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Much of the reference material comes from the British Chess Magazine, but the BCM publication nearly came to an early end. The following excerpt is taken from the "Half a Century Back" article about "Chess in 1920" [16]:

At the beginning of 1920 the American Chess Bulletin sorrowfully announced the demise of the "B.C.M." after its run of 39 years. This obituary was, as Mark Twain once said of a similar report concerning himself, greatly exaggerated. There is no doubt, however, that this was the greatest crisis in the history of the magazine. When the January number did belatedly appear it came from a new publisher, Walbrook & Co. Ltd., with a new editor, R.C. Griffith, joint author of the original "M.C.O." His team consisted of Sir George Thomas (games), B.G. Laws (problems), C.E.C. Tattersall (endings), R.H.S. Stevenson (British news), and P.W. Sergeant (foreign news). By mid-year Griffith had also taken over the endgame section. No reason was given for Tattersall's disappearance but failing health was the probable explanation. He lived on for many years but was not able to undertake public work.

Sales in January and February were so low that the management drastically reduced its printing, only to find that its desperate appeals for support had borne unexpected fruit, with the result that many new subscribers had to go without the March number. In the end 1920 turned out to be something of a triumph for the new team, for subscriptions climbed from 550 to top the thousand - not including copies sold over the counter - before the end of the year. ...

It is gratifying to know that WLCC members helped continue a publication that would later become instrumental in the reconstruction of its own history.

[1] Internal club records[2] Engravings on club trophies
[3] BCM Magazine Bound Edition, June/July 1944 (S)[4] BCF Yearbook 1944
[5] BCF Yearbook 1954 (53-54)[6] BCF Yearbook 1962 (61-62)
[7] BCM December 1996[8] BCM June 1967
[9] BCM October 1966[10] BCM September 1966
[11] BCM August 1966[12] BCM March 1967
[13] BCM August 1970 (P)[14] BCM September 1973 (P)
[15] BCM October 1974 (P)[16] BCM December 1970 (P)
[17] BCM July 1965[18] BCM March 1948 (P)
[19] BCM October 1951 (W)[20] BCM Annual 1916 (L)
[21] Chess Magazine June 1939[22] Chess Players Chronicle 5th June 1895 (S)
[23] Chess Monthly May 1896 (S)[24] The Living Age (6th Series, Vol.XVIII, April, May, June 1898) Parts 1,23 and 4.
[25] BCM May 1896 (S)[26] Chess Players Directory and Annual 1893-94 (S)
[27] Chess Players Chronicle 31st July 1895 (S)[28] Chess Players Chronicle 5th April 1899 (S)
[29] Chess Players Annual and Directory 1882 (S)[30] BCM July 1897 (S)
[31] BCM October 1898 (S)[32] Chess Magazine May 1939
[33] BCM August 1947 (P)[34] BCM February 1948 (P)
[35] BCM December 1948 (P)[36] BCM January 1949 (P)
[37] West London Chess Club Gazette January 1943[38] West London Chess Gazette November 1941
[39] West London Chess Gazette May 1942[40] West London Chess Club Gazette January 1946
[41] West London Chess Club Gazette February 1946[42] West London Chess Club Gazette August 1944
[43] West London Chess Club Gazette April 1946[44] West London Chess Club Gazette March 1946
[45] West London Chess Club Gazette February 1944[46] West London Chess Club Gazette October 1945
[47] BCM October 1964 (P)[48] The New Age 14th October 1909
[49] BCM May 1946 (P)[50] BCM October 1941 (P)
[51] BCM June 1941 (P)[52] BCM November 1941 (P)
[53] BCM September 1952 (P)[54] Chess Monthly October 1893 (S)
[55] Chess Monthly November 1894 (S)[56] London League Web site
[57] BCM August 1961[58] BCM July 1967
[59] BCM July 1968[60] BCM July 1949
[61] BCM June 1964 (P)[62] Chess Monthly April 1896
[63] Chess Chronicle 25th Sept 1901 #512[64] Chess Player's Chronicle 5th Feb 1896
[65] Chess players Chronicle #473 (S)[66] BCM November 1948 (P)
[67] BCM June 1965[68] BCM July 1970 (P)
[69] BCM June 1966[70] BCM August 1971
[71] BCM January 1950 (P)[72] BCM November 1950 (P)
[73] BCM July 1950 (P)[74] BCM January 1947 (P)
[75] Chess June 1959[76] BCM June 1906 part 1 and part 2
Key: S = Shop Copy, P = Personal Collection, L = Library, W = Web Quoted Source
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