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|Aug-16-09|| ||YoungEd: Does anyone know why he used the pseudonym he did? What's wrong with Valentine Brown? (Yes, I know, normally Valentine red, but seriously).|
|Feb-14-10|| ||Doc Valentine: Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine's Day, too!|
|Feb-14-11|| ||Penguincw: This person only lived up to age 29.|
|Feb-14-12|| ||brankat: Born on Valentine's Day :-) |
A very talented young chess player.
From the Bio: <..becoming the first official British Chess Champion. He remained the youngest titleholder for over a century (until Nigel Short)..>
|Feb-14-12|| ||Penguincw: On second of thought, he might be a another candidate. He was POTD last year, I believe.|
|Feb-14-15|| ||TheTamale: And a fine looking fellow our POTD was, indeed! A perfect Valentine's Day representative for the game.|
|Feb-09-16|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, Cecil De Vere.|
|Feb-14-17|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Cecil De Vere.|
|Feb-14-17|| ||Nosnibor: In the introduction it states that De Vere lost a match to Zukertort in 1874 and two games are given both being wins by the latter. This was not a match but an Handicap tournament and De Vere lost by 2-1. The game not in the db was a brilliant win by De Vere.|
|Feb-14-17|| ||Sularus: so dapper. RIP|
|Feb-14-17|| ||Sularus: quite a scalp collection|
|Jan-18-18|| ||MissScarlett: Anyone have access to the Hindle/Jones book, <The English Morphy?: The Life and Games of Cecil De Vere, First British Chess Champion>?|
I'm interested in how strong the evidence is for the claim that, per Wikipedia, Cecil was likely <the illegitimate son of William Cecil De Vere, a naval officer and son of the second Baronet of Curragh>.
|Jan-18-18|| ||MissScarlett: Freeman's Journal, July 15th 1852, p.4:
<July 8, at Burnham, William Cecil de Vere, Esq. of the Royal Navy, fourth son of the late Sir Aubrey de Vere. Bart., of Curragh Chase, county Limerick, to Sophia, youngest daughter of J. Allen, Esq, of Burnham.>
Dublin Evening Mail, February 16th 1869, p.3:
<Captain William Cecil de Vere, R N, died at the Pleasaunce, Torquay, on Feb 2, aged 45.>
This would mean William was born c.1823, making him 22-23 when Cecil was born, and Cecil almost 23 when William died. And both passed away in Torquay.
|Jan-18-18|| ||john barleycorn: <MissScarlett: Freeman's Journal, ...>|
Any relation to the Freeman here?
|Jan-21-18|| ||MissScarlett: William Cecil De Vere:
1843 - Promoted to Mate (rank later equivalent to Sub-Lieutenant) on board HMS Stromboli: http://www.pdavis.nl/ShowShip.php?i...
1846 - Promoted from Mate to Lieutenant on board HMS Collingwood: http://www.pdavis.nl/ShowShip.php?i...
1849 - Appointed as Lieutenant on HMS Racer: http://www.pdavis.nl/ShowShip.php?i...
For our purposes, of interest is that in the spring of 1845 when he allegedly sired Cecil, he was apparently stationed with the Stromboli in/off Ireland, though he may still have had access to the British mainland. His tour with the Racer apparently ended in March 1852, so it can be no coincidence that he married Sophia in July 1852. Haven't yet found what he did then.
|Jun-04-18|| ||MissScarlett: < In 1865, he won a match against Wilhelm Steinitz (+7 -3 =2), with Steinitz giving odds of pawn and move.>|
Newspaper reports indicate this match extended into 1866, but they're not sufficiently clear to tell which games should be redated.
|Aug-25-18|| ||MissScarlett: Discovery of the birth certificate revealed not only his actual name and year of birth (1846, not 1845), but also that he was English, not Scottish. But where did the notion that he was born in Montrose originate? Was this another deliberate false trail?|
|Aug-25-18|| ||zanzibar: And where did the name Brown come from?
|Aug-25-18|| ||zanzibar: Oh, and why couldn't Hindle find the birth certificate *before* he published his book on the man?|
|Aug-26-18|| ||MissScarlett: <And where did the name Brown come from?>|
See the section <Terminal Illness>: https://mannchess.org.uk/People/De%...
Or if you're asking why he chose Brown, maybe it was simply a nod to Valentine Green.
|Aug-26-18|| ||MissScarlett: The only connection between De Vere and Montrose I could find is a reminiscence by George Alcock MacDonnell in the <ISDN> of November 19th 1881, p.227:|
<In 1867 we both visited Dundee, where we were most hospitably entertained by his Scotch relatives, and afterwards we spent a most delightful time at Montrose, and the burn which, fourteen miles northward, glides at the foot of one of the Grampian Hills.>
Montrose is some 25 miles north of Dundee. Perhaps it's where De Vere's mother came from, and so became associated with his birthplace.
The John Henderson piece from <TWIC> in 2001, linked to above has <some references to his birthplace being Melrose>. Melrose is about 80 miles to south of Montrose.
|Aug-26-18|| ||Sally Simpson: David Hooper and myself searched the archives at New Register House in Edinburgh for three days looking for De Vere's D.O.B. David was searching the surname name of Brown possibly born on the 14th of Feb.|
No success (obviously)
(Montrose/Melrose may have been a typo/auto-correct by John or the TWIC crew. The Grampian Hills mentioned are in the north of Scotland.)
|Aug-26-18|| ||MissScarlett: <Montrose is some 25 miles north of Dundee. Perhaps it's where De Vere's mother came from, and so became associated with his birthplace.>|
Well, I'm reminded that De Vere's mother apparently came from Wales:
The <Chess Players' Chronicle> obituary cited therein doesn't touch on his birthplace:
|Aug-26-18|| ||zanzibar: I have some issues with Hindle's claim. Not even Yorkshire applies the info with conviction:|
<Cecil Valentine De Vere appears <possibly> to have been the illegitimate son of a Welsh-born servant girl called Catherine (or Katherine) Mathews. <Purely circumstantial evidence> suggests his father may have been William Cecil De Vere, a Royal Naval officer who was a son of the 2nd Baronet of Curragh, or else another member of the same family.
The birth of “Valentine John Cecil De Vere Mathews” was registered at St. James, Westminster, in the first quarter of 1846. The name contains all the elements of that of Cecil Valentine De Vere, but <jumbled up a bit, and with extra bits added in>. ...
Such quarterly returns, whilst freely accessible on line, <fail to give details such as exact date of birth and parents’ names>. For those recourse is needed to a birth certificate or baptismal record. It is to Owen Hindle that we owe thanks for digging out the underlying birth certificate and publicising its content in the British Chess Magazine’s Quotes & Queries section. A subsequent book, “The English Morphy” (unseen), by Owen Hindle & Bob Jones, <presumably covers> all that follows here. ...>
Look at all the waffling...
<possibly>, <purely circumstantial evidence>, <jumbled up a bit, and with extra bits added in>, <fail to give details such as exact date of birth and parents’ names>, <presumably>
I'm underwhelmed, plus I can't see the original scans directly, if at all.
That I think is the obligation of Hindle when making his claims. Did he reproduce the scans in the BCM articles? (I doubt it).
I like the Zanchess approach - just show it.
|Aug-27-18|| ||MissScarlett: <In the first recorded mention of De Vere, The Era, 20 Dec. 1861, a report of a simultaneous display by Paulsen on 16 December, Lowenthal was impressed by the precocious skill of the '13-year-old' De Vere, implying that he was born in 1848.>|
Cecil Valentine De Vere (kibitz #17)
A minor correction: <The Era> in question was dated December 22nd (p.4), not the 20th.
The list of Paulsen's opponents has: <V. de Vere, Esq., No. 5;>, suggesting he was still known as <Valentine>.
<We should not omit to mention that Mr de Vere who contended against Mr Paulsen on Board No. 5 is a youth of thirteen years of age. The young gentleman, though he lost the game, played remarkably well, and gave indications of promise for the future.>
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