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"CHESS PRESS" 1978-1986




Eley, Brian (Ed.): "CHESS PRESS". 1978-1986. Numbers 1-6.

Bolton-on-Dearne (Rotherham), Brian Eley & Co., 1978-1986. Original softback edition in loose numbers. Individual pagination of each number, with the covers included in the pagination. Each issue is staple-bound with a cover photo, 16 pages (numbers 1, 4-6) or 17pages (numbers 2-3), within another XVI pages (numbers 1,4-6) or XV pages (numbers 2-3) of catalogue (books and equipment). In English. 21 x 14,7.


Good to very good: Minor defects. Inside pages are clean and without writings, in very good condition. Mainly good and clean except for one issue (number 4) which has cover stains. Some rust in the staples of number 2.


Six loose issues of an irregular little periodical which was produced wrapped within a dealer's chess catalogue. Contributors include Nunn, Cafferty and Hardy while GMs such as Petrosian, Sax and Sveshnikov are credited contributors of annotated games. The publisher subsequently became a criminal fugitive wanted by Interpol.


Rare magazine, and almost impossible to get, especially the complete run, due to the great time elapsed between numbers 5 and 6. In Di Felice's book "Chess Periodicals" he mentions "No availability found". It is true that I can not confirm 100% that the number 6 is the last published, but taking into account that it is impossible to find information on the Internet, and that the magazine stopped being published in 1981, when the scandals and denunciations accumulated in the life of Eley, and that reappeared in 1986 to probably stop publishing immediately, coinciding with a clear persecution against Eley, which would have its peak with his arrest in 1991, and his subsequent escape a month later, it is almost certain that the number 6 is the last one published.


In the last 3 photos it can be seen that the number 6 is indeed the number 6, and since the publication of the number 5 in 1981 no other number was published, until the publication of the number 6 in 1986: in photo 8 there is an erratum that appears on page 8 of number 6, referring to a published game with no data (only the moves) on page 6 of number 5, as you can see in photo 9, and in photo 10 you can see the complete sequence of the article "More Adventures with the Veresov" By Otto Hardy, starting at number 2 and ending at 6.


The following biographical information has been extracted unmodified from the Internet.


Brian Ratcliffe Eley (born 6 July 1946) is a former British Chess Champion. He is wanted by British police on suspicion of sexual offences against underage boys, and has been a fugitive since 1991.




Brian Eley belonged to the wave of talented chess masters who came to the fore in Britain in the 1970s, after the dominance of Jonathan Penrose ended, a group that included Raymond Keene, Bill Hartston, George Botterill, Robert Bellin and others.


He took part in domestic chess tournaments, was a chess coach and gave simultaneous exhibitions. For a period around 1971, he wrote an infrequent chess column in the weekly Morning Telegraph of Sheffield. He ran his own chess retail business, supplying books, chess sets, scorebooks and the like.


In a major upset, Eley won the 1972 British Chess Championship, held in Brighton. Eley's peak FIDE rating of 2350 would qualify him for the title of FIDE Master (FM); however, he was not awarded the title. In the Chessgames.dom database his last tournament listed is Hastings, 1973.


Arrest and disappearance


In 1979, James Plaskett, who went on to become a grandmaster and British champion, reported to the then president of the British Chess Federation David Anderton, incidents of "misconduct" by Eley. In 1980, Eley was dismissed from the position of England Team Manager after an unrelated incident. As a BCF-registered coach, Eley continued to teach juniors into the late 1980s.


A few years ago one person posting in a chess forum stated that as early as 1980 rumors about Eley being involved in child molestation were floating around and when the British Chess Federation got wind of them, he was never given any position involving responsibility for junior players.


On the same forum another poster claimed to have played Eley at a chess club in Amsterdam. He did not know who Eley was, but knew there was some controversy surrounding him, and that he was a very strong player who hustled for money. He thought many of the Dutch players simply regarded Eley as a victim of British injustice. He was also curious as to why the British never applied to the Dutch government for a warrant for his arrest and extradition.


In July 1991, Eley was arrested at his South Yorkshire home on suspicion of sexually abusing an underage male he had once coached. He was released on bail. Although not charged at the time, Eley jumped bail approximately one month after his arrest and disappeared. He was subsequently charged with more than 30 offences of a similar nature and remains a fugitive, wanted by the British police and Interpol, but I am not sure that is any longer the case. His name does not appear in a search of persons wanted by Interpol.


Former British Chess Champion GM John Nunn relates in his autobiography that "Brian Eley achieved notoriety by absconding while on police bail relating to an investigation into paedophile activities."


Subsequently, there have been numerous unconfirmed reports of sightings of Eley in various places, mostly in Amsterdam, but his whereabouts remain unknown.


John Nunn remarked that Eley "became the only British Chess appear on the television program Crimewatch."


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Item weight 256g








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