Karpova: Jeremy Spinrad in his article "Chess History and Literature" from February, 2008: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/spinr...
This article contains information on George Salmon (1819-1904) from Ireland.
Spinrad: <Salmon played at the Birmingham 1858 tournament (attended by Morphy, who did not play), beating one Djuro Szabo (1840-1892, not to be confused with twentieth-century Hungarian GM Laszlo Szabo) 2-0 in the first round before losing to Owen in the second; he also played in the blindfold exhibition against Morphy.>
Regarding James Joyce's "Ulysses"
Spinrad: <Joyce scholars have told me that the mention of chess on this page is simply a fortuitous coincidence, but the character referred to is indeed Salmon the chess player. He is considered a role model for the young Bloom in "Ulysses". Salmon was the Provost of Trinity College in Belfast. There is still a statue of him at the college, but people seem to use it as a prop for a single joke. Apparently, Salmon had said that women would be admitted to the college "over my dead body"; within a year he was dead and the first woman was admitted.>
Rev. Dr. Salmon in general
Spinrad: <In fact, Salmon was an extraordinarily accomplished and versatile intellectual. He was trained in mathematics, and made significant contributions in geometry and algebra. As well as doing original work in these areas at a very high level, his books on the subject were considered to be excellent.
However, he is most remembered now for his work in theology. In particular, his attack on the concept of papal infallibility is still considered to be important both by supporters and opponents of the Catholic Church; this work was republished as recently as 1997. This famous work mentions chess: arguing that the question of papal infallibility is all-important, he says that if this doctrine is not refuted all other arguments would be of little importance, as when a chess-player wins some pieces and pawns but gets his king checkmated. This chess analogy is credited by Salmon as a favorite illustration of Archbishop Whately, rather than being his own, but its use in the introduction is still noteworthy.>