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Varsity Oxford-Cambridge Match: Pen Pictures of Players • last edited: Tuesday March 23, 2021 7:06 PM 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.

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. "... 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." [Obit, BCM, February 1932, p68] (§ 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) - b 23 Aug 1843, Madeley ENG, d 1 Jan 1932 London (Gaige), bar, p.10 (Gaige, but Gaige has him down as a Cambridge man?! Wrote a book called Chess Telegraphic Codes (1890) Waterlow and Sons Limited, London Wall, London. Edwyn Anthony "a pupil of Steinitz's". (Sergeant) 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).

Walter Arthur Atmore (1859 - disappeared 1896). St John's College, Cambridge. Varsity matches 1880, 1881. Clerk. Born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, died in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. 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."

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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, 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.)"

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). "... 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." (Times, 30 Oct 1918) Christ Church War Memorial - biographyPhoto on Flickr. 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.)

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 (1914-2004) 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.

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.

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. [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." Worked as a publisher. Read mathematics at Cambridge, in class 3, Tripos Part 1, 1940.

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. 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.

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. "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." [https://www.westlondonchess.com/history]. (* "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." (BCM, Quotes & Queries, Feb 1954, p54)). 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.)" No BCM obit.

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. Obituary by D.J.M[organ] [BCM, Dec 1958, p325]: "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

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.

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. 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." WikipediaChessgames.com

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]

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)

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.

John Edge (? – ?) Pembroke College, Cambridge. Varsity match 1934. Nothing else known.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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. "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." (Leonard Barden on the English Chess Forum, 2015 - edited). Thread on English Chess ForumWikipedia.

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.

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.

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 (1923 - alive 2021). Trinity College, Oxford. Varsity matches 1946, 1947, and the unofficial Varsity match of 1942. 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 (Who's Who). 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.

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.

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

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)

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.

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. 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." 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.

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]

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. Proefessor 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. 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.)" Buried at Ipswich. Father Isaac was a baptist minister, Handsworth, Staffs, in 1871.

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.

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. 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.

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. "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." https://www.geni.com/people/Eric-Mellersh/295958782920005450

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 [BCM] "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." (BCM, Feb 1927, p69) See also the Yorkshire Chess History website.

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. 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).

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.


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


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)

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). 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." Grade 3a (=209-216), BCF Grading List, 1954. 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.

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 Off (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). In 1875 played various cricket matches for Eton. 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). Acc. 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.

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

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). 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." Wikipedia.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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. Also played in the 1950, 1952, 1953 and 1956 British Championships, scoring 4, 4½, 4½ and 5½ respectively. British Correspondence Chess Champion, 1953.

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. "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." (CHESS, Sept 1944, p189). "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." (Jon D'Souza-Eva, English Chess Forum, 11 Oct 2010) 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)

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. Schoolfriend of Kingsley Amis at City of London School: quote from 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’." See also Quotes & Queries entries 5819, 5827 and 5833 in the 2007 BCM. Gaige gives spelling as 'Reichenberg' but this is definitely wrong.)

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.

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 - viz. BCM, 1951, pps 225, 240, 305. "[After Cambridge] 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." (Imperial College obit, 2015)

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".


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).

David Bernard Scott - see David Bernard Schultz

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. 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]." 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]

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. 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; Who was Who.)

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. "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." Classic Chicago Magazine.

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 here). Born in Wakefield, died in Guy's Hospital (but lived in Stowmarket, Suffolk). Played on board 3 for Yorkshire vs Middlesex in the 1925 County Championship final. Later played for Suffolk on a high board, shortly before and after WW2. 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. Medal citation: "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." (London Gazette, 30 July 1919; see also Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Wednesday 06 August 1919, page 2) Subsequently became a schoolmaster (teaching science in Stowmarket, Suffolk, as of 1939).

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. 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.)" Composed a chess problem published in the Huddersfield College Magazine (1874/5, page 60).

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 a long and interesting 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)... "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." [History of Shropshire Chess (web)] - English Chess Forum discussionWikipedia.

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. "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." (Alumni Oxonienses, 1715-1886). 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. "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." (Obit newspaper reference, Worthing Gazette - Wednesday 22 December 1920). 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. (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)." Biography, Pioneers of Devon Chess (via Wayback machine - may take time to load). Wikipedia. Yorkshire Chess History. Chessgames.com.

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.

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. (see also my contribution to a thread on the English Chess Forum, 4 May 2015, and my article from the November 2010 issue of CHESS, reproduced here on the ChessBase website)

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.

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). BCM, Jan 1919, p6: "Sir Theodore Tylor - An Appreciation By W. 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." 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)

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."

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.

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. 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]¶, 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." 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.)

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. JS.

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