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William Wayte
Number of games in database: 29
Years covered: 1853 to 1894

Overall record: +14 -12 =3 (53.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
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    C29 C26 C25
With the Black pieces:
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C F Schmid vs W Wayte, 1880 0-1
   E Thorold vs W Wayte, 1866 0-1
   W Wayte vs E M Jackson, 1892 1-0

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(born Sep-04-1829, died May-03-1898, 68 years old) United Kingdom

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In 1879 he won the London tournament. In 1880, he won (jointly) Boston, England and in 1884 he won Bath

Wikipedia article: William Wayte

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 29  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. W Wayte vs E Williams 0-121 1853 EnglandC58 Two Knights
2. W Wayte vs T Hampton 1-028 1861 BristolC44 King's Pawn Game
3. S Boden vs W Wayte 1-023 1861 BristolC41 Philidor Defense
4. E Thorold vs W Wayte 0-128 1866 LondonC34 King's Gambit Accepted
5. J Minchin vs W Wayte 0-117 1866 LondonC45 Scotch Game
6. J N Burt vs W Wayte 1-044 1871 Challenge CupC77 Ruy Lopez
7. Burn vs W Wayte  1-029 1876 CheltenhamC77 Ruy Lopez
8. W Wayte vs C E Ranken 1-020 1877 EdinburghC45 Scotch Game
9. Zukertort vs W Wayte  1-029 1877 St George's corrC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. W Wayte vs J Minchin  1-028 1877 EnglandC45 Scotch Game
11. Thorold vs W Wayte  1-023 1878 Counties Chess AssocA02 Bird's Opening
12. C F Schmid vs W Wayte 0-131 1880 DresdenC33 King's Gambit Accepted
13. W Wayte vs Zukertort 0-133 1881 St.George's CCC25 Vienna
14. W Wayte vs Owen 0-149 1881 Counties Chess AssociationE14 Queen's Indian
15. J De Soyres vs W Wayte 0-140 1882 London (m/1)C29 Vienna Gambit
16. W Wayte vs Oxoniensis 1-033 1883 London (5)C29 Vienna Gambit
17. E Thorold vs W Wayte 0-147 1884 BathA03 Bird's Opening
18. W Wayte vs E Thorold 1-044 1884 BathC10 French
19. W Wayte vs E Thorold  ½-½59 1884 BathC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. W Wayte vs Thorold  1-040 1885 LondonC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. E Thorold vs W Wayte 1-023 1885 LondonA03 Bird's Opening
22. W Wayte vs C E Ranken 0-137 1885 United KingdomC44 King's Pawn Game
23. W Wayte vs F Gover  1-041 1887 Univ.-SurreyC14 French, Classical
24. Loman vs W Wayte ½-½39 1889 LondonC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. W Wayte vs C E Ranken 0-116 1890 LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
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  FSR: According to Chessmetrics, Wayte was the number 9 player in the world (!) in early to mid-1878. See
Nov-04-09  Birthday Boy: happy Birthday!!!William Wayte!!!
Jul-04-10  mercurio3: He was a Reverent of British Church.
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  GrahamClayton: An excellent obituary notice, taken from the "Adelaide Advertiser" newspaper, dated Tuesday 28 June 1898, page 7:


A prominent English chessplayer the Rev. William Wayte, died at his residence, 6, Onslow-square, London, on May 3, at the sure of 68. Mr Wayte was a son of the late Mr William Wayte, of Wiltshire, England, and a nephew of the late Hon. B. T. Finniss, of Adelaide, with whom for nearly 30 years he carried on a most interesting correspondence on political and other questions. Politically he was a staunch Liberal, a strong supporter of a free-trade policy, and an advocate of a Cus toms union between Great Britain and the colonies. In Australian affairs he took a lively interest, more especially in the Federation question. Mr. Wayte was well known in other ways than as a chessplayer. A fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and for many years an assistant master of Eton College he was a fine classical scholar, and the author of several classical publications, in which he has shown not only a wide learning but also great capacity and judgment as a critic. He was joint editor 'of Dr. William Smith's "Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities" Among many men of note who where at one time Mr. Wayte's pupils can be mentioned three former Australian Governors, Lords Carrington, Hopetoun, and Jersey, and also the present President of tbe South Australian Legislative Council, Sir R C. Baker. He married the daughter of the Rev. J. W. Lovett-Cameron, vicar of Shoreham, Kent; and was thus a brother-in-law of Commander Verney Lovett-Cameron, the well-known African traveller. Among other offices held 'by him was that of chairman of the Chelsea Committee of the Charity Organisation Society, in which capacity he attended the conference at Oxford.

As a chessplayer Mr. Wayte was for many years recognised as the strongest English amateur. From 1866 he regulalry attended the meetings of the Counties' Chess Association, twice winning the first prize and several times the second. Upon his retirement from his master ship at Eton in 1873 be took up literary pursuits and gave his leisure time to the game. He was a daily attendant of the St. George's Chess Club, and on several occasions won the Lowenthal Cup. Not only was he known as a practical player, bnt also as a theorist and analyst. For more than 30 years be has con tributed valuable articles and reviews to the chess periodicals of the day, and quite lately he published an interesting series of reminis cences in the "British Chess Magazine" and the "Field". Mr. Wayte does not leave any family.

Aug-26-11  BobCrisp: <An excellent obituary notice...>

A rather unfortunate choice of words.

May-10-14  ljfyffe: John DeSoyres, Wayte's 1882 opponent , emigrated to Canada, to Saint John, New Brunswick to be exact. There is a chess trophy he dedicated to his father that was played for by the St. John Chess Club in the last decade of the1800's.
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  MissScarlett: Wayte's Wikipedia article, presumably authored by <FSR>, has <In 1884, he defeated Rev. Thorold in a match held in London (7 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses)>

All sixteen scores appeared in the 1885 <BCM>:

Only the first three games happened in 1884.

Sep-04-16  BIDMONFA: William Wayte

WAYTE, William

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