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Leslie George Llewellyn Copp
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1944

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(born 1914, died Apr-09-1987, 72 years old) United Kingdom (federation/nationality New Zealand)

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Last updated: 2019-02-03 17:09:38

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L G L Copp vs R Kerr 1-0201944Friendly Correspondence GameC42 Petrov Defense

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  Benzol: This might be Levi Copp.
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  Chessical: Is this the L G L Cool who was an agricultural expert especially in relation to wheat production?
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol><Chessical> It seems it is from the book I lent <Benzol> with some other NZ Chess magazines. I just realized I had played it through already and commented. I again played it over, not recalling I had done this already, nothing was familiar to me about it, and again I didn't quite find the combination again...

But I think it, the combination, is fascinating. There are some beautiful variations.

Black's play wasn't the best but it is surprising how difficult it is to find the right continuation from move 16.

The move 16. Nxf6+ is deservedly brilliant. And Black was not able to use a computer in 1940 or whenever it was played. The magazine was Bulletin No. 1 1943 - 44

I think of those people playing chess during the terrible war in a time things were not good in most parts of the world.

It may be that it is the same Copp who was a wheat expert. There seems to be a ref to him on the internet. He was a NZ. My uncle was also involved in agriculture in NZ. His name was Geoff Taylor, his area plant diseases etc. He was from London. He is dead so cant ask him if he knew Copp but he may have worked with him...

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Born "Jan-Feb-Mar" 1914 in St. Pancras, London. Nine years old, he left Southampton on 6 Dec 1923 on board "Rotorua", heading for New Zealand. Together with Mrs. Catherine Copp, 31, last address 31 Seaview Rd, Southend-on-Sea, and Ray Copp, 11. (passenger list)

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Not to be confused with Leslie F Copp b. <27 Feb 1914> in Penn Yan New York, d. 7 Oct 1979 in Hillsborough, Florida.

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  Richard Taylor: <Tabanus>I cant see the photo. But it is interesting to know a bit more. People can look up those ships. I've heard of that ship, looking through a book somewhere the other day. Rotorua itself the town is a famous tourist place and it is great to visit by the way.

My uncle is in a couple of books on agricultural science but in particular one about "innoculation of seeds" (that is something to do with the enhancement of nitrogen fixing) in a long book.

Copp is also mentioned in connection to agriculture although as usual there are others. But his initials are distinctive.

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  Tabanus: <Richard Taylor> He could be born 27 February too but I rather suspect the family member has picked this exact date from the other Cobb. If you want his full name up you can try a correction slip, as I have a backlog of 140 unprocessed ones already.
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  Richard Taylor: He has one game only (I think) which I supplied through Benzol. Thanks for the information. It's a pity they haven'r corrected things I suppose there is so much going on here.

I found a game that was missing moves I am sure yesterday. I kibitzed which means I can find it again. But it is a pity.

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  Richard Taylor: And his opponent was 'Mrs. R Kerr.' (According to the magazine which was

New Zealand Correspondence Chess Association

Bulletin No. 1

1943 - 44

It had been owned by F. W. Keam.

I have no idea where it came from.

But it was edited by L.A.Dingle, 59 McCulloch Avenue, Mt. Roskill, Auckland (NZ))

There is an intro, September 1944, by the Secretary of that association. His name was R O Scott. Of 11 Rangitikei Street, Wanganui East (New Zealand).

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  Tabanus: Upper Hutt Leader, Volume XVI, Number 27, 16 July 1959, p. 5:

<Mr L. G. L. Copp, who has specialised in wheat research for a number of years, is proceeding overseas primarily to study recent research techniques relating to breeding of cereals.

As Principal Scientific Officer at the Crop Research Division of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research at Lincoln, Canterbury, Mr Copp has played a major part in the development of such outstanding varieties as "Arawa" and "Aotea."

In U.S.A. he will be studying developments in the use of growth cabinets, a subject which vitally affects research progress. Five complete generations of crop growth can be obtained each year by this method as against one crop per year by natural processes. Thus five years research can be done in one year with speeded up eradication of useless hybrids.

After attending the 9th International Botanical Congress at Montreal, Canada, Mr Copp will spend five weeks in U.K. and N. Europe visiting research stations there at his own expense to obtain maximum advantage from his trip. On his way back to New Zealand he has been asked by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation to visit selected Australian research establishments as guest of the Organisation. Mr. Copp thus hopes to obtain a world-wide appreciation of the problems affecting harvest methods, field experimental lay-outs, growth chamber usage, and cereal diseases which greatly reduce the yields of New Zealand crops.>

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  Tabanus: Not the most renowned CC player, but he has a good name :)
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  Richard Taylor: <Tabanus: Not the most renowned CC player, but he has a good name :)> Thanks for this. I think that any information about any chess player enhances this site and chess as a culture, and indeed the culture of the world.

It doesn't matter how good or bad a chess player is. I feel that chess has meant that, over the years, I have met all kinds of people of all levels of chess ability. People of "professinal status" and ordinary working people and so on. And I have met or played (mostly in simuls of course but sometimes as with Tony Miles and some others I was in the same tournament (if not the same grade depending if it was an open or not).

But to know of Mr. Copp and Mrs Kerr is additive to knowing something of the people involved in chess.

Mrs Kerr I think of. She may have been an ex-school teacher or she might have been a lonely eccentric, or someone who "flirted" with chess for a while as people do.

Everyone matters, and everyone in their way can be interesting.

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