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Alfred Emery
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Photo from British Chess Magazine, October 1909.  
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1919

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(born 1865, died Jan-29-1947, 81 years old) United Kingdom

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Alfred Emery was a journalist, and for about seven years (1905-1912) the chess editor of the London Daily News. His five books, A Supplement to Cook's Chess Players' Compendium (1910), The Elements of Chess (1917), Chess Openings (1923), Chess of To-day (1924), and Chess Sacrifices and Traps (1924) were inexpensive, popular and reprinted many times.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Capablanca vs A Emery  ½-½341919Simul, 40bC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed

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  zanzibar: <MissScarlett> and <Tabanus> should get cracking on this guy...

A widely published writer in his day, Adams and other present-day contemporaries oft quote his writings about WCC or Pillsbury's madness or Hypermodernism, etc.

He was a columnist for <London (& Manchester(?)) Daily News>, and a (sometimes) columnist in <Chess Amateur>.

His first name is <Alfred>, and he's also connected to Brighton CC (also Sussex Daily News) despite being a Londoner.

This link gives his age at thirty, allowing an estimate of dob:

Get cracking boys... and maybe find another game or two?

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  zanzibar: A nice prim and proper photo is available:

<Missy> should be formally happy he's snappy.

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  zanzibar: Edward Winter makes mention of him (~1923) so it appears he was durable...

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And there's supposed to be an "especially fascinating" consultation game he played with MacDonald vs. Bird (~1895).


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  zanzibar: <

[Event "consult"]
[Site "Brighton ENG"]
[Date "1895.10.30"]
[Round "-"]
[White "Bird, Henry E."]
[Black "Emery, Alfred + MacDonald"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C51"]
[EventDate "1895.10.30"]
[Source "Bird - Renette p524 G1235 // (London(?)) Daily News 1895-11-18"]
[Notes "MacDonald is unidentified, could be E. E. MacDonald (Winter), or a Dr. Macdonald (BCM)?"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bb6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Qb3 Qe7 7.d3 d6 8.a4 a6 9.a5 Ba7 10.O-O Nd8 11.Re1 Ne6 12.Ba3 Ng4 13.Ra2 Qf6 14.h3 Nh6 15. b5 Nf4 16.d4 Nxh3+ 17.Kf1 Nf4 18.b6 cxb6 19.axb6 Bb8 20.dxe5 Qg6 21. g3 Bh3+ 22.Kg1 O-O 23.exd6 Qh5 24.Nh4 g5 25.f3 gxh4 26.gxf4 Qxf3 27. Qd1 Qxf4 28.Bf1 Qg3+ 29.Kh1 Ng4 30.Bxh3 Qxh3+ 31.Kg1 Kh8 32.Rg2 Rg8 33.Qd4+ f6 34.Nd2 a5 35.Bb2 a4 36.c4 h5 37.Rf1 Bxd6 38.Qxd6 Qe3+ 39. Rff2 h3 40.Bxf6+ Kh7 41.Qd7+ Kh6 42.Bd4 h2+ 43.Kh1 Nxf2+ 44.Kxh2 Qf4+ 45.Kg1 Rxg2+ 46.Kxg2 Rg8+ 47.Kf1 Nxe4+ 0-1


Which MacDonald?

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Rod knows what he's doing (hint, hint).

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  zanzibar: Saunders generally knows too, and at least three more Emery games can be sifted from here:


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  zanzibar: <Which MacDonald?>

OK, there's an <E. MacDonald> in Brighton, but there's also a <W.J. MacDonald> from Brighton (and like Emery, a member of Sussex CCC):

(Scroll down a little)

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  Tabanus: 1871 census has him born about 1865 in Holborn, St. Andrew, London. Family trees have he married in Stoke-on-Trent 26 March 1889 to Blanche Adelaide Wolfe (1868-1940) and that they had 3 children. (See below: Constance W. = Winifred in 1911, and Vincent E. = Edgar in 1911)

1891 census Brighton: Alfred Emery, Head, 26, Journalist - Reporter M --; Blanche A. Emery, Wife, 23; Constance W., Dtr, 11 mo(nths).

1901 census Leyton Essex: Alfred Emery, Head, 36, Journalist, Author; Blanche A. Emery, Wife, 33; Constance W., Daughter, 10; Alfred C. W., Son, 9; Vincent E. W., Son, 3.

1911 census Battersea London: Alfred Emery, Head, 46, journalist; Blanche Emery, Wife, 43, married 22 years; Winifred, Daughter, 22, b. in Brighton; Alfred, Son, 19, b. in Stoke-on-Trent; Edgar, 13, b. in Brighton.

1947 National Probate Calendar: <Emery Alfred of 36 Highlands-road Bowers Gifford Essex died 29 January 1947 Probate London 12 March to Vincent Edgar Wolfe Emery Commercial clerk. Effects L 821 19s. 4d.>

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  Tabanus: Belfast News-Letter 7 October 1909:

<“British Chess Magazine." The current issue of this popular chess magazine was out in good time, and contains much excellent reading. As a frontispiece we have a photograph of Mr. Alfred Emery, chess editor of the “Daily News", ...>

Falkirk Herald, 2 June 1926:

<We regret to learn of the discontinuance meantime of the old-established Morning Post chess column, carried on for forty years so successfully by the late Mr Antony Guest, and for the last two years by Mr Alfred Emery, his efficient successor.>

Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 2 December 1926:

<Chess Traps and Sacrifices. A book bearing this title, by Alfred Emery, which was first issued in 1924. has proved so successful that a second edition, revised and enlarged, has now been brought out. It gives a large number of traps in the openings, upwards of 50 fine examples of sacrifices in the middle game, and a dozen endings. It is published by Frank Rollings, price 2s. 6d.>

Falkirk Herald, 16 December 1936:

<Messrs "The Bazaar, Exchange and Mart," Ltd., of Link House, 4-8 Greville Btreet, London, E.C.1, have just published on behalf of their author, Mr Alfred Emery, the well known veteran chess journalist, two new volumes of special interest to those who wish to commence to learn chess. One book, which is a new and revised edition of Mr Emery’s "Elements of Chess," is intended for those who know nothing about chess, and teaches the rudiments and principles of the game in a clear and simple language and lessons, aided by suitable diagrams to illustrate the text. The other book is a companion, and practically a continuation, teaching the tyro all the best ways of opening and developing the game, with general advice to the student, and giving the details of classified openings in use again with positional diagrams, entitled “Chess Openings," by Alfred Emery. These books are handy in size and are tersely written, constituting a fine and easy introduction to chess, nothing of importance to a novice being omitted. They are quite inexpensive, costing only 1s 6d net each book (or 1s 8d post paid, direct from the publishers, as above), and we cordially commend them to all desirous of being initiated to the practice of the Royal Game of Chess.>

Mar-13-18  Nosnibor: Another book that Emery authored was "Chess Of To-day" published in 1924 at a price of two shillings and sixpence or 12.5p in today¬s money. I purchased it in April 1959 for 5 shillings and there are 13 press opinions extolling the work . All of the games cover the years 1918 to 1923.
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  Tabanus: <Nosnibor> Thanks!

I could make a short bio if getting some help with his 1) chess editorship (where and when) and 2) his books (+ first publ. year).

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  MissScarlett: Must be <E. MacDonald>. He played on teams for Brighton and Sussex (with Emery in this case) in November 1895, where's he described as a 'first class' player.

Your game is described as one of four consulting games played simultaneously. Although I've commonly employed 'Clock simul' and 'Blindfold simul', I have avoided 'Consultation simul' in the few such relevant cases (Game Collection: 1931 Capablanca NYC Armory simul).

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