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H Kennedy 
 
Hugh Alexander Kennedy
Number of games in database: 43
Years covered: 1846 to 1862
Overall record: +19 -19 =4 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B21 B45 B46 B34 B54
With the Black pieces:
 English (5) 
    A13
 French Defense (4) 
    C00 C02 C01
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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
   Wyvill vs H Kennedy, 1851 1/2-1/2
   H Buckle vs H Kennedy, 1851 1/2-1/2

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   WCC Index [London 1851] by suenteus po 147

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HUGH ALEXANDER KENNEDY
(born Aug-22-1809, died Oct-22-1878) 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 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


 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 43  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Williams vs H Kennedy 1-035 1846 London mD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. E Williams vs H Kennedy 0-131 1846 London mD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. Staunton vs H Kennedy  1-047 1848 LondonC45 Scotch Game
4. E Williams vs H Kennedy 0-116 1848 LondonB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
5. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 0-142 1849 London m ;HCL 34C00 French Defense
6. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 1-042 1849 London m ;HCL 34B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
7. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 0-118 1849 London m ;HCL 34B20 Sicilian
8. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 1-030 1849 London m ;HCL 34D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 0-135 1849 London m ;HCL 34C24 Bishop's Opening
10. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-156 1849 London m ;HCL 34A40 Queen's Pawn Game
11. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 1-048 1849 London m ;HCL 34D00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. H Kennedy vs E Lowe  1-050 1849 London m ;HCL 34B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
13. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 1-040 1849 London m ;HCL 34A02 Bird's Opening
14. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-139 1849 London m ;HCL 34D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. E Lowe vs H Kennedy ½-½45 1849 London m ;HCL 34C42 Petrov Defense
16. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-154 1849 London m ;HCL 34C01 French, Exchange
17. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 1-035 1849 London m ;HCL 34C02 French, Advance
18. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-116 1849 London m ;HCL 34A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. H Buckle vs H Kennedy ½-½33 1851 Causual gameC41 Philidor Defense
20. H Kennedy vs Mayet 1-060 1851 LondonA21 English
21. H Kennedy vs J S Mucklow  1-044 1851 LondonB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
22. H Kennedy vs Wyvill 0-152 1851 LondonB54 Sicilian
23. Szen vs H Kennedy  1-045 1851 LondonB40 Sicilian
24. Mayet vs H Kennedy 0-139 1851 LondonC00 French Defense
25. H Kennedy vs Wyvill 0-128 1851 LondonB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-24-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: From Jeremy P. Spinrad's "Chess Journalism: Old and New", May 2007: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/spinr...

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
Apr-15-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_I...

Apr-15-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Apr-15-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: This page: https://familysearch.org/search/rec... 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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