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Event: 65th Varsity Match • Venue: West London CC • Date: 17 March 1947
List of Varsity Matches • Back to 1946 • Forward to 1948 • last edited: Friday March 6, 2020 10:11 PM

The 65th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at St Brides' Institute on 17 March 1947. No game scores from this match are available.

Bd Oxford University
 
Cambridge University Opening, No. of Moves
1b Leonard Judah Richenberg (Corpus Christi)
0-1
John Edward Richardson (Jesus) English
2w Dennis Morton Horne (Oriel)
1-0
Kenneth Preston Charlesworth (Emmanuel) Ruy Lopez
3b Clifford Leak (Corpus Christi)
1-0
Alan Phillips (Magdalene) KP Hungarian Def
4w John Edwin Jones (Hertford)
0-1
John Harwood (Queens') Dutch Def
5b Robin Charles Oliver Matthews (Corpus Christi)
0-1
Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer (Trinity) French
6w David le Brun Jones (Trinity)
½-½
John Robert Gilbert (St Catharine's) QP Catalan
7b Richard Shermer Lankester (Jesus)
1-0
Francis Henry Charles Marriott (Emmanuel) QGA
   
3½-3½
   

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987; The Times, 18 March 1947; BCM, Jan 1949, p11 (nearly two years after the event!).

Notes

Venue: West London CC according to BCM but the Times refers to Lud-Eagle Chess Club as hosts, which would mean St Bride's Institute. A participant, David Jones, also commented in 2007 that St Bride's was the venue.


[The Times, 18 March 1947, p7] "UNIVERSITY CHESS - The Oxford and. Cambridge chess match was played yesterday at the Ludeagle Chess Club, London, and resulted in a draw of 3½ points each. The result was:— [as above] Cambridge had white on the odd numbered boards." [no more text - no game scores]

There was no report of this match in the Manchester Guardian.


Leonard Judah Richenberg (Corpus Christi) (1922-2000) (Gaige gives spelling as 'Reichenberg' but this is definitely wrong.) Company Director, Pan Polychord Ltd and others. Referred to as an "economics professor (sic) at Oxford and a former adviser to the MacMillan government" in the book "Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America" by Jonathan Gould, and managing director of the Triumph Investment Group which at one time owned 25% of the Beatles' business. Former member of the RAC Club chess circle. Schoolfriend of Kingsley Amis at City of London School: quote from Life of Kingsley Amis by Zachary Leader: "Richenberg and Amis had been friends and desk-mates since the third form and were stars of the Classical side. But both came to question the utility of a Classical education. Richenberg was good at maths and wanted to become a mathematician; Amis wanted to be a writer and was keen on studying English. In the end, only Amis made the switch. At Oxford, Richenberg read PPE at Corpus Christi, was awarded a double First, took a B.Litt. in economics, and became an economics don at Jesus College, though only for a year. He then moved to the Treasury as an economic adviser and eventually went into business, where he made and lost a great deal of money. He and Amis remained friends even after a misunderstanding over Amis’s novel I Want It Now (1968), in the first chapter of which a party is held at the home of a rich, celebrity-seeking couple named Reichenberg. Len Dowsett, Richenberg’s successor as School Captain, remembers him as brilliant, on one occasion playing and winning three simultaneous games of chess while blindfolded. [Denis] Norden describes him as ‘dazzling, the one we thought would leave a mark’." See also Quotes & Queries entries 5819, 5827 and 5833 in the 2007 BCM.

Dennis Morton Horne (1920-2015) "Dennis Horne became a strong player at Oxford University immediately after the war in which he served in the army, possibly reaching the rank of captain. At Plymouth in 1948 he drew with ex-world champion Max Euwe. He liked sharp openings, notably the King's Gambit. He was joint second with Hooper behind Golombek at Felixstowe 1949, the first Swiss system British championship, and tied with John Fuller for 5th place scoring 4/9 at the 1949-50 Hastings Premier. He would have been in the top 6-10 in England then. He had a military style moustache, smoked a pipe and enjoyed solving the Times crossword. He continued to perform well in the early 1950s and so was selected for the 1952 Olympiad team, where he played on Board 5 and scored 5½/9. He was awarded the British Master title. Horne became a prep school master with less time for chess and a growing involvement with bridge. His last top-class event was the Hastings 1953-54 Premier (where Alexander famously beat Bronstein) where he finished last but beat the world-class Fridrijk Olafsson and drew with O'Kelly. After that he played little." (Leonard Barden on the English Chess Forum, 2015 - edited) Thread on English Chess Forum

Clifford Leak (1921-1987) Played in the 1939 and 1947 matches. Attended Liverpool Institute in the 1930s (captain of their chess team), won an open scholarship in Classics to Corpus Christi and was with Intelligence Corps during WW2. Played on a high board for Lancashire in the early 1950s.

John Edwin Jones (1922-1994) - comprehensive biography at Chess Devon - Known as 'Eddy. Won scholarship from Wolverhampton Grammar School to read Classics at Oxford. War service in Tank Regiment. Completed degree after the war, taught at St Chad's Choir School, Lichfield. Active in Staffordshire chess, late 1940s. Moved to Devon in 1951, teaching at King Edward VI School, Totnes, restarted the Totnes CC. Chess columnist for Western Morning News. Chess administrator for local clubs and Devon county for many years. Moved to Didsbury, Manchester, in 1966, to lecture at the local teacher training college. Cheshire delegate to NCCU. On retirement in 1977, returned to Totnes. Peak BCF/ECF grade was 3b, equivalent to 201-208.

Robert (Robin) Charles Oliver Matthews (1927-2010). Economist and chess problemist. Wikipedia. Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Professor of Political Economy at Oxford from 1965 to 1975, Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge from 1980 to 1991, Master of Clare College, Cambridge from 1975 to 1993. Wrote two books on chess problems: Chess Problems: Introduction to an art (with M Lipton and JM Rice), 1963; and Mostly Three-Movers: Collected Chess Problems 1939-1993, Feenschach-Phénix, Aachen, 1995.

David le Brun Jones (1923-alive 2019). CB 1975; Director, Long Term Office, International Energy Agency, 1982-88. Educ: City of London Sch.; Trinity Coll., Oxford. Work: Asst Principal, Min. of Power, 1947; Principal, MOP, 1952; Asst Sec., Office of the Minister for Science, 1962; Asst Sec., MOP, 1963; Under-Sec., MOP, later Min. of Technology and DTI, 1968-73; Dep. Sec., DTI, later DoI, 1973-76; Cabinet Office, 1976-77; Dept of Energy, 1978-82. Trustee, Nat. Energy Foundn, 1989-99 (Who's Who). Regularly attends Varsity chess matches as a spectator (present in 2018). Made a short speech at the 2007 dinner, mentioning his 1942, 1946 and 1947 appearances. David Jones was a code-breaker at Bletchley Park during the war. Between Autumn 1943 and July 1945 he had been in Block F, working on Japanese Army and Air Force codes.

Richard Shermer Lankester (1922-2018). Former Officer of the House of Commons (Telegraph death notice). 1966 photo of him as a House of Commons official.


John Edward Richardson (1923-1949). British Boys' (Under 18) Champion, April 1940 (at his fourth attempt, acc. BCM). Attended Stowe School, Bucks, from where he won an open exhibition in history to Jesus College, Cambridge. "It is difficult to realise it is five [sic] years since Stowe schoolboy Jack Richardson won the last British Boys' Championship. In 1941, he confirmed this early promise by defeating Imre Konig, the Hungarian-born Yugoslav expert, in a six-game match. Now, A/B Richardson is serving on a destroyer in foreign waters. Post-war chess should find well to the fore." (CHESS, Sept 1944, p189). "I've just received an email from ... the Old Stoic's (Stowe old boys) office who told me that John Edward Richardson died aged 26 on 22nd October 1949." (Jon D'Souza-Eva, English Chess Forum, 11 Oct 2010) Died on 22 October 1949 in Bromley, according to BMD records, but in Italy according to the Old Stoics' Magazine for December 1949. Funeral held in Redstone Cemetery, Reigate - coincidentally where another British junior chess champion Jessie Gilbert (1987-2006) is buried.

Kenneth Preston Charlesworth (1918-2011) Beat Znosko-Borovsky in brilliant fashion in the 1947 BCF Premier Tournament, Harrogate, while scoring 3½/11 (game score discoverable here). Finished 3rd= in the 1946 BCF Major Open, Section 2 (crosstable here).

Alan Phillips (1923-2009). Joint 1954 British Chess Champion (jointly with Leonard Barden). Wikipedia. Author of Chess: Sixty years on with Caissa & Friends, Caissa Editions, 2003 and The Chess Teacher, Oxford University Press, 1978. Amongst many notable games, it is worth checking out his sacrificial win against Golombek from the 1961 British Championship (discoverable here).

Dr John (Jack) Harwood (died 2015/2016 - Queens' College publication, 2016). Matr. 1940, Queens'. Referred to as coming from Doncaster in one chess result from the 1940s.

Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer, later Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer (1927-2018). Wikipedia. Played in the 1946,1947,1948 and 1949 matches. Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Pure Mathematics, Cambridge University (Trinity and St Catherine's Colleges) (2004). Also an international bridge player. Son (born 2 viii 1927) of Sir Leonard Schroeder Swinnerton-Dyer (30 iii 1898 - 10 vi 1975), 15th bart., president of the British Chess Federation (1956-59)... "An occasional but welcome recruit to the top board for Shropshire was Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer (b.1927), the son of Sir Leonard Dyer. He has the distinction of being the only player to represent Shropshire who is mentioned in Modern Chess Openings (in the section on the rare Ponziani Opening). Sir Peter, 16th baronet and landowner of the Westhope Estate near Craven Arms, was later knighted for his outstanding contribution to Number Theory in his role as Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. Here he extricates himself from a bad opening against his well-known opponent and gains a pawn and then a piece when Black blunders in a bad position. In the early fifties Sir Peter gave up chess in favour of bridge. Swinnerton-Dyer,P - Wormald,R [B45] - Shropshire & Herefordshire v Worcestershire, 1951 Board 1 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3 Be7 7.Bg2 a6 8.0?0 0?0 9.Nb3 d6 10.Nd2? (intending to cramp Black for good with Nc4 followed by Ne3 but the manouvre is too slow and Black reacts vigorously) 10...d5! 11.exd5 exd5 12.Nb3 Bg4 13.Qd2 Bb4 14.a3 Bxc3 15.Qxc3 Rc8 16.Be3 Ne4 17.Qe1 Be6 18.c3 Nf6 19.Nc5 b6 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.Qe2 b5 22.a4 bxa4 23.Qxa6 Qa5 24.Rxa4 Qxa6 25.Rxa6 e5 26.Bg5 e4 27.Bh3 Rc7 28.Bf4 Nb8? 29.Rxf6 1-0" [History of Shropshire Chess (web)] - English Chess Forum discussion

John Robert Gilbert (1921 - 18 March 2011). Played in the 1946 and 1947 matches. "Gilbert (matr. 1940) [died] On 18 March 2011, John Robert Gilbert of Colwyn Bay, North Wales. John won a Scholarship to St Catharine’s from Epsom College, Surrey, and read Modern & Medieval Languages. His daughter Anne writes ‘My father was a keen chess player and, if any records of the chess club remain for the period he was at St Catharine’s, you may find his name there. He was called up during the war and served in the Intelligence Corps as a code breaker at Bletchley Park. He was a tax inspector his entire working life from 1947 to retirement in 1981.’ According to the College Magazine, he won the Naumann cup at the Metropolitan Chess Club in 1948." (St Catharine's Magazine, 2011, p91)

Francis Henry Charles Marriott (Emmanuel) (1926-2012). Educ. Charterhouse, matric. Emmanuel 1944 (maths), Diploma in Agricultural Science (1948), assistant lecturer, later lecturer, at Aberdeen University, and obtained a doctorate there in 1951, research post in the Department of Physiology, Oxford (1955-69), lectureship in the Department of Biomathematics, Oxford, with an associated Fellowship at Wolfson College. Keen chess and bridge player, the latter with his wife, Catherine (née Broadfoot), whom he married in 1946 and who predeceased him in 1990. (Journal of the Royal Statistical Society 2012) Played three times in the Scottish Chess Championship: in 1949 he scored 1/5 (Chess Scotland - including a photo); in 1955, 3/7 (Chess Scotland), and in 1964, scoring 3/9 (Chess Scotland).

 


[BCM, Feb 1947, p57] "A match, Oxford Past v. Cambridge Past, was played in London on 21 December 1946 at St Bride's.

Bd
Oxford University Past  
Cambridge University Past
1
Dr James Macrae Aitken (Balliol)
1-0
William Winter (Clare)
2
Theodore Henry Tylor (Balliol)
1-0
C Hugh O'D Alexander (King's)
3
Richard Hilary Newman (Worcester)
0-1
P Stuart Milner-Barry (Trinity)
4
Dr Hans Georg Schenk (Exeter)
0-1
John Matthias Bee (St Catharine's)
5
Reginald Walter Bonham (St Catherine's)
0-1
Leonard Illingworth (Trinity)
6
John W Cornforth (St Catherine's)
1-0
John David Solomon (Downing)
7
George Shorrock Ashcombe Wheatcroft (New)
1-0
Lionel Sharples Penrose (St John's)
8
William Ernest Baker Pryer (Pembroke)
1-0
Ronald Grubb Stansfield (Clare)
9
Nicholas Anthony Perkins (St John's)
1-0
Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor (Trinity)
10
Robert Douglas Wormald (Balliol)
1-0
Jacob Bronowski (Jesus)
11
Philip Walsingham Sergeant (Trinity)
½-½
Richard William Barnes Clarke (Clare)
12
Dermot Michael Macgregor Morrah (New)
1-0
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8½-3½
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[n.b. there were various typos in this table of results in BCM which I have resolved]

Richard Hilary Newman - played in the 1928 and 1929 matches. Richard Hilary Newman (Worcester) (1908-1992) Note: Both BCM and Sergeant have RA Newman (Worcester) though RH Newman (Worcester) played in 1929. Gaige's booklet has 'Richard Hilary Newman for both, "R. H. Newman, born 1908, died at Charing Cross Hospital in June [1992]. Richard Hilary Newman played for Oxford in 1928/9, belonged to the Brixton club in the days when it vied with Hampstead in the London League, won the Army Championship in 1943 and met all the leading English players from R. P. Mitchell (sic) to J. Penrose. He played in a dozen British Championships (5th in 1947) and defeated Tolush in the 1947 match against the USSR." (BCM, Oct 1992, p525). Cautionary note for chess researchers: there were two RH Newmans of roughly the same vintage. BCM, May 1984, p194: "R. H. Newman, President of the West of England Chess Union, died in mid-March." A different RH Newman - in Gaige's Chess Personalia the 1984 obit index has an entry for 'Newman, Ralph (sic) H. - 1984, p194' whereas BCM gives no first name. Note: The BCF Yearbook 1981/2 lists the president of the WECU as 'R.H.T. Newman, Rock Lodge, Lynton, Devon' though earlier editions have him simply as RH Newman. Personal note (JS): I played RH Newman in a correspondence game in the Counties Correspondence Championship in 1978/79. He resigned very prematurely! His resignation letter was as follows : "50 Kensington Mansions, London SW5, 31 January 1979 : Many thanks for the game which you played admirably. 50 years ago I would not have played such an anti-positional move as 16.P-KB4, but I'd wrongly hoped to be able to get my K-side Ps forward. Since I now have to lose the e3 P I won't insult you by dragging out the game. Best Wishes, RH Newman."

Hans Georg Artur Victor Schenk - represented Oxford in the unofficial Varsity match of 1942.

Reginald Walter Bonham (1906-1984). Played in the 1927, 1928 and 1929 matches. Wikipedia. Taught Braille and Mathematics at what now is RNIB, Worcester, which he had attended himself. Blind chess player known for his achievements in both blind and sighted chess. After founding the International Braille Chess Association in 1951, he won the Blind World Chess Championship in 1958 and the Correspondence Blind World Championship in 1957, 1959, 1961, 1964 (jointly) and 1966. On the 1954 BCF Grading List was graded 3b (= 201-208). Took part in five British Championships. See also Ray Collett's website.

William Ernest Baker Pryer played in the 1921, 1922 and 1924 matches. William Ernest Baker Pryer (b 2 Feb 1902, Axminster Devon, d Apr qtr. 1993, Watford, Herts) Listed as a Watford player, graded 188 on the 1969 BCF Grading List. Still playing in 1975. Was 3b (201-208) on the 1956 Grading List (Hertfordshire). No obit in BCM.

Robert Douglas Wormald (1900-64). Did not play in a Varsity match. Assistant master, Manchester Grammar School, 1921; Classics master, Monmouth Grammar School, 1922-26; Classics master at Worcester Royal Grammar School from 1927 to the 1960s. High board for Worcestershire, president and captain of the county and Worcester Evening News chess columnist for ten years. Co-authored, with Reginald Walter Bonham (also playing for this team), Chess Questions Answered (1945) and More Chess Questions Answered (1948), both published by Jordan & Sons, London. (BCM obit, October 1964, p300)

Philip Walsingham Sergeant (1872-1952) Played in the 1892, 1893, 1894 and 1895 matches. Wikipedia. Writer on chess and popular historical subjects. Second cousin of British chess player Edward Guthlac Sergeant. Wrote A Century of British Chess (Hutchinson & Co, 1934), which was an extremely useful reference work in the creation of this website, with lists of British Championship crosstables and Varsity match results, etc.

George Shorrock Ashcombe Wheatcroft (1905-1987). Played in the 1925 and 1926 matches. University law professor, expert on taxation. Professor of English Law, LSE (1959-68). Represented England at the Stockholm Chess Olympiad of 1937, served as president of the British Chess Federation, and was an expert bridge player.

Dermot Michael Macgregor Morrah (1896-1974), writer and expert on royalty and ceremony, genealogist. Obit. Represented Oxford in the Varsity match of 1920.


James Matthias Bee. Played in the 1908, 1909 and 1910 matches. John Matthias Bee, died at the age of 90 [1978/9?]. "For many years he was Match Captain and President of the Metropolitan CC and played for Cambridge University before the First World War. In the 1924-25 City of London CC Championship he finished 7-9 eq with F F L Alexander and V Buerger. In 1945 he played a leading part in re-opening the Met. C C in which he remained active until 1968." (BCM, March 1979, p120). Set chess problems in the Boy's Own Paper (1950s) [web]

Leonard Illingworth. Played in the 1907 and 1908 matches. [BCM, Sept 1954, p289] Leonard Illingworth, musician, linguist, bee-keeper, and chess-player, died in hospital at Cambridge, aged seventy-two, on July 22nd [1954], after a long illness. He was a Yorkshire man, born at Bradford. His musical studies resulted in an open scholarship at the Royal College of Music. Later he went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, and took his degree in modern languages. He played on Board 1 against Oxford in 1907 and 1908, drawing against H. J. Rose and N. J. Roughton. He was a regular competitor at chess congresses, appearing once in the British Championship, and on one occasion winning his section of the Major Open. He had been President of the Cambridgeshire County Chess Association, of the Cambridge Chess League, and of the Deaf Chess Club. He did much to spread a knowledge of chess among the deaf and dumb and among the young. In 1922 he settled at Foxton, a village near Cambridge, and started and developed a large apiary. He became Secretary of the Apis Club, and attended bee-keepers' congresses abroad. A keen churchman, he was for many years churchwarden of Foxton parish, and at times emergency organist. R.I.P. - B. G[oulding]. B[rown]. To the foregoing tribute, may we add a few words on Mr. Illingworth's services to correspondence chess. As a correspondence player he was in the first flight, as past victories in the B.C.C.A. Championship will testify. But he was also that rara avis who put back into the game much of what he took out. An active President of the British Correspondence Chess Championship for nine years, he also acted as Best Games Secretary; his services were also in constant demand as an adjudicator. Yet it was in a unique way that he left his mark, for on his own initiative he devised a correspondence course of instruction in chess. Pupils were also encouraged to send in their games for annotation and those who have experience in annotating games for weaker players will know the amount of work involved. From his work in this connection the Association profited by entry fees; the pupils profited by gaining an insight into the theory of the game; and we feel sure the instructor profited by the knowledge that he was helping others the better to enjoy and appreciate the game he loved so well himself. - S. S[edgwick]

John David Solomon. Did not play in a Varsity match. Member of Hampstead CC and very active as a player with some extant games. Born in 1906 and died in 1998. According to the 1939 census, he was resident in Hampstead and a music student / research geologist. Referred to in BCM (Jan 1943) as representing the Musicians' Union. Taught Geography at Wandsworth School. [Richard James commented at the Streatham & Brixton blog, 2015] "... played for Richmond. Rejoined Richmond & Twickenham CC briefly possibly late 70s/early 80s. Also a strong bridge player." In the 1954 BCF Grading List listed as affiliated to Battersea CC and graded 3b (201-208).

Ronald Grubb Stansfield (1915-1993). Played in the 1935, 1936 and 1937 matches. [Gaige has Robert Grubb Stansfield for the 1935 and 1936 matches but this seems to be an error.] Born 17 September 1915 (Southampton), died 25 December 1993 (Canterbury, Kent, England) Was at King Edward VI's School, Southampton (BCM, June 1933, p244). Played in the 1933 British Boys' Championship. Ronald Grubb Stansfield (b. 1915), sociologist, was the only child of the physicist Herbert Stansfield (1872-1960) and his wife Edith Grubb. He matriculated at Clare College, Cambridge, in 1933, and was awarded his B.A. in 1936, and M.A. in 1940. Stansfield was educated at Clare College Cambridge and undertook particle physics research at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. During the war he became a Member of the Operational Research Section of Fighter Command. After the war he went to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) later moving to City University as Reader in Industrial Sociology. In addition to being a founder member of the Ergonomics Society he was actively involved with numerous societies concerned with anthropology, history of science, operational research, physics, psychology (BPS), sociology and the British Association. [Various sources online]

Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor (1890-1958). Played in the 1911, 1912, 1913 and 1914 matches. Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor, b 1890 (Dorchester), d 1958 as a result of a road accident. [BCM, Dec 1958, p325] "The tragic death of Mr. Coad-Pryor, as the result of a road accident near his home in Beckenham, means an irreparable loss to the chess life of this country, and a brief outline of his career will be of interest to our readers. Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor was born at Dorchester in 1890. He was educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with honours in the Natural Science Tripos. Leaving the university, he entered the metallurgical department of the National Physical Laboratory. In 1921 he became director of the research laboratories of the United Glass Bottle Manufacturers, and in this capacity served on a number of national and international technical committees. In 1931 he was invited to join the John Lewis Partnership, with which he had remained ever since, being, in the end, the Assistant Chief Inspector. His accomplishments were varied and many: in photography he was outstandingly skilful; he was an enthusiastic member of more than one dramatic society; he was a Kent county tennis player, and as a musician he was an excellent pianist. Chess was a dominant interest in his life. He played in the universities' match, and amongst much else was a vice-President of the Kent County C.A., and one-time Champion, a vice-President of the British Chess Federation, where, in particular, his liaison work in connection with the National Chess Centre will be sadly missed; and a vice-President of the London Commercial Chess League. In his later life, he had given great encouragement to junior players: he was Deputy President of the Chess Education Society and had shown much practical interest in its work for many years. Above all, there remains the abiding impression of a personality of great charm, quiet but decisive in his deliberations on committee, and always showing outstanding zest and loyalty in work, in play, and in companionship. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and daughters. - D. J. M[organ].

Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974). Played in the 1931 match. Polish-born British mathematician and historian. Best known as the presenter and writer of the 13-part 1973 BBC television documentary series, and accompanying book, The Ascent of Man. Wikipedia. Strong player and widely-published problemist. Long obituary in BCM (Dec 1974, pps441-443) by Harry Golmbek. Excerpts: "His gifts were too many and various for him to have become a great chess-player since a sole dedication is necessary for that; but he certainly was a good player and I have recently come across the table of a tournament in which he played at Cambridge University in the late 1920's and in which he was first without losing a game, ahead of, amongst others, the late C.H.O'D.Alexander. By a series of odd coincidences, he and I met each other on numerous occasions so that in fact my acquaintance with Bronowski extended for some 50 years... After the war, when he joined the Coal Board and came to live in Chalfont St.Giles, I met him quite often since the Board had a college in the vicinity. He became a subscriber to the 'B.C.M.' of which he was a fervent supporter and, many years later, when I had to give up the Games Editorship through over-work, he wrote a most kind letter to me saying that I had the satisfaction of having written much that would endure. I did not believe this but it was nice of him to say so. By then he was in America but still maintaining a keen interest in English chess. He wrote to me another nice note congratulating me on receiving the O.B.E. for my services to chess and we still met on occasion when he made return visits to England. The last time I saw him was in London this year just a month before he died."

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