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Arthur Skipworth
A Skipworth 
Number of games in database: 38
Years covered: 1868 to 1897
Overall record: +12 -23 =3 (35.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-10-1830, died Nov-27-1898, 68 years old) United Kingdom

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Arthur Bolland Skipworth was born in June 1830 and became a reverend. He was secretary of the British Counties’ Chess Association and editor of the Chess Players’ Chronicle. In September 1865, he won the first British Counties’ Chess Association, held in Redcar. In 1869, he won the 5th British Counties Chess Association Congress at York, England. In 1871, he won the 3rd British Chess Association Challenge Cub (7th Counties Chess Association) at Malvern. In 1873, he won the 9th British Counties Chess Association Congress at Bristol. In 1880, he tied for 1st at the 15th British Counties Chess Association Congress, held in Boston, England. In 1880, he took 1st place in William Nash's Correspondence tourney, which began in 1878. In 1883, he took last place at the 1883 London International with 3 out of 26. The event was won by Johannes Zukertort. In 1884, he took 2nd in the 19th British Counties Chess Association Congress at Bath, England. In 1885, he lost a match to Henry Edward Bird (+2-5=0). In 1886, he participated in the Nottingham International, but withdrew after he lost the first two games. In 1891, he tied for 1st in the 24th British Counties Chess Association Congress, held at Oxford, but lost the play-off to Joseph Henry Blake. In 1892, he lost all 8 games to take last place in the 25th British Counties Chess Association Congress, held in Brighton, England. In 1893, he took 2nd in the 26th British Counties Chess Association Congress at Woodhall Spa, England. Skipworth had the habit of falling ill early in a tournament, especially when things were not going his way. He died in 1898. When he died, the British Counties’ Chess Association ceased to exist.

Last updated: 2016-10-16 00:04:13

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 38  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Skipworth vs V Green 1-0651868B.C.A. Glowworm Prize tC60 Ruy Lopez
2. J Lord vs A Skipworth 1-0301868BCA-02.Challenge CupB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. A Skipworth vs Cuthbertson 1-0291868BCA-02.Challenge CupA00 Uncommon Opening
4. A Skipworth vs Owen 0-1521868BCA-02.Challenge CupB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
5. A Skipworth vs C E Ranken  1-0201871Challenge CupC46 Three Knights
6. A Skipworth vs J N Burt 1-0171871Challenge CupC46 Three Knights
7. E Thorold vs A Skipworth  1-0251873CliftonA02 Bird's Opening
8. A Skipworth vs Burn  0-1361875Challenge CupA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
9. A Skipworth vs J L Jacobsen 1-0271878Grimsby v Hull club matchC46 Three Knights
10. A Rowley vs A Skipworth 0-1441878GranthamC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. Bird vs A Skipworth 0-1361880HorncastleA02 Bird's Opening
12. J De Soyres vs A Skipworth 1-0201880Counties Chess AssociationC13 French
13. A Skipworth vs J Mortimer 1-0471883LondonA20 English
14. J Mason vs A Skipworth 1-0301883LondonC50 Giuoco Piano
15. Mackenzie vs A Skipworth  1-0621883LondonC13 French
16. Blackburne vs A Skipworth  1-0701883LondonC77 Ruy Lopez
17. A Skipworth vs Zukertort 0-1341883LondonA13 English
18. A Skipworth vs J Noa  1-0401883LondonA30 English, Symmetrical
19. A Skipworth vs Steinitz 0-1541883LondonA20 English
20. A Skipworth vs Bird ½-½591883LondonA04 Reti Opening
21. Bird vs A Skipworth 1-0451883LondonD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
22. A Sellman vs A Skipworth  0-1561883LondonC00 French Defense
23. A Skipworth vs S Rosenthal  ½-½411883LondonA06 Reti Opening
24. A Skipworth vs Winawer 0-1201883LondonA20 English
25. Englisch vs A Skipworth 1-0321883LondonD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Nov-07-05  Eastfrisian: You can find a pic here:
Jun-23-06  sixfeetunder: His games are worth skipping.
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  technical draw: Well, maybe we should just bury his games six feet under. (along with your pun)..(actually it's a good one!)...
Oct-17-08  Karpova: Information on Arthur Bolland Skipworth:


C.N. 4879

From the British censuses (there's also a picture):

<"1861 census": Arthur B. Skipworth, age 30. Born in Laceby, Lincolnshire. Address: Priory, illegible [township near Stokesley]. Occupation: Perpetual Curate. Married. Child: George P. Skipworth (son, age 7 months). Other household members: Thomas Apcey (age 50), servant; Martha Apcey (age 51), servant; Harry Apcey (age 13), scholar; Emma Sharp (age 17), nurse maid.

"1881 census": Arthur B. Skipworth, age 50. Born in Laceby, Lincoln. Address: Glebe House, Tetford. Occupation: rector of Tetford & Farming 291 Ac Land Under Lane. Employ 8 men, 1 woman & 2 boys. Married. Other household members: Mary Audiss [?] (age 71), housekeeper; William Parish (age 18), farm servant indoors; David Porters (age 21), farm servant indoors; James Wilkinson (age 28), farm servant indoors.

"1891 census": Arthur B. Skipworth, age 60. Born in Laceby, Lincolnshire. Address: Holbeck Hall, Ashby Puerorum. Occupation: clerk in holy orders (rector of Tetford) & Farmer. Married. Other household members: Percy H. Robbs (age 17), boarder and farm pupil; Francis Bennett (age 52), farm bailiff; Sarah H. Bennett (age 42), housekeeper; Francis H. Bennett (age 19), lodger and auctioneers clerk; Eva Harrison (age 19), general servant (domestic).>


C.N. 4010

A Skipworth vs Cuthbertson, 1868 may be the first recorded game with 1.b4


Where he lived:

<Skipworth, A.B.: Glebe House, Tetford, England (1881 British census*).

Skipworth, A.B.: Tetford Rectory, Horncastle, England ("Chess Player’s Annual and Club Directory, 1889", page 39).

Skipworth, A.B.: Holbeck Hall, Ashby Puerorum, England (1891 British census*).>



The conclusion of an offhand game is given in Edward Winter's "A Forgotten Showman" (1999) on Samuel Rosenthal:

Samuel Rosenthal – A.B. Skipworth, Bilsdale, 1871

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42.Ra7 Rb8 43.Ka4 Bf4 44.Ka5 g4 45.Kb6 g3 46.Kc7 Re8 47.Kxb7 g2 48.Ra1 Rg8 49.Kc7 g1=Q 50.Ra6 Rc8+ 51.Kxc8 Qg8+ 52.Kc7 Qf8 53.b6 Qe8 54.b7 Qd7+ 55.Kb6 Qd8+ 56.Ka7 Qd7 57.Ka8 and wins.

From "The Chess Players’ Quarterly Chronicle", 1871, pages 300-301.



Jun-10-17  Nosnibor: He seemed to have withdrawal symptoms in some of his later years.
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  MissScarlett: Caissus interruptus?
Feb-17-22  Nosnibor: He appears to have withdrawn from the British Challenge Cup 1868/69 after a number of losses. His only win being against the tailender Cuthbertson. Was this the first of a long list of withdrawals in his chess career?

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