Twenty five years ago this month, I was the new editor of the Bristol Chess Times. I switched the production to being totally computer-based for the first time, but that doesn’t mean it was easy. Layout was done in Microsoft Word on a PC running Windows 3.1, then printed on a laser printer. The pages were taken to an agency for photocopying, picked up a few days later, folded and collated, stapled and put in envelopes for posting. It was a lot of work to produce about 100 copies of a 16 page issue every two months.
Now we are used to having results and tables on tap, but back then, the website was still 4 or 5 years away. I would drop in on Chris Carter, the Match Secretary, and copy the results and tables by hand, then take them back home and type them in.
Here is my first issue, number 89, September 1992. It has articles on the debate about the introduction of a game fee, the controversy over introducing quickplay finishes, Alan Ashby’s Memorable Games, and a lot more. I hope you enjoy it.
John has been playing for Horfield for longer than anyone else cares to remember (but was actually 1983). Never quite managing to get to a 180 grade, he is resigned to the fact that he probably never will. He set up the original Bristol League website and has been, at various times League General Secretary, Recruitment and Publicity, Chess Times Editor, Bristol 4NCL Manager and an ECF Arbiter.