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Richard Fenton
Number of games in database: 7
Years covered: 1871 to 1897
Overall record: +0 -6 =1 (7.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C29 Vienna Gambit (3 games)

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(born Mar-03-1837, died Mar-27-1916, 79 years old) United Kingdom

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Richard Henry Falkland Fenton was an endgame study composer.

Last updated: 2019-01-26 17:48:18

 page 1 of 1; 7 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blackburne vs R Fenton 1-0351871Blindfold simul, 10bC29 Vienna Gambit
2. Blackburne vs R Fenton  1-0291873LondonC29 Vienna Gambit
3. R Fenton vs W Potter ½-½551875offhand game000 Chess variants
4. L Van Vliet vs R Fenton 1-0201890GBR-chC29 Vienna Gambit
5. Bird vs R Fenton 1-0291891LondonA03 Bird's Opening
6. R Fenton vs Lasker 0-1391892B.C.A. NationalC67 Ruy Lopez
7. R Fenton vs Blackburne 0-1231897LondonC54 Giuoco Piano
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-08-08  biglo: Richard Fenton supposedly said "A man that will take back a move at chess will pick a pocket."
Jul-08-08  biglo: 5 games in the database and all were losses. Does anyone know of a worse record?
Jul-08-08  MichAdams: <biglo>, are you Richard Fenton?

Jul-09-08  biglo: If I played in 1897 and am still alive then chances are that I could be.
Jul-09-08  MichAdams: Oh, I didn't notice that.
Nov-17-09  TheaN: <biglo>'s said quote is QotD. Weird statement. Can't really get his point.
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  Infohunter: <biglo: Richard Fenton supposedly said "A man that will take back a move at chess will pick a pocket.">

<TheaN: <biglo>'s said quote is QotD. Weird statement. Can't really get his point.>

I think it was meant as a commentary on personal integrity and sportsmanship. I first saw the quote in Irving Chernev's 1968 book _The Chess Companion_.

Jun-20-17  zanzibar: He was a well-known habitue of Pursell's chess room, back when it was a happening place.

Winter mentions him at least a couple of times:

C.N. 5796 (Saaveda position)

C.N. 10355 (pickpocket quote)

C.N. 7965 (BCM article on Fenton)

Harding also mentions him.

I found an interesting picture of him, it was a bit of a reach, if you know what I mean!

Still, the photo isn't really that good, and I'd be interested if anyone have a better one.


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  MissScarlett: <BCM article on Fenton>

The above gave his date of birth, but the date of death followed shortly.

<Falkirk Herald>, April 12th 1916, p.4:

<The Late Mr R. F. Fenton: March “B.C.M.” had an interesting biography of this veteran expert, and now the “Morning Post” announces his death as having occurred on 27th March, thus:— “We much regret to hear of the death of Mr R. F. Fenton, who was almost the last of the diminished professional group that formerly made the nucleus of the famous meetings at Simpson’s Divan and Purssell’s, Cornhill. At eighty, his unfailing sense of humour kept him young, and amateurs, who were always delighted by his piquant memories, as well as by his half-serious chess precepts, did not realise his great age any more than he did. He was one of the few survivors of those who saw Morphy in England fifty-eight years ago. About that time Fenton made his early successes, but rarely taking part in competitions he never reached the highest rank, and there are no great tournament victories to his credit. He was an entertaining and persistent player, and for many years was an institution of London Chess. His active interest in the game continued nearly to the last, and as a representative of the old school and a characteristic and esteemed individuality he will be sadly missed.”>

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  MissScarlett: The same <BCM> profile states that Fenton believed his best achievement to be <the tournament promoted by the British Chess Club in London in 1891>, but the year is wrong:

Fenton scored +3 -3 =5, defeating Jasnogrodsky, Rumboll and Gossip.

Also interesting is:

<After coming of age in 1858 he visited Birmingham in the company of Hughes (who was knocked out by Staunton in the first round of the tournament) and witnessed Morphy's celebrated blindfold performance there. He was struck by the swiftness of Morphy's play, and in connection with this he remarks that at chess it is usually the quicker players who are the winners.>

Hughes is one of those mystery men with a <walk on part in the war> who promptly vanished back into obscurity.

Game Collection: Birmingham 1858

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