|Dec-18-09|| ||Cibator: "A player from the country, never before even heard of, and to whom a first-rate master would give the odds of a rook."|
- Howard Staunton, in The Chess Player's Chronicle
|Jun-26-12|| ||offramp: ...So how much worse was E S Kennedy who lost to Mucklow twice?|
|Jun-26-12|| ||Cibator: Hard to say, <offramp>: both he and Mucklow (not to mention one or two others) have proved very difficult subjects for researchers. See the following thread on the English Chess Forum:|
Several of the worst performers at the 1851 tournament were in fact promoted from a lesser event held alongside it. This was done to fill up places left vacant by stronger players who were unable to attend. (The knockout format used for the tourney wouldn't have worked otherwise.)
|Jun-26-12|| ||sneaky pete: "To save the assembled players from delay and inconvenience, Mr. Kennedy, like Mr. Brodie [who played "pending the arrival of Mr. Schumoff" the first round match against Staunton - sp], very handsomely volunteered his services, and consented to enter as the <locum tenens> of Major Jaenisch, who had engaged to be present at the outset, but was prevented.|
Mr. Mucklow, however, a player never heard of, even, until his appearance in the lists, came, like the redoubted <Gow Chrom>, "to fight on his own hand", an act, considering the repute of the combatants, and his own utter inexperience, which was thought more valorous than discreet. As the field was open to every one, and he persisted in refusing the advice of those who wished him rather to join the Provincial lances, there was no help for it."
Staunton in the tournament book. How then could this man win his two games against Kennedy? Staunton explains
in a note to Kennedy's 17.Be4? .. in the second game: "These games must not be taken as any test of the relative strength of the two combatants. In his ordinary play, Mr. Kennedy is rarely guilty of the errors which, worn out by the intolerable and incredible slowness of his adversary, he fell into in this match."
Staunton missed his true calling, he should have become a politician. I don't know what < Gow Chrom> is, maybe an early version of Google Chrome.
|Jun-26-12|| ||keypusher: <sneaky pete>
Apparently a heroic blacksmith in the Waverly novels.
|Jun-26-12|| ||Calli: G.H. Diggle explained that the inclusion of Mucklow and others was due to the London CC. They hated Staunton, refused to subscribe to the tournament and its members like Harrwitz did not particpate.
See C.N. 7705 http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...|
|Jun-27-12|| ||offramp: ...which was the article that brought me here in the first place LOL!|
|Jun-27-12|| ||thomastonk: The Chess Player's Chronicle published in 1856 a consultation game of Mucklow and Wilkinson against Johann Jacob Loewenthal, where Mucklow is called "the leading amateur of that time of Oxford city". The game was played in Oxford in December 1851.|
Again in the Chess Player's Chronicle, this time 1859, a game "lately played at the PHILIDORIAN" between Mucklow and Franciscus G Janssens is given.
My database of old games claims that the initial "J" stands for "James", but I don't know on which basis.
|Apr-16-13|| ||Tabanus: <Cibator: Hard to say, <offramp>: both he and Mucklow (not to mention one or two others) have proved very difficult subjects for researchers. See the following thread on the English Chess Forum:
There, a Richard James says
<IGI gives two Mucklow brothers, the sons of Thomas and Jane, both baptised at St Luke Old Street, Finsbury:
Thomas Patrick Mucklow born 15 Oct 1815 christened 24 Dec 1815
James Swain Mucklow born 19 Jan 1820 christened 5 Mar 1820>
This Thomas died in 1816 according to London Death Records. But the same parents have a son "Thomas" baptized 15 Jan. 1819 in Monier Street, Middlesex (= near Finsbury). This will be Thomas <Percival> Mucklow 1819 (possibly 1818) - 1872, the chemist and druggist. And chess player, I believe.
On "J. R." we have a baptism document saying <James Swain Daughter of> Thomas and Jane, born 19 Jan. 1820 in Chiswell Street, Finsbury. And what more, hmm..
|Apr-16-13|| ||Calli: The London 1862 tournament book has problems by James Mucklow of Manchester. http://books.google.com/books?id=GN...|
|Apr-17-13|| ||Tabanus: <Calli> Thanks.
Thomas Mucklow and Catharine Swain married 10 Jun 1810 in Shoreditch, London. As if that helps :/
|Apr-17-13|| ||Tabanus: Well, the James Swain Mucklow born 19 Jan. 1820 in Finsbury, London, can be traced in the censuses (under the name James Mucklow (no middle name) and born in Finsbury or London):|
1891 Nurseryman in Flixton, Lancashire
1881 Nurseryman & Florist in Flixton, Lancashire
1871 Independent in St Michael (Flixton), Lancashire
1861 Artist & Designer in Altrincham, Cheshire
1851 Pattern Designer in Elton, Lancashire
1841 Designer in Bury, Lancashire
These are all places within <Manchester>, where the chess player James came from. His elder brother is Thomas Percival Mucklow born 1818/1819, also in Finsbury London.
The original parish register leaves out "Percival", and presumably also the "R." in James (R) Mucklow. Instead it has James <Swain> which would be the mother's surname.
Is this our man?
|Apr-17-13|| ||Tabanus: <Calli: The London 1862 tournament book has problems by James Mucklow of Manchester.> |
<James Mucklow, Esq. of Manchester>, even. Must be him.
The book of 1851 gives only <Mr. Mucklow>, no initials?
|Apr-17-13|| ||DoctorD: It must not, but could be.
The chess problem database Meso has two problems by a JP Mucklow, which could further complicate matters,
|Apr-17-13|| ||Tabanus: <DoctorD> Thanks. I have now found a piece about Elijah Williams in the Chess Player's Chronicle vol. IV New Series (1856), and on the London (1851) tournament we read:|
<In the second round, Mr. Williams defeated <Mr. James Mucklow>, the winner scoring 4 games, the loser none.> (page 127)
In vol. 1 for 1853 (printed 1854) we read:
<Mr Mucklow must not be confused with the player - a near relative of his - who took part in the tournament of 1851, and who is very inferior to the Oxford player.>
I now consider it pretty certain that we have James Mucklow from Manchester playing in London 1851, and his brother Thomas Percival Mucklow residing in Oxford.
|Apr-18-13|| ||Tabanus: <DoctorD: The chess problem database Meso has two problems by a JP Mucklow> Not an original source, but I find also in Chess Player's Chronicle vol. 19 for 1860 (printed 1861) p. 128:|
<Mr. J. P. Mucklow>, and the index has <Mucklow, J. P. Esq.>
|Apr-18-13|| ||Calli: This is certainly "James Mucklow", the amateur from Manchester/Lancashire. The mystery is where the "R" in "J R Mucklow" came from. There seems to be no 19th century references to such a player. "J R" is in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Chess Games (1981), but they source his games back to Staunton. And we know Staunton only used the surname. Curious! I guess Richard James is suggesting the initial may actually be "S" for Swain.|
|Apr-19-13|| ||Tabanus: <Calli> Yes, he says <My guess is that it's the same person and that either J.R. was a misprint for J.S. which everyone else copied or that he changed his middle name.>|
There are four different "Jane Swain" born around 1780-90. It was not uncommon to put the mother's surname as a middle name in the parish book of births. I bet the mother's name was Jane Swain, but there exists no marriage record of Thomas and Jane, except that he married <Catharine> Swain in 1810. My guess is that Thomas and Catharine had no children, then he went with Jane Swain (possibly a sister) and they got 8 children between 1815 and 1827.
A mysterious "Catharine Mucklow" gets married elsewhere in England in 1811 and 1815.
Thomas Mucklow (the father) died in 1842 at St Luke, Finsbury London. At the birth of his children he is called "Traveller", "Oilman", "Gentleman" (twice), "Commercial Agent", and "Independent". There is also a newspaper referring to "Mr. Mucklow, the oilman of London". Apparently a businessman, in making and/or selling perfumes?
<Thi 26 Aug 1827 Letitia Allport d> = baptised, in Yorkshire, daughter of <Thomas & Jane Mucklow of No. 36 Great George Street, Liverpool, commercial traveller> In Liverpool??
The same (?) couple also baptised <Letitia Allpat Mucklow 11 Oct 1824 York, Yorkshire Father's Name: Thomas Mucklow Mother's Name: Jane>, and no record of the death of that child.
Not to mention that incredibly many Mucklow's were both in Manchester around that time with a "Thomas Mucklow" as father.
There is a "Jane Swain" who died in 1868 at St Luke, Finsbury London, the birthplace of James Swain Mucklow. Normally her name would be "Jane Mucklow" then, but perhaps she took her old name back.
I searched for hours through Ancestry.com looking for "J. R." and "J. P." Mucklow, but none. No James R. or James P. either. It is still possible that James added a middle name (of R. or P.) himself, like his brother Thomas added "Percival" to his name. (Possibly even as a remembrance of Thomas Patrick born 1815 and died 1816.)
I assume the name is James. And will finally try to find other "James Mucklow" candidates than the one born in Finsbury 1820.
|Apr-19-13|| ||Tabanus: <Not to mention that incredibly many Mucklow's were both in Manchester around that time with a "Thomas Mucklow" as father.> I mean <born> in Manchester. |
Well I find a Thomas Mucklow in 1827 Liverpool, <commission agent, 57>, thus 10 years older than "our" Thomas Mucklow.
|Apr-19-13|| ||Tabanus: Ok, I find James Mucklow's born in 1797, 1800, 1803, 1810, 1813, 1818, 1820, 1820 (our man), 1824, 1829, and 1830. None with middle name of R. or P., and none living in Manchester (Lancashire and Cheshire) except our man.|
James Mucklow marriages: 1821, 1832, 1840, 1842, 1844 (our man), 1846, 1851, 1854, 1862, and 1870. None with middle name of R. or P., and none living in Manchester (Lancashire and Cheshire) except our man.
Censuses: only one James Mucklow in "Manchester", and he is worthy of an "esq." as he is independent artist and designer.
This James Mucklow has a "near relative" (brother) named "T. P. Mucklow" (Thomas "Percival" Mucklow) who lived in Oxford and who played chess.
Conclusion: James Swain Mucklow. I'll write a short bio if no objections.