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    History of the Geelong Chess Club



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    Geelong Chess Club


    Trove History of the Geelong Chess Club.


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    Geelong Chess Club

    Further Trove History of the Geelong Chess Club



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    Early History of the Melbourne Chess Club. 1851.

    A Melbourne Chess club was first formed in 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition in London.


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    Melbourne Chess Club 1855.

    [SIZE=3]The Melbourne Chess club was reformed in 1855

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    Melbourne Chess Club 1857

    The third iteration of the Melbourne Chess Club.

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    The Chess Player's Chronicle

    “The Chess Player's Chronicle, founded by Howard Staunton and extant in 1841–56 and 1859–62, was the world's first successful English-language magazine devoted exclusively to chess.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_...%27s_Chronicle

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Staunton


    The magazines are viewable online courtesy of Google Books, the National Library of the Netherlands, Harvard University, the New York Public Library and the Bavarian State Library.

    https://www.google.com.au/books/edit...AAAAcAAJ?hl=en



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    Bell's Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle

    “Bell's Life... was a group of newspapers produced in Australia in the mid-nineteenth century based upon the English publication Bell’s Life in London. Most publications lasted a short duration. The subtitles were usually sporting chronicle.

    The Sydney and Melbourne and papers were precursors of the Australasian Post.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell%27s_Life


    BellsLife1857.pdf

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    Edward’s Rosenblum’s “Seventy Years of Victorian Chess”

    Edward’s Rosenblum’s “Seventy Years of Victorian Chess” written in 1926, seems to regard the beginning of the Melbourne Chess Club as being in 1866. The club has probably enjoyed an unbroken history since that time.

    He comments on the open chess knockout handicap tournament:

    “Seventy Years of Victorian Chess

    CHAPTER I.

    Introductory.
    There may be no surviving record of chess in the very
    early days of Victoria, but, nevertheless, we feel sure that
    there were enthusiasts among the pioneers who brought with
    them from the Old Country their love of the game, and who
    essayed their favourite gambits with as much enthusiasm as
    ever beneath the Southern Cross.

    There must have been many chess players among the
    red-shirted gold seekers of the ’fifties, for it was in 1855, when
    Staunton was the recognised champion of English chess, and
    the meteoric Morphy was still a student at St. Joseph’s College,
    Alabama, that the first organised chess championship took
    place in Victoria in the form of a series of matches of three
    games.

    The last three survivors were Mr. A. G. McCombe, Mr.
    Hamel and Mr. Watts, and the final match between Messrs.
    McCombe and Watts resulted in victory for the latter player,
    who won the first game and drew the other two.

    Mr. Watts, whose record was reputed to go back to days
    in London when he had conceded pawn and move to Staunton,
    was then acclaimed as the first champion of Victoria. This
    match had roused great interest in Melbourne, and for a time
    chess was very popular.”


    I could not find on Trove a final result for that tournament which occurred in 1856 not 1855 as Rosenblum states, but Watts was a likely winner.


    Seventy Years of Victorian Chess. 1926 by Edward Ivan Rosenblum is easily viewed from the State Library of Victoria web site

    Copy the above title and paste it into a browser.


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    Thomas Harlin, a former president of the Melbourne Chess Club, editor of the chess column in “The Australasian”, mathematician and school master gives a similar account of the 1856 tournament to Rosenblum in Bignold’s “Australian Chess Annual” published in 1896.


    Thomas Harlin obituary.
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/a...%20%20%20Chess

    The Australian Chess Annual.
    https://ia802608.us.archive.org/9/it...00bigngoog.pdf

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    The Right Honourable Justice Robert Brooking AO, QC

    Robert Brooking's account of the formation of the Melbourne chess club.



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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop View Post
    Robert Brooking's account of the formation of the Melbourne chess club.



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    And I believe Robert Brooking is still alive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    And I believe Robert Brooking is still alive!
    http://www.melbournechessclub.org/me...latvian-legacy
    Chapter 10 the Latvian Legacy includes an interesting anecdote on MCC gaining inheritance of the Late Rudzitis but also...a mention of Ozols as many time Victorian Champion....but no mention of his War Crimes. I guess if MCC wants to produce a new edition/edit the electronic version...may be a little (or not so little) note about it could be added.
    Needless to say, I understand that the book was produced years ago when there may have been no knowledge of Ozols's war crimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    And I believe Robert Brooking is still alive!
    I wondered about that. Perhaps someone could enlighten us.

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    Between 1858 and 1866

    To recap, the first Melbourne Chess Club of 1851, lasted only a few weeks. The 1855 club organized the first Victorian Chess Tournament in 1856 and initiated a correspondence match with South Australia. It expired in 1857 and handed over the reins to new management. The 1857 club, according to Brooking, lasted a year then no MCC until 1866.

    This time the tournament came first and the formation of the chess club came second. But what happened in the intervening years? In 1858 and 1859 there was a regular chess column in Bell’s Life in Victoria. Between 1860 and 1865 there was little mention of chess except for a short lived column by Delta. In 1866 we are back to a regular weekly chess column all about The Tournament.
    1866 also saw the Argus newspaper giving an almost daily account of this new and wonderful thing, The Tournament.

    Bells Life in Victoria 1858.

    58.pdf

    Bells Life in Victoria 1859.

    59.pdf

    Bells Life in Victoria 1860-65

    60-65.pdf

    Bells Life in Victoria 1866

    66.pdf

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