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Wilfred Hugh Miller Kirk
Number of games in database: 9
Years covered: 1912 to 1940
Overall record: +1 -8 =0 (11.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-18-1877, died Jun-12-1946, 69 years old) United Kingdom

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Wilfred Hugh Miller Kirk was born in Wellington, Somerset (or nearby Calmstock, Devon) as the 2nd of 3 children of school inspector and journalist Alfred Kirk (1853-1xxx) and Helen Sandwell (1846-1931), who married in 1872. After a stay in Staffordshire, the family moved to London before 1891. Wilfred went to school, and was employed in the London Civil Service in 1894. He worked there till World War II (in 1901 and 1911 as a clerk). He married in 1899 to Mabel Gannaway (1878-1961) from Wolverhampton. They divorced* in 1932, and he married again in 1934. He died in 1946 at the Buchanan Hospital in Hastings.

He played on the top boards for the Ministry of Health for many years, and ran the Civil Service Chess League between the two wars. Tournaments: 5th in Ostende Amateur B 1906 (11/17), 8th in Tunbridge Wells 1906 (2/8), 1st in the Surrey County Challenge Cup 1912, 8th in Cheltenham 1913, 1st in Hastings C 1919, 6th in the City of London championship 1919 (+5 -4 =2), 1st in the Middlesex championship 1920 (4½/5), 1st in Surrey County Challenge Cup 1926. The peak of the career was 11th place in the British Championship in Ramsgate 1929 (+1 -8 =2). He was 4th in Hastings (1939/40) (+1 -2 =4), an event he also helped to organize.

Main sources:, online newspapers, UK church records and censuses, Gaige’s Name Index, Edo Chess. * http://discovery.nationalarchives.g...

Last updated: 2021-05-18 06:35:47

 page 1 of 1; 9 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W H Kirk vs R H Scott  0-1301912Divan tC42 Petrov Defense
2. W H Kirk vs G Schories  0-1221913BCF-ch 10th Major OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
3. J J O'Hanlon vs W H Kirk  1-0381919Hastings-CD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
4. W H Kirk vs H E Price  0-1241929British ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
5. W Winter vs W H Kirk  1-0341929British ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. W H Kirk vs F E Hamond  0-1501929British ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. G Abrahams vs W H Kirk  1-0191929British ChampionshipC13 French
8. Golombek vs W H Kirk  1-0361939Hastings 1939/40A23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
9. W H Kirk vs F Parr 1-0271940Hastings 1939/40B72 Sicilian, Dragon
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  whiteshark: <Calli> repost from Capablanca vs Yates, 1930 page:

<... Young Euwe also played in the "C" section at Hastings 1919, finishing 4-5th behind the forgotten <W H Kirk> .>>

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  whiteshark: Only Kirk 1919 game from megabase 2008:

[Event "Hastings-C"]
[Site "Hastings"]
[Date "1919.??.??"]
[White "O'Hanlon, John"]
[Black "Kirk, WH."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D60"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. e3 Be7 6. Nf3 O-O 7. Qc2 c6 8. Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 Nd5 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. O-O h6 12. e4 Nf4 13. Qd2 e5 14. Bb3 Qf6 15. Rad1 Qg6 16. g3 Qg4 17. Nxe5 Nh3+ 18. Kg2 Nxe5 19. dxe5 Ng5 20. f4 Nh7 21. f5 Qg5 22. Qxg5 Nxg5 23. h4 Nh7 24. e6 fxe6 25. fxe6 Re8 26. e7+ Kh8 27. Rd8 Bg4 28. Rxa8 Rxa8 29. Bf7 Bd7 30. Rd1 Nf6 31. e5 Nd5 32. Nxd5 cxd5 33. Bxd5 Re8 34. e6 Bb5 35. Be4 Rxe7 36. Rd8+ Re8 37. Rxe8+ Bxe8 38. Bxb7 1-0

Oct-01-08  Calli: Gaige does not list him, but here are some other results:

Ostende Amateur "B" 1906 5-6th (18)
Tunbridge Wells 1906 7-8th (8)
Cheltenham 1913 open section 8th (12)
Hastings "C" 1919 1st (12)
London CC Champ 1919-20 6th (12)
Ramsgate 1929 11-12th (12)

( ) - indicates number of players

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  whiteshark: <Calli> Photo <Ramsgate BCF- 1929>: I can only spot Sultan Khan.

Were there 2 Ramsgate tournaments in 1929?

(as neither Kirk nor Sultan Khan games were listed here: - it looks like an international tournament)

Oct-02-08  Open Defence: some of them had a really bad hair day
Oct-02-08  Calli: Yes,the one with Capablanca was called the "Team Tourney". The visiting masters played only the British, not among themselves. The picture is the 22nd BCF championship where Kirk played and Sultan Khan won. Kirk is the first standing at the left. See for picture caption.

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  GrahamClayton: Secretary of the London Civil Service, Post Office & Municipal Chess League between 1905 and 1938.
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  Tabanus: From

"Not only a good chess player, but a great organiser too. He played at the highest level, finishing ahead of Max Euwe in a junior event at Hastings before the Great War. Kirk played on the top boards for the Ministry of Health for many years, delivering the League and Cup double on one occasion and was strong enough to play at the British Championships in Ramsgate in 1929, finishing 11th in a field of 12 players, in an event won by Sultan Mir Khan. But he would have been best known to chess playing civil servants as the man who ran the Civil Service Chess League between the Wars. After his retirement he moved to Hastings and managed the Hastings International event for one year before his death.

[WH Kirk was Secretary of the Civil Service Chess League for 34 years, from 1905 to 1938 – Ed.]"

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