|Feb-17-08|| ||brankat: Three generations of fine Chess masters. A great Chess playing family!|
|Feb-17-11|| ||Benzol: A pity that there aren't more games of his here.|
|Feb-17-11|| ||Penguincw: < Benzol: A pity that there aren't more games of his here.> I'm pretty sure that there are more of Spencer Crakanthorp 's games out there.|
|Feb-17-12|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Crakanthorp.|
|May-30-12|| ||Benzol: My word! Someone has been busy finding games by Mr Crakanthorp. Brilliant.|
|Jun-29-12|| ||Benzol: Is Lawrence Spencer Crakanthorp the same player?|
|Jun-29-12|| ||whiteshark: <Benzol> I'd guess so, unless there have been two Spencer Crakanthorp playing in the same tournament against B.Parker. Well, you're the expert of AUS/NZ chess history, aren't you? ;)|
|Jun-29-12|| ||whiteshark: Here's his enlisting document of 1916: http://mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au/...|
so his full name is <Lawrence Spencer Crakanthorp>, though his place of birth is given as Islington, England http://mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au/...
|Jun-29-12|| ||whiteshark: L.S. Crakanthorp photos:
1916 Corp. L.S. Crackanthorp in uniform: http://www3.photosau.com/Manly/scri...
|Jun-29-12|| ||Nosnibor: <whiteshark>From all of the historical information you have provided it would appear that the bio has the wrong birth date of L S Crakanthorp. The enlisting document of January 1916 states his age as 44 years old which means that he was born in 1871 and not 1885.This seems to make sense because the 1925 photograph reflects an image of a man well past 40 years of age.|
|Jun-29-12|| ||Stonehenge: From a PDF file:
Crakanthorp, Lawrence Spencer (1857–1929)
MAN02686 Cpl L S Crakanthorp, 1915 MML
Anne (Crackanthorp) Purdy, grand-daughter of Lawrence Spencer Crakanthorp contributed an excellent article on him
to Australian Chess Lore, vol 3, 1984, p3–32, from which the following is abridged:
Lawrence Crakanthorp was born in Islington, London on 15th November 1857 and came to Australia when he was 15.
He returned to England as a sailor before the mast sailing round the Horn, but came back to Australia after an extensive
walking tour through Europe. He married Florence Wentworth Eldershaw in 1884 (she died of Spanish flu after WWI)
and they lived in Surry Hills and Paddington. They had eight children, including Spencer Crakanthorp, born 17 February
1885. Lawrence came to Manly circa 1901 from Wagga Wagga. He had passed the Public Health examinations with
such distinction that he was offered the top job available, at Manly, where he became the Sanitary Inspector (or Municipal
Officer of Health). He and Spencer joined the Manly Chess Club. Lawrence enlisted in WWI (aged 59) and fought
in the trenches. He died 16 December 1929.
Spencer Crakanthorp was a chess prodigy, and was Chess Champion of NSW on several occasions from 1905 to
1933. He was Australian Champion in 1926 and 1928/29. He married Emily Diana Harris in September 1914, and they
had a daughter, Anne, in 1915.
|Jun-30-12|| ||Benzol: <whiteshark> <Well, you're the expert of AUS/NZ chess history, aren't you? ;)>|
LOL. I wish.
Thanks to both <whiteshark> and <Stonehenge> for their efforts on this one. Thanks guys.
|Mar-22-14|| ||redwhitechess: Retrieved about eights articles and games of Crakanthorp.|
|Mar-22-14|| ||morfishine: <redwhitechess> Excellent! I'd like to see the origin of the family name|
|Feb-17-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Spencer Crakanthorpe.
"Release the Kraken!" is heard at the start of his attacks.
|Feb-18-16|| ||Chessical: "Spencer Crakanthorp, the winner of the New South Wales chess championship, was born in Sydney in 1885. After living in several of the inland towns of New South Wales his parents finally settled in Wagga Wagga. Young Spencer (then eight years of age) was first taught the moves by Mrs Houlding, who at that time was the lady champion of Australia, and, showing a great liking for the game, his parents, both good players, gave him every encouragement and completed his tuition. |
After winning several handicap tourneys at Wagga, which was then the champion country town of New South Wales, he played for that town against several others, his record being 11 wins and 1 loss. After leaving Wagga he went to live at Manly, Sydney, and joined the North Sydney Chess Club, which won the suburban competition two years in succession. The Manly Club, which owes its foundation to the Crakanthorps, was successful in winning the suburban championship the following years, and in 1906 had an unbroken succession of victories.
In a set match with Mr W. H. Jones, of Sydney, young Crakanthorp won on time limit, but ceded the point, and the match was declared off. A little later the championship of New South Wales was annexed, with, a score of 9 out of 10, the loss being to W. H Jones. When Mr W. S. Viner threw out an open challenge for the championship of Australasia Mr Crakanthorp promptly accepted it, but the great distance between Perth (where Viner lives) and Sydney proved a bar, and the match has not yet eventuated. Mr Crakanthorp contends that Mr Viner cannot justly claim the title of "champion" until he proves his superiority over him. It will be remembered that Messrs Viner and Crakanthorp competed in the contest for the New Zealand championship at Christchurch last year. There were twenty competitors, and Mr Viner won the title of "champion of New Zealand" with a score of 17 1/2 wins, 1 1/2 losses, Mr Crakanthorp being second with 15 wins, 4 losses. Crakanthorp beat Viner in the individual game between the pair in the tournament, and was also awarded the brilliancy prize for the game he played against A. Gifford, of Westport."
Source: "Otago Witness," (NZ), issue 2820, 1st April 1908, p.67.
|Feb-18-16|| ||Chessical: "Obituary. Mr. Spencer Crakanthorp, one of the leading figures in Australian chess for more than 30 years, died at a private hospital in Sydney on Saturday, aged 51 years. Mr. Crakanthorp won his first
chess tournament at Wagga (N.S.W.) at the age of 13 years, and he won the first State championship for which he entered in 1905 . |
His long list of tournament successes included two Australian championships , two New Zealand championships , and six New South Wales championships.
He was also fifth in a British championship in 1912 , the only one which he entered."
Source: The Australasian (Melbourne), Saturday 8 August 1936, p.11
 2nd New South Wales Championship, Sydney, August 1905
 Sydney 1926 and Perth 1927
 Wellington 1923/24 and Dunedin 1925/26
 9th British Chess Federation Championship, Richmond, August 1912