The Gazette

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The club once produced a West London Chess Club Gazette, which contains a wealth of information. The first edition was produced in November 1941 [38] and the club celebrated the gazette's 25th anniversary in December 1966 [7]. During 1967, the publication formerly mimeographed, became printed (thanks to Mr. A.Ivey) [8].

Pat Aherne a former two time club champion (1963-64 and 1994-95), kindly donated a copy of the July-August 1967 edition, which we have published for your interest. He informs us that there was a dispute between the principal author of the gazette M.H. Hawley and the printer A. Ivey regarding content. A. Ivey wanted to include other material such as anecdotes, but M.H. Hawley wanted to keep it strictly to chess. This conflict and the simple fact that the publication in its current form was becoming a strain on the committee, signaled the beginning of the end for the gazette. It is thought that there were at most another two publications before it stopped at the end of 1967.

Somehow, Cleveland Public Libarary (Ohio USA) have paper originals of some of the first editions published between November 1941 and 1946. We have now obtained electronic copies and are currently processing the information.


Issue Notes
November 1941 First edition and first record of being located in Stratford Road. First mention of J. Mieses
May 1942 Club's invitation for players during War time
September 1942 Announcement of 50th anniversary *
October 1942 Jubilee notice by P.W. Sergeant *
January 1943 Some reminiscences by C.E. Ford
February 1943 Recorded winners of the club's Eastman Cup 1922-1942 *
March 1943 Sympathy to Mrs V. Stevenson (Menchik) regarding the death of R.H.S. Stevenson *
June 1943 About Sir George Thomas and him winning the club championship for the first time. RP. Michell cup is presented as the new club championship trophy *
September 1943 Valediction (after Jubilee year). Lightning tournament results and some games from the tournament *
February 1944 Elaine Saunders joins club, C.E. Ford passes away. Robinson and Drey cups offered
August 1944 Memories of the late Vera Menchik. Mention of Lt. G. Cartier
August 1945 B.H. Wood joins the club *
October 1945 First evidence of Paul M. List playing for WLCC
November 1945 PW. Sergeant is elected President *
January 1946 I. Konig joins the club
February 1946 P.S. Milner-Barry congratulated on receiving his OBE
March 1946 J.A. Fuller becomes the Junior Champion
April 1946 Description of the Vera Menchik Trophy. Introduction of the P.S. Miller-Barry cup
May 1946 Reminiscences by the late C.E. Ford of nearly winning the London League. J.A. Fuller becomes British Boy Champion. Mention of a Chess board and men (with 40 autographs) presented to R.P. Michell in 1901. *
July 1946 W.S. Houlder passes away. London League scores. J.A. Fuller going to the Forces shortly. *
July-August 1967 Quality production