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Here’s a snippet from The Beds Advertiser and Luton Times April 29th, 1910

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Those of us local, with an interest in our history know just how important author F.Dickens was. Did the man who trounced Lasker (albeit in a simul) and had Jacques Meises scrambling for a draw really learn how to play chess as an adult from a local farmer? I wonder if the comments reported above really are true? There is no word on who the reporter is and how he acquired such ‘information’.

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Chess in Bedfordshire (F.Dickens & G.L. White, Leeds 1933), pg.3

It should be noted that the Luton/Dunstable chess scene was exceptionally strong at that time, drawing in the world’s greatest players for simuls with ease on a regular basis, such as Blackburne the great simul master who was unable to beat F.Dickens. To go from a non-playing adult to top board in a blisteringly strong Luton side is possible but improbable unless you are exceptionally talented.

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Note the mis-reportage in the final paragraph (above the game)

Here’s another snippet, this time from The Bedfordshire Advertiser Dec 9th, 1904.

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Advice from F.Dickens on how to play the game of chess.

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