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Thomas Wilson Barnes
Number of games in database: 61
Years covered: 1855 to 2003
Overall record: +19 -35 =5 (36.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C64 C65 C77 C67 C60
 Philidor's Defense (4) 
    C41
With the Black pieces:
 Petrov (10) 
    C42
 Sicilian (10) 
    B40 B21 B27 B20 B22
 Evans Gambit (4) 
    C52 C51
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Morphy vs T W Barnes, 1859 0-1
   Morphy vs T W Barnes, 1858 0-1
   De Riviere vs T W Barnes, 1856 0-1
   T W Barnes vs Mongredien, 1862 1-0
   Morphy vs T W Barnes, 1858 0-1
   T W Barnes vs Falkbeer, 1856 1-0
   Morphy vs T W Barnes, 1859 1/2-1/2
   T W Barnes vs V Green, 1862 1-0

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1862 London by TheFocus
   London 1862 by sneaky pete

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THOMAS WILSON BARNES
(born 1825, died Aug-20-1874) United Kingdom

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Thomas Wilson Barnes was one of the strongest English players in the 1850s. His only tournament appearance was in London 1862 but he did not do himself justice. He's best remembered for having more wins against Paul Morphy in friendly play than anyone else. Being overweight he decided to reduce his size, but the loss of 130 pounds in 10 months was more than his system could handle and resulted in his death in 1874.

notes: Thomas occasionally played consultation chess on the teams of Owen / Barnes, Morphy / Barnes, Lowenthal / Barnes & Bauer / Barnes / Crespi.

Wikipedia article: Thomas Wilson Barnes


 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 61  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. T W Barnes vs Zytogorski 1-059 1855 Kling's Coffee HouseA02 Bird's Opening
2. Zytogorski vs T W Barnes 1-044 1855 Kling's Coffee HouseB22 Sicilian, Alapin
3. T W Barnes vs Zytogorski 0-144 1855 Kling's Coffee HouseA20 English
4. Zytogorski vs T W Barnes 1-038 1855 Kling's Coffee HouseB20 Sicilian
5. Zytogorski vs T W Barnes 1-068 1855 Kling's Coffee HouseC00 French Defense
6. Cunningham vs T W Barnes  1-058 1856 LondonC01 French, Exchange
7. Falkbeer vs T W Barnes 1-031 1856 McDonnell Chess Club-fB40 Sicilian
8. T W Barnes vs Loewenthal  1-025 1856 London m2C44 King's Pawn Game
9. Cunningham vs T W Barnes  1-052 1856 LondonB20 Sicilian
10. T W Barnes vs Falkbeer 1-037 1856 McDonnell Chess Club-fA02 Bird's Opening
11. T W Barnes vs Loewenthal  0-138 1856 London m2C50 Giuoco Piano
12. T W Barnes vs Falkbeer 1-027 1856 LondonC60 Ruy Lopez
13. T W Barnes vs Staunton  0-132 1856 London m4C01 French, Exchange
14. Falkbeer vs T W Barnes 0-151 1856 LondonC41 Philidor Defense
15. T W Barnes vs Cunningham 0-131 1856 LondonC01 French, Exchange
16. T W Barnes vs Staunton 0-143 1856 London m4C41 Philidor Defense
17. Owen vs T W Barnes 1-031 1856 London (England)C52 Evans Gambit
18. De Riviere vs T W Barnes 0-136 1856 LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
19. T W Barnes vs Loewenthal  ½-½51 1856 London m2C51 Evans Gambit
20. Loewenthal vs T W Barnes 0-134 1857 London mC42 Petrov Defense
21. Owen vs T W Barnes 1-022 1857 London (England)C52 Evans Gambit
22. Loewenthal vs T W Barnes  0-154 1857 London mC44 King's Pawn Game
23. T W Barnes vs H G Cattley ½-½44 1857 LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
24. Owen vs T W Barnes 1-027 1857 LondonC42 Petrov Defense
25. Morphy vs T W Barnes 1-038 1858 London m1C42 Petrov Defense
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 61  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-07-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  Honza Cervenka: Thomas Wilson Barnes
Aug-07-03  uponthehill: Thomas Barnes is an interesting person. Morphy considered him the strongest player he's ever encountered. (together they defeated Staunton and Owen in a consultation game). Barnes has the best record against Morphy. Although later, Barnes results do not confirm that achievements, for sure his games deserves being reviewed.
Dec-03-03  waddayaplay: His openings reminds me of guests on ICC.
Jul-20-04  nikolaas: He invented the first mechanical chess clock.
Jul-20-04  sneaky pete: <nikolaas> Are you sure? , Wasn't that invented by Kasparov, like the magnetron and intergalactic travel? , See the Kasparov page.
Jul-20-04  nikolaas: Kasparov invented the first mechanical clock? No way, these clocks are being used since 1880 or so. I wasn't talking about electrical clocks which he maybe invented, I don't know about that. But you were joking weren't you? Intergalactic travel and the magnetron invented by Gazza? What on earth??

(Kasparovchess.com doesn't work on my PC at this moment)

Jul-20-04  sneaky pete: <nikolaas> 1880 or so is no problem for the inventor of the time machine. , I meant the chessgames.com Kasparov page.
Jul-20-04  HailM0rphy: <nikolaas> you'd get it if you went to the kasparov page and read the last 20 or so posts :)
Jul-21-04  nikolaas: Yeah, I saw what you mean. There are some crazy people working there.
Aug-09-04  DanielBryant: He also defeated Morphy with 1. e4 f6!!
Aug-17-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  BishopBerkeley: From the bio: "Being overweight [Barnes] decided to reduce his size, but the loss of 130 pounds in 10 months was more than his system could handle and resulted in his death in 1874."

A dubious diagnosis at best! I doubt that, for a severely overweight person, losing 13 pounds per month over 10 months would kill them. Of course, there may have been some other medical condition which resulted in the weight loss, and perhaps that was the cause of death.

All that being said, I wish I could have shared my wonderful "Chess Environment" with Mr. Barnes! I have set up a table across my exercise bicycle that enables me to get my daily exercise while playing Chess against the computer! So, while Shredder (Computer) is burning away my pieces, I am burning away calories and getting a good cardio-vascular-neural workout! Exercise for the mind and body: perhaps the most valuable 30-60 minutes I spend in my day for health.

I encourage you to give it a try! The only tricky part is building the table, since it has to be fashioned specifically for your exercise bicycle. My entire table is built from 2-by-4s, and you'd be surprised how nice it looks (I think, assuming your aesthetic standards are as low as mine!)

A true investment in ones well-being!

(: B Bishop Berkeley B :)
BishopBerkeley's Chess Interface:
http://www.bbbbbb.org/

Jul-20-06  Mendrys: Losing 10 or more pounds a month is incredibly taxing on your system. Even now there are people who die from kidney and liver problems that result from rapid weight loss. <BishopBerkely> certainly has the right idea though.
Mar-19-07  SirBruce: Barnes has the lowest winning percentage of just about all the great "masters" in the chessgames database. Both he and John Cochrane are below 40%.
Sep-03-07  TheaN: Chessmaster 9000 lists 1.e4 f6???!?!? as the Barnes Defense. Seems to figure... the database mentions a game from 1858 against Morphy... CG really has everything.
Dec-18-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: I've been trying, unsuccessfully, to find out more about the cause of Barnes' death. Did he put himself into the hands of one of those spectacular medical quacks who flourished during the Victorian Era? Or was his "diet" (or whatever it was) something he devised himself?
Jul-13-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Wiki-Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas...

<TheaN> Also 'a variation of the Ruy Lopez called the "Barnes Defense" was named after him: <1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6?!>'.

Jul-13-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: "This time last year he weighed 16 stones; he went abroad, and his strength seemed suddenly to leave him. With difficulty he got into a cab. He gradually wasted away, until he became 7 st. 8 Ib., and this was the last time he was weighed (two months since), and he was certainly much less weight at the last. Physicians were in vain. No one really knows the cause of his death ; some have suspected a cancer in the stomach, and, unfortunately, he would not give permission to have a post mortem, so that the real cause will always remain a matter of surmise. Our impression is that he died from " banting." from being an enormous eater he suddenly stopped his food, taking meat only once a week ; and soon, from want of use, the stomach refused to fulfil its functions. He died in peace, and desired kind remembrances to all his friends. To us his last words were whispered, " Kind, kind to the last ; God bless your wife and little ones." He lost his voice ten days before his death, and for twelve days he ate nothing." - Westminster Papers
Mar-07-09  alshatranji: What is "banting"?
Mar-07-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: William Banting advocated a lo-carb diet. http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyou...

[And I thought that diet was a modern invention.]

Mar-07-09  Ziggurat: Curiously enough, dieting is still called "bantning" (after Banting) in Swedish.
Aug-20-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  PinnedPiece: TWB: Active 1855-2001

This is my goal as well, to be active for 146 years.

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