Austin Lockwood Saturday, November 26, 2016
English Senior International Master Mike Donnelly was a welcome guest at the 2015 ICCF Congress in Cardiff; Mike took the opportunity to meet for the first time a friend with whom he had corresponded for many years, Thomas Johansson from Sweden, who was in Cardiff to receive his International Master medal and certificate.
Included in the Welcome Pack for guests at Congress was a booklet written by Martyn Griffiths and Austin Lockwood (attached to this post in PDF format), describing the history of correspondence chess in Wales.
Mike has now annotated two of the games from this booklet and posted these on his website
, he has kindly agreed for us to reproduce his annotations here.
In 2015 I was invited to the ICCF Congress held in August of that year in Cardiff. This was an ideal opportunity to meet, in person for the first time, with Thomas Johansson from Malmo after corresponding for over 15 years only via e-mail. Thomas was to be presented with his ICCF International Master certificate and medal at this event and pictures may be found on this web site
in section 8 (My Stuff-Memorabilia Corner for the years starting from 2014).
I may add the whole event was very well run and a pleasure to attend. Apart from Thomas I chatted to several players who I had played correspondence chess against and also met many of the organisers who work hard for this form of chess but were previously only names on notifications and tournament tables etc.
Each attendee of the ICCF Congress received a rather fine "welcome pack" which contained all sorts of chess material as well as information about Cardiff and the places worth seeing both locally and in other parts of Wales. Chess related items in the pack included a very well written and researched booklet entitled " A History of Correspondence Chess in Wales 1835-2015" by Martyn Griffiths and Austin Lockwood. The bare scores of two games given in the booklet caught my eye and I subsequently played them over on a board. They are both very high quality games from a time when there was no help from modern technology such as Informator or computers. These have thus been annotated in detail for this site.