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Alfred Rupert Neale Cross
Number of games in database: 9
Years covered: 1931 to 1935
Overall record: +2 -5 =2 (33.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-15-1912, died Sep-12-1980, 68 years old) United Kingdom

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Wikipedia article: Rupert Cross

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rupert Cross vs H T Reeve  0-1251931BCF-ch 24th Major OpenD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. Herbert Gibson Rhodes vs Rupert Cross  0-1301931BCF-ch 24th Major OpenD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. Rupert Cross vs W Winter  ½-½551933BCF-ch 26thD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
4. Rupert Cross vs G A Thomas  0-1271933BCF-ch 26thE15 Queen's Indian
5. T Tylor vs Rupert Cross 1-0331933BCF-ch 26thC01 French, Exchange
6. Rupert Cross vs Sultan Khan  0-1261933BCF-ch 26thD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. C H Alexander vs Rupert Cross  0-1251933BCF-ch 26thA34 English, Symmetrical
8. Rupert Cross vs C A S Damant  ½-½241934BCF-ch 27thD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
9. A Lenton vs Rupert Cross  1-0461935BCF-chA15 English
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Rupert Cross wins | Rupert Cross loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-12-16  zanzibar: He had a "distinguished legal career", despite being blind from the age of one.

A picture of him playing at Hastings 1935 comes to us from <ILN, 5 January 1935-01-05 p21> (by way of Urcan by way of Edward Winter (CN #7489)): (be sure to look at the enlarged version).

He uses a small board sitting in his lap, and thus, despite being blind, he didn't play blind (at least here).

Feb-12-16  zanzibar: <Cross became a favourite of British newspaper columns reporting chess news from the London Chess League. On 4th January 1927, the columnist couldn’t help but offer his sympathy to the same young boy enlisted for the Boys’ Championship:

“Among the boys, a considerable interest was shown to Rupert Cross, a lad of 16, who is being educated at the Worcester College for the Blind, and uses a special chess board of his own in order to follow the moves of the games. On this board, the black men have rounded tops and the white pieces pointed tops. By gently running his fingers over the board, Cross is evidently able to carry a picture of the position of the men in his head. He has taken part in every congress so far, and, though he has not secured the top positions, he is a clever and promising player.”>

Feb-12-16  zanzibar: The link above is from Urcan, and contains many games.

I must say, after looking at the montage of players at Hastings once more, that Cross most assuredly has the best posture of the bunch.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Rupert Cross.
Jan-08-17  alfamikewhiskey: <zanzibar>


What an interesting article about this blind player.


<In 1939 Cross was admitted a solicitor and during the Second World War he practiced in London, mainly in family law.

After the war he turned his mind to law teaching. In 1945 he became a full-time lecturer at the Law Society School of law. He had a talent for lecturing, in which he combined great lucidity with a keen sense of the limitations of his audience. In 1946 he began to help with the law teaching at Magdalen College, Oxford.

He became an excellent tutor, and was a fellow of the college from 1948 to 1964.

Though forthright and outspoken, he had a sensitive feeling for the needs of his pupils, several of whom attained high office, and possessed an impressive mastery of many branches of law which was aided by an almost infallible memory.

With the help of his wife, his secretaries, and books in Braille he read widely and soon began to publish. An elementary but popular Introduction to Criminal Law, written with P. Asterley Jones in 1948, made him known to a wide circle of lawyers; but it was Evidence, published in 1958, that established his reputation in Britain and the Commonwealth as one of the leading academic lawyers of the day.

He enjoyed life immensely, though he would remark ironically that it was bearable only as long as he knew where the next bottle of champagne was coming from.

With his zest for wine, food, gossip, chess, and long walks one could easily overlook his regular routine and steady output.>

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