|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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Preston Ware.|
|Aug-12-15|| ||Sho: And inventor of press 'n Ware temporary tattoos.|
|Mar-30-16|| ||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
I wonder if his portrait is available anywhere. I don't remember coming across it (yet).
|Mar-30-16|| ||zanzibar: And remember, Preston was one son of a Preston.
And not a junior, at least according to bio above.
|Mar-30-16|| ||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.|