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James Ephraim Narraway
Number of games in database: 17
Years covered: 1882 to 1929
Overall record: +9 -7 =1 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-11-1857, died Jun-16-1947, 90 years old) Canada

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There is a bit of controversy of whether James Narraway was born in Guysboro, Nova Scotia (1) or in Sackville, New Brunswick (2). Before moving to Ottawa in 1887, he was the champion of Saint John, New Brunswick for several years. In 1885, he defeated G. F. Fischer (+8=1-1) to win the Saint John club championship. He beat Sam Loyd on top board in a team correspondence match of players between the USA and Canada. He was Canadian champion in 1893 (scored 10-2 at Quebec), 1897 (scored 6/6 in the preliminary rounds & 1/2 for a total of 7/8 at Orillia, Ontario) & 1898 (at Toronto with 7/8 in the preliminaries & 2 other draws to finish at sole 1st with 8/10) & tied for 1st in both 1888 (he tied for 1st-3rd at Quebec with Nicholas MacLeod & Edwin Pope) & 1889 (he tied for 1st-2nd at 6/8 with Richard Fleming at Montreal). In 1918, he won the 5th N. American Corr. Chess Championship.

References: 1. American Chess Magazine, August, 1897; 2. Chess Personalia, Jeremy Gaige; 3. ; 4. New York Evening Telegram, April 1, 1885.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Ferris vs J Narraway 0-1221882Commercial Gazette corrC42 Petrov Defense
2. J W Shaw vs J Narraway 1-0201884CanadaC00 French Defense
3. W Hicks vs J Narraway 0-1301891MontrealD00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Stebbings vs J Narraway 0-1291893Saint John, New BrunswickC22 Center Game
5. J Narraway vs Marshall  0-1241894CAN-chC10 French
6. M Morgan vs J Narraway 1-0601897Continental Corr TtC77 Ruy Lopez
7. D J McKinnon vs J Narraway  0-1381897CAN-chC55 Two Knights Defense
8. J Narraway vs E Saunders  1-0221897CAN-chC44 King's Pawn Game
9. J Narraway vs G A L'Hommede  1-0351898Cont. corr. tourn.D05 Queen's Pawn Game
10. C Germain vs J Narraway 0-1261898Canadian ChampionshipC22 Center Game
11. C W Waterman vs J Narraway  0-1281903corrC22 Center Game
12. J Narraway vs W P Shipley 1-0391903Masters Tourn. - Pillsbury Nat. corr. assoc.C07 French, Tarrasch
13. H Rombach vs J Narraway  1-0641924CAN-chC21 Center Game
14. J Narraway vs J S Morrison 0-1581924CAN-chC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
15. J Ewing vs J Narraway  1-0371924Canadian ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. L Richard vs J Narraway ½-½331927Canadian ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
17. F Reinfeld vs J Narraway 1-0241929CorrespondenceC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
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May-31-14  ljfyffe: From Saint John GLOBE: J.E. Narraway was born at Guysborough, Nova Scotia, in 1857. He learned the game of chess at twelve years of age; at eighteen, he was the victor at the tourney of the St. John,N.B., club, and was acknowledged as champion of the Maritime Provinces up to the time when he left for Ottawa, in 1887. In 1888, he tried his strength for the first time with the players of the Dominion, at the annual tourney of the "Canadian Chess Association" at Quebec, where he took the first place, tieing with Messrs. N. MacLeod and E. Pope(lost out in playoff:L.F.). In the tourney of 1889, at Montreal, he again held the first place, tieing with Mr. R.P. Fleming(losing playoff:L.F.). In the tourney of 1891, at Montreal, he won the third prize; at Toronto, in 1892, he received the second prize, with the difference of half a point in favor(sic) of the winner, Mr. Boultbee; in the same tourney, he won the MacLeod silver cup. In 1893, at Quebec, he carried off the first prize, with a total of ten points out of twelve, Messrs. E. Pope and A.T. Davison coming next with a total of seven points each. At Montreal, 1894, he took second prize, and, without doubt, would have had the first, if he had not fallen ill after winning his first five games.
May-31-14  ljfyffe: Perhaps,the confusion over Narraway's
birth place is due to the required paper-work being done in Sackville?
Jun-01-14  ljfyffe: See Narraway-Shipley for more information about (which we do not pronounce "a-boot") the famous Canadian player.
Jun-01-14  ljfyffe: Reinfeld-James Narraway was a correspondence game played in 1929. An open Spanish, it was won by white.
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  GrahamClayton: A composition by Narraway, taken from "The Torch" in 1871. White to play and mate in two:

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Jun-03-14  ljfyffe: Narraway-Fisher Saint John 1885 1e5 c5 2Nf3 e6 3Nc3 Nc6 4d4 cxd4 5Nxd4 Bb4 6Nxc6 Bxc3 + 7bxc3 dxc6 8Bf4 Qa5 9Qd4 f6 10e5 c5 11Qd2 f5 12Rd1a6 13Bg5 Qc7 14 f4 Ne7 15Be2 0-0 16Bf3 Nc6 170-0 Rf7 18Bd8 Qd719Qe3 Qe8 20Bxc6 Qxc6
Jun-03-14  ljfyffe: 21Rd6 Qb5 22Bb6 Bd7 23Bxc5 Rc8 24Bb6 Qc4 25Rfd1 Bc6 26R1d4 Qxa2 27Bc5 Bd5 28R4xd5 exd5 29e6 Qb1+ 30Kf2 Qxc2+ 31Kg3 Rf6 32e7 Re8 33Rxf6 gxf6 34Qe6+ Kg7 35Bd4 Qd3+ 36Kh4 1-0
Jun-04-14  ljfyffe: For more of Narraway's chess problems, see Canadian Chess Problems by Charles Stubbs.
Jun-05-14  ljfyffe: Stubb's book contains the above chess problem by Narraway from the Torch. I've seen others by Narraway in Stubb's column in the St. John Globe, as well.
Jun-05-14  ljfyffe: If you can't solve the problem, Stubbs' book gives the solution: 1Nc6.
Jun-06-14  ljfyffe: Narraway-Fred Fisher 1884 Saint John Chess Club: 1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nc6 3Bc4 Bc5 4b4 Bxb4 5c3 Bc5 6d4 exd4 70-0 d6 8Qb3 Qf6 9e5 dxe5 10Re1 Nge7 11Bg5 Qf5 12Qb5 Bd6 13cxd4 0-0 14Bd3 e4 15Qxf4 Nxf4 16Rxe4 f6 17Bd2 Rd8 18Bc3 Bb4 19Bc4+ Kf8 20d5 Bxc3 21Nxc3 Na5 22Bd3 h6 23Nb5 c6 24Nc7 Rb8 25Rae1 Bd7 26Rf4 Nd6 27Nd4 Kf7 28Nde6 Bxe6 29dxe6+ Ke7 30Rg4 g5 31Ra4 b6 32Na6 Rbc8 33Nc5 Rc7 34Nd7 c5 35Rg4 Nc6 36Rg3 Nd4 37Rge3 Re8 38Bg6 Rg8 39Bh7 Rg7 40Bb1 Rg8 41a4 Rc6 42g4 Nc4 43Rh3 Rh8 44Nxf6 Kxf6 45e7 Re6 46Rxe6+ Nxe6 47Rxh6+ Kxe7 48Rxh8 1-0
Jul-06-14  ljfyffe: By the way, Nicholas MacLeod did beat Lasker in an 1892 simul.
Jul-31-14  offramp: "Listen up people! There are two ways to play this game. There's my way or the Narraway."
Aug-01-14  ljfyffe: "Nary a pun will do", crowed the grate-full, dead rooster.
Aug-01-14  Xeroxx: Sackville, New Brunswick - Where you sack your chess pieces.
Aug-01-14  ljfyffe: Acadian settlements here sacked by New Englanders in 1750's (hence Longfellow's poem Evangeline); American settlers who turned disloyal later during the War of Independence were in turn defeated by British forces during the American War of Independence. Named after British commander George Sackville.
Aug-02-14  ljfyffe: Longfellow: "'Down with the tyrants of England! we never have sworn them allegiance! Death to those foreign soldiers, who seize on our homes and our harvests!"' Evangeline, the poem, was very popular in the independent United States, taught in schools, until the involvement of New Englanders in the 1750's expulsion of the Acadians was revealed. History's a tricky subject, oft written by victors.
Aug-06-14  ljfyffe: Narraway participated in the 1878 Canadian correspondence round-robin tournament, coming 7th (ICCF Gold by the International Corerspondence Chess Federation 2002); J.T Wylde of Halifax took part, the latter being described as from Hamilton later by some sources when J.T took part in the Cincinnati Gazette tourney of 1882. Likely, the same player. Narraway also played in the Cincinnati correspondence event.
Aug-06-14  ljfyffe: Narraway finished well down the standings with 6.5 of 16(Cincinnati Commercial Tourney:Tim Harding).
Aug-06-14  ljfyffe: In that 1882 event, Harding has Narraway from Halifax; in the 1878 round-robin, according to Zehr and MacDonald, he's from St. John. The St. John Globe has him from Campbellton for at least one game in the Cincinnati tourney. ICCF book has him from St. John in the round- robin. All could be correct, of course.
Mar-15-16  ljfyffe: Charles Coster- James Narraway St. John Globe Tournament #1 <1e4 e5 2f4 exf4 3Nf3 g5 4h4 g4 5Ne5 Bg7 6d4 Nf6 7Bc4 0-0 8Nc3 d6 9Nxf7 Rxf7
10Bxf7+ Kxf7 11Bxf4 h6? 120-0 Ke8?13Qd2 Nh7? 14Bxh6 Bf6 15Qd3 Qd7 16e5 dxe5 17Qe4 Qxd4+ 18Qxd4 exd4 19Nd5 Bd8 20Rae1+ Kd7
21Rf7+ Kd6 22Nxc7 Bxc7 23Bf4+ Kd5 24Bxc7
Nc6 25Rxh7 Bf5 26Rh5 Re8 27a3 Kc4 28Rf1 Bg6? 29b3+ Kc3 30Rc5+ Kb2 31Rxf8 Bxc2 32Rxc2+ Kxc2 33h5 1-0.>
Mar-15-16  luftforlife: There is a photograph of a mustachioed James Narraway posted on his page at The Chess Federation of Canada/La Fédération Canadienne des Échecs.

Here's the link:

Apr-24-16  ljfyffe: J. Narraway- Major Cutbill
St. John Globe Correspondence
Tournament no. 1, 1886
English Opening

<1 c4 c5 2 f4 f5 3 e3 e6 4 Nf3 Nc6 5 b3 d6 6 Bb2 Nf6 7 d4 cxd4 8 exd4 Ne4 9 d5 Qa5+
10 Nbd2 exd5 11 cxd5 Qxd5 12 Bc4 Qc5
13 Nxe4 fxe4 14 Ng5 d5 15 Bxd5 Qe3+ 16 Qe2
Bb4 17 Kd1 Bg4 18 Nf3 Qxe2+ 19 Kxe2 0-0-0
20 Bxg7 exf3+ 21 Bxf3 Rhe8+ 22 Kf2 Rd2+
23 Kf1 Bxf3 24 gxf3 Ree2 25 a3 Bc5 26 Bc3 Rf2+
27 Ke1 Rc2 28 Bf6 Bd4 29 Bxd4 Nxd4 0-1.>

Jun-11-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, James Narraway.
Sep-12-18  Larryfyffe: In December of 1876, a chess club of about 20 members was formed in Saint John, New BrunswicK: The Philidor Chess Club:

President: Rev. D. Macrae
Vice President: George A. Henderson
Secretary and Treasurer: J.E. Narraway

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