Due to the rain, we went a little earlier
to the fish restaurant Loch Fyne, the atmosphere was excellent there,
the service was kind, the quality of the meal however "variable".
But I found the atmosphere very pleasantly light and friendly, not the
rule in English pubs or inns.
front of the fish restaurant
at Loch Fyne
2 shows 39 photographs from the tour of the city and from the dinner.
Relatively far into the night I still pottered about on my lecture, when
my "room mate" Jurgen Stigter asked me aplenty questions about
Twiss and his chemistry book.
Next morning at a (very good) breakfast, I could briefly talk with Bernard
Cafferty and Steve Giddins about the "BCM affair", it was quite
funny. We started on schedule at 9.30 am, to our great pleasure Michael
Clapham (the wonderful chess pictures provided by him had been hung on
the wall) and Kathleen & Owen Hindle had prepared a small chess exhibition
in the large meeting room. Technically everything worked properly as well,
if you ignore that for a short time Jurgen pulled the plug on the projector...
Michael Clapham's appearance
Items from the chess exhibition
doesn't know this gentleman?
The lectures have started
Especially Owen Hindle's contribution has impressed
me, but also Gordon Cadden presented his research convincingly - even
if Tim Harding still doesn't seem to agree completely.
In the course of the morning also Tony Peterson and Jimmy Adams joined
us, with surprise guest Ray Cannon on their coat-tails. (In the end Kathleen
and Ray became new members and paid without resistance 30 GBP "special
Harding gave a lecture on "Eminent Victorian Chess Players"
- here his Presentation
as PDF (0.6 MB; in the member section).
He has also reported on our assembly in his Kibitzer column
at ChessCafe.com: An
Unusual Chess Congress in Norwich
Hindle's presentation topic was "I.O. Howard Taylor
and the Golden Days of the Norwich Chess Club":
Taylor (PDF/10.8 MB; member section)
treasurer Michael Negele talked
"John Keeble – Chess Historians have to take responsibilities":
Keeble (PDF/6.2 MB; member section)
break: Tony Peterson and Raymond Cannon