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Alan McGowan
Member since Oct-24-06 · Last seen Dec-03-22
From Glasgow, Scotland, but residing in Canada. Historian for Chess Scotland. Area of interest and research: Kurt Richter (1900-1969).

   Alan McGowan has kibitzed 225 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-05-22 Nicholas Young (replies)
Alan McGowan: This player's name is actually Nicholas J. Young. Sources: University of Glasgow Calendar 1969, p49: Nicholas J. Young (Google Books) Scottish Chess Nr 28, June 1970:- An article 'The University Scene' by D.A. Watt has:- In the preliminary tournament David Watt and Nick ...
   Jul-03-22 Hubert Knott (replies)
Alan McGowan: Readers (and editors) are invited to review photographs of the players at New York 1857. Edward Winter, in CN 3828, invited readers to help identify those in a group photograph. Some confusion is unavoidable, because two 'extras' were ...
   Jun-19-22 Robert Macdonald Ross (replies)
Alan McGowan: This is Robert Macdonald Ross. The 1923 BCM, p74 says: We also hear with regret of the death early in November of Mr R.M. Ross of Fortrose, who was a well known and very strong player in Calcutta thirty years ago. Scotland's national records show the death of Robert Macdonald ...
   May-09-22 J A Birch (replies)
Alan McGowan: Further research allows me to refute my own statement. There is a references to Jas. A. Birch in a report on the Chess Association meeting in Manchester in 1857, so this was not James Birch (1841-1911), who later moved to Glasgow. Hans Renette, in his book about Paulsen, gives ...
   May-09-22 James Birch Jr.
Alan McGowan: The Zukertort game was played by James Birch, snr (1841-1911). The Capablanca game was played by his son, also James Birch (1872-1943). Further details at
   Apr-25-22 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Alan McGowan: Thanks to <Zally Zimpson> for the Frazer Medal images. There is a difference between the 'z' and the 's' in President James Robertson's name. The Edinburgh Directories published by Oliver & Boyd for 1865 and 1866 (published at the end of the previous year) show Dr Fraser.
   Apr-21-22 James Cunningham Fraser (replies)
Alan McGowan: Correction to type: Alfred Horace Fraser born June 1854, died October 1854
   Apr-21-22 Alexander Ross
Alan McGowan: Alexander Ross was a member of Glasgow CC. The 1879 list of members gave his address as Crossknowe, Rutherglen, which allowed a search of national records. He died 6 August 1881 at Crossknowe, Rutherglen - the address is on his death record and Probate. Parental information on ...
   Apr-12-22 Robert M Grant
Alan McGowan: His death record shows Robert Grant (33), died 16 December 1878 at 206 Hope St., Glasgow. His mother's maiden surname is shown as Moir.
   Apr-11-22 J Steegmann vs Zukertort, 1873 (replies)
Alan McGowan: White would have been Julius Steegmann. He is shown in an 1879 list of members of Glasgow Chess Club. Born ca. 1834 (47 years of age in the 1881 census for Scotland). Died 1 May 1889, Rouen, France.
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