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George Perigal
Number of games in database: 8
Years covered: 1840 to 1851
Overall record: +3 -5 =0 (37.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-27-1806, died Apr-01-1855, 48 years old) United Kingdom

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George Perigal died in London, England at the age of 48.

Last updated: 2017-09-08 15:07:44

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Perigal vs W M Popert 0-1261840LondonC51 Evans Gambit
2. G Perigal vs Saint Amant  1-0221843Great BritainC42 Petrov Defense
3. Saint Amant vs G Perigal  1-0471843Great BritainC50 Giuoco Piano
4. NN vs G Perigal 0-1151843MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
5. G Perigal vs NN 1-0201843UnknownC33 King's Gambit Accepted
6. Captain Evans vs G Perigal 1-0321843LondonC20 King's Pawn Game
7. Anderssen vs G Perigal  1-0281851LondonC51 Evans Gambit
8. Anderssen vs G Perigal  1-0231851LondonC39 King's Gambit Accepted
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  Calli: George Perigal according to Jerry Spinrad. See about halfway down the long article or just locate Perigal.
Oct-13-08  biglo: A good story is told of Perigal, who, for a long period, officiated as the Honorary Secretary [London Chess Club]. At the time Deschappelles made his ridiculous challenge to play any English amateur a match at Pawn and Two moves, Mr. Perigal was sent out to Paris to arrange preliminaries with the gasconading Frenchman. Deschappelles soon showed how little he was in earnest, and the ambassador returned without having effected any thing. On being questioned at the "London" as to the appearance, manner, etc., of the French champion, he said, with much gravity " Mr. Deschappelles is the greatest chess-player in France; Mr. Deschappelles is the greatest whist-player in France; Mr. Deschappelles is the greatest billiard-player in France; Mr. Deschappelles is the greatest pumpkin-grower in France, and Mr. Deschappelles is the greatest liar in France."


Paul Morphy, the chess champion, by an Englishman [F. M. Edge]. By Frederick Milnes Edge, Paul Charles Morphy
Published by , 1859
Original from Oxford University
Digitized Jun 28, 2006

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  heuristic: George Perigal
Born: 27 Dec 1806, Newington, Surrey
Died: 1 Apr 1855, Kensington at age 48

General Notes:
An English chess player, who took part in the first telegraph game in England in 1845 as well as being on the London team in the correspondence matches against Edinburgh in 1824 and Paris in 1834.

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  Calli: There are probably a lot more games available, but a lot of the old books often do not list the players. They hide the identities with "played against a strong member of the club" or "Mr. P".
Jul-31-15  thomastonk: What a biography!! One sentence: <George Perigal died in London (possibly), England at the age of 48.> That's perfect! Nothing stupid or boring on his life, no almost won matches, no waste of time. Great!

But, hmm, let's see, what does this word in brackets mean? Possibly?! I don't like such uncertainty.

Did he die 'possibly'?! Hmm, let's see. Born in 1806, though at the very end ... okay, accepted. Maybe even 'probably'!

Or is London 'possibly' in England?! Let me see what Wikipedia has ... no, rather unlikely, because the vast majority of Londons belongs to the United Staates.

Dear colleagues! Is it okay for you, if I change this bio to <George Perigal probably died in London, England (unlikely) at the age of 48.>?

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  jnpope: London Evening Standard, 3 April 1855, p4, death notice section:

<On the 1st inst., George Perigal, Esq., of Clement's lane, Lombard-street, aged 48.>

Is there any reason to doubt that he died in London, England?

Nov-29-15  thomastonk: <jnpope: Is there any reason to doubt that he died in London, England?> The current 'biography' is probably only another version of Perigal's entry in Gaige's "Chess Personalia":

<Perigal, George
*     Age 48
+ 01-04-1855 London?, ENG>

When I saw the poor biography one evening, I could not resist to post something in a provocative manner. A very rare case, I would say, and probably some white wine was involved.

During the following days I collected material for a proper biography, but since no one seemed to be interested in improving his biography, it remained unposted.

About the place of death: I found his death notice in the "Times" of April 3, and the "Morning Chronicle" of April 4, 1855. Both are like that in the "London Evening Standard", with a small addition in the "Times": <after a long and severe illness>. Gaige also mentioned the "Times" among his sources, and I assume he added the <?> because the "Times" did not add an information like <at his residence> or any other phrase with <at>, which were common. Perigal belonged to respectable family (see the chronicle "Some Account of the Perigal Family" by Frederick Perigal, London, 1887) and so he could have spent his last days elsewhere.

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  Tabanus: Illustrated London News, 14 April 1855, p. 347:

<Death of Mr. G. Perigal, late Hon. Secretary to the London Chess-club. Of that formidable phalanx of players which a few years back was the pride and boast of the old civic Chess-club conspicuous in the ranks of which stood Lewis McDonnell, Cochrane, Mercier, Brand, Fraser, Popert, Horwitz, Slous, Walker, Pulling, Perigal, Watts, Jones, &c. the numbers are rapidly diminishing. Death has done his melancholy work, and those whom he has spared, have, for the most part, retired from active service, so that in the arena of their glory their places know them no longer. The gentleman whose decease we have to-day the pain of recording was for several years the Hon. Secretary of this Club an office he appears to have been eminently-qualified to fill, and his resignation of which, through ill-health, we believe was very generally deplored. He was an excellent player well studied, and well practised: not, perhaps, entitled to rank in the highest class of all for his game was elegant and finished, rather than profound or comprehensive but certainly he stood only one grade below that; and he has left scores of games which no amateur capable of appreciating the refinements of Chess skill will willingly let die. The two games which follow exhibit his powers both in attack and defence advantageously; and we hope next week to give some farther openings.>

There now follows two won games, with White vs Mr. Pulling, and as Black vs Mr. Spreckley (George Stormont Spreckley).

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