Yorkshire Chess History



Dr Richard Frank Goldstein











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1904, Kingston, Surrey



06/08/1966, London



Non-Chess Life


The parents of Dr. Richard Frank Goldstein were Nathan Goldstein (born 1867/68, Dover, Kent) and Kate Goldstein 1867/68, London) who had at least the following five children:


Albert Goldstein

born 1894/95, Hampstead, London

Bernard Alfred Goldstein

born 1895/96, Hampstead, London

Maurice Edward Goldstein

born 1901, Kingston‑on‑Thames, Surrey

Richard Frank Goldstein

born 1904, Kingston‑on‑Thames, Surrey

John Daniel Goldstein

born 1904/05, Willesden, Middlesex


The birth of Richard Frank Goldstein was registered in the second quarter of 1904, at Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey.


The 1911 census found the Goldstein family, parents and five children, living at 92 Dartmouth Road, Willesden, London.  Father Nathan was a financial agent.  Albert and Bernard were scholars.


In time, Richard Frank Goldstein trained in chemistry, presumably taking a degree in chemistry, then a Ph.D., but not at Cambridge.


He became a research chemist by profession, specialising in petrochemicals.  He was the author of an 8-page report on the manufacture of dioxan [i.e. dioxane, C4O2H8 – essentially cyclohexane with two CH2 groups replaced by oxygen atoms, existing in the obvious three isomeric forms] published by the British Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee, in 1947, and (with A. L. Waddams) he co-authored successive editions of The Petroleum Chemicals Industry from 1949 to (posthumously) 1967, published in three languages.


He seems to have married at some stage, as after his death probate was granted to Mary Hilland Goldstein, widow – presumably his widow, but a record of the marriage is elusive.


The London electoral registers for 1926 and 1927 listed brothers Bernard, Maurice and Richard living at 46 St. Paul’s Avenue, Willesden, London.


Dr. R. F. Goldstein was resident in Huddersfield for a period including the 1929-30 chess season, though by April 1933 he was resident in the Manchester area.


He undertook a number of trips abroad, presumably mostly in connection with his work.  The related passenger lists often provide information such as his address at the time.


In 1934 he made a sea trip to the United States, departing from Liverpool, and arriving in New York on 11/06/1934.  His place of residence was given in the passenger list as Prestwich, to the NW of Manchester.


On 12/11/1944 he departed by sea from Liverpool, bound for Port Said, in Egypt.  His address was then given as 23 Old Hall Road, Broughton Park, Manchester 7.  The last column of the passenger list was headed “Country of Intended Future Permanent Residence*” and the footnote explaining the asterisk said, “By permanent residence is to be understood residence for a year or more.”  For 40-year-old research chemist Mr. R. F. Goldstein the entry in this last column was “Egypt”.  The implication is that our man lived in Egypt for a year or more starting in November 1944.


By 1945 he was back home, resident in the London area, being listed in the London telephone directories for 1945 to 1951 as living at 58 Lake View, Edgware; London electoral registers for 1949 to 1963 similarly list him.


His address at the time of his death in 1966 was still 58 Lake View, Edgware, Middlesex.




Richard Frank Goldstein died at age 62, on 06/08/1966.  The death was registered in the third quarter of 1966, in Greater London.  Probate was granted to Mary Hilland Goldstein, widow.




R. F. Goldstein won the 1929-30 Yorkshire championship, at which time he was resident in Huddersfield.


He played for Lancashire in the 1930s, for instance in the 1932-33 season, when Lancashire won English Counties Championship, in the 1934 Yorkshire v Lancashire Friendly Match, and the 1935 Yorkshire v Lancashire Friendly Match.


Brother Maurice Edward Goldstein was Middlesex champion in 1924, 1925, 1927 and 1928.  After emigrating to New Zealand, M. E. Goldstein won the New Zealand championship in 1933; he entered the final round with a lead of half a point, but secured overall victory by defeating former New Zealand champion Spencer Crakanthorp in the final round.




Source (besides the usual):

Yorkshire Telegraph & Star of 22/04/1933





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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