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Tournament: 7th Varsity Match • Venue: St. George's Chess Club, 20 King Street, London • Date: Thursday 3 April 1879
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The 7th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at St. George's Chess Club, King Street, St. James's, London, on Thursday 3 April 1879 with Wilhelm Steinitz adjudicating unfinished games.

Bd Oxford University
Game 1
Game 2
Cambridge University
1b Walter Montague Gattie (Christ Church)
0-1
½-½
William Hewison Gunston (St John's)
2w Edward Herring Kinder (Brasenose)
1-0
½-½
William Henry Blythe (Jesus)
3b Robert Arthur Germaine (Brasenose)
0-1
1-0
James Fearn Sugden (Trinity Hall)
4w Charles Taylor (Christ Church)
1-0
0-1
Reginald Colebrooke Reade (King's)
5b Robert George Hunt (Merton)
0-1
-
Charles Chapman (St John's)
6w Charles Scott Malden (Trinity)
0-1
½-½
Francis Parker Carr (St Catharine's)
7b Barton Reginald Vaughan Mills (Christ Church)
1-0
-
Arthur Herbert Leahy (Pembroke)
   
5½-6½
 

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), (compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987); ; Sergeant, Philip W, A Century of Chess (London 1934), p295-296 & 344 (ref'd as PWS); FreeBMD & other statutory records; Ancestry.com; FindMyPast.com; Who Was Who 1897-2007; Wikipedia. 3 of the 12 games played are available in the download.

The Field, 5 April 1879 (probably written by Wilhelm Steinitz, who was Field editor from about 1873 to 1882): "The Inter-University Chess Match — Amongst the annual University events the struggle for mental superiority in our pastime has firmly established itself as an important contest, though, by its nature, it cannot find a spectacle for masses of onlookers, any more than the annual University examinations in classics and mathematics. On the contrary, it has been found expedient to restrict the number of eye-witnesses, for the purpose of enabling the competitors to test their skill under such conditions of quietude as befit our studious pursuit.

"This year’s annual chess competition between seven representatives of each rival University, which took place at the rooms of the St. George's Chess Club, 20, King Street, St. James’s, on Thursday last, was therefore again of a semi-private character. Oxford stood in favour before the final list wae made known, for the Cantabs had brought two new comers into their team, while Oxford had only one untried representative on their side. But, on the players assembling about two o'clock, it was announced that [Francis Michael] Wright, who had been marked for No. 2 of the Oxford party, was unavoidably absent; the representatives on that side, from the third board to the sixth, were therefore all raised higher, and Mills, who had never played before, was made substitute for the last place.

"On the Cambridge side an alteration was also made, owing to the absence of Kearney, who had been previously been appointed second, but it did not necessitate a disturbance of the previous list on more than two of the upper boards, or the Cantabs brought forward a good fourth substitute in Reade, who was no novice on this occasion. This slight advantage of the Cantabs was a little increased bv their winning the toss for the first move, which gave four of their players the choice of opening in the first game, and was likely to have some effect on those boards, where only one single game was finished between the pair.

"Accordingly, Gunston against Gattie opened on board No. 1, and it should be stated that at the outset the Cantab was considered at a disadvantage, for Gattie had obtained good practice latterly as a member of the St. George’s Chess Club, and was known as an imaginative player of no mean order. The first game will be found below. It lasted four hours, and there was hardly time in the second game to get much further than the opening, which was a most irregular French defence, Gunston having followed up ...e6 by ...c6 on the second move, in answer to White’s Nc3. Gattie could have much strengthened his attack if he had advanced his P to B5 on the 14th move without preparation; and, even when the game was broken up, he would have been much better off if he had played the QB instead of the KR to Kt sq. As it was, the following difficult position was submitted to the adjudication of the umpire.

"The rule had been laid down on a previous occasion that on the first two boards the game should be declared in favour of the party who could obtain a winning superiority within six moves; while on the other boards the umpire had much wider discretion as regards the adjudication of a draw (see Field of March 24, 1877). In the above position the game was decided by the umpire to be drawn; and though it seems at first sight somewhat in White's favour, it will be found on examination of the following continuation that White's attack cannot be long sustained by proper play on Black's part, whose turn it was to play [analysis]

"On board No. 2 anticipations were also not verified, for the Cantab was the favourite at starting, owing to his having had some recent good practice with strong players on Metropolitan chess circles, while the Oxonian was comparatively unknown. Their first game wiil be found below. With the exception that the second game reached the number of thirty moves when the umpire was called upon to adjudicate, its progress was the counterpart of the second game of board No. 1, only that the Oxonian had this time committed some weaknesses in the early part, while the Cantab had just thrown away his best chance by unnecessary sacrifices of pawns a few moves before the call of time. The umpire declared the following position a draw, as neither side could gain a winning superiority within six moves.

"On board No. 3, Sugden opened with the Ruy Lopez, Anderssen's variation of ...d6 for the attack. Germaine defended in a manner which showed his want of acquaintance with the opening, viz, by Bd3, and in consequence had a cramped game, from which he relieved himself, owing to his opponent failing to make the usual sacrifice of the N for the e-pawn, when Black's B ultimately removed to c5. Black had then the best of the game, having already driven the adverse QB to g3 bv tbe advance of the g-pawn, and he could have further strengthened his attack if he had not himself castle on the K side. But Germaine precipitated the assault, and ultimately lost a clear piece by an untimely exchange, which was soon followed by a forced loss of the Q, brought about by the Cantab in a neat manner. Duration, an hour and a half. This was the first game decided in the contest, and remained the only one brought to an issue, almost until the second game was finished between tbe same pair. The opening was a carious sort of French defence. On the 11th move tbe Cantab, who was second player, committed a gross error, whereby a clear piece was lost. He managed afterwards to get a P for it, but could not resist the attack, which the Oxonian conducted well, and Germaine forced a mate at 5.30, when only one other game (on board 2) had just been finished.

"On board No. 4 Taylor opened with KB Gambit, but threw away a P uselessly on the 8th more, at the same time subjecting himself to a difficult position. He tried to retrieve himself by an unsound sacrifice of a piece, but could not keep up the attaok for more than a few moves. The Cantab then exchanged Queens, and broke up the adverse position by the superiorlty of his forces. The game was ultimately scored by Reade at 5.45. The second game was a sort of Giuoco Piano, in which both sides advanced d3/d6. Taylor, by an error, lost the important f-pawn with a ch[eck]; but Reade soon afterwards requited the mistake by giving up the exchange without occasion, when he could have recovered the piece, with much the best of the game, by Be3. The call of time left him with a clear exchange behind, and the umpire had no difficulty in adjudging the game to Taylor.

"On board No. 5 only one game was played, which lasted throughout the duration of the match, and had nevertheless actually to be adjudged on the twenty-second move, after nearly six hours' play. The opening, in which Chapman had to meet the Q Fianchetto defence adopted by Hunt, was weakly conducted by White, who played Bc4 on the second move, thus early subjecting himself to an attack on his B, whereby he lost ground. Hunt had much the best of the game, when by on oversight he lost a piece for one P and the game was clearly in Chapman's favour when the umpire awarded it to him.

"On board No. 6 Carr conducted the defence of an accepted Q Gambit weakly; but, his opponent having let his opportunity slip, Carr took the attack promptly in hand, and by an elegant sacrifice of a Kt, which showed greater talent than the Cantab's position in his team would have led to expect, he won the Oxonian Q for R and Kt. Malden made an excellent defence, and the play on both sides created more interest than would have been due to the lower end of the list; but at about 5.45 Malden found found further resistance useless. The second game, an Evans' Gambit, had not proceeded mych beyond the opening when time was called, and the umpire declared it a draw.

"On board No. 7 there was also only a single game played, which lasted throughout the match. ln the opening Leahy adopted the Anderssen variation of the Ruy Lopez. On the sixth move Mills lost his e-pawn by an oversight, but made a stubborn resistance towards the middle, until his adversary committed an error, whereby the exchange was lost. The Oxonian could have won the game several times much more quickly, but at 7.45, the time fixed for the conclusion of the match, he had Just obtained such overwhelming superiority as to compel Leahy to resign. The final score gave a victory for Cambridge by five games to four, as ahown by the annexed score:

"The fact that the two rival Universities had up to the present scored even matches and that the odd victory was gained this time by the majority of one game only, reflects the highest credit on the spirit evinced by the representatives of our ancient seats of learning. The duration of most of the games on this occasion also speaks well for the earnestness and patience of the contestants. But it ought to be stated that slowness of play was carried this time to such an excess as to suggest the desirability of a time limit being fixed on future occasions.

"At eight o'clock the teams were entertained at dinner by the members of the St. George's Chess Club at the Criterion Restaurant. The company numbered about forty, with Lord Lindsay in the chair. After the repast the noble lord, in coupling the name of Prince Leopold with the loyal toasts, expressed his appreciation of the beneficial influence which the example of the Royal Highness had exercised on the progress of the game at Oxford and throughout the country. The toast of the Cambridge and Oxford teams was proposed by the noble chairman, and warmly acknowledged by the respective presidents of the two University Chess Clubs Messrs Sugden and Gattie. The Hon. Mr Lindsay proposed the game of chess and the umpire, Mr Steinitz. Mr Germaine proposed the health of the hon. sec. of the St. George's Chess Club, Mr Minchin, and of the committee of the club, coupled with the name of Mr Strode. Mr Warner gave the toast of the Chess Player's Chronicle, coupled with the name of its editor, the Rev. C. E. Ranken. A silent toast was proposed by the Hon. Mr Lindsay to the memory of Professor Anderssen, who was an hon. member of the St. George's Chess Club. [Adolf Anderssen died on 13 March 1879] The noble chairman's health was proposed by Mr Gattie, and in the various speeches the most cordial reciprocity of amicable feeling was expressed between the hosts and the University guests. Several speakers suggested the desirability of a return match being arranged between Messrs Steinitz and Zukertort, and it was announced that the next meeting of the Counties Chess Association is to be held at Oxford, and will commenoe on the 3rd of July."


Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, 5 April 1879: "On Thursday the most interesting of the chess contests that have yet been played between the Universities took place at the rooms of the St George's Chess Club, King Street, St James’s. Six matches have previously been decided, and as each University thrice proved successful, additional interest was lent to the match under notice. On the whole, tbe proceedings were slow, and only in one instance were the two games completed. Indeed, in one case the game not only lasted tbe stipulated time, but had then to be adjudicated upon by tbe umpire. [names of competitors]

"Cambridge won the toss, and had the first move in four of the opening games. Gunston and Gattie occupied the board No. 1, the first-named proving successful after a game of four hours' duration. A second game between them being unfinished when the allotted time expired, the umpire gave it as drawn. Kinder and Blythe were engaged at board No. 2. This time the result was in favour of tbe Oxonian, but the second match, as in the preceding case, was adjudicated drawn, very evenly. Sugden and Germaine were the only pair who succeeded in getting through two games. The Cambridge president won the first, but in the second Germaine had his revenge. Reads and Taylor’s opening game extended over three hours and a half, and resulted in a victory for the former. Their second game, unfinished at 6:30, was adjudged to Oxford. Hunt and Chapman failed to complete one game in the stipulated time, and, being called upon to decide, Mr Steinitz gave his decision in favour of Cambridge. Carr proved superior to Malden in three hours and a quarter game, and commenced a second, which was left drawn. One game only waa contested by Mills and Leahy, and this terminated in win for former. In all twelve matches were started, but only seven completed, and of this number Cambridge won four. The umpire had to adjudicate upon no less than five games. One game he gave to Cambridge and another to Oxford, and the rest he decided as drawn. It will thus be seen that Cambridge won five games to four. In all his decisions Herr Steinitz, the umpire, gave great satisfaction."


Morning Post, 4 April 1879 [n.b. working from a very poor scan - some words have been guessed - JS]: "The most interesting of the seven annual inter-Universities' chess matches yet played was witnessed yesterday at the rooms of the St' George's Chess Club, King-st, St James's. In the six previous encounters honours had been divided—each side having won three. [?] ... the reputation of being stronger than [last] year the Cambridge men were supposed to be... There were as usual seven players on each side [names of players - Gattie and Sugden being referred to as presidents of OUCC and CUCC respectively] Cambridge were successful in the toss, which [gave] the first move in four of the opening games. On first board Gunston adopted the Ruy Lopez. The game was well played by both [...] should have won but undervaluing the [...] his opponent, pursued the attack too vigorously [...] after a game of nearly four hours, the Light [Blue defeated] his opponent. The second game was [...] and left unfinished, the umpire, Mr W. Steinitz, [...] it drawn. Kinder opened with the [...] which Blythe declined. The game was [...] up to the eighth move when the Oxonian [...] the Queen's knight. On the 17th move [...] and had he not exchanged queens he [...] the game much sooner. As it was he at [...] after a two and threequarters [...] commenced, and in this instance [...] it should be left drawn. Sugden [...] well against Germaine. The latter, who [...] attacks, received checkmate after [...] play. Sugden adopted the French [...] the second game, and lost a piece about the [...] from this period had the better [...] mated his opponent on the 30th move. [...] lasted nearly two hours. These were [...] got through two games. Reade [and Taylor had] a very close fight in their first game [and Taylor] won the 32nd move. The second [...] was adjudicated on by Mr Steinitz [...]. Chapman and Hunt were four [...] their only game, which they were [...] and as the Cantab was a clear [...] awarded to him. Malden opened his [...] which was badly defended by Carr [...] the Oxford attack became rather [...] judicious sacrifice of a knight [...] won the queen giving mate on [...]. The second game was drawn. At the [...] engaged were [Leahy] and Mills, [...] and a half hours over one game. Cambridge [...] at the beginning, but playing [...] his position. He again became [...] and [...] the game which he ultimately [...]. Cambridge thus won the match by five games to [four with three games] left undecided."

[Times, Friday 4 April 1879]
Gunston won the first game against Gattie
Kinder beat Blythe after 2 and three-quarter hours' play, 2nd game drawn.
Sugden and Germaine won a game each
Reade won his first game (after 3½ hours' play) and 2nd was adjudicated in favour of Taylor
Chapman and Hunt took 4½ hours' over their only game (adjudicated)
Carr beat Malden "cleverly" in the first game.
Mills beat Leahy in their only game, exactly the stipulated 4½ hours.


Biographical Notes

Walter Montagu(e) Gattie (21 July 1854 - 17 November 1907), 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. Played in the 1876, 1877, 1879, 1880 and 1881 Varsity chess matches. President of OUCC, 1878-9.

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

Robert Arthur Germain(e) (1854 - 4 June 1905), 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. Died 4 June 1905. Played in the 1878, 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

Charles Taylor (b abt 1855 - ?) 3s. of James [Taylor], Manchester, gent. Christ Church, matric. 19 Oct 1876, aged 21, B.A. 1880 (Class 2, Modern History), M.A. 1884. No further info found. Played in the 1878, 1880 and 1881 Varsity chess matches.

Robert George Hunt (abt 1853, USA - 14 July 1936). 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. RG Hunt played in the 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

Charles Scott Malden (17 April 1858 - 4 September 1896), schoolmaster. Alumni Oxonienses: "elder son, Henry Charles [Malden], of Brighton, arm. Trinity College, matric 14 Oct 1876, aged 18, B.A. 1880, M.A. 1883." Headmaster of Windlesham School, Isle of Wight. Played in the 1878, 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

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


William Hewison Gunston (9 September 1856 - 25 January 1941), 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.

Gunston,W - Louis,A [C48] BCF Major Open Richmond, 1912 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 0-0 Be7 5 Nc3 Nd4 6 Nxd4 exd4 7 e5 dxc3 8 exf6 cxb2 9 Bxb2 Bxf6 10 Re1+ Kf8 11 Ba3+ Kg8 12 Re3 h6 13 Qe2 Kh7 14 Bd3+ g6 15 Re1 d5 16 Be7 Bxe7 17 Rxe7 Rf8 18 Qh5 Qd6 19 h4 Kg7 20 Qf3 h5 21 R1e5 c6 22 Bxg6 Bg4 23 Qf4 Be6 24 Qg5 Rg8 25 R5xe6 Qxe6 26 Bxf7+ Kf8 27 Qxg8+ Kxe7 28 Bxe6 Rxg8 29 Bxg8 1-0 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.)" Played in the 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

William Henry Blythe (1855 - 11 September 1931), private tutor. Alumni Cantabrigienses: "Adm. pens. (age 19) at JESUS, Oct. 1874. S. of Joseph Henry, Esq. B. 1855, at Llanllwehaiarn, Montgomery. 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.)"

James Fearn Sugden (1857 - 1 August 1925), 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. Played in the 1878, 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

Reginald Colebrooke Reade (25 August 1853 - 29 June 1891), 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. President of CUCC, 1876-7. Played in the 1876, 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

Charles Chapman (25 November 1855 - 11 May 1901), 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.)" Played in the 1878 and 1879 Varsity chess matches.

Francis Parker Carr (13 June 1860 - 15 June 1945). Worked in family business, Carr's Inks. 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)." 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. Played in the 1879, 1880, 1881 and 1882 Varsity chess matches.

Arthur Herbert Leahy (25 May 1857 - 16 May 1928). 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." Played in the 1879 Varsity chess match.


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