|Aug-29-14|| ||ljfyffe: <Regretably, Smellie's tenure>associate tournament director for Canadian players<with the new Correspondence Chess League of America was short-lived. He suffered a nervous breakdown in January, 1918, and gave up all of his chess activities.>The History of Correspondence Chess in Canada by Zehr and MacDonald.>|
|Aug-30-14|| ||FSR: <ljfyffe> Does <The History of Correspondence Chess in Canada> by Zehr and MacDonald give Smellie's years of birth and death?|
|Aug-30-14|| ||ljfyffe: Not that I can find, but I'll keep an eye-out for the answer to your question.|
|Aug-31-14|| ||ljfyffe: Letter By RGS to C.F. Davie, British Columbian chess columnist and politician; <Our friends in the United States have paid us a high compliment in asking us to join with them. Let us justify their action by showing that by our support, as well as by our play, we are prepared to do our part in making the united organization an ever greater success than the separate leagues have been in the past.> Zehr and MacDonald.|
|Sep-01-14|| ||ljfyffe: <FSR> C.F. Davie 1882-1950.<A wild speculation on my part:>Were he and R.G. Smellie of the same age group, perhaps???|
|Sep-01-14|| ||ljfyffe: A quality Gutenberger to go with the digital chips always enhances the meal. Indeed, Marshall McLuhen thought the menus of global restaurants require a bit re-balancing because <the media is the message.>|
|Sep-01-14|| ||Tabanus: This is probably Reginald George Smellie (b. 11 Jan. 1880, d. 1924), "Broker" in Toronto in 1901 and "Accountant" in Toronto in 1920. I could put that in the bio, but this page is ruined now.|
|Sep-01-14|| ||Karposian: <Tabanus> Reginald George Smellie was also a Tennis player. He played in the Canadian National Championship in 1897.|
|Sep-01-14|| ||ljfyffe: I , too, noticed the tennis player, but with initials given only; thought R.G. would have been mentioned in relation to his chessplaying in Zehr. Extremely interesting information. Either poster aware of any cross-references?
|Sep-01-14|| ||Tabanus: I have no definite proof of "Reginald George Smellie" as a chess player, other that he seems to be the only "R. G. Smellie" candidate in Toronto according to Ancestry.com.|
|Sep-01-14|| ||ljfyffe: <Tabanus>Certainly sounds like the right person.
As <FSR> points out, the surname is not that popular.
<Karposian> Yes...the eventual winner, Whitebeck, of the 1897 tennis tournament defeated .... wait for it ....Fischer ... to win the title. If R.G's full name was given, sounds like you've got the right guy.|
|Sep-01-14|| ||ljfyffe: <Karposian>WADE; not "Whitbeck" won the tennis. As you see, I find it easy to make mistakes in history and ancestry.|
|Sep-01-14|| ||Karposian: <ljfyffe: <Karposian>WADE; not "Whitbeck" won the tennis. As you see, I find it easy to make mistakes in history and ancestry.>|
I find it agonizingly easy too!
Anyway, I am pretty sure that we have identified the right guy. I have tried to find more chessgames by him and additional information, but to no avail, yet.
|Sep-01-14|| ||ljfyffe: <Karposian>Thanks for your efforts; I've always found chess history to be very interesting...perhaps because I'm but an average player! I've done considerable research, especially with Canadian chess.|
|Jan-11-15|| ||perfidious: <ljfyffe> From the start, the history of the game piqued my interest, and continues to, though it has been almost fourteen years since my last serious game.|
|Jan-27-15|| ||whiteshark: "The Canadian RG Smellie suffered a "nervous breakdown" in January 1918, and games after that date are not on record" ... He played an important role in early 20th Century correspondence chess organization.|
-Myers, Corr. Database 2013
|Jan-27-15|| ||whiteshark: |
[Event "corr NCCA Leadership-B"]
[White "Smellie, R G"]
[Black "Hickok, William F"]
[EventType "tourn (corr)"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. d3 d6 5. f4 Ng4 6. f5 Nf2 7. Qh5 O-O 8. Bg5
Qd7 9. f6 Qg4 10. Qxg4 Bxg4 11. Nd5 Nd7 12. fxg7 Kxg7 13. Nxc7 Rac8 14. Nd5
Nxh1 15. Kd2 Bxg1 16. Rxg1 Nf2 17. Rf1 Nxe4+ 18. dxe4 Rxc4 19. Be7 Rfc8 20. c3
Rxe4 21. Ne3 Rc6 22. Kd3 Nc5+ 23. Kd2 h5 24. h3 Be6 25. b3 Rf4 26. Rd1 Ne4+ 27.
Ke1 Rxc3 28. Nf1 Rc2 29. Bxd6 Rff2 30. Bxe5+ Kg6 0-1
|Jan-11-16|| ||Nosnibor: <whiteshark> In your post of 27/1/15 was Smellie playing Wild Bill Hickcok and if so was this a correspondence game between Canada and the U.S.A?|