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Hugh Alexander Kennedy
H Kennedy 
Number of games in database: 44
Years covered: 1846 to 1862

Overall record: +19 -20 =4 (48.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B21 B45 B46 B32
With the Black pieces:
 English (5) 
 French Defense (4) 
    C00 C01 C02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Lowe vs H Kennedy, 1849 0-1
   E Williams vs H Kennedy, 1848 0-1
   H Kennedy vs H Buckle, 1846 1/2-1/2
   Wyvill vs H Kennedy, 1851 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London (1851)

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(born Aug-22-1809, died Oct-22-1878, 69 years old) United Kingdom

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Former British army captain and leading London chess player. In 1843 he founded the Brighton Chess Club, which attracted Howard Staunton and Henry Thomas Buckle. In April 1845, he teamed up with Howard Staunton and played two telegraph games against players in London while they were in Portsmouth. In 1846, he lost a match to Elijah Williams (+2-4). In 1849, he lost a match to Edward Lowe (+6-7=1). He played in the London (1851) tournament and finished in 6th place. He knocked out Karl Mayet in round 1 with two wins. In round two, he lost to Marmaduke Wyvill (+3-4=1). In round 3, he defeated James Swain Mucklow with 4 wins. He then lost to Jozsef Szen with 1 draw and 4 losses. In 1862, he lost perhaps the first international telegraphic game, against Serafino Dubois. He was Vice President of the British Chess Association and President of the Brighton, Bath, and Bristol Athenian Chess Clubs.

In the story Some Reminiscences of the Life of Augustus Fitzsnob, Eq." (1860) Kennedy gave the score of a chess game said to be Napoleon Bonaparte vs General Bertrand, 1820. It is probably in fact a score of a casual game with John Owen.

In 1862, he wrote Waifs and Strays, Chiefly from the Chess-Board, published in London, with a second edition published in 1876.

Wikipedia article: Hugh Alexander Kennedy

Last updated: 2017-06-09 09:21:00

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 44  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Williams vs H Kennedy 0-1311846London mD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. H Kennedy vs H Buckle ½-½331846Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
3. E Williams vs H Kennedy 1-0351846London mD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. Wellington Pulling vs H Kennedy  1-0371847Kennedy - Pulling Match 1C40 King's Knight Opening
5. Staunton vs H Kennedy  1-0471848LondonC45 Scotch Game
6. E Williams vs H Kennedy 0-1161848LondonB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 1-0351849London m ;HCL 34C02 French, Advance
8. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-1541849London m ;HCL 34C01 French, Exchange
9. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 1-0421849London m ;HCL 34B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
10. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 0-1421849London m ;HCL 34C00 French Defense
11. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-1161849London m ;HCL 34A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
12. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 0-1351849London m ;HCL 34C24 Bishop's Opening
13. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 1-0301849London m ;HCL 34D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 0-1181849London m ;HCL 34B20 Sicilian
15. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 1-0501849London m ;HCL 34B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
16. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 1-0481849London m ;HCL 34D00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-1561849London m ;HCL 34A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
18. E Lowe vs H Kennedy ½-½451849London m ;HCL 34C42 Petrov Defense
19. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-1391849London m ;HCL 34D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 1-0401849London m ;HCL 34A02 Bird's Opening
21. H Kennedy vs Szen 0-1231851LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
22. H Kennedy vs Szen 0-1301851LondonC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. Wyvill vs H Kennedy 0-1351851LondonA13 English
24. H Kennedy vs Wyvill 0-1281851LondonB32 Sicilian
25. J S Mucklow vs H Kennedy 0-1351851LondonA40 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-24-08  Karpova: From Jeremy P. Spinrad's "Chess Journalism: Old and New", May 2007:

Page 3: <In another Scottish surprise, writer H.A. Kennedy enthuses about an upcoming great tournament, which we know today as London 1851. He thinks it is wonderful that people of different countries will sink their national differences and come over to the bloodless fray, in the spirit of an old Scottish refrain. The repeated words (adapted from a Robert Burns poem) map into a surprisingly obscene statement in colloquial American English:

"Then cock up your beaver, and cock it fu' sprush; We'll over the water and give them a brush; There's somebody there we'll teach better behavior; Hey! Johnnie, lad, cock up your beaver!">

Apr-26-09  WhiteRook48: let this be a president
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  Tabanus: Wikipedia says he was born in London, but that should be wrong. He is listed in three different censuses as born in Madras (today Chennai), India.

According to the chess historian Sergeant, in A Century of British Chess (1934), Captain Kennedy was the brother of E. S. Kennedy:

<Jaenisch and Buckle (though he had entered and paid the fee) could not arrive in time; and as substitutes for them were put in <E.S. Kennedy, a brother of the Captain> and described as "a rising young amateur" at the St. George's, and M. Brodie.>

This must be Edward Shirley Kennedy, although I found no record to link them directly together. Edwards father John Hatfield Kennedy (1773-1833) was Transfer Accountant of the British East India Company.* He married in 1815 (to Harriet Shirley) and Edward was born in 1817. Possibly John was in India by 1809 (when Hugh was born) so that they were half-brothers.

Edward is only Kennedy in British censuses with middle name S.


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  Tabanus: <In 1843 he founded the Brighton Chess Club>,

whereas his presumed brother, Edward, <was left a sizable fortune by his father at age 16, yet lived with thieves and garrotters for a considerable while, and once walked from London to <Brighton> with a mob of tramps>.

Finally, Edward mentions chess in his book on climbing (Peaks, Passes and Glaciers (London 1862)), e. g.

<where each step is like a move at chess, not to be made without considering its effect upon what is to follow.> and

<arranged in lines like the squares of a chessboard>.

All in all (and especially the India connection), the statistician in me tells that Hugh and Edward Shirley Kennedy were related, or at least connected, to each other.

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  Tabanus: This page: shows that Hugh was born on 22 Aug. 1809 in Madras, India. Parents: <Alexander Kennedy, Harriet>. Edwards mother was also named Harriet (Shirley).
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Hugh Alexander Kennedy.
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  Fusilli: <Penguincw: R.I.P. Hugh Alexander Kennedy.>

As Larry David would say in Curb Your Enthusiasm... didn't the R.I.P. window for this man close a little while ago? :)

Arguably, though, one could say that it's never late to wish someone a good eternity... you have eternity to do it!

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  zanzibar: He was in the medical service of the East India Company:

<Waifs and Strays (1862)> p237

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  offramp: I imagine he saw plenty of cocks up beavers in India. The dirty old git.
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