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Herbert Trenchard
H W Trenchard 
Number of games in database: 66
Years covered: 1889 to 1906
Overall record: +14 -37 =15 (32.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-08-1857, died Apr-15-1934, 76 years old) United Kingdom

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Herbert William Trenchard was born in Thorncombe, England. The organizing committee for the prestigious London International Congress of 1899 was headed by Sir George Newnes , with Trenchard occupying the role of treasurer. In tournament play, he took 11th and tied for 4-5th in London in 1886, shared twice 3rd at Cambridge 1890 and Oxford 1891, tied for 4-5th at Brighton 1892, took 2nd at London 1892 (B tourn), tied for 3rd-4th at Woolhall Spa 1893, and took 3rd at London 1896. He represented Great Britain in a series of Anglo-American cable chess matches, held between 1896-1911, for the Newnes Trophy. Trenchard took part in 1898, 1899, 1900, 1902 and 1903. At the 15th City of London Chess Club Championship, which spanned 1904 and 1905, he finished 3rd, behind Paul Saladin Leonhardt and Francis Edward Hamond , but ahead of Edward Guthlac Sergeant.

He passed away in London, England in 1934.

note: Trenchard played consultation chess on the teams of Hoffer / Trenchard and Bird / H W Trenchard.

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Last updated: 2023-04-23 16:05:46

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H W Trenchard vs G Wainwright  1-0331889British CC Even tC51 Evans Gambit
2. W H Gunston vs H W Trenchard  ½-½301890British CC-CambridgeC67 Ruy Lopez
3. Lasker vs H W Trenchard 0-1391890Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
4. H W Trenchard vs H E Atkins  1-0371891Cambridge University - British CC mC51 Evans Gambit
5. L Didier vs H W Trenchard 0-1461891British CC - Grand Cercle and Cercle des EchecsC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
6. H W Trenchard vs A Skipworth 1-0161892CCA First class tC39 King's Gambit Accepted
7. H W Trenchard vs H E Atkins  0-1301892Cambridge University - British CC mC22 Center Game
8. H W Trenchard vs R Loman  0-1261894MatchC71 Ruy Lopez
9. H W Trenchard vs R Loman  0-1481894MatchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. R Loman vs H W Trenchard  ½-½331894MatchC26 Vienna
11. R Loman vs H W Trenchard  1-0401894MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
12. R Loman vs H W Trenchard  1-0411894MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
13. H W Trenchard vs J W Baird  ½-½261895Manhattan CC - British CC cable mC44 King's Pawn Game
14. H W Trenchard vs W Mundell  1-0401896MatchD00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. H W Trenchard vs H E Atkins  ½-½371896Metropolitan - North London mC67 Ruy Lopez
16. H W Trenchard vs J T Heppell  1-0261897British CC tC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. N van Lennep vs H W Trenchard  1-0341897City of London CC - North London mD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. F Wildman vs H W Trenchard  ½-½421897City of London CC - Yorkshire telephone mC26 Vienna
19. H W Trenchard vs W Ward  1-0531898City of London CC chC67 Ruy Lopez
20. H W Trenchard vs J Galbreath 1-06018983rd Anglo-American Cable MatchD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Schiffers vs H W Trenchard ½-½821898ViennaC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
22. H W Trenchard vs Tarrasch 0-1401898ViennaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Alapin vs H W Trenchard 1-0381898ViennaC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
24. H W Trenchard vs K Walbrodt 0-1681898ViennaD00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Burn vs H W Trenchard 1-0491898ViennaD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-07-04  mjk: This is rather unkind, but do you suppose this guy is really N.N.?
May-27-09  Sem: A meagre stub for a man who beat the great Lasker. Herbert Trenchard took some prizes in British tournaments, and participated in the famous Kaiser-Jubilaeumsturnier, Vienna 1898, won by Tarrsch and Pillsbury. Trenchard finished 19th.
Jul-05-09  whiteshark: <Sem: <Trenchard finished 19th.>> i.e. last.

Crosstable, pictures, games.-->

Jul-18-09  Sem: <whiteshark> thanks. How I would have loved to bring up the rear, having beaten Lasker!
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  keypusher: <Sem> Lasker didn't play at Vienna 1898. I assume this was a casual game?

Lasker vs H W Trenchard, 1890

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a nice attacking game by Trenchard:

[Event "Casual game"]
[Site "London, England"]
[Date "1897.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Trenchard, Herbert William"]
[Black "Mocatta, A"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 e4 4. d3 ♘f6 5. dxe4 ♗c5 6. ♗b5+ c6 7. dxc6 ♕a5+ 8. ♘c3 bxc6 9. ♗d3 ♘g4 10. ♘h3 O-O 11. ♕e2 ♕b6 12. ♗d2 ♕xb2 13. ♖b1 ♕a3 14. ♖b3 ♕a5 15. f5 ♘e5 16. ♘f4 ♘a6 17. ♘cd5 ♕xa2 18. ♘f6+ gxf6 19. ♕h5 ♕a1+ 20. ♔e2 ♕xh1 21. ♗c4 ♕g1 22. ♖g3+ ♔h8 23. ♘g6+ fxg6 24. ♕xh7+ ♔xh7 25. ♖h3+ ♔g7 26. ♗h6+ 1-0

Sep-02-10  Nosnibor: Whiteshark. According to the official records Trenchard did not finish last.In 20th place was Schwarz on 0 points having lost his first 19 games ( not quite as bad as Colonel Moreau!).He defaulted all of his remaining 19 games on the second double round of the event.
Sep-02-10  whiteshark: <Nosnibor> Thanks for pointing out. Indeed, Adolf Schwarz withdrew after playing 8 games. I think there is a rule or a habit that leaving a tournament in the first half leads to a cancellation of all results and a delisting in the crosstable. So here 19th place seems to be the last place.
Sep-02-10  Nosnibor: Whiteshark. I agree that those rules apply now but not in 1898.My score table is taken from Maroczy`s best games (German edition)
Sep-02-10  whiteshark: <Nosnibor> says "<The aging Schwarz left the tournament during round eight. His games were cancelled at the end of the first cycle.>"

<cancelled> is the key word. I'd guess Maroczy's biographer was 'over-accurately' here.

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  MissScarlett: The Sunderland Echo and Shipping Gazette, April 17th 1934, p.6:


Mr Herbert William Trenchard, formerly an international chess player - he once took part in a chess match played by cable between England and Australia [sic] - has died at the National Liberal Club, aged 76.

Mr Trenchard, who had lived a secluded life at the club for 40 years, was managing director of John G, Webb and Company, Limited, mineral water manufacturers, of Bond Street, Vauxhall, London, and little is known of his history or relatives.>

Jul-10-17  zanzibar: Winter has a nice photo of him, C.N. 9643, but it's unsourced.

Does anybody know where the photo of him is from, or know of any other photos?


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  MissScarlett: Yorkshire Post, May 29th 1934, p.7:

<Mr. Herbert William Trenchard, of The National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London, S.W., barrister-at-law, a former well-known chess player, who represented England in international matches 30 years ago, and who died on April 15, leaving £38,633, with net personalty of £38,541, left:-

<£500 to the National Liberal Club in trust for the purchase of books for the Gladstone Library, and desired the trustees not to expend the income in the purchase of novels or works of fiction within 10 years of their first publication and as far as possible to purchase second-hand books which have been slightly used.>>

Dying with the modern-equivalent of over £2 million in assets, yet still concerned with value for money from beyond the grave. It's not clear if the <Yorkshire Post> published this titbit in mockery or else in sheer awe of the niggardliness.

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