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blackbishop
13-01-2021, 03:34 PM
The search file below consists of a selection of the 74 or so threads in Australian Chess History together with a rough guide as to
where you might find what you are looking for.

One way of using the Search File is to down load it once to, say, your desktop and save it there. You can start Chess Chat by clicking on any of the 26 threads in the Search File. That will take you directly to the thread that you are interested in. To return to the Search File you can minimise Chess Chat, click on another link within the Search File and then return to Chess Chat


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blackbishop
25-01-2021, 10:00 AM
Search Chess History


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blackbishop
19-02-2021, 08:18 AM
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blackbishop
08-03-2021, 01:51 PM
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blackbishop
22-03-2021, 09:50 AM
The search file below consists of a selection of the 80 or so threads in Australian Chess History together with a rough guide as to
where you might find what you are looking for.

One way of using the Search File is to down load it once to, say, your desktop and save it there. You can start Chess Chat by clicking on any of the 30 threads in the Search File. That will take you directly to the thread that you are interested in. To return to the Search File you can minimize Chess Chat, click on another link within the Search File and then return to Chess Chat

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blackbishop
26-03-2021, 07:57 AM
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blackbishop
01-04-2021, 04:19 PM
The Search File has been updated to include the Radio Matches with France, Canada and the UK. A further reference to Paul Dunn’s excellent Australian Chess Games Archive has been made. The archive includes all the games from the three radio matches.

There is a short piece about the little known Dr Max Gellis who played for Australia in the radio matches. Little known, presumably because he was only in Australia for a few years.

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blackbishop
06-04-2021, 02:26 PM
The Chess History Search File has been updated with information about Maurice Goldstein, Cecil Purdy, Lajos Steiner and the 1937 Australian Chess Championships conducted by the Perth Chess club.

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blackbishop
11-04-2021, 11:17 AM
The chess history on Chess Chat search file has, yet again, been updated.

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blackbishop
23-04-2021, 02:12 PM
The Chess History search file has been updated with the early history of the Melbourne Chess Club.


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blackbishop
09-05-2021, 05:11 PM
Downloading this pdf file (0.6 megabytes) will allow you to use your pdf viewer to search for players, games, problems, examples of chess openings, events etc that graced the years 1933 to 1953.

All the TROVE links are on the file, not on Chess Chat, so once downloaded the searches are independent of Chess Chat. Key words have been added to the links to make the links searchable. Clicking on any link will retrieve the desired chess column from Trove.



https://www.dropbox.com/s/xvazpbl4kits56f/ChessTrove1933to1953.pdf?dl=0

blackbishop
17-05-2021, 08:30 AM
Another chess history thing is almost finished listing all the Australian Chess Champions with links to online information about them and the national championships that they won going back to Esling in 1885.

Posting has been delayed because of the problem of what to do with the large amount of information available for the early years.

Fewer newspapers, one remaining chess column that I know of, not a lot of archiving of association newsletters and the practice of chalking up today’s news then erasing it when tomorrow comes along, means that this was not a problem for the more recent years.

While the file has not yet been posted, this has not stopped some of the prominent Chess Chatterers from offering some constructive criticism.


Critical Comments Received

From Caissa: “I expected to find some information about my children. All I got was some years, names and the rest was gibberish. Don’t shake my branches again! I’m taking up Bridge.”

From Rivers Murray: “How is this relevant to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict?”

From Machomortician: “I was gravely mortified by this undertaking.”

From Wammo: “Do you play tennis? If not, you should give it some thought.”

From Tasmania: “More errors for me to correct. Not enough Tasmania.”

From New South Wales: “This brings to mind one of those Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons strung up by wires in a museum. When just a few links break, the whole thing will come crashing down killing all below.”

From Ender Right: “I endorse all of the comments above”

blackbishop
17-05-2021, 11:53 AM
The First Australian Chess Congress. The Adelaide Jubilee Intercolonial Chess Congress, 1887

The Adelaide Jubilee International Exhibition of 1887 celebrated 50 years of settlement in South Australia, and showcased produce and manufactured goods from Australian colonies and selected overseas countries. This exhibition also celebrated the jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign.

August 1887 Adelaide. The Tournament

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/46095151?searchTerm=chess Organising the Chess Congress

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/199845056?searchTerm=chess R 1

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/36022472?searchTerm=chess Esling V Hookham R4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/46794363?searchTerm=chess Charlick V Gossip R4

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/199846054?searchTerm=chess Esling V Charlick R6

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/46796334?searchTerm=chess Heiman V Gossip. R8

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/124785199?searchTerm=chess Final R9

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/199845843?searchTerm=chess Prize Giving


About Henry Charlick

https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Henry_Charlick

https://www.chessgames.com/player/henry_charlick.html

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/108155283

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/60618669?searchTerm=Chess%20Henry%20Charlick

blackbishop
19-05-2021, 10:35 AM
The challenge match for the Australian Chess Championship between the title holder Julius Jacobsen and the challenger, W H Jonas in 1898 is not recorded in the ACF or the Wikipedia lists of Australian Championship tournaments and matches.



W H Jonas challenges Julius Jacobsen. Sydney, May – September 1898
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/71295692 About Jonas
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/239549742?searchTerm=chess%20jonas
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/99968598?searchTerm=chess%20jonas
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/125518278?searchTerm=chess%20jonas
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/71286612 2nd game
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/14147810?searchTerm=chess%20jonas 5th game
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/239564539?searchTerm=chess%20jonas 6th game
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/14158195?searchTerm=chess%20jonas 8th game
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/9844994 Score after 8 games
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/14179390?searchTerm=chess%20jonas 11th game
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/14144462?searchTerm=chess%20jonas 12th game
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/67042689?searchTerm=chess%20jonas

Kevin Bonham
19-05-2021, 12:02 PM
[SIZE=3]The challenge match for the Australian Chess Championship between the title holder Julius Jacobsen and the challenger, W H Jonas in 1898 is not recorded in the ACF or the Wikipedia lists of Australian Championship tournaments and matches.

I wonder what the story is here concerning the reason for this match's omission; if it simply is an oversight or there is more to it than that. Concerning the match with Wallace mentioned in the final item, an article by Tony Wright (http://www.chesskids.com.au/wp-content/uploads/pdf/knight-times/chess-kids-0601.pdf) says the following:


In turn, he was challenged by William
Jonas who had a moderate record both
in Sydney and in his original city of
Glasgow. Wallace now challenged.
Jonas however insisted on his right to
play his match and was defeated 1-7=5.
Then negotiations for the Wallace
match began. The cordiality from the
Wallace - Crane match had become a
rivalry between Wallace of the Sydney
Club and Jacobsen of the SSACC. This
degenerated into dislike as the terms of
the match were being argued. Wallace,
fearing adverse publicity wanted the
press excluded from the match and the
games owned by the players.
Ultimately JJ had had enough. He resigned the title. Wallace immediately
responded by dropping all preconditions
but it was too late. JJ did not relent. The
split between the two clubs soured chess
in Sydney for many years.

blackbishop
19-05-2021, 04:29 PM
Paul Dunn in his games database suggests that the contest was "unofficial".


Unofficial Australian Championship 1898 Sydney J L Jacobsen 1898/5 13/13 17/11/2004 Entered by P Dunn from book by A Wright

Kevin Bonham
19-05-2021, 05:05 PM
Paul Dunn in his games database suggests that the contest was "unofficial".

In those days there was no ACF to oversee the title but various decisions have been made to retrospectively accept certain events and not others. This is presumably one such case especially given Jonas' evidently slender claims to be a challenger.

blackbishop
19-05-2021, 06:47 PM
Apparently, Tony Wright has written numerous books on chess history and other chess topics

eg:

AUSTRALIAN CHESS 1915 to 1930 A booklet with a spiral back from 1997

Australian chess 1931 to 1948

blackbishop
20-05-2021, 07:34 AM
Anthony Wright's books are available at the State Library of Victoria but not online.


Master chess / A. Wright
Book, Book/Illustrated - 1992

Australian international chess 1946-1972 / [Anthony G. Wright]
Book - 2001
Wright, A. G. (Anthony Gerard)

Australian chess 1949 to 1960 / [Anthony Wright]
Book, Book/Illustrated - 2004



Australian chess 1915 to 1930 / Anthony Wright
Book, Book/Illustrated - 1997

Australian chess 1931 to 1948 / [Anthony Wright]
Book - 2003

Australian chess to 1914 / [Anthony Wright]
Book, Book/Illustrated - 1995

The Victorian Chess Association Inc on behalf of the Australian Chess Federation presents the 1987 SciSys-Batsford Australian Girls' Championship, Melbourne, Victoria, January 13 to 23 / [edited by Tony Wright]
Book, Book/Illustrated - 1987

Australian chess 1961 to 1970 / [Anthony Wright]
Book, Book/Illustrated - 2006

C.G.M. Watson : his life and games / A. Wright
Book, Book/Illustrated - 1989

Baden-Baden, 1870 / [edited by A. G. Wright]
Book - 1985

SciSys Australian junior championship : Melbourne 1986 / [edited by Tony Wright]
Book, Book/Illustrated - 1986

Junior championship of Australia, 1970, Melbourne, January 12th-23rd
Book - 1970
Wright, A. G. (Anthony Gerard)
... Editors: P. Thompson and A. Wright. Cf. van Manen. Caption title. van Manen. Chess lit., no. 24

blackbishop
21-05-2021, 08:25 AM
In those days there was no ACF to oversee the title but various decisions have been made to retrospectively accept certain events and not others. This is presumably one such case especially given Jonas' evidently slender claims to be a challenger.

Jonas seemed to have been a formidable opponent. He drew a match with a young Spencer Crakanthorp and played for NSW in successfull telegraphic matches against Victoria. Perhaps his challenge was made too soon after the previous match ended. One hundred and twenty years later, there would seem to be no reason for ignoring the match. The games from the match are on Paul Dunn’s Ozbase.

The Newsletter: an Australian Paper for Australian People (Sydney, NSW : 1900 - 1919)
Sat 17 Dec 1904

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/106025462?searchTerm=bunyan%20jonas%20chess%20matc h%201904

blackbishop
21-05-2021, 11:35 AM
Trove and other links to information about the players and the Australian Chess Championships between 1885 and 1898.


https://www.dropbox.com/s/epyyhhfla9mo1ha/AuChamps%201885%20to%201898.pdf?dl=0

blackbishop
26-05-2021, 10:02 AM
Attached is a collection of links to Australian Chess Champions at the Australian Chess Championships. (1.8 megabytes) Any corrections or additions you can suggest would be helpful. In particular, information regarding the tournaments in the late 1980’s and 1990’s is lacking. There is also a lot of information embedded deeply within the bowels of the State Library of Victoria, to which I don’t have access. For example, the booklets written by Anthony Gerard Wright on Australian Chess History, which would seem to be the best resource, I have not read.


https://www.dropbox.com/s/x0q48u1r6d3339m/AuChamps%201885%20to%202020.pdf?dl=0


Downloading the file will enable you to search for references to players using the pdf search facility in your pdf viewer.

blackbishop
02-06-2021, 04:35 PM
Just browsing? Trying to find something in particular? Planning a lawsuit? The Search file can help.

This version incorporates links to information from the Koshnitsky Medal File, the Australian Championships 1885-2020 file and the Purdy-Koshnitsky-Goldstein newspaper columns file as well as from the Chess Chat Threads, all in a modest 71.4 kilobytes.

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blackbishop
03-06-2021, 11:58 AM
“Antichrist” has come up with a great idea for enhancing the Search Australian Chess History file.

Eventually, YouTube videos of Australian games or made by Australian players could be included.
This will involve cross referencing with the existing 300 or so Australian Chess Players list and the Australian Chess Championships 1885 – 2020 file. It may take some time so, “don’t hold your breath”.

A good example is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfh8SFBANbo

GM Ian Rogers gives a talk on a Smith Morra Gambit against the Sicilian defence, with Greg Hjorth playing White winning a spectacular game. There is a group photo of the players in the Australian Championships, 1978.

blackbishop
15-06-2021, 05:37 PM
Latest last update of the Chess History Search File. 70.9 kilobytes

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blackbishop
25-06-2021, 05:02 PM
Updated Australian Chess History Search File

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blackbishop
06-07-2021, 08:39 AM
Australian Chess History file.

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blackbishop
18-07-2021, 04:34 PM
Updated Australian Chess History file (83 kilobytes)

Although all the lists are in alphabetical or date order, it may be easiest to locate information by adding key names or words into your pdf
file viewer search box once you have downloaded the file.


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blackbishop
28-07-2021, 12:31 PM
Updated Chess History Search File.


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blackbishop
29-07-2021, 01:41 PM
If you would like to adapt, adopt, rejig, enlarge, correct, edit, desex or otherwise use the Search Files for some non-nefarious purpose,
you can send my a private message via Chess Chat with your email address. I will return editable versions of the search files.

blackbishop
09-08-2021, 04:57 PM
Updated Chess History Search File.


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MichaelBaron
10-08-2021, 01:39 PM
Apparently, Tony Wright has written numerous books on chess history and other chess topics

eg:

AUSTRALIAN CHESS 1915 to 1930 A booklet with a spiral back from 1997

Australian chess 1931 to 1948

Wondering if Tony is alive (hopefully he is) and still around? he used to be part of the St. Kilda Chess scene.

blackbishop
17-08-2021, 08:15 AM
Update to the Chess Search file.


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blackbishop
31-08-2021, 04:22 PM
Latest update to the Chess Search file.

Click on the link to activate it. It is best to then download the file to your desktop for future use.

Clicking on one of the many links in the file will then activate Chess Chat if necessary and take you directly to
what you are searching for. The Search file is 95 kilobytes long so it is not a large download. Once
downloaded, you can use the search box in your pdf viewer to locate the person, club, etc that you are
searching for within the Search file.



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blackbishop
16-09-2021, 01:39 PM
Latest update to the Chess Search file.


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jammo
16-09-2021, 10:00 PM
Wondering if Tony is alive (hopefully he is) and still around? he used to be part of the St. Kilda Chess scene.

Really? Must have been a long motor cycle ride from his home in Glen Waverley. Wonder why he didn’t just play at Waverley Chess Club. It’s lucky that we have the Baron here to tell us about all these old players.

blackbishop
17-09-2021, 05:57 PM
Tony Wright wrote about a dozen books or booklets on chess history yet he has been overlooked for the Purdy Medal for original chess literature of which you, Jammo, were a recipient in 1994.
The Melbourne Telephone Directory has one entry for an A Wright of Glen Waverley but it is not Anthony Gerard.

jammo
18-09-2021, 09:49 AM
Tony Wright wrote about a dozen books or booklets on chess history yet he has been overlooked for the Purdy Medal for original chess literature of which you, Jammo, were a recipient in 1994.
The Melbourne Telephone Directory has one entry for an A Wright of Glen Waverley but it is not Anthony Gerard.

Yes, Tony would be a worthy winner of the Purdy Medal. If you really want to contact him I can remember his phone and address from the 1970s which may still be his contact details. Tony was not the sort of person to move!

blackbishop
18-09-2021, 11:09 AM
Thank you Jammo. Perhaps you could send me a private message on Chess Chat. He would likely be happy to hear from you too.