Editor's Foreword



When I first agreed to undertake the task of editing this little book about the Czech's Chess team's visit to England, I did so at the suggestion of the informal committee which was to set up by the Midland Counties #Chess Union to run the Midland Match.

The Committee had met to consider its report to the Union including the fact that the financial position, largely owing to shortness of time in arranging the affair, showed a substantial deficit.  It recommended to the Union that further events odf a similar nature should be planned, and pointed out various means of raising the required money.  One of those methods was to be the publication of this book.  Mr. B. H. Wood offered to publish and market the work without proifit to himself if I would edit it, and all profits were to be given to the fund for future matches.

When the matter came before the Executive Committee of the Union in July, 1947, it was decided not to proceed with further events, and in these circumstances I declined ti give my free services to replenish the coffers of the Union which would anly have needed replenishing if new activities were projected.

In the meantime, however, I had approached all the players with requests to annotate their games, nd mnany of them responded very promptly and generously to the invitation.  I therefore went on with the work, but decided to offer it to some body which was prepared to sponsor events which would develop chess players and help to popularise the game.

Late in July my own organisation, the Birmingham Secondary Schools Chess League, as it used to be, was revived under the more comprehensive title of the Birmingham and District Junior Chess League.  This body had been forced to suspend its activities at the outbreak of war because of the evacuation of the local schools, but I found a very keen spirit abroad among the grammar schools, and this year the League is stronger in numbers than it ever was.

One of the features of our pre-war programme was an annual contest for the Warwickshire Chess Association and the Midland Counties Chess Union respectively.  These events were run at our annual Congress which was successfully held four times from 1936-39.  At the 1937 and 1939 Congressess a Master Tournament was run as well as all the usual sections for the juniors, and we found that contact with the experts increased the enthusiasm of the boys.

I therefore offered the League the opportunity of receiving the profits from this book and one I am writing on the Anglo-Soviet Match of 1947, for the purpose of financing its Congress for 1948, and this offer was at once accepted.  In view of the fact that the League has always accepted responsibility for finaancing the Midland Boys' Championship on behalf of the M.C.C.U. and that all the money will be going to just those purposes for which they were asked to write their notes, I do not think the players will reproach me with having broken faith with them in diverting the book from the M.C.C.U. to the League.

To all who buy this book I would say that they are making a valuable contribution to the development of the younger generation of chess players.  If the sale proves satisfactory, further books will be published for the same purpose, and I hope that in this way it will prove possible to make the Junior League a prosperous body, able to run a continuous series of Congresses and other events.

W. RITSON-MORRY
Shirley, Birmingham
      September 29th, 1947.

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