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|Aug-22-12|| ||Nosnibor: Tunbridge Wells,August 1908.Here Atkins outdistanced the field by one and a half points
1 H E Atkins 8.0
2 W Ward 6.5
3-6 J H Blackburne 6.0
3-6 I Gunsberg 6.0
3-6 F J Lee 6.0
3-6 Rev.W C Palmer 6.0
7-8 R P Michell 5.5
7-8 E G Sergeant 5.5
9 A Shoosmith 5.0
10-11 J H Blake 4.0
10-11 A J Mackenzie 4.0
12 Lean 3.0
From minutes of the Leicestershire Chess Club 1908
|Aug-25-12|| ||Karpova: Regarding my post from Aug-22, the 1910 'Wiener Schachzeitung' reports on page 254 the play-off between Atkins and Blake:|
4 games should have been played overall but Atkins won game 1 (in 55 moves), game 2 (in 16 moves) and drew game 3 in 45 moves clinching his 5th title.
|Aug-25-12|| ||Karpova: Oxford, British Chess Congress started on August 15, 1910 (?). Final Result:|
1. Atkins 8.5
2-3. Blackburne 7.5
2-3. Yates 7.5
4-5. Blake 6.5
4-5. Wainwright 6.5
6-7. Colman 5.0
6-7. Hughes 5.0
8-9. Gibson 4.5
8-9. Lewis 4.5
10-11. F. S. Smith 4.0
10-11. Dr. S. F. Smith 4.0
12. Brown 2.5
From page 40 of the 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Sep-06-12|| ||Nosnibor: <FSR> Apropos your bio on wikipedia you might be interested to know that Atkins in playing for both his club and county in Leicester played 76 games between 1887 and 1939 without losing one.This constituted 36 wins and 40 draws ! His obituary in "The Wyggestonian" said that "As a man Mr.Atkins was of simple habits,very shy and reticent,yet possessing a personality commanding respect and lending an air of distinction to any gathering where he was present".source:Chess in Leicester 1860 -1960|
|Sep-06-12|| ||Nosnibor: <FSR> With reference to my last post I should have stated the years 1887 to 1941. Atkins played his last county match in September 1941.|
|Sep-06-12|| ||FSR: <Nosnibor: <FSR> Apropos your bio on wikipedia you might be interested to know that Atkins in playing for both his club and county in Leicester played 76 games between 1887 and 1939 without losing one.This constituted 36 wins and 40 draws !>|
Not <that> surprising, IMO. There probably was a wide gap between Atkins (who would surely be a GM by modern standards) and most of his local opponents.
|Sep-27-12|| ||Nosnibor: Since my last post on Sept.6 I have discovered that H.E.Atkins did play one more match for his county and this was after WW2 on the 8th December 1945 on board one against Warwickshire when he beat H.C. Lewis.B.H.Wood on board 2 lost to Alfred Lenton in the same match.|
|Nov-07-12|| ||Conrad93: He won the British Chess Championship seven times in a row!|
|Mar-20-13|| ||Nosnibor: Apparently Atkins has a boy of 17 beat Blackburne in a blindfold game where the latter was playing 8 games without sight of the board.This took place on the 19th March 1890 and Atkins was the only player to win out of all the contestants.(source"Daily Post" 20 March 1890)Unfortunatly I am unable to trace a record of this game.However I can supply the record of a game played November 1892 by Atkins in his game at board 2 for Cambridge University against the British Chess Club.This was played at the Carlton Club,H.Q. of the University Chess Club.White: H.W.Trenchard,Black:H.E.Atkins,Centre Game.1e4,e5,2d4,exd4,3Qxd4,Nc6,4Qe3.Nf6,5e5.Ng4,-
29f3,Bc4,30Kf2,Rxf1+White resigns 1-0
|Aug-20-13|| ||FSR: Atkins was strong like bull. Had he devoted himself to chess, he would undoubtedly have been a world-class player.|
|Aug-20-13|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fcu...
IM Andrew Martin looks at him in the link above.
|Jan-21-14|| ||Cemoblanca: He looks like the character Daniel Plainview http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OrsezatE2... from "There Will Be Blood" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469494/ played by Daniel Day-Lewis. ;)|
|Feb-27-15|| ||Chessical: <"Huddersfield Head to retire>|
Nine times chess champion of England
Mr. H. E. Atkins head master of Huddersfield College, but perhaps better known as an international chess player, is to retire at the end of this year, after 22 year's service. He has been nine time chess champion of England
When only 15 he joined Leicester Chess Club, and never lost match for many years. In 1899 he made his first appearance the Continent as an International player, and won every match the tournament in Amsterdam. 
From 1906 to 1912 he won the British Championship every year, and played many games for Great Britain against America by cable. In August of last year he represented England an international tournament Warsaw. He has been a member of Huddersfield Chess Club for many years.
Last Monday played 12 opponents at once at the Lindley club's opening night, and won every game. Mr Atkins became head master of Huddersfield College 28 years ago. Before that was a master at Wyggeston School Leicester. He has not decided yet whether be will leave Huddersfield or not during his retirement."
Source: <Yorkshire Evening Post - Wednesday 7th October 1936, page 13.>
. Amsterdam (1899)
. His six victories were:
1908 Tunbridge Wells
and then twice in a row at
1925 Stratford on Avon
|Feb-27-15|| ||Chessical: MR. H. E. ATKINS. The result the match Atkins v. Blake, recently played at Bradford, will very gratifying to Mr. Atkins’ many local and friends For the fifth time in succession he has won the British Championship, and even his detractors (if he has any which is doubtful) must admit that his fine record gives him unassailable title to be considered the strongest player in these islands. |
Mr. Atkins was born in 1872 at Leicester, where he as a schoolboy of 12, first became interested chess. Three years later he joined the Leicester Chess Club. and his progress was so rapid that when when he 17 he was playing top board. In 1890 he entered Peterhouse College, Cambridge, and during his four years’ residence there he played a large number of matches, losing only one game.
Mr. Atkins’ excellent performance at Hastings in 1895, where he won his section and finally came out third, Maroczy being first and Lomas second, gave him the title of Amateur British Champion, as first and second man were debarred by nationality from holding that proud position. Four years later, in 1899 Mr. Atkins made his first apperanace in Continental chess at the Amsterdam International Amateur Tournament, where succeeded in defeating every one of his fifteen opponents. Perhaps Mr. Atkins' finest achievement was at Hanover in 1902, where in tournament confined to the world's masters he came out third with 11 1/2 points. Pillsbury (13 1/2) and Janowsky (12).
Below the Englishman were such masters as Mieses, Napier, Tchigorin. Marshall, Gunsberg, Wolff, Bardeleben and Mason. Mr. Atkins has played in nine of the cable matches with America, and can show a score of 4 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws. In the British Chesa Federation Congresss he tied with Napier at Hastings in 1904 and lost the play-off the odd game. Since then, however, he has won the Championship every year with highly commendable regularity. Mr. Atkins' quiet and modest demeanour, combined with gentle geniality, has won him host of friends, and during his residence in Northampton as Mathematical Master at the Grammar School he took so great an interest in local chess that his influence is felt even now. He was greatly missed when left here for the Wyggeston School, Leicester. Now, however, Mr. Atkins is Headmaster of Huddersfield Grammar School, and has become a tower of strength to the local chess club. Happy institution!"
<Source: Northampton Mercury - Friday 14th January 1910, p.11.>
|Feb-27-15|| ||Chessical: H.E Atkins v R.Blow
British Championship, 1937.
Blackpool, Round 8.
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Be3 Bg7 8.Qd2 Qa5 9. Rc1 O-O 10. d5 Rd8 11. Bd3 c4 12. Bxc4 Nc6 13. Bb3 Ne5 14. Ne2 b5 15. O-O Ba6 16. f4 Ng4 17. Bd4 e5 18. dxe6 Rxd4 19. Nxd4 b4 20. cxb4 Qb6 21. Rfd1 Be2 22. exf7+ Kh8 23. h3 Bxd1 24. Rxd1 Nh6 25. Qf2 Rd8 26. e5 Qxb4 27. Ne6 Rxd1+ 28. Bxd1 Qb1 29. Qd4 1-0
<Source: Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer - Thursday 15 July 1937, p.20.>
|Jan-31-16|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, Henry Atkins.
I lost twenty pounds on your diet, then gained twenty-five of that back.
|Jun-15-17|| ||Nosnibor: At the grand old age of 72 Atkins took on 20 opponents in a simultaneous display in October 1944 at the Leicestershire Chess Club. He won 14 of these and drew the remaining 6 games. One of those that drew G E James I played myself in the early 60`s|
|Jun-15-17|| ||Nosnibor: In view of my last post it would appear that my Morphy link is Morphy-Bird-Blackburne-Atkins-James. Does this count as a link of4 ?|
|Nov-25-17|| ||offramp: Henry Ernest Atkins was a player who had most certainly <not> invaded my consciousness to any extent before yesterday. Then I read that some people, a vague collective of shadowy, unnamed individuals, meeting at night in secret, considered him the strongest English player ever. That meeting was years ago. |
Nowadays I imagine Adams or Miles or Short would take the laurel and hearty handshake.
So when I read that, I looked the chap up here and on his first page clicked on the DCA Congress 27th (1899) tournament. What a shocker! He scored 15/15!
Obviously it is time for him to begin invading my consciousness.
|Apr-18-19|| ||Nosnibor: No mention in the bio of Atkins playing in the inaugaral match between Holland and England which the Dutch won by 6.5 - 5.5 on home territory. Atkins beat Lodz Prins in the first round but lost the second game.|
|Apr-18-19|| ||Cibator: At nearly 79 years of age, Atkins gave a simultaneous display on 12 boards against competitors in the Leicester Junior Chess Congress in April 1951.|
A photo taken at the time (don't know how to include it here) shows a slender ramrod-straight figure still clearly full of vim, and in no need of eyeglasses either.
|Aug-03-19|| ||MissScarlett: <In 1903, a "projected match between Mr. H. E. Atkins and Dr. Olland has, unfortunately, fallen through because, it thought, the latter took exception to the place of meeting fixed by the Netherlands Chess Association.">|
I consider this too trivial to merit inclusion in the biography, so will remove it.
|Aug-04-19|| ||MissScarlett: Lots of new Atkins games...if the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain...|
|Aug-04-19|| ||roberts partner: I saw Atkins in person in August 1954 when he visited the British Championship at Nottingham during the sixth round, played on the middle Saturday in the same hall as the famous Nottingham 1936 tournament.
Atkins was accompanied by the BCF secretary Harold Meek and other officials. He spent several minutes watching the games where his old rivals Gerald Abrahams and Edward Sergeant were playing, and I recall feeling disappointed because he didn't also visit the top board where I was winning what I thought was a nice attack against David Hooper.
Atkins stayed for about half an hour. As I remember, he was tall, well dressed, distinguished, and seemed in good shape for a man aged over 80, so I was rather shocked five months later when I read that he had died.|
|Aug-04-19|| ||MissScarlett: Alas, nobody thought to pick Atkins's brains before he popped his clogs. Of course, things weren't so easy to arrange back then...|
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