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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Henry Bruce Cobb Ellenband aka Bruce Hayden

     Way, way back I had a chess book titled Cabbage Heads and Chess Kings by Bruce Hayden. It is a book of witty remarks about unusual chess positions and strange games by famous old masters. Sam Sloan republished it in 2017.
     The book says Bruce Hayden is a chess writer of repute, a skilled player and as a commentator he possesses, in addition to considerable learning, a quick sense of the strange and curious. 
     His articles are not mere comments and exhaustive analysis of famous games, nor are they lessons on how to play chess. They are in the fullest sense of the word chess essay. Certainly they are often concerned with particular games or points of play but they are essentially the reflections and musings of a humorous, intelligent, informed journalist with many years of club and tournament experience. 
     This is a book for all players and enthusiasts a book to dip into at idle moments an ideal companion for the chess player whether a type (sic) or a master. 
     Sloan’s bio on Hayden can be read on Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature HERE. Chess Scotland has more detailed information on him. 
     The following game against William A. Winser (December 9, 1906 – June 12, 1991) is Hayden’s only known serious game. Winser holds the distinction of winning the Hasting Chess Club Championship 25 times between 1933 and 1978! The Hastings club website has a bio on him HERE
      

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