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H E Atkins 
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Henry Ernest Atkins
Number of games in database: 98
Years covered: 1892 to 1935
Overall record: +49 -23 =26 (63.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (10) 
    D55 D60 D63 D50 D51
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C66 C83 C84 C79 C65
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E12 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D05 D02 E10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C66 C63 C77 C76 C88
 Sicilian (5) 
    B40 B45 B29 B34
 King's Indian (4) 
    E61 E90 E80
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C88 C84 C87 C92
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C50 C53
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D53 D64 D51
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H E Atkins vs H Jacobs, 1915 1-0
   H E Atkins vs W Gibson, 1924 1-0
   Tartakower vs H E Atkins, 1922 0-1
   H E Atkins vs Gunsberg, 1902 1-0
   J D Tresling vs H E Atkins, 1899 0-1
   H E Atkins vs Blackburne, 1909 1-0
   H E Atkins vs Rubinstein, 1922 1-0
   H E Atkins vs Von Bardeleben, 1902 1-0
   R Scott vs H E Atkins, 1920 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam (1899)
   13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902)
   London (1922)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam 1899 by Phony Benoni

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(born Aug-20-1872, died Jan-31-1955, 82 years old) United Kingdom

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Henry Ernest Atkins was a schoolmaster who treated chess as a hobby, devoting relatively little time to it and playing in only a handful of international tournaments. He was an extremely gifted player who would likely have become one of the world's leading players had he pursued the game more single-mindedly.

Atkins was born on the 20th of August 1872 in Leicester, England. He joined the Leicester Chess Club in 1882. By age 17, he was the champion of Leicester.

He graduated from Cambridge and taught mathematics at Northampton and Wyggeston. In 1909, he was appointed Principal of Huddersfield College.

His record in the British Championship is unparalleled. He played in it 11 times, winning on 9 of those occasions: in 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1924 and 1925. In his first attempt in 1904 he finished 1st= with William Ewart Napier but lost the play-off. In his last appearance in 1937 he was 3rd= at 65 years of age!

Atkins' international career consisted of just six tournaments. In the Hastings 1895 minor tournament he finished 2nd= behind Geza Maroczy. In 1899 he won the Amsterdam tourney by a whopping 4 points with a perfect score of 15/15. In the Hanover 1902 tournament he was 3rd behind David Janowski and Harry Nelson Pillsbury and ahead of Frank James Marshall and Mikhail Chigorin amongst others. He was 10th out of 16 at London 1922 and also represented the British Chess Federation in the Olympiads of 1927 and 1935.

In 1950, FIDE awarded Atkins the International Master title based on his earlier results. He died in Huddersfield in 1955.

Wikipedia article: Henry Ernest Atkins

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 98  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G D Madgavkar vs H E Atkins  0-140 1892 Oxford-CambridgeC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
2. E Delmar vs H E Atkins  ½-½41 1896 1st Anglo-American Cable MatchD05 Queen's Pawn Game
3. H E Atkins vs Burn 1-046 1897 WoodhallC26 Vienna
4. H E Atkins vs Burille  1-063 1897 2nd Anglo-American Cable MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
5. H E Atkins vs E Hymes  ½-½36 1898 3rd Anglo-American Cable MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
6. C Trimborn vs H E Atkins 0-180 1899 AmsterdamE90 King's Indian
7. H E Atkins vs J F Heemskerk  1-042 1899 AmsterdamD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. J D Tresling vs H E Atkins 0-132 1899 AmsterdamC66 Ruy Lopez
9. H E Atkins vs W Schwan 1-024 1899 AmsterdamA84 Dutch
10. H E Atkins vs N Mannheimer  1-028 1899 AmsterdamD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. H E Atkins vs Swiderski  1-049 1899 AmsterdamD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. H E Atkins vs J W te Kolste 1-019 1899 AmsterdamD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. J Dimer vs H E Atkins  0-121 1899 AmsterdamC55 Two Knights Defense
14. Showalter vs H E Atkins  1-045 1899 4th Anglo-American Cable MatchC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
15. H E Atkins vs F W Pelzer  1-025 1899 AmsterdamD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. H E Atkins vs W Meiners 1-049 1899 AmsterdamD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. J Moquette vs H E Atkins  0-126 1899 AmsterdamC53 Giuoco Piano
18. J Partaj vs H E Atkins 0-120 1899 AmsterdamC66 Ruy Lopez
19. Olland vs H E Atkins  0-160 1899 AmsterdamC66 Ruy Lopez
20. H E Atkins vs D Bleijkmans  1-044 1899 AmsterdamA84 Dutch
21. A van Foreest vs H E Atkins  0-143 1899 AmsterdamC50 Giuoco Piano
22. J F Barry vs H E Atkins  1-033 1900 5th Anglo-American Cable MatchB40 Sicilian
23. E Hymes vs H E Atkins  1-061 1901 6th Anglo-American Cable MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
24. H Wolf vs H E Atkins  ½-½57 1902 13th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
25. W Cohn vs H E Atkins  0-145 1902 13th DSB Kongress (Hanover)C49 Four Knights
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Aug-20-09  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday

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  GrahamClayton: Each year in his home town of Leicester the HE Atkins Memorial Congress is held in his memory:

Aug-09-11  Antiochus: 177 games of Henry Atkins are here:

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  FSR: I am largely responsible for the Wikipedia article on Atkins. A remarkable player, who could have gone very far had he devoted himself to the game.
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  Karpova: Shrewsbury, August 1906, 3rd British Chess Congress

1. H. E. Atkins 8.5
2. R. P. Michell 7.5
3-6. Lee 7.0
3-6. W. C. Palmer 7.0
3-6. Shoosmith 7.0
3-6. G. E. Wainwright 7.0
7. Blackburne 6.5
8. V. Wahltuch 4.5
9. E. Mercer 4.0
10. F. E. Hammond 3.5
11. J. E. Perry 2.0
12. Frank Brown 1.5

Atkins received 60 pounds, Michell 30 pounds.

'(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung', June 1906, pages 323-324

Aug-20-12  brankat: No doubt, a very talented player!

R.I.P. master Atkins.

Aug-20-12  Nosnibor: Here is one of the last serious games played by Atkins just before WW2;-White: H E Atkins Black; P Rowland Played 22/04/1939 in a match between Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire at board 1 1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nc6 3Bg5 a6 4Ba4 Nc6 5Nc3 Bb4 6Nd5 Be7 7d3 0-0 8h3 d6 9c4 Nxd5 10c4xd5 Nd4 11Nxd4 exd4 12g4 Bh4 13Bd2 Qe7 14Qe2 b5 15Bb3 Bd7 16Rc1 Ra-c8 17Kd1 Rfe8 18Qf3 c5 19dxc6 Bxc6 20Rc2 Kh8 21Rg1 Qf6 22Qxf6 Bxf6 23Bxf7 Re7 24Bd5 Rec7 25Ba5 Bxd5 26Rxc7 Rxc7 27Bxc7 Bxa2 28Bxd6 Black Resigns 1-0 Happy 140th Mr Atkins
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  Karpova: Scarborough, 1909.08.09 to 1909.08.21, 6th British Chess Congress

1-2. H. E. Atkins 8.5
1-2. J. H. Blake 8.5
3. W. Ward 7.5
4-5. J. H. Blackburne 7.0
4-5. F. D. Yates 7.0
6-7. R. P. Michell 6.0
6-7. G. E. Wainwright 6.0
8. F. J. Lee 5.0
9. Dr. H. Holmes 4.0
10. Herbert Jacobs 3.0
11. A. J. Mackenzie 2.5
12. E. G. Sergeant 1.5

From pages 372-373 of the 1909 'wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-22-12  Nosnibor: Tunbridge Wells,August 1908.Here Atkins outdistanced the field by one and a half points 1 H E Atkins 8.0
2 W Ward 6.5
3-6 J H Blackburne 6.0
3-6 I Gunsberg 6.0
3-6 F J Lee 6.0
3-6 Rev.W C Palmer 6.0
7-8 R P Michell 5.5
7-8 E G Sergeant 5.5
9 A Shoosmith 5.0
10-11 J H Blake 4.0
10-11 A J Mackenzie 4.0
12 Lean 3.0

From minutes of the Leicestershire Chess Club 1908

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  Karpova: Regarding my post from Aug-22, the 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung' reports on page 254 the play-off between Atkins and Blake:

4 games should have been played overall but Atkins won game 1 (in 55 moves), game 2 (in 16 moves) and drew game 3 in 45 moves clinching his 5th title.

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  Karpova: Oxford, British Chess Congress started on August 15, 1910 (?). Final Result:

1. Atkins 8.5
2-3. Blackburne 7.5
2-3. Yates 7.5
4-5. Blake 6.5
4-5. Wainwright 6.5
6-7. Colman 5.0
6-7. Hughes 5.0
8-9. Gibson 4.5
8-9. Lewis 4.5
10-11. F. S. Smith 4.0
10-11. Dr. S. F. Smith 4.0
12. Brown 2.5

From page 40 of the 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Sep-06-12  Nosnibor: <FSR> Apropos your bio on wikipedia you might be interested to know that Atkins in playing for both his club and county in Leicester played 76 games between 1887 and 1939 without losing one.This constituted 36 wins and 40 draws ! His obituary in "The Wyggestonian" said that "As a man Mr.Atkins was of simple habits,very shy and reticent,yet possessing a personality commanding respect and lending an air of distinction to any gathering where he was present".source:Chess in Leicester 1860 -1960
Sep-06-12  Nosnibor: <FSR> With reference to my last post I should have stated the years 1887 to 1941. Atkins played his last county match in September 1941.
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  FSR: <Nosnibor: <FSR> Apropos your bio on wikipedia you might be interested to know that Atkins in playing for both his club and county in Leicester played 76 games between 1887 and 1939 without losing one.This constituted 36 wins and 40 draws !>

Not <that> surprising, IMO. There probably was a wide gap between Atkins (who would surely be a GM by modern standards) and most of his local opponents.

Sep-27-12  Nosnibor: Since my last post on Sept.6 I have discovered that H.E.Atkins did play one more match for his county and this was after WW2 on the 8th December 1945 on board one against Warwickshire when he beat H.C. Lewis.B.H.Wood on board 2 lost to Alfred Lenton in the same match.
Nov-07-12  Conrad93: He won the British Chess Championship seven times in a row!
Mar-20-13  Nosnibor: Apparently Atkins has a boy of 17 beat Blackburne in a blindfold game where the latter was playing 8 games without sight of the board.This took place on the 19th March 1890 and Atkins was the only player to win out of all the contestants.(source"Daily Post" 20 March 1890)Unfortunatly I am unable to trace a record of this game.However I can supply the record of a game played November 1892 by Atkins in his game at board 2 for Cambridge University against the British Chess Club.This was played at the Carlton Club,H.Q. of the University Chess Club.White: H.W.Trenchard,Black:H.E.Atkins,Centre Game.1e4,e5,2d4,exd4,3Qxd4,Nc6,4Qe3.Nf6,5e5.Ng4,- 6Qe4,d5,7exd6+,Be6.8Be2,Nf6.9dxc7,Qxc7,10Qa4,Bc5-
29f3,Bc4,30Kf2,Rxf1+White resigns 1-0
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  FSR: Atkins was strong like bull. Had he devoted himself to chess, he would undoubtedly have been a world-class player.
Aug-20-13  SimonWebbsTiger:

IM Andrew Martin looks at him in the link above.

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  Cemoblanca: He looks like the character Daniel Plainview from "There Will Be Blood" played by Daniel Day-Lewis. ;)
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