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Preston Ware
Number of games in database: 82
Years covered: 1859 to 1882
Overall record: +19 -49 =13 (31.5%)*
   * 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:
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D00 A40 A45
With the Black pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (12) 
    B00 A00
 Scandinavian (12) 
    B01
 French Defense (5) 
    C14 C15 C11 C01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Ware vs Max Weiss, 1882 1-0
   P Ware vs J A Congdon, 1880 1/2-1/2
   P Ware vs Meitner, 1882 1-0
   J A Congdon vs P Ware, 1880 0-1
   J Grundy vs P Ware, 1880 0-1
   P Ware vs Steinitz, 1882 1-0
   P Ware vs V Hruby, 1882 1-0
   Sellman vs P Ware, 1880 0-1
   A Cohnfeld vs P Ware, 1880 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   2nd American Chess Congress (1871)
   4th American Chess Congress (1876)
   5th American Chess Congress (1880)
   Vienna (1882)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Cleveland 1871 by crawfb5
   Ware Wins Stonewalls by Stonewaller2

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PRESTON WARE
(born Aug-12-1821, died Jan-29-1890, 68 years old) United States of America

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Preston Ware Jr. was a leading Boston player of the late nineteenth century. He was the President of the Boston Chess Club from 1868 to 1873. He was elected President of the American Chess Foundation in 1872. His few tournament appearances were not successful, due in part to an eccentric opening repertoire; for example, at New York 1880 he played 1...a5 in all nine games with Black and 1.a4 in two of his games with White. The highlight of his career was the victory against Wilhelm Steinitz in his lone international tournament at Vienna (1882).

The Stone-Ware Defense to the Evans Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bd6!? - http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches... has details) was named for Preston Ware and Henry Nathan Stone, also of Boston. Despite its eccentric appearance, it is still played today, with excellent results for Black.

Wikipedia article: Preston Ware. See also http://www.edochess.ca/players/p200...


 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 82  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs P Ware 1-028 1859 New York000 Chess variants
2. H Montgomery vs P Ware 1-029 1860 PhiladelphiaC41 Philidor Defense
3. P Ware vs Mackenzie  0-144 1871 2nd American Chess CongressA80 Dutch
4. P Ware vs H Hosmer  1-043 1871 2nd American Chess CongressA80 Dutch
5. P Ware vs F H Elder  1-038 1871 2nd American Chess CongressD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. F H Elder vs P Ware  ½-½44 1871 2nd American Chess CongressC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
7. Mackenzie vs P Ware 1-020 1871 2nd American Chess CongressC15 French, Winawer
8. P Ware vs H Harding 1-044 1871 2nd American Chess CongressA80 Dutch
9. P Ware vs H D Smith 1-033 1871 2nd American Chess CongressA80 Dutch
10. P Ware vs F H Elder  ½-½34 1871 2nd American Chess CongressA80 Dutch
11. H D Smith vs P Ware 1-043 1871 2nd American Chess CongressB32 Sicilian
12. P Ware vs A Johnston  1-052 1871 2nd American Chess CongressA80 Dutch
13. P Ware vs M Judd 0-166 1871 2nd American Chess CongressD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. M Judd vs P Ware  1-047 1871 2nd American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
15. H Hosmer vs P Ware  0-144 1871 2nd American Chess CongressC51 Evans Gambit
16. F H Elder vs P Ware  1-059 1871 2nd American Chess CongressC41 Philidor Defense
17. A Johnston vs P Ware  0-121 1871 2nd American Chess CongressC41 Philidor Defense
18. H Harding vs P Ware  1-044 1871 2nd American Chess CongressA00 Uncommon Opening
19. B M Neill vs P Ware 1-027 1874 BostonC38 King's Gambit Accepted
20. J Elson vs P Ware  1-039 1876 4th American Chess CongressB01 Scandinavian
21. P Ware vs J Elson  1-069 1876 4th American Chess CongressA80 Dutch
22. Bird vs P Ware ½-½87 1876 4th American Chess CongressB01 Scandinavian
23. P Ware vs Bird 0-162 1876 4th American Chess CongressA80 Dutch
24. M Judd vs P Ware  1-043 1876 4th American Chess CongressB01 Scandinavian
25. P Ware vs M Judd  0-177 1876 4th American Chess CongressD00 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-19-04  Leviathan: This man had an extremely unorthodox style - he often played the d4-f4-e3 stonewall and weird first moves like 1.a4?! or 1. .. a5?!

Does anyone have any information about this (quite original) player?

Jan-03-05  AdrianP: "Preston Ware, (1821-1890). An American player who came to notice because of his original treatment of the opening. For example, a variation to which his name was given begins with the moves 1.a4 e5 2.a5 d5 3.e3 f5 4.a6." (from www.chessbase.com)
Jul-23-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Together with Henry Nathan Stone he was responsible for the 'Stone-Ware' Defence.
Jul-23-05  DutchDunce: Not to mention his brothers Silver and Tupper.
Jul-23-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: After cornering the market on KitchenWare, he created a room just for storage, and thus the first WareHouse was born.
Jun-23-06  Tariqov: lol
Jan-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: This player was very bad on property values. Any place he lived became part of the "Ware-house district." lol

He did popularize the CORNSTALK defense-good for him!

Sep-22-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: I've heard one day he became Self A.Ware.
Mar-02-09  WhiteRook48: I have heard that he is wondering Ware he is going
Mar-12-11  Morphischer: Ware's his picture?
Oct-15-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  thomastonk: There has been a thematic match in 1889 between F.K. Young as White, and Stone and Ware consulting as Black to test "the validity of the new Stone-Ware defence to the Evans gambit". This match has been reported by the "Boston Herald", see for example http://www.chessarch.com/excavation.... In the same source, a correspondence match with this line between players of New York (Mintz, Ryan and Hanham) and Stone and Ware is mentioned.

Games of both matches can be found on October 13 and 20, November 3, 10, 17 in the "Boston Herald", see http://www.chessarch.com/excavation.... Later issues of these newspaper present games between Burille and Young, Young and Ware, further anaylsis, and games between the YMCA in Brooklyn and the duo Stone/Ware.

Jan-30-14  Karposian: <thomastonk> Interesting. I wasn't aWare of this.
Jan-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Sounds like a set of heavy tea cups.

"Mother! The in-laws are coming to visit!"

"Right. Get the Preston-ware out."

Aug-12-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. Preston Ware.
Aug-12-15  Sho: And inventor of press 'n Ware temporary tattoos.
Mar-30-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Preston Ware, though having been both born and died in Massachusetts, actually moved to Baltimore at the age of 17 to clerk, and it was there that he learned the moves of chess.

He returned to Boston in 1852, and meeting in the US Hotel, established the Boston CC together with Dr. W. Everett, Dr. J.W. Stone, and Mr. Hammond.

Apparently, he was a very successful businessman and capitalist, first in shoes and boots, later shipping, and rubber.

~<He participated in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th American Chess Congresses and in the Intl Chess Congress at Vienna. Across the board he meet almost every celebrated player of the time, including Paul Morphy, and was recognized as one of the pillars of American chess.>

Biographical sketches of representative citizens of the commonwealth of Massachusetts ... Graves & Steinbarger, 1902, p850

https://books.google.com/books?id=p...

I wonder if his portrait is available anywhere. I don't remember coming across it (yet).

Mar-30-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: And remember, Preston was one son of a Preston.

And not a junior, at least according to bio above.

Mar-30-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: BCM v10-11 p135 has this obit:

<We regret to announce the death of Mr. Preston Ware, of Boston, a veteran and most enthusiastic player, who trusted more to his own eccentric originality to puzzle his opponents than to any knowledge of book openings. He was the inventor of the "Stonewall" and "Meadow Hay" debuts, and in 1882 he took part in the Vienna Congress, where he succeeded in defeating Mr. Steinitz and Herr Max Weiss.>

Mar-31-16  Granny O Doul: Meadow Hay, btw, was the thing with White playing e3 and pushing the a-pawn all the way up.
Aug-12-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Preston Ware.
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