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Aleister Crowley
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Aleister Crowley (left) playing Fernando Pessoa in Lisbon, 1930.  
Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1894 to 1916


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ALEISTER CROWLEY
(born Oct-12-1875, died Dec-01-1947, 72 years old) United Kingdom

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Aleister Crowley was born Edward Alexander Crowley in Warwickshire, England. He was an influential English occultist, astrologer, mystic and ceremonial magician, responsible for founding the religious philosophy of Thelema.

In 1895 Crowley, having then adopted the new name of Aleister, began a three year course at Trinity College, Cambridge. He joined the university's chess club, where he beat the president in his first year (he claims) and practised two hours a day towards becoming a champion. Preoccupied with occultism, he eventually gave this idea up.

Crowley gained widespread notoriety during his lifetime, and was denounced in the popular press of the day as "The Great Beast" and "the wickedest man in the world." Nevertheless, Crowley has remained an influential figure and is widely thought of as the most influential occultist of all time.

Wikipedia article: Aleister Crowley


 page 1 of 1; 3 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blackburne vs A Crowley ½-½281894Blackburne simul EastbourneB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. E Spencer-Churchill vs A Crowley  1-0321897Oxford Univ - Cambridge Univ mC42 Petrov Defense
3. A Crowley vs N Whitaker 0-1261916Casual gameC40 King's Knight Opening
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Oct-12-12
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  twinlark: Crowley's been reincarnated in a steampunk-sf series called the <Demi-Monde>, which is set in a virtual world created with a quantum computer by the Pentagon for war training purposes.

In this place, he's one of a cast of major historical psychopaths like Heydrich, Beria, Torquemada, Robespierre, Shaka Zulu, Matthew Hopkins, Archie Clement and others.

Great read!

Nov-07-12  Conrad93: This guy considered himself the next Capablanca, if not better.
Nov-07-12  Conrad93: The most egotistical man in history? I can't think of anyone else.
Nov-07-12  Everyone: Conrad93 comes into <Everyone's> mind.
Nov-07-12  Conrad93: I'm not egotistical, I'm just rational and state my mind.
Nov-07-12
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  HeMateMe: Was he really the 5th Beatle?
Nov-07-12  Mac3: No the fifth Beatle was Billy Preston!
Jun-07-13
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  Benzol: Is there any truth in the rumour that English musician Graham Bond was Aleister Crowley's son?

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham... for more details

Jun-07-13  schweigzwang: Ha ha, never expected a Crowley page here. I guess maybe I should expect a Crowley page everywhere.
Jun-07-13  Cibator: Benzol: Bond himself apparently cherished the notion, but the secrecy surrounding adoptions in the UK prevents any definite conclusion being reached, one way or the other.

According to his biographer, Harry Shapiro (in "The Mighty Shadow", pub. 1992), a court action aimed at establishing Bond's true paternity was within an ace of succeeding, but a crucial ruling from a judge at a late stage stopped it from going any further.

A son fathered by Crowley was born in 1937 to one Patricia MacAlpine, but his later life is well documented, and he can't possibly have been Bond.

My conclusion: Bond was simply delusional and obsessed. No connection with Crowley, except in his own deranged mind.

Apr-06-15
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  zanzibar: Crowley doesn't look like the wickedest man in the world in the above photo.

This photo brings that side out a little more I think:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...

On the other hand, I always thought the wickerest man in the world was this guy:

http://cdn.bloody-disgusting.com/wp...

(It's bloody hard to get a good photo when you don't get top-billing)

Apr-07-15
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  offramp: He was a brilliant man and he played far more games than are given here. I will try to find them and upload them.
Apr-09-15  Karposian: <offramp> He was a good player. He preferred to use the knights. Didn't like bishops. Not at all.
Aug-20-15  Dragi: fat sick drug addicted weirdo satanic scumbag
Aug-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: He looks a little bit like Alfred Hitchcock.
Oct-12-15
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  Nosnibor: It should be pointed out that the game given here was part of a blindfold simul by Blackburne.
Nov-08-15  Jboy: Wasn't he able to play 8 chess games at the same time with his back turned?
Nov-09-15  Absentee: <SteinitzLives: Famous for being truly evil>

If being a charlatan is evil.

Aug-28-17
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  MissScarlett: <offramp: He was a brilliant man and he played far more games than are given here. I will try to find them and upload them.>

Good luck with that. I could only find (and submit) two - the Varsity game with Spencer-Churchill (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...), and one with 'the wickedest man in Washington', Norman Tweed Whitaker.

Aug-28-17
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  Marmot PFL: < He was a brilliant man and he played far more games than are given here. I will try to find them and upload them.>

Crowley was very serious about chess in his student days but gave it up after traveling to a major chess tournament and seeing how poor and shabby most of the leading players looked.

Aug-28-17
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  MissScarlett: <Crowley was very serious about chess in his student days but gave it up after traveling to a major chess tournament and seeing how poor and shabby most of the leading players looked.>

Is that from his own mouth/pen? I surmise healthy amounts of poetic licence should be allowed for.

Aug-28-17
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  Marmot PFL: Used to have his autobiography (Confessions) where he mentions chess frequently. His ambition as a student was to become champion of England but he gave up serious chess after the incident I mentioned. This was in the 1890s at one of the major chess congresses.
Aug-28-17
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  Marmot PFL: Some Crowley quotes on chess--https://hermetic.com/crowley/other/...
Aug-28-17
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  ChessHigherCat: < zanzibar: Crowley doesn't look like the wickedest man in the world in the above photo.

This photo brings that side out a little more I think:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...

No way, the wickedest man in the world is this guy, although he had to get rewicked every night before the show:

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-...

Aug-28-17  ughaibu: Wickedest man in the world: https://img.barks.jp/img/article/10...
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