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|Jul-26-05|| ||Newsie777: Rev. John Owens (1827-1901). British amateur chess player, born in Staffordshire. Owen was ordained in 1851 and became vicar of Hooton, Cheshire from 1862 to 1900. He was a member of George's Chess Club and was recognized to be one of London's strongest amateurs. In 1858 be played seven games with Morphy who gave him odds of pawn and move. His best tournament result was third place at London (1862) ahead of Steinitz, Lowenthal, and Blackburne. Owen was also a popular chess columnist and wrote under the pseudonym of 'Alter'.|
|Jan-24-06|| ||jackmandoo: My Great-great grandfather played Mr. Owens in a casual game in Hastings. He said of Owens, "You could imagine my surprise when he responded "1..B3" Mr. Owens then crossed his arms and leaned back in his chair, giving me a very sarcastic and coy smile. I tossed the chees board onto the floor stating I didn't play with children and for him to be on his way." (My father and I found this annotated game in my great great grandfathers computer. It was a wooden box with drawers, another name they used for computer back then was "dresser." While I played through this game on my pocket set my dad was shadowboxing somebody in the mirror of the bathroom. I think a good match would be my dad and the jolly green giant. My dad is much larger than the giant, but he is terrified of cartoons and asparagus so it would be a good fight.)|
|Jan-24-06|| ||Jim Bartle: 1...b3 would be a heckuva theoretical novelty.|
|Jan-27-06|| ||jackmandoo: Yea, that's too bad heckuva isn't even a word! Jim you silly Goose!|
|Jan-28-06|| ||SBC: My favorite John Owen quote is a comment he made prior to his match with Morphy at odds of Pawn and the move. The stakes were a set of ivory Staunton men, but Owen, as confident of his own skill as he was certain of Morphy's reputation being over-rated, said, "Were it not for my position [that of religious leader] I would willingly play for £1000."|
Morphy won +5-0=2
As a side note, one of the conditions of the match was that if Owen won, Morphy would play a second match even, but if Owen lost, he would accept from Morphy the greater odds of Pawn and two. Owen, however, was able to avoid the promised match.
Owen's photograph can be seen at http://batgirl.atspace.com/morphybi...
|Jan-28-06|| ||morpstau: Hey SBC how much American dollars is that sum equivelent to? 1000|
|Jul-01-06|| ||BIDMONFA: John Owen|
|Jul-01-07|| ||brankat: Nice to see such a detailed Biography of Mr.Owen Much more detailed than those of most of the leading GMs of the 20th century!?|
|Jul-01-07|| ||alter: Good to see Rev J.Owen being made player of the day. He isn't as well known as he should be - he had wins against Morphy, Anderssen & Steinitz to his credit. Also, Owen's Defence (1.e4 b6) is well worth a try in blitz games, it's much better than it's reputation.|
|Jul-01-07|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: Yes, I think 1...b6! practically refutes 1.e4.|
|Jul-01-07|| ||Wilson H. L.: Probably the strongest amateur player in London, since he was able to beat some of the strongest player of his time. His win against Anderssen is a good example : Owen vs Anderssen, 1862|
Also, the game Owen vs. I R Nelson from 1986 was certainly played by another Owen.
|Jul-02-07|| ||alter: The interesting thing about John Owen is that he had a good understanding of ideas that were well ahead of his time, e.g. the importance of centre pawns and the bishop pair. But despite his impressive wins it has to be admitted that some of Owen's games are not very good . All in all he is a bit of a conundrum, the Basman of his day. As a fellow b6 fan I'd hope that SwitchingQuythulg will agree that Christian Bauer's book "Play 1...b6" is one of the best opening books available.|
|Jul-01-08|| ||FSR: Owen was an a--h---. He was completely obnoxious to Morphy, even when he was supposedly serving as a second to Morphy (not chosen by Morphy, weirdly enough) in Morphy's match against Lowenthal. When Morphy won, he would tell Morphy how lucky he had been, and offer encouragement to Lowenthal.|
|Jul-01-08|| ||gus inn: <alter> how come you are able to post
from the <2nd> of July ??|
There are different timezones , but still .. :)
|Jul-01-08|| ||xenophon: <gus inn: <alter> how come you are able to post from the <2nd> of July ??
There are different timezones , but still .. :)>
another place another year
|Jul-01-08|| ||Once: <gus inn> You might also ask how <alter> managed to post from beyond the grave ...|
I suppose there are some advantages to being a vicar, but I never imagined that it would include the ability to kibitz from the afterlife.
|Jul-01-09|| ||WhiteRook48: Hsppy birthday dude|
|Aug-02-09|| ||myschkin: . . .
@ <morpstau> Hey SBC how much American dollars is that sum [£1000] equivelent to?
|Apr-08-11|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday John Owen.|
|Jul-01-11|| ||kdogphs: Because of this man, I have to tell my students that 1)...b6 is not a good response to 1) e4!!!|
|Jul-01-11|| ||SwitchingQuylthulg: <kdogphs: Because of this man, I have to tell my students that 1)...b6 is not a good response to 1) e4!!!>|
|Jul-01-11|| ||keypusher: <SwitchingQuylthulg: <kdogphs: Because of this man, I have to tell my students that 1)...b6 is not a good response to 1) e4!!!>
You're making a believer out of me...
|Jul-01-11|| ||YoungEd: Owen to his openings, he didn't win as much as he might have.|
|Jul-01-11|| ||WhiteRook48: He beat Morphy with 1...b6, that's pretty good.|
|May-29-12|| ||GrahamClayton: Games 86, 87 and 88 are actually played by Richard Owen, who won the Utah State championship in 1958 at the age of 16.
In March 1959 Owen played simultaneous exhibitions on consecutive weekends, finishing with a score of +209, -6, =0.|
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