Bowdler–Conway (1788(?)) – source and date questions

[The following is a bit of a long story about an attempt to trace the original sourcing and date of a well-known game. There are several well-known and a few not-so-well-known players involved. It’s an interesting case that traces back to early British chess history, and explores several issues about knowing what one really does…

The Boy’s Own Paper – (part 2)

A link to the previous article on the subject of “The Boy’s Own Paper” magazine: link And a link to the chess column clippings of The Boy’s Own Paper v13 (Oct 1890 – Sep 1891)  (PDF) The construction of the PDF clippings collection is really a topic of its own – a very handy and useful…

The Boy’s Own Paper – (part 1)

[Revised version – the idea is a bit chatty, explaining how I came across this title in the first place…] Sometimes strange twists and turns lead to interesting research topics, and to quote from the song: … Well I ain’t often right but I’ve never been wrong,  Seldom turns out the way it does in the…

Charles Tomlinson (1808-1897)

Charles Tomlinson’s wiki article begins thusly: Charles Tomlinson (27 November 1808 in London – 15 February 1897) was a British scientist, member of the Royal Society.   But there is nary a word about his chess writing, or participation. Of course, according to BCM, this may partly be Tomlinson’s own fault due to his modesty:…

Russian Orthography – aka Google Docs + Google Translate

For reference, here is the first article in the thread:  Russian Orthography – a quick and dirty intro for biographers The previous article was mostly about using various tools allowing an English speaker with a standard US keyboard to enter Russian text on Windows. Now we show an important example of how a researcher might avoid…