The Hamilton-Russell Cup in the 1960s

I am grateful to Peter Urbach and Teddy Bourne of The Reform Club for spotting and passing on the letter below to The Times in 1967, in which the author William Latey QC of The Athenaeum is quizzical as to why the HR tournament had dwindled to only four clubs competing!

Times letter

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MCC do the double

The MCC retained their speed chess trophy after the MCC A team defeated the RAC A team 3.5 – 2.5 in the final round.

Final Table:

1. Marylebone Cricket Club (A) 10
2. Royal Automobile Club (A) 9
3. Chelsea Arts Club 6 ½
4. Royal Automobile Club (B) 6
5. Oxford & Cambridge 5 ½
= Athenaeum 5 ½
7. Hurlingham 4
8. Reform 3 ½
9. Royal Automobile Club (C) 3
10. Marylebone Cricket Club (B) 2
11. East India/Oriental / O & C 0

Chris Waites of the MCC receiving the trophy from the RAC's Rob Matthews with the arbiter David Sedgwick looking on

Chris Waites of the MCC receiving the trophy from the RAC’s Rob Matthews with the arbiter David Sedgwick looking on

You can access a video of the final round here: http://youtu.be/w3uKA6NgFoM

Hamilton-Russell regular Roger Emerson in fighting talk

The RAC’s Roger Emerson was the subject of much of Jon Speelman’s article at the weekend after Guildford’s win in the 4NCL.

According to Speelman’s excellent piece – reproduced below (to enlarge – click on it) – Roger donned a Kimono and brandished a samurai sword that proved instrumental in stirring his side on to victory.

roger emerson with samurai sword article