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Charles W Blake
Number of games in database: 25
Years covered: 1898 to 1912
Overall record: +14 -9 =2 (60.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-12-1880, died May-18-1961, 80 years old) United Kingdom (federation/nationality Canada)

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Born in London, England in 1880, Major Blake emigrated to Winnipeg in 1903 before serving in French territory during the 1st Great War. He moved to Ontario by 1925 and later to White Rock, British Columbia. Blake was twice runner-up in the Canadian championship (at Toronto in 1909 and later 1913 (6/7) - but John Stuart Morrison won the play-off in Winnipeg) and in 1911 won the Western Chess Association championship (the precursor to the U.S. Open). His calls to the Bar saw him practice in Ontario, White Rock, Brandon & Winnipeg.

note: he occasionally played consultation chess on the team of C Smith Magnus/Blake.


 page 1 of 1; games 1-25 of 25  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs C W Blake 1-0281898Simul, 25bC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
2. Magnus Smith vs C W Blake 1-0411904North West tournamentC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
3. C W Blake vs E P Elliott  1-03419056th Western ChampionshipC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
4. H Fowler Lee vs C W Blake  1-03219056th Western ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
5. E Friederich Schrader vs C W Blake  0-1201905Western ChampionshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
6. J C Eppens vs C W Blake  0-1551906Western Championship (Final)C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
7. F N Stacy vs C W Blake  0-1581906Western Championship (Final)C77 Ruy Lopez
8. H Fowler Lee vs C W Blake  ½-½661906Western Championship (Final)A10 English
9. C W Blake vs L Uedemann  0-1281906Western Championship (Final)C71 Ruy Lopez
10. G H Wolbrecht vs C W Blake 1-0371906Western Championship (Final)C78 Ruy Lopez
11. C W Blake vs Magnus Smith ½-½341906Western Championship (Final)C78 Ruy Lopez
12. C W Blake vs E Friederich Schrader  1-0361906Western Championship (Final)C43 Petrov, Modern Attack
13. C W Blake vs Lasker 1-0181907SimulC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. C W Blake vs G H Wolbrecht  1-0291907Western ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
15. C W Blake vs E P Elliott  0-1301907Western ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
16. C W Blake vs G H Wolbrecht  1-0301909Western ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
17. C W Blake vs E P Elliott  1-0351909Western ChampionshipC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
18. M Goldsmith vs C W Blake  1-067190910th Western ChampionshipC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
19. D D Barkuloo vs C W Blake  0-1391911Western ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
20. H Fowler Lee vs C W Blake  0-1291911Western ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
21. C W Blake vs M Goldsmith  1-0361911Western ChampionshipC13 French
22. C W Blake vs E Friederich Schrader  1-0471911Western ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
23. E P Elliott vs C W Blake  1-0591911Western ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
24. W Bland vs C W Blake  0-1261911Western ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
25. C W Blake vs E P Elliott  0-1491912Western ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
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  GrahamClayton: Blake, Charles (12 June 1880 - 18 May 1961).

Born in London, England in 1880 but emmigrated to Winnipeg in 1903, Blake read law before being called to the Manitoba Bar in 1909; two years later he moved to Brandon and set up his own practice. He served in France during the First World War, rising to the rank of major by its end. Blake returned to Brandon after the war but left the province for Ontario in 1925; he was subsequently called to the Ontario Bar in 1929 and the British Columbia Bar in 1949. He was still active as a lawyer when he passed away in White Rock, B.C. at the age of eighty.

Blake learnt chess in 1897 and was already a strong player when he arrived in Winnipeg. He was the only local player who could compete with fellow Winnipegger and Canadian champion Magnus Smith on something resembling even terms, although Smith generally finished ahead of Blake in competitions. After Smith moved to New York in 1907 Blake stepped into his shoes as the premier player in the area; apart from winning the Northwest championship five times in succession, Blake was twice runner-up in the Canadian championship (1909 and 1913) and in 1911 won the Western Chess Association championship (the precursor to the U.S. Open). Moving to Brandon curtailed Blake’s chess activities as did the Great War, although he provided a brilliancy prize for the 1918 Northwest tournament whilst on leave. He did make the journey from Brandon to Winnipeg to play in the Northwest competitions 1923-25 and won two of those championships before moving to Ontario.

Blake played in several more Canadian championships in the 1920s, generally finishing in the middle of the field. His last such event was in Hamilton in 1931, when he was apparently living in Windsor. After moving to this province he played in the BC - WA matches of 1949, 1950, and 1951, despite being around seventy years old at the time. His obituary in the White Rock Sun makes no mention of his military career or chess accomplishments. There are certainly soldiers who would prefer to forget their wartime service, but more likely by the time of Blake's passing there was no one left in the area who knew his early background: his wife had predeceased him by several years, and they left no offspring.

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  Phony Benoni: Photo of Charles W Blake:
May-24-14  ljfyffe: Leon Rosen withdrew from the 1905 tournament causing scores to be erased and then restored by the tournament committee to the detriment of Charles Blake. Reference: Larry Fyffe article in defunct Canadian chess magazine EnPassant. Magnus Smith supported the questionable decision.
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