W Pollock 
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William Henry Krause Pollock
Number of games in database: 94
Years covered: 1885 to 1895
Overall record: +36 -42 =14 (46.7%)*
   * 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.

With the White pieces:
 Evans Gambit (8) 
    C51 C52
 Giuoco Piano (6) 
    C53 C50
 King's Pawn Game (5) 
    C44 C20
 Two Knights (4) 
    C55 C58 C56
 Vienna Opening (4) 
    C29 C25
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C77 C83 C62 C67 C68
 Vienna Opening (9) 
    C29 C28 C25 C27 C26
 Ruy Lopez, Open (5) 
    C83 C80
 King's Pawn Game (4) 
    C40 C44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Max Weiss vs W Pollock, 1889 0-1
   W Pollock vs E Hall, 1890 1-0
   W Pollock vs N MacLeod, 1889 1-0
   W Pollock vs D G Baird, 1889 1-0
   W Pollock vs J W Baird, 1889 1-0
   W Pollock vs Allies, 1893 1-0
   W Pollock vs Showalter, 1889 1/2-1/2
   W Pollock vs Pillsbury, 1893 1-0
   W Pollock vs Bird, 1895 1-0
   Steinitz vs W Pollock, 1895 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings (1895)

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(born Feb-21-1859, died Oct-05-1896) United Kingdom

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William Henry Krause Pollock was born in Cheltenham, England. A player of IM strength, he was Irish Champion in 1885 and 1886 and came 1st at Belfast in 1886 He also wrote a tournament booklet with James Mason on the St. Petersburg 1895/96 tourney. He died of consumption (tuberculosis) in Clifton in 1896.

Wikipedia article: William H.K. Pollock

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 94  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. W Pollock vs John Morphy  1-028 1885 Irish CA Congress 1stC48 Four Knights
2. W Pollock vs J Rynd  0-137 1885 Irish CA Congress 1stA03 Bird's Opening
3. W W Mackeson vs W Pollock  0-145 1885 Irish CA Congress 1stC45 Scotch Game
4. Burn vs W Pollock 0-135 1886 Irish CA Congress 2ndA04 Reti Opening
5. Taubenhaus vs W Pollock 1-036 1886 NottinghamC39 King's Gambit Accepted
6. R Barnett vs W Pollock 0-158 1886 BelfastC29 Vienna Gambit
7. W Pollock vs A Guest 0-151 1887 London BCAC51 Evans Gambit
8. W Pollock vs J Mortimer 1-020 1887 London BCAC46 Three Knights
9. Blackburne vs W Pollock  1-022 1887 London BCAC40 King's Knight Opening
10. Blackburne vs W Pollock 1-017 1888 ?C40 King's Knight Opening
11. Zukertort vs W Pollock  1-030 1888 Simpson's DivanC59 Two Knights
12. E Delmar vs W Pollock  1-057 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC48 Four Knights
13. D M Martinez vs W Pollock 1-027 1889 USA-06.Congress New York (31-2)C40 King's Knight Opening
14. Gossip vs W Pollock 1-049 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC25 Vienna
15. W Pollock vs E Delmar  1-072 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC50 Giuoco Piano
16. W Pollock vs Blackburne 0-149 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC53 Giuoco Piano
17. Chigorin vs W Pollock  ½-½45 1889 USA-06.Congress New York (23-1)C51 Evans Gambit
18. W Pollock vs D M Martinez 0-150 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC52 Evans Gambit
19. W Pollock vs Chigorin 0-124 1889 New YorkC47 Four Knights
20. Blackburne vs W Pollock  1-055 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC28 Vienna Game
21. W Pollock vs M Judd  0-167 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC51 Evans Gambit
22. W Pollock vs J W Baird 1-025 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC52 Evans Gambit
23. D M Martinez vs W Pollock  ½-½50 1889 USA-06.Congress New York (31-1)C77 Ruy Lopez
24. W Pollock vs Max Weiss 0-146 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkD00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. J W Baird vs W Pollock 0-136 1889 USA-06.Congress New YorkC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
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Feb-21-09  artyom2008: happy birthday
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  FSR: "Krause" is correct, not "Kraus." Pollock is a fish - And he sure looks like one in Blackburne vs W Pollock, 1888
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  FSR: Chess historian John S. Hilbert concludes his above-cited four-page review by calling "Pollock Memories" "a curious and intriguing volume that deserves a place on the history shelf of any chess book reader." Indeed. I printed mine out from Google Books, got it spiral-bound at the local copying place, and voila! A new chess book almost for free.
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  whiteshark: "It is no easy matter to reply correctly to Lasker's bad moves."

(William Pollock )

Emanuel Lasker beat William Henry Kraus Pollock 4 to 0.

Aug-21-09  vonKrolock: Is following a Composition?! - Looks more like a position from a game !?

"The Chess Amateur" 1907

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Mate in Five

<en passant, we find also this in <<<Meson>>> online base>

W. Pollock
"Baltimore Sunday News" 1889

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Mate in Two

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  Phony Benoni: <vonKrolock> It's from a game: W Pollock vs Allies, 1893. For a similar example, see M Corden vs NN, 1970. You'd think one of the Allies would have remembered to warn NN about it.
Aug-21-09  vonKrolock: <Phony Benoni> Thanks! Strangely enough, that position found it's way to one of the online CP-databases <"quandoque bonus dormitat etc">

On the other hand, this would never arrive in a real game - with all the pieces on the board, the PPs should never move to another column

"Baltimore News"

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Mate in Two

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  Phony Benoni: <vonKrolock> That second problem is devilishly difficult to visualize. Looks like Pollock was the guy who gave everybody headaches down at the club with his crazy problems.

I think it's 1.Nd6, but I'm still not completely sure.

Jan-04-10  Raisin Death Ray: Any relation to Jackson?
Jan-05-10  Petrosianic: Andrew Jackson?
Jan-05-10  FHBradley: Jackson Pollock?
Jan-10-10  Raisin Death Ray: <Petrosianic> <FHBradley> Jackson Pollock!!! I kinda thought it was clear whom I was referring to!
Nov-24-10  bengalcat47: FSR "Pollock is a fish" It should be noted that Pollock had wins against Pillsbury and Tarrasch during his career, as well as also having had success against opponents such as H.E. Bird and I. Gunsberg.
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a nice finish from Pollock:

Hvidenstahl-Pollock, London, 1885:

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Pollock looks to be in a bit of trouble - both his Rook and Queen are attacked. Pollock ignores the attacks and plays 1...Bxb1! 2. gxh4 Rxf3 3. Rxf3 Nf2+ 4. Rxf2 Be4+ 5. Rg2 Rxg2 6. Nc3 Rxd2+ 0-1

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  wordfunph: William H.K. Pollock: A Chess Biography by Urcan & Hilbert..

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

< It is no easy matter to reply correctly to Lasker's bad moves. >

-- Pollock

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  brankat: So true :-)
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  FSR: <bengalcat47: FSR "Pollock is a fish" It should be noted that Pollock had wins against Pillsbury and Tarrasch during his career, as well as also having had success against opponents such as H.E. Bird and I. Gunsberg.>

I was making a silly joke - pollock is a kind of fish, as my Wikipedia cite indicated. No player who played at Hastings 1895, and did respectably, as Pollock did, could be a weak player. From what I have read of Pollock, he was a charming and beloved person, and capable of playing great chess.

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Definitely rocking that moustache.

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  WannaBe: Is he a dripper?
Feb-21-12  Penguincw: R.I.P. Pollock.
Feb-21-12  jurado96: A GOOD PLAYER
Sep-09-13  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "It is no easy matter to reply correctly to Lasker's bad moves." >


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  thomastonk: Why is McFarland delaying your biography year in, year out?

Happy birthday!

Feb-21-14  Penguincw: R.I.P. William Pollock.
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