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Sybil vs George Brunton Fraser
Correspondence -1853 (1851), United Kingdom
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  1-0


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Apr-28-12  Karpova: Rod Edwards (Victoria, BC, Canada) in C.N. 5918:

<`On page 272 of the 25 October 1851 issue of 'Home Circle', a woman corresponding under the name of “Sybil” issued a challenge to “any chessplayer … not much above the average …” to play a game by correspondence which would be printed as it progressed in the chess column of 'Home Circle'. The 6 December 1851 issue (page 368) reported that she had received several acceptances and had picked one name from an urn: G.B. Fraser of Dundee, who became one of the best players in Scotland in the 1860s and 1870s. Week by week over the next 15 months the moves of the game were reported until at move 51 “The ‘fayre Sybil’ mates with the queen” ('Home Circle', 5 March 1853, page 160). The entire game was published with commentary on page 192 of the 19 March 1853 edition and was also reprinted as a game between “A Lady” and “Mr F.” on pages 232-233 of the March 1853 issue of the 'Chess Player'.’>


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