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Walter Montagu Gattie
W M Gattie 
Number of games in database: 17
Years covered: 1883 to 1906
Overall record: +8 -7 =2 (52.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jul-21-1854, died Nov-17-1907, 53 years old) United Kingdom

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Walter Montagu Gattie was born in London, England. He was British Amateur Champion in 1886 and passed away in Bournemouth in 1907.

Last updated: 2016-11-28 18:11:46

 page 1 of 1; 17 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Lord vs W M Gattie  0-1231883London (Vizayanagaram)C54 Giuoco Piano
2. Gunsberg vs W M Gattie 0-1511883London (Vizayanagaram)C67 Ruy Lopez
3. W M Gattie vs J S West  1-0541883London (Vizayanagaram)C11 French
4. W M Gattie vs Von Bardeleben 1-0571883London (Vizayanagaram)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. W M Gattie vs C E Ranken 1-0671883London (Vizayanagaram)D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. W M Gattie vs Gossip ½-½821883London (Vizayanagaram)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. W M Gattie vs J Minchin  ½-½361886LondonC29 Vienna Gambit
8. W M Gattie vs J Minchin 1-0511887LondonC29 Vienna Gambit
9. W M Gattie vs Burn  1-0411887Casual gameC29 Vienna Gambit
10. W M Gattie vs Maroczy 0-1211906OstendD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. G Marco vs W M Gattie  1-0481906OstendC12 French, McCutcheon
12. W M Gattie vs W Cohn  0-1251906OstendA80 Dutch
13. P Johner vs W M Gattie 1-0441906OstendC11 French
14. L Forgacs vs W M Gattie  1-0311906OstendD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
15. W M Gattie vs Rubinstein 0-1201906OstendD04 Queen's Pawn Game
16. P P Saburov vs W M Gattie  0-1631906OstendC11 French
17. W M Gattie vs W John  0-1361906OstendD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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  Benzol: Walter Montague Gattie
Born 21st July 1854 in London
Died 17th November 1907 in Bournemouth
He was British Amateur Champion in 1886
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  GrahamClayton: Member of the British Metropolitan Club. Represented Oxford University 5 times in the annual match versus Cambridge University.
Jun-30-11  Granny O Doul: In his biography of Oscar Wilde, Wilde's friend Frank Harris ("My Life and Loves") recounts playing Gattie one day at London's Cafe Royal, and having suddenly to abort the game, having been shocked to see what company Wilde was entertaining in a corner of the restaurant. Gattie, having known Wilde at Oxford, did not share Harris's shock.
Jul-21-12  brankat: Must have been a pretty strong "amateur". He did beat, among others, Burn and Gunsberg.
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  MissScarlett: I wonder how he wangled an invite to Ostend 1906, a strong event:

Perhaps they needed someone at short notice to make up the numbers.

Apparently, he stayed on and found company more to his liking:

Aug-09-15  thomastonk: <MissScarlett> 44 players applied to participate in Ostend 1906, and 36 were admitted at least two weeks before the tourney begun. Among them Gattie, please see
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  MissScarlett: Well, that explains the playing presence of <P. P. Saburov>; he was a member of the organising committee who stepped into the breach when Charles Hugh Sherrard inconveniently died the week before.
Apr-16-18  zanzibar: <Chess is generally regarded by the uninitiated as being the dullest and most selfish of games, an opinion which is by no means carefully withheld from the players themselves. Truly, as an amusement or a mirth-provoking pastime it does leave something to be desired, and even such a remark as, "Just look at them, they have been sitting there for hours without speaking!" is often perfectly justified. It is hard to say why a quiet and unobtrusive demeanor should evoke sarcastic comment, but most chess-players become well accustomed to it, and after all the game survives. And not only does it survive, it gains in popularity year by year, and the extent to which it is played to-day as compared with ten years ago is most remarkable. Wherein does its fascination lie?


... Mr. W. M. Gattie, the well-known chess expert of the St. George's Chess Club. ... >

Living Age v217 (1898) p318-325

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I believe Mr. Gattie had a literary bent, having published an article entitled "What English People Read".

He also made this observation:

<Walter Montague Gattie lamented the baneful effect of ephemeral literature and popular sport, and urged pragmatism: <"[W]e have extended the literary franchise, and those who would succeed must learn to pander to the new electorate.>

<Robert Louis Stevenson: Writer of Boundaries>

A good portrait of Gattie can be found here:

Though I'd like to know the original source.

Apr-16-18  zanzibar: <OBITUARY.

It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr. W. M. Gattie, of London, who died at Bournemouth on November 17th, in his fifty-second year. Mr. Gattie was a graduate of Oxford, and represented his University no less than five times in the annual matches with Cambridge. The last occasion was in 1881, when he headed the Oxford team and defeated Mr. J. F. Sugden. During the eighties Mr. Gattie was recognised as one of the strongest of Metropolitan amateur players, and he rendered excellent service in matches for the St. George's Chess Club, of which he was a leading member, contem porary with the late Rev. W. W. Wayte, Rev. A. B. Skipworth, and Mr. J. I. Munchin. Mr. Gattie was a close student of the theory of chess, and possessed a wide knowledge of the openings, which enabled him to render valuable help in assisting to prepare for publication the Book of the London International Tournament of 1883. During recent years indifferent health prevented his indulging in hard play, but he competed in the recent amateur tournament at Ostend.>

BCM v27 (1907) p542

Apr-16-18  zanzibar: Notice that the BCM obit mentions him dying in his "fifty-second year". Edwards notes Sergeant copies this slight mistake:


Nov-15-20  BIDMONFA: Walter Montagu Gattie

GATTIE, Walter

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  Chessical: <We regret to record the death at Bournemouth, on Sunday, of Mr. Walter Montague Gattie, of Kenford, Tonbridge. The deceased gentleman, who was 53 years of age, was Post-Office Surveyor for the South-Eastern district.>

"Kent & Sussex Courier", Friday 22nd November 1907, p.7.

<The death is announced of the distinguished amateur Mr. Walter Montagu Gattie at Bournemouth on the 17th inst. Mr. Gattie was born in London on July 21, 1854, and was educated at Brighton College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he obtained three exhibitions. He graduated in high mathematical honours and afterwards entered the Civil Service by competition.

From Somerset House, he was transferred to the Post Office, where he occupied a confidential post in the secretary's department, and subsequently, he became post-office inspector of the South Eastern District.

Although Mr. Gattie's chess career dates back from his undergraduate days, it is remarkable that he should have attained a leading position in the amateur chess world of the time amongst men like Thorold, Wayte, Owen, Skipworth and Ranken, as his spare time was also devoted to literature and music. He not only won the amateur championship of the British Chess Association but also the Lowenthal cup at the St. George's Chess Club, of which institution he was a prominent member, as well as of the British Chess Club. He won games from Burn, Pollock, Gunsberg, and from the leading amateurs of the time, and in the London (Vizayanagaram) (1883), only just missing a prize, he distinguished himself by beating the first prize winner, Herr. v. Bardeleben (the only game he lost), and Gunsberg. Re-entering lately the chess arena by joining the Metropolitan Chess Club, he also took part in the Masters' Tournament at Ostend, 1906. The following game between the late Mr. Gattie and Bardeleben alluded to above:>

W M Gattie vs Von Bardeleben, 1883

"The Field", Saturday 30th November 1907, p.32.

Jul-20-22  stone free or die: gg 

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