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Patrick Duffy
Number of games in database: 5
Years covered: 1861 to 1865
Overall record: +2 -3 =0 (40.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C51 Evans Gambit (2 games)

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(born Sep-14-1834, died Apr-17-1888, 53 years old) Ireland (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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Patrick Thomas Duffy was born in Dublin. Moving to England, first to Newcastle and then to London, he became a leading chess journalist for over 20 years, despite his modest talent over the board.

Last updated: 2021-02-18 13:36:14

 page 1 of 1; 5 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T C Berwick vs P Duffy  0-1261861Casual gameC55 Two Knights Defense
2. Steinitz vs P Duffy 1-0261865Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
3. P Duffy vs Steinitz 0-1331865Casual gameC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
4. G MacDonnell vs P Duffy  1-0491865Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
5. P Duffy vs F G Janssens 1-0191865Casual gameC01 French, Exchange
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Sep-16-12  Karpova: He was in charge of the chess column of the 'Illustrated London News' after Wormald's death.

From page 209 of the March 1888 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-08-15  zanzibar: As <Karpova> sez, plus this:

<We will here remark <en passant> that we have this week received a most delightful visit from Mr. Duffy, the present chess editor of the <London Illustrated News>, as well as the <Westminster Papers>. Mr. Duffy is making a flying visit to the United States, and will return very shortly.>

<Sci Am Suppl v4 (Dec 8, 1877) p1614>

So, he pulled double duty as editor back in 1877.

Please also note, that unlike today, back in 1877 a "flying visit" didn't have the potential of two meanings, but rather, just one.

Sep-14-15  Paarhufer: "If this book has a villain, it was Duffy ..."

Tim Harding in 'Eminent Victorian Chess Players', p 69.

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  perfidious: AKA Bobby Ewing of <Dallas>, good guy extraordinaire.
Jan-29-18  zanzibar: Is there a good photograph or illustration of him?

I found one on Winter's pages, but it's not sourced:

Anybody know where that one came from?

Jan-29-18  zanzibar: I guess Harding used the same illustration on p183, but I couldn't find the source there either, after a quick scan.
Feb-17-18  Hans Renette: See my book on Bird (p. 106) for a photo of Duffy.
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  MissScarlett: Newcastle Daily Journal, December 6th 1864, p.2:

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White to mate in 3.

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  MissScarlett: Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander was a toff, who can chod off; this is your day, Paddy, you are remembered!
Mar-07-19  zanzibar: Let's expand <Paarhufer>'s quote a bit, to give a little more context:

<The largely autonomous chess dept. of the (WCC) Paper became the voice of the anti-Staunton camp for the rest of his life. Its principal writer was Irish-born <Patrick Thomas Duffy (1834-1888)> who had come to London around 1860 after a chess apprenticeship in Newcastle. Duffy, though never a player of any distinction, was at the center of the capital's chess life for more than twenty years, also editing the <Land and Water> column from <April 1876 to October 1877>, and the <ILN> for nearly <12 years from Dec 1876>.

<If this book has a villain, it was Duffy, as the Steinitz chapter shows.>

... <<>>>

Harding - EVCP ch2 p68-69 (slightly edited)

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  MissScarlett: <(WCC) Paper> = ?

WC paper = toilet roll.

Mar-09-19  zanzibar: Yes, <MissS> you're the jelly in the roll.

Apologies - it's plural, "the (WCC) Papers", the WCC piece is my additional to Harding's text. Perhaps I should have used the canonical <WP>:

WCC also omits the whist part of the club... so, <Missy>, as they say on the net



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