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William Crane
Number of games in database: 55
Years covered: 1871 to 1899
Overall record: +19 -19 =17 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-14-1851, died Apr-23-1920, 69 years old) Australia

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Crane was Australia's Grand Old Man of Chess. "In 1887 - when 36 years of age- he won the Australasian chess championship, at Wamambool, Victoria, in open competition with the local champions of the six Australian States, and of New Zealand", reported the SMH. "He held the championship for a number of years, and was then beaten in a straight-out match by the late Mr Julius Jacobsen".

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 55  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L S Phillips vs W Crane ½-½361871NSW v VIC Telegraphic MatchB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. W Crane vs J Schofield ½-½271872New South Wales v Queensland Telegraph MatchC42 Petrov Defense
3. W Crane vs H J Thwaites 1-0241872New South Wales v South Australia telegraph matchC00 French Defense
4. J M Connell vs W Crane 0-1581872New South Wales v Victoria Telegraph MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
5. W Crane vs C M Fisher 0-1271873NSW Presidentís CupC55 Two Knights Defense
6. H Heap vs W Crane 0-1411873New South Wales v Victoria; Telegraph MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
7. C M Fisher vs W Crane 1-0431874Sydney Chess Club Handicap TournamentC45 Scotch Game
8. J Wisker vs W Crane 1-0441880Casual gameC45 Scotch Game
9. W Crane vs A Burns 1-0441884New South Wales v Victoria Telegraphic MatchB30 Sicilian
10. W Crane vs Gossip ½-½351885SydneyC25 Vienna
11. Blackburne vs W Crane 1-0431885Blindfold simul, 8bC45 Scotch Game
12. C Brocklebank vs W Crane 0-1541888Australian ChampionshipC22 Center Game
13. W Crane vs D R Hay 1-0341888Australian ChampionshipC11 French
14. H Charlick vs W Crane ½-½791888Australian ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
15. W Crane vs J Higgs 1-0271888Australian ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
16. W Crane vs J S Stanley 1-0431888Australian ChampionshipC22 Center Game
17. P Lampe vs W Crane 0-1331888Australian ChampionshipC24 Bishop's Opening
18. W Crane vs W Tullidge ½-½401888Australian ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
19. W Tullidge vs W Crane ½-½691888Australian ChampionshipA13 English
20. W Crane vs H Charlick ½-½251888Australian ChampionshipC22 Center Game
21. H Charlick vs W Crane ½-½291888Australian ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
22. W Crane vs H Charlick 1-0461888Australian ChampionshipC22 Center Game
23. H Charlick vs W Crane 1-0241888Australian ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
24. W Crane vs H Charlick 1-0341888Australian ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
25. J L Jacobsen vs W Crane 0-1291891SydneyC29 Vienna Gambit
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Jan-03-14  optimal play: <<<<DEATH OF MR. W. CRANE.>


By the death of Mr. William Crane, which occurred at his residence, 170 Cavendish-street, Stanmore, yesterday afternoon, another link with Old Sydney was removed.

He had just entered his 70th year (he was 69 years of age on the 14th instant), and up till five or six weeks ago was remarkable for an unusual energy which, despite his grey hair and long, grey moustache, seemed to belie his age. His illness was a short but painful one.

For 36 years the late Mr. Crane was associated with the literary work of the "Sydney Morning Herald" and "Sydney Mail," the last five of which were spent as a member of the law reporting staff of the "Herald."

Strangely enough, he began life in association with the legal profession, spending some years in the office of Messrs. Norton Smith, and Co., solicitors. He was also for a few years associated with the late Sir John Robertson, when Premier and Minster for Lands, in the Lands Department.

A man of many parts, deceased was a noted chess-player.

In 1887 -- when 36 years of age -- he won the Australasian chess championship, at Warnambool, Victoria, in open competition with the local champions of the six Australian States, and of New Zealand.

He held the championship for a number of years, and was then beaten in a straight-out match by the late Mr. Jacobsen, who subsequently "brought out" the present Australian chess champion, Mr. Viner.

The late Mr. Crane was looked upon as the doyen of Australian chess, and continued to take part in interstate chess contests until the last two or three years.

He was also a noted dog and poultry expert. For many years he was one of the familiar figures at "judging day" at the Royal Show in Sydney. On many occasion, also, he acted as judge at shows in country centres of New South Wales and also in other States.

For several years, during a break in his journalistic career, Mr. Crane conducted a large auctioneering business in this city. He was also a well-known figure in the cricket world of the '80s and '90s. On many occasions he acted, both here and in other States, as the official scorer for Interstate Sheffield Shield matches. The late Sir Edmund Barton was associated with him as an umpire.

A son of the late Mr. William Crane, who was one of the first stipendiary magistrates of this city, deceased had a large number of relatives scattered throughout Australia, and one married sister in England. Another sister is the wife of the Rev. W. Lampard, late of King's School.

The funeral is to take place at the Church of England Cemetery, Waverley, this afternoon.>

- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Saturday 24 April 1920>

Jan-03-14  optimal play: Correction to <In 1887 -- when 36 years of age -- he won the Australasian chess championship, at Warnambool, Victoria, in open competition with the local champions of the six Australian States, and of New Zealand.> Newspapers never get things right...

It was actually 1888 when William Crane won the Australian chess championship.

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  Stonehenge: According to "The tournament usually begins in late December (after Christmas) and finishes in January."
Jun-20-16  optimal play: William Crane won the 1897 Warrnambool Chess Congress with a score of 6/7

round 1 - 26 Jan def Robert Lord Hodgson

round 2 - 27 Jan def James Christensen

round 3 - 29 Jan def George Baynes

round 4 - 30 Jan win by forfeit F. Wilson

round 5 - 1 Feb lost to Michael Heaver

round 6 - 2 Feb def Ernest Tombleson

round 7 - 3 Feb def John Stanley

His only loss was a particularly interesting game which surprisingly ended in mate.

[Event "Warrnambool Chess Congress"]
[Site "Warrnambool, Victoria"]
[Date "1897.02.01"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Crane, William"]
[Black "Heaver, Michael"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C60"]
[PlyCount "86"]
[EventDate "1897.01.26"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. c3 Bg7 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 a6 7. Bc4 Na5 8. Bd3 d6 9. Bg5 f6 10. Be3 Nc6 11. h3 Nge7 12. Nc3 O-O 13. Qd2 Qe8 14. g4 b5 15. Ne2 Bd7 16. O-O-O d5 17. Rdg1 dxe4 18. Bxe4 Qf7 19. d5 Rfd8 20. Nf4 Ne5 21. Nxe5 fxe5 22. Ne2 Bc6 23. Bg5 Bxd5 24. Bxe7 Bxe4 25. Bxd8 Qxa2 26. Kd1 Qb1+ 27. Nc1 Bf3+ 28. Ke1 Bxh1 29. Rg3 Bb7 30. Rc3 Qe4+ 31. Re3 Qh1+ 32. Ke2 Bg2 33. Rg3 Bf1+ 34. Ke3 Qc6 35. Nb3 Qc4 36. f3 Qxb3+ 37. Kf2 Qd3 38. Qxd3 Bxd3 39. Bxc7 Rc8 40. Ba5 Rc2+ 41. Ke3 Bc4 42. f4 Re2+ 43. Kf3 e4#

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