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    Bobby Fischer interviewed by Dick Cavett. Youtube.

    This was in 1972 prior to the Spassky match for the World championship.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIE3CFNpZ5Y

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    Bob Hope Defeats World Champion Bobby Fischer.

    Bob Hope was declared an honorary veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces in 1997 by an act of the United States Congress. He was active in Australia and the South Pacific during the Second World War, entertaining the troops. He returned in 1954 and many times after that to entertain, make some friends, soak up the sun, play golf and, of course, play chess.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSWau3pTyIg


    Landing at Laurieton on the Mid North Coast of NSW.

    https://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/...02/3469073.htm

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    Australian Chess Players from Wikipedia and FIDE

    Male.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catego..._chess_players


    Female
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catego..._chess_players


    Top Active One Hundred Australian players

    https://ratings.fide.com/topfed.phtml?ina=1&country=AUS



    • g = Grandmaster (GM)
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    • wf = Woman FIDE Master (WFM)

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    Girls and Women in Australian Chess. Sydney Morning Herald

    By Katherine O'Chee
    December 15, 2017 — 3.31pm SMH


    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/...05-gzyru7.html

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    Formation of the Chess Association of Queensland, April 1897

    “Gossip” in his chess column called, “Chess Chat” looks back on the formation of the CAQ from his vantage point of 1925.


    The Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934) Fri 20 Nov 1925


    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...&searchLimits=

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop View Post
    “Gossip” in his chess column called, “Chess Chat” looks back on the formation of the CAQ from his vantage point of 1925.


    The Week (Brisbane, Qld. : 1876 - 1934) Fri 20 Nov 1925


    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...&searchLimits=
    Good find!
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    George Hatfeild Dingley Gossip (December 6, 1841 – May 11, 1907)

    George was a much travelled American author and chess columnist. He was quite a controversial figure and may have inspired the 1920s columnist to adopt his name as a pseudonym.

    “In 1885 Gossip, a year after immigrating to Australia, issued a challenge to any player in the Australian colonies to play a match with him for 20 pounds a side and the title of Australian champion. Frederick Karl Esling, a leading Melbourne player, accepted the challenge. Esling won the first game, and the second was adjourned in a position favourable to him. Gossip then pleaded illness and forfeited the match.”
    “An Australian commentator observes, "Gossip may not have been the most popular itinerant to venture to these shores in the nineteenth century, but when he announced his challenge... he at least brought the question of an official Chess Champion of Australia before the chess playing fraternity" In 1950, when Esling was 90, the Australian Chess Federation formally declared, belatedly, that he had become the first Australian Chess Champion by winning his 1885 match against Gossip.”

    “The Second Australian Chess Championship, a tournament, was held at Adelaide in 1887. Gossip finished third with 6˝ out of 9, behind Henry Charlick (7˝ points) and Esling (7 points).”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_H._D._Gossip

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    “Gossip” on G Koshnitsky, Champion of Queensland.

    The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Sat 1 Jan 1927

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    Rockhampton Chess Club defunct.

    The Rockhampton Chess and Draughts club has replaced the old Rockhampton Chess Club according to the last paragraph in the report below.


    The Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946) Sat 23 Mar 1889

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    The Rockhampton Chess Club and the School of Arts.

    In 1858, the town of Rockhampton was officially proclaimed. The following year, gold was discovered at Canoona. Gold seekers, pastoralists and chess players soon invaded, much to the detriment of the Taroomball people.

    The first Rockhampton School of Arts was opened in 1865. A museum and library wing was added to the building in 1872. The 1884 AGM of the School of Arts reported that a not very well attended Chess and Draughts Club still existed.

    Due to problems with the foundations of the building being built on clay, a new School of Arts building was constructed and opened in 1894. The impressive building still stands today. The Chess Club evidently made it to the new building. At the June 1895 meeting of the School of Arts, a suggestion was made that the chess club could meet in the Ladies Cloak Room.

    An addition was made to the School of Arts in 1903 when a recreation room was provided between the School of Arts building and the residence of the secretary-librarian. The recreation room featured two billiard tables, a chess and card room and a verandah.

    Perhaps the current members of the RCC could storm the School of Arts building and reclaim the Chess Room and the billiards tables, card room and veranda, if possible.

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