|Dec-30-04|| ||Benzol: Walter Montague Gattie
Born 21st July 1854 in London
Died 17th November 1907 in Bournemouth
He was British Amateur Champion in 1886
|Sep-07-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Member of the British Metropolitan Club. Represented Oxford University 5 times in the annual match versus Cambridge University.|
|Jun-30-11|| ||Granny O Doul: In his biography of Oscar Wilde, Wilde's friend Frank Harris ("My Life and Loves") recounts playing Gattie one day at London's Cafe Royal, and having suddenly to abort the game, having been shocked to see what company Wilde was entertaining in a corner of the restaurant. Gattie, having known Wilde at Oxford, did not share Harris's shock.|
|Jul-21-12|| ||brankat: Must have been a pretty strong "amateur". He did beat, among others, Burn and Gunsberg.|
|Aug-09-15|| ||MissScarlett: I wonder how he wangled an invite to Ostend 1906, a strong event: http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...|
Perhaps they needed someone at short notice to make up the numbers.
Apparently, he stayed on and found company more to his liking: http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...
|Aug-09-15|| ||thomastonk: <MissScarlett> 44 players applied to participate in Ostend 1906, and 36 were admitted at least two weeks before the tourney begun. Among them Gattie, please see http://resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=d....|
|Aug-10-15|| ||MissScarlett: Well, that explains the playing presence of <P. P. Saburov>; he was a member of the organising committee who stepped into the breach when Charles Hugh Sherrard inconveniently died the week before.|
|Apr-16-18|| ||zanzibar: <Chess is generally regarded by the uninitiated as being the dullest and most selfish of games, an opinion which is by no means carefully withheld from the players themselves. Truly, as an amusement or a mirth-provoking pastime it does leave something to be desired, and even such a remark as, "Just look at them, they have been sitting there for hours without speaking!" is often perfectly justified. It is hard to say why a quiet and unobtrusive demeanor should evoke sarcastic comment, but most chess-players become well accustomed to it, and after all the game survives. And not only does it survive, it gains in popularity year by year, and the extent to which it is played to-day as compared with ten years ago is most remarkable. Wherein does its fascination lie?|
... Mr. W. M. Gattie, the well-known chess expert of the St. George's Chess Club. ... >
Living Age v217 (1898) p318-325
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I believe Mr. Gattie had a literary bent, having published an article entitled "What English People Read".
He also made this observation:
<Walter Montague Gattie lamented the baneful effect of ephemeral literature and popular sport, and urged pragmatism:
<"[W]e have extended the literary franchise, and those who would succeed must learn to pander to the new electorate.>
<Robert Louis Stevenson: Writer of Boundaries>
A good portrait of Gattie can be found here:
Though I'd like to know the original source.
|Apr-16-18|| ||zanzibar: <OBITUARY.
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr. W. M. Gattie, of London, who died at Bournemouth on November 17th, in his fifty-second year. Mr. Gattie was a graduate of Oxford, and represented his University no less than five times in the annual matches with Cambridge. The last occasion was in 1881, when he headed the Oxford team and defeated Mr. J. F. Sugden. During the eighties Mr. Gattie was recognised as one of the strongest of Metropolitan
amateur players, and he rendered excellent service in matches for the St. George's Chess Club, of which he was a leading member, contem porary with the late Rev. W. W. Wayte, Rev. A. B. Skipworth, and Mr. J. I. Munchin. Mr. Gattie was a close student of the theory of chess, and possessed a wide knowledge of the openings, which enabled him to render valuable help in assisting to prepare for publication the Book of the London International Tournament of 1883. During recent years indifferent health prevented his indulging in hard play, but he
competed in the recent amateur tournament at Ostend.>
BCM v27 (1907) p542
|Apr-16-18|| ||zanzibar: Notice that the BCM obit mentions him dying in his "fifty-second year". Edwards notes Sergeant copies this slight mistake:|