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!
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.
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
You can access a video of the final round here: http://youtu.be/w3uKA6NgFoM
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.
The Athenaeum won away from home, beating the combined Oriental and East India team by 2 – 3 in the last match (either friendly or Cup) of the Hamilton-Russell 2013/4 season.