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Harold Saunders
Number of games in database: 90
Years covered: 1913 to 1949

Overall record: +30 -41 =19 (43.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C77 C84 C66 C86 C65
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D04 A46 D05 D00 D02
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C84 C86 C88
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C75 C77 C84 C86 C62
 English (5) 
    A13 A15 A10
 Bogo Indian (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C F Bolland vs H Saunders, 1929 0-1
   G A Thomas vs H Saunders, 1929 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Scarborough (1929)
   Scarborough (1928)
   British Championship (1924)
   British Championship (1926)
   British Championship (1921)
   British Championship (1925)
   Hastings 1924/25 (1924)

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(born Sep-04-1876, died Jul-13-1950, 73 years old) Canada (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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Harold Saunders was born in 1876 in Montreal, Canada, as the eighth of eleven children of Rebecca (1837-1929) and Alexander Saunders (1835-1916). Some time before 1891, most of the family moved to London, England. Alexander was a jeweller, whereas Harold established himself as a stockbroker. Harold married in 1923 to Rachel Ansell (1880-1965), and lived thereafter at Phoenix Lodge Mansions, Hammersmith, London. He was champion of the Hampstead Chess Club (London) in 1910, 1911 and 1912, 2nd at London (1913), 4th at Cheltenham (1913), =7th at Hastings Minor (1919), =7th at Malvern College (1921), 5th at Southport (1924), =5th at Hastings B (1924), 9th at Stratford-upon-Avon (1925), 5th at Edinburgh (1926), =3rd at London (1926), 4th at Scarborough B (1926), 9th at Scarborough (1927), =4th at Scarborough (1928), =7th at Tenby (1928), =1st at Scarborough (1929), and champion of the City of London Chess Club in 1931. His father, and two of his older brothers, Edward Saunders and Ernest Saunders, were also competitive chess players.

Sources: Wikipedia article: Harold Saunders; ancestry records (censuses, passenger lists, probates, electorial registers); British online newspapers; Britbase; information from an unrelated User: John Saunders.

Last updated: 2017-01-11 02:56:51

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 90  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Saunders vs W H Gunston  0-1401913British ChampionshipC88 Ruy Lopez
2. H Saunders vs R P Michell  1-0681913British ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. H Saunders vs H Jacobs  0-1261913British ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. G A Thomas vs H Saunders  0-1321919Murton CupC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
5. H Saunders vs T Germann  ½-½411919Hastings MinorC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. H Saunders vs Yates  1-0401921British ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. H Saunders vs G A Thomas  0-1491921British ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. H Saunders vs R P Michell  1-0441921British ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
9. H E Price vs H Saunders  0-1401924British ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. H Saunders vs V K Khadilkar  1-0421924British ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
11. W Gibson vs H Saunders  0-1341924British ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
12. H Saunders vs Yates  ½-½481924British ChampionshipD05 Queen's Pawn Game
13. R P Michell vs H Saunders  1-0541924British ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
14. H Saunders vs E Spencer  1-0261924British ChampionshipC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
15. R H Scott vs H Saunders  ½-½391924British ChampionshipD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
16. H Saunders vs W Fairhurst  ½-½651924British ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
17. G A Thomas vs H Saunders  1-0341924British ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
18. J H Blake vs H Saunders  1-0491924British ChampionshipD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
19. H Saunders vs H E Atkins  ½-½411924British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
20. H Saunders vs E G Sergeant  ½-½361924Hastings 1924/25D04 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Tartakower vs H Saunders 1-0331924Hastings 1924/25A15 English
22. E Steiner vs H Saunders 0-1191924Hastings 1924/25C30 King's Gambit Declined
23. H Saunders vs Colle  0-1331924Hastings 1924/25B56 Sicilian
24. H Saunders vs D Przepiorka  0-1541924Hastings 1924/25D04 Queen's Pawn Game
25. A J Mackenzie vs H Saunders  0-1381925Hastings 1924/25A48 King's Indian
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Apr-18-16  luftforlife: At the 14th British Chess Championship held at Malvern College, Worcestershire, England from August 8 through August 19, 1921, Harold Saunders defeated Fred Dewhurst Yates in the fourth round and Reginald Pryce Michell in the eleventh round, and finished with a score of 5.5/12.0.

Here is a link to the tournament entry on John Saunders's Britbase:

Apr-18-16  luftforlife: At the 17th British Chess Championship held at the Art Galleries, Southport, England from August 11 through August 23, 1924, Harold Saunders finished with a score of 6.0/12.0.

Here is a link to the tournament entry on John Saunders's Britbase:

Apr-18-16  luftforlife: At the 5th Hastings Premier held at Hastings Town Hall, Hastings, England from December 1924 through January 1925, Harold Saunders competed in Section B, and finished with a score of 2.5/7.0.

Here is a link to the sectional tournament entry on John Saunders's Britbase:

Apr-18-16  luftforlife: At the 18th British Chess Championship held at Stratford-upon-Avon, England from August 17 through August 28, 1925, Harold Saunders finished with a score of 4.5/12.0.

Here is a link to the tournament entry on John Saunders's Britbase:

Apr-18-16  luftforlife: At the 19th British Chess Championship held at Edinburgh, Scotland from August 2 through August 23, 1926, Harold Saunders finished with a score of 6.0/12.0.

Here is a link to the tournament entry on John Saunders's Britbase:

Apr-18-16  luftforlife: At the 21st British Chess Championship held at Gate House Assembly Rooms, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales from July 2 through July 13, 1928, Harold Saunders defeated Fred Dewhurst Yates in the seventh round (after seventy moves), and finished with a score of 5.5/12.0.

Here is a link to the tournament entry on John Saunders's Britbase:

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  John Saunders: Very interesting and convincing researches. Can I firstly state that I am not in any way connected with Harold Saunders or his family. I am not related to any known chess-players called Saunders, alive or dead.

I have followed through much of the information posted here about Harold Saunders and have come to the same conclusion as others that the Harold Saunders who died on 13 July 1950, and who took part in various high-profile chess tournaments in England was the son of Alexander and Rebecca as stated here.

I've looked further and found that Harold's date of birth was 4 September 1876, according to the 1939 Register. I only have preview access to this (via FindMyPast dot com) but it gives his address as 2 Phoenix Mansions, Wolverton Garden, Hammersmith, and says that he was a stockbroker. Living with him was "Richard A Saunders", dob 6 Dec 1880, occ. unpaid dom[estic] du[ties], gender male, but I think this is simply an egregious transcription error for Rachel A Saunders.

The death record in the Times, 15 July 1950, reads: "SAUNDERS.—On July 13, 1950, suddenly, at 2, Phoenix Lodge Mansions. Brook Green. W.6. Harold Saunders, dearly loved husband of Rachel (Daisie), aged 73. Cremation, Mortlake Crematorium. Monday, July 17, at 2.20 p.m. No flowers, by request and, please, no letters."

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  Tabanus: <John Saunders> Very good. I added the birth date to the bio.

The Devon and Exeter Gazette, 26 March 1912, p. 8:

<Mr. H. Saunders has won the Hampstead Chess Club Championship with 7 wins out of 8, and as this is his third successive win, the trophy which accompanies the title now becomes his own.>

The Morpeth Herald and Reporter, 18 October 1912, p. 10:

<Mr. F. J. Marshall, the distinguished Chess master, gave a simultaneous exhibition recently at the Hampstead Chess Club, where, out of fifteen games played, he won eleven and lost to H. Saunders, the club champion, and three other members.>

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  John Saunders: Rachel outlived Harold by 15 years: "SAUNDERS Rachel otherwise Rachel Ansell of 66 Gordon Road Ealing Middlesex died 20 January 1965 Probate London 9 March to Raphael Saunders retired stockbroker and Stephen Philip Pyke solicitor. £30503." (A very tidy sum of money) Unfortunately Raphael did not live much longer himself. His entry is only two further down the probate list: "SAUNDERS Raphael D.S.0 of Flat 2L Artillery Mansions Victoria Street London S.W.1 died 30 April 1965 Probate London 21 June to Stephen Philip Pyke solicitor Harold Worthy Evemy chartered accountant and John David Broomfield stockbrokers manager. £57699."
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  Stonehenge: Is H.E. Saunders the same chap? Dutch newspapers have him playing in Holland-England, The Hague 1914 and in the 1926 British Championship.
May-01-16  luftforlife: <Stonehenge>: Really like your new avatar. :) As noted above, Harold Saunders did compete in the 19th British Championship held at Edinburgh in August 1926; as there was only one Saunders in that tourney, I'd say that entry you found for "H.E. Saunders" refers to Harold Saunders. I can't speak to whether he competed in Holland-England, The Hague, 1914, but I'm glad you mentioned that, and I'll look into it. I'll also check back through <Tab's> research results to search for possible mentions of Harold Saunders's middle name or initial. Kind regards.
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  Tabanus: I looked at hundred Saunders in the Dutch newspapers, until I found one "H. E. Saunders" in Het nieuws van den dag voor Nederlandsch-Indie :) The British newspapers have H. Saunders of London playing, and the marriage index should have his middle name (if any), but no.
May-01-16  luftforlife: <Stonehenge> <Tab>: Is this the article to which you adverted evincing H.E. Saunders's competition in Holland-England, The Hague, 1914?:

May-01-16  luftforlife: Here are links to two Dutch newspaper articles evincing the participation of "H.E. Saunders" (who we know to be Harold Saunders) in the 19th British Championship at Edinburgh in August 1926:

May-01-16  luftforlife: I apologize for any error: perhaps I should have written "Netherlands-England." I know you're from The Netherlands, <Stonehenge>, so of course I take your usage as correct; I'm just thinking of <sneaky pete's> recent kibitz, written for the benefit of those of us who are not from The Netherlands, on "Holland" versus "The Netherlands": Biographer Bistro (kibitz #13555). And though the article I linked (which both <Stonehenge> and <Tab> found before I did) wrote of "Engeland" versus "Holland," Tony Gillam lists a tournament book from "Netherlands-England, The Hague, 1914." Again, sorry if I erred.
May-01-16  luftforlife: Another Dutch source has "H.E. Saunders" of "Engeland" against "G.S. Fontein" of "Nederlands" in "Match Nederlands-Engeland." Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond (Hoofdredacteur: W.A.T. Schelfhout, S.W. Weisfelt, Bondssecretaris), 22e Jaargang, No. 4, April 1914, 61-62.
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  Stonehenge: I don't think H.E. is a mistake because they used it again twelve years later.

<Holland vs The Netherlands>

Personally I don't mind 'Holland' at all, although in official writings it should be The Netherlands.

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  Stonehenge: H.B. Uber - <H.E.> Saunders:

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  Tabanus: <Stonehenge> He may well have had a middle name - beginning with E (I did not mean to suggest otherwise), only that he did not use it. For example, Harold Eleazar Saunders (using a name from the Hebrew bible), similar to Ernest Aaron Saunders.
May-02-16  luftforlife: <Stonehenge>: I didn't mean to imply "H.E. Saunders" to a mistake at all; on the contrary, I'm with you. :) I believe "H.E. Saunders" to be Harold Saunders in 1914, as in 1926.

<Tab>: I'm with you too :). Not sure why Dutch sources have Harold Saunders as "H.E.," while British sources (including British Chess Magazine from 1926, and the British newspapers you found) have him as "H.", but I don't doubt the Dutch sources' accuracy.

May-02-16  luftforlife: H. Saunders defeated G.S. Fontein on April 15, 1914 in the second and final round of the Netherlands-England match held at The Hague. The British Chess Magazine, Vol. XXXIV, No. 401, May 1914, 195.
May-02-16  luftforlife: Here's a link to a helpful thread on the English Chess Forum begun on Nov-20-2014 with several mentions of Harold Saunders:

The initial post contains the game-score from A.E. Beamish-Harold Saunders (0-1) from the 1912 City of London Chess Club Championship, drawn from the New York Sun, December 29, 1912. Subsequent posts mention that Harold Saunders was a member of Hampstead Club, and won the Championship Trophy in 1910, 1911, and 1912, and offer the following recollection by Leonard William Barden:

"In my longago youth I played Harold Saunders in one of my first adult congresses, Plymouth 1948. At his peak he was the London Stock Exchange champion as well as the Hampstead champion, a British championship competitor, winner of a miniature against Tartakover, and a sharp tactician. His rook sacrifice against William Winter is well-known and must have given him special pleasure given they were probably at opposite ends of the political system. He was 75 and down to the Premier Reserves B when he played me. I recall him as a short, small man, well dressed and a bit formal and fussy. I think our game was a first prize decider and luckily for me he played a passive opening and never recovered."

Leonard Barden, Nov-21-2014,

May-02-16  luftforlife: The English Chess Forum thread post by Gordon Cadden on Nov-20-2014 regarding Harold Saunders's winning the Hampstead Club Championship Trophy from 1910 through 1912 informally confirms the published statement <Tab> discovered in the article he quoted above from The Devon and Exeter Gazette, March 26, 1912, p.8.
Sep-04-20  Czx: What have you got against Monokroussos?
Sep-04-20  jith1207: Ha Ha, lol <Czx> ;)
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