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Lord Randolph Churchill
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1870

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(born Feb-13-1849, died Jan-24-1895, 45 years old) United Kingdom

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He was one of the founders of the Oxford University chess club.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Steinitz vs R Churchill 1-0301870Blindfold simul, 6bC39 King's Gambit Accepted

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Oct-20-08  Karpova: Jeremy Spinrad on page 5 of his article "Obituaries" from August, 2007:

Spinrad: <Lord Randolph Churchill may now be remembered (at least outside of Great Britain) as the father of Winston Churchill, but he was an important and controversial politician in his own right. The "London Times" article from which these games are taken is titled 'Lord Randolph Churchill as a Chess Player,' and is a response to the fact that none of his many obituary notices mentioned his chess. According to the article, he was one of the founders of the Oxford University Chess Club. He was for some time vice-president of the British Chess Association, though I have the impression that this title was mostly honorary. The article notes that he played chess little after entering public life, but that he did play occasionally with Steinitz for some time after entering the House of Commons. The Churchill Centre mentions that he would often play Steinitz when both were in London in 1877. I might mention that like Steinitz, Churchill also was the subject of a premature death notice, in the "Wiener Zeitung" of September 24, 1893, well before his actual passing on January 24, 1895.>

Oct-20-08  sneaky pete: Church ill reminds me of Frank Zappa (Computer) 's <Church chat>:

You know, today the church is in a terrible state. The bucks just aren't rolling in like they used to. And when the bucks don't come in, the church comes up with a new gimmick to make you spend to go to heaven. Now, I know you don't know what I'm talking about, but ...

I don't want to censor ole Frank, but the rest of his tirade may not be fit for a family site. Adult kibitzers can hear this dangerously funny frenzy on <You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore>, volume 4, disc 2.

Oct-20-08  Tessie Tura: <"The article notes that he played chess little after entering public life..." >

Presumably he found playing the Orange card to be a more fruitful diversion.

Churchill died insane or close to it, in the last stages of syphilis. Itís a sad coincidence that the mental breakdowns of Steinitz may have had the same cause.

Oct-23-08  Whitehat1963: Any relation to Winston or Ward?


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  sleepyirv: While Randolph was rather sepearted from his son, I wonder if he instill his son's liking of the game (from Today's Quote).
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  brankat: Only 1 game is listed here, but according to J.Spinrad's article Lord Churchill faced Steinitz a number of times. I wonder if any other game score-sheets have been preserved. whether he had had more success.
Dec-13-12  waustad: I have read that Winston was also a chess player. Have any of his games survived?
Feb-13-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Lord Randolph Churchill.
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  offramp: One of only a handful of chessgames people who have also been Jack the Ripper suspects.

Yes. I am looking at YOU.

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  MissScarlett: I believe he was the first cousin of Edward George Spencer-Churchill. Their mutual grandfather was George Spencer-Churchill:
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  offramp: It obviously gets complicated because Lady Diana Spencer was related in some way to this geezer, and it is well known, and possibly an urban legend, that Bumphrey Go-kart was a relative of Lady Di.
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  MissScarlett: Neither Lasker nor Steinitz are recorded having been in England in 1888, so we can probably rule them out.
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