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William Ward
Number of games in database: 54
Years covered: 1898 to 1920
Overall record: +24 -21 =9 (52.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-03-1867, died Oct-16-1920, 53 years old) United Kingdom

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William Ward won the City of London Chess Club Championship in 1905-06, 1908-09, 1909-10, and 1910-11. He finished =2d at the 1905 BCF Championship, 2d at the 1908 BCF Championship (both behind Henry Ernest Atkins). He lost a match to Frank James Marshall in 1902 (+2 =0 -4).

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 54  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H H Cole vs W Ward  1-0151898Casual gameC67 Ruy Lopez
2. C H Sherrard vs W Ward  0-1201898Southern Counties Chess Union chC45 Scotch Game
3. C Newman vs W Ward  ½-½2319005th Anglo-American Cable MatchD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
4. E O Jones vs W Ward  0-1441900LondonB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
5. W Ward vs Teichmann  0-1351900LondonD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. S Passmore vs W Ward  0-1391900LondonB30 Sicilian
7. W Ward vs T F Lawrence  1-0361900LondonD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. L Van Vliet vs W Ward  ½-½581900LondonB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
9. W Ward vs J Mason  ½-½511900LondonD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. Gunsberg vs W Ward  1-0361900LondonD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. W Ward vs Blackburne  1-0461900LondonD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. A Tietjen vs W Ward  0-1971900LondonD00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. W Ward vs T Physick  1-0461900LondonD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. F J Lee vs W Ward ½-½721900LondonD00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. W Ward vs Loman  1-0211900LondonD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Marshall vs W Ward 0-16119016th Anglo-American Cable MatchD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Marshall vs W Ward 1-0451902MatchA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
18. W Ward vs Marshall  0-1491902MatchD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Marshall vs W Ward  0-1411902MatchD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
20. W Ward vs Marshall  1-0741902MatchC01 French, Exchange
21. Marshall vs W Ward  1-0661902MatchD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
22. W Ward vs Marshall  0-1491902MatchC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
23. W C Palmer vs W Ward  1-0261905BCF-ch 2ndD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. W Ward vs G Bellingham  0-1311905BCF-ch 2ndC49 Four Knights
25. W Ward vs C H Sherrard  0-1251905BCF-ch 2ndC67 Ruy Lopez
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  whiteshark: The pessimist complains about De Wind;

the optimist expects it to change;

the realist adjusts the sails.

-William Arthur Ward

Aug-22-12  Karpova: Ward won the Championship Tournament of the City of London Chess Club (for the 5th time) which ended at the beginning of March 1909. Standing after 17 rounds:

1. W. Ward 15.0
2. J. H. Blake 13.5
3. G. E. Wainwright 12.0
4. E. C. Sergeant 11.5
5. C. J. Woon 10.0
6-7. R. P. Michell 9.5
6-7. J. P. Savage 9.5
8. E. O. Jones 9.0
9 - 15 ?
16. Mortimer 5.0

From pages 251-252 of the 1909 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  FSR: <Karpova> It was a round-robin. The other players were:

9. W.E. Allnutt 8.0
10. Henry Stephens Barlow 7.5
11. Percy Rawle Gibbs 7.5
12. Arthur John Curnock 7.0
13. J.F. Allcock 6.5
14. E. Morgan 6.5
15. T.R.E. Ross 5.5
17. H.B. Uber 5
18. Percy E. Heale 4.5

Gino Di Felice, Chess Results 1901-1920, p. 282.

Aug-13-13  Karpova: Ward was responsible for the 1912 edition of 'The Laws of Chess' (Stroud, UK) reproduced here

together with scathing criticism by E. E. Cunnington who had been a chief contributor to 'The British Chess Code' of which 'The Laws of Chess' were to be a simplified version (an article by W. Moffatt on the background of this work is also contained in the feature article).

E. E. Cunnington concludes: <Mr. W. Ward has been guilty of two offences: discreditable conduct in taking without leave or acknowledgement the work of other men; defacing their work by his clumsy, muddling alterations.> concluding <The proper title of Mr Ward’s work is “The British Chess Code mutilated and marred by W. Ward”>

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  MissScarlett: <He lost a match to Frank James Marshall in 1902 (+2 =0 -4).>

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Mar-03-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, William Ward.
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  Jean Defuse: ...

Biographical Notes by Alan Smith:


<William Ward> was a leading British chess player for over twenty years. He came to the fore by tying with Blake for first prize at Salisbury 1898.

Two years later he made his debut for the Cable match team. In seven matches he scored +2 =3 -2 including a win over Marshall (Marshall vs W Ward, 1901).

He was one of the victors in 1911, when Great Britain finally secured the Sir George Newnes Trophy.


<Ward is one of the players who came close to winning the British Championship, but never won the title.>


He made four appearances in the event 1905 to 1909. Three times he placed in the top three, yet Henry Atkins finished ahead of him each time. Even so Ward made a level score with Atkins in these events.

Ward was champion of the City of London Chess Club six times - 1902,1904 and 1906 then a hattrick of victories 1909-1911.

He defeated Marshall, three times, Atkins, Gunsberg and Blackburne. In his toughest tournament, City of London CC 1900, he won fourth prize ahead of Blackburne and van Vliet.


Ward's Results:


<Ward’s novelty> was forgotten, but was revived by Alekhine who used it to defeat Spielmann at New York 1927 (Spielmann vs Alekhine, 1927).

This was not Ward’s only contribution to the theory of the Sicilian Defence, he also introduced:

- Sicilian Dragon - 6.Be2 Bg7 7.Be3 0-0 8.0-0 Nc6 9.f4 <Qb6> (Gunston vs Ward, 1910).

- Sicilian Accelerated Dragon - 5.c4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Be2 <b6> (Gunsberg vs W Ward, 1908).

In both cases he was successful.

Ward was a strong player as well as a trailblazer in the Sicilian Defence - for the game Jacques Davidson vs W Ward, 1913 he won the brilliancy prize.


Source: Quotes & Queries 6125, BCM Sep. 2018.


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