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Alan McGowan
Member since Oct-24-06 · Last seen Oct-31-20
From Glasgow, Scotland, but residing in Canada. Historian for Chess Scotland. Area of interest and research: Kurt Richter (1900-1969).

   Alan McGowan has kibitzed 99 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-26-20 Neil Bernstein
Alan McGowan: This is likely the same Neil Bernstein (1916-1967) who - briefly - was a student in Scotland, during which time he played in the Scottish championships of 1938 and 1939 (the latter won by fellow American student <Max Pavey>. Further information at ...
   Oct-26-20 Jonas vs Blackburne, 1897
Alan McGowan: This game appears on page 184 of Mr Blackburne's Games at Chess (1899). White was shown as C.M. Jonas. This was Charles Marriott Jonas (1860-1915), one of four chess playing brothers from Scotland. Two of them emigrated to Australia; William Henry Jonas (1865-1929) was there by
   Oct-25-20 J Szekely vs E Canal, 1933
Alan McGowan: Albert Becker, annotating this game in the <1933 Wiener Schachzeitung (p165)>, pointed out that 8...e5! was even stronger. To deal with Black's threat of ...Nc6, he felt that White had nothing better than 9.Bxc4 bxc4 10.dxe5. If instead 9.d5, then Bc5 10.d6 Bxd6! ...
   Oct-24-20 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Alan McGowan: Who were the others? (chess players at Bletchley), asked <jessicafischerqueen> The Bletchley team in the 12 board match against Oxford University in December 1944 was: Alexander, Golombek, Dr Aitken, Dr I.J. Good, N.A, Perkins (also in CG), Sgt Jacobs (U.S. Army), Sgt ...
   Oct-17-20 W Ernst vs Unzicker, 1948
Alan McGowan: Re comments by <bavaria>: The tournament book gives 13...Te8 (Re8), but that is likely a typo for 13...Rc8. It then shows 15...Tfd8 (Rfd8) and gives 20...Te7 (Re7) which is likely a typo for Rc7. Black's 26th move ...Qg3 was to cover his Rc7. It gives 33...Tc6 (Rc6).
   Oct-14-20 Foltys vs P Michel, 1939 (replies)
Alan McGowan: Alekhine's comments about this game in 107 Great Chess Battles:- <In my opinion this game, on account of the purity of style, is one of the finest productions of the 1939 tournament.>
   Oct-13-20 Julius Silverman
Alan McGowan: On 7 July 1954 in London, Smyslov and Bronstein gave a simultaneous display against 20 Members of Parliament in which they played alternately. They scored +17, =2 and a solitary loss to Julius Silverman. (BCM 1954, pp252-3.)
   Oct-01-20 Simon Rotenstein
Alan McGowan: He was born 30 November 1878 in Warsaw, information that was given in his 1933 marriage record from Berlin. It also showed that he lived at Reinickendorfer Strasse 87; this confirmed his identity as this address was given for him in the 1931 Berlin Address Book and Ranneforths ...
   Sep-30-20 H Nowarra vs K Junge, 1942
Alan McGowan: Re the comments by <lost in space>: 'Das war Klaus Junge' by Budrich and Schulte (1956) gave the game with Junge as Black (pp85-6). A later publication (1995), 'Des Leben und Schaffen von Klaus Junge 1924-1945" by Helmut Riedl, gave the game with Junge as White. ...
   Sep-29-20 Georg Kieninger
Alan McGowan: The brief personal details refer to an opening line named after him; 'The Kieninger Trap' in the Budapest Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bb4+ 6.Nbd2 Qe7 7.a3 Ngxe5! 8.axb4?? Nd3#). CG links to the source for this information (Wikipedia), which in turn gives
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