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Edward Lowe
Number of games in database: 41
Years covered: 1847 to 1870
Overall record: +16 -20 =5 (45.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-23-1794, died Feb-24-1880, 85 years old) United Kingdom

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He played in the London (1851) tournament.

"It is our painful duty to announce the demise of Edward Lowe, of Surrey Street, Strand. He died on the 24th of February, at the advanced age of 86, according to the information which we officially received; friends, however, who have known the kind old gentleman for the last forty years, assure us that he must have been over 90.

He paid his tribute to nature without being attacked by any serious illness, and in full possession of his mental faculties up to the last moment, when he shook off this mortal coil. As a Chess-player, Mr. Lowe did not aspire to the highest rank, but he was a very dangerous opponent, and must be counted among the first-class players of his time.

Mr. Lowe never refused a friendly challenge, he frequently encountered our best players, and not seldom successfully, generally winding up the sitting with the phrase: "My dear Sir, there are no more weak players now-a-days." It is much to be regretted that only a few of his games are recorded, a result of an utmost indifference to notoriety. In his social intercourse as in his play we have always found him modest, kindhearted, and courteous. And we may say of Mr. Lowe, which very few of us can boast of, that he had no enemies. When we complimented him on his "evergreen" appearance, he would reply: "Old age is like an old garment, there is always something amiss with it. We patch it up as long as we can. I had my wear out of my coat." Mr. Lowe has been the Democritus —the laughing philosopher— of Chess players."

References: Wikipedia article: Edward Lowe, Chess Monthly, vol 1, page 255

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Lowe vs Staunton 1-0561847Odds match000 Chess variants
2. E Lowe vs Staunton 1-0461847Odds match000 Chess variants
3. E Lowe vs Staunton 0-1471847Odds match000 Chess variants
4. E Lowe vs Staunton 1-0441847Odds match000 Chess variants
5. E Lowe vs Staunton ½-½511847Odds match000 Chess variants
6. E Lowe vs Staunton 1-0311847Odds match000 Chess variants
7. E Lowe vs Staunton ½-½521847Odds match000 Chess variants
8. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 0-1421849MatchC00 French Defense
9. G W Medley vs E Lowe  1-0391849Ries' Divan TournamentD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-1161849MatchA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
11. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 0-1351849MatchC24 Bishop's Opening
12. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 1-0301849MatchD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. E Lowe vs G W Medley  1-0591849Ries' Divan TournamentA03 Bird's Opening
14. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 0-1181849MatchB20 Sicilian
15. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 1-0501849MatchB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
16. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 1-0481849MatchD00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. E Lowe vs A Simons  1-0331849Ries' Divan TournamentA03 Bird's Opening
18. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-1561849MatchA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
19. E Lowe vs H Kennedy ½-½451849MatchC42 Petrov Defense
20. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-1391849MatchD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. A Simons vs E Lowe 0-171849Ries' Divan TournamentB20 Sicilian
22. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 1-0401849MatchA02 Bird's Opening
23. E Lowe vs G W Medley 0-1611849Ries' Divan TournamentA02 Bird's Opening
24. E Lowe vs H Kennedy 1-0351849MatchC02 French, Advance
25. H Kennedy vs E Lowe 0-1541849MatchC01 French, Exchange
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Aug-28-08  charlie2000: how did Lowe get the offer ?
Aug-28-08  myschkin: . . .

Edward Lowe beat Staunton in a match at odds at the end of 1847. Subsequently, Staunton was attacked mercilessly in a pamphlet by Thomas Beeby for not having reported all the games in the C.P.C.. Later Lowe ran a hotel in Surrey Street (off the Strand), at which Morphy stayed in 1858.

Lowe had long been a player at the Divan, and as early as 1837 had been identified by George Walker as being a German player, "dangerous in more than one sense".

(by John Townsend)


a little backround can be found here:

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  Calli: More games from this player under the name Edward Loewe

Loewe is perhaps more accurate since originally the name was Löwe, mit umlaut. However, Staunton uses Lowe in the 1851 London tourney book, I presume with Lowe's approval.

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  Pawn and Two: I have added some information regarding the 1847 Lowe - Staunton match under game E Lowe vs Staunton, 1847.
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  Pawn and Two: In "Paul Morphy, The Pride and Sorrow of Chess", by David Lawson, we read that in 1858 Edward Lowe was the proprietor of Lowe's Hotel. This was the hotel Morphy stayed at when he first arrived in London.

The next day, June 22nd, Lowe became Morphy's first chess opponent in England. Lowe and Morphy played a series of six games that day. Morphy won all six games. Lowe then rushed off to the Grand Chess Divan to tell of Morphy's arrival, and what could be expected of him at the chessboard.

Oct-26-08  Karpova: <One Staunton excuse was outrageous enough to be given in G.A. MacDonnell's 'Chess Life-Pictures' section 'Excuses for Losing Games' (page 193), even though MacDonnell was generally well disposed towards Staunton. Explaining to an admirer why he had lost his match at P+2 odds to Lowe, Staunton said "You see, sir, the odds were too little; I could not play my best. I ought to have given him the knight.">

From page 5 of Jeremy P. Spinrad's "The Telegraph, the Velocipede, and the Bristol Sloth, Part Two", April 2007:

Sep-10-13  thomastonk: From the "London Gazette", September 21, 1841:

"Edward Lowe, late of No.17, Little-Alie-street, Goodman's-fields, Middlesex, Assistant to a Chess Club.—In the Debtors' Prison for London and Middlesex."

Sep-10-13  thomastonk: From the "London Gazette", Dezember 21, 1841. Among the people that "are ordered to be brought up before the Court" on January 13, 1842:

"Edward Lowe, formerly of No, 15, Nicholson-street, Edinburgh, Scotland, Jewelier, Dealer in Fancy Goods, and Eau de Cologne Manufacturer, and late of No. 17, Little-Alie-street, Goodman's-fields, Middlesex, Assistant to a Chess Club."

Sep-10-13  thomastonk: From the "London Gazette", September 29, 1840:

"The estated of Edward Lowe, Fancy Warehouse, 15, Nicholson-street, Edinburgh, were sequestrated on the 25th day of September 1840.

The first deliverance is dated the 25th of September 1840.

The meeting to elect Interim Factor is to be held, at two o'clock in the afternoon, on Tuesday the 6th day of October next, within writing-chambers of James F.Wilkie, 29, Dundas-street, Edinburgh; and the meeting to elect the trustee and Commissioners is to be held, at two o'clock in the afternoon, on Tuesday the 27th day of October, within the same place.

A composition may be offered at this latter meeting ; and to entitle creditors to the first divided, their oaths and grounds of debt must be lodged on or before the 26th day of March 1841.

All future advertisements relating to this sequestration will be published in the Edinburgh Gazette alone.

JAMES F. WILKIE, Agent, No. 29, Dundas-street, Edinburgh."

Sep-10-13  thomastonk: From the "London Gazette", December 16, 1842:

"I EDWARD LOWE at present, and for twelve months past, residing in the parish of South Lynn, in the borough of King's Lynn, in the country of Norfolk, and being a Shopkeeper and Tailor, do hereby give notice, that I intend to present a Petition to the Court of Bankrupteym praying to be examined touching my debts, estate, and effects, and to be protected from all process, upon making a full disclosure and surrender of such estate and effeczs, for payment of my just and lawful debts ; and I hereby further give notice, that the time, when the matter of the said Petition shall be heard, is to be advertized in the London Gazette and in the Norfolk Chronicle aned Norwich Gazette Newspaper, one month at the least after the date hereof : As witness my hand, this 9th day of December in the year of our Lordm 1842. E.LOWE."

Mar-03-16  zanzibar: Did the Gazette really use the spelling Lowe?

I'm looking at <The Chess Player v1 (1851)> edited by Kling and Horwitz, and they spell his name as Loewe.

<MillBase> uses Loewe.

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