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Owen 
Amos Burn (left) and Rev. John Owen circa 1885.  
John Owen
Number of games in database: 89
Years covered: 1856 to 1898
Overall record: +34 -41 =7 (45.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      7 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (10) 
    A00 B00
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D02 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (25) 
    B00 A00
 French Defense (4) 
    C00 C01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Morphy vs Owen, 1858 0-1
   Owen vs Burn, 1887 1-0
   Owen vs Steinitz, 1862 1-0
   Owen vs T W Barnes, 1857 1-0
   S Boden vs Owen, 1856 0-1
   V Green vs Owen, 1862 0-1
   Owen vs A Boden, 1867 1-0
   J Robey vs Owen, 1862 0-1
   T W Barnes vs Owen, 1862 0-1
   Owen vs J Wisker, 1868 1-0

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   London 1862 by sneaky pete

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JOHN OWEN
(born Apr-08-1827, died Nov-24-1901, 74 years old) United Kingdom

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John Owen was born in Staffordshire on April 8, 1827. In 1851, he was ordained and became a vicar (Reverend) of Hooten, Chesire from 1862 to 1900. He was recognized as one of Londonís strongest amateurs. He played chess and wrote under the pseudonym ĎAlterí. He popularized the move 1.e4 b6, Owenís Defense. In 1857, he won the minor section of the first British Chess Association Congress in Manchester. The major section was won by Johann Jacob Loewenthal. In 1858, he tied for 3rd-4th in the 2nd British Chess Association Congress in Birmingham. In 1858, he lost a match to Samuel Standidge Boden in London (+2-7=2). In 1860, he tied a match with Ignatz Von Kolisch in Manchester (+4-4=0). In 1862, He took 3rd place in the 1st British Chess Federation Congress in London (the first round-robin event), behind Adolf Anderssen and Louis Paulsen. In 1868-1869, he took 3rd-4th in the 2nd British Chess Association Challenge Cup in London. In 1870, he took 3rd in the 3rd British Chess Association Congress in London. In 1874, he tied a match with Amos Burn in Liverpool (+4-4=0). In 1875, he lost a match with Amos Burn in London (+11-6=3). In 1876, he tied for 2nd-4th in the 12 British Counties Chess Association Congress in Cheltenham. In 1878, he lost a match with Johannes Zukertort (+0-8=3). In 1881, he took 2nd in the 16th British Counties Chess Association Congress. In 1888, he defeated Amos Burn in a match in Liverpool (+5-3=0). In 1890, he tied for 3rd-4th in the 23rd British Counties Chess Association Congress. In 1894-1895, he took 2nd-3rd in the 3rd Craigside Tournament in Llandudno, Wales.

notes: John occasionally played consultation chess on the teams of Staunton / Owen, Owen / Barnes, Owen / Lowenthal & Burnell / Owen / Pinda.


 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 89  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Owen vs T W Barnes 1-031 1856 London (England)C52 Evans Gambit
2. S Boden vs Owen 0-138 1856 LondonA00 Uncommon Opening
3. Owen vs Horwitz 1-034 1856 LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
4. Owen vs T W Barnes 1-027 1857 LondonC42 Petrov Defense
5. Owen vs T W Barnes 1-022 1857 London (England)C52 Evans Gambit
6. Owen vs Morphy 0-147 1858 London m000 Chess variants
7. Morphy vs Owen 1-035 1858 London m2B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
8. S Boden vs Owen  1-030 1858 London m7B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. Owen vs Morphy 0-121 1858 London m000 Chess variants
10. Morphy vs Owen 0-146 1858 London m2B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
11. Owen vs Morphy 0-133 1858 London m000 Chess variants
12. S Boden vs Owen 1-039 1858 London m7B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
13. Owen vs Morphy ½-½45 1858 London m000 Chess variants
14. Owen vs T W Barnes  1-031 1858 LondonB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
15. Owen vs Loewenthal  0-152 1858 BCA-02.KongressC21 Center Game
16. Owen vs Morphy ½-½30 1858 London m000 Chess variants
17. S Boden vs Owen  1-055 1858 London m7B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. Owen vs Morphy 0-118 1858 London m000 Chess variants
19. T Hampton vs Owen 0-136 1858 BCA-02.KongressB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. Owen vs Morphy 0-137 1858 London m000 Chess variants
21. Owen vs Morphy 0-147 1858 London m2D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Owen vs S Boden 0-133 1858 London m7B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. Blackburne vs Owen 1-023 1862 LondonB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
24. Mongredien vs Owen  ½-½45 1862 LondonB20 Sicilian
25. Owen vs Dubois ½-½71 1862 LondonA20 English
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

OWEN, John
http://www.bidmonfa.com/owen_john.htm
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Jul-01-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?

>>

http://www.measuringworth.com/calcu...

http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.h...

Apr-08-11  Penguincw: Happy Birthday John Owen.
Jul-01-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <kdogphs: Because of this man, I have to tell my students that 1)...b6 is not a good response to 1) e4!!!>

It is.

Jul-01-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <SwitchingQuylthulg: <kdogphs: Because of this man, I have to tell my students that 1)...b6 is not a good response to 1) e4!!!> It is.>

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Apr-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  juan31: Excelente fotografia, del Maestro Jhon Woen.
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