|Apr-15-05|| ||WorldChampeen: Alfred Lenton may have even been a more of a premier player before World War II. He passed away just last year at the age of 92. This page, http://www.bcmchess.co.uk/news/ches... contains an obituary Apparently he defeated Czech IM Tibor in matches between the Midland Chess Club and Czechoslovakia "and won the Leicestershire championship nine times. He reappeared briefly in 1961 in a short international tournament held to celebrate the centenary of the Leicestershire club. He carried on with club chess into his extreme old age, and last appeared in a grading list as late as 2003, playing for the Thurnby club ..." It appears that these games are from that 1961 centenary tournament of the Leicestershire club and may not have been during his best playing time. |
|Apr-16-12|| ||GrahamClayton: Here is a Lenton victory that I have just uploaded into the database:|
[Event "1935 BCF-ch"]
[Site "Great Yarmouth"]
[White "Alfred Lenton"]
[Black "Rupert Cross"]
1. ♘f3 ♘f6 2. c4 c5 3. g3 b6 4. ♗g2 ♗b7 5. O-O g6 6. ♘c3 ♗g7 7. d4 cxd4 8. ♘b5 O-O 9. ♘bxd4 ♕c8 10. b3 d5 11. ♗a3 dxc4 12. ♗xe7 ♖e8 13. ♗xf6 ♗xf6 14. ♖c1 c3 15. ♘b5 ♖d8 16. ♕c2 ♘a6 17. a3 ♕d7 18. ♘xc3 ♖ac8 19. ♘e4 ♗g7 20. ♕b1 ♕e7 21. ♖xc8 ♖xc8 22. ♘fd2 ♖d8 23. ♕c2 b5 24. b4 f5 25. ♘c3 ♗xg2 26. ♔xg2 ♕c7 27. ♕b3+ ♔h8 28. ♘db1 ♘b8 29. ♔g1 ♕c4 30. ♕xc4 bxc4 31. ♖d1 ♖xd1+ 32. ♘xd1 ♘d7 33. ♘dc3 ♘f6 34. ♔f1 ♔g8 35. ♔e1 ♔f7 36. h3 ♔e6 37. ♔d2 ♘d5 38. ♘xd5 ♔xd5 39. ♘c3+ ♔c6 40. e3 ♔b6 41. ♘e2 ♔b5 42. ♘d4+ ♔a4 43. ♔c3 ♔xa3 44. ♔xc4 ♔a4 45. ♘c6 a6 46. f3 1-0
|Nov-01-16|| ||Nosnibor: One of the strongest players in England in the mid 1930`s.In 1935 he finished second in the British Championship but was disappointed not to be invited to play in the Hastings Premier 1935/36.
|Dec-26-16|| ||Nosnibor: Alfred Lenton passed away on the 5th November 2004 and was therefore 93 years of age at the date of his death. His funeral was held on the 24th November 2004.|
|May-16-18|| ||Nosnibor: Here is a game from a simultaneous over 40 boards given by Alekhine where Lenton pulled off a nice win. [Event "1936 Simultaneous"] [Date "29 August 1936"] [White "Alexander Alekhine"] [Black "Alfred Lenton" ] Caro Kann Defence Ply count B14 [Result "1-0"]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 dxc4 7.d5 Na5 8.Bxc4 Nxc4 9.Qa4+ Bd7 10.Qxc4 e6 11.0-0-0 Rc8 12.Qe2 Qb6 13.dxe6 Bxe6 14.Nf3 Bc4 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Nd5 Qh5 17.Kg1 Kf8 18.g4 Be7 19.Qe4 Rc5 20.Nb4 Rb4 21.Nd4 Qxb4 22.Nxe6+ fxe6 23.Qxe6 Re4 24.Qd5 Re2 25.Qd4 Kf7 26.Qd5+ Kg7 27.Qb3 Qxb3 28.axb3 Rc8 29.Rd7 Kf8 30.Ka2 R1c2 31. Rb1 b5 32.b4 Rc4 33.Rxa6 Rxg4 34.Kg3 Rxf2 35.Re1 Bxb4 36.Rd1 Be7 37.R1d7 Re4 38.h4 Re3+ 39.Ka2 b4 40.Rdb7 Rff3 41.Kg1 b3 42.Kc1 Rd3 0-1 Alekhine won 33 drew 5 and lost 2 games. He came straight on to Leicester from playing in the Nottingham Tournament. His agreed fee was £10 and I still hold the handwritten letter sent from the Victoria Station Hotel,Nottingham signed by Alekhine.|
|May-17-18|| ||Nosnibor: The opening result should of course read 0-1 in my last post.|
|May-17-18|| ||MissScarlett: Your score is corrupted in multiple places when comparing with the one in Skinner & Verhoeven, starting with 14...Bc4 instead of ...Bc5. Bad show.|
I will submit the game with a corrected and properly formatted score.
|May-17-18|| ||MissScarlett: Another thing, is the date, August 29th, correct? It certainly fits with the narrative - dashing up from the Nottingham event which finished the previous day - but Skinner & Verhoeven have it as the 15th September.|
|May-17-18|| ||Nosnibor: <MissScarlett> The date shown was the suggested date Alekhine put in his personal letter. I have now discovered that he actually played the simul on Saturday 5th September 1936 which is confirmed by the "Leicester Mercury".Therefore the Skinner & Verhoeven date is incorrect. I am afraid that when I entered the score yours truly was under the weather. But I felt that this game was of historical importance.I knew Alfred Lenton for almost 50 years and played him many times over the board ,obtaining a slight plus score against him.|
|May-17-18|| ||MissScarlett: Hmmm, I'll let you off this time. But be warned.|
As to the S&V misdating, I see now - well, I saw before but it didn't compute - that their sources for this and another game are the Leicester Mercury for the 7th and 9th of September, i.e.pre-dating the 15th, so it's evidently just a balls-up.
Here's the submitted game header:
<[Event "Simul, 40b"]
[Site "Leicester ENG"]
[White "Alexander Alekhine"]
[Black "Alfred Lenton"]
[Source "Leicester Mercury, 1936.09.09, p.4"]>
Suck it up, Winter, you schmuck.