|May-15-07|| ||BishopBerkeley: Wonderful photo of child prodigy Elaine Saunders here (likely Elaine Pritchard as a child):|
From the article:
Rudolph Speilmann was one of the strongest players in the world in the 1920s and 1930s. This game is taken from a simultaneous exhibition that he gave. The British 12-year-old chess genius Elaine Saunders takes him apart in a Sicilian Defence.
Rudolf Spielmann - Elaine Saunders
1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 d6 5 c4 Nf6 6 Nc3 g6 7 Be2 Bg7 8 Be3 O-O 9 Nxc6 bxc6 10 h4 Qa5 11 Qd2 Ng4
12 h5 Nxe3 13 Qxe3 Qb4 14 Qd2 Be6 15 hxg6 fxg6 16 a3 Qc5 17 O-O-O Rxf2 18 b4 Qe5 19 White resigns.
Quite wonderful! (Thanks to <SBC> for helping me make this connection.)
(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)
|Jun-15-07|| ||Karpova: More information on her (llok for Elaine Saunders):
|Jan-13-08|| ||Karpova: Rudolf Spielmann – Elaine Saunders
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.Be3 O-O 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.h4 Qa5 11.Qd2 Ng4 12.h5 Nxe3 13.Qxe3 Qb4 14.Qd2 Be6 15.hxg6 fxg6 16.a3 Qc5 17.O-O-O Rxf2 18.b4 Qe5 0-1
This game was given <on pages 263-264 of the Australasian Chess Review, 31 October 1938>.
The date is unknown but when did Spielmann visit Australia for a Simul tour (if we know that we could submit the game)?
|Jan-13-08|| ||roberts partner: The Spielmann v Saunders game was played when Spielmann gave a simul during the international tournament at Margate 1938, and Elaine's victory was mentioned at the time by BH Wood in his tournament report in CHESS.|
|Jan-13-08|| ||Karpova: <roberts partner>
Thanks! I'll submit the game.
|Apr-07-08|| ||MichAdams: <C.N. 3826:
Elaine Saunders gave an account of her game against Alekhine on page 224 of British Chess by G.S. Botterill, D.N.L. Levy, J.M. Rice and M.J. Richardson (Oxford, 1983):
‘The incident which received the most publicity was the “affair Alekhine”. Most of the pre-war giants were kindly if a little condescending towards me but the new world champion – he had just regained the title from Euwe – showed me no mercy. He took on 30 Kent players at the Charing Cross Hotel and after five hours demolished all except myself. [In fact, Alekhine’s final score was +27 –2 =1.] The ending was equal. He stood over our board and glowered. “Give the child a draw”, said someone in Russian in the audience, which despite the midnight hour were everywhere on chairs and even under tables. “I know what I am doing”, came the reply, and of course he did. I lost.’>
Ruthless to the end. Bastard.
<Elaine's impression of Alexander Alekhine was less pleasant. "I didn't like him. I sat in the same compartment with him on the train to Margate and he didn't say a word throughout the whole journey." [...] ...while Alekhine was even reported in CHESS as saying, "She is a genius!" However, "when he played me in another simul, at Bournemouth, he mashed me up - he wasn't going to let the same thing happen again."> -- Elaine: A 10-Year-Old World Champion, CHESS, October 1997
|Jan-07-09|| ||brankat: A fascinating story of a great chess talent! A world junior champ at 10, and again at 11!|
Happy Birthday Mrs.Pritchard!
|May-20-11|| ||GrahamClayton: Here are a couple of Saunders pritchard Games not in the database. First, a hard fought win against the current women's world champion:|
[Event "Casual game"]
[White "Menchik, Vera"]
[Black "Saunders Pritchard, Elaine"]
1. d4 d5 2. e3 c6 3. Nd2 e6 4. Bd3 f5 5. Nh3 Bd6 6. O-O Qc7 7. f4 Nf6 8. c4 Ne4 9. Bxe4 fxe4 10. Qh5+ g6 11. Qe2 Na6 12. c5 Bf8 13. a3 Bg7 14. b4 b6 15. Rb1 bxc5 16. bxc5 Qe7 17. Qd1 Nc7 18. Nb3 Ba6 19. Re1 Bd3 20. Rb2 a5 21. Bd2 a4 22. Nc1 Bb5 23. Na2 Bc4 24. Nf2 Bb3 25. Qc1 O-O 26. Nb4 Qd7 27. Rb1 Nb5 28. Ng4 Rf7 29. Rf1 Raf8 30. h4 h5 31. Nf2 Bc4 32. Re1 e5 33. dxe5 Bxe5 34. Nxe4 dxe4 35. fxe5 Bd3 36. Nxd3 Qxd3 37. Ba5 Nxa3 38. Ra1 Nc2 39. Rd1 Qxe3+ 40. Qxe3 Nxe3 41. Rd6 Rf1+ 42. Rxf1 Rxf1+ 43. Kh2 Ng4+ 44. Kg3 Nxe5 45. Bc3 Nd3 46. Rxc6 e3 47. Rxg6+ Kf7 48. Rg7+ Ke6 49. Rg6+ Kd5 50. Rd6+ Kc4 51. c6 Rf8 52. Ba5 Rc8 53. c7 a3 54. Rd8 a2 55. Rxc8 a1=Q 56. Rd8 Qe5+ 0-1
The second is a victory over one of the stalwarts of English chess:
[White "Sergeant, Philip W"]
[Black "Saunders Pritchard, Elaine"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. c3 Bc5 10. a4 b4 11. Qe2 O-O 12. Bc2 Bf5 13. Be3 Bxe3 14. Qxe3 Ng3 15. Bxf5 Nxf5 16. Qc5 Qd7 17. cxb4 Rfb8 18. Nc3 Nxb4 19. Rad1 c6 20. Rd2 a5 21. Nd4 Nxd4 22. Qxd4 Qe7 23. Re1 Re8 24. Qg4 Qc5 25. Re3 d4 26. Rg3 Qxe5 27. Re2 f5 28. Qf3 Qc5 29. Qh5 Rxe2 30. Nxe2 Qc2 31. h4 Qxb2 32. Qh6 d3 33. Qe6+ Kh8 34. Re3 Rg8 35. Nf4 d2 36. Qxf5 d1=Q+ 0-1
Source: John Saunders, "CHESS Magazine at War", CHESS, Volum 75, No 11 (February 2011).
|Jan-18-12|| ||Cibator: Sorry to have to announce that Elaine Pritchard passed away a few days ago (not sure yet of the exact date). Further information and comments can be found here: |
|Jul-18-15|| ||ljfyffe: Pritchard scored 4 and a half points out of a possible 11 points in the Ladies World Correspondence Chess Championship II Final(1972-1977), including two wins.|
|Mar-22-16|| ||BIDMONFA: Elaine Saunders Pritchard|
|Apr-17-16|| ||luftforlife: <Tab>: Elaine Zelia Saunders was born on January 7, 1926. Her father was Henry de Beaufort Saunders, born August 7, 1900, Folkestone, Kent: |
|Jul-07-16|| ||MissScarlett: <<However, "when he played me in another simul, at Bournemouth, he mashed me up - he wasn't going to let the same thing happen again."> -- Elaine: A 10-Year-Old World Champion, CHESS, October 1997>|
This second simul doesn't appear in Skinner & Verhoeven, but I've found reference to it in the <Western Gazette> of Friday, May 13th, 1938, p.16:
<The world's champion chess player, Dr. Alekhine, paid a visit to Bournemouth on Saturday [i.e., May 7th], and at the Glenroy Hall Hotel, West Cliff, he was opposed in 30 simultaneous games by leading players in the Southwest. He beat 29 of them, but lost to Mr. J. A. Harris, hon. secretary of the Bournemouth Chess Club. The matches were arranged by the Hampshire Chess Association.
The opponents of Dr. Alekhine included Miss Elaine Saunders, aged 12, of Kent, who, at her second meeting with the champion, lasted for nearly 40 moves before she was beaten.>
A list of some of the participants follows, including one <J. Speden [sic] Lewis>.
|Jul-15-16|| ||MissScarlett: The Falkirk Herald, May 8th, 1935, p.12:
<On Friday evening, 26th April, at Margate, S. Reshevsky - the American chess star - played 23 games simultaneously. He won 22 with the greatest of ease and drew one against Miss Eileen [sic] Saunders, aged only nine years. This pretty little child is playing in one of the junior tournaments at Margate, for those under 15 years, and has won three out of four, up to the time of writing. She duly recorded each move in her game against Reshevsky, which was the last game finished.>