contributed by Brian Denman. Thanks, Brian.
16/04/18 British Championship 1957 Stefan Fazekas 65 of the 176 games (plus two part-games) of the British Championship played in Plymouth and won by the rank outsider, 59-year-old Dr Stefan Fazekas. Includes a crosstable, results for other sections, various newspaper reports and related discussions. One game from the Boys' Under 18 also included, with a favourite Stewart Reuben anecdote in the notes. Latest update: a game from the First Class event (Blackett-Vine) submitted by Brian Denman, for which many thanks.
16/04/18 Bolton Easter Open 2018 Ali Jaunooby, Joe McPhillips, Mike Surtees All 47 games from the open section. Thanks to Ian Lamb for inputting the games, and Richard Palliser for forwarding them to me.
15/04/18 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. Latest update: game fragment J.Penrose-A.R.B. Thomas (Rd 9.11) added.
09/04/18 Paignton 1951 Harry Golombek 14 of the 28 games, plus 3 part-games, from the eight-player all-play-all won by Harry Golombek ahead of Max Euwe.
09/04/18 Commonwealth Championship 1951 WA Fairhurst All 15 games. Not new - these have been available for many years - but now presented in a games viewer, with a crosstable and photo.
09/04/18 British Championship 1951 E. Klein 39 of a possible 165 games, plus 3 games from the Major Open. Crosstables and results. Updated 09/04/18 to include the score of the game Morry-Blaine (round 4).
08/04/18 Polar Capital Jersey Open 2018 Tiger Hillarp Persson, Alan Merry 177 games from the Polar Capital Jersey (Channel Islands) Open, input by IM Jack Rudd. Note that the file was amended an hour or two after its original upload to show that Mitchell-Wojciechowski (round 3.14) was won (on time) by White rather than drawn.
05/04/18 British Championship 1956 Alexander 37 of the games, plus 8 part-games and 12 from subsidiary events (including all 11 of Bernard Cafferty's games in the Major Open), and results from all the events.
29/03/18 Varsity match archive - The Varsity match archive is now up-to-date for the years 1956 to 2018. I am systematically adding years in reverse chronological order. It will be some time before this is complete.
29/03/18 1954 Grading List - I've added a scan of the November 1954 British Chess Federation Grading List to the documents folder.
03/03/18 Varsity Oxford-Cambridge 2018 Oxford The 136th Varsity chess match between Oxford and Cambridge, played on 3 March 2018.
01/03/18 Gibraltar page - A special new page set up to provide PGNs and lists of winners for the Gibraltar International Chess Festival from 2003 onwards. Now up to date with complete PGNs for all the 2018 Tradewise Gibraltar Festival tournaments (Masters, Challengers A and B, Amateurs A and B) and all the Masters and Challengers tournaments from 2003 to 2017. Only a handful of games are available from some of the Amateur tournaments.
10/02/18 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters 2018 Levon Aronian All 1,388 games, including play-offs, defaults and byes. I have made some amendments to the games from the official site, showing where games have been won by default, etc. In due course I hope to add separate files for the subsidiary sections.
08/02/18 British Championship 1909 HE Atkins Added a new game, Schories-Clark (Round 8, First Class B), kindly submitted by Alan Smith (many thanks). I have used the opportunity to complete revamp, adding photos and text from BCM, including round numbers and dates in subsidiary games, etc.
09/01/18 Chess.com Isle of Man International 2017 Magnus Carlsen All the games of the 2017 Chess.com Isle of Man Masters, won by Magnus carlsen, plus all the games from the Major and Minor tournaments, plus crosstables for all three competitions. This and other historical Isle of Man tournaments may also be accessed via the Isle of Man tournament page.
29/11/17 City of London National 1904 Napier All 125 extant games, plus 11 blanks, with copious notes, of the games played in this tournament which shortly preceded the first British (BCF) Championship. Kindly contributed by Eduardo Bauza, with full names and sources given.
29/11/17 City of London Invitational 1900 Teichmann All 78 games from this 13-player round-robin, won by Richard Teichmann. Kindly contributed by Eduardo Bauza, with full names and sources given.
29/11/17 London Black and White 1893 Blackburne All 15 games from this short tournament, played at Simpson's Divan in 1893, and kindly contributed by Eduardo Bauza, with full names and sources given.
09/10/17 British Championship 1907 Atkins 29 games, 4 part-games, 14 games from subsidiary events. The 1907 British Championship was held in Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London. Latest update: Palmer-Mackenzie added (thanks to Brian Denman) (Full list of updates here)
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
25/03/2016 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 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.
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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