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W Fairhurst 
 
William Albert Fairhurst
Number of games in database: 149
Years covered: 1922 to 1976
Overall record: +28 -67 =52 (36.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (14) 
    E60 E61 E70 E92 E64
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D64 D52 D53 D50 D56
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D74 D84 D81 D94 D82
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E12 E16 E17
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E45 E46 E53
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A40 D02 E10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C66 C62 C79 C87 C74
 Slav (13) 
    D11 D15 D10 D13
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E38 E30 E26
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D05 D04 E00 A46 D01
 Vienna Opening (5) 
    C25 C29 C28
 Semi-Slav (4) 
    D46 D43
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Fairhurst vs Menchik, 1935 1-0
   A Asgeirsson vs W Fairhurst, 1933 0-1
   W Fairhurst vs Tylor, 1929 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1952/53 (1952)
   Margate (1935)
   London A (1946)
   London (1927)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1948/49 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1952/53 by Phony Benoni

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WILLIAM ALBERT FAIRHURST
(born Aug-21-1903, died Mar-13-1982, 78 years old) United Kingdom (citizen of New Zealand)

[what is this?]
William Albert Fairhurst was born in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England. He was awarded the IM title in 1951. In 1931 he went to live in Scotland and won the Scottish Championship the 11 times he competed; 1932, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1935-36, 1936-37, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1962. He also won the British Championship in 1937 and was unofficial Commonwealth Champion in 1950.

In international play at Scarborough 1927 he shared 2nd place with Fred Dewhirst Yates, beating 1st place getter Edgar Colle and Efim Bogoljubov whom he finished ahead of by a full point. He played for Scotland in the Olympiads of 1933, 1956, 1958, 1964, 1966 and 1968.

In 1970 he was invited to play in the New Zealand Championship as a guest and liked the country so much he decided to retire there. He played for New Zealand in the 1974 Nice Olympiad and his last event was the New Zealand Championship in 1976. He passed away in Auckland in 1982.

Wikipedia article: William Fairhurst


 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 149  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. B Kostic vs W Fairhurst  ½-½37 1922 Simultaneous exhibitionD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
2. Capablanca vs W Fairhurst 1-047 1922 SimulC23 Bishop's Opening
3. W Fairhurst vs E Spencer  1-017 1924 Southport tournamentC67 Ruy Lopez
4. W Fairhurst vs Yates  0-146 1927 LondonE16 Queen's Indian
5. Tartakower vs W Fairhurst  1-040 1927 LondonA15 English
6. Vidmar vs W Fairhurst  1-054 1927 LondonD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Bogoljubov vs W Fairhurst 1-043 1927 LondonA46 Queen's Pawn Game
8. W Fairhurst vs W Winter  1-054 1927 LondonD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. W Fairhurst vs Marshall  ½-½32 1927 LondonD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. W Fairhurst vs A J Mackenzie 1-024 1927 Manchester v Birmingham matchB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
11. W Fairhurst vs Reti  ½-½56 1927 LondonA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
12. G A Thomas vs W Fairhurst  0-139 1927 LondonD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Colle vs W Fairhurst 1-037 1927 LondonD04 Queen's Pawn Game
14. W Fairhurst vs V Berger  0-145 1927 LondonE16 Queen's Indian
15. W Fairhurst vs Nimzowitsch 0-140 1927 LondonE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. W Fairhurst vs C H Alexander 0-128 1928 corrA40 Queen's Pawn Game
17. W Fairhurst vs Tylor ½-½38 1929 British ChampionsipE60 King's Indian Defense
18. C H Alexander vs W Fairhurst 1-021 1932 BCF-chC29 Vienna Gambit
19. Sultan Khan vs W Fairhurst  ½-½8 1932 BCF-chA04 Reti Opening
20. Tartakower vs W Fairhurst ½-½36 1933 OlympiadD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
21. W Fairhurst vs M Monticelli  0-150 1933 Folkestone olD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. W Fairhurst vs Flohr  0-144 1933 OlympiadD94 Grunfeld
23. Stahlberg vs W Fairhurst  ½-½43 1933 Folkestone ol (Men)E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
24. V Mikenas vs W Fairhurst 0-149 1933 OlympiadD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. W Fairhurst vs Alekhine 0-137 1933 Folkestone ol (15)D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-29-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: William Albert Fairhurst
Born 21st August 1903 in Alderley Edge
Died 13th March 1982 in Auckland
Awarded the IM title in 1951.
He was Scottish champion 1932, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1935-36, 1936-37, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1962. He was also British champion in 1937.
Jan-02-06  WMD: <...was a recognized authority in the field of structural engineering, and the builder of some famous bridges.> (Soltis, Chess Lists)

Tay Road Bridge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tay_Ro...

Aug-21-06  BIDMONFA: William Albert Fairhurst

FAIRHURST, William A.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/fairhurst_w...
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Sep-07-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: <‘... Cold-blooded gamesman-planning is rare. But I have one pretty example. At my first British Championship, [at Ramsgate] in 1929, a friend of mine – who is a magnificent analyst and celebrated in the chess world – found himself in a very bad position. But there was a way out. Given that his opponent (a very strong player) did not see the threat, it was possible, with a series of sacrifices, to achieve stalemate. But he had to include in his play a clearly inadequate move, which would inevitably warn his opponent. After all, one plays chess on the assumption that the opponent sees everything. (That is why the word “trap” is not a good chess term.) But my friend devised a psychological trap. He sat and looked at the board with a despairing face until he was well and truly in time trouble. Then he fumblingly made the crucial moves. His opponent, tempted to a little gamesmanship himself, was playing very quickly. Quick came the erroneous capture. Even quicker came the series of sacrifices and, while the flag was tottering, stalemate supervened. Now could he have improved on things in the following way: touched the piece, taken his hand away, and let himself be compelled to move the piece at random? No, he had thought of that, but dismissed it as sharp practice.’> From pages 24-25 of Not Only Chess by Gerald Abrahams (London, 1974)

Fairhurst - T. H. Tylor after 31...Rb3


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<32.Bd2 Rg3+ 33.Kh1 Rxh3+ 34.Kg1 Rd3 35.Bc1 (‘Leaving himself less than half a minute on his clock.’) 35...Rc7 36.Bg5 (‘Finger staying on his clock; and Black falls for it.’) 36...Rg3+ 37.Kh1 37...Rxg5 38.R1f7+ Rxf7 39.Rxf7+ (‘Forcing stalemate or perpetual check.’)>

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (5145)

Sadly, the game is not in the database.

Aug-21-08  brankat: An amazing chess career!

R.I.P. Mr.Fairhurst.

Oct-25-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: In October/November 1951 Fairhurst won a "British Empire" championship organised by the Oxford Chess Club:

1. W Fairhurst (Scotland) 4/5
2. D Yanofsky (Canada) 3/5
3. R Wade (New Zealand) 2.5/5
4. L Barden (England) 2/5
5. G Berriman (Australia) 2/5
6. W Heidenfeld (South Africa) 1.5/5

Source: Anthony Wright "Australian International Chess: 1946-1972", Melbourne 2001

Aug-21-09  SimonWebbsTiger: W Fairhurst vs Flohr, 1946

an interesting game from the Britain-USSR radio match 1946. (The book of the match by Klein and Winter is superb, btw.)

Nov-16-09  Alan McGowan: Here is the Fairhurst-Tylor game referred to by Karpova.

Alan McGowan
Historian, Chess Scotland

Fairhurst,W.A. - Tylor [E72]
Ramsgate (1)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nc3 d6 6.e4 Nc6 7.Nge2 Bg4 8.h3 Bxe2 9.Nxe2 e5 10.0-0 Re8 11.d5 Nd4 12.Be3 Qe7 13.Nxd4 exd4 14.Bxd4 Qf8 15.Qc2 Re7 16.c5 Rae8 17.f3 Nh5 18.Bf2 f5 19.Rad1 fxe4 20.fxe4 Be5 21.cxd6 cxd6 22.Bxa7 Qh6 23.g4 Nf4 24.Rf3 Ra8 25.Be3 Rxa2 26.g5 Qxg5 27.Rdf1 Qxg2+ 28.Qxg2 Nxg2 29.Kxg2 Rxb2+ 30.Kg1 Kg7 31.Rf8 Rb3 32.Bd2 Rg3+ 33.Kh1 Rxh3+ 34.Kg1 Rd3 35.Bc1 Rc7 36.Bg5 Rg3+ 37.Kh1 Rxg5 38.R1f7+ ˝-˝

Aug-21-12  brankat: Participated in Scottish championship 11 times and won 11 titles! Is there any other example like this one?

Seven Chess Olympiads, between 1933 and 1974!

R.I.P. master Fairhurst.

Aug-21-12  LoveThatJoker: IM Fairhurst, today you are remembered!

LTJ

Aug-21-12  vinidivici: This guy was versatile. He was good in chess and building the bridges.

His company (Fairhurst), the consultant company for building the bridge lasted until now with many branches.

Sep-08-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: He played three serious games against Jacques Mieses in Glasgow in 1934 winning 1 and drawing the other 2.

From page 349 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Did you ever meet him? My father did. He had an engineering company which rebuilt the bridge over the River Tee in Scotland. I met him at Howick-Pak. My father saw him when he was captain of the 1974 Nice Olympiad team - he was a "bloody nuisance" he said as he kept taking off from France to England on personal business...

He gave a lecture one night on the two Bs. I should be an expert on that as Sarapu (at the same place) used a Rubinstein game to also lecture on the 2 Bs!

Jan-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: I saw him ca 1980 or so - he must have died a year or so after that. Had he not been an engineer he might have done even better at chess. But he was clearly a very strong player.

He was a few years older than my father. He possibly lived in Howick in his old age.

Aug-21-14  Penguincw: R.I.P. IM William Albert Fairhurst.
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