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Tournament: 35th British Chess Championship • 19 of 66 games (plus 15 fragments and 17 subsidiary games/part-games)
Venue: Bishopsgate Institute, London • Dates: 30 August - 10 Sept 1948Download PGN • Last Edited: Thursday 1 August, 2019 5:21 PM

1948 British Chess Championship

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 Broadbent,Reginald Joseph
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½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 8.5
2 Thomas,George Alan ½
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½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 7.0
3 Milner-Barry,Philip Stuart ½ ½
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1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 7.0
4 Wood,Baruch Harold 0 ½ 0
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½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 7.0
5 Golombek,Harry 0 0 ½ ½
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1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7.0
6 Wood,Gabriel Jacquin 0 0 ½ 0 0
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1 1 1 1 ½ 1 6.0
7 Alexander,Conel Hugh O'Donel ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0
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½ 1 1 ½ 1 5.5
8 Newman,Richard Hilary 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½
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½ ½ 1 1 4.5
9 Aitken,James Macrae 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½
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½ ½ ½ 4.0
10 Winter,William ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½
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½ ½ 3.5
11 Morry,William Ritson ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½
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0 3.0
12 Abrahams,Gerald 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1
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3.0
n.b. this was the last time the British Chess Championship was held as an all-play-all tournament

1948 British Ladies' Chess Championship

    1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts
1 Price,Edith Charlotte
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00 11 01 11 11 7.0
2 Bruce,Rowena Mary 11
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½0 ½1 01 ½1 6.5
3 Tranmer,Eileen Betsy 00 ½1
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10 11 6.0
4 Henniker-Heaton,Mary 10 ½0 01
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10 01 4.5
5 Wheelwright,Amy Eleanor 00 10 01
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11 4.5
6 Cobbold,Helen Muriel 00 ½0 00 10 00
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1.5

n.b. Monica Henniker-Heaton corrected to Mary Henniker-Heaton (16 Aug 2017). The player's full name was in fact Mary Araluen Elizabeth Anne Henniker-Heaton (1904-1972).


1948 BCF Premier Tournament

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 Penrose,Jonathan
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0 1 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 7.5
2 Penrose,Oliver 1
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0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 7.5
3 Sergeant,Edward Guthlac 0 1
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0 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7.5
4 Truscott,Alan Fraser 0 0 1
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1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 7.5
5 Wallis,Philip Norman 0 ½ 0 0
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1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7.5
6 Hirsch,Kurt August ½ ½ 0 ½ 0
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1 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 5.5
7 Znosko-Borovsky,Eugene ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0
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1 1 ½ ½ 1 5.5
8 Hooper,David Vincent 1 ½ 0 0 0 0 0
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1 ½ ½ 1 4.5
9 Perkins,Nicholas Anthony 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0
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1 1 ½ 4.0
10 Rhodes,Herbert Gibson ½ 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0
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0 0 3.0
11 Horseman,Derek Geoffrey 0 1 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1
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0 3.0
12 Barden,Leonard William 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 1
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3.0

 

1948 Jonathan Penrose
From the Times, 31 August 1948

The prize-winners were—

Championship: 1st, R. J. Broadbent; 2nd equal, H. Golombek, P. S. Milner-Barry, Sir G. A. Thomas, B. H. Wood.

Ladies’ Championship: 1st, Miss Price; 2nd, Mrs. Bruce.

Premier: 1st equal, J. Penrose, O. Penrose, E. G. Sergeant, A. F. Truscott, and P. N. Wallis.

Major A: 1st, H. I. Woolverton; 2nd, J. Ansell; 3rd equal, P. A. Ursell, J. H. Pollitt, and H. Saunders.

Major B: 1st, V. J. A. Russ; 2nd, C. B. Heath; 3rd equal, J. B. Goodman, R. A. Wagstaff, and R. Speirs.

Major C: 1st, C. S. Hunter; 2nd equal, R. F. Boxall, and H. G. Wright.

First A: 1st, P. B. Cook; 2nd, L. Derby; 3rd, J. W. Smith.

First B: 1st, N. Hammond; 2nd equal, A. P. Lacy-Huibert, P. Aherne, and B. L. Wilkinson.

First C: 1st, J. Kenyon; 2nd, J. Sander; 3rd, Dr. J. Fine.

Second: 1st, D. A. Thomas; 2nd, T. E. Barnett; 3rd, E. G. Ansell.

Combined Junior and Third Class (played under Swiss system): Ist, V. Tarnofsky; 2nd, J. H. Springall; 3rd equal, D. C. Coomber, G. B. Lowe, K. S. Proctor, and R. F. Griffiths.


[Fulham Chronicle, 17 September 1948] "‘Chess is dangerous," says lady champion – In her top-floor Sheraton-furnished flat at no. 31, Talgarth Mansions, West Kensington, 77-year-old Miss Edlth C. Price talked to the Fulham Chronicle about the "dangerous game of chess."

After a seven-hour battle at the Bishopsgate Instltute Miss Price won the title of British Women's Chess Champion 1948. Thus for the fifth time she has won the title—the other occasions being 1922, 1923, 1924 and 1927.

Miss Price has lived at Talgarth Mansions for some years and is a member of the East Fulham Conservatlve Assoclatlon.

Said this chess champion who carries her 77 years as if they were 60: "Chess is like a drug. It gets hold of you and you can spend too much time at it. It is thus a very dangerous game. When you get up from the board, what there to show for it?

"From the health point of view I don’t think chess is good. I am 77 and that sounds contradictory, but it is so. I believe that all young people should learn chess, but not competitive chess. There are more beautiful things in life than chess—music for example and outside sports such as tennis."

Miss Price, who was taught chess by her father when she was seven was determined to win the championship just once more before she retires from competitive games. "At 77 I ought not to enter contests: I ought to take to playing marbles!" she said.

Her Gambit Days

For 45 years, until she sold it in 1946, Miss Price ran The Gambit chess club at Budge Row, between Cannon Street and Queen Victoria Street. Everyone in the chess world from Alekhine, Capablanca, Euwe and Lasker downwards visited the club and Miss Price played them all in friendly games. At one time a millionaire used to visit the club and play with a man who kept a stall in Caledonian Market. When Mr. Bonar Law was Prime Minister he would often ring up Miss Price for someone to go along to Downing Street to play chess with him. "He loved the game and used to say that chess distracted and rested his mlnd from the pressure of statesmanship."

The first time Miss Price entered for the British Women's Chess Championship was in 1912, when she tied and lost in the play-off. She cannot show the championship medals she won in subsequent years. A thief entered her flat and stole them three weeks after she went to Talgarth Mansions. He left the medal cases wide open and dreadfully empty. [my thanks to Richard James for drawing my attention to this article - JS]


File Updated

Date Notes
Early 2016 Uploaded in current format, with crosstables, etc.
12 April 2016 Andy Ansel has found some more moves for the game Hooper-J.Penrose. Thanks, Andy. And Brian Denman has contributed two games from minor sections. Thanks, Brian.
1 August 2019 Added the Edith Price interview from the Fulham Chronicle. Hat tip to Richard James for drawing my attention to it.