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Hugh Alexander Kennedy
H Kennedy 

Number of games in database: 75
Years covered: 1844 to 1862
Overall record: +31 -25 =6 (54.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 13 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Pawn Game (10) 
    C44 C20
 Sicilian (7) 
    B21 B45 B32 B46
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C77 C65 C70 C61
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (6) 
    C00 C01 C02
 English (5) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Lowe vs H Kennedy, 1849 0-1
   E Williams vs H Kennedy, 1848 0-1
   M Wyvill vs H Kennedy, 1851 1/2-1/2
   H Kennedy vs H Buckle, 1846 1/2-1/2
   H Kennedy vs M Wyvill, 1851 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London (1851)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   London 1851 by MissScarlett
   Kennedy - Lowe (1848-49) by MissScarlett

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(born Aug-22-1809, died Oct-22-1878, 69 years old) United Kingdom

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Former British army captain and leading London chess player. In 1843 he founded the Brighton Chess Club, which attracted Howard Staunton and Henry Thomas Buckle. In April 1845, he teamed up with Howard Staunton and played two telegraph games against players in London while they were in Portsmouth. In 1846, he lost a match to Elijah Williams (+2-4). In 1849, he lost a match to Edward Lowe (+6-7=1). He played in the London (1851) tournament and finished in 6th place. He knocked out Karl Mayet in round 1 with two wins. In round two, he lost to Marmaduke Wyvill (+3-4=1). In round 3, he defeated James Swain Mucklow with 4 wins. He then lost to Jozsef Szen with 1 draw and 4 losses. In 1862, he lost perhaps the first international telegraphic game, against Serafino Dubois. He was Vice President of the British Chess Association and President of the Brighton, Bath, and Bristol Athenian Chess Clubs.

In the story Some Reminiscences of the Life of Augustus Fitzsnob, Eq." (1860) Kennedy gave the score of a chess game said to be Napoleon Bonaparte vs General Bertrand, 1820. It is probably in fact a score of a casual game with John Owen.

In 1862, he wrote Waifs and Strays, Chiefly from the Chess-Board, published in London, with a second edition published in 1876.

Wikipedia article: Hugh Alexander Kennedy

Last updated: 2017-06-09 09:21:00

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 75  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Kennedy vs Staunton  0-1791844Odds m000 Chess variants
2. E Daniels vs H Kennedy  0-1271844Casual gameC23 Bishop's Opening
3. H Kennedy vs B Greville  0-1281844Casual gameC45 Scotch Game
4. H Kennedy vs Staunton  0-1351844Odds m000 Chess variants
5. H Kennedy vs Staunton  0-1321844Odds m000 Chess variants
6. H Kennedy vs Staunton  1-0411844Odds m000 Chess variants
7. H Kennedy vs Staunton  ½-½591844Odds m000 Chess variants
8. H Kennedy vs Staunton  0-1231845Odds game000 Chess variants
9. H Kennedy vs H Buckle  1-0321845London MatchC41 Philidor Defense
10. H R Kuiper vs H Kennedy  ½-½491845Casual gameC53 Giuoco Piano
11. H R Kuiper vs H Kennedy  0-1481845Casual gameC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. E Williams vs H Kennedy 1-0351846London mD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
13. E Williams vs H Kennedy 0-1311846London mD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
14. H Kennedy vs H Buckle ½-½331846Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
15. H Kennedy vs C Stanley  ½-½361846Casual gameB02 Alekhine's Defense
16. H Kennedy vs E Lowe  1-0281847Casual gameC70 Ruy Lopez
17. H Kennedy vs Staunton  0-1441847Odds game000 Chess variants
18. H Kennedy vs Staunton  0-1371847Odds game000 Chess variants
19. H Kennedy vs W Pulling  1-0381847MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
20. H Kennedy vs W Pulling 1-0251847MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
21. W Pulling vs H Kennedy  0-1301847MatchC53 Giuoco Piano
22. H Kennedy vs W Pulling  1-0361847MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
23. W Pulling vs H Kennedy  1-0371847MatchC40 King's Knight Opening
24. E Williams vs H Kennedy 0-1161848Casual gameB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
25. H Kennedy vs E Williams  1-0261848Casual gameC44 King's Pawn Game
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Oct-24-08  Karpova: From Jeremy P. Spinrad's "Chess Journalism: Old and New", May 2007:

Page 3: <In another Scottish surprise, writer H.A. Kennedy enthuses about an upcoming great tournament, which we know today as London 1851. He thinks it is wonderful that people of different countries will sink their national differences and come over to the bloodless fray, in the spirit of an old Scottish refrain. The repeated words (adapted from a Robert Burns poem) map into a surprisingly obscene statement in colloquial American English:

"Then cock up your beaver, and cock it fu' sprush; We'll over the water and give them a brush; There's somebody there we'll teach better behavior; Hey! Johnnie, lad, cock up your beaver!">

Apr-26-09  WhiteRook48: let this be a president
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  Tabanus: Wikipedia says he was born in London, but that should be wrong. He is listed in three different censuses as born in Madras (today Chennai), India.

According to the chess historian Sergeant, in A Century of British Chess (1934), Captain Kennedy was the brother of E. S. Kennedy:

<Jaenisch and Buckle (though he had entered and paid the fee) could not arrive in time; and as substitutes for them were put in <E.S. Kennedy, a brother of the Captain> and described as "a rising young amateur" at the St. George's, and M. Brodie.>

This must be Edward Shirley Kennedy, although I found no record to link them directly together. Edwards father John Hatfield Kennedy (1773-1833) was Transfer Accountant of the British East India Company.* He married in 1815 (to Harriet Shirley) and Edward was born in 1817. Possibly John was in India by 1809 (when Hugh was born) so that they were half-brothers.

Edward is only Kennedy in British censuses with middle name S.


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  Tabanus: <In 1843 he founded the Brighton Chess Club>,

whereas his presumed brother, Edward, <was left a sizable fortune by his father at age 16, yet lived with thieves and garrotters for a considerable while, and once walked from London to <Brighton> with a mob of tramps>.

Finally, Edward mentions chess in his book on climbing (Peaks, Passes and Glaciers (London 1862)), e. g.

<where each step is like a move at chess, — not to be made without considering its effect upon what is to follow.> and

<arranged in lines like the squares of a chessboard>.

All in all (and especially the India connection), the statistician in me tells that Hugh and Edward Shirley Kennedy were related, or at least connected, to each other.

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  Tabanus: This page: shows that Hugh was born on 22 Aug. 1809 in Madras, India. Parents: <Alexander Kennedy, Harriet>. Edwards mother was also named Harriet (Shirley).
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Hugh Alexander Kennedy.
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  Fusilli: <Penguincw: R.I.P. Hugh Alexander Kennedy.>

As Larry David would say in Curb Your Enthusiasm... didn't the R.I.P. window for this man close a little while ago? :)

Arguably, though, one could say that it's never late to wish someone a good eternity... you have eternity to do it!

Mar-13-16  zanzibar: He was in the medical service of the East India Company:

<Waifs and Strays (1862)> p237

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  offramp: I imagine he saw plenty of cocks up beavers in India. The dirty old git.
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  Check It Out: <Tabanus: Wikipedia says he was born in London, but that should be wrong. He is listed in three different censuses as born in Madras (today Chennai), India.>

If this is so then he was born in Vishy Anand's hometown. There must be something in the water.

<offramp: I imagine he saw plenty of cocks up beavers in India. The dirty old git.>

I'm not exactly sure how this translates to US English, but it sounds nasty any way you suss it.

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  Sally Simpson: The 1879 minutes of the Edinburgh Chess Club state they received a letter dated 3rd December 1878 from the widow of Captain Kennedy saying he has left his chess books (49 volumes) to the club.

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