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Varsity Oxford-Cambridge Match: Pen Pictures of Players • last edited: Wednesday December 1, 2021 2:02 AM Varsity match main page

n.b. this page is a major 'work in progress' and is likely to remain so for quite some time. I am aware that some links to Varsity match pages will fail as the files they refer to may not yet exist. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. JS

James Sydney Abraham (8 March 1916 - 24 June 1979). Downing College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1937, 1938. Schoolmaster, Bushey, Herts, 1939. Attested Royal Artillery, 1940. Studied English under FR Leavis at Cambridge and taught at Loughborough Training College and later Hull College of Further Education. [book source] Died in Palermo, Italy.

Gerald Abrahams (15 April 1907 - 15 March 1980). Wadham College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929. Competed many times in the British Chess Championship, finishing third in 1933 and also finishing in the prize list in 1946 and 1954. Represented Britain in the 1946 radio match versus the USSR, beating Ragozin by 1½-½. Played in three Hastings Premier tournaments: 1946/47, 1947/48 and 1951/52 scoring 4½, 4½ and 9 (out of 9) respectively. Barrister by profession; also authored many books on various subjects, including basic primers on chess such as Teach Yourself Chess (1948), The Pan Book of Chess (1966) and the more advanced The Chess Mind (1951). Was also a bridge player and wrote books about it. Coached chess in the Liverpool area, his pupils including multiple British women's champion Sheila Jackson. A variation of the Semi-Slav is often named after him (also known as the Abrahams–Noteboom Variation, or the Noteboom Variation: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.e3 b5 6.a4 Bb4 7.Bd2 a5 8.axb5 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 cxb5 10.b3 Bb7 (ECO D31). WikipediaGames at chessgames.com.

Ian Murray Ainslie (13 December 1912 – 21 February 1985). St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1933, 1934. Born in Ormskirk, Lancashire.

James Macrae Aitken (27 October 1908 – 3 December 1983). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935. Born Calderbank, Lanarkshire, died Cheltenham, Gloucs. Scottish chess champion ten times, represented Scotland in four Olympiads. Worked at Bletchley Park as a code-breaker and cryptanalyst, WW2, and thereafter at Cheltenham. Wikipedia, Chess Scotland biography. Games Collection on BritBase.

Michael James Albery (12 March 1910 - 22 September 1975. Exeter College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1931, 1932. Listed on web sites as a 'lawyer and poet'. No further info available.

Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander (19 April 1909 – 15 February 1974). King's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, and took part in the Bletchley vs Oxford University match of 1944. (Known as Hugh Alexander.) Cryptanalyst, chess player, writer, columnist and administrator. Worked at Bletchley Park during WW2, and head of the cryptanalysis division at GCHQ for 25 years. CMG, CBE. British chess champion in 1938 and 1956. International Master. Represented England at six chess olympiads and was non-playing captain between 1964 and 1970. Equal first at Hastings 1953/54, defeating Soviet grandmasters Bronstein and Tolush.

Edwyn Anthony (23 August 1843 - 1 January 1932). Christ Church§, Oxford. Varsity match 1873. Wrote a book called Chess Telegraphic Codes (1890) Waterlow and Sons Limited, London Wall, London. "... a pupil of Steinitz's". (Sergeant) (§ Note - his Oxford college not clear: BCM says Christ Church, Sergeant says Brasenose in the appendix, but Christ Church more than once in the text)

BCM, February 1932, p68: "... died at a nursing home at Wimbledon on January 1st [1932]. Although his name is only a memory to the present generation, there was a time when he was one of the foremost chess organisers and enthusiasts of the country. He founded Oxford University Chess Club together with Lord Randolph Churchill and became its president. A son of the founder of the Hereford Times, his column was one of the most important of the day. During his lifetime Herefordshire Chess Association took a leading place. He was a great mathematician and wrote the chapter on The Opposition in Mason's Principles of Chess. A good many examples of his favourite opening, the Vienna, appear in Cook's Synopsis. He was born in 1843 and had thus reached his 88th year. Educated at Christ Church, Oxford, he graduated M.A. with honours and became a barrister-at-law of the Inner Temple. He obtained several patents both in England and America for improvements in printing machinery. Throughout his long and useful life his hobby was always chess."

Kington Times - Saturday 16 January 1932: "The death took place in a London nursing home of Mr. Edwyn Anthony (88), a son of the late Alderman Charles Anthony, who was six times Mayor of Hereford. Educated at Oxford, where he graduated M.A., Mr. Edwyn Anthony on the death of his father in 1885 become joint proprietor with his brother. Mr. Charles Anthony, of the newspaper founded by his father. He was the inventor of numerous improvements in printing machinery, including a newspaper folding apparatus, the rights of which he sold to an American firm of printing machine makers. He was a barrister of the Inner Temple, but did not practise. He was a foundation member of the Herefordshire County Council, becoming an alderman in 1892. He was also a county magistrate, a past-president of the South Herefordshire Liberal Association and one of the founders of the Hereford Liberal Club. He was one of the founders and a president of the Oxford University Chess Club, and was captain of the Oxford team which met Cambridge in the first (1873) inter-'Varsity game."

Edmund Arblaster (11 December 1851 - 8 January 1937). Clare College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1875. Entered Clare College, Michs. 1871. Adm. pens. Mar. 25, 1871. Schools, Shrewsbury and King Edward VI, Birmingham. Matric. Michs. 1871; Scholar; B.A. (Class. Trip., 1st Class) 1875; M.A. 1878. Headmaster of Birkenhead Grammar School. Headmaster of Carlisle Grammar School, 1885-90; resigned. Sometime examiner in London University. Examiner for the Oxford and Cambridge Board and the Cambridge Local Syndicate. Ord. deacon, 1920; priest (Birmingham) 1921; C. of Coleshill, Warws., 1920-8. Rector of Whitsbury, Hants., 1928-37. Died there Jan. 8, 1937, aged 85. Brother of Frank (next). (Shrewsbury Sch. Reg.; Carlisle Gr. Sch. Reg.; Crockford)

Sohrab Ardeshir (7 June 1919 - 1 July 1997). Hertford College, Oxford (1938). Unofficial Varsity match 1944. From Mumbai, India. Barrister (admission to Middle Temple, 22 June 1944; called to the bar, 18 June 1947).

Henry Ernest Atkins (20 August 1872 - 31 January 1955). Peterhouse, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894: president of CUCC for three years. Schoolmaster, headmaster of Huddersfield College (1909-37) and nine-times British chess champion (a record until 1969). Educ. Wyggeston Grammar School, Leicester. B.A. (9th Wrangler, mathematics), 1893; M.A., 1901. British Amateur Chess Champion 1897, 1900. Won the British Chess Championship in 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1924 and 1925. Also finished first equal in 1904 but lost a play-off to Napier, and finished 3rd= in 1937. Played in 11 Anglo-American international cable matches. Represented Great Britain in the 1927 London and 1935 Warsaw Olympiads (boards 1 and 4 respectively). Played county chess for Leicestershire to 1909, thereafter for Yorkshire, and then again, after retirement, for Leicestershire in the late 1930s. Made an IM by FIDE in 1950 when the international master title was introduced, based on his earlier record of achievements. Wikipedia. BritBase Games Collection. Yorkshire Chess History.

Cambridge University Records: "Atkins, Henry Ernest. Adm. pens. at PETERHOUSE, Oct. 18, 1889. S. of Edward, clerk, of Leicester. B. there Aug. 20, 1872. School, Wyggeston Grammar, Leicester. Matric. Michs. 1890; Scholar; B.A. (9th Wrangler) 1893; M.A. 1901. Assistant Master at Northampton and County School, 1898-1901; at Wyggeston Grammar School, Leicester, 1902-8. Principal of Huddersfield College, 1909-35."


BCM, October 1897, p381-383: "Mr. H. E. Atkins, whose portrait we are glad to be able to present to our readers, was born on the 20th August, 1872. He learnt the game in a School Chess Club, at Leicester, his native place, at the age of 12. In 1887 he joined the Leicester Chess Club, and in club matches played at the last board; but he made such rapid progress that in two years he had reached board No. 1, which he has occupied ever since, to the advantage of the club, on whose behalf he has not lost a game since his promotion.

1897 HE Atkins

"In 1890 he went to Peterhouse, Cambridge. During the ensuing four years he played first board for Cambridge in the Inter-University match, and lost but one game in all the matches in which he played for the University. In 1895 Mr. Atkins took part in the Amateur Championship Tournament, at Hastings, winning his section and tieing with Mr. R. Loman for second place in the final; as Mr. Loman was not British born, and as the first prize winner was Maröczy, this result secured Mr. Atkins the "Newnes" Cup for the ensuing year.

"At Clifton, in 1896, Mr. Atkins won the first-class tournament from a strong list of competitors, with the fine score of 8½ out of 9. His success in the Southampton Tournament makes him the holder of the cup just mentioned for the second time — a distinction which was not secured by any of the previous holders. Mr. Atkins took part in both the cable matches, 1896-97. On the first occasion, at board 7, he drew with Delmar; in the second match he played at board 3, and defeated Burille, one of the American victors of the previous year.

"The Manchester Evening News of September 11th contained the following comment upon the result of the Class I. Tournament:— "As reported earlier in the week, Mr. H. E. Atkins, of Leicester, has won the first prize in the amateur tournament at Southampton, and thus retains the Newnes Challenge Cup, which he won at the Hastings Competition in 1895. He will probably be awarded the title of amateur champion, but it is doubtful whether he is fairly entitled to that distinction, inasmuch as in the invitation extended to British amateurs to enter this tournament (arranged by a district and not a national organisation) no mention was made of the fact that the Newnes Cup would be offered for competition. Had due publicity been given to the cup feature of the tournament, there would no doubt have been some important additions to the list of competitors. As there is now no such body as the British Chess Association, the cup has presumably reverted to Sir George Newnes. the donor. If this be so, Sir George has the opportunity of bringing about a much-needed improvement in the organisation of British chess. The cup, though it has not been competed for many times, has an interesting history, and there is no other object in existence so directly associated with the best amateur chess in the country. It would therefore form a really attractive rallying point for the leading players, and if Sir George would nominate a committee approximately representative of national amateur chess, and hand the cup over to them with the view of their arranging an annual championship competition, the groundwork would be laid of a new British Chess Association, now greatly needed." It is pertinent to the concluding suggestion to enquire how the funds are to be raised which such a committee would need annually. So long as invitations from provincial clubs held out, the matter would be simple enough; but the history of previous organizations devoted to holding annual tournaments goes to show that a time comes when such invitations are not obtainable. That it would be an advantage to English chess to have its amateur championship competed for less intermittently, and under the auspices of a thoroughly representative body, will be conceded on all hands, but we doubt greatly whether a national organization commanding national support can be formed in the manner proposed. A flourishing general organization upon a thoroughly representative basis exists for the Southern Counties; a similar union for the Northern Counties would solve the difficulty. A joint committee of the two unions could hold a national meeting every second year, leaving each union free to hold its own tournament meeting in the alternate years. Chess players of Lancashire, it is your turn to move, and it is your duty to organise your forces and found a County Association that will co-operate with the associations of other Northern counties in the establishment of a Northern Counties' Chess Union. Your deplorable indifference to county organization retards the expanding movement, which must, eventually, culminate in a national federation for the commonweal of English chess. Is this apathy to continue?"


BCM, March 1955, p102: "With the passing, on January 31st [1955], at the age of eighty-two [sic] of Henry Ernest Atkins the chess world has lost a recognized international master, and British chess one of its strongest players of all time. Yet Atkins was the despair of chess enthusiasts because he played so little international chess and confined himself largely—and at that intermittently—to local affairs, where the strength of most of his opponents could hardly extend him. One leading player recently regretted that Atkins spent so much time “in the wilds,” but Atkins would have taken an opposite view and have considered that he was “in the wilds” if he had spent more of his time playing chess; teaching was his whole life, and the game of chess he insisted on treating as a game. Consequently as a chess-player Atkins was almost always out of practice and playing below his true strength, yet in his five international events – Amsterdam, 1899; Hanover, 1902; London, 1922; London Team Tourney, 1927; and Warsaw Team Tourney, 1935 – he scored 63.2 per cent, or if Amsterdam which was virtually a Hauptturnier is excluded, 53.5 per cent. Sir George Thomas considered that only lack of opportunity prevented him from establishing himself in the world championship class. As it is, he will be remembered chiefly by chess-players as the man who played eleven times in the British Championship and won it nine times, failing only at the first attempt in 1904 after a tie for first place, and at the last in 1937, at the age of sixty-five, when he shared third place, a record which has never been remotely approached by any other player and is not likely to be. Atkins played in a clear-cut strategical style which makes his games ideal studies for the beginner, and he finished them with an elegance to enchant the artist; like the Études of Chopin, they provide technical exercises and works of art in one. But I believe that if Atkins had his wish —and this wish I am sure he will have—he would wish to be remembered by his many pupils, whether they be pupils of the chessmaster or of the schoolmaster, not for any practical achievements but for being a true guide, philosopher, and friend to all who came under his tutelage.—R. N. C[oles].


The Times, 1 February 1955, p10: "MR. H. E. ATKINS, BRITISH CHESS CHAMPION NINE TIMES. Mr. Henry Ernest Atkins, formerly Principal of Huddersfield College and an outstanding chess player—he won the British Chess Championship nine times—died in hospital at Leicester yesterday at the age of 82.

"The son of Edward Atkins, of Leicester, he was born on August 20, 1872, and was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School. He went up to Cambridge with a scholarship at Peterhouse in 1890 and was bracketed Ninth Wrangler in 1893. In 1894 he took a First in Part II of the Mathematical Tripos, and four years later he was appointed an assistant master at Northampton and County School. From 1902 to 1908 he was assistant master at Wyggeston Grammar School, and in 1909 he was appointed Principal of Huddersfield College. He retired in 1938.

"He first showed his promise at chess as an undergraduate at Cambridge, where he played in the University team; but he first came into prominence at the Hastings Minor Tournament of 1895, where he was equal second, Maroczy taking the first prize. Thereafter until 1911 he had a period of almost unbroken success in English tournaments. He won the S.C.C.U. tournaments in 1896 and 1897 and the Amateur Championship Trophy at Bath in 1900.

A REPRESENTATIVE PLAYER

"From 1904 to 1911 he played regularly in the British championship, winning it every year except the first, when he tied with Napier and lost the play-off. He tied with J. H. Blake in 1909 and with the late F. D. Yates in 1911, but was successful both times in the play-off. During this period he represented Great Britain regularly in the cable matches against the United States, curiously enough with rather limited success. He also played for England in the pre-1914 international matches against Holland.

"After the 1914-18 War, although he took relatively little part in competitive chess, he did, however, take part in the London International Tournament of 1922, and won some fine games, notably against Rubinstein and Tartakower; his forrm was, however, uneven. In 1924 and 1925 he again appeared in the British championship and won it on both occasions. He twice represented England in the International Team Tournament for the Hamilton Russell Cup, at London in 1925 [sic] (the first of the series) and again at Warsaw in 1935.

"In 1937 he again represented England against Holland, himself and Mr. R. P. Michell on the English side being the only players who had taken part in the pre-1914 series. He played on the fifth board against L. Prins, winning one and losing one—the latter an exceptionally fine game by the young Dutch player which virtually decided the match. In the same year, having now retired from his professional work, Atkins again took part in the British championship, and came fourth [sic]. It was noticeable that his ignorance of modern opening theory handicapped him; if he succeeded in extricating himself from his opening difficulties he was more than a match for his younger rivals.

"He is survived by his widow." [unattributed but probably Harry Golombek]


Manchester Guardian, 1 February 1955: "MR H. E. ATKINS - Mr Henry Ernest Atkins, of East Avenue, Leicester, the British chess master, died yesterday at the age of 83. Atkins was considered the outstanding British player of the first quarter of this century. His record in the British championships of nine wins in eleven appearances and of seven wins in succession between 1905 and 1911 is unlikely ever to be paralleled. His profession—he was a schoolmaster, and became headmaster of Huddersfield College—allowed him little opportunity to participate in international events, but he captained the English team in the first International Team Tournament at London in 1927 and also played at Warsaw in 1935. In 1950 he was awarded the title of International Master by the International Chess Federation.
Atkins’s forte was his powerful positional play, moulded on the strategic precepts of Steinitz. Usually favouring solid variations of the Queen’s Gambit or Ruy Lopez, he was particularly adept at building up massive attacks which included the entire board in their scope. Atkins had an ideal chess temperament, and would probably have ranked among the world's greatest masters had he been able to give all his time to the game."

Sunday Times, 13 February 1955 (by Hugh Alexander): "Nine times British champion, H. E. Atkins, who has just died at the age of eighty-two, was the finest British player of this century: had he devoted the time to chess, he would have been one of the leading world masters. A deep strategist, he was scientific and methodical rather than intuitive and imaginative: nevertheless when occasion offered he could attack with skill and vigour, as this game shows."

Walter Arthur Atmore (1859 - disappeared 1896). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1880, 1881. Clerk. Born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, death registered in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Melton Mowbray Marriage Banns: (1) 5 April 1896, (2) 12 April 1896, (3) 19 April 1896, Walter Arthur Atmore, resid. Melton Mowbray & Julia Tyler, St James's, Brighton. Probate record: "ATMORE Walter Arthur of Nottingham-road Melton Mowbray Leicestershire died on or since 21 April 1896 at ____________ Administration London 18 November [1903] to Edward Alfred Atmore chemist Effects £527 6s. 7d." His name appears on King's Lynn electoral lists up to 1903.

Alumni Cantabrigienses: "Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, Oct. 10, 1878. S. of George, chemist. B. at King's Lynn, Norfolk. Bapt. Sept. 14, 1859. School, King Edward VI, Grantham. Matric. Michs. 1878; B.A. 1882."

Notice placed in the London Daily News, 27 October 1902: "Walter Arthur Atmore, at Grantham 1883 to 1893, and afterwards at Ashford-by-Leicestershire. Left Melton Mowbray Station at 3.40 p.m. for London on 21st April, 1896. He posted a letter at Paddington on the morning of the 22nd April. Has not since been heard of; his age then was 35. ANY INFORMATION of him since that date is EARNESTLY REQUESTED—to be sent to Beloe and Beloe, Solicitors, King's Lynn"

Grantham Journal - Saturday 31 October 1903: "A Remarkable Disappearance.—Sir F. Jeune. in the Probate Court, on Monday, granted leave to presume the death of Walter Arthur Atmore, on or since April 20th, 1896. The presumed deceased had been cashier to Messrs. Hornsby & Sons, Ltd., at Grantham, and afterwards a clerk near Melton Mowbray. He was engaged to be married, and, after settling up his affairs, took a house at Melton Mowbray, and on April 20th, 1896, left for London. On the following day he wrote a letter, which bore the Paddington post-mark, in which be told his fiancée that his head had gone wrong, and that he was not fit to be anyone's husband. The brother of the deceased made inquiries at the railway and police stations and hospitals, but from that day to this nothing whatever had been heard of him."

Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 30 October 1903: "A Benedicts Disappearance —Sir F. Jeune in the Probate Court on Monday, granted leave to presume the death of Walter Arthur Atmore, on or since April 20th 1896. The presumed deceased had been chief cashier of a firm of engineers at Grantham, and also a clerk and accountant at Melton Mowbray. He was engaged to a Miss Julia Taylor [Tyler], with whom he was on most affectionate terms, and was going to be married at Brighton. After settling up his affairs he took a house at Melton Mowbray and on April 20th, 1896 he left for London. On the following day he wrote a letter, which bore the Paddington postmark, in which be told his fiancée that his head had gone wrong, and that he was not fit to be anyone's husband. The brother of the deceased made inquiries at the railway and police stations and hospitals, but from that day to this nothing whatever had been heard of him."

Rodney Montgomery Baine (1 July 1913 - 25 June 2000). Merton College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1937, 1938, 1939. Rhodes scholar, from Mississippi, at Merton (1936-39). 1931 graduate of Tupelo High School. BA (1935), Southwestern at Memphis, MA at Vanderbilt, PhD at Harvard. Served with the US Army during WW2. Instructor of English at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, professor of the English Department at the University of Richmond, Delta State University of Alabama at Montevallo. Professor of 18th-century English at the University of Georgia from 1962. He donated the trophy for the Mississippi state chess championship and won it himself in 1955 and 1956. Virginia state co-champion in 1951. Alabama state champion 1960. Left his collection of chess books to the Barret and Burrow Library, Rhodes College, Tennessee.

Leonard William Barden (born 1929). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953. Chess master, journalist, author, promoter and broadcaster. Educ. Whitgift School, Croydon. Read modern history at Oxford. British chess champion, 1954 (jointly with Alan Phillips). Represented England in four chess olympiads: 1952, 1954, 1960, 1962. Long-standing chess columnist, notably for The Guardian, the London Evening Standard (1956-2020 – a record for a daily newspaper column of any type) and the Financial Times. WikipediaGuardian ChessFinancial Times Chess.

Leonard Barden at Hastings 1957/58
Leonard Barden at the 1957/58 Hastings (colorised by John Saunders)

Sir Richard Whieldon Barnett (6 December 1863 - 17 October 1930). Wadham College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1884, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888. Born County Down, Ireland. MP, barrister, sportsman. B.A. (jurisprudence), 1887, M.A., B.C.L, 1889. Wikipedia.

[BCM, Jan 1931, p8ff]: "Sir Richard Whieldon Barnett, one of the outstanding figures of British chess, died at his home in London on October 17th [1930]. He had been seriously ill for about two months, but hope had been maintained that he would pull through in the end, for just previous to the attack of pneumonia he shot at Bisley with all his old skill. A statement by his medical advisers that no further bulletins would be issued created a strong hope that his recovery if slow would be sure. But it was not to be, and the whole Chess World mourns the loss of a patron, a player and a friend.

"Sir Richard Barnett was born in Ireland (Co. Down) on December 6th, 1863, the son of Dr. Richard Barnett. When he went up to Wadham College, Oxford, he was already keen on chess. This, however, did not interfere with his studies for he took honours in classics, law, and the B.C.L. He was called to the bar of the Middle Temple in 1889.

"For three years (1886-9) he won the championship of Ireland, but then decided chess must give way to more serious work. From 1889 to 1916 he left the game alone; but all his enthusiasm for it returned during the war, which found him living in North London, Conservative Member of Parliament for West St. Pancras. From 1918-29 he represented South-West St. Pancras and no candidate from any other party ever stood the smallest chance of ousting him. A strong Unionist he often laughingly described himself as a "Labour" Member because his large majorities were made up by the votes of the working-class population of his constituency. The railwaymen of St. Pancras understood him and revered him: when he resigned, the Conservative Party easily lost the seat.

"Sir Richard joined the Imperial Chess Club soon after his election to Parliament and at once showed he retained all his old grip of the game. He revived the House of Commons Chess Circle and was president of it from 1923 to 1929. With the exception of Mr. Bonar Law he was considerably stronger than the next best player.

"He made history by introducing an official chess function into the House itself, namely the simultaneous display by Señor Capablanca to thirty members and pressmen in December, 1919.

"By this time the various chess organisations began to realise what a powerful friend was in their midst. Kent County Chess Association (for whom he had a residential qualification to play) elected him chairman of Council and delegate to the Southern Counties Chess Union. The latter body secured his services as their representative on the Executive Committee of the British Chess Federation.

"This body at once requested him to accept its chairmanship. He consented, and for eight years his genial, effective and businesslike leadership made it a pleasure to attend the meetings.

"Sir Richard Barnett was as near the ideal of the chess enthusiast we are likely to get. He had the means to enable him to give generously to the various funds and subscriptions necessary to caissic enterprise. He had the will to support and assist in every direction: he had an inborn love of the game for its own sake which caused him never to refuse an invitation to play for Kent, for the Imperial Chess Club, or for the University team, if it were in any way possible to accept. With it all he had a charm of manner and an ability to pick on the vital point of any issue, which was no doubt the result of his wide experience as soldier, lawman, sportsman and international man of business. He was also a prominent freemason.

"An excellent full page picture of Sir Richard Barnett (together with Mr. Maurice Blood) appeared in The Field for July 19th, of last year. They had just shot for Ireland in the Elcho shield, Sir Richard being fourth with a score of 205, the highest score being 216 by Dr. J. A. Sellars. Previous to this, they had won the Eandco with a score of 99 out of 100 and also the Hopton challenge cup. Sir Richard looks a picture of health and strength; it is incredibly sad to think that he should have passed away only three months after this.

"In past years Sir Richard Barnett had on thirty-seven occasions represented his country in the Elcho shield and twice made the record score. In 1908 he was in the United Kingdom team at the Olympic Games and served on the Council of the National Rifle Association. On the outbreak of the war he was appointed musketry officer of the 41st Infantry Brigade and later staff officer in the Ulster Division. He was inventor of the Barnett optical sight for the S.M.L.E. rifle. For many years he captained the Commons team in the annual shooting match Lords v. Commons at Bisley.

"As a politician, Sir Richard well deserved the honour of Knighthood conferred on him in 1925. He introduced the Nurses' Registration Bill in 1919 and was appointed a member of the Chairmen's Panel for Grand Committees in February, 1923. He was president of the Commercial Committee of the House of Commons in 1923 and attended the Inter-Parliamentary Conferences on Commerce from 1917 to 1928.

"As a financier and international man of affairs he was president of British Controlled Oilfields, and chairman of Baku Consolidated Oilfields, Kertch-Taman Oilfields, Oilfields Finance Corporation, Tchengelek Proprietary, and Trinidad Petroleum Development Company, and a vice-president of the Institution of Petroleum Technologists. He was chairman of the committee on the low-temperature carbonization of coal in 1918.

"His large number of personal kindnesses and charitable actions will never be known, but one small incident may help as an illustration.

"At a B.C.F. Congress in the North one of the competitors in Sir Richard's section was an ex-serviceman living on a small (disablement) pension. When the game was over, he said: "I wish I'd got the set of chessmen we have just played with." A week later he received as a gift from his opponent a full size set of Staunton chessmen.

"All his generous gifts to chess enterprise cannot be enumerated here. He was never known to refuse an appeal for help. Together with his friend Sir Watson Rutherford he put down £25 quickly to help raise the £250 given by the House of Commons Chess Circle towards the London Congress of 1922. He contributed largely to, and helped officially to run the recent tournament at Nice, so successfully organised by our esteemed correspondent "Eze."

"He was president of the London Chess League for two years and opened each of its Annual Congresses. He actually played in 1929, and won the brilliancy prize for his game with S. G. Howell Smith. J. H. Blake in making the award said: "I think there is no room for two opinions as to Sir Richard Barnett's game being the most brilliant of those submitted. The sacrifice of a piece on the fifteenth move is not recovered, and the attack builds up a winning position culminating in another sacrifice. White's 27th move indicated that he was preparing for a still more sparkling finish." This game was published in the B.C.M. for February, 1930, page 60. At the Ramsgate Congress of 1929, Sir Richard Barnett won the First Class Tournament at the B.C.F. Congress with a score of 8 out of 11.

"He was a great reader, and a keen Shakesperean [sic]. At the Stratford-on-Avon Congress he devoted as many evenings as possible to the festival of plays at the Memorial Theatre, his criticisms of the actors showing an intimate knowledge both of the plays and their presentation.

"It was a pleasure to him to visit and inspect ancient ruins, castles and relics, and he was always the first to put down his name for these excursions which have always been one of the features of chess congresses. He took photographs when possible and preserved them among his mementos of the meeting. A personal friend of Señor Capablanca, he was a great admirer of that champion's games and always played over and preserved copies of such as were published.

"This short and disjointed notice can give only the faintest idea of the esteem and regard in which Sir Richard Whieldon Barnett was universally held, and we hope our readers will be able to read between the lines and judge what an irreparable loss the whole world of chess-playing has sustained by his death at the comparatively early age of 67."

Kenneth Beaumont (18 January 1912 – 16 September 1985). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1933, 1934. Teacher. Came from Huddersfield and returned there after Cambridge. Won the Huddersfield CC club championship eight times. Won the 1954/55 Yorkshire Championship. Qualified for the 1954 British Championship in which he scored 3/11. Graded 5a (177-184) on the 1958 BCF Grading List, having been 4b (185-192) on the previous list.

John Matthias Bee (24 February 1888 - 1979). St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1908, 1909, 1910. Journalist. "For many years he was Match Captain and President of the Metropolitan CC and played for Cambridge University before the First World War. In the 1924-25 City of London CC Championship he finished 7-9 eq with F F L Alexander and V Buerger. In 1945 he played a leading part in re-opening the Met. C C in which he remained active until 1968." (BCM, March 1979, p120). Set chess problems in the Boy's Own Paper (1950s).

Leonard Barden comments: "He was my predecessor as chess editor of the Evening Standard. It was barely a column, just a two-move problem with solutions and no other commentary and appeared anonymously, which is why I thought it must be some hack in the office. So I wrote to the Features Editor offering a better column with chess news, games, and game positions as well as problems. This was accepted, although the FE pulled a face when I stated my proposed fee which was quite modest but apparently several times more than Bee received. I still didn't know who I had replaced until some months later at a party I told somebody the story and that person, who knew Bee, claimed that Bee was broken-hearted by being sacked and that I was some kind of monster."

Dr Isaac Berenblum (26 August 1903 - 18 April 2000). Oxford college not known. Did not play in a Varsity match for Oxford but represented the university in other chess matches, including the 1944 Oxford University vs Bletchley match. Pathologist, oncologist. Born Bialystok, Poland, died Rehovot, Israel. Educ. elementary schools in Antwerp, Belgium (1907-14); Bristol Grammar School (1914-20); Leeds University (1920-26). 1936-40: Beit Memorial Research Fellow, Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford 1938-48. In charge of Oxford University Research Centre of the British Empire Cancer Campaign 1940-49; Departmental demonstrator, and later lecturer at the Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford. Thereafter, took up professorial posts in Israel. County chess for Yorkshire and later for Oxfordshire. Vice-president of the Oxford Chess Association, 1938. [reference] [Yorkshire Chess History]

Herbert Neville Bewley (25 July 1890 - 12 August 1966). Wadham College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912. Born Wallasey, became mayor of Liverpool, 1959-60, and was awarded the CBE.

Horace Ransom Bigelow (6 March 1898 - 18 April 1980). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1920, 1921. From USA (born St Paul, Minnesota - his father Horace E Bigelow was an attorney). Left USA for Europe in 1908 (residing in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and England over a 10+ year period), learnt chess from a governess in Lucerne, Switzerland, aged ten. Educ. Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England (1915 - his parents were then residing in Italy). Interpreter, Intelligence Section, US Army, in France and Italy, WW1. Won the Oxford university championship. Returned to USA in 1921 (lived in Port Washington, NY) where he played in some high-profile tournaments in the 1920s when he was a member of the Manhattan CC and also one of the organisers of the 1924 New York tournament. Beat Lasker and drew with Alekhine in simuls; still playing in 1938. Chess columnist. Wrote the intro to Reti's Masters of the Chessboard in the US edition. Provided the English translation (from Italian) to an article, "The Problem of the Knight's Tour", published in Chess Amateur, July–October 1922, and July 1923. "Bigelow returned to the United States and went into business." (Brian Harley, Chess and Its Stars, Whitehead & Miller, 1936) Wikipedia. Chess Notes.

Adrian David Hugh Bivar (25 October 1926 - 3 July 2015). Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity matches 1944, 1945. Professor of Iranian Studies, SOAS, London University. Numismatist. Known as 'David'. Wikipedia.

David Russell Bland (19 February 1926- 26 August 2001). Trinity College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity matches 1944, 1945. Author of books on mathematics, physics (wave theory). Taught at the Cranfield Institute of Technology, now Cranfield University.

Brebis Bleaney (6 June 1915 - 4 November 2006). St John's College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1936, 1937 and 1938. Wikipedia. Physicist; Lecturer in Physics, Balliol College, Oxford 1947-50; Fellow and Lecturer in Physics, St John's College, Oxford 1947-57, Tutor 1950-57, Honorary Fellow 1968; Research Fellow, Harvard University and MIT 1949; University Demonstrator and Lecturer in Physics, Oxford University 1945-57, Dr Lee's Professor of Experimental Philosophy 1957-77 (Emeritus); FRS 1950; CBE 1965; Warren Research Fellow, Royal Society 1977-80, Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow 1980-82; Fellow, Wadham College, Oxford 1957-77, Senior Research Fellow 1977-82, Emeritus Fellow 1982-2006. [The Independent, Obit., 2006] Captained school & university chess clubs.

William Henry Blythe (1855 - 11 September 1931). Jesus College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1878, 1879. Private tutor. Alumni Cantabrigienses: "Adm. pens. (age 19) at Jesus [College], Oct. 1874. S. of Joseph Henry, Esq. B[orn] 1855, at Llanllwechaearn, Montgomery [Powys, Wales]. School, Shrewsbury (Rev. H. M. Moss). Matric. Michs. 1874; B.A. 1878; M.A. 1881. For some time at Cooper's Hill College; afterwards a private tutor at Milford Haven. Returned to Cambridge. Churchwarden and Treasurer of St Mark's, Cambridge, for 26 years. Died Sept. 11, 1931, aged 76, at 92, Grantchester Meadows, Cambridge. (The Times, Sept. 12, 1931.)"

Reginald Walter Bonham (31 January 1906 - 16 March 1984). St Catherine's College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1927, 1928, 1929. Taught Braille and Mathematics at the Worcester College for the Blind, now known as RNIB, Worcester, which he had attended himself. Blind chess player known for his achievements in both blind and sighted chess. Founded the International Braille Chess Association in 1951. Won the Blind World Chess Championship in 1958 and the Correspondence Blind World Championship in 1957, 1959, 1961, 1964 (jointly) and 1966. On the 1954 BCF Grading List was graded 3b (= 201-208). Took part in five British Championships: 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1955. Wikipedia. See also Ray Collett's website.

Thomas Brindley Booth (25 September 1926 - 2 March 2011). Trinity College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1945. Inventor (autopilot technology).

Alfred William Bowen (2 January 1918 - 22 August 2012). Oriel College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1937, 1938, 1939, as well as the unofficial 1940 match. Played in the 1949, 1950, 1962 and 1963 British Championships, scoring 6½/11, 5/11, 6/11 and 5/11 respectively. Graded 2a (225-232) on the 1958 BCF Grading List, behind only Kottnauer, Alexander, Clarke, Golombek and Penrose. Finished 2nd in the BCF 1937 Major Open. Represented Britain in the 1949 Anglo-Dutch (ENG v NED) Match, and also the London League against the Sydney (Australia) Chess League in a 1949 radio chess match. Familiarly known as 'Bill Bowen'. From Wolverhampton; later a member of Hampstead CC. An accomplished bridge player. Games at chessgames.com.

Thomas Frank Brenchley (9 April 1918 - 7 July 2011). Merton College, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity match 1940. Known as Frank Brenchley. Diplomat. Ambassador to Norway and Poland, authority on terrorism. CMG (1964). Served with the Royal Corps of Signals 1939–46 as an intelligence officer in the Middle East. In retirement returned to Merton College as an honorary fellow. No other chess references. Wikipedia.

Everard Lindesay Brine (1 Dec 1890 - 24 Sept 1918) Christ Church, Oxford. Varsity match 1912. Born Kensington, London, died Hamadam, Persia, of enteric fever, whilst on active service. Lieutenant, Hampshire Regiment, 3/4th Bn.; attached 1/4th Bn., Indian Expeditionary Force. Sent to Mesopotamia in December 1915, taking part in the attempted relief of Kut. He was invalided home in the summer of 1916, but in July 1917 he was sent to Persia [Iran]. A collection of his poems were published by Blackwell in 1921. A review in ‘The New Age’, 9 June 1921, stated: ‘The author was a young officer and a victim of the War, who died in 1918. There is nothing in the book to indicate exceptional ability. The best poem is entitled ‘New College Gardens: Spring’…’ (Coincidence: his opponent in the 1912 Varsity match, Ralph Chubb, was also a published poet - JS.)Christ Church War Memorial - biographyPhoto on Flickr.

The Times, 30 Oct 1918: "... younger son of the late Admiral Lindesay Brine and Mrs Brine, of 48 Fitzgeorge Avenue, West Kensington. He was educated at Sherborne, gaining there two leaving exhibitions, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He was a member of the Oxford Union Chess Club, and played in the annual Inter-University Match held in London on March 25, 1912. He took his B.A. degree in July 1914, was given a commission in the Hampshire Regiment, and was sent out in December 1915 to Mesopotamia, taking part in the attempted relief of Kut. He was invalided home the following summer, but in July 1917, he was again ordered to the East. He was 27 years of age."

Graham Powell Britton (2 February 1913, Hastings, Sussex – 16 April 1978, London). Jesus College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936. Born Hastings, Sussex, died London. Some biographical information about him and a photo were posted some years ago at this website and may be found here.

Edward Granville Broadbent (27 June 1923 - 9 March 2008). St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1942. Chartered engineer, Royal Aircraft Establishment. Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Institute of Mathematics and Applications, Royal Society London, Royal Academy Engineering. M.A. (Cantab) 1947, D.Sc. (Cantab) 1975. Deputy Chief Scientific Officer (Aerodynamics Department) 1969-1983. Visiting Professor, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College, London from 1983. "County-standard chess and bridge player" (Times obit) No other chess references found.

Edward Willingham¶ Brocklesby (29 April 1914 - 9 December 2004) Christ's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1935, 1936. Played for Kent in the 1930s and Oxfordshire later. Had an elder brother Sydney Hugh Brocklesby (1909-1997) who was also a chess player (I played SH Brocklesby myself in 1971 at a tournament in Oxford - JS) (¶ Middle name given as "William" by Gaige but I think "Willingham" is right - JS)

Charles Lewis Brook (12 June 1855 - 9 May 1939). Trinity College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1875, 1876, 1877. Sewing thread manufacturer. BCM, Sept 1939, p396 mentions the death of C.L. Brook in connection with Huddersfield Chess Club. He was a vice-president of the Yorkshire Chess Association. The Huddersfield College Magazine of April 1875 says he was of a family of Meltham, near Huddersfield. Brook, Charles Lewis, o.s. Charles John, of Grieve, Yorks., arm. Trinity College, matric. 19 Oct 1874, aged 19, B.A. 1878 (Alumni); sewing thread manuf'r, didn't marry (Census 1911). Played in the 1875, 1876 and 1877 Varsity chess matches. Further info, Yorkshire Chess History website.

John Brown (? - ?). Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1908, 1909. Nothing else known of him (difficulty of a common name - might have been John H Brown). Played in the 1950 Cambridge Past vs Oxford Past match.

Hubert Morgan Brown(e), - see Hubert Morgan-Browne

Frank Colin Bryan (22 March 1891 - 4 May 1972). Jesus College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914. Baptist minister, Bristol and elsewhere. MA at Mansfield College.

Walter William Bryant (9 December 1865 - 31 January 1923). Pembroke College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1888. Meteorologist, author. Superintendent of Magnetical Department, Greenwich Observatory, 1911. 21st wrangler, 1887 Mathematical Tripos; 2nd class, natural sciences, 1888. His son died at Gallipoli, 1915. Hockey player and referee, pianist, singer. (obituary, The Observatory, Vol. 46, p. 75-76 (1923); obituary, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 84, p.211)

Cambridge Alumni: Adm. pens. (age 19) at PEMBROKE, Oct. 1, 1884. S. of William Wear, schoolmaster, of Forthampton, near Tewkesbury. B. there. Matric. Michs. 1884; Scholar; B.A. (21st Wrangler) 1887. Joined the Staff of the Royal Observatory, 1902. Senior Assistant in the Magnetic Meteorological Department. Secretary of the Royal Meteorological Society, 1916-20; Vice-President. Of 38, Blenheim Crescent, Croydon. Author, A History of Astronomy; also Biographical studies of Galileo and Kepler. Died Jan. 31, 1923. (R. F. Scott; The Morning Post, Feb. 1, 1923.)

Hugh Desmond Bullock (Apr/May/Jun 1922 - 25 July 1949). Pembroke College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity Match 1941. Born Chertsey, died Pollux glacier, Zermatt, Switzerland, in a climbing accident which claimed three lives (he is buried in the Zermatt Mountaineers' Cemetery alongside one of his climbing companions, Daniel Alan Hanson). The climbing accident is described in detail in the Western Daily Press, 27 July 1949, front page. Worked as a publisher. Read mathematics at Cambridge, in class 3, Tripos Part 1, 1940.

[BCM, Sept 1949, p321] "Guildford C.C. has lost one of its strongest players by the death of Mr. Hugh Desmond Bullock, following a mountaineering accident in Switzerland. Mr. H. D. Bullock, who was a younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Somerset Bullock, was educated at Winchester and Cambridge. He was first introduced to the Guildford club in his schooldays and quickly established himself as a strong player. In 1947-8 he won the club championship, being the youngest player to win this event. His friendliness and personal charm endeared him to all members and his opinions were valued by veterans of the game. He served as an officer in the army during the war and was 27 when he died. Hugh Desmond Bullock was the son of Herbert Somerset Bullock (1871-1963), who played for Cambridge in the 1892 Varsity match."

Harold Tetley Burt (23 June 1897 - 19 February 1923). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1920, 1921. Born Shantung, China, where his father Ernest Whitby Burt was a baptist missionary (his father also educ. at Balliol). Educ. Bristol Grammar School (1909-16). Awarded a scholarship in Classics, Balliol, 1915. 2nd Lieutenant, RFA (1916), Lieutenant, RAF (1918). First-class degree in Literae Humaniores [Classics] in 1921, Oxford, and divided with another candidate the John Locke scholarship in mental philosophy, being also elected to a Jenkyns Exhibition at Balliol (The Times, 17 March 1921). Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Manchester. Project Gutenberg has some of his war poetry, published in Oxford Poetry 1919: From Their DustPilots and Clouds. Played chess for Oxfordshire, 1920.

The Times, 20 February 1923, p9: "Mr. Harold Tetley Burt, B.A., who was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, last November [see The Times, 4 November 1922, p7], was found dead in his rooms yesterday. He was hanging by a piece of rope. An inquest will be held to-day."

Manchester Guardian, 20 February 1923: "Mr. H. Tetley Burt – Tragic Death at Oxford – We regret to announce the death of Mr. Harold Tetley Burt, assistant lecturer in Philosophy at the Manchester University. he was found dead yesterday morning in his rooms at All Souls College, Oxford. The discovery was made by a servant, who, unable to get an answer to his knocks, tried the door and found it locked. When it was forced open Mr. Burt was found hanging by a rope from a beam. Mr. Burt was appointed assistant lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester in September 1921. It had been his custom to go to Oxford for the weekend and return to Manchester for his lectures. He was expected at the University yesterday afternoon, and the news of his tragic death came as a great surprise to his many friends. While in Manchester Mr. Burt had been a frequent and valued contributor to the Manchester Guardian. A correspondent writes:—'The death of Mr. Burt comes as baffling and altogether heart-rending news to his friends in Manchester, Oxford and Bristol. He was a young man who, through a career of unbroken public service, had retained sincerity and simplicity [illegible] and utter lack of affectation. Every competent authority who saw anything of his [illegible] was struck at once by his exceptional level-headedness and by his shrewd sense of [illegible] and at the same time he was gay as became his age. On the football field or on the dance floor he seemed as happy as in the lecture room. On the surface he had gone through a great part of the war without becoming pessimistic or embittered, and he had passed through Oxford without picking up a single affectation. He won a classical scholarship to Balliol from Bristol Grammar School, but went into the Royal Field Artillery before going up. From there he transferred to the Royal Air Force. In 1919 he began his undergraduate career, and was from the first regarded as a certainty for the highest honours, which he took in 1921, when he graduated with a 'First' in 'Greats'. Even before the result of the schools was published he was chosen for a lectureship at Manchester. His ultimate return as a don to Oxford was thereafter regarded as certain, but he anticipated matters by winning a prize fellowship at All Souls last November. Since then he has been lecturing in Manchester and spending the week-ends in Oxford. Those who knew him had certainly noticed lately an unusual quietness, but they had put it down to physical exhaustion produced by the very tiring life he was leading and to worry about his future. Several careers seemed open to him, and he was puzzling a good deal as to which would suit him best. But whether he had become a man of learning, a journalist or a politician he would certainly have succeeded. His end cannot be accounted for by mere material reasons. Besides his deep religious sense, his sense of duty would have saved him from giving up in the face of any positive misfortune. He was, there is no doubt, shaken very deeply by the war and by his brooding over it since. His love for civilisation and his fears for its future, of which he would talk freely and with pessimism, evidently was deeper in his case than among young me of his type and generation. No other cause known to his friends explains the lamentable affair, in which his mother, who is in Manchester, and his father, who is a missionary in China, deserve the most sincere sympathy.'"

Manchester Guardian, 21 February 1923: "INQUEST EVIDENCE AT OXFORD. (From our Correspondent.) Oxford, Tuesday. The inquiry into the circumstances connected with the death of Mr. Harold Tetley Burt, aged 25, Fellow of All Souls’ College, who committed suicide by hanging in his room at the College on Monday, was held today by Dr. W. T. Brooks, University coroner. The Warden of All Souls’ was foreman of the jury. Mr. Samuel Burt, of Yeovil, uncle of the dead man, said he was aware that Mr. Burt had been in a depressed state. Mr. Idris D. Jones (Merton College) said he dined with Mr. Burt on Sunday, parting from him at about eleven o’clock at night; Mr. Burt was not more depressed than he had been for the last month. He was a level-headed man and generally remarkably calm, and was the last person the witness would have thought would take his life. Mr. Burt had complained of the Oxford climate. He had served in the Royal Artillery and Royal Air Force in the war, and was wounded in the leg. He had complained of the difficulty he had in'obtaining a house for his mother. Ernest F. Wellstood, Mr. Burt’s servant, said he noticed nothing unusual with him on Sunday evening. In the morning he had to force the door of the bedroom, and then saw him hanging by a piece of cord attached to a staple in a beam. Evidence of complaints by Mr. Burt of sleeplessness was given. Professor S. Alexander, Professor of Philosophy at Manchester University, with whom Mr. Burt had worked as assistant lecturer, said he considered Mr. Burt had undertaken a great deal of work. Mr. Burt was not a strong man, and last term appeared to have been overworked. He had not, however, complained of ill-health, and was usually cheerful and gay. But from time to time there were signs of mental depression. He had various worries and all sorts of questions to decide for himself. One was whether he should stay at Oxford or go back io Manchester. He appeared at times to have lost confidence in his power to do his teaching, but this was not justified. He had considerable responsibilities for a young man, and they weighed rather heavily on him. He was so absolutely devoted to hie mother and sisters and so happy in his family life that nothing could explain his action except that sudden impulse had destroyed his self-control. A verdict of suicide whilst temporarily insane was returned."

Francis Parker Carr (13 June 1860 - 15 June 1945). St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1879, 1880, 1881 and 1882. Worked in family business, Carr's Inks. Born in Southwark, died in Worthing. Father of Edward Hallett "Ted" Carr (1892-1982), history professor and author. Defeated Zukertort in a simul, 1885. Played for Athenaeum CC, 1890s and 1900s, and also for Middlesex.

Alumni Oxonienses: "Entered Lent, 1879, Adm. pens. at St Catharine's, Jan. 25, 1879. S. of Robert. B. in London. [School, City of London.] Matric. Lent, 1879; B.A. 1882. Brother of Edward R. (1871)."

George Carruthers (29 July 1891 - ? December 1914). Merton College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1912, 1913, 1914. Edward Winter's Chess Note CN3351 about the chess and games book author Hubert Phillips (1891-1964) has some info about Carruthers who was at college with him. Carruthers read chemistry, got a 2nd class degree and Phillips wrote that "a few weeks before the war began he died of erysipelas... aged 22... he must have been the hardest-up man in college." Winter adds that "George Carruthers was a member of the Oxford University team against Cambridge University in 1912, 1913, and 1914, with a score of two wins and a loss. (Source: page 354 of A Century of British Chess by P.W. Sergeant.) The defeat was published on pages 284-285 of the July 1914 Chess Amateur." [note - the defeat was in 1914 - I have the game score and it will appear when I prepare the page for the 1914 Varsity match - JS]

Another Chess Note - CN3557 - provides further data: "From Julia Walworth (Research Fellow and Librarian, Merton College, Oxford):

'The information in the Merton College Register is rather sparse: George Carruthers was born on 29 July 1891. He was educated at Wilson’s Grammar School in Camberwell; he was a student in Chemistry at Merton from 1910 to 1913, and was a Postmaster (the Merton equivalent of Scholar). In 1913 Carruthers received his B.A. A date of death is not recorded.'

Winter also communicated with Alice Millea, Assistant Keeper of the Archives, Bodleian Library, Oxford, who wrote:

'George Carruthers matriculated (was admitted to the University) on 18 October 1910 from Merton College. According to the form which he completed at matriculation, he was born on 29 July 1891 in Camberwell, Surrey, the first son of Francis James Carruthers, a “cashier” by that time deceased. He was educated at Wilson’s Grammar School, Camberwell. He obtained his B.A. on 2 August 1913, achieving second-class honours in Chemistry. Deaths of University members were (and are) published in the University Gazette. I have checked the Gazette for 1914 but have found no record of the death of Carruthers.'

Ancestry.com provides further info in the shape of a user-generated family tree. I found a George Carruthers born in Camberwell on 29 July 1891 to Francis James and Frances (Fanny) Carruthers, both from Scotland, the father being a publisher's bookkeeper who died in 1906. George Carruthers died in the 4th quarter of 1914 in Kendal, Westmorland, England, and was buried on 4 December 1914 in Heversham in the same county. (Later: one user-created family tree records the d.o.d. as 14 December 1914 but this looks wrong. Two others have 1 December 1914 which looks more likely; they make a reference to "Haversham school" being the place of death - should probably be "Heversham" - JS.)

Malcolm Alfred Chamberlain (27 September 1919 - 23 March 1999). Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he studied mathematics. Did not take part in a Varsity chess match but played for Bletchley vs Oxford University in 1944. Born Fulham, London, died Cheltenham. Known as 'Mac' (probably because of his initials). Educ. Manchester Grammar School. Worked at Bletchley Park during WW2 (1940-45), secretary of Bletchley Park Chess Society. Worked subsequently at GCHQ, Cheltenham. A member of Cheltenham Chess Club, graded up to about 165 in the 1980s, captain of their 2nd team [reference].

Charles Chapman (25 November 1855 - 11 May 1901). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1878, 1879. Clergyman and missionary. Alumni Cantabrigienses: "Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, Apr. 25, 1876. S. of Charles, oil-merchant. B. Nov. 25, 1855, at Sydney, Australia. Bapt. June 3, 1856. School, Rugby. Matric. Michs. 1876; B.A. and LL.B. 1880; M.A. 1883. Ord. deacon, 1880; priest (Carlisle) 1882; Missionary (U.M.C.A.), 1880-1. C. of Millom, Cumberland, 1882-3. Held other curacies for short periods, 1883-5. C. of Lynsted, Suffolk, 1889. C. of Maindee, Monmouth., 1891. Chaplain to St Mildred's Home, Bexhill-on-Sea, 1894-9. Died May 11, 1901, at Bath. (R. F. Scott.)"

Kenneth Preston Charlesworth (29 December 1918 - 8 October 2011). Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1939, 1946, 1947 and also the unofficial match of 1940. Beat Znosko-Borovsky in brilliant fashion in the 1947 BCF Premier Tournament, Harrogate, while scoring 3½/11. Finished 3rd= in the 1946 BCF Major Open, Section 2.

James Thomas Chipperfield Chatto (30 April 1854 - 11 February 1907). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1876, 1877 and 1878. Clergyman. No BCM obit.

[https://www.westlondonchess.com/history]: "The West London Chess Club was founded in 1893 by the Reverend James Thomas Chipperfield Chatto... J.T.C. Chatto also produced the Amateur Chess Magazine from 1872* onwards - nearly 10 years before the arrival of the BCM. He left the [West London] club at the end of May 1897 to become the Vicar of East Kennett in Wiltshire, then in 1900 he became the rector of Blunston St. Andrew (slightly further north) until his death in 1907. He retained the [club] presidency until 1898, when it was taken over by Mr Atherley-Jones QC MP."

BCM, Quotes & Queries, Feb 1954, p54: "The Amateur Chess Magazine was first issued on June 1st, 1872. the last number on June 1st, 1874. The editor was J. C. T. [sic] Chatto."

Alumni Cantabrigienses: "Adm. pens. at TRINITY, Oct. 7, 1874. Of 7, Granville Square, London. S. of Robert [V. of Rockfield, Monm., 1845; died Feb. 9, 1867, in London]. B. Apr. 30, 1854, in London. [School, Wellington College.] Matric. Michs. 1874; B.A. 1878; M.A. 1881. Ord. deacon, 1875; priest (York) 1879; C. of Coatham, 1878-81. Assistant Master of Coatham High School, 1879-81. V. of Caundle Stourton, Dorset, 1880-6. C. of St Columb Major, Cornwall, 1884-5. V. of Ramsgill, Yorks., 1886-7. V. of St Cuthbert's, Thetford, Norfolk, 1888. R. of Kirklington, Cumberland, 1889-91. V. of East Kennett, Wilts., 1896-1900. R. of Blunden St Andrew, 1900-7. Resided latterly at Swindon. Editor of several Chess Magazines. Died Feb. 11, 1907, aged 51. (Crockford; The Times, Feb. 13, 1907; Wellington Coll. Reg.)"

Ralph Nicholas Chubb (8 February 1892 - 14 January 1960). Selwyn College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1912, 1913. Poet, painter and artist. Wikipedia entry.

Edwin Darnley Clements (15 March 1923 - 23 October 2012). St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1944. Worked in Meridian and Astronomy departments of the Royal Greenwich Observatory at Herstmonceux Castle from 1955 to 1982, retired to Guildford. Played chess for Hampshire, then for Guildford after retirement, "before encountering an age-old problem: 'I couldn't get to sleep after playing'" (obit online). Keen hill-walker.

Hubert Michael Close (22 December 1914 - 18 October 1999). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1936. Educ. University College School, Hampstead. 2nd in Part 1 of the History tripos, 1st in Part 2 of English (1936). Emigrated to India in 1937 to take up a post teaching English in Delhi. Served with the Rajputana Rifles during WW2, and moved to Peshawar in 1947, where he taught English and history at Islamia College before moving to Edwardes College. Author of A Pathan Company (1994) and Attlee, Wavell, Mountbatten and the Transfer of Power (1997). OBE, 1984. Memoir of him.

Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor (13 March 1890 - 18 October 1958). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914. Research chemist and chess administrator. Born in Dorchester, Dorset, died in Bromley, Kent.

[BCM, Dec 1958, p325 – obituary by D.J.M[organ]: "The tragic death of Mr. Coad-Pryor, as the result of a road accident near his home in Beckenham, means an irreparable loss to the chess life of this country, and a brief outline of his career will be of interest to our readers.

"Eric Augustus Coad-Pryor was born at Dorchester in 1890. He was educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with honours in the Natural Science Tripos. Leaving the university, he entered the metallurgical department of the National Physical Laboratory. In 1921 he became director of the research laboratories of the United Glass Bottle Manufacturers, and in this capacity served on a number of national and international technical committees. In 1931 he was invited to join the John Lewis Partnership, with which he had remained ever since, being, in the end, the Assistant Chief Inspector.

"His accomplishments were varied and many: in photography he was outstandingly skilful; he was an enthusiastic member of more than one dramatic society; he was a Kent county tennis player, and as a musician he was an excellent pianist. Chess was a dominant interest in his life. He played in the universities' match, and amongst much else was a vice-President of the Kent County C.A., and one-time Champion, a vice-President of the British Chess Federation, where, in particular, his liaison work in connection with the National Chess Centre will be sadly missed; and a vice-President of the London Commercial Chess League. In his later life, he had given great encouragement to junior players: he was Deputy President of the Chess Education Society and had shown much practical interest in its work for many years.

"Above all, there remains the abiding impression of a personality of great charm, quiet but decisive in his deliberations on committee, and always showing outstanding zest and loyalty in work, in play, and in companionship. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and daughters." - D. J. M.

Laurence Jonathan Cohen (7 May 1923 - 26 September 2006). Balliol College, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity matches 1941 (one source gave this as a win by default), 1942. British philosopher, usually referred to as L. Jonathan Cohen. Fellow, Queen's College, Oxford (1957-1990). Codebreaker, Bletchley Park. Served in naval intelligence in the Far East from 1942-1945. Wrote an article ('Chess as a Model for Language', Philosophy 11, 1982, p51-87). No other chess references found. Wikipedia.

Stanley Norman Collings (1 November 1919 - 2 November 1987). Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity Match 1942. Author of Theoretical Statistics: Basic Ideas (Transworld 1971). Reader in mathematics and statistics at the Open University, which has an annual Stanley Collings prize, awarded by the School of Mathematics and Statistics to the student whose Mathematics Education assignment best combines innovation in devising materials suitable for learners and insightful analysis of their learning. Receives an acknowledgement from Margaret R B Clarke in her book Advances in Computer Chess: Pergamon Chess Series, Volume 3 for "providing the original inspiration for this project, an inexhaustible supply of intriguing problems and valuable comments on Example 5." Problemist.

Francis George Tims Collins - see under Francis George Tims Collins

Eugene Ernest Colman (11 October 1878 - 20 July 1964). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1900, 1901. Wikipedia entry. Colonial servant, Malay States. A variation of the Two Knights' Defence was named after him: he analysed it whilst a prisoner of war in Changi Prison during WW2. A member of Wimbledon CC after the war.

Excerpts from his obituary, BCM, October 1964, p298-300: "E. E. COLMAN [by Bruce Hayden] With the death of Mr. E. E. Colman of Wimbledon, Surrey, on July 20th, at the age of eighty-five, there passes one of the few remaining links with British chess at the turn of this century and a notable figure who has left his imprint on present-day play with the Colman Variation of the Two Knights’ Defence which he discovered while suffering the privations of a notorious Japanese concentration camp in World War II... From St. Paul’s School, London, he went up to Cambridge University, entering Trinity where he took First Class Honours in Classics and a fourth-year Second Class in History... won on top board in the annual match against Oxford University and later that year he gained the special commendation of the great American grandmaster H. N. Pillsbury for his win on top board for the Combined Universities team against the team of four leading U.S. universities in the series of annual cable matches... in 1902 he left for service in Malaya... he entered for the British Championship at Oxford in 1910 but obviously suffering from lack of hard practice he finished in sixth place out of twelve players but drew with Blackburne who was one point below the winner, Atkins... in the Kent and Sussex Congress at Tunbridge Wells [1911] he took third prize below Yates... during a visit to Paris he acquitted himself well in a series of games with Frank Marshall, who had inherited Pillsbury's crown as U.S. Champion.

"On his retirement in 1933, Colman stayed on in [Malaya] and carried out a number of important functions, among them as a member of the Commission which periodically reviewed the civil and criminal code... [as a POW of the Japanese] To keep his fellow prisoners’ minds off the dread summons he taught them chess and wrote out opening variations on scraps of paper. Meanwhile he himself studied an old variation of the Two Knights’ Defence: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6 8. Qf3. Colman's move was 8...Rb8, with the point that after 9. Bxc6+ Nxc6 10. Qxc6+ Nd7, with a formidable attack... Eventually his weight had fallen to six stone and he was reduced to a skeleton unable to walk. Rehabilitated and settled in Wimbledon, Colman tried out his variation in the London League. Its success was immediate. It was used in master play and given in opening textbooks with the title of the Colman Variation. But Colman himself wished for another name to be added; that of Dr. Yeoh Bok Choon of Singapore. Dr. Yeoh, himself a strong player, was a close friend who had smuggled in the set of chessmen Colman used in the camp in addition to food."

Alexander Richard Campbell Connell (4 December 1851 - 26 May 1895). Trinity College, Oxford. Varsity match 1874. 4th s. of James Connell, of Nutfield, co. Lancaster, cler. Trinity College, matric. 25 Jan 1871, B.A. 1876. b 4 Dec 1851, bapt. 13 April 1852, Nutfield, s. of James and Elizabeth Connell, died 26 May 1895, Beacon View, Totland Bay, Isle of Wight. Father was a clergyman, vicar of Hammersmith in 1871. Charterhouse memorial in Latin, says 4 Dec 1861, but must be 1851, gives date of death as 26 May 1895. Played cricket for Charterhouse and Old Carthusians, appears in cricket stats databases, played a few games at Lords, including one for MCC v Northamptonshire in 1881.

Henry Gosse Winfield Cooper (1 April 1872 - 15 August 1922). Oriel College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896. Educ. Haileybury. Hon.Mods., Classics (Class 3, 1893); B.A (Class 4, Classics, 1895), M.A. Clergyman (after Oriel, studied at Wycliffe Hall; ordained deacon, 1896, St Albans; priest, 1897, St Albans). Vicar of Hampstead Norreys, Newbury, Berkshire, at the time of his death; he died in Mont-Dore-les-Bains, Puy de Dôme, Clermont Ferrand, France.

Oxford Alumni: "Cooper, Henry Gosse Winfield, born at Redhill, Surrey, 1 April, 1872; 1s. Winfield, vicar of Crawley, Sussex. ORIEL, matric. 27 Oct., 91, aged 19, from Haileybury."

Peter Fairbairn Copping (12 October 1922 - 18 December 1989). St Catherine's College, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity matches 1941, 1942. Solicitor, based in Swindon, Wiltshire. Played in the 1954 British Championship, scoring 5/11. Also played at Paignton and in the West of England (WECU) Championship, winning the WECU title in 1956. High board for Wiltshire. Was also a published problemist.

Sir John Warcup Cornforth (7 September 1917 - 8 December 2013), AC, CBE, FRS, FAA. St Catherine's College, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity matches 1941, 1942. Australian–British chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1975. Completely deaf by the age of 20. Gave a blindfold simul against 12 players whilst still an undegraduate in Australia in 1937. Played in the 1936 Australian Championship in Perth and the inaugural (1937) Australian Correspondence Chess Championship. Member of Hampstead CC in the 1950s, winning their club championship in 1953, 1956 and 1957. Played on a high board for Sussex for many years, with a playing strength equivalent to 2300 at his best. Was a student and academic colleague of Sir Robert Robinson, also a Nobel laureate and chess player. Wikipedia. Chessgames.com.

William Robert Cox (2 January 1922 - 27 June 1981). Christ's College, Cambridge. Did not play in a Varsity match but took part in the 1944 Bletchley vs Oxford University match. Bletchley Park 1941-45. Sir (William) Robert Cox, KCB 1976 (CB 1971) Born 2 Jan. 1922; s of late William Robert and Berthe Marie Cox, Winchester; m 1948, Elizabeth Anne Priestley Marten; (from his Times obit): "... educ. Peter Symonds School, Winchester and at Christ’s College, Cambridge. After entering the Civil Service in 1941¶ he transferred to the Foreign Office and then joined the Ministry of Town and Country Planning in 1950." Eventually became chief executive of the Property Services Agency. (¶ i.e. recruited to the Civil Service aged only 19.)

James Marston Craddock (4 June 1913 - 27 December 2001). Magdalene College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1933, 1934, 1935. Educ. Cardiff High School and later King Edward's School, Birmingham. After university, became a civil servant (Inland Revenue) but later became a meteorologist (with the Met Office, Bracknell), published a book (The Place of Statistics in Meteorology, 1972). British Boys. (U18) champion in 1929, 1930 and 1931, winning the first two championships with 100% scores. Scored 3/11 in the 1937 British Championship. Represented the Civil Service in matches. In the 1930s played county chess, firstly for Warwickshire, then for Surrey. Later, when living in Dunstable in the 1950s, he played on top board for Bedfordshire, and in the 1960s played for Berkshire (and the local club Premier Precision), into the 1970s. He had a grade of 200 in 1968 (Elo equivalent 2200).

Edward Chorley Crosfield (21 September 1918 - 17 December 2000). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity match 1945, and the 1944 Oxford University vs Bletchley match. Born Beaconsfield, Bucks, died Brighton, Sussex. Known in family and at Oxford as 'Ned' (Times obit, 20 December 2000, et al.). From a Quaker family (Cadbury in his maternal line). Educ. Leighton Park School, Reading. Civil servant; assistant commissioner, National Savings (1950s); later HM Treasury (Senior Information Officer, Principal Information Officer, Deputy Head, Information section). (In reporting the 1944 Bletchley match, BCM erroneously gives EC Corfield, CHESS gives EC Crossfield.)

(Sir) Alfred Rupert Neale Cross (15 June 1912 – 12 September 1980). Worcester College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934. Jurist, academic lawyer, blind chess player (went blind at the age of one). Known as Rupert Cross. WikipediaChessgames.com

Obituary, BCM, Nov 1980, p576: "Professor Sir Rupert Cross, who died on September 12th [1980], aged 68, was an outstanding authority on law and a Fellow of the British Academy, and was a distinguished chess player in his earlier days. He vied with Sir Theodore H. Tylor as the strongest blind player of his generation. He was educated at Worcester College for the Blind and Worcester College, Oxford, and he played chess for Oxford against Cambridge in four successive years 1930-33 [actually 1931-34 - JS],winning three times on 1st or second board, and losing only to C.H.O'D. Alexander. [In 1934] he was fourth [fourth equal - JS] in the British Championship. After he came down from Oxford he qualified as a solicitor in 1939, and worked for many years with a London firm of solicitors. He then became interested in law teaching, and joined the Law Society's School of Law in 1944, afterwards joining the Law Faculty at Oxford, where he became a Professor at All Souls in 1964. He wrote a number of books on Law, of which Cross on Evidence is still a leading authority. The cheerfulness and good humour which characterised his teaching was readily apparent in his student days, and it was a great loss to British chess when he gave up serious competition in pursuance of his career. He still counted chess, however, as a recreation, which too often nowadays it ceases to be. To his widow, Heather, we extend our appreciative sympathy. A. Perkins."

Geoffrey Clendon Daukes (12 December 1924 - December 1990). Trinity College, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity match 1945. Educ. Charterhouse School (where he played on a high board for the chess team, early 1940s). In Coldstream Guards at some stage. "Was a member of Moral Re-Armament and lived many years in India" (British Museum website). Played in a Third Class Section, Hastings 1936/37, scoring half a point more than Grace Alekhine.

Godfrey Davies (13 May 1892 - 28 May 1957). Pembroke College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914. English historian specialising in the 17th century. Assistant professor, University of Chicago, 1925. Chairman, Huntington Library, 1949-51. Lecturer in history, University of California, Los Angeles, 1938-45. Wikipedia entry.

John Dean (5 September 1917 – 23 July 1983). St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939. Paediatrician, University of British Columbia, Canada, from 1955. MA, MB, BChir Cantab (1942), MRCP (1947) FRCP (1973). Educated at Wednesbury High School, obtaining an exhibition in natural sciences to St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he was awarded first class honours in Part I of the natural sciences tripos in 1938. He received his education in clinical medicine at the Westminster Hospital medical school. Commissioned as temporary surgeon lieutenant RNVR and served in the Royal Navy, in HMS Ready, for three years. Emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1955. Took part in the 1935 British Boys' Championship at Hastings, winning his preliminary section ahead of JF O'Donovan, who played a board below him in the 1939 Varsity match - but lost to Frank Parr in the final section to finish 3rd. Also played in post-war Cambridge Past vs Oxford Past matches. [primary biographical source]

Joseph Francis Palmer Deller (18 August 1894 – 18 June 1967). Lincoln College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1921, 1922. From Battersea, London. Educ. Battersea Polytechnic Boys' Secondary School (later known as the Henry Thornton School, Clapham). B.Sc. (King's College, London University, 1915); B.A. (Oxford, 1922). Teacher by profession. With the RNVR (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) from September 1916 to October 1917, working as a wireless operator, when he was transferred to Naval School as a master. Was a schoolmaster, head of science, in Battersea, 1939. Played corr. chess for Surrey, 1913.

Michael James Steuart Dewar (24 September 1918 - 10 October 1997). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity match 1948 and the unofficial 1940 match. Organic chemist, wrote The Electronic Theory of Organic Chemistry. Born in Ahmednagar, India, on September 24, 1918, where his father was a civil servant. After Winchester, received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Oxford. Professor of Chemistry at Queen Mary College, London, 1951. Kharasch Chair at the University of Chicago in 1959. University of Texas at Austin, Robert A. Welch research chair, in 1963. University of Florida as Graduate Research Professor, 1989. At Oxford he played chess with JW Cornforth who described him as "an excellent strategist though a poor tactician, and he was immensely proud of a contribution he made to the theory of a chess opening." (John. N. Murrell. "Michael James Steuart Dewar. 24 September 1918-11 October 1997.” Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 44, 1998, pp. 129–140. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/770235.) From his autobiography A Semiempirical Life (American Chemical Society, 1992): "Oxford was a good place for chess during the war... [Sir Robert Robinson] was also an enthusiastic chess player. One of my many happy memories is an epic match Robert and I played one year in the Oxford County Championship, a titanic struggle that ended in a draw after more than 80¶ moves. It was published in The British Chess Magazine... my excursion into chess ended when we left Oxford because there was no chess club in Maidenhead." (Robinson game ref. BCM, Nov 1941, p293, though the game was in fact only 55 moves long) Wikipedia. (¶ Game given below - BCM's score has considerably fewer than 80 moves)

Edward Hungerford Duke (17 November 1865 - 10 December 1934). Pembroke College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1886, 1887, 1888. Clergyman; rector of Wickham, Hampshire, 1893-1934. Edward Hungerford Duke, first son, born at Lake House [note: now inhabited by the pop singer Sting!], 17 Nov.; bap. 17 Dec 1865, at Wilsford. Educ. Schorne College, Buckingham (and, after Pembroke College, moved to Ridley Hall, Cambridge before being ordained). Foundation Scholar of Pembroke College, Cambridge; B.A. 1888; Rector of Wickham, Hants, 1893; mar. 1893, at Skipsea, Yorkshire, Margaret Hassell, second dau. of Rev Robert Thompson, and had issue - Robert (Robin) Edward, born 1894. (There is a memorial to him in Saint Nicholas Church at Wickham in Hants). Also Stephen Michael, born 1900. Appointed curate, Monk Fryston, 1887 (Times; obituary, Hampshire Telegraph, 14 December 1934) Attached to the Gordon Highlanders as a chaplain during WW1 and was wounded.

Cambridge Alumni: Adm. pens. (age 19) at PEMBROKE, Oct. 8, 1885. S. and h. of Edward, clerk, of Salisbury. B. there Nov. 17, 1865. School, private. Matric. Michs. 1885; B.A. 1888. Ord[ained]. deacon (York) 1889; priest, 1890; C[urate]. of Beeford, Yorks., 1889-90. C[urate]. of Wilsford, Wilts., 1890-3. R[ector]. of Wickham, Hants., 1893-1934. Served as a Chaplain in the Great War, 1914-19 (wounded). Died Dec. 10, 1934, aged 69, at Wickham. Buried there. (Crockford; Univ. War List; J. T. Rule; The Times, Dec. 11, 1934.)

BCM, September 1939, p396¶: "We are sorry to record the death since our last issue of the genial match captain of the Stock Exchange Club, E. H. Duke, who died at Barnet after an operation for appendicitis. Pleurisy and pneumonia intervened after he appeared to be recovering satisfactorily. He will be much missed by London players, for his well-known courtesy made any match with the Stock Exchange a friendly matter, and the Stock Exchange Club will find great difficulty in finding somebody to fill as ably the post he occupied." (¶ this is all very confusing - E H Duke died nearly five years before and had nothing to do with the Stock Exchange CC. It is explained by the fact that the BCM editor/writer (probably RHS Stevenson) confused Edward Hungerford Duke with another player named Edward Herbert Jukes, born 1875, who did indeed die in Barnet in 1939. The detail of the obituary must refer to Jukes and not Duke, who thus went unobituarised in BCM. Just to make things even more confusing, BCM had already published an obituary for an 81-year-old Hastings player called E H Jukes in the July 1938 issue, p315, but I think this one is accurate - it's a different E H Jukes, born 1857 - JS)

John Hull Dunkle (14 October 1915 - January 1998). Hertford College, Oxford. Varsity match 1939 and the unofficial 1940 match. Son of an Alaskan mining engineer and British mother, born Seattle, Washington, died in Alaska. Active in US OTB and correspondence chess into the 1990s, from as early as the 1930s.

Percyvall Hart Dyke (27 October 1871 - 25 June 1922). King's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1893, 1894, 1895. Barrister, politician.

Cambridge Alumni: "Dyke, Percyvall Hart. Adm. at KING'S, Sept. 30, 1891. S. and h. of The Rt Hon. Sir William Hart, Bart., M.P., of Lullingtone Castle, Eynsford, Kent. B. Oct. 27, 1871. Educated privately. Matric. Michs. 1891; B.A. 1894. Adm. at Lincoln's Inn. Called to the Bar, 1899. J.P. for Kent. A member of the Kent Education Committee and of the Kent County Council. As a blind man his achievements were remarkable, for he was a good cricketer, and also played bridge and chess. Died June 25, 1922, aged 50, at Bournemouth. (Burke, P. and B.; King's Coll. Adm. Reg.; Law Lists; The Times, July 1, 1922.)

BCM, 1922, p308: "We learn with deep regret the death, in Bournemouth, last month, of Mr. P. Hart Dyke, the talented blind player, son of the Rt. Hon. Sir William Hart Dyke. Deceased played for Cambridge University in 1893-5, taking top board in 1895 and scoring altogether 2½ points in his matches v. Oxford. In 1899 he won the Kent County Championship. He lost his sight, we believe, through an accident at the age of 11, but appeared singularly little handicapped by it; in his University days, and there was hope at one time of a partial recovery of one eye."

The Times, 3 July 1922: "OBITUARY. COLONEL HART DYKE AND MR. P. HART DYKE. Much sympathy will be felt for the veteran Sir William Hart Dyke Bt., long a conspicuous figure in the Conservative Party, wlho has lost both his son and heir and his first cousin, Lieutenant-Colonel George Hart Dyke.

"Mr. Percyvall Hart Dyke, who died at Bournemouth, was the elder son of Sir William Hart Dyke by his marriage to Lady Emily Caroline Montagu, aunt of the present Earl of Sandwich. Born on October 27, 1871, he was educated at King's College, Cambridge (B.A., 1894), and was called to the Bar by Lincoln's Inn in 1890. He was a magistrate for Kent. In 1908 he married Edythe, daughter of the late W. G. Harrison, Q.C., and leaves a daughter, Edythe Frediswide, born in 1909. His sisters are Mrs. Alexander Scott Gatty, O.B.E., the Hon. Mary Bell, formerly maid of honour to Queen Alexandra, and Miss Sydney Eleanor Margaret Hart Dyke..."

PWS, p300: "P. Hart-Dyke (King's), the first blind player in these matches, was among the Cambridge representatives in 1893, was president in 1894, and made his third appearance in 1895, scoring in all 2½ points in 3 games. His premature death in 1922 robbed the chess world of one of the best among players suffering from the handicap of blindness." (n.b. The index of the same work, A Century of British Chess, p380 gives his name as "Hart-Dyke, Philip")

Chess Review, Apr 1893: "... Hart Dyke played on a special board with pegged pieces, the Black pieces being distinguished from the White by a small piece of tape or cardboard. He occasionally runs his slender fingers over the pieces, barely touching them, and appears to obtain a perfectly clear perception of the position. He plays rapidly and well, and was successful in winning three games of the four he played."

John Edge (? – ?) Pembroke College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1934. Listed as Grade 4a (equiv. BCF 193-200, equiv. Elo 2144-2200), affiliated to Hampstead, on the 1958 BCF Grading List. Nothing else known.

Herbert Charles Edwards (8 July 1896 - 26 November 1972). Selwyn College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1921. Matric. 1919, M.A., L.L.B. Educ. Wilson's Grammar School, Camberwell, winning an open scholarship to read history at Selwyn in 1915. Captain, 1st East Surrey Regiment, 1915-19. Played football in trial match for Cambridge University, 1919. Became a banker (Lloyds Bank), living in Lewisham in 1939 (unmarried).

Alan Maurice Ewbank (21 April 1901 - 6 March 1930). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1921, 1922, 1923. At his death was a curate of St Saviour's, Tollington Park, Clifton. Played in several BCF and Hastings congress. In the 1923 BCF Congress, where he qualified for the Premier A Final, both his father and mother also took part. 3rd= in the 1929/30 Hastings Major B tournament with 5½/9. During the same congress he finished first in a lightning tournament ahead of (2nd) Salo Flohr, (3rd) (Francis) Percival Wenman and (4th) Daniel Noteboom. (Falkirk Herald, 8 January 1930) He made his debut for Bath CC in a match against Weston-super-Mare on 25 January 1930 only a few weeks before he died.

BCM, April 1930, p139: "We deeply regret to have to record the death, on March 6th [1930], of the Rev. Alan Maurice Ewbank, who would have attained his 29th birthday this month. Born on April 21st, 1901, he was educated at St. Paul's School and at St. John's College, Cambridge. He played for Cambridge three years - 1921-2-3 - and was president in his last year. After coming down he was a member of both the City of London and the Hampstead chess clubs; and at the former he won third prize in the Neville-Hart competition (next to the club championship) only a few weeks ago. His play improved very much during the last two years. The Cambridge University C.C. sent a telegram to the Rev. Alan Ewbank and Mrs. [Grace Catherine] Ewbank, father and mother of the deceased, and both also chessplayers, conveying their very deep sympathy. In this we beg to join. The Rev. A. M. Ewbank was a valued subscriber to our magazine, and a friend of many of us. His father writes: 'Maurice .. was taken ill with scarlet fever (we do not know how he picked it up); the attack was very severe; but he was getting over it, when he had a set-back, and his weakened heart could not stand up against the strain. He died after a fortnight's illness. ...In his clerical work he was much loved, and had a very great influence, especially over boys. Young as a preacher, his sermons were attracting attention.'"

Hastings and St Leonards Observer, 22 March 1930: "Chess players everywhere will regret to hear of the recent death of the Rev. A. M. Ewbank, who had not long left London for Bath. A relapse following an attack of scarlet fever was the cause of his untimely end. After leaving Cambridge University, Mr. Ewbank joined his parents in London, studied for the church at St. John's College, Highbury, and for the past year or two held a curacy at St. Saviours, Stroud Green. His change to the West of England last Christmas was due to a desire to be near his parents, as his father is now rector of Combe Hay, near Bath. Both he and his parents were enthusiastic chess players, and for a long time all belonged to the Highbury Club, of which the son held the championship a year or two ago. He also took part in many tournaments, including the last Hastings Congress and the Seville Hart Cup tournament of the City of London Club, besides being a prominent member of the Middlesex County Association. He had a wide range of friends, with whom he was extremely popular, not only for his ability as a player, but for his high intellectual attainments and kindly nature."

Robert Fisher (1855 - 21 August 1938). Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Varsity match 1875. Clergyman. Entered Trinity Hall, Lent, 1873. Adm. pens. (age 17) at TRINITY HALL, Feb. 3, 1873. S. of Frederick (1835), R. of Downham, Cambs. B. 1855. Schools, St Edward's, Oxford and Christ's College, Finchley. Matric. Lent, 1873; LL.B. 1876; LL.M. 1882. Ord. deacon (Chichester) 1878; priest, 1879; C. of Cuckfield, Sussex, 1878-83. C. of Downham, Cambs., 1883-4. C. of Dunstable, Beds., 1884-7. V. of Arundel, Sussex, 1887-91. V. of St Thomas's, New Groombridge, 1892-1909. V. of Cuckfield, 1909-15. Preb. of Selsey, 1915-38. R. of St Martin with St Olave and Seq. of St Pet. Minor, Chichester, 1920-7; R. of St Andrew's there, 1922-7. Rural Dean of Chichester, 1927-35. Died Aug. 21, 1938, at Friars Gate, Chichester. Buried at Cuckfield. (St Edward's Sch. Reg.; Scott, MSS.; Crockford; The Times, Aug. 22, 1938; Who was Who)

Eric Foster (Jan/Feb/Mar 1923 - 22 July 2016). St John's College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1942. "After Oldham Municipal High School, he read Natural Sciences. His career was with Ferranti, for whom he worked for thirty five years. Eric was a good chess player, competing at the British Boys’ Championship [1937 - scored 3½ in preliminary section C behind the eventual winner AR Duff - JS] and for Cambridge against Oxford, travelling to Europe to watch the great masters and for ten years setting chess puzzles in the local newspaper... president of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society and was a member of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, participating in weekly digs and translating documents for the Society. Other interests included the natural world, geology, landscape history and travelling throughout Europe." Obituary, The Eagle 2017 [St John's College Cambridge]. Matric. 1941.

Walter Montagu(e) Gattie (21 July 1854 - 17 November 1907). Christ Church, Oxford. Varsity matches 1876, 1877, 1879, 1880 and 1881. President of OUCC, 1878-9. Author of papers and books (What English People Read, 1889). Grade 1 clerk/surveyor, GPO. "Gattie, Walter Montague, 1s. William, of London, gent. Christ Church, matric 16 Oct., 1874, aged 20; exhibitioner 1876-8, B.A. 1878." (Alumni Oxoniensis). (BCM, Dec 1907, p542): "It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr. W. M. Gattie, of London, who died at Bournemouth on November 17th [1907], in his fifty-second year. Mr. Gattie was a graduate of Oxford, and represented his University no less than five times in the annual matches with Cambridge. The last occasion was in 1881, when he headed the Oxford team and defeated Mr. J.F. Sugden. During the eighties Mr. Gattie was recognised as one of the strongest of Metropolitan amateur players, and he rendered excellent service in matches for the St. George's Chess Club, of which he was a leading member, contemporary with the late Rev. W.W. Wayte, Rev. A.B. Skipworth, and Mr. J.I. Minchin. Mr. Gattie was a close student of the theory of chess, and possessed a wide knowledge of the openings, which enabled him to render valuable help in assisting to prepare for publication the Book of the London International Tournament of 1883. During recent years indifferent health prevented his indulging in hard play, but he competed in the recent amateur tournament at Ostend." Won the first British Amateur Chess Championship in 1886.

Robert Arthur Germain(e) (1854 - 4 June 1905). Brasenose College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1878, 1879 and 1880. Barrister, politician. o.s. Charles, of London, arm. Brasenose College, matric. 17 Oct 1874, aged 20. Scholar 1874-7, B.A. 1878, M.A. 1882, bar.-at-law, Inner Temple, 1882. KC 1902; Recorder of Lichfield from 1901; b London; s of late Charles Germaine; m Beatrice, y d of late John Z. Laurence, MB, FRCS. Educ: Univ. Coll. School (exhibitioner); Univ. Coll. London (exhibitioner). Work: Exhibitioner, Prizeman, and BA of London Univ.; Scholar and Exhibitioner of Brazenose Coll. Oxford; MA; Pres. of the Union, and Pres. of the Univ. Chess Club, Oxford, and represented Oxford against Cambridge, 1878-82. Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1882; practised on the Oxford Circuit; in conjunction with Sir Robert Reid represented the British claim in the Franco-Chilian Arbitration before the Swiss Tribunal; sat for Fulham on the first London County Council; founded the United Club; contested the Hoxton Division of Shoreditch, 1885 and 1886, and Northampton, 1891; did journalistic work, and coached whilst at Oxford, and in the early years at the Bar. Recreations: horse-riding, travel, music, chess, foreign languages, politics, and public matters generally. Address: 4 Roland Houses, South Kensington, SW; 1 Temple Gardens, Temple, EC. Clubs: Devonshire, Automobile.

John Robert Gilbert (25 December 1921 - 14 March 2011). St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1946, 1947 matches, also played for Bletchley vs Oxford University in 1944. "Gilbert (matr. 1940) [died] On 18 [statutory records give 14] March 2011, John Robert Gilbert of Colwyn Bay, North Wales. John won a Scholarship to St Catharine’s from Epsom College, Surrey, and read Modern & Medieval Languages. His daughter Anne writes, 'My father was a keen chess player and, if any records of the chess club remain for the period he was at St Catharine’s, you may find his name there. He was called up during the war and served in the Intelligence Corps as a code breaker at Bletchley Park. He was a tax inspector his entire working life from 1947 to retirement in 1981.' According to the College Magazine, he won the Naumann cup at the Metropolitan Chess Club in 1948." (St Catharine's Magazine, 2011, p91). Secretary of Redhill Chess Club, 1990s [reference]

Michael Barker Glauert (11 May 1924 - 14 June 2004). Trinity College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1944. Professor of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia and co-author of a bridge book (Bridge Odds for Practical Players by Hugh Kelsey & Michael Glauert).

Irving John (Jack, "IJ") Good (9 December 1916 - 5 April 2009). Jesus College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1938, 1939 amd the unofficial match of 1940. Cryptologist, statistician, and early worker on the Colossus computer at Bletchley Park and the University of Manchester. Wikipedia. Major Scholar of Jesus College, Cambridge, 1934; State Scholar, 1934; B.A., Cambridge, 1938, Ph.D., Cambridge (Mathematics), 1941. Worked at Bletchley Park, Government Code and Cypher School, on Ultra (both the Enigma and a Teleprinter encrypting machine) as the main statistician under Alan Turing, FRS, Hugh Alexander and Max Newman, FRS, in turn. (The latter two also played in the Varsity chess match in the 1930s). Worked at GCHQ from 1948 until 1959. Moved to USA in 1967 - research professor of statistics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Film director Stanley Kubrick (himself a keen chess player) consulted Good for information about computing when filming 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Won the 1939 Cambridgeshire chess championship and finished 2nd in the 1958 West of England championship.

Louis Goodman (2 October 1919 - 1988, 3rd qtr). Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1940. Born Whitechapel, London, lived (1939) Manchester, died Hendon, Middx. Studied history.

William Goodwin (? - ?). Magdalen College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1938, 1939. Nothing else known.

Charles Millar Grace (25 January 1865 - 30 August 1903). Queen's College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1886, 1887, 1888. Matric. 1883, B.A. 1888. Educ. Wakefield Grammar School, won a Hastings exhibition to Queen's. Was a City accountant, married, with three children, living in Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex. Drowned off Maplin Sands when on his way to join a yacht at Havengore (deemed accidental).

Donald William Greenwood (17 October 1917 – Apr/May 1970). Christ's College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1936. Born in Huddersfield, died in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire (buried 17 May 1970). Educ. Huddersfield College, Higher School Certificate distinctions in English and French, 1934.

Valentine Grieve (8 March 1926 - 21 July 1998). St John's College, Oxford. Varsity match 1948 and unofficial 1944 match. Solicitor, Manchester. Known as Val Grieve, very active in the church in Manchester and very well documented online (e.g. here).

William Grundy (13 October 1850 - 5 December 1891). Worcester College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877. Priest, schoolmaster. Died in Malvern. Father of William Mitchell Grundy (1880-1961) who played for Oxford in the Varsity matches of 1901, 1902 and 1903. [BCM, January 1892, p16] OBITUARY "The news of the almost sudden death of the Rev. W. Grundy, headmaster of Malvern College, will be received with much regret by a large circle of chess players. As an undergraduate of Worcester College, Oxford, Mr. Grundy joined the University Chess Club, and made his first appearance as one of its champions in the annual match with Cambridge, in 1877. Being soon after elected fellow and lecturer of his college, he was unable to give much time to chess, and in 1878 he left the University to take a mastership at his old school, Rossall. Here he remained till 1881, when he was elected head master of the King's School, Warwick, which he succeeded in raising from a low ebb to great prosperity. At this period his former passion for chess seems to have revived, so that in 1883 he held at the school, during the Christmas holidays, a large meeting of amateurs of the game, and in the chief tourney he tied with Mr. Aspa, of Leamington, for the first prize. In 1885 he obtained the headmastership of Malvern College, and the same excellent judgment and administrative powers which had served him at Warwick, were employed in the new sphere to raise the number of boys from under two hundred to three hundred and thirty, and also greatly to improve the achievements and moral tone of the school. Although now unable to give much time to chess, Mr. Grundy occasionally took part in the matches of the Worcester Club, of which he was a member, and in the holidays he was a frequent visitor to the Divan, in London, where he invariably chose the strongest player present as his opponent. His death was caused by a chill, which he caught after playing a game of fives on December 1st [1891], and his illness lasted only four days. [... later in same issue... ] ["... Mr Grundy was a frequent visitor at the Divan when in town, and the foregoing is a fair specimen of his style. Besides being a good player he was a true gentleman, and, so far as I could judge, in every sense one of the best men I ever encountered over the board." (See also BCM, p 353, July 1891)" (Tinsley, p34)]


William Hewison Gunston (9 September 1856 - 25 January 1941). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches., Cambridge don & auditor.

Obituary [BCM, June 1941, p164] "William Hewison Gunston, elder son of Robert and Mary Gunston of Loughborough Park, Brixton, was born on September 9th, 1856. He was educated at Danehill House, Margate, and St Olave's, Southwark. In 1871 he did such remarkable papers in the Oxford Local Examination that he was offered a scholarship at Oxford when too young (15!) to accept it. Later, at the ordinary age, he went up to Cambridge with a scholarship at St John's. He was fourth wrangler in 1879: a fellowship followed in due course. He was also M.A. and mathematical gold medallist of London University. He played five times for Cambridge against Oxford: 1876 (one win, one loss at board 6, 1877 (one win, one loss at board 3), 1878 (two wins at board 2), 1879 and 1880 (three wins, one draw v. W. M. Gattie at board 1). He was President of the University Chess Club in the Michaelmas Term, 1877. Later in life he was for many years President of the Cambridge Town Chess Club. Till 1890 Gunston had not much more than a local reputation. The British Chess Magazine says in that year: "he is the acknowledged strongest player in Cambridge; he was fancied by his friends, before play commenced, for first prize". He had married in 1883 Letitia Dougan (sister of the Professor of Latin, Queen's University, Belfast) and settled down to a severe life's work of teaching and examining. His fellowship lapsed, but he was for many years auditor to his college. No doubt by 1890 he had thoroughly established his professional position. Anyhow in that year, with a double illumination, he began a triumphant procession of successes.

1890 - C.C.A. at Cambridge: 1st without a loss. Of his game with Skipworth the British Chess Magazine says: "he made one of the most brilliant combinations of which the chess board is capable, surprising and outplaying his veteran opponent."
1890 - Manchester International Tournament. Frankenstein brilliancy prize for game v. Gunsberg.
1893 - Cambridge, unofficial National Tournament at St Catharine's College, 2nd.
1893 - Match, North v. South (106 boards): draw with C. E. Ranken at board 5.
1894 - Match, North v, South (108 boards): draw with T. B. Wilson at board 12.
1896 - S.C.C.U. at Clifton: 3rd and 4th equal, and brilliancy prize for game v. C. J. Lambert.
1897 - S.C.C.U. at Southampton: 4th.
1898 - S.C.CU. at Salisbury: 3rd.
1903 - Cable match, Great Britain v U.S.A. won v. C S. Howell at board 9.
1903 - S.C.CU. at Plymouth: 2nd and 3rd equal.
1904 - B.C.F. Hastings: 1st in First Class Amateur Section A.
1909 - B.C.F., Scarborough: 3rd in First Class Amateur Section B, and brilliancy prize for game v. P. Wenman.
1910 - B.C.F., Oxford: 1st in Major Open (the first year of these tournaments), and brilliancy prize for game v G. Shories.
1912 - B.C.F., Richmond: 1st equal (with A. Speyer) in Major Open, and brilliancy prize for game v. J. C. Waterman.

"During the Great War, Gunston, as were other mathematicians, was entrusted by the Admiralty with the task of working out the trajectories of anti-aircraft projectiles. After the war, except for a few appearances in matches, mostly local, Gunston gave up serious play over the board, and devoted himself to correspondence chess. He was an honorary member of the London Four-Handed Chess Club, and was exceedingly fond of, and clever at, both that game and Kriegspiel. Gunston played a hard-hitting, sensible, logical game. He once said to R.P. Michell, "I would rather be known as a sound than as a brilliant player": but if a bird of brilliant hue crossed his path, he could usually put salt on its tail. Did any other English amateur ever win five brilliancy prizes in international and national tournaments? He was a master of the Ruy Lopez, and very successful with it. At Richmond in 1912 after winning his tournament game v. Speyer (who was White in a Q.G.D.) in the morning, he successfully defended a Lopez v. Yates in the match, Championship v. Major Open, the same evening: a remarkable double event. He got good results against the Petroff with the old continuation 3 P-Q4, PxP (long thought better than 3...KtxP). In his later years when close defences reigned, he seemed completely at home against the Caro-Kann, usually adopting the exchange variation. He had the strong player's preference for Bishop as against Knight - "I am a convinced Episcopalian, as far as chess is concerned, at any rate" - and considered two Bishops, well posted, as strong as Rook and Knight. Gunston was a man of genial habit and manner. He could take care of himself, but was essentially modest. He did not overvalue chess or his own strength at it. He did not keep the scores of his games, and many most striking correspondence games, unless preserved by his opponents, are lost. Once he showed a final position, in which his three last moves were Q-R4, Q-R4, Q-R4; but the full score of the game was not forthcoming. He had many other interests. He was musical, and used to say that all chess-players were so. He retired from professional life in 1926. He died at King's Lynn on January 25th, 1941. His wife, four sons, and three daughters survive him."

"If Gunston had sent this game in for the brilliancy prize, instead of his game with Waterman, he might well have been equally successful." B.G.B. [Bertram Goulding Brown].

Alumni Cantabrigienses: " Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, Apr. 27, 1875. Of Middlesex. [Elder] s. of Robert, 'porkman' [and Mary]. B. Sept. 9, 1856, at St Peter's, Saffron Hill. Bapt. Oct. 5, 1856. [Schools, Danehill House, Margate, and St Olave's, Southwark.] Matric. Michs. 1875; Scholar, 1877; B.A. (4th Wrangler) 1879; M.A. 1882. Fellow, 1879-85. Mathematical 'coach' and well known as a chess player. Of 26, Station Road, Cambridge, in 1939. Died Jan. 25, 1941, at King's Lynn. (The Times, Jan. 29, 1941; British Chess Magazine, LXI [1941]. 164-5.)"


Hanns Andreas August Paul Oskar Hammelmann (25 September 1912 - 26 October 1969). Brasenose College, Oxford. Varsity match 1938. Rhodes Scholar 1935. Engaged on research work in law at Oxford & Middle Temple. German nationality (born in Munich) until 1947 when he took British nationality. Initially interned in 1939 but released from internment in 1940. Lawyer and arts author, with particular interest in 18th century book illustrations. Died in Vecoli San Martino, Freddana Lucca, Italy.

John Harley-Mason (20 June 1920 - 26 September 2003). Trinity Hall ¶, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity matches 1941, 1942. Sc.D., Fellow of Corpus Christi, Cambridge (organic chemistry), 1947. Corpus has a Harley-Mason collection of 18th/19th century books). Photo of John Harley-Mason. Educ. Sutton Valence School. (¶ BCM, Jan 1942, p8, gives Harley-Mason's undergraduate college as 'Trinity'. Gaige says Corpus. However, this was probably because Harley-Mason soon became a fellow of Corpus. In fact, John Harley-Mason was an undergraduate at Trinity Hall. The Times, 20 December 1937, page 8, records him winning an open scholarship to read Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall, from Sutton Valence School. A chess result from the match Cambridge University vs Lud-Eagle, recorded in the Times, 13 March 1939, page 9, also records his college as Trinity Hall.)

Edward James Barry Harmer (July 1922 - 20 August 2018). Wadham College, Oxford. Varsity match 1946. Admitted to Lincoln's Inn, 1947. There was a West London CC member and correspondence player called JB Harmer, graded 4a (193-200) in 1958, and an Oxford-based poet/writer called James Barry Harmer, but not clear if either of them is the player in question.

Dr Horacio Jaime Harrington y Merani (7 September 1910 – 21 December 1973). Lincoln College, Oxford. Played in the 1936 Varsity match. Born Bahía Blanca, Prov. of Buenos Aires, died Buenos Aires, Argentina. Geologist (degree, doctorate Buenos Aires), 1940s, 1960s. Prince of Wales Fellowship in Oxford (Ph.D). Professorships in Geology in Argentina and the USA. Wikipedia (in German).

Roland Hartnett (22 March 1908 - 13 August 1988). Downing College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1929, 1930. Physics tutor (1939 census).

Dr John (Jack) Harwood (? - 2015/2016) Queens' College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1946, 1947. Matr. 1940. Was a research student at the Cavendish Laboratory, 1947-50, studying the propagation of low-frequency radio waves through the ionosphere. (Own account) PhD, 1951. Referred to as coming from Doncaster in one chess result from the 1940s. Played in the First-Class section, British Championships, 1946. Played county chess for Buckinghamshire, early to mid-1960s.

Percyvall Hart-Dyke - see Percyvall Hart Dyke

Alfred Robert Hayes (25 February 1848 - 5 April 1888). Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Varsity match 1873. Born on 25 Feb 1848 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, son of James William and Maria Eleanor Hayes, and died on 5 Apr 1888 in Rangoon, Burma at age 40, of typhoid fever. At his death he was a teacher of mathematics at Rangoon College. In 1871 he had been reading for the bar whilst at Trinity Hall. Married on 18 March 1878 in Madura to Violet Rachel Hillier, aged 16, daughter of Joseph Hillier.

George Assheton Heginbottom (20 January 1871 - 5 January 1944) Pembroke College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1892, 1893, 1894. Educ. Rugby. Father a cotton manufacturer.

"Heginbottom, George Assheton, born at Ashton-under-Lyne, co[unty] Lanc[ashire], 20 Jan., 1871; 4s. Thomas, gen. Pembroke, matric. 28 Jan., 90, aged 19, from Rugby." (Oxford Alumni]


[BCM, March 1939, p112]: "To THE EDITOR OF The British Chess Magazine."

"Dear Sir, It seems to me to be no less remarkable than interesting that you should refer in your December [1938] issue on the very same page (543) to two players of nearly 50 years ago both of whom I knew well and frequently played with.

"The Rev. C. E. Ranken made periodic visits to Oxford and on learning on one occasion that I was a member of the University team very kindly invited me to stay at his place in Malvern for a week and have some chess. There I was privileged not only to admire his beautiful rose garden and, incidentally, his two charming daughters, but also to meet the then lady champion whose name I now forget but who played as I thought a far from strong game. I think Mr. Ranken must have been senior to Mr. Kinder as he seemed to be quite an elderly man in the early nineties.

"R. G. Lynam was captain of our team about '93 and other members were G. H. [H G W] Cooper, D. L. Secretan, E. Poynton, P. W. Sergeant, J. H. Weatherall, and self. The following year when I was captain, Lynam was still a member and played with us against Cambridge where, incidentally, I played H. E. Atkins and lost owing to my opponent's subtle and almost ungentlemanly manoeuvres ground-baited with innocent looking and apparently digestible pawns. I happened to meet Mr. Atkins 45 years later when I chanced upon him concentrating on a match game and ventured between moves on a whispered and hurried "Hello, Atkins," to which he replied with a brief upward glance, "Hello, Heginbottom," and reconcentrated immediately - some memory.

"Well, sir, although my chess got a little rusty owing to my pursuit of the less reputable game of billiards, I have of late years rediscovered the charm of the game and endeavour still to improve my game by diligent perusal of your magazine and hence the reminiscences springing from page 543 of your December [1938] issue, which I hope also may have met the eye of the only other member of our '94 team that I am now able to place, i.e. the Rev. D. L. Secretan of Balcombe Rectory.

"Faithfully yours, GEO. A. HEGINBOTTOM – Althill, Stalybridge January 5th, 1939."

Eric Norman Hewitt (c. Jan 1894 - 27 October 1954). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1921. Born in Muswellbrook, NSW, Australia, died Sydney, NSW, Australia. Educ. Sydney Grammar School (1904-11, where he won a school prize for mathematics in 1911; left a bequest to be used for a scholarship tenable at the Universities of Cambridge, Gottingen and Heidelberg), later St Andrew's College. Gunner with 10th Field Artillery Brigade, Australian Imperial Force, 1916-18. Wounded in the Ypres sector, 26 October 1917, and on the Somme, 9 October 1918, the second time necessitating the amputation of his right arm. B.Sc., 1st class Hons., University of Sydney. No chess references found.

Kenneth Arthur Lulham Hill (22 April 1899 – 8 July 1991). Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1921, 1922. Educ. Dulwich College. Imperial Civil Service (India, 30 October 1922; arrived 13 December 1922. Served as assistant magistrate and collector, Bengal). Later Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Sierra Leone (1950s). O.B.E., 1960. Drew with Andrew Bonar Law when the Combined Universities played the House of Commons on 27 March 1922 (claimed to be the last game the future British prime minister played, according to The Times, 15 November 1926, p16). Played for GSA Wheatcroft's team vs Oxford University, 13 November 1926, whilst on leave from India, losing to Gerald Abrahams. (see prev. ref.) Fairy chess composer.

Dulwich College Register: "HILL, Kenneth Arthur Lulham, b. 22 Apr. 1899, s. of ——, Arthur [occ. ship owner], 34 Longton Grove, S.E.26, br. of [HILL, Denis Jermaine b. 28 July 1904]; fr. The Hall, Sydenham, 1910-3; L. Dec. 1917; 6th M. Great War: 2nd Lt. 23rd Bn. London Regt. 1 May 1918 to Jan. 1919; Emmanuel Coll. Camb. 1919 ; Hist. Trip. 1, 2nd cl. 1920, II, 3rd. cl. 1921; B.A. 1922 ; I.C.S. 1921; Bengal; Univ. Chess Team 1922. Address : c/o Secretariat, Calcutta. Club : U.S. (Calcutta), q. r. l.

Peter John Hilton (7 April 1923 – 6 November 2010). Queen's College, Oxford, 1940. Did not play in a Varsity match but took part in the Bletchley vs Oxford University match in 1944. Mathematics professor in UK and USA. Wikipedia.

Philip Charles Hoad (15 August 1917 - 14 June 2000). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1938, 1939. Played in the 1967 British Championships, scoring 5½/11. Won the British Veterans'/Senior (Over 60) Championship eight times (a record - two were shared) between 1982 and 1990. Won the 1949 Northern Counties' (NCCU) Championship. Long-time member of Liverpool CC (see short biog article).

Wynnard Hooper (14 March 1853 - 24 August 1935). Clare College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1874. Born 14 March 1853; s of late George and Jane Margaret Hooper; m 1st, Anette (d 1887), e d of late William Callwell, Lismoyne, Co. Antrim; 2nd, Frances (d 1919), d of late John Waddington Hubbard, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire. Educ: St Paul's School (Campden Exhibitioner); Clare College, Cambridge (Classical Tripos and Moral Science Tripos, 1875). Work: Joined The Statist at its commencement in 1878; joined Financial and City Department of The Times, 1882; retired from post of City Editor, 1914; Member of Board of Trade Departmental Committee on Trade Accounts, 1908; Secretary of the Cornhill Committee, Jan. to June, 1915. Publications: Papers in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society; contributions to the Encyclopædia Britannica, 1887, 1902, 1911; Contributions to Sir Robert Palgrave's Dictionary of Political Economy. Address: 20 Gloucester Walk, W8. Clubs: Alpine, Athenæum. Died 24 Aug. 1935. (Who Was Who 1897-2007. Retrieved April 11, 2008)

Dennis Morton Horne (19 October 1920 - 3 May 2015). Oriel College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1947, 1948, 1949. Thread on English Chess ForumWikipedia.

Leonard Barden on the English Chess Forum, 2015 - edited: "Dennis Horne became a strong player at Oxford University immediately after the war in which he served in the army, possibly reaching the rank of captain. At Plymouth in 1948 he drew with ex-world champion Max Euwe. He liked sharp openings, notably the King's Gambit. He was joint second with Hooper behind Golombek at Felixstowe 1949, the first Swiss system British championship, and tied with John Fuller for 5th place scoring 4/9 at the 1949-50 Hastings Premier. He would have been in the top 6-10 in England then. He had a military-style moustache, smoked a pipe and enjoyed solving the Times crossword. He continued to perform well in the early 1950s and so was selected for the 1952 Olympiad team, where he played on Board 5 and scored 5½/9 (silver medal). He was awarded the British Master title. Horne became a prep school master with less time for chess and a growing involvement with bridge. His last top-class event was the 1953/54 Hastings Premier (where Alexander famously beat Bronstein) where he finished last but beat the world-class Fridrijk Olafsson and drew with O'Kelly. After that he played little."

Sir Fred Hoyle (24 June 1915 – 20 August 2001). Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1934. Born Bingley, Yorkshire, died Christchurch, Dorset. Astronomer, professor, author. Wikipedia. "Although Fred did not compete in college sports, he was a frequent spectator at college games, particularly cricket. He did, however, pursue his interest in chess to a high level. In his first year, the university selected him for the team to play against Oxford, for which he won a Half Blue, less prestigious than the award for sports, but still a fine achievement. The following year he was secretary of the college chess club though, during his tenure, it collapsed because he did not find a successor." (Fred Hoyle: A Life in Science by Simon Mitton, Cambridge University Press, 2011) Played correspondence chess. Still keen on chess towards the end of his life, possessing a chess computer.

Arthur Percival Lacy Hulbert (21 January 1877 - 12 May 1966). Keble College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1898, 1899. Born in Nice, France. Educ. Fettes College, Edinburgh, Scotland. B.A., 1899, M.A., 1904. Deacon (1901, Leeds Clerical School), Priest (1902). Board four for Oxford/Cambridge vs American Universities cable match, 1899. Curate of St Hilda's, Darlington, 1901-04, St M. Aston Brook, 1904-10. Curate i/c St Hilda, Warley Woods (1910—) (Keble College Records). Vicar of Ashford Carbonel near Ludlow, 1927. Shropshire county sec., 1929-53. Columnist, Ludlow Standard, for 20 years. Surname Hulbert until 1899 when his brother changed it to Lacy Hulbert by letters patent (seemingly double-barrelled but not hyphenated). See History of Shropshire Chess.

BCM, August 1966, p222: "The Rev. Arthur Percival Lacy Hulbert died on May 12th [1966], at the age of eighty-nine. Born at Nice, France, he was educated at Keble College, Oxford. He played in the university chess match against Cambridge in 1898 and again in 1899, winning one game and losing the other. In the latter year he also played in the Anglo-American Universities Cable Match, the first of the series.

"Ordained in 1901 to a curacy at Darlington he moved after about three years to the Midlands, where he was at Aston Brook, 1904 to 1910, and Warley Wood, 1910 to 1927. When at the latter he played on occasion for Worcestershire.

"In 1927 he was appointed to the living of Ashford near Ludlow, in South Shropshire, where he spent the remainder of his long life. During that time he served the Shropshire Chess Association as Secretary, Treasurer, Captain, and President. To get together a county team in a large rural area with few centres of population, for a match a considerable distance away, was not easy at a time when private cars were not so plentiful as they are now. When the inevitable time for retirement came, his services were in part recognized by making him Honorary Life President of the Association.

"From 1921 to 1956 he spent almost every annual holiday at the British Chess Congress.

"He played in the first class and won first prize in his section in 1931, second in 1935, and shared second prize on five other occasions. In 1928, 1929, and 1932 he was promoted to the Major Open class. In 1929 he missed a win in the ending but obtained a draw against Dr. Vajda, who tied with Dr. Seitz for first place.

"In 1935 he arranged a Monday to Friday tournament for thirty-two players in the beautiful surroundings of Ludlow. It was an ideal holiday for chess-players, especially for those from London and other large towns. At the end of the week he was overwhelmed with thanks for the holiday, and congratulations on the smooth running of the congress. Two years later he repeated the experiment with like success.

"His old friends and fellow chess-players will long remember his personal charm; and the people of Ashford will not soon forget their old vicar. - W. R. G." [these initials suggest that the BCM obituarist was Rev. William Rawson Greenhalgh (1883-1972), who played for Cambridge in the 1904, 1905, 1905 Varsity matches and was the Rev. Arthur Lacy Hulbert's county colleague in Shropshire for many years - JS]

Robert George Hunt (abt 1853, USA - 14 July 1936). Merton College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1879, 1880. Clergyman, born Stanley, Rupert's Land, USA. http://www.historywebsite.co.uk/genealogy/KennethHunt/chapter1.htm - "... father, Robert George Hunt, came from the town of Stanley in the United States, and was the son of the Reverend R. Hunt who was a missionary amongst the Red Indian tribes of the North West States. Although he had spent several years training for a position in the London Stock Exchange, he was ordained into Holy Orders in London in 1876. He had been a priest for eight years by the time [his son] Kenneth was born. He had gained an Honours Degree in Humanities at Merton College, Oxford in 1879 and had been a curate at St. Mary's Church, Hornsea Rise, near London between 1879 and 1881. At the time of his son's birth Robert Hunt had been seconded from mainstream Parish life to become the "Distribution Secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society", a position he held until 1893. The family was living in Oxford ... Robert had been establishing an administrative base for the Bible Society in the town, which would cover the southern part of the English Midlands. He also took the opportunity whilst in Oxford to convert his Bachelor's Degree to a "Masters". After four years as Vicar of St Matthew's, Islington, Robert moved with his [family] to take up the "living" at St. Mark's Church, Chapel Ash in Wolverhampton." RG Hunt's son Kenneth won an FA Cup winner's medal with Wolves in 1908.

Leonard Illingworth (16 July 1882 - 22 July 1954). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1907 and 1908.

BCM, Sept 1954, p289: "Leonard Illingworth, musician, linguist, bee-keeper, and chess-player, died in hospital at Cambridge, aged seventy-two, on July 22nd [1954], after a long illness. He was a Yorkshire man, born at Bradford. His musical studies resulted in an open scholarship at the Royal College of Music. Later he went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, and took his degree in modern languages. He played on Board 1 against Oxford in 1907 and 1908, drawing against H. J. Rose and N. J. Roughton. He was a regular competitor at chess congresses, appearing once in the British Championship, and on one occasion winning his section of the Major Open. He had been President of the Cambridgeshire County Chess Association, of the Cambridge Chess League, and of the Deaf Chess Club. He did much to spread a knowledge of chess among the deaf and dumb and among the young. In 1922 he settled at Foxton, a village near Cambridge, and started and developed a large apiary. He became Secretary of the Apis Club, and attended bee-keepers' congresses abroad. A keen churchman, he was for many years churchwarden of Foxton parish, and at times emergency organist. R.I.P. - B. G[oulding]. B[rown].

To the foregoing tribute, may we add a few words on Mr. Illingworth's services to correspondence chess. As a correspondence player he was in the first flight, as past victories in the B.C.C.A. Championship will testify. But he was also that rara avis who put back into the game much of what he took out. An active President of the British Correspondence Chess Championship for nine years, he also acted as Best Games Secretary; his services were also in constant demand as an adjudicator. Yet it was in a unique way that he left his mark, for on his own initiative he devised a correspondence course of instruction in chess. Pupils were also encouraged to send in their games for annotation and those who have experience in annotating games for weaker players will know the amount of work involved. From his work in this connection the Association profited by entry fees; the pupils profited by gaining an insight into the theory of the game; and we feel sure the instructor profited by the knowledge that he was helping others the better to enjoy and appreciate the game he loved so well himself. - S. S[edgwick]

Edward Mackenzie Jackson (27 July 1867 - 6 March 1959¶). New College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1888, 1889, 1890. (¶ Gaige's Chess Personalia (1st ed. 1987) gives the d.o.b as 27-5-1867 and the d.o.d. as 14-3-1959. However, on the 1939 Census the d.o.b. looks more like 27 July 1867 and the probate record shows the d.o.d. as 6 March 1959.) Profession solicitor.

BCM, May 1959, p137-138: "A Great and Modest Player – In the first Anglo-American cable match, 1896, Great Britain was represented by J. H. Blackburne, Amos Burn, H. E. Bird, S. Tinsley, C. D. Locock, D. Y. Mills, H. E. Atkins, and E. M. Jackson (defeated D. G. Baird). With the death of Edward Mackenzie Jackson, at the ninety-two, the last link with that historic occasion has been broken, a link indeed with a distant and romantic age. Jackson played in the six cable matches scoring +4 (including a win from Frank Marshall), = 1, and — 1, the best score of any British player.

"He went from Winchester to New College, Oxford. He won his four games for the University against Cambridge, taking top board in 1890. Following this he soon established himself as one of the leading London players, winning in turn the championships of both the Metropolitan and the St. George’s clubs.

"Then, at the height of his powers, he abandoned chess completely to pursue his profession as a solicitor. He retired to Bexhill in 1929, and joined both the Bexhill and Hasting clubs. He won the Championship of Hastings C.C. eleven times, including two hat-tricks with the last victory when he was over eighty. The famous club presented him with an illuminated address in 1956.

"In 1932, a veteran of sixty-five, he played in the British Championship, and astonished the chess world by leading the field at the end of the first week among his victories being those over Sultan Khan and Sir George Thomas, but he tired in the second week and finished unplaced.

"Other victims during the course of his long career included Mieses, Yates, Koltanowski, Blackburne, Burn, Stoltz, Pirc, and Noteboom.

"The man behind these achievements was modest and unassuming, a model of chess deportment with no mannerisms, and equally unperturbed by either defeat or victory. He was a disciple of the Steinitz school, but he could equally well break out in the true spirit of the gambit and revel in an orgy of sacrificial combinations. This is well revealed in the following game."

"We acknowledge our indebtedness to Mr. Frank Rhoden’s appreciation of his friend in the Hastings and St. Leonards Observer.—D. J. M[organ]."


Brian Denman, Hastings CC website: "Winner of the [Hastings] club championship 11 times in 1924, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948. He was a very talented player who won the Hastings CC Championship several times. All of these wins were achieved when he was of an age when some players would be thinking of retiring. He seemed to generally enjoy exceptional health and to look younger than his years... In 1881 he played for the St Georges CC in London against the City of London CC and won both of his games... In 1892 and 1893 he won the prestigious Lowenthal Cup at the St Georges CC. In 1895-96 he played matches against Teichmann and Herbert Jacobs and lost both of them convincingly, but he was selected to represent Great Britain in the cable match against USA in 1896. He played in these matches every year until 1901 and one year defeated the formidable American player, Frank Marshall. Some time in the early years of the twentieth century he gave up regular competitive chess and concentrated on his profession as a solicitor.

"He started to play regularly again in about 1924. He joined the Bexhill and Hastings chess clubs and in the Hastings and St Leonards Observer of 21.6.1924 it was reported that he had given a 16 board simultaneous to what seemed to be mainly Hastings CC players, winning 6, drawing 8 and losing only 2 games. One of his opponents was J A J Drewitt, with whom he drew.

"In the McArthur Cup there were rules up to the 1960s which placed restricitions on who could participate. Jackson was permitted to play for Bexhill (for whom he was to became the president) even though he was in the first class as a player. However, Brighton and Hastings were not allowed to field 'first-class' players in the competition and Jackson would not have been able to play for Hastings. It could be argued that this was unfair and it gave Bexhill something of an advantage.

"Jackson played a number of times in the Hastings congresses and in the 1931-32 and 1932-33 seasons he participated in the prestigious Premier event. In 1932 he competed in the British Championship and made an excellent start. Perhaps he tired in the later rounds, but his win over Mir Sultan Khan in the competition was a superb result.

"As he grew older, he continued to play a good game. In 1953 he fell seriously ill and had to withdraw from the Hastings CC Championship. However, he got over this and resumed his chess. It has been written that he once played on board 7 for Sussex at the age of 91. It would seem, however, that this statement is not quite exact. He did play for Sussex v Kent on board 7 on 3.11.1956 in a match at Hastings, but he would then have been a mere 89! He died on 6.3.1959 in Bexhill at the age of 91 (N.B. some versions state that he was 92, but this would appear to be wrong).

Joseph Jacobs (29 August 1854 - 30 January 1916). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1875. Born in Sydney, NSW, Australia, died in Yonkers, New York, USA. Historian and folklorist. Published his English fairy tale collections: English Fairy Tales in 1890 and More English Fairy Tales in 1893, but also went on after and in between both books to publish fairy tales collected from continental Europe as well as Jewish, Celtic and Indian fairytales which made him one of the most popular writers of fairytales for the English language. Wikipedia. Biography on Joseph Jacobs from the Jewish Lives Project. Article on chess from the 1906 Jewish Encyclopaedia which Jacobs co-authored.

William Henry Mudge Jennings (26 September 1856 - 18 March 1881). Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1878. Schoolmaster. Alumni Cantabrigienses: "Adm. pens. at CORPUS CHRISTI, Oct. 4, 1875. Of Southampton. [3rd s. of the Rev. Peter Harnett (1839), R. of Longfield, Kent. B. Sept. 26, 1856.] Bapt. Nov. 14, 1856, at All Saints', Southampton. Schools, Norwich and Rochester Grammar. Matric. Michs. 1875; Scholar, 1877; B.A. 1879. Mathematical master at Bath Grammar School, 1880-1. Died there Mar. 18, 1881. Brother of Harnett E. (1868) and Courtenay B. (1881). (H. E. Jennings; Rochester Sch. Reg.)"

Hugo Boyes Johnson (Apr/May/Jun 1925 - 11 January 2016). Pembroke College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1945. Director of Scottish Provident Ireland Ltd in 1986. Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (1955).

David Le Brun Jones (born 1923). Trinity College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1946, 1947, and the unofficial Varsity match of 1942. Regularly attends Varsity chess matches as a spectator (present in 2018). Made a short speech at the 2007 dinner, mentioning his 1942, 1946 and 1947 appearances. David Jones was a code-breaker at Bletchley Park during the war. Between Autumn 1943 and July 1945 he had been in Block F, working on Japanese Army and Air Force codes.

Who's Who: Senior civil servant. CB 1975; Director, Long Term Office, International Energy Agency, 1982-88. Educ: City of London Sch.; Trinity Coll., Oxford. Work: Asst Principal, Min. of Power, 1947; Principal, MOP, 1952; Asst Sec., Office of the Minister for Science, 1962; Asst Sec., MOP, 1963; Under-Sec., MOP, later Min. of Technology and DTI, 1968-73; Dep. Sec., DTI, later DoI, 1973-76; Cabinet Office, 1976-77; Dept of Energy, 1978-82. Trustee, Nat. Energy Foundn, 1989-99.

John Edwin Jones (12 March 1922 - 7 May 1994). Hertford College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1946, 1947. Known as 'Eddy. Won scholarship from Wolverhampton Grammar School to read Classics at Oxford. War service in Tank Regiment. Completed degree after the war, taught at St Chad's Choir School, Lichfield. Active in Staffordshire chess, late 1940s. Moved to Devon in 1951, teaching at King Edward VI School, Totnes, restarted the Totnes CC. Chess columnist for Western Morning News. Chess administrator for local clubs and Devon county for many years. Moved to Didsbury, Manchester, in 1966, to lecture at the local teacher training college. Cheshire delegate to NCCU. On retirement in 1977, returned to Totnes. Peak BCF/ECF grade was 3b, equivalent to 201-208. Comprehensive biography at Chess Devon (n.b. via Wayback Machine - may load slowly)

Efric Leofwin Kearney (31 August 1856 - 29 November 1913). St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1877. Schoolmaster, educational administrator & examiner, Esperantist.

Alumni Cantabrigienses: "Adm. scholar at St. Catharine's, July 10, 1875. S. of the Rev. John Batchelor [and Ellen Wells]. B. Aug. 31, 1856, at Wimbledon, Surrey. School, Christ's Hospital. Matric. Michs. 1875; B.A. 1879; M.A. 1882. Clerk in the Civil Service Commission, 1878-81. Assistant Master at Melbourne Grammar School, Australia; at the Scotch College, Melbourne; at Ballarat Grammar School, 1882-8. Examiner for the Civil Service Commission and Scotch Education Dept., 1888-1904. Greatly interested in Esperanto, and author of a number of translations into that language [including Alice in Wonderland - JS]. Resided latterly at Putney. Died suddenly Nov. 29, 1913. (Christ's Hospital Exhibitioners; The Times, Dec. 3, 1913.)"

John Neville Keynes (31 August 1852 - 15 November 1949). Pembroke College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878. Economist and father of John Maynard Keynes (whom he outlived). Educated at Amersham Hall School, University College London and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he became a fellow in 1876. Lectureship, Moral Sciences (1883-1911). Wikipedia. The following is a mate in 4 composed by Keynes, published in the City of London Chess magazine in 1874.

Edward Herring Kinder (5 July 1856 - 25 October 1938). Brasenose College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881 and 1882. Clergyman, schoolmaster. See his Chess Reminiscences, published in 1932 in BCM.

Obituary, BCM, Dec 1938, p543: "Edward Herring Kinder b 5 July 1856 (Lumb, Lancashire), d 25 October 1938 (Reedham, Norfolk) The Rev. E. H. Kinder died on October 25th at Reedham, Norfolk, at the age of 82. He was for 34 years Rector of Kirby Bedon, and formerly Headmaster of St. Ives Grammar School, Hunts. Edward Herring Kinder was born on July 5th, 1856, at Lumb-in-Rossendale, Lancashire, and at the age of 12 learned chess from his father. He was educated at Norwich School and Brasenose College, Oxford, becoming President of Oxford University Chess Club in 1879. His chief contemporaries and opponents then were Rev. C. E. Ranken, Sir Walter Parratt, and Signor Aspa. He played regularly for Norfolk at one of the top boards for a large number of years with great success, but excelled at correspondence play. His hobby other than chess was cultivating roses. He held the appointments of Commissioner of Taxes at Norfolk; Chairman of School Management; Member of Norwich Diocesan Dilapidations Board and Diocesan Lecture Association. He published a nice descriptive little book on Kirby Bedon in 1924."

Alumni Oxonienses: 2 s. Ralph [Kinder], of Lumb in Rossendale, Lancs., cler. Brasenose College, 14 Oct 1876, aged 20, B.A. 1880, M.A. 1883, head-master of St. Ives' School.

Francis Ernest Appleyard Kitto (3 February 1915 – 28 November 1964). King's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937. (His photo appears on the 1937 Varsity match page) Known as "Frank". Notable player in the west of England from the 1930s to the 1960s. At the 1938 BCF Major Open, he finished 1st= with Dr. Seitz. Bomber pilot during the war. In 1948 shared 1st place with Max Euwe in the Plymouth International, ahead of William Winter, Dr. List, ARB Thomas, etc. Played for Great Britain in the 1948 match versus the Netherlands, scoring ½/2 vs van Steenis. Won the West of England Championship twice, in 1951 (shared with Ron Bruce) and 1955 (outright). In 1955 he also won his club and county championships, and finished first in the Paignton Premier. Biography, Pioneers of Devon Chess (accessed via Wayback machine - may load slowly)

Arthur Percival Lacy Hulbert - see Arthur Percival Lacy Hulbert

Basil Vivian Landau (May 1925 - 18 July 2017). Queens' College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1945. Lecturer in mathematics, Salford University. Director of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, peace activist. Educ. Highbury County School, Highbury Grove, London; while evacuated to the Midsomer Norton County Secondary School in 1942, won an Open Exhibition in mathematics at Queens', Cambridge. Played for Papua New Guinea in the Chess Olympiad of 1984: board six, scored +1, =2, -5. Played at Paignton, 2005, still in the English (ECF) grading list in 2010.

Thomas Anselm Landry (19 August 1935 - 11 January 1996). Pembroke College, Oxford. Varsity match 1955. Tom Landry was a noted draughts/checkers player, who held the record for winning the London Championship 11 times in all and also the 1983 Northern Ireland Championship. He was president of the English Draughts Association and personally financed (and played in) the 1973 Great Britain vs America draughts match. Authored books on the subject. He was a stockbroker and insurance consultant.

Richard Shermer Lankester (8 February 1922—15 July 2018). Jesus College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1946, 1947, and the unofficial Varsity match of 1942. Former Officer of the House of Commons (Telegraph death notice). 1966 photo of him as a House of Commons official. Attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, where he played chess and cricket and attended concerts with his father, a music publisher. He arrived at Jesus in Trinity 1941 to read a shortened course in Modern History, and obtained a First in his Part I exams in Trinity 1942. He spent the rest of the war with the Royal Artillery, serving in North Africa and Italy, returning to Jesus to graduate in 1947. 1947-87, career in Westminster – served in the Department of the Clerk of the House of Commons, co-edited The Table 1962-67, and worked in Strasbourg for the Council of Europe. In 1967 he was Clerk to the Committee investigating the Torrey Canyon disaster. He was successively Clerk of Standing Committees (1973-75), Clerk of Expenditure Committee (1975-79), and Clerk of Committees (1979-87). He established a system of departmental select committees for scrutinising the expenditure, administration, and policy of government departments, which was agreed by the House of Commons in June 1979. He established the Register of Members’ interests and was Registrar 1974- 87. (Jesus College Oxford, Alumni Magazine 2018)

Raymond Mortimer Latham (18 June 1857 - 28 November 1939). Varsity match 1877. Exeter College, Oxford. Schoolmaster. Census 1911, 2 Princes Road, Wimbledon, assistant master in public school, married Elizabeth [1887], four chn. all alive 1911 and living with him. Member of Battersea CC, 1890s, played for Surrey county.

Alumni Cantabrigienses: "LATHAM, Raymond Mortimer, 1s. Mortimer Thomas [LATHAM] of Coningsby, co. Lincoln - Exeter College, matric. 15 May 1875, aged 17; B.A. & M.A. 1882. See Coll. Reg. 168."

Edward Lawton (1 January 1873 - 21 April 1902). Corpus Christi, Oxford. Varsity matches 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897. Educ. Manchester Grammar School. B.A. (1895?). Naval Instructor, RN, HMS Royal Sovereign. (Death notice, Manchester Evening News, 23 April 1902). Born and died in Manchester.

Oxford Alumni: "Lawton, Edward, born at Manchester 1 Jan., 1873; 3s. Edward, accountant. Corpus Christi, matric. 18 Oct., 92, aged 19, from Manchester gr. school."

PWS, p16: "My fond hopes of winning the championship of the O.U.Ch.C. at my first attempt were disappointed. I did not do so, in fact, until in 1893-4. But I got into the team in my first year, and held in succession the posts of honorary secretary, treasurer, and president. The chapter on 'Oxford and Cambridge Chess' gives sufficient details of my Oxford chess career, such as it was. I may mention that, when I won the club championship in 1891, I was of the opinion that E. Lawton, from Manchester, was really stronger than myself, and therefore, as president, played him above me in the 1895 match. Lawton, unhappily, died a very premature death. Otherwise he undoubtedly would have made for himself a fine reputation at the game."

Arthur Herbert Leahy (25 May 1857 - 16 May 1928). Pembroke College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1879. Mathematics professor, writer.

Who's Who: "Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Sheffield; b Corfu, 25 May 1857; e s of late Col Arthur Leahy, RE, Flesk, Killarney, and Harriet, d of B. M. Tabuteau, Dublin; m 1913, Margaret, o d of W. J. Chichele Nourse; one s one d. Educ: Temple Grove; Uppingham; Trinity College, Dublin; Pembroke College, Cambridge. BA as 9th Wrangler, and 3rd class Class. Tripos, 1881; MA 1884. Work: Instructor, RMA, Woolwich, 1882-83; Mathematical Master, Bradfield College, 1883-85; Fellow of Pembroke College, 1887; Bursar, 1888-92; Mathematical Lecturer, 1887-92; Professor of Mathematics in the University of Sheffield, and in Firth College, Sheffield, 1892-1922; Dean of Faculty of Pure Science, 1905-11, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1919-22; Public Orator, 1912-22. President of Sheffield Literary and Philosophical Society, 1909; Vice-President Section A, British Association, 1910. Publications: papers on oscillatory actions in ether, on functions connected with spherical harmonics, and other mathematical subjects; The Courtship of Ferb, 1902; Heroic Romances of Ireland, 1905. Recreation: Ancient Irish Literature. Address: Flesk, 3 Goda Road, Littlehampton, Sussex. Died 16 May 1928."

Clifford Leak (3 February 1921 - 26 February 1987). Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1939, 1947 and also the unofficial 1940 and 1941 matches. Educ. Liverpool Institute in the 1930s (captain of their chess team), won an open scholarship in Classics to Corpus Christi and was with Intelligence Corps during WW2. Played on a high board for Lancashire in the early 1950s.

Henry Lee (20 July 1854 - 20 December 1883). Worcester College, Oxford. Varsity match 1878. Medical student. [Times gives college as 'Brasenose', Gaige gives 'Worcester'.]

Alumni Oxonienses: "Lee, Henry, 1s. Henry of London, gent. Worcester College, matric. 26 April 1873, aged 18."

BCM, 1884, p45: "With one accord the Chess organs have united in deploring the untimely death of Mr. Henry Lee, jun. We have left the task of describing his Chess career to an Oxford contemporary who knew him, both then and since, far more intimately than we did. But we cannot forbear to add our own testimony to the skill he had already attained, his still higher promise, and our liking for him personally. W. W. [W Wayte] There is a melancholy satisfaction, when death has robbed us of a friend, in telling others of all that was best about him; and I gladly avail myself of the opportunity afforded me by the Editor of the British Chess Magazine to say a few words in memory of Henry Lee, whose unexpected and untimely end on the 20th of December last cast a general gloom over the circle of the Chess world in which he was known. His constitution, never very stable, had been much shaken of late by severe heart disease but he was in good spirits and fairly good health when symptoms of blood-poisoning suddenly manifested themselves. He was at once removed to his father's house where he became rapidly worse, and he expired after an illness of only ten days at the early age of 29. Henry Lee was born on the 20th of July 1854. He was educated at Uppingham and Oxford, and played twice in the annual Inter-University Chess Match [no - just the once - JS]. On leaving the University he became a student at St. George's Hospital, and shortly afterwards joined the St. George's Chess Club, where he became known as a very promising player. His studies were, however, much interfered with by the delicate state of his health, and towards the end of 1879 he was obliged to go abroad to recruit. After an absence of rather more than a year he returned to London and to work. His taste and capacity for Chess had lost nothing during his travels, and he renewed his membership of the St. George's Club and competed with Messrs. Minchin and Wayte for the Lowenthal Challenge Cup in the spring of 1882. He shortly afterwards left the Club in order to devote himself more exclusively to his medical studies; but at the London Chess Congress of last year he again entered the lists, and bore off the 9th prize in the Vizayanagaram Tournament. Just before his fatal illness, Mr. Lee had engaged in the City of London Club Handicap of 100 players divided into 10 sections, and had won the prize in his own section, scoring I believe all his nine games. It was generally expected that, in playing off the final rounds among the 10 prize-winners, he would carry off the first prize: he had been rather lightly handicapped, probably by players who did not know how much he had improved of late. Mr. Lee was of a generous and impulsive disposition, which earned him a few foes and many friends. He spoke with intelligence on subjects of which he had a knowledge, and showed a commendable and not very common reticence as to those with which he was not conversant. His society was always cheerful and often amusing. As a Chess-player he belonged to the school of dash and brilliancy; fertile in devices, and impetuous in assault, he was a formidable opponent to any player; and, but for a certain impatience in positions requiring caution and an apparently unconquerable hankering after elegant but not always sound "traps" he would probably have found his way to the front rank of English amateurs. Chess has lost in him a votary second to few in skill and to none in enthusiasm, and those to whom he had attached himself are deprived of a warm-hearted and sincere friend. W. M. G." [WM Gattie]

Lionel William Pelling Lewis (12 November 1871 - 2 August 1945). Peterhouse, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1893, 1894. Educ. University College School, London & King Edward School, Birmingham. B.A., 1894; M.A., 1904. Schoolmaster and author of text books on Classics. Some chess activity in Wales in 1903 (finished 2nd to AW Daniel in a Cardiff tournament, February 1903). Played for Bradford CC in the Woodhouse Cup, 1906. Also a keen golfer.

Cambridge Alumni: Lewis, Lionel William Pelling. Adm. pens. at PETERHOUSE, Oct. 16, 1890. S. of J. F., Esq. B. Nov. 12, 1871, in London. Schools, Bedford Grammar and [University College School, and] King Edward's, Birmingham. Matric. Michs. 1891; Scholar, 1891; B.A. 1894; M.A. 1904. Assistant Master at Newport, Mon., Intermediate School, in 1903. Senior Classical Master at Bradford Grammar School, 1903-30. Sometime a master at Bishop's Stortford College. Author, classical text-books. F.R.A.S. Died Aug. 2, 1945, at Exmouth. (T. A. Walker, 617; Schoolmasters' Directories; The Times, Aug. 6, 1945.)

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Tuesday 07 August 1945, page 3: "Mr. Lionel William Pelling (Tock¶) Lewis. a former master at Bradford Grammar School, has died in an Exmouth Nursing Home, aged 73. A Londoner by birth, he was educated at University College School, London, King Edward School, Birmingham, and Peterhouse College [sic], Cambridge, where he obtained a degree in classics. Joining the staff of Bradford Grammar School as classical master in 1902, he was for some 10 years before his retirement in 1929 senior classical master and form master of the Classical Sixth. As housemaster of the Red House, he took a keen interest in all forms of school sports. An excellent golfer, he was at one time captain of Bradford Golf Club.

"Shortly after the last war. he organised and ran a Summer School for Latin teachers at Ilkley for two years, under the Board of Education, and was the joint author of at least two standard text-books. Work on the first of these—a Latin textbook—was started while he was still at Bradford; the second—a companion volume on Greek—was completed after his retirement, an occasion marked by a presentation from the school. A bachelor, he had since lived in Cornwall."

(Page 2 of the same issue of the newspaper): "To many men whose school curriculum included Latin the names 'Lewis and Goddard' mean the text book which guided their faltering footsteps through the intricacies of Latin grammar. But to those who passed through the Bradford Grammar School during the first, quarter of the century Mr. L. W. P. Lewis, whose death is announced, was much more than the author of a text-book. In the years in which he was senior classical master at Bradford [Grammar School] he was a personal friend to generations of boys. 'He made them work,' one I who knew him well told me yesterday, 'but they liked him. They were always imitating him, quoting his pet phrases and talking about him in the familiar way in which schoolboys usually talk about a master who is popular.' He was a man of many interests, but he gave much of his life to the school and is still held in affectionate memory. It has been suggested to me that the late Humbert Wolfe was one of his pupils, but if so it can only have been for a short time. I knew Wolfe well at one time and he would, I think, be leaving school for the university about the year when Mr. Lewis went to Bradford."

(¶ "Tock" was his school nickname. One of his pupils was Denis Healey, who commented in the Independent in 2009: "The man who first gave me my love for the classics was 'Tock' Lewis, who taught me when I was 12. He retired to Cornwall with his sister after my first year of Greek, and I spent a week or two every summer there. In the end, I realised that his interest in me was not purely intellectual, but he didn't get anywhere with me.")

Stephen Hubert Llewellyn-Smith (1912-1996). New College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1933, 1934, 1935. BA, BM, BCh Oxon (1938), MRCP (1946), FRCP (1965). GP with an interest in neurology based in Lewisham, South London. Educated at Winchester College. 1940 joined the RAMC - medical officer, 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. (Summarised from the full RCP biography.) The biography mentions his interest in chess but no further chess-related biographical info found as yet.

Antony Charles Lloyd (15 July 1916 - 17 December 1994). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1936, 1937. Professor of philosophy. Known as "Tony". Born into a family that was part of the Fabian circle (including the Webbs, Bernard Shaw, HG Wells and Maynard Keynes). British Academy article. Private schooling, followed by Shrewsbury, exhibition to read 'Greats' (classics) at Balliol. After Oxford, lectured in Philosophy at Edinburgh. WW2 service, tank commander in Italy. In 1946 lecturer in logic at St Andrews. Professor of philosophy at Liverpool University, 1957. Elected Senior Fellow of the British Academy in 1992. Author of The Anatomy of Neoplatonism (Clarendon Press).

John William Lord (27 July 1851 - 4 September 1883). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1876. Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Gold Medalist of London University, Fellow Of University College, London. Buried at Ipswich. Father Isaac was a baptist minister, Handsworth, Staffs, in 1871.

Alumni Cantabrigienses: "Adm. pens. at Trinity, Jan. 23, 1871. S. of Isaac, of Trinity Road, Birmingham. B. 1851, at Ipswich. [Schools, Cambridge House, Birmingham and Amersham, Reading]; and at University College, London. (B.A. 1870; M.A. 1874). Matric. Michs. 1871; Scholar, 1872-6; B.A. (Senior Wrangler) 1875; M.A. 1878. Fellow, 1876-81. Lived at Davos. Died Sept. 4, 1883, at Clarens (Switzerland) (Boase, II. 496; Cambridge Review, v.3; The Guardian, Sept. 12, 1883.)"

Froilán Pindaro Ludueña (18 August 1906 – June 1982). Exeter College, Oxford. Varsity match 1936. Pharmacologist and doctor. Research assistant in pharmacology, Stamford University. Born in Santa Fe, Argentina, eventually settled in the USA and naturalised American citizen in 1953. Died in Albany, New York.

Charles Cotterill Lynam (15 June 1858 - 27 October 1938). Hertford College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1881, 1883. See also the record for his younger brother Roger Garner Lynam.

DNB: "headmaster... was born ... in Stoke-on-Trent, the eldest of fourteen children, ... of Charles Lynam (1829–1921), architect, and his wife, Lucy Emma... educated at King William's College, Isle of Man... Here he first developed his love for the sea, which influenced so much of his later life.

"After leaving school Lynam spent a short time in his father's office. In 1879 he won a mathematics scholarship to Hertford College, Oxford, and was awarded a second in mathematical moderations (1880) and a third class in mathematics (1882). He was a radical and something of an agnostic, and read a long paper on the evils of war at the Union Society at a time when such views were certainly not popular. Meanwhile his passion for sailing was developing by cruising and sailing on the inland waters of the Thames. His chief activity, however, was rugby football. He played for the university for three years, being a three-quarter in the renowned fifteen captained by Harry (Jugs) Vassall. Unfortunately he suffered damage to a knee which left him with a permanent slight limp.

"In 1882 Lynam was appointed assistant master at the Oxford preparatory school in Crick Road, founded as a day school in 1877. In 1886 he became headmaster and in 1895 moved the school into premises designed by his father in Bardwell Road, where it became known as the Dragon School... Lynam became renowned for his ‘advanced’ views. In 1893 he was a founder member of the Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) and first editor of the Preparatory Schools Review. As chairman of the IAPS in 1908, and again in 1921, he made an inspired plea for a wider cultivation of a liberal humanism by all teachers of youth, actively encouraging originality in boys and affording them every opportunity to discover and develop their own interest and genius. He was also a strong supporter of co-education, and his daughter was the first girl to enter the school.

"As a yachtsman Lynam had a touch of genius. His cruises in Blue Dragon I, II, and III up the west coast of Scotland and across the North Sea to Norway and the North Cape became legendary. In recognition of the latter, a distance of 1387 miles, he was awarded the challenge cup of the Royal Cruising Club.

"In 1885 Lynam married Catherine Alice (1865–1957), daughter of James Hall of Kynsal Lodge, Audlem, Cheshire. They had one son and one daughter. After his retirement in 1920 he continued his travels around the world, and on board the MV Alcinous, bound for Australia, he died on 27 October 1938, and was buried at sea (lat. 37° 13' N, long. 11° 107' E).


BCM, December 1938, p543-544: "Oxford University chess of the past has suffered another loss, closely following upon the death of E. B. Osborn. On October 27th [1938] there died at sea Charles Cotterill Lynam, aged 80. It was in 1881 that C. C. Lynam, of Hertford, first represented Oxford against Cambridge. He did not play in the following year, but in 1883 he reappeared in the team, and at the bottom board scored a win and a draw against the well-known H. G. Gwinner, of Trinity, Cambridge. A younger brother, R. G. Lynam, was an Oxford representative in 1891-2-3-4, being President of the University Club in his third year.

I well remember both the Lynams, “the Skipper” and “the Doctor,” as they were familiarly called in my early chess days at Oxford; for the elder brother frequently visited the club and gave us the benefit of his play, while R.G. was still in residence and an active member. C.C. had the additional fame of having been a Rugby football Blue, who played for three years in Vassall’s celebrated team. He was also Headmaster of a preparatory school in the Crick Road, Oxford [Dragon School, Oxford: CC Lynam was headmaster from 1886 to 1920 - JS]; though we did not realise it at the time, a very famous school, to which and its head, The Times obituary notice, last month did full justice. But his nickname, “Skipper,” gives the clue to the greatest of his hobbies, yachting—not racing, but cruising, his best known yacht being his Blue Dragon, of which he published a log-book in 1904. It was appropriate that he should die on the sea, of which he was so fond.

His profession as a schoolmaster, which he took very seriously, and his devotion to his yachts, left “Skipper” Lynam little leisure for chess as time went on, and I do not know how long ago he may have given up active practice of the game. But he was certainly very fond of it when first our paths crossed." P[hilip]. W[alsingham]. S[ergeant].

Robert Garner Lynam (15 August 1859 - 8 December 1922). St Catherine's College¶, Oxford. Varsity matches 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894. Educ. King William's College, Isle of Man; King's College, London. Lic. Soc. Apoth. Lond., 1882. Mem. R. Coll. Surg. Eng.,1882. M.B. Univ. Lond., 1884. Doctor based in Oxford during WW1, later Captain. (Medical Register). ¶ JS comment: given Lynam's age, the fact that he was already a qualified doctor working in various parts of the country during the 1880s and the alumni record referring to him as 'non-collegiate', his eligibility to play in the match looks questionable. However, St Catherine's College [Society], Oxford, was founded for the purpose of registering non-collegiate students. See the St Catherine's College history.

See also the record for his older brother Charles Cotterill Lynam which appears immediately above.

Oxford Alumni: "Lynam, Robert Garner, born at Stoke-on-Trent, co[unty]. Stafford, 15 Aug., 1859; 2s[on of]. Charles, architect. NON-COLLEGIATE, matric. 11 Oct., 1890, aged 31, from K. William coll., I.M., and King's coll., Lond."

Arnold Charles Lynch (1914-2004). Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1935. English engineer, known for his work on an optical tape reader which was used in the construction of the Colossus, the first electronic computer, at Bletchley Park. His work was crucial in the cracking of the Fish code, an exceptionally complex teleprinter cypher used by the German High Command in WW2. Educ. Dame Alice Owen's School, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. Worked for many years at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington. Wikipedia. Times obit. Article on his Bletchley Park codebreaking activity. Played for GPO HQ in the Civil Service League and also for Hampstead CC. Won the Major B section at Margate 1939.

Falconer Madan (15 April 1851 - 22 May 1935). Brasenose College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1873, 1874. Librarian of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University (1912-1919, succeeded Edward Nicholson). Fellow, Brasenose (1875-80). Wikipedia.

Charles Scott Malden (17 April 1858 - 4 September 1896). Trinity College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1878, 1879 and 1880. Schoolmaster. Headmaster of Windlesham School, Isle of Wight.

Alumni Oxonienses: "elder son, Henry Charles [Malden], of Brighton, arm. Trinity College, matric 14 Oct 1876, aged 18, B.A. 1880, M.A. 1883."

Francis Henry Charles Marriott (1926-2012). Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1946, 1947, 1948. Educ. Charterhouse, matric. Emmanuel 1944 (maths), Diploma in Agricultural Science (1948), assistant lecturer, later lecturer, at Aberdeen University, and obtained a doctorate there in 1951, research post in the Department of Physiology, Oxford (1955-69), lectureship in the Department of Biomathematics, Oxford, with an associated Fellowship at Wolfson College. Keen chess and bridge player, the latter with his wife, Catherine (née Broadfoot), whom he married in 1946 and who predeceased him in 1990. (Journal of the Royal Statistical Society 2012) Played three times in the Scottish Chess Championship: in 1949 he scored 1/5 (Chess Scotland - including a photo); in 1955, 3/7 (Chess Scotland), and in 1964, scoring 3/9 (Chess Scotland).

John Harley Mason - recorded as John Harley-Mason.

Robert (Robin) Charles Oliver Matthews (16 June 1927 - 19 June 2010). Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1946, 1947, the unofficial match of 1945, and the notable Oxford University vs Bletchley match of 1944. Economist and chess problemist. Wikipedia. Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Professor of Political Economy at Oxford from 1965 to 1975, Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge from 1980 to 1991, Master of Clare College, Cambridge from 1975 to 1993. Wrote two books on chess problems: Chess Problems: Introduction to an art (with M Lipton and JM Rice), 1963; and Mostly Three-Movers: Collected Chess Problems 1939-1993, Feenschach-Phénix, Aachen, 1995.

Thomas Hughes Delabere May (8 March 1852 - 5 December 1942). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1874, 1875, 1876. Entered: Michs. 1870, pens. at Trinity, July 9, 1870. S. of Thomas, of Grove House, Durdham Down, Clifton, near Bristol. B. Mar. 8, 1852, at Sonning, Berks. School, Clifton College. Matric. Michs. 1870; B.A. 1875; M.A. 1879. Of Somerset Place, Bath. Translated Virgil's Aeneid, 1902. Died Dec. 5, 1942. (The Times, Dec. 12, 1942; Clifton Coll. Reg.)

Eric Leslie Mellersh (3 November 1891 - 5 December 1976). Selwyn College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1912. Schoolmaster. Born London, died Minehead, Somerset.

https://www.geni.com/people/Eric-Mellersh/295958782920005450: "Eric was brought up at 34 Nicoll Road, Harlesden, London NW, and in St Alban's, Hertfordshire - initially at "Sherley," Clarence Road, then "Bridlemere," also in Clarence Road. For secondary schooling, from abt 1904 to abt 1909, he went to Berkhamstead School. He went to Cambridge University (Selwyn College), from abt 1909 to 1912, starting off studying maths but apparently later changing to geography. Eric became a teacher in 1912, teaching at: Rossall School, Yorkshire; St Saviour's, Ardingly, Sussex; and Monmouth Grammar School. He was an army officer from 11 December 1916 (from Officers Cadet Unit to 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) - ref: London Gazette, 20 Dec 1916, Supplement, page 12428) to about 1919 in the Royal Garrison Artillery (58th Army Brigade). On 24 January 1917 he entered the theatre of war. In 1918 Eric was mentioned in dispatches, as Lt (A./Capt) (ref: London Gazette, 20 Dec 1918, Supplement 23 Dec 1918, page 15036). Later he was awarded the Victory and British medals. Upon Marriage (1918) Eric lived at 17 Edenbridge Road, Bush Hill Park, Enfield, Middlesex, and from 1923 for about 50 years at 55 Abbey Road, Enfield. Eric was a schoolmaster at Enfield Grammar School, Middlesex, from 1921 until his retirement in 1957. Between about 1925 and 1927 he was in Switzerland, recuperating from TB. Eric was one of the first teachers nationally to take school parties abroad; from 1930 taking schoolboys to Germany (and including his own son Gareth). Interests included: chess (gained half-blue at Cambridge); crossword puzzles (won a Ximines prize from Observer newspaper); classical music (mostly on the wireless); travel (Britain & Europe); and architecture (esp ecclesiastical). After his wife Una died in 1974, Eric moved to a residential care home in Minehead, Somerset, in the same town where his daughter Barbara & son-in-law Alex lived."

Samuel Redhead Meredith (5 May 1850 - 3 October 1926). Brasenose College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1873, 1874, 1875 and 1876. Born 5 May 1850, Meltham Mills, Huddersfield [FreeBMD], married [Sept quarter of] 1880, Goole [FreeBMD] either Janet Elizabeth Clark or Susan Clark, died 3 Oct 1926, Waltham-on-the-Hill, Surrey, Walton-on-the-Hill. See also the Yorkshire Chess History website.

BCM, Feb 1927, p69: "We regret to record the death of Mr. S. R. Meredith at his residence, Walton-on-the-Hill, in October last. He was once president of the Leeds Chess Club and was a subscriber to the B.C.M. since 1890. His family have presented his complete set of bound volumes from that year to the present time to the London Chess League and they may now be seen at St. Bride's Institute."

Barton Reginald Vaughan Mills (29 October 1857 - 21 January 1932). Christ Church, Oxford. Varsity matches 1879, 1880. President, OUCC, 1880. Clergyman. Vicar of Bude Haven, Cornwall. Authority on the works of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Sons Arthur and George Mills were both writers (crime/adventure and children's adventures respectively).

BCM, Feb 1932, p67: "The Rev. Barton V. Mills died suddenly at a nursing home in London on January 21st. He was aged 74 and was the elder son of the late Arthur Mills, M.P. He was a regular member of the Athenaeum team which plays for the Hamilton-Russell Club Cup, and played frequently for the Imperial Chess Club. The fact that he had promised to play in a match v. Golders Green on January 25th shows how painfully sudden was his death."

Clergy list: "Mills, Barton Reginald Vaughan, M.A. 'Ch. Ch. Ox.; d[eacon?] 1882, p[riest?] 1883 (Roch.); cur. of Battersea, S.W. 1882-4; Broad Clyst, Exeter 1884-6; St. George, Hanover Square, W. 1886; chaplain at All SS, San Remo 1886-7; vic., of Poughill, Cornw, 1887-9; vic., from 1891, of Bude, Cornw.

Alumni Oxonienses: "Mills, Barton Reginald Vaughan, 1s. Arthur, of London, arm. Christ Church, matric. 13 Oct, 1876, aged 18; B.A. 1880, M.A. 1883, rector of Poughill 1887. See Foster’s Baronetage."

Kenneth Frederick Thomas Mills (c.1901 - 2 April 1964). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1919, 1921. Matric. 1918. B.A., 1921 (Medicine). Qualified as a doctor, Middlesex Hospital, 1924. Colonel, 1945. Superintendent, Port Elizabeth Hospital, 1935. Superintendent, General Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa, at the time of his death. Hon. Sec. & Treasurer, St John's College Chess Club, 1919. Junior treasurer, Lady Margaret (St John's College) Boat Club, 1921, and cox of the first college VIII.

Sir (Philip) Stuart Milner-Barry, KCVO, CB, OBE (20 September 1906 - 25 March 1995). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929. Civil servant, WW2 codebreaker, chess player, administrator and journalist. Wikipedia. Obituary, The Independent (by William Hartston). Represented England at the 1937, 1939, 1952 and 1956 Chess Olympiads. Chess correspondent of the (London) Times, 1938-45. President of the British Chess Federation, 1970-73. Knighted in 1975.

Leonid Mitlin (7 December 1922 - 29 April 1986). Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1944. Author, Pocket Book of Chemical Technology.

John Montgomerie (4 September 1911 – 21 July 1995, Winchester, Hampshire). Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934. Barrister. Represented Scotland at the 1937 Stockholm Olympiad. Composer of chess problems and author of The Quiet Game (Davis-Poynter, London 1972). Detailed biography at the Chess Scotland site.

Hubert Morgan-Brown(e)¶ (7 April 1867 - 22 August 1953). Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1887, 1888, 1889. Barrister, author, politician. Educ. Westminster School (where he was a member of the chess club which played matches vs others schools, e.g. Charterhouse, in the 1880s). Wrote various books/booklets under the name H. Morgan Browne, including Sporting and Athletic Records (Methuen, 1897: there is a single reference to chess - overall scores of the Varsity chess match series given on p335) and another called The Bishop's Move (1907). Member of the London School Board, 1897-1900. His mother, Laura Morgan-Browne, was involved in the women's suffrage movement (see her book Reasons Women Want the Franchise). (¶ Name given as 'Hubert Morgan-Brown' in Gaige, the Cambridge Alumni record (see below) and as H. Morgan-Brown in most chess press references, but most statutory sources and his own signature at his marriage give the final 'e'.)

Cambridge University Alumni: Adm. at TRINITY HALL, 1886. [Elder] s. of W[illiam], deceased [of North End, Finchley, Middlesex]. [B. Apr. 7, 1867.] School, Westminster. Matric. Michs. 1886 as Brown, Hubert Morgan; Exhibitioner; LL.B. 1889. Called to the Bar, Middle Temple, Jan. 26, 1891. (Record of Old Westminsters; Law Lists.)


Frank Morley (9 September 1860 - 17 October 1937). King's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884. Mathematics professor, USA. Born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, died in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Frank Morley entered King's College Cambridge in 1879, having won an open scholarship. However ill health disrupted his undergraduate course and he was forced to take an extra year because of these health problems. Morley only achieved the eighth place in the First Class Honours. To say 'only' here may seem strange since this was an extremely good result in an examination which saw Mathews first and Whitehead fourth. Richmond writes in [4], however:-

Ill health beyond all doubt had prevented him from doing himself justice, but the disappointment was keen. In middle life he was loath to speak of his student days... Morley graduated from Cambridge with a B.A. in 1884 and taught mathematics at Bath College until 1887. He settled in the United States and was appointed an instructor at the Quaker College in Haverford, Pennsylvania in 1887. The following year he was promoted to professor. At Haverford, Morley worked, not with others at the College, but with the mathematicians Scott and Harkness, both also graduates of Cambridge, England, who were at Bryn Mawr which was close to Haverford.

Morley wrote mainly on geometry but also on algebra. His own favourite among his geometry papers was On the Lueroth quartic curve which he published in 1919. He is perhaps best known, however, for a theorem which is now known as Morley's Theorem [in which he made reference to the squares on a chessboard]. Morley was an exceptionally good chess player; the problem above reflects one of his hobbies. He played at the highest level and beat Lasker on one occasion [in a simul] while Lasker was World Chess Champion. He was described by Cohen as "a striking figure in any group." Deliberate in manner and speech, there was a suggestion of shyness about him. He was generally very well informed and interested in a strikingly wide range of subjects. He was of an artistic temperament. While many of his papers and lectures seemed involved to the uninitiated, they all possessed a characteristic artistic charm. Frank Morley was the President of the American Mathematical Society in 1919-1920.

From My One Contribution To Chess by Frank Vigor Morley (direct link to original text): "...my father was a natural chess player, and ... while he was a boy he achieved a local reputation for the game. When he was not more than ten or twelve his father encouraged him to make tours from Woodbridge to such centres as Ipswich, Debenham, and Wickham Market to play against the best that they could muster. The summer before he died, he mentioned the great battle he once had with the butcher in Debenham. Of more importance than the butcher, Sir G.B. Airy, the Astronomer Royal, retired, about the year 1870, to live at Playford, a couple of miles from Woodbridge. Airy, though he was beginning to get on in years, had by no means lost his unusual gift for exact and elaborate computation. By all accounts the hard-headed old gentleman and the Quaker tradesman's son had a very good time playing chess together. When my father's father died, in 1878, and the death-rattle of the china trade was heard in the town, it was Airy who insisted that though the others of the family might go at once to work, my father should prepare himself to go on from school to Cambridge."

American National Biography: "Morley, Frank (9 Sept. 1860-17 Oct. 1937), mathematician, was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, the son of Quaker parents, Joseph Roberts Morley, the proprietor of a china store, and Elizabeth Muskett. Morley's early passion and skill in chess led him to meet the Astronomer Royal, Sir George Biddell Airy, who shared the same enthusiasm. This friendship, combined with Morley's strong scholastic record at the Seckford Grammar School, enabled him to win an Open Scholarship to King's College, Cambridge. Morley entered Cambridge in 1879, where illness delayed completion of his undergraduate studies until 1884. At Cambridge he did not adjust well to the strenuous demands required for achieving a high place in the Mathematical Tripos. Although recognized as being in no way commensurate with his abilities, Morley's poor showing precluded him from receiving a fellowship. Unable to remain in Cambridge, he accepted a school mastership at Bath College (1884-1887), where he regained his health and mathematical confidence.

"In 1887 Morley came to the United States as an instructor at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. From 1888 to 1900 he served as professor of mathematics there. In 1889 he married Lilian Janet Bird of Hayward's Heath, Sussex, England; they had three sons, all of whom achieved prominence. Morley's Haverford years were likely the most congenial and mathematically creative of his life as they involved his close association and friendship with the Cambridge-trained mathematicians Charlotte A. Scott and James Harkness, both of nearby Bryn Mawr College. With Harkness, he wrote A Treatise on the Theory of Functions (1893), which was later improved and reissued as Introduction to the Theory of Analytic Functions (1898). Well received on both sides of the Atlantic, these were among the first advanced level textbooks on pure mathematics to be produced in the United States. They still offer a valuable perspective on the state of function theory as it existed at the end of the century. Almost half of Morley's mathematical publications appeared in his Haverford period, and during this time he became well known through his editorial service for the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society and the American Journal of Mathematics.

"In 1900 Morley's life underwent a radical change when he was called to the Johns Hopkins University as professor and head of the mathematics department. The latter position included editorship of the American Journal of Mathematics, and he discharged these duties for the next thirty years. The Hopkins program in mathematics had been initiated by the great British mathematician James J. Sylvester, who had been one of the university's first professors (1876-1883). Between 1878 and 1900, the Hopkins mathematical program had flourished and produced over a third of the American doctorates awarded in mathematics. In 1900, however, the program was in disarray, and the appointment of Morley was intended to remedy this situation. Morley, who largely fulfilled these expectations, proved himself a wise choice. He served as professor and department head until his retirement in 1928 and continued to supervise doctoral students until 1931, producing a total of forty-eight Hopkins doctorates. In 1903, when American Men of Science rated the leaders in American science, Morley was rated seventh on a list of eighty mathematicians. In 1919-1920 he was president of the American Mathematical Society.

"Morley was an inspiring teacher who was particularly concerned with finding problems that were appropriate to his doctoral students' abilities. His son Frank V. Morley recalled that such duties, and the seemingly endless stream of students, prompted the family to bestow the nickname "Doctors" on the elder Morley. Many of his most promising ideas were passed on to his students, and Morley published in toto only some seventy-five research papers.

"Morley's mathematical interests were unusual and largely concerned with isolated geometric problems and configurations. As he would have readily admitted, pleasant questions with elegant and unexpected answers held a lasting fascination for him. His often ingenious results include the remarkable Morley's theorem (c. 1899), Morley chains (1900), and the clever use of complex numbers and inversions in geometric problems. This last topic was a favorite of Morley, and a twenty-year collaboration with his son F. V. Morley, led to the book Inversive Geometry (1933). Perhaps his most characteristic work, it has remained the only definitive study of the subject. Today much of Morley's research seems of less than compelling significance, and one is tempted to regard his interests as those of a talented amateur—an artist who took delight in small and beautiful things—rather than those of a professional mathematician. Yet, whatever significance one chooses to attach to them, Morley must be given credit for both finding and solving such questions. Morley died peacefully at his home in Baltimore. Although a U.S. resident for almost fifty years, he died a British citizen.

"Morley's contribution to American mathematical life rests primarily on his three books; his impressive number of doctoral students, who were much in demand by American universities; and his yeoman service to the mathematics program at Johns Hopkins. At a critical juncture he was largely responsible for saving this program, which, in less capable hands, might well have ceased to exist. He was fondly remembered by his colleagues and friends as a kind and courtly gentleman who was gifted with a lively imagination." Played in the 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883 and 1884 Varsity chess matches.

Bibliography Morley's retiring address as president of the American Mathematical Society, "Pleasant Questions and Wonderful Effects," Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 27 (Apr. 1921): 309-12, provides an interesting glimpse of his style and taste. F. V. Morley, My One Contribution to Chess (1946), contains a number of personal reminiscences. A biographical sketch of Morley by R. C. Archibald in A Semicentennial History of the American Mathematical Society, 1888-1938 1 (1938): 194-201, includes a roster of his doctoral students and a complete list of his publications. Obituary notices containing detailed comments on his research can be found in the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 44 (Mar. 1938): 167-70, and the Journal of the London Mathematical Society 14 (Jan. 1939): 73-78. An obituary is in the New York Times, 18 Oct. 1937. Joseph D. Zund


Dermot Michael Macgregor Morrah (26 April 1896 - 30 September 1974). New College, Oxford. Varsity match 1920. Journalist and writer on royalty and ceremony, genealogist. Obituary. Chess Notes 9862.

William Vawdrey Naish (10 January 1873 - 20 December 1955). Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897. G.P., magistrate. Educ. Weymouth College. B.A. 1895; B.Chir. and M.A. 1904.

Cambridge Alumni: Naish, William Vawdrey. Adm. pens. at EMMANUEL, Feb. 19, 1892. S. of William, of Wilton, Salisbury. B. [Jan. 10], 1873. School, Weymouth College. Matric. Michs. 1892; B.A. 1895; B.Chir. and M.A. 1904; M.B. 1905; M.D. 1911. At St Bartholomew's Hospital. Practised at Upton-on-Severn, Worcs. Served in the Great War, 1914-19 (Capt., R.A.M.C.). J.P. for Worcs. 1930. Of Berryfield House, Upton-on-Severn, in 1950. (Univ. War List; Medical Directories; Kelly, Handbook.)

The Tewkesbury Register, and Agricultural Gazette. - Saturday 31 December 1955: "We regret to record the death of Dr. William Vawdrey Naish, of Berryfield House, Upton-on-Severn. He was 82. Dr. Naish. who was born at Wilton, Wiltshire, was educated at Weymouth College and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He practised in Upton from 1905 to 1939, and for 20 years he was a J.P. and served on the Upton-on-Severn Bench. For many years he was a member of Upton Parochial Church Council and the Diocesan Conference. He also read the lessons in the Parish Church. He served on the Worcestershire Education Committee for some years. Dr Naish was also the governing director of E. V. Naish Ltd., the Wilton felt works.

"His health began to fail after his wife died three years ago, and he had taken little part in public life latterly. At Upton-on-Severn Magistrates' Court on Thursday of last week, the chairman (Major M. F. S. Jewell) referred in eulogistic terms to the services which Dr. Naish had given to the local Bench." [elsewhere in same issue] "Beloved Physician—With the passing of Dr. Naish, Upton once again loses one of its beloved personalities. It is perhaps to the older folk that Dr. Naish means most, but those of us who are younger have heard many times of the good work he did while in practice in the town. He worked among us at a time when the doctor was expected to be almost a 'father confessor' to the families who sought his help, and thus it is that even today many interesting stories of his nearness to the people can still be told. He was known, of course, to many for his work in the church, and particularly for his regular appearances at the lectern. Tall of stature, he was never too tall to 'come down' and say the kindly word. I shall always remember his welcome to me when first we met after my arrival here, when he expressed the hope that I should be happy in Upton." [attributed to "Observer"]

John William Naylor ([24 September?] 1916 - [17 August?] 1978). Exeter College, Oxford. Varsity chess match 1937. Born in Steyning, Sussex, 4th qtr of 1916. If the date of death is correct as given (not certain), then the other dates given above apply, and the place of death is Epsom, Surrey. Played in three British Chess Championships, making 5/11 (1957), 2½/11 (1959) and 5½/11 (1960). Scored 6½/11 in the 1967 Major Open and then 7½/11 in the 1969 Major Open in Rhyl. Scored 7½/11 in the 1976 Major Open in Portsmouth. Four times soccer blue (goalkeeper) for Oxford between 1935 and 1939. Played soccer for Corinthians FC. School teacher, specialising in modern languages. Blog article about chess players who also played football (soccer), with biographical detail and photos of Naylor. (Not to be confused with another strong chess player of the same name, John Naylor, 1972-2020)

Bernhard Hermann Neumann (15 October 1909 – 21 October 2002). Fitzwilliam House [College], Cambridge. Varsity match 1935. Born Berlin, Germany, died Canberra, Australia. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. Wikipedia. Bernhard Neumann attended school in Berlin at the Herderschule before entering the University of Freiburg to study mathematics in 1928. He studied for his doctorate at the University of Berlin. There he was influenced by an impressive collection of teachers including Schmidt, Robert Remak and Schur. There he met his wife Hanna, also a mathematician. Neumann was awarded his doctorate by the University of Berlin in 1932. [Being] of Jewish origin, Neumann emigrated to England [where] he studied at Cambridge, receiving a Ph.D. in 1935. Assistant lectureship in Cardiff in 1937. In 1940 he joined the Pioneer Corps, then the Royal Artillery, and lastly the Intelligence Corps for the duration of the war. Appointed a lecturer at Hull in 1946. The Neumanns were fortunate in that Hanna Neumann was soon able to join him on the staff as an assistant lecturer. In 1948, Neumann was appointed to the University of Manchester. In 1961, Neumann accepted an offer from the Australian National University of a professorship and the head of the mathematics department at the Institute of Advanced Studies. He retired in 1974.

Francis Henry Neville (2 December 1847- 5 June 1915). Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1873. MA; FRS; Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; at one time Lecturer on Physics and Chemistry therein; b 2 Dec. 1847; m 1884, Lilian Eunice Luxmore (d 1910); no c. Publication: papers in the Journal of the Chemical Society, the Phil Trans and Encyc. Brit. Address: La Verna, Letchworth, Herts. Clubs: Climbers'; Cambridge Cruising. Died 5 June 1915. (Who Was Who 1897-2007)

Sir Francis George Newbolt (21 November 1863 - 5 December 1940). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1885, 1886, 1887, 1888. Barrister (Inner Temple, 1890; became a KC/QC); also an etcher, author and scientist. Brother of the poet Sir Henry Newbolt. Educ. Clifton College. B.A. (chemistry) 1887. Knighted 1919. President, Oxford University CC, 1887.

Maxwell Herman Alexander Newman ( ). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1920, 1922.

Richard Hilary Newman (22 September 1908 - 21 June 1992). Worcester College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1928, 1929. Note on name: both BCM and Sergeant have RA Newman (Worcester) though RH Newman (Worcester) played in 1929. Gaige has Richard Hilary Newman for both. Born Sowerby, Thirsk, Yorkshire (father Frank Herbert Newman was an educational adviser). By profession a chartered accountant, living in Guildford with parents in 1939. Educ. Dulwich College. Gerrans Scholar (German) Taylorian Institute. Oxf. 1928 (matric?) (Dulwich College Register). Grade 3a (=209-216), BCF Grading List, 1954.

BCM, Oct 1992, p525: "R. H. Newman, born 1908, died at Charing Cross Hospital in June [1992]. Richard Hilary Newman played for Oxford in 1928/9, belonged to the Brixton club in the days when it vied with Hampstead in the London League, won the Army Championship in 1943 [rank of Captain - JS] and met all the leading English players from R. P. Mitchell (sic) to J. Penrose. He played in a dozen British Championships (5th in 1947) and defeated Tolush in the 1947 match against the USSR."

Personal note (JS): I played RH Newman in a correspondence game in the Ward-Higgs Counties' Correspondence Championship in 1978/79. He resigned very prematurely! His resignation letter was as follows : "50 Kensington Mansions, London SW5, 31 January 1979: Many thanks for the game which you played admirably. 50 years ago I would not have played such an anti-positional move as 16.P-KB4, but I'd wrongly hoped to be able to get my K-side Ps forward. Since I now have to lose the e3 P I won't insult you by dragging out the game. Best Wishes, RH Newman." Cautionary note for chess researchers: there were two RH Newmans of roughly the same vintage. BCM, May 1984, p194: "R. H. Newman, President of the West of England Chess Union, died in mid-March." A different RH Newman - in Gaige's Chess Personalia, the 1984 obit index has an entry for 'Newman, Ralph (sic) H. - 1984, p194' whereas BCM gives no first name. Note: The BCF Yearbook 1981/2 lists the president of the WECU as 'R.H.T. Newman, Rock Lodge, Lynton, Devon' though earlier editions have him simply as R.H. Newman. Another RH Newman played for Cambridgeshire on a low board, circa 1978-1980, but probably of a younger vintage.

Edward William Byron Nicholson (16 March 1849 - 17 March 1912). Trinity College, Oxford. Varsity match 1873. Librarian of the Bodleian Library, Oxford University (1881-1912, succeeded by Falconer Madan). Early animal rights campaigner. Wikipedia.

Joseph Shield Nicholson (9 November 1850 - 12 May 1927). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1874, and 1877. Economist, Professor, Political Economy, University of Edinburgh (1880-1925). Wikipedia. Biography at Edinburgh University website. "Of chess he was very fond, and he was a successful solver of the problems in the Times Literary Supplement." (Times, obit, 13 May 1927).

John Francis O'Donovan (10 April 1918 - 5 November 1999). Jesus College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1937, 1938, 1939. Born in Cobh [Queenstown], Cork, Ireland, died in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Article by David McAlister, IRLchess website (from which much of this info is sourced). President of the Cambridge University CC in 1939. Attended St Paul's School, London. First class honours in part one of the Mathematical Tripos in 1937 and graduated BA in 1939. Tied first in the 1935 British Boys' Championship at Hastings, losing a two-game play-off for the title to Frank Parr. Won the 1936 London Boys' Championship. Took part in a number of major British congresses, e.g. Margate 1937, BCF Championships (Blackpool 1937, Brighton 1938). In 1939 played board two for Ireland in the 1939 Buenos Aires Olympiad and stayed behind in Argentina when it ended. He taught English at the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Buenos Aires, for 26 years. Endgame studies published in BCM, May 1956, p137 and BCM, Sept 1956, p243.

Charles Burdett Ogden (13 July 1849 - 10 December 1923). Magdalene College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1873, 1874. Teacher at Rossall School, near Fleetwood, Lancashire (1873-1909). Educated at Leeds Grammar School and Magdalene College. Wrangler in the Maths tripos. Died whilst playing chess. (Times obit, 17 Dec 1923). Entry at Yorkshire Chess History website.

Alan Stewart Orr (21 February 1911 – 3 April 1991). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1934 and 1935. Born Rochford, Essex, died Warwickshire. Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Stewart Orr, OBE. Barrister, judge and from 1971 a Lord Justice of Appeal. Wikipedia. Photos, National Portrait Gallery. RAFVR during WW2 (received OBE). Educ. Fettes College, Edinburgh University (MA) before going to Balliol. Middle Temple. QC, 1958. High Court judge and knighthood, 1965. Retired 1980.

Edward Bolland Osborn (January 1867 - 8 October 1938). Magdalen College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1888, 1889. Journalist, author and editor. Matric. 1885. B.A. (mathematics) 1890. Educ. Rossall School, Lancashire (won an exhibition). Wikipedia.

BCM, Nov 1938, p500: "We regret to have to record the death of E. B. Osborn on Saturday, October 8th, at the age of 72. He was literary editor of the Morning Post until that paper amalgamated with the Daily Telegraph when he continued to serve on the staff of the united papers until his death. In addition to his work as a journalist Osborn was a well-known essayist. He was an enthusiastic chess player and many of us remember his cheerful presence at the Gambit where he would delight in playing long hard-fought games. H.G[olombek].

"I do not think that many realised how strong a player E. B. Osborn was. In his later days (for he represented Oxford University at the game as long ago as 1888-89, and was therefore a veteran) opponents were apt to call him slow. But he loved to get into the heart of a position, and did not care for 'skittles'. He was naturally extremely ingenious, and considerable practice at one period with the late Amos Burn gave his play a solid backbone as well. Of his devotion to chess no one could have a doubt. His very busy life as a writer, however, left him no leisure to take part in matches, and I could never extract from him more than a hesitating promise to come to a match and take a board - 'if he could get away in time,' which very seldom happened.

"Apart from chess, he was the most charming of companions, with a mind of so many facets that he could turn it in almost any direction; and withal a wit, occasionally mordant, though with the kindest of hearts behind it except when he detected the charlatan in one with whom he was conversing. To all those who had the privilege of his friendship his loss is very heavy; and in them his memory will endure till they, too, like him, must resign." P.W.S[ergeant].

John Oswald (12 June 1856 - 1 May 1917) Brasenose College, Oxford. Varsity match 1876. Matric. 19 Oct 1875. 1901 Census, living on own means, Westminster, b. Shirehampton, Gloucs. Diplomatic Service, Foreign Office (census 1881, at Eton, also in 1891, when listed as 'retired official, Foreign Office'). Unmarried. 1st son of James Townsend Oswald (1820-1893) and Ellen Octavia Miles (1821-1907). Member of the MCC from 1917. In 1875 played cricket for Eton XI vs Winchester. Represented Oxford University at tennis (singles and doubles) in 1876 and 1877. Played in the 1876 Varsity chess match.

John Ogden Outwater (2 January 1923 - 12 August 2009). Trinity College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1942. Mechanical engineering academic. Sc.D., Ph.D. Born in London, died in Vermont. Attended Amherst College and Stowe School. Graduated in 1943. Professor at the University of Vermont (1955-93). Expert on ski safety. Lifelong chess player, twice won the Vermont chess championship. Achievements include patents for ski boot tension. Named Vermont Engineer of Year, 1970; grantee United States Public Health Service; Timken fellow Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1950.

Hon. Victor Alexander Lionel Dawson Parnell (25 August 1852 - 6 January 1936). Christ Church, Oxford. Varsity match 1875. Younger brother of Irish nationalist politician Charles Parnell (1846-1891). Victor Parnell was 30 years a member of City of London CC (PWS)... son of John Henry Parnell (1811–1859), deputy lieutenant and high sheriff for co. Wicklow, and his wife, Delia Tudor Stewart (1816–1896).

Dr. T Harding, Chess Mail 2004/08: "Parnell was also a BCCA member. In reply to a request from BCM he wrote: 'As for my chess achievements, they are very small. I played for Oxford versus Cambridge in 1875 but gave up chess two or three years afterwards until 1900, since which I have played many games, especially by correspondence. I have enjoyed the tourney and am very pleased to have finished second'". Parnell was 2nd in the BCM cc tourney of 1910-2. It gave his place of residence as Sittingbourne.

Sir Walter Parratt (10 February 1841 - 27 March 1924). Magdalen College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1873, 1874. English organist and composer. Knighted 1892. In 1893 appointed Master of the Queen's (later King's) Musick. Wikipedia. Further info about him and his chessplaying father Thomas at the Yorkshire Chess History website.

Lionel Sharples Penrose (11 June 1898 – 12 May 1972). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922. Medical geneticist, paediatrician, mathematician, psychiatrist. Educ. Leighton Park School, Reading. Conscientious objector, with the Friends' Ambulance Unit/British Red Cross in France, 1916-18. Professor, Galton Laboratory, University College London, 1945-65. Father of ten-times British chess champion Jonathan Penrose, chess player and theoretical physicist Oliver Penrose, 2020 Nobel Physics Prize winner Sir Roger Penrose and geneticist Professor Shirley Hodgson. Wikipedia. After his death his widow Dr. Margaret (née Leathes) Penrose married Max Newman, who also played for Cambridge University in the Varsity chess matches of 1920 and 1922. Chess Endgame Studies. Royal College of Physicians biography.

BCM, July 1972, p245-246: Harry Golombek writes: "Professor Penrose was well known in the chess-world as an enthusiastic and knowledgeable player. He played for Cambridge University when a student there and though the demands of his work prevented him subsequently from taking part in tournaments he regularly played for the Essex County side and was elected President of the Essex County Chess Association in 1949, remaining in office till 1954.

"He was also a considerable patron of and benefactor to the game, not the least in this respect being his sons Oliver and Jonathan, the latter of course having been British Champion more times than any other player in the history of the game.

"Sir Alexander Haddow writes: (The Times) Quite apart from his massive contributions to the study of human genetics and inheritance, and to our knowledge of mental affliction, Professor Penrose was distinguished for his services in the fields of scientific responsibility and medical ethics, as shown by his founder-membership of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War. ...When the slow history comes to be written of man's endeavour to comprehend human conflict and ultimately to render war obsolete, the name of Lionel Penrose will be upheld in honour and gratitude.

J. Anderson Stewart writes: Professor L.S.Penrose, F.R.S., was first mentioned anonymously in the B.C.M. in 1919, as the grandson of Lord Peckover, a schoolboy who could play five games simultaneously blindfold. At Cambridge, he was a member of the team which beat Oxford University 7-0 in 1920 and played against Oxford on three other occasions. His win against the late T.H. Tylor is given in the B.C.M. His association with Hampstead began many years later when he and his sons Oliver and Jonathan joined the club and the inclusion of three Penroses - one the London Champion and the other the Essex Champion - was a material factor in Hampstead winning the London League several times in the fifties. Professor Penrose was also keenly interested in problems and his almost instantaneous sight of the board was well illustrated by his being the first spectator to note that a British player in the first post-war match against the Russian team in London had missed a mate in two following a queen sacrifice. He was also active in promoting Anglo-Soviet chess friendship.

Oliver Penrose (born 1929). King's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1950, 1951, 1952. FRS, FRSE. Son of the scientist Lionel Penrose, brother of ten-times British chess champion Jonathan Penrose, 2020 Nobel Physics Prize winner Sir Roger Penrose and geneticist Professor Shirley Hodgson. Open University (17 years), professor of mathematics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, 1986-1994. Professor Emeritus at Heriot-Watt, remaining active in research there. Wikipedia. Essex chess champion in 1946/47 and 1947/48. Played in the 1948 BCF Premier [Major Open] tournament, sharing 1st place with his brother Jonathan and three others on 7½/11. Finished 12th= in the 1949 British Championship (with 6/11) and scored 4½/11 in the 1950 British Championship. In 1950 he won the inaugural British Universities' Individual Championship ahead of a strong field. Has played little high-level competition chess since the early 1950s, but competed in the local Edinburgh as recently as the early 2000s. In 2002 defeated FM John Littlewood in the Edinburgh Open. Game.

http://www.ma.hw.ac.uk/~ndg/fom/penrosequ.html: "The image appears in a camera after you've clicked the shutter, not before. The film and the outside don't interact at first: then you open the shutter and there's an interaction. Before the interaction there was no correlation, and afterwards there was a correlation between the thing you've photographed and the captured image. It is similar to remembering: we remember the past, and not the future.

"When I do mathematics, I like to do something that's related to physics in some way. I'm not all that interested in pure mathematics, except that sometimes something interesting comes up in pure mathematics which I like to learn about for its own interest. But I usually like to work on something that has a connection with a physics problem.

"In chess, the pieces move around and interlock with each other, a bit like a machine: a bit like watching a machine work, a steam engine or something like that. Mathematics is a bit like that too: the pieces interlock: they're a little bit more abstract, you can't always see them as you can the pieces on a chessboard, but it is somehow similar."

[who's who]: "PENROSE, Prof. Oliver – FRS 1987; FRSE; Professor of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University, 1986-94, now Professor Emeritus; b 6 June 1929; s of Lionel S. Penrose, FRS, and Margaret Penrose (née Leathes); m 1953, Joan Lomas Dilley; two s one d (and one s decd). Educ: Central Collegiate Inst., London, Ont; University Coll. London (BSc); Cambridge Univ. (PhD). Work: FRSE 1989. Mathematical Physicist, English Electric Co., Luton, 1952-55; Res. Asst, Yale Univ., 1955-56; Lectr, then Reader, in Mathematics, Imperial Coll., London 1956-69; Prof. of Mathematics, Open Univ., 1969-86. Publications: Foundations of Statistical Mechanics, 1970, repr. 2005; about 80 papers in physics and maths jls; a few book reviews. Recreations: making music, chess. Address: 29 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2ND. T: (0131) 225 5879. Sir R. Penrose

Ascelin Spencer Perceval (13 February 1855 - 24 April 1910). Exeter College, Oxford. Varsity match 1878. Clergyman, schoolmaster. Headmaster at Malvern House School, Derby. Born in London, died in Westhampnett, Sussex.

Alumni Oxonienses: "1s. of Henry Spencer of London, arm. Exeter College, matric. 16 Jan 1875, aged 19; B.A. 1878, vicar of Mackworth, co. of Derby, since 1886."

Nicholas Anthony Perkins (7 December 1912 – 26 May 1991). St John's College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935. Born Easthampstead, Berkshire, died Newport Pagnell, Bucks. Selected to represent Scotland at the 1939 Buenos Aires Olympiad but was unable to accept the invitation. Later played for Scotland at the 1958 Munich Olympiad. Worked as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park during WW2. Chess Scotland biography. Perkins' own reminiscences at the same website.

Arthur Leslie Roy Perry (25 April 1921 - Jul/Aug/Sep 2003). St John's College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1941. From the Shropshire, Malvern area. No other info.

Arthur John Peters (3 June 1914 - 17 September 1995). Christ Church, Oxford. Varsity matches 1936, 1937. Played in the BCF Major Open in 1937 and 1938, finishing 9th= and 5th= respectively. Served in the Royal Navy: often referred to as "Commander AJ Peters" in chess reports (and known as "John"). Active in Scottish chess in the 1950s, later represented Hampshire at county chess. Champion of Portsmouth CC in 1965 and 1967 (joint).

Alan Phillips (28 October 1923 - 24 June 2009). Magdalene College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1947. Joint 1954 British Chess Champion (jointly with Leonard Barden). Author of Chess: Sixty Years on with Caissa & Friends (Caissa Editions, 2003) and The Chess Teacher (Oxford University Press, 1978). Educ. Stockport Grammar School. Amongst many notable games, it is worth checking out his sacrificial win against Golombek from the 1961 British Championship (see below). Wikipedia.

Leonard Barden comments: "Worth mentioning that he was for many years the headmaster of Forest Hill School in SE London, and that he included chess in the school curriculum."

John Edward Pike (26 September 1931, London - 23 April 2011 Shorewood, Michigan, USA). Exeter College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952. Medical doctor. "[Worked for the] Upjohn Company where he significantly contributed in the research of prostaglandins. He received his PhD. in chemistry from Exeter College at Oxford University. He achieved a master's level in chess ranking and won the 1976 American Open Chess Championship [with Walter Browne and Yasser Seirawan]." (obituary notice) See also this reference.

Leonard Barden comments: "John Pike's victory with Browne and Seirawan was I think the American Open not the US Open. But the important point is that the three of them appeared on the front cover of Chess Life & Review in 1977. I remember my first thought was 'what's John Pike doing there with these two big names?' The biog you link to says also that Pike shared a flat with Barden and Yanofsky. That is not quite correct. The address at 8 Abbey Road very near to Oxford station was discovered by Bill Bowen [Alfred William Bowen (1918-2021)] in 1938. Bowen played in the British Championship at Buxton 1950 and also at Felixstowe 1949."

1976 cover of Chess Life and Review with John Pike, Yasser Seirawan and Walter Browne
Dr John Pike shares the front cover of Chess Life and Review with Yasser Seirawan and Walter Browne in January 1977,
having shared first place in the American Open with them in the previous November.

Chess Life & Review, February 1977, reported: "Here is one for the books. Our third top winner, Dr. John Pike, originally from England, was booked at the Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica, to attend a science convention. He saw the advertisement for the American Open to be held in the same hotel so he decided, since he was coming here anyway, to leave early and play in the tournament. He not only entered it, and played in it, but came out one of the top winners. This is his first triumph in chess, never having placed high in tournaments back home in Kalamazoo." 12th American Open, Santa Monica CA, November 1976: 1-3 Yasser Seirawan (1st on tie-break), GM Walter Browne, Dr John Pike 7/8 ($833 each), 4-8 GM Anatoly Lein, GM Leonid Shamkovich, IM Peter Biyiasas, Nick de Firmian, Julius Loftsson 6½, etc.

Sir Horace Curzon Plunkett (24 October 1854 - 26 March 1932). University College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877. Unionist MP, supporter of Home Rule, Irish senator, agricultural reformer. Wikipedia. Irish Chess History. A relative of Lord Dunsany (Edward Plunkett, 1878-1957), a noted chess player and writer. President of the Dublin Chess Club (1904-23). Drew with Capablanca in a simul, Dublin 1919.

From Sir Horace Plunkett's diary for Saturday 29 March 1890: "Had my massage man in the morning. In afternoon played chess match - old Oxonians vs old Cantabs. Played 2nd in team versus J.N. Keynes, whom I had played in 3 inter-university matches 12 to 14 years ago. Got a draw."

Arthur Pollitt (? - ?). Clare College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1939 and also the 1940 unofficial match. Nothing else known.

Ernest Walter Poynton (22 March 1872 - 20 April 1943). Exeter College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1893, 1894. Educ. Marlborough. B.A., 1894, M.A., 1896. Ordained, 1900; curate, Pucklechurch, 1903-4, curate, St John's Church, Waterloo Road, London. 1904, succeeded father as Rector of Kelston. 1916-7, temp. chaplain to the Forces. Represented Somerset at hockey, played cricket and croquet. (Bath Chronicle, 24 April 1943).

Oxford Alumni: "Poynton, Ernest Walter, born in London 22 March, 1872; 6s. Francis John, cler. EXETER, matric. 16 March, 91, aged 18 (from Marlborough) ; HONOURS :—3 classical mods. 92."


BCM, June 1943, p142: "It is again with a deep personal grief that I have to record the passing of another old chess problem friend, the Rev. E. W. Poynton, of Kelston Rectory, near Bath. He died late in April after a four months' illness. He composed occasional curios, but his main problem interest was as a solver, and he regularly solved in the British team in the International matches. He was a man of the greatest kindness of heart and kindliness of temperament, and the three of us at 31 Clyde Road will never forget how he helped my small daughter - when she was small - through three years of heart illness. To his widow, in this dark hour, all our sympathy goes out. - T.R.D[awson]."

BCM, Aug 1943, p175: "The Bath and Somerset County Chess Clubs have suffered a great loss in the passing of Rev. E. W. Poynton, M.A., a former Vicar of Kelston, near Bath. Since the death of Mr. Wainwright he played - when available - top board for the Bath Club and occupied a high position in the Somerset County Chess team. For many seasons he also took a board in the annual [Oxford / Cambridge] Past and Present University match. He had a quiet and humorous personality with a whimsical gift of fun and will be missed by his many friends in the local Chess world.

"Rev. Poynton was no mean problem composer and a number of his compositions appeared in important periodicals. He also took a keen interest in solving chess problems and acquired a high reputation in this field.

"He participated in International Team Solving Matches. These contests began in 1928 and continued until the war put a stop to them. In 1929 he joined the British team and remained a member in every subsequent match, maintaining an excellent record.

"Rev. E. W. Poynton was a regular solver for many years in the well-known chess column of the London Observer with a good record of skilful work."

Clifford Maxwell Precious (9 August 1896 – 9 April 1959) St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1920, 1921. Educ. King Edward VII Grammar, King's Lynn; Paston School, North Walsham. Matric. 1915, then served in army (private, Middlesex Regt. Reported wounded in 1916, Lynn Advertiser, Friday 11 August 1916). Awarded Kitchener Memorial Scholarship, St John's C, 1918. Rowed for his college 1st VIII, 1919. Signed a petition in Cambridge in 1919 deploring the pacificist opinions and encouragement of conscientious objectors by the Cambridge Review (Globe, 27 January 1919). Vice-President, St John's College Chess Club, Cambridge, 1919 (a conscientious objector, L S Penrose, was on the committee of the same society at the same time). Schoolteacher, 1925, East Dereham, Norfolk. Head, Elementary School, Dudley, Worcs, 1939. Good billiards player (ref. Nottingham Journal - Saturday 17 March 1928). Lost to Boris Kostich in a blindfold simul over eight boards, Cambridge 11 May 1920. (Game score given in Cambridge Daily News, 12 May 1920)

William Ernest Baker Pryer (3 Feb 1902 - 26 April 1993). Pembroke College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1921, 1922, 1924. Born Axminster, Devon, died Watford, Middx. Listed as a Watford player, graded 188 on the 1969 BCF Grading List. Still playing in 1975. Was 3b (201-208) on the 1956 Grading List (Hertfordshire). No obit in BCM. Schoolmaster, teaching history at Elizabeth School, Guernsey, 1924/25.

Allen Beville Ramsay (3 August 1872 - 20 September 1955). King's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1894. Educ. Eton College. Schoolmaster, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge (1925-47), Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University (1929-31). Published poetry in Latin. Played for Windsor & District CC in chess matches in the late 1890s and early 1900s. Wikipedia. Photo in National Portrait Gallery.

Cambridge Alumni: "Ramsay, Allen Beville. Adm. at KING'S, Oct. 2, 1891; a scholar from Eton. Eldest s. of Beville, of Croughton House, Brackley, Northants. [Capt., 62nd Regt.] (and Sarah Maria, dau. of the Rev. Matthew Carier Tompson, R. of Woodstone, Northants., and V. of Alderminster, Warws.). B. Aug. 3, 1872, at Croughton. School, Eton. Matric. Michs. 1891; Scholar, 1893; Browne medal, 1893-4; B.A. (Class. Trip., Pt I, 1st Class) 1894; M.A. 1901. Assistant Master at Eton, 1895-1916; Lower Master, 1916-1925. Master of Magdalene College, 1925-47; retired. Vice-Chancellor, 1929-31. Author, Inter Lilia; Ros Rosarum; Frondes Salicis. Of Allan Bank, Graham Road, Great Malvern, in 1952. (King's Coll. Reg.; Schoolmasters' Directories; Burke, L.G.; Kelly, Handbook; Who's Who.)"

Excerpts from DNB entry: "He became a close friend of Montague Rhodes James, the provost of King's and then of Eton; the two men cycled together on the continent during the Easter vacations... Ramsay had no pretensions to be a serious academic; he was therefore considered a suitable college master. He was appointed master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, on 27 October 1925, and took up the post in January 1926. He succeeded A. C. Benson, who had earlier been horrified at the thought of Ramsay being a candidate for Eton's headmastership: 'Ramsay is a poky, narrow-minded, parochial, stubborn, pig-headed little fellow … He knows nothing of the world except Eton' ... Ramsay was chiefly responsible for the expulsion from Magdalene's fellowship of William Empson for sexual misconduct, on the discovery of 'engines of love' (that is, contraceptives) in Empson's possession. A colleague who regretted the decision (F. Salter) nevertheless thought that Ramsay had been fair, and 'behaved quite well'; Empson called him 'shockingly unscrupulous' in a letter to I. A. Richards... The election of Stanley Baldwin as the university's chancellor fell within his period of office... He was also president of Cambridge University Cricket Club. Friends spoke of 'his love of the three Cs: classics, cricket, chess' (The Times, 22 Sept 1955).

Sunday Dispatch, 19 January 1936, by Edward Chichester, 6th Marquess of Donegall: "I used always to be lost in admiration when my tutor, Mr. A. B. Ramsay, went for walks with another master and played mental chess. Eric Hatry and I tried it on the ship, but we had such a row over the position of a pawn after three moves that we gave it up."

Thomas Stobart Rawlinson (born 1926). Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1945. 2nd Lt., East Lancashire Regt., 1949. From Barton in Lancashire, lived in Reading, Berkshire, circa 2002. Son Mark also went to Sidney Sussex in the 1970s.

Reginald Colebrooke Reade (25 August 1853 - 29 June 1891). King's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1876, 1879 and 1880. President of CUCC, 1876-7. Architect & surveyor. Entered King's, Michaelmas 1873. Adm. at King's, a scholar from Eton, Oct. 11, 1873. 4th s. of Alfred (1832), Esq., of Datchet, Bucks. B. Aug. 25, 1853. Matric. Michs. 1873; B.A. 1877; M.A. 1880. An architect. Of Torquay, Devon. Surveyor of ecclesiastical dilapidations in the diocese of Exeter for the Archdeaconry of Totnes. Secretary and Manager of St John's National School, Braddon Street, Torquay. An active member of the Torquay chess club. Author, A Mexican Mystery (1888); Wreck of a World (1889), written under the nom de plume of W. Grove. Died June 29, 1891, from injuries received falling from a cliff at Willow Cove, near Dartmouth. (Torquay Directory, July, 1891; King's Coll. Reg.) Monument erected where he fell from the cliff.

Guy Garland Reaks (21 August 1917 - 20 May 2011). Oriel College, Oxford. Varsity match 1938. Born in Simla, India, died in Lewes, Sussex. 2nd Lt., Devonshire Regiment. Worked in the leather industry.

David Rees (29 May 1918 – 16 August 2013). Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Did not play in a Varsity chess match but took part in the Bletchley vs Oxford University match 1944. Post-war head of Mathematics Department and later Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at Exeter University. Fellow of the Royal Society. Wikipedia.

Harold Talbot Reeve (9 July 1908 – 18 February 1940). Oriel College Oxford. Varsity matches 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931. Local Government Officer (Assistant Director of Education Education) in Newport, Isle of Wight, from 1939 to his death; previously held posts at Borough Road Training College, London, and in Warwickshire and West Riding. Played in BCF Congresses in 1929, 1931 and 1932. Died in his lodgings in Newport when he apparently fainted and fell on the fire and was asphyxiated.

Geoffrey Irving Rhodes (6 April 1920 - 10 January 1984). Selwyn College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity matches 1940, 1941. Born Bradford, Yorks, died Harrow, Middx. Matric. 1938. Was an inventor (Proctor & Gamble). Played in the British Championship in 1963. NCCU Champion 1965. Listed as a member of the Newcastle club in 1969 (when graded 201).

Herbert Gibson Rhodes, M.C. (4 February 1896 - 28 May 1981). New College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1920, 1921. Born Ormskirk, Lancashire, died Bexhill, Sussex. Educ. Manchester Grammar School, where he played in goal for their soccer team. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, King's (Liverpool Regiment), 27 January 1916, and served during the Great War with the 2/7th Battalion on the Western Front from February 1917; promoted Lieutenant, 28 July 1917.

Military Cross citation, London Gazette, 2 December 1918: "Lt. Herbert Gibson Rhodes, 2/7th Bn., L'pool R., T.F. 'For conspicuous gallantry in attacking parties of the enemy, who were trying to get machine guns into action. He reached his objective and brought heavy fire to bear on them as they retreated. Though wounded, he would not leave his post until it was securely consolidated. His splendid leadership resulted in the capture of fifty prisoners and twelve machine guns.'"

B.A., 1921. Law Society exams passed 1923 and 1925. Solicitor by profession. 4th in the 1921 BCF Major Open. Scored 4/11 in the 1937 British Championship. 2nd= in the 1947 BCF Premier Tournament, joint last in 1948 BCF Premier Tournament, scored 4/11 in the 1949 British Championship. He also played in the 1950, 1952, 1953 and 1956 British Championships, scoring 4, 4½, 4½ and 5½ respectively. He finished joint first in the 1955 BCF Major Open. British Correspondence Chess Champion, 1953. Played a six-game match with Tartakower (Southport, 24-29 April 1950) losing by 1½-4½, the results (from Rhodes's point of view) being 00½0½½. (BCM, June 1950, p187)

Leonard Barden on Rhodes (English Chess Forum, 2015): "Hastings 1948-49 was not the first time I played Rhodes or Bolland [Percivale David Bolland was another chessplayer who was awarded the MC in WW1]. I had beaten Rhodes in the final round of the BCF Premier (effectively the Major Open) at London 1948, so improving my placing from last to joint last. I remember the ending of our Hastings game because I reached two rooks and bishop against queen and knight, expecting to draw easily but finding myself crushed. Afterwards Rhodes told me that the queen-knight duo was almost always superior, and I took the tip to heart, used it a couple of times years later, and even mentioned it in one of my books. Rhodes had the air of a slightly diffident scholar, pleasant but restrained. Solicitor suited him well. He never gave any hint of fighting in the war, and I could not have imagined him as a soldier or as a soccer goalkeeper... He had serious ambitions then, as evidenced by his six-game match at Southport in April 1950 with Tartakower, presumably financed by Rhodes just after Tartakower had shared first with Bisguier at Southsea. Tartakower won +3=3-0, and used one of the finishes in the book of his best games."

John Edward Richardson (20 November 1922 - 23 October 1949). Jesus College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1946, 1947, and the uofficial matches of 1941, 1942. British Boys' (Under 18) Champion, April 1940 (at his fourth attempt, acc. BCM). Attended Stowe School, Bucks, from where he won an open exhibition in history to Jesus College, Cambridge. Died on 23 October 1949 at the Caves, Chislehurst, Kent, according to probate records, but on 22 October 1949 in Italy according to the Old Stoics' Magazine for December 1949. Funeral held in Redstone Cemetery, Reigate - coincidentally where another British junior chess champion Jessie Gilbert (1987-2006) is buried. (N.B. His birth registered as Edward J Richardson, in Reigate, in the 1st qtr of 1923. Parents Percy John Richardson and Nancy (née) Hurst)

CHESS, Sept 1944, p189: "It is difficult to realise it is five [sic] years since Stowe schoolboy Jack Richardson won the last British Boys' Championship. In 1941, he confirmed this early promise by defeating Imre König, the Hungarian-born Yugoslav expert, in a six-game match. Now, A/B Richardson is serving on a destroyer in foreign waters. Post-war chess should find well to the fore."

Jon D'Souza-Eva, English Chess Forum, 11 Oct 2010: "I've just received an email from ... the Old Stoic's (Stowe old boys) office who told me that John Edward Richardson died aged 26 on 22nd October 1949."

Leonard Judah Richenberg¶ (16 May 1922 - 1 November 2000) Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1946, 1947, 1948, and the unofficial matches of 1941, 1942. Company Director, Pan Polychord Ltd and others. Referred to as an "economics professor (sic) at Oxford and a former adviser to the MacMillan government" in the book Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain and America by Jonathan Gould, and managing director of the Triumph Investment Group which at one time owned 25% of the Beatles' business. Former member of the RAC chess circle. See also Quotes & Queries entries 5819, 5827 and 5833 in the 2007 BCM. Gaige gives spelling as 'Reichenberg' but this is definitely wrong.)

Schoolfriend of Kingsley Amis at City of London School: Life of Kingsley Amis by Zachary Leader: "Richenberg and Amis had been friends and desk-mates since the third form and were stars of the Classical side. But both came to question the utility of a Classical education. Richenberg was good at maths and wanted to become a mathematician; Amis wanted to be a writer and was keen on studying English. In the end, only Amis made the switch. At Oxford, Richenberg read PPE at Corpus Christi, was awarded a double First, took a B.Litt. in economics, and became an economics don at Jesus College, though only for a year. He then moved to the Treasury as an economic adviser and eventually went into business, where he made and lost a great deal of money. He and Amis remained friends even after a misunderstanding over Amis’s novel I Want It Now (1968), in the first chapter of which a party is held at the home of a rich, celebrity-seeking couple named Reichenberg. Len Dowsett, Richenberg’s successor as School Captain, remembers him as brilliant, on one occasion playing and winning three simultaneous games of chess while blindfolded. [Denis] Norden describes him as ‘dazzling, the one we thought would leave a mark’."

Christopher Thurston Rivington (20 June 1920 - 6 September 2018). Trinity College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity matches 1940, 1941. One of the (Thurston) Rivington book-trade dynasty. Attended Radley College. Served as a Lieutenant, RNVR 1941-6, and was Master of the Stationers' Company in 1983. No chess references.

John Ouvry Lindfield Roberts (22 September 1925 - 19 October 1999). Wadham College, Oxford. Varsity match 1946, the unofficial matches of 1944 and 1945, and the notable 1944 Oxford University vs Bletchley match. Doctor. Born in Abergavenny, Wales. Died in London whilst on vacation, having emigrated to Canada.

Henry Edwin Robinson (Oct/Nov/Dec 1865 - 2¶ January 1935). St Catharine's College, Cambridge (n.b. listed as 'non-collegiate' when he played the 1886 Varsity match). Varsity matches 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890. Clergyman. Rector of Little Stanmore (Whitchurch, Middlesex) from 1897-1915. Later rector, Tingrith, Bedfordshire, 1915-35. (¶ The Times obit, published 4 January 1935, gives 3 January 1935, but probate record gives 2 January 1935)

Cambridge University Alumni: "Matric. Non. Coll., Easter, 1884. Adm. at ST CATHARINE'S, Oct. 11, 1886; B.A. 1889; M.A. 1893. Ord. deacon, 1890; priest (Rochester), 1891; C. of Christchurch, Streatham, Surrey, 1890-7. R. of Little Stanmore (or Whitchurch), Middlesex, 1897-1915. R. of Tingrith, Beds., 1915-35. Died Jan. 3, 1935; buried at Whitchurch. (Crockford; The Times, Jan. 4, 1935.)"

Sir Robert Robinson (13 September - 8 February 1975). Magdalen College, Oxford. Did not play in a Varsity chess match but represented Oxford in various chess matches, including the notable Oxford University vs Bletchley match in 1944. Eminent chemist and Nobel laureate. Keen chess player. President of the British Chess Federation from 1950–53. Authored a chess book in collaboration with Raymond B Edwards: The Art and Science of Chess (Batsford, 1972). Wikipedia.

Basil Rose (15 September 1918 - 16 March 2014). Jesus College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1940. Nuclear physicist at the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell.

Klaus Friedrich Roth (29 October 1925 - 10 November 2015). Jesus College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1944. German-born British mathematician and first British winner of the Fields Medal. After Cambridge, research at UCL. Professor at University College London in 1961, and moved to a chair at Imperial College London in 1966, a position he retained until official retirement at 1988. He then remained at Imperial College as Visiting Professor until 1996. Wikipedia. Published problemist - BCM, Jan 1945, p28 (Mate in 4 - 8/8/8/5p2/3P1N2/4NP2/6K1/2B1k3 w - - 0 1), also endgame studies. (Imperial College obit, 2015)

BCM, 1951, pps 225, 240, 305. "[After Cambridge Roth] became a junior master at Gordonstoun, where he divided his spare time between roaming the Scottish countryside on a powerful motorcycle and playing chess with Robert Combe. On the first day of the first British Chess Championships after the war, Klaus famously went up to Hugh Alexander, the reigning champion, to tell him that he would not retain his title. He was of course right—the previously largely unknown Robert Combe became the new British Champion."

Walter William Rouse Ball (14 August 1850 - 4 April 1925). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1873, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877. Mathematician, lawyer, magician. Fellow, Trinity, Cambridge (1878-1905). Founding president of the Cambridge University Pentacle Club in 1919. Wikipedia.

Franklin Ferriss Russell (2 March 1891 - 29 March 1978. Brasenose College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1912, 1913, 1914. Born New York, died Englewood NJ, USA. Who Was Who in America, Vol. VII, 1977-81, p. 1968 (Gaige) "Franklin F Russell was a Rhodes Scholar from the USA, at Brasenose College, Oxford... from Brooklyn High School, and came up to Oxford with a chess reputation already made." (A Century of British Chess) Publ. Outline of Legal History. New York: Russell, 1929. FF Russell letter to BCM, publ. March 1957, p59: mentioned how he nearly played Bonar Law in 1914. "I still play some 'skittles' and keep up with the news through your magazine". Leonard Barden (writing to JS in May 2021): "A few weeks before the 1978 Varsity match I received a letter from FF Russell recalling his own participation in 1912-14. He told me that Oxford had at that time unsuccessfully applied to the Blues Committee for award of half-blues but were rebuffed, so decided to wear ties at the match with their own creation of representative colours. I replied that over the years there had been many such unsuccessful applications, including in my own time, when Oxford were National Club champions, British lightning team champions (Ilford 1953) and had very large numbers of active players (100 teams of 3 in Cuppers). We had hopes of success, but as on all other occasions the Blues Committee turned down the application pronto. Russell then sent a packet of representative colour ties for each member of the team, with one for me and maybe one for Henry Mutkin. Alas, on the day only two or three of the Oxford players wore their ties. I reported this to Russell, but am not sure whether my letter reached him before he died that same month." Chess Notes 7160 on Russell (with a photo)


Hans Georg Artur Viktor Schenk (6 April 1912 - 22 August 1979). Exeter College, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity match 1942. (He also took part in the notable 1944 match between Oxford University and the Bletchley Park code-breakers) History academic. D.Phil., M.A. (Oxon). Came to Oxford from Prague in 1939. Prior to then he had studied at Prague and Munich universities and later at The Hague. Author of historical works. 1939 - researching into international relations (European romanticism) at Exeter College, Oxford, taking his D.Phil. in 1944. 1949 - appointed lecturer, Oxford University. 1995 - fellow, University College, Oxford. 1968 - founding fellow (and later Dean) of Wolfson College, Oxford. In his 1947 book The Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars (Oxford University Press), Schenk credited Peter Copping (board 4 in the 1942 match) with helping him with his English style. Strong chess player who took part in the 1939 Hampstead Invitational, the 1946 BCF Major Open (Section 3) and 1947 BCF Premier. Seems to have played less into the 1950s. In 1935 he beat Capablanca in a simul in Prague. Died in 1979 in Nice/Marseilles, France. Primary biographical source (in German).

Leonard Barden comments: "Hans was lecturer in European History at Exeter College, Oxford. He dearly wanted to be a professor but it was never awarded. His 1966 book The Mind of the European Romantics can still be found online.

"Hans had lived in Prague pre-war and knew Salo Flohr, so when the USSR team came here in 1947 he made a trip to London hoping for a reunion chat. But this was the occasion when Levenfish met [Dr Paul M] List for the first time since Carlsbad 1911, their reunion was seen by the security man, and Levenfish was barred permanently from travel. Probably Flohr knew that, so he terminated the reunion with Hans after a couple of minutes.

"Hans was Oxfordshire champion in 1948 and played in the Hastings Premier Reserves Major along with Horne, DB Scott and myself in 1948-9. He played on a high board in Oxfordshire's teams which won the inter-county title in 1951 and 1952. He was the university club President and took an active and friendly interest in my own career.  A charming man. When I failed Latin in my second term and was threatened with expulsion, his wife¶ gave me cramming during the summer so that I passed. He died on a trip to France in the 1970s when they were having an al fresco lunch and Hans suddenly complained of a headache and died within a few minutes." 

Here is the score of Hans Schenk's 1935 simul win against Capablanca:

(¶ Leonard knew Schenk's wife as Hazel - marriage records show her maiden name was Joyce Marjorie Hazell - she married Schenk in Brentford in 1944. Joyce/Hazel died in 2007, aged 88. Hans Schenk's 1939 address was 86C Banbury Road, Oxford. At the time of his death his address was 4 Capel Close, Summertown, Oxford.)


Reginald Brodrick Schomberg (23 February 1849 - 21 March 1932). New College, Oxford. Varsity match 1873. Barrister, married to Frances Sophia (1839–1922), daughter of Thomas Charles Morris, gentleman, of Llansteffan and his wife, Mary... Roman Catholic ... had converted while a student at New College, Oxford... family home in Upper Richmond Road in south-west London... 3rd son of Joseph Trigge, of Chelsea, Middx, gent. New College, matric. 18 Oct 1867; B.A. 1871, bar.-at-law, Lincoln's Inn, 1875. See Foster's Men at the Bar. (From the DNB notes to Schomberg, Reginald Charles Francis (1880-1958), army officer and explorer, son of RB Schomberg - sister Mary).

George Adolphus [Augustus¶] Schott (25 January 1868 - 15 July 1937). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1887, 1888. Professor, scientist, author. FRS 1922; BA Cantab., DSc London; b Bradford, Yorks; m 1913; one d. Educ: Bradford Grammar School; private schools. Went to Aberystwyth as Demonstrator of Physics, 1893; Head (Professor) of the Department of Applied Mathematics, 1909-33; Vice-Principal, 1933-34; adjudged the Adams Prize of Cambridge University, 1909. Publications: Translation of vol. i of Hertz's Collected Papers (with D. E. Jones), 1896; Electromagnetic Radiation, 1912; [etc]. Recreations: chess, golf, music. (Who's Who)

Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society Vol. 2, No. 7 (January 1939), pp. 451-454: "Outside mathematics, Schott had many gifts. He was a brilliant pianist, almost of professional standard. He spoke at least three languages fluently. He had a great gift for sketching, and at chess he was capable of playing a game with a friend when walking out together. Out of doors he was a great walker and played a good game of golf." (¶ the FRS obituary gives his name as George Augustus Schott)

Whilst still living in Bradford, he played in various chess competitions between 1887 and 1891. Whilst living in Aberystwyth, he took part in the 1895 British Amateur Championship at Hastings and the 1898 and 1899 Craigside Llandudno tournaments. Yorkshire Chess History.

Guy Edgar Schubert (4 June 1922 - 24 May 1943). Trinity College Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1941 (but may have defaulted his game. Born Sofia, Bulgaria. Lived at 37 Trinity Street, Cambridge, in 1941. "SCHUBERT - Previously reported missing from air operations, now known to have lost his life in May, 1943, and buried with his crew in Holland, GUY EDGAR SCHUBERT, B.A., Trinity College, Cambridge, R.A.F., aged 20, dearly beloved elder son of G[eza] O[tto] Schubert and Vera Schubert, and brother of Reginald, of Castle Field, Calne, Wiltshire." (14-12-1943, Andrews Newspaper Index Card) Rank: Sergeant Trade: Pilot Service No:1334705 Date of Death:24/05/1943 Age:20 Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 78 Squadron. (Flying a Halifax bomber) Grave Reference: Row B. Coll. grave 3-7. Cemetery: WIERDEN GENERAL CEMETERY.

David Bernard Schultz (later Scott) (27 August 1915 – 7 November 1993). Magdalene College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938. Born London, died Hove, Sussex. Mathematics professor. Biography, London Mathematical Society. David Bernard Schultz later changed his name to David Bernard Scott (and became a professor). He was a cousin of Leonard Richenberg who played in the 1941-42 and 1946-48 Varsity matches. Lecturer in Mathematics, Queen Mary's College, London 1939-46; Lecturer in Mathematics, Aberdeen University 1947; Lecturer in Mathematics, King's College London 1947-53, Reader 1953- 62; Professor of Mathematics, Sussex University 1962-80 (Emeritus); married 1939 Barbara Noel Smith (four sons; marriage dissolved 1972); died Hove 7 November 1993. He was the founding Professor of Mathematics at Sussex University, from 1962 to 1980, and the Independent's first chess writer. [Independent obit, 18 Dec 1993]

Obituary in BCM, Dec 1993, p677: "We report with regret the death of D. B. Scott (London, 27.viii.1915 - Hove, 7.xi. 1993) a player prominent in Middlesex and Sussex circles. He was a mathematician who graduated from Cambridge, held posts at the University of London from 1939 onwards and founded the maths department at the University of Sussex, where he was professor from 1962 to 1980. A member of the Hampstead club, he helped R. C. Griffith keep the BCM afloat during the war by contributing game notes (including a win of his against Winter) and was Sussex Champion in 1965. I recall him telling of a wonderful occasion for him when, at a pre-war Margate tournament, Capablanca made an observation about his game of that day, then sat down to show a missed winning method and then duly refuted suggestions from a voice at the back of the crowd which happened to come from ... Flohr! Resident in Hastings since 1987, Bernard Scott was very helpful and friendly in many ways. He attended some of the Kasparov-Short games and wished to reconcile Tony Miles and Ray Keene at that time. B[ernard].C[afferty]."

David Bernard Scott - see David Bernard Schultz

Napier Baliol Scott (25 December 1903 - 19 September 1956). Christ Church, Oxford. Varsity matches 1923, 1924, 1925. Civil servant. The Times obituary, 24 September 1956: "Mr N. Baliol Scott - Expert Organizer - Mr. N. Baliol Scott, who died recently at the age of 52 as the result of a road accident, had been an under-secretary at the Minister of Supply for the past four years or so first as Director of Organization and Methods and latterly in charge of the general division. Napier Baliol Scott was born on December 25, 1903, the elder son of Edward Baliol Scott, of the ancient family of Scott of Scot's Hall, Smeeth, Kent, which traces its descent from John de Baliol, founder of Balliol College, Oxford, and father of John Baliol, King of Scotland. He was educated at Westminster and was elected to an exhibition to Christ Church, Oxford, in 1922, where he graduated in 1926. He was an excellent chess player and represented Oxford against Cambridge in 1925..." Mentioned in the BCF Hon.Sec's report 1956, published in the 1956/57 BCF Yearbook (p16). Also in BCM, Oct 1956, p286: "We regret to report the death of the Under Secretary of the Ministry of Supply, Mr. Balliol Scott. He died on September 19th [1956] as a result of injuries received in collision with a motor vehicle on a pedestrian crossing. As President of the Ministry of Supply Chess Club he was greatly esteemed and his death has come as a great shock to those who knew him."

Philip Walsingham Sergeant (27 January 1872 - 20 October 1952). Trinity College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895. Professional writer on chess and other popular historical subjects. One of his most important works was A Century of British Chess (1934), which has been of inestimable value in compiling these Varsity chess records. Educ. St Paul's School, London. Read Classics at Oxford. Defeated Capablanca in a simul in 1913. Second cousin of the strong English amateur player Edward Guthlac Sergeant. Wikipedia. Sergeant's non-chess books (listed at Chess Notes)

Oxford Alumni: "Sergeant, Philip Walsingham, born in London 27 Jan., 1872; 1s. Lewis, author. Trinity, matric. 17 Oct., 1891, aged 19 (from St. Paul's school), scholar 89; Honours :—1 classical mods. 93."

John Cedric Shepherdson (7 June 1926 - 8 January 2015). Trinity College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1945. Educ. Manchester Grammar School. Mathematics professor, Bristol University. Bristol University obituaryBritish Academy obituarySt Andrews Obituary. Would have remained at Cambridge as a fellow of Trinity in 1946 but was pipped to the fellowship by another chessplayer, Peter Swinnerton-Dyer.

Sir Robert Michael Simon (18 July 1850 - 22 Dec 1914). Gonville & Caius College. Varsity match 1873. Born in Hamburg, Germany.

Who was Who: Entered: Michs. 1870. Died: 22 Dec 1914. More Information: Adm. (age 20) at Caius College, Oct. 1, 1870. S. of Lewis, merchant, of Nottingham. B. at Hamburg. School, Uppingham. Matric. Michs. 1870; B.A. 1874; M.B. 1877; M.D. 1888. At Guy's Hospital and Berlin. M.R.C.S., 1875; M.R.C.P., 1879; F.R.C.P., 1895. House Physician, Manchester South Hospital for diseases of women and children; Assistant Physician, Birmingham General Hospital, 1880; Physician there, 1891-1914. Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, Mason College, and subsequently Professor of Therapeutics at Birmingham University, 1910-14. Knighted, 1910. Served in the Great War (Lieut.-Col., R.A.M.C.). Married, 1887, Emily Maud, dau. of William Henry Willans, of Holland Park, W. Author, Diseases of Workers in Brass and Copper, etc. Died Dec. 22, 1914. (Uppingham Sch. Roll; Venn, II. 395; Univ. War List)

Harold John Snowden (5 April 1874 - 4 September 1950). Queens' College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1893, 1894, 1895. Educ. St Paul's School, London. Chartered accountant. Played in the BCF Congresses of 1909 (8th=, First-Class Amateur C) and 1924 (2nd=, First-Class A), and also at Margate 1939 (11th, Premier Reserves C).

Cambridge Alumni: "Snowden, Harold John. Adm. pens. at QUEENS', Oct. 1892. S. of the Rev. John Hampden (University College, Oxford, 1847), of the vicarage, Hammersmith. B. Apr. 5, 1874, in London. School, St Paul's. Matric. Michs. 1892; B.A. 1895. A chartered accountant. Of 2, Ravenna Road, Putney, where he died Sept. 4, 1950. Brother of Arthur de W. (1891). (St Paul's Sch. Reg.; The Times, Sept. 6, 1950.)

BCM, December 1950, p398: "Harold John SNOWDEN, B.A., F.C.A., died at Putney on Sept 3 [1950]. He was President of CUCC in the days when HE Atkins was Board 1, and for some years President of Lud Eagle CC."

The Times, 6 September 1950: "SNOWDEN.—On Sept. 4, 1950. Harold John Snowden, F.C.A.. of 2, Ravenna Road. Putney, S.W.15, son of the late Prebendary J. H. and Mrs. Snowden, aged 76 years. Funeral at Hammersmith Cemetery (Margravine Road), at noon to-morrow (Thursday)."

John de Soyres (26 April 1847 - 3 February 1905). Gonville & Caius College. Varsity match 1873, 1874. Protestant priest, author and scholar. Born Bilbrook, Somerset. In 1888 immigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Wikipedia.

Michael Justin Aylmer Spears (1921, 1st qtr - 13 January 1969). Magdalen College, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity match 1941. His mother, the novelist Mary Spears (née Borden), was a close friend of Winston Churchill and the future PM was a sponsor (along with Field-Marshall Viscount French and others) at his christening on 11 April 1921.

Classic Chicago Magazine: "The Spears’ only child, Michael Justin Aylmer Spears, born in 1921, would not have a pleasant life. As an adolescent, he contracted osteomyelitis and would continue to be in poor health from then until his early death at 47."

Anthony Maitland Spence (31 May 1925 - 31 July 1950). Trinity College, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity match 1944. Lieutenant, RNVR, during war, worked for the Aga Heat Company in London. Married 24 December 1949, but died in Leigh-on-sea, Essex, only seven months later.

Richard Terence Spencer (1912? – ?). Wadham College, Oxford. Varsity match 1935. May have been in the Colonial Audit Service. No further info.

Ronald Grubb Stansfield (17 September 1915 – 25 December 1993). Clare College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1935, 1936, 1937. Born Southampton, died Canterbury, Kent, England. Academic, sociologist. Educ. King Edward VI's School, Southampton (BCM, June 1933, p244). Played in the 1933 British Boys' Championship. Only child of the physicist Herbert Stansfield (1872-1960) and his wife Edith Grubb. He matriculated at Clare College, Cambridge, in 1933, and was awarded his B.A. in 1936, and M.A. in 1940. Undertook particle physics research at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. During the war he became a Member of the Operational Research Section of Fighter Command. After the war he went to the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) later moving to City University as Reader in Industrial Sociology. In addition to being a founder member of the Ergonomics Society he was actively involved with numerous societies concerned with anthropology, history of science, operational research, physics, psychology (BPS), sociology and the British Association. [Various sources online]

Thomas Arthur Staynes, M.C. (22 January 1899 - 31 March 1953). Brasenose College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923. One of a chessplaying Yorkshire family (see Yorkshire Chess History). Born in Wakefield, died in Guy's Hospital (but resident in Stowmarket, Suffolk). Played on board 3 for Yorkshire vs Middlesex in the 1925 County Championship final. Temp/2nd Lt., 9th Batt., West Yorkshire regt; awarded the Military Cross, 1919, for conduct with 2nd Bn on the Fresnes-Rouvroy Line, 7 October 1918. Subsequently became a schoolmaster (teaching science in Stowmarket, Suffolk, as of 1939. Played county chess for Suffolk on a high board, shortly before and after WW2.

Military Cross citation, London Gazette, 30 July 1919 (see also Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 6 August 1919, p2): "T./2nd Lt. Thomas Arthur Staynes, 9th Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. W. York. R. During the attack on the Fresnes-Rouvroy Line on October 7th, 1918, he led his men forward with fine courage and dash under heavy machine-gun fire from the Fresnes-Rouvroy Line. He personally rushed a machine-gun post and silenced the gun. He subsequently took up an outpost line and for twenty-four hours worked tirelessly, strengthening his position and reconnoitring the forward area, obtaining valuable information regarding the enemy’s dispositions. He did splendid work."

Gilbert Henry Stevens (20 February 1889 - 14 February 1982). Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1910, 1911, 1912. Assistant master, Wellingborough Grammar School, 1912-15; military service (Lt., Royal Field Artillery), 1915-19; master, Orme Boys' School, Newcastle, Staffs, 1919-28; Wolstanton County Grammar School, Staffs, 1928-?, still a maths master in 1939. Achieved a first in the Maths Tripos.

George Bertram Stocker (19 March 1856 - 9 October 1913). King's College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1877. Founder and Director of the Scholastic, Clerical, and Medical Association, Limited, 1884-1913. Composed a chess problem published in the Huddersfield College Magazine (1874/5, page 60).

Alumni Cantabrigienses: "Adm. at King's, Oct. 8, 1875. S. of James, of Burnham, Bucks., and Guy's Hospital. School, Felsted. Matric. Michs. 1875; exhibitioner. Assistant Master at Mr Nash's School, Nice, France, 1877-8; at the Wick School, Brighton, 1878-80. Founder and Director of the Scholastic, Clerical, and Medical Association, Limited, 1884-1913. Married, June 2, 1887, Alice Mary, eldest dau. of Lieut.-Col. Cadman Hodgkinson. Died Oct. 9, 1913, aged 57. (Al. Felsted.)"

William Stoney (June/July 1866 - 14 January 1932). Christ Church, Oxford. Varsity matches 1887, 1888, 1889, 1890. Educ. Wolverhampton School. Matric. 1885, B.A., 1889 (1st mathematical mods 1887, 1st mathematics 1889). Barrister, Lincoln's Inn 1891. Born in Loughborough, Leicestershire, died Middlesex (nursing home). (Oxford Men and Their Colleges, 1880-1892) Retired to Italy, 1920s.

Edward Leslie Stuart (1 April 1918 - c.July 2005). Merton College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1938, 1939. Known as Leslie Stuart. Played in the 1952 British Championship, scoring 7/11 to finish in a six-way tie for second place. Also played in the 1962 British Championship, scoring 4½/11. Won the Northumberland Zollner trophy in 1949. Was graded 204 in 1969, playing for the Ministry of Labour CC. Took a lengthy break from chess until the late 1980s, returning when he was domiciled in the north of England and thereafter staying active into the 21st century, taking part in the 2001 Monarch Assurance Isle of Man Masters. (See Sean Marsh's blog for an informative article about Leslie Stuart)

James Fearn Sugden (1st qtr of 1857 - 1 August 1925). Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1878, 1879, 1880. Clergyman. James Fearn, M.A. Cam. P(became clergyman?) 1890, cur. 1889, S. Luke, Old-street, London E.C. 16. Helmet-row, St. Luke’s, E.C. (Clergy List 1896). Moved to become vicar of Welton, Northamptonshire, 1906. Born Westminster, reg'd, 1st q of 1857, died Welton, Northamptonshire. Unmarried. Champion of Battersea CC, 1885, and also club president (BCM, 1896, p240). Played for Surrey county. Later played for the Northampton club after he moved to the area. Also played cricket for Battersea. "SUGDEN, JAMES FEARN. Adm. pen. at Trinity Hall. Oct 5, 1876. S. of William, Esq., of 170 Battersea Bridge Road, London, S.W. School, City of London. Matric. Michs, 1876; B.A. 1880; M.A 1855. Ord. deacon (London) 1889; priest, 1890; C. of St Luke's, Old Street, Loodoo, 1889-1906. V. of Welton, Northants., 1906-25. Died Aug. 1. 1925, aged 68. (Crockford, The Guardian, Aug. 28, 1925)".

Peter William Reginald Summerson (21 August 1921 - 2 October 2010). Exeter College, Oxford. Varsity match 1939 and also the 1941 unofficial match. Was, I think, a blind player - he attended Worcester College for the Blind.

Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer, later Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer (2 August 1927 - 26 December 2018). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949. Professor, Dept. of Pure Mathematics, Cambridge University (Trinity and St Catherine's Colleges) (2004). Also an international bridge player. Son of Sir Leonard Schroeder Swinnerton-Dyer (30 March 1898 - 10 June 1975), 15th bart., president of the British Chess Federation (1956-59). English Chess Forum discussionWikipedia.

History of Shropshire Chess (web): "An occasional but welcome recruit to the top board for Shropshire was Sir Peter Swinnerton-Dyer (b.1927), the son of Sir Leonard Dyer. He has the distinction of being the only player to represent Shropshire who is mentioned in Modern Chess Openings (in the section on the rare Ponziani Opening). Sir Peter, 16th baronet and landowner of the Westhope Estate near Craven Arms, was later knighted for his outstanding contribution to Number Theory in his role as Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. Here he extricates himself from a bad opening against his well-known opponent and gains a pawn and then a piece when Black blunders in a bad position. In the early fifties Sir Peter gave up chess in favour of bridge."

Charles Taylor (1855 - 17 December 1920) Christ Church, Oxford. Varsity matches 1878, 1880 and 1881. Barrister at law, Northern circuit, then Chancery Bar; later town councillor, Heene ward, Worthing, Sussex; county councillor, West Tarring ward, West Sussex. Born in Manchester, bapt. 2 Sept 1855, Tonge cum Alkrington, Prestwich, Lancashire.

Alumni Oxonienses, 1715-1886: "3s. of James [Taylor], of Manchester, gent. Christ Church, matric. 19 Oct 1876, aged 21, B.A. 1880 (Class 2, Modern History), M.A. 1884."

In fact, his father's name was Jacob (not James) and a tea merchant in Salford, b abt 1818, mother's name Catharine, b abt 1814. Older brothers Albert and Walter.

Worthing Gazette, Wednesday 22 December 1920: "Shuttleworth scholar, Owen's College, Manchester, and a Cobden and political economist prizeman; and on going to the University he won the only prize at Christ Church, Oxford, for History, and was given the honorary degree of B.A."

Living with his brother Walter in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead in 1901. Married (March 1907 - see Worthing Gazette, Wednesday 27 March 1907) Constance Truefitt (née Lever, 1870-1933, widow of George Truefitt, b 1824), living in Worthing, 1911. No chess references found.

Christopher Taylor (? - ?). Merton College, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity match 1944.

Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas (11 October 1904 - 16 May 1985). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1924, 1925, 1926. Biography, Pioneers of Devon Chess (via Wayback machine - may take time to load). Wikipedia. Yorkshire Chess History. Chessgames.com.

(From Exeter Univ CC website): "Andrew Thomas for many years taught mathematics at Blundell's School and after retiring continued to live in Tiverton until his death at the age of eighty in 1985. Beneath a calm and humorous exterior lay a fierce determination and a deep love of chess. Indeed in 1973 he published a book called just that — Chess for the Love of It. It contains some of his best games, including wins against Penrose, Najdorf, and Unzicker, and a draw against Euwe. He hated routine play and was always ready with way-out moves in the opening. 'The English Tartakower' sums him up as well as anything. He belonged to Tiverton and Exeter chess clubs and only played for Exeter in the National Club Championship on board two after Kitto. They made a formidable spearhead to the team."

BCM, August 1985, p345: "A. R. B. Thomas died recently [1985] at the age of eighty one. His life is well described in the 1973 book Chess for the Love of It (RKP) where he relates that he was a member of the Liverpool club in its great days, was at Cambridge 1923-26 and then became a public school master in the West Country. He took part in the British Championship on more than 20 occasions, and had successes at Hastings, where he should have beaten Unzicker in an exciting Evans Gambit in 1950-51. He was a great amateur with an aggressive style, and much more at home in open positions than in more sophisticated systems. He turned out for Devon for decades and won the West of England Championship at least eight times. During his long retirement he also wrote Chess Techniques (RKP 1975)."

Sir Frank Tillyard (23 January 1865 - 10 July 1961). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity match 1888. Professor of commercial law. Kt 1945, CBE 1929. Educ. City of London School. B.A., 1st class, mathematics, 1886. Vinerian Law Scholarship, 1888; first class Final School of Jurisprudence, 1888. Work: called to the Bar, 1890; engaged in social work, Mansfield House University Settlement, Canning Town, 1891-96, where he was the founder of the Poor Man's Lawyer Movement; Head of the Shalesmoor Neighbour Guild, Sheffield, 1896-1904; Organising Secretary Birmingham COS, 1904-13; Lecturer, 1904-13; Professor of Commercial Law, 1913-30, and Warden of Chancellor's Hall, 1928-30, at the University of Birmingham; Chairman of Court of Referees for Birmingham, 1912-28, and for the Metropolitan Area, 1931-37; Appointed member of Trade Boards, 1910-44, and Chairman of several Trade Boards, mostly in the Midlands; Chairman of the Birmingham Copec House Improvement Society Ltd, 1926-41. Publications: Law of Banking and Negotiable Instruments (6th edition); Introduction to Commercial Law (2nd edition); Industrial Law (2nd edition); The Worker and the State (3rd edition); (joint) Goodwill and its Treatment in Accounts; (joint) Unemployment Insurance, 1911-1948; occasional papers in various journals. (Who was Who). Played for Sheffield in the Woodhouse Cup and for Yorkshire at correspondence chess. Yorkshire Chess History.

Francis George Tims Collins (3 June 1915 – 27 November 1943). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1935, 1936, 1937. Born in Greenwich, died in action over Germany. Won the London Boys' Championship in (Jan) 1933 (see photo below) and was the London League's nominee for the British Boys' Championship in April 1933. Attended Aske's Hatcham School, London (BCM, June 1933, p244). In 1933 he tied first with Arthur William J Down for the British Boys' (Under 18) Championship (they both scored 2½/3 in the final), but Down won the play-off. Won the Civil Service Championship (Barstow Trophy) in 1938 and 1939. See John Saunders' contribution to a thread on the English Chess Forum, 4 May 2015, and John Saunders' article from the November 2010 issue of CHESS, reproduced here on the ChessBase website)

1933 FG Timms Collins
Francis George Tims Collins (1915-43) receives the trophy for winning the 1933 London Boys' Championship from Lady Margaret Hamilton-Russell (1874-1938)
(first published as a frontispiece to the February 1933 issue of BCM)

CHESS 1944-03, p85, under the title "Tims Collins Missing": "According to Mr [Julius] Du Mont, FG Tims Collins is reported missing from a bombing raid. How we hope that this genial and universally popular chess congress-ite managed to bale out!"

Sadly, not so - FG Tims Collins was killed on the night of 27 Nov 1943 in a Lancaster bomber over Heuchelheim, Germany, on a mission to bomb Berlin. He was a Flight Lieutenant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner), in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 101 Squadron. Buried Dürnbach War Cemetery, Bad Tolz, Bayern, Germany. (Grave Ref: Collective grave 11. C. 26-28.) Commemorated on the Second World War Memorial in the Chapel Passage, East Wall, Balliol College, Oxford.

Richard Stoney Topham (13 October 1855 - 13 May 1915). Christ's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1886, 1887, 1888, 1889. Born in Penistone, Yorkshire, died in Hove, Sussex. Architect and civil engineer (before going up to Cambridge). Matric. 2 October 1885. B.A. 1888. Educ: Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent. An architect. Designed the College boat-house. (Cambridge University Alumni) Represented the Christ Church (Brighton) and Hove clubs in league matches, circa 1912.

Symons Sympson Tovey (26 July 1846 - 20 March 1910). Trinity College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1880. Clergyman. born 26 Jul 1846 Bristol Gloucestershire, died 20 Mar 1910 Mentone France, son of Charles TOVEY of Clifton Bristol, wine merchant ... and Mary SYMONS; married, Emily. Education Manilla Hall Clifton (private) 11 Oct 1877 adm sizar Trinity College Cambridge 1881 BA Cambridge 19 Dec 1880 deacon London for colonies 21 Dec 1881 priest Sydney (111;2) Positions 20 Apr 1881-1883 curate S John Darlinghurst diocese Sydney 18 Jul 1883-22 Aug 1893 organising secretary Church Society diocese Sydney n d 1887-14 Jan 1910 rural dean West Sydney 1892-1893 acting precentor cathedral S Andrew Sydney 22 Aug 1893-20 Mar 1910 rector S John Bishopthorpe diocese Sydney (111) 1895 examining chaplain bishop of Bathurst (8) 1900 added to New Zealand government list of officiating clergy (51) 17 Jul 1903 leave of absence one year 22 Jan 1910 leave of absence one year in ill health (111) Other 1910 probate to widow Emily, £301 (366) 06 Apr 1910 obituary Town and Country Journal 08 Apr 1910 obituary The Guardian. Source: http://www.kinderlibrary.ac.nz/resources/bishop/T.htm [defunct link - John Kinder Theological Library]. Vice-president and founder member, Sydney Chess Club, 1883 (Adelaide Observer, 30 June 1883, p43).

Campbell Tracey (20 April 1855 - 3 October 1911). Lincoln College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877. "2nd son of John Tracey, of Dartmouth, Devon, cler. Lincoln College, matric. 25 Oct 1873, aged 18; scholar 1874-7, B.A. 1878, M.A. 1880." b 1855, Dartmouth/Totnes, Devon, d. 3 Oct 1911, St Thomas, Devonshire (retired schoolmaster), m. 1885 Amelia Ellis [surname unknown] (born Barbados), no children, lived in Exmouth in 1911.

Alan Fraser Truscott (16 April 1925 - 4 September 2005). Magdalen College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951. Wikipedia. Bridge player, writer and editor. Bridge columnist, New York Times (1964-2005). Attended Whitgift School, Croydon (as did future Oxford colleague Leonard Barden).

Arthur James Turner (30 September 1889 - 30 September 1971). Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1911, 1912. CBE 1950; MA, DSc, FTI; Director, 1940-56, of Linen Industry Research Association, Lambeg, Co. Antrim; retired, 1956; b 30 Sept. 1889; s of A. A. Turner, Camberwell, SE; m 1st, 1916, Winifred (d 1945), y d of Alfred Fisher, Streatham, SW; three s one d; 2nd, 1959, Winifred Doris (d 1970), er d of late Sir Frederick (Joseph) and Lady West, Wilmslow. Educ: Wilson's Grammar Sch., Camberwell, SE. Gonville and Caius Coll., Cambridge (Scholar and Research Student). Work: Assistant at National Physical Laboratory, 1912-15; Head of Experimental Fabrics Laboratory, Royal Aircraft Establishment, 1915-19; Prof. of Textile Technology, Manchester Univ., and College of Technology, Manchester, 1919-23; Director, Technological Research Laboratory, Indian Central Cotton Cttee, Bombay, 1924-30; Head of Spinning Dept, British Cotton Industry Research Assoc., Manchester, 1931-40; Member of Flax Development Cttee, Northern Ireland, 1940-56; Member of Flax Cttee, Ministry of Supply, 1942-50; Chairman, Flax Utilisation Sub-Cttee, 1943-50; Member of Council of Textile Institute, 1941-48, Vice-President, 1948-52, President, 1952-54; Adviser to Bombay Textile Research Assoc., 1958. Hon. Assoc. College of Technology, Manchester, 1951. Hon. Liveryman, 1923, and Member of Court, Worshipful Company of Weavers, Upper Warden, 1946, Upper Bailiff, 1962. Publications: Quality in Flax, 1955; Technological Reports on Standard Indian Cottons; numerous scientific and technical papers. Recreations: gardening, walking, cricket, chess. Address: Springfield, 12 Lumley Road, Kendal, Westmorland. T: Kendal 22324. Died 30 Sept. 1971.

Theodore Henry Tylor (later Sir) (13 May¶ 1900 - 23 October 1968). Balliol College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922. Professor, academic lawyer and international chess player, despite being nearly blind. In 1965, he was knighted for his service to organisations for the blind. Fellow and Tutor in Jurisprudence at Balliol College, Oxford for almost forty years. Played in 12 British Championships, his best being in 1933 when he was 2nd to Sultan Khan. Played nine times in the Hastings Premier, finishing 6th= in 1936/37. Finished 12th= at Nottingham 1936 (the best score by a British player). Wikipedia. Games at chessgames.com. (¶ The 1939 census gives a d.o.b. of 13 April 1900 but these often prove to be incorrect - JS)

BCM, Jan 1919, p6: "Sir Theodore Tylor - An Appreciation By W[illiam] Ritson Morry. The death of Sir Theodore H. Tylor at the age of sixty-eight was reported in The Times of October 24th [1968]. The announcement will be received with deep regret by the many chess enthusiasts who will remember him as a cheerful and extremely resourceful opponent who triumphed over the handicap of near-blindness and lived such a full and distinguished life that it earned him the admiration and respect of the world.

"The Times has already done full justice to his work as Fellow and Tutor in Jurisprudence at Balliol for nearly forty years and to his service to organizations for the blind for which he was most justly knighted in 1965, but it barely mentioned that side of his life with which we chess-players were more intimately acquainted. His education at Worcester College for the Blind naturally brought him into contact with chess and he became a very strong player.

"In 1925, at the age of twenty-five, he was among the twelve players selected for the British Championship at Stratford-on-Avon and fully justified the selectors' confidence by taking fourth prize, behind Atkins, Yates, and Edmund Spencer, and ahead of Winter. It was another four years before he became really active, but in 1929 he again played in the Championship and shared fourth prize with J. H. Morrison and W. Winter behind Sultan Khan, H. E. Price, and R. P. Michell. He followed this with his first visit to Hastings and in the 1929-30 congress put up the best performance of his career, sharing first prize with Koltanowski, in front of Flohr, Reijfir, Rellstab, Alexander, Jackson, Noteboom, Vidmar Jnr., and Winser.

"This, by the way, was only a Premier Reserves! This performance evidently impressed the selectors, for the following summer brought an invitation to play for the B.C.F. team in the Hamburg Olympiad, where he won one, drew four, and lost two games. In the 1930-31 Hastings Congress he made the first of nine appearances in the Premier Tourney, but he never managed to maintain sufficient consistency to win honours in this exalted company and was never able to finish higher than equal sixth (in 1936-7). In the nine tournaments he won ten games (of which only two were against non-British opposition - Feigin and Medina) and drew thirty-three (including World Champions Alekhine and Euwe and grandmasters Fine, Flohr (three times), Keres, Sultan Khan, Tartakower, and Vidmar).

"In 1934-5 he again tied with Koltanowski for first place in the Premier Reserves. In twelve British Championships his best performance was at Hastings in 1933 where he finished second, ½ point behind Sultan Khan and lost only to C. H. O'D. Alexander. In nine of the twelve he was in the first six, and was four times a prize-winner. He was chosen to play for England against Holland in 1938, 1948, and 1952, and against Yugoslavia in 1951. In these games he won four and lost four. He was selected to play against the U.S.S. R. in 1946, but had to withdraw at the last minute. In 1936 he was chosen as one of the four British players in the Nottingham International Tournament. This caused some dissatisfaction among other disappointed aspirants, but he came ahead of Alexander, Thomas, and Winter and captured the scalps of Flohr and Tartakower.

"In the same year he was fifth at Margate, where he drew with Capablanca, Lundin, and Stahlberg. Finally, a word should be said about his work away from the board. For six years he was President of the Chess Education Society, in whose work he took a lively interest from its foundation in 1943. He was President of the Midland Counties Union from 1946-9. He played top board for Oxfordshire for many years and captained the team for a period. We mourn a great friend of chess and a fine player who was a true amateur and obviously enjoyed every minute he spent among us."

Gilbert Varley (11 March 1874 - 16 June 1933). Christ's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1894, 1895, 1896. Engineer, company director. Educ. St Paul's School, London. B.A. 1896; M.A. 1911. Lost to Blackburne in a blindfold simul, held on 3 October 1896 at the City of London club. (See below.)

Cambridge Alumni: "VARLEY, GILBERT. Adm. pens. at CHRIST'S, Apr. 18, 1893. S. of John. B. Mar. 11, 1874, in Kensington. School, St Paul's. Matric. Michs. 1893; Scholar; B.A. 1896; M.A. 1911. An engineer, with experience in many parts of the world. Director of the Neuchatel Asphalte Co., etc. Married, 1902, Marion E. D. Duncan. Served in the Great War, 1914-19 (Sergt., R. Fusiliers). Of Broadham Manor, Oxted, Surrey . Died June 16, 1933. ( Peile, II. 782; The Times, June 17, 1933.)

Aberdeen Journal - Thursday 24 August 1933: "Mr Gilbert Varley, Oxted. Surrey, engineer, a director of the Neuchatel Asphalt Co., Ltd., the Gaika Gold Mining Company, the Scottish-Australian Mining Co., and the VarIey Trrust, who represented Cambridge University in swimming and chess, left £222,101."

James Malcolm Mitford Veitch (24 March 1926 - 13 October 2002). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1946 and the unofficial match of 1945. Captain of St John's College chess team 1945/46 and also took part in athletics and cricket. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, died in Harrogate. Educ. Newcastle Royal Grammar School. J M M Veitch played for Dundee CC in the Richardson Cup in 1974 and was graded 167 in Scotland in 1974/75. (N.B. A Malcolm Veitch was a regular correspondent to BCM's Q&Q some years ago, and a player of the same name was based in the north of England, perhaps more recently.)

Wilfred Walker (? - ?). Christ's College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1942. No other info found.

Leonard Charles Walters (14 November 1923 -29 June 2010). St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1944. B.A. 1945. Played in the unofficial Varsity match of 1944.

His December 1957 letter published in the 1958 St Catharine's Magazine: "After going down in 1944 I worked for the Ministry of Supply on valve development and research until 1947 when I took a four-year Short Service Commission in the Royal Navy as an Instructor Officer. On returning to civilian life in February 1951, I joined the Plessey Co., Ltd, as a development engineer. I left Plesseys and worked as Senior Engineer in the microwave research laboratory of Decca Radar, Ltd, from October 1954 to September 1955, when I returned to Plesseys as Project Leader in a new research group which moved to Hampshire in 1956. Since October last year we have been living at Hazeldene, Botley Road, near Baddesley, Hampshire. Apart from a briefly renewed acquaintance with Graham Rushton in 1946, occasional contact with J. M. Bee at chess gatherings or matches, and spasmodic meetings at technical exhibitions or lectures with David Paul, my contact with Cath's men has been confined to the annual dinner of the London Group, but even this, I regret to say, has had to be omitted for the past two years."

Cecil Warburton (6 February 1854 - 7 October 1958). Christ's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1886, 1887, 1888. Entomologist, schoolmaster.

Biographical Register of Christ's College, 1505-1905: Volume 2, 1666-1905: "Warburton, Cecil: son of William: born at Salford, 6 Feb. 1854. Schools: Old Trafford, Manchester; Owens College, Manchester. Second Master at Old Trafford School. Admitted pensioner under Mr Cartmell 15 Jan. 1886. BA. (Nat. Sc. Trip. 2nd class) 1889 ; M.A. 1892, Represented Cambridge against Oxford at Chess 1886-7-8, and holder of the University Chess Challenge Cup 1886 and 1887. One of the founders of the Christ's College Magazine. Zoologist to the Royal Agricultural Society since 1893. On the Government Entomological Research Committee 1909. Lecturer in Agricultural Zoology. Demonstrator in Medical Entomology since 1911. Author of numerous papers on insects and arachnids; of the article on Tracheate Arachnids in Cambridge Natural History, joint author of Monograph on Ixodidae or Ticks. Present address: Yewgarth, Grantchester, Cambridge."


The Times, 9 October 1958, p16: "MR. CECIL WARBURTON - Mr. Cecil Warburton, doyen of Cambridge entomologists, died at Grantchester on Tuesday at the age of 104. He was born on February 6, 1854, and educated at Old Trafford School, Manchester, and afterwards at Owens College. For a time he was second master at his old school until he came up to Christ's College. Cambridge, in 1886, at the instigation of an old pupil who was a member of the college, J. G. Adami, afterwards Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University, and among his contemporaries at Christ's were [Sir Arthur] Shipley, Israel Gollancz, and W. H. D. Rouse. Although he was older than the ordinary undergraduate, and wore a beard, too, his good humour and his cheerfulness easily bridged the gap of years.

"An ardent croquet player beyond his 100th birthday, in those distant years Warburton took part in many college activities; he represented the University against Oxford at chess in 1886, 1887, and 1888, and was president of the University chess club in 1887. After taking his B.A. degree in 1889 he devoted himself to research in zoology. He was especially interested in the Arachnida and was the author of numerous papers and articles on them. His leaning towards the economic side of zoology led to his appointment in 1893 as zoologist to the Royal Agricultural Society. He was a member of the Government Entomological Research Committee in 1909. For many years he lectured in Zoology in the Agricultural School at Cambridge and he demonstrated as well in the Zoological Laboratory. He was appointed Demonstrator in Medical Entomology in 1911 and worked both in the Quick Laboratory, then just started, and in the Agricultural School. When, after the War of 1914-18, the Quick Laboratory expanded into the Molteno Institute, Warburton gave his whole time to work in that department. He loved both fresh air and exercise (he used to bicycle to and fro between Cambridge and his home at Grantchester until late in life), and throughout his life he retained a freshness and vigour that were remarkable. He was unmarried. On his 100th birthday he was entertained at luncheon by the Master and Fellows of Christ’s College."

Allen Watkins (2 March 1889 - ? March 1977). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1911, 1912. Born Tupsley, Herefordshire, died Cheltenham, Gloucs. Son of a master miller and became one himself, at Slad, Gloucs. Article in the BCM, August 1916, pps 263-267 on 'chess shorthand' by Allen Watkins. See Chess Notes CN5880.

Sir Duncan Amos Watson (10 May 1926 - 21 April 2015). St Edmund Hall, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity match 1945. Lost his eyesight aged 16, in about 1942. Educ. Worcester College for the Blind (where he was chess captain). By profession a solicitor and senior civil servant; disability activist. Became president, World Blind Union and chair of RNIB. Awarded CBE (1986) and was knighted in 1993. Obituary in the Guardian.

John Henry Weatherall (23 September 1868 - 15 January 1950). Exeter College, Oxford. Varsity match 1894. b Liverpool, 1868; m 1st, 1897, Florence (d 1915), d of George Atkins, Leicester; 2nd, 1917, Mary (d 1945), d of Rudolph Neele, London; one s one d. Educ: [Wavertree national school] Liverpool; Owens College, Manchester; Unitarian College, Manchester; Exeter College and Manchester College, Oxford. Work: Unitarian Minister, Darlington, 1896-98; Professor of Hebrew and Hellenistic Greek in the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen, 1898-1904; Minister of Bank Street Chapel, Bolton, 1904-14; Minister of Essex Church, London, 1915-30; Principal of Manchester College, Oxford, 1931-38; London University Extension Lecturer in European Literature, 1917-29; Preacher to American Unitarian Association, Boston, 1921; and at Centenary Service of the British and Foreign Unitarian Association, London, 1925; Preacher to Czecho-Slovakian Church, Vinorhady, Prague, 1934. Publications: The Books of the Old Testament, 1902; Twelve Sermons, 1907; Recollections of an Oxford Student at Manchester College, 1929; The significance of the Unitarians, Essex Hall Lecture, 1938; various contributions in The Inquirer, Manchester Guardian, Hibbert Journal. Recreations: chess (Oxford University Chess Team v Cambridge, 1894) and walking. Address: 26 Llanedeyrn Road, Cardiff. Died 15 Jan. 1950. (Who's Who)

Oxford Alumni: "Weatherall, John Henry, born at Liverpool 23 Sept., 1868; 2s. William, cler. Non-Collegiate, matric. 11 Oct., 90, aged 22 (from Wavertree national school, and Owens coll.); migrated to Exeter 21 Jan., 91."

Christopher Anderson Webb (18 October 1917 - 28 December 1975). Jesus College, Cambridge. Unofficial Varsity match 1944.

Walter Roland Tracy Whatmore (1893/4 - 27 July 1962). Christ Church, Oxford. Varsity matches 1912, 1913, 1914. Chartered accountant, Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co, City of London. Lt. Colonel of the 2/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regt, WW1. Awarded Military Cross, WW1, 1918 New Year Honours List. Drew with JH Blackburne in a simul given on 12 October 1910 at the King's Restaurant, Leicester (game score not available). [chessgames. com Blackburne page]

George Shorrock Ashcombe Wheatcroft (29 October 1905 - 2 December 1987). New College, Oxford. Varsity 1925, 1926. University law professor, expert on taxation. Professor of English Law, LSE (1959-68). Represented England at the Stockholm Chess Olympiad of 1937, served as president of the British Chess Federation (1953-56), and was an expert bridge player.

Leonard Barden comments: "I always understood that he was the man who originated VAT."

Indeed so - Wheatcroft's biography at the LSE website tells us that Wheatcroft was a "Professor of Law at the School from 1959-1968 and from 1971 to 1972 was the official advisor to the Customs and Excise on the introduction of VAT." His son Timothy Martin Wheatcroft (25 January 1934 – 13 June 1987) was also a chess player who played in the 1963 British Championship in 1963, scoring 5½ out of 11. Wikipedia.

William Timothy Whiffen (21 May 1925 - 8 July 2010). St John's College, Oxford. Unofficial Varsity match 1944. Clergyman. Canon. Former Vicar of St. Mary's, Woughton-on-the-Green and lately of Lovat Fields Village, Willen Park, after spending some time in Sri Lanka.

Rev. Benjamin Whitefoord (26 Dec 1848 - 29 Nov 1910¶). New College, Oxford. Varsity match 1873. D.D., M.A. Principal of Salisbury Theological College (c1883). He died on 29 Nov 1910¶ without issue. He was educated in New College, Oxford. Parents: Rev. Caleb WHITEFOORD M.A. and Sarah LAMBERT. He was married to Hon. Marion Sybil HEADLEY (daughter of HEADLEY 3rd Baron and unknown) on 13 Nov 1890. (not in Gaige). WHITEFOORD, Rev. Canon Benjamin [who's who] - DD; Vicar of Potterne, Wilts, and Rural Dean; Prebendary of Salisbury Cathedral from 1887; b 26 Dec. 1848; s of the Rev. Caleb Whitefoord, MA, late Rector of Whitton, Salop; m 1890, Hon. Marion Sybil Powell, y d of 3rd Baron Headley and widow of late Alexander Powell of Hurdcott House, Wilts. Educ: New Coll., Oxford (MA, DD). Third-class Classical Moderations; 3rd class Final Classical School; 4th class Jurisprudence School. Work: Asst-Master, Lucton School, 1875-76; Curate of St Maurice, Winchester, 1877-84; Principal of Salisbury Theological College, 1883. Publications: joint author of a Book of Latin Phrases; frequent contributor to the Expositor and the Expository Times; contributor to Hastings' Dictionary of the Gospels. Recreations: chess (President of the Oxford University Chess Club, 1873; played against Cambridge University, 1873), golf. Address: Potterne Vicarage, Wilts. Club: Athenæum. Died 29 Nov 1910¶. n.b. biographical records give d.o.d. variously as 1911 and 1912 but statutory records indicate the date as given here.)

Basil Thomas Wigoder (12 February 1921 - 12 August 2004). Oriel College Oxford. Unofficial Varsity match, 1940. Lord Wigoder of Cheetham (1974). Royal Artillery, 1942-1945, continued his studies at Oriel College, Oxford, after the war. Degree in Modern Languages in 1946, President of the Oxford Union in the same year. Called to the Bar in 1946, became a QC in 1966. Ran for parliament as Liberal Party candidate in 1959 and 1964, unsuccessfully. No other chess references found. Wikipedia.

Peter Anscar Williams (14 July 1916 - 29 September 2000). Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1944-46 and 1952). Unofficial Varsity match 1945. Died in Tower Hamlets, London.

Henry Gaye Willis (December 1847 - 28 January 1937). Clare College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1875. Schoolmaster at Manchester Grammar School, 1911. Entered St John's, Michaelmas 1872. Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, May 15, 1871. S. of the Rev. Henry Mark (1836) (and Maria Simpson Gaye). B. at Littledean, Gloucs. Bapt. Dec. 23, 1847. School, University College, London. Migrated to Clare, June 6, 1872. Matric. Michs. 1872; Scholar, 1872; B.A. (14th Wrangler) 1876; M.A. 1879. Assistant Master at Dulwich College, 1876-7; at Manchester Grammar School, 1879-1918-. Author, Conic Sections; Elementary Modern Geometry, etc. (Dulwich College Register).

William Winter (11 September 1897 - 17 December 1955). Clare College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1919. Wikipedia. Chess Notes Biography (¶ BCM actually gives 1898 as the year of birth but I have corrected this as it is now known to be incorrect. Statutory records show his year of birth to be 1897.)

BCM, Feb 1956, p28 (by JG - unidentified - a typo for HG = Harry Golombek?): "William Winter died on December 17th last [1955]. He was born near Alton [Medstead] in Hampshire, on September 11th, [1897¶ – see note above], of Scottish parentage, and was thus in his fifty-eighth [59th¶] year. Although in failing health for the past few years, he remained cheerful and mentally active to the end.

"In his boyhood he was taught the game by his father. He made rapid progress and devoted much time to the game. At Cambridge he became University Champion in 1919, and about that time he won promotion to the first class of the City of London C.C. In the same year he played in the strong Hastings International Tournament, but obviously suffered from lack of experience of master play.

"The milestones of his subsequent progress can be briefly noted. He came fifth in his first British Championship, 1925, third in 1928, and equal second in 1931. The successive years 1935, at Yarmouth, and 1936, at Bournemouth, saw him Champion. In 1918 he was first in a strong tournament at Scarborough; in 1939 he was equal second in the Scottish Championship.

"Winter represented his country in four international Team Tournaments: Hamburg, 1930; Prague, 1931; Folkestone, 1933; and Warsaw, 1935. He acquitted himself well, In the radio match with U.S.S.R. in 1946, he defeated young Bronstein in the first round. It will also be remembered that in the last round at Nottingham, 1936, he drew with Botwinnik, thus depriving the present World Champion of the outright first prize.

"He will, above all, be remembered as a writer and teacher. A second edition of his Chess for Match Players was published in 1951 and later his Kings of Chess. For about ten years he edited the chess bulletins of the Society for Cultural Relations with the U.S.S.R. Also, for six years until 1951 he was chess editor of the Daily Worker. With D. V. Hooper he produced the World Championship Candidates' Tournament Book, 1953. In his writing, and in his annotations, he was lucid, putting into a sentence as much as many others put into a paragraph.

"All his pupils agree that he was a great teacher. He had a vast knowledge of all aspects of the game of chess, but in addition he had the ability to expound the ideas behind the moves.

"An International Master of F.I.D.E. and British Master of BCF, Winter never reached, however, the highest rank in chess, although he gave most of his life to the game. It may be that he lacked the stamina necessary for play in the best circles. Probably he had not the determination and will to win, although well aware of Lasker's pronouncements on this subject. A most gracious loser, he would concede a loss where other players would fight on and put difficulties in the way of the opponent.

"Winter was a cultured man of high intellectual attainments, as befitted the nephew of Sir J. M. Barrie. Let it be admitted that he had his failings, and his views were not always acceptable to the majority. But to his friends he was a charming man, always courteous, and tolerant of all, even of the youngest chess-players. His passing is a great loss to his friends and to chess. - J. G."

Mervyn Edward Wise (24 January 1917 - ??). Pembroke College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1937, 1938, 1939. Academic, expert on the mathematics of medicine. Lived with his parents in Merton, Surrey, in 1939, listed in the census as B.A. mathematics & geography. Based at Leiden University in the Netherlands in the 1990s and active in chess there as late as 1995.

Duncan Wakeham Wooldridge (25 April 1889 - 2 February 1974). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1911, 1912. Solicitor, chess administrator. Born Hay Green, Worcs., died Stourbridge, Worcs. (Father Henry was a 'Frost cog manuf'r', mother Elizabeth.) Matriculated 1908, B.A. 1911. M.A. 1915 (also LL.B.). Played chess for Worcestershire in 1939 on board 4. Vice-president, Birmingham CC, 1930. Lived in Harbourne in 1915; solicitor in the firm New & Wooldridge, Temple Row, Birmingham, 1940.

Francis Michael Wright (1856 - ?). Queen's College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1875, 1877, 1878. 1st son of William, of Doncaster, Yorks, gent. Queen's College, matric. 28 May 1874, aged 18; exhibitioner 1874-9, B.A. (1st class, maths & physics) 1877, M.A. 1883 (Alumni). In 1881 he was an assistant master at Tonbridge Grammar School, Kent. Later taught for a year at Haileybury College, from where he emigrated to the USA in 1885, naturalised in 1890, eventually became a patent lawyer and author, based in San Francisco, California. Married Bertha Tracy Bennett (1872-1945) in abt 1895. Parents William Wright and Sarah Oldall married Dronfield, Derbyshire, 2nd qtr 1855.

Louis Bernard Zapoleon (21 December 1886 – 27 December 1969). Fitzwilliam House [College], Cambridge. Varsity match 1934 (aged 48 - probably the oldest player to have played in the Varsity chess match series). Born Grodno, Belarus, died Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Of Washington, DC. Acted as an adjudicator at an Emanuel Lasker simul, Mechanic's Institute, San Francisco, 22 March 1926 (reference). Finished last in the 1913 New York National tournament, lost to Capablanca (erroneously given as a draw in some sources), but drew with Marshall. chessgames.com biography

References to "Gaige" are to Jeremy Gaige's 1987 booklet Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987). I was sent a copy of this invaluable work by Timothy Whitworth (1932-2019) some years ago and it was the starting point for my Varsity chess match research.
"Oxford Alumni" is a reference to the work by Joseph Foster entitled Oxford Men and Their Colleges, 1880-1892, published by James Parker and Co, Oxford, 1893.
PWS = Philip Walsingham Sergeant's work A Century of British Chess, published by Hutchinson & Co, London, 1934.

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