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James Frost Cross
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1907 to 1909
Overall record: +1 -2 =1 (37.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C42 Petrov Defense (2 games)

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(born Nov-29-1871, died Mar-10-1942, 70 years old) United Kingdom (federation/nationality Canada)

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Rev. James Cross was from Tranmere, a suburb of Birkenhead (near Liverpool), England. He moved to Canada, studied in Toronto, and became a priest for the people in Rupert's Land and a Professor of Mathematics at St. John's College in Winnipeg (Manitoba). In 1907, he was elected president of the University of Manitoba Chess Association. He was a chess problem solver of note.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E P Elliott vs J F Cross  0-13319078th Western ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
2. J F Cross vs E Michelsen ½-½2119078th Western ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. J F Cross vs G H Wolbrecht 0-117190910th Western ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
4. J F Cross vs O Chajes  0-143190910th Western ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
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1901: Cross James F, 29, b. 30 Nov 1871 in England, immigrated 1897, tech Math- (1901 Census of Canada, Winnipeg (City) Ward/Quartier No 6) (a family tree + Manitoba Death Index has 29 Nov. 1871. Cambridge Alumnus index-only record has 29 Nov 1870)

1902: Marriage in Winnipeg to Carrie Louise Harris (b. 1875, d. 1909) (info from family tree)

1907: Rev. J. F. Cross plays in Western Ch (US Open) in Excelsior, Minn. (info Phony B)

1907: The University of Manitoba Chess association held a meeting at St. John's college Monday and elected the following officers: .... <Rev. J. F. Cross; president> (Winnipeg Tribune, 27 Nov. 1907, p. 6)

1915: Rev. J. F. Cross, M. A., Machray Fellow Lecturer in Mathematics and Physics (Havergal Magazine 1915)

1916: James Frost Cross, St Johns College, Roomer, age 44, b. in England, immigrated 1889, widowed, Clergyman, St John College (1916 Census of Canada, Winnipeg North 12)

1942: James Frost Cross, b. 29 Nov 1871, d. 10 March 1942 in Winnipeg (Manitoba Death Index 1881-1943)

Index record of Cambridge Univ. Alumni 1261-1900:

<Adm. pens. at St John's, Oct. 5, 1894. S. of James, plumber (died Mar. 1886). B. Nov. 29, 1870, at Tranmere. School, St John's College, Winnipeg. Matric. Michs. 1894; Scholar; B. A. 1897; M. A. (Manitoba) 1897. Fellow of St John's College, Manitoba, 1899; Dean, 1916-39. Ord. deacon (Liverpool) 1899; priest (Rupert's Land) 1900. Examining Chaplain to the Archbishop of Rupert's Land, 1915. (Crockford, 1939.)>

From The Eagle, at

<The Rev J. F. Cross (B.A. 1894) M. A. Toronto has been appointed Professor of Mathematics at St John's University, Winnipeg. Mr Cross, who is 27 years of age, has had a somewhat unusual career. He was educated at Wallasey Grammar School; leaving school early, he spent a couple of years in a Liverpool office, then emigrated to Canada, where, while engaged in business, he graduated at Toronto. He returned to England, entered at St John's, and took his degree through the Mathematical Tripos.>

There are documents left after him at the St. John's College Library in Winnipeg, See also the James Frost Cross Memorial Trophy at

The St. John's College library had the following three chess books in 1900 (says The Eagle):

Freeborough, E. Chess Endings. 8vo, Lond. 1898

Pollock (W. H. K.). Pollock Memories: a Collection of Chess Games, Problems, &c. Edited bv Mrs F. F. Rowland. 8vo. Dublin, 1899

Blackbume (J. H.). Mr Blackbume's Games at Chess. Selected, annotated and arranged by himself. Edited by P. A. Graham. 8vo. Lond. 1899

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  Tabanus: Manitoba Free Press, 17 Aug 1907, p. 12:

<Prof. Cross ranks among the first class amateur players and is well known as one of the ablest problem solvers in the Dominion, in fact, it is a very doubtful question if he has his equal in this particular line, in Canada. He played top board for his alma mater, St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1896-7 and acquitted himself in a very satisfactory manner. In 1897 he played for Cambridgeshire, and in 1898-9 he played for the county of Cheshire. As a problem solver he took first prize offered by the Bristol Mercury in 1896; first prize offered by the Wallasley Chronicle in same year, first prize offered by the Oldham Chronicle in 1897 and again the first prize offered by Liverpool Mercury in 1897. He was also successful in winning the silver medal in the continuous tourney offered by the Football Field in 1897. He also carried off the first prize offered by the Montreal Witness in 1900 and again in 1905 and has twice won the gold button offered by the Manitoba Free Press.>

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