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Charles Hugh Sherrard
Number of games in database: 16
Years covered: 1894 to 1905
Overall record: +9 -7 =0 (56.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1865, died May-28-1906, 40 years old) United Kingdom

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By profession a teacher, Charles Sherrard was also a leading British amateur player. In 1902, he took a position in Cairo and played occasional tournaments when on leave in the UK. He died suddenly of typhus in 1906.

"Mr G.E.H.Bellingham writes to us:

It is with deep sorrow and regret that I pen these lines to the memory of Mr. C. H. Sherrard, whose recent death in Cairo, deprives me of a devoted friend and British chess of one of its strongest players. It is fifteen years since we first met in Worcestershire matches and tournaments, but throughout our friendship he was always kind and courteous, invariably displaying a charm of manner and sympathy that endeared him to all his fellows. He was the soul of honour and an ideal opponent, whose marked ability commanded sincere respect. He loved the game, and in victory or defeat he sustained the best traditions of an English gentleman. His leisure time he devoted to chess, and his name was rarely absent from any of the important British Tournaments. He competed at Craigside, Llandudno, Hastings, Southampton, Salisbury, Birmingham, Norwich, Clifton, Bath, Plymouth and Southport, the records of which all bear witness to his prowess. His last performance at Southport, where he tied for second prize, stamped him as one of the very finest British players.

Mr Sherrard was engaged in the scholastic profession, and was Master of Arts of London University. A few years ago he was Mathematical Master at Bath Grammar School, holding recently a similar appointment at the Koptic School, Cairo. The present month was fixed for his vacation, during which he intended taking part in the Tournaments at Ostend and Shrewsbury, and his many friends looked forward to his coming amongst them. Alas! it was not to be, and poor Sherrard sleeps in a strange land, his name but a memory of happy days, of ineffable courtesy and good-fellowship." 1

Career highlights:

1893 second board for Kent in county matches

1898 5th= with Rev John Owen at Craigside

3rd = Llandudno

1902 beat Rudolf Rudolf Johannes Loman 4-1 in a match 1902 and then went to Cairo to work

1905 2nd= Southport

Sherrard was planning to play his first master tournament at Ostende just before his death 2

Photograph of Sherrard:


1 Obituary in British Chess Magazine 1906, p.287-288.

2 "Falkirk Herald", Wednesday 13th June, 1906, p.8.

Last updated: 2022-04-18 22:47:07

 page 1 of 1; 16 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C H Sherrard vs G Bellingham  1-0411894Off hand gameC13 French
2. Burn vs C H Sherrard  1-0161897Craigside Amateur CongressC48 Four Knights
3. C H Sherrard vs W Ward  0-1201898Southern Counties Chess Union chC45 Scotch Game
4. C H Sherrard vs H E Atkins  1-0431899Midland Counties CongressC49 Four Knights
5. C H Sherrard vs G Bellingham  1-0371899Midland Counties CongressC42 Petrov Defense
6. Burn vs C H Sherrard  1-0341899Midland Counties CongressD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. R Loman vs C H Sherrard  1-0291902MatchC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
8. R Loman vs C H Sherrard  0-1331902MatchC42 Petrov Defense
9. W P MacBean vs C H Sherrard  1-0371904BCF-ch 1st First Class BD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. C H Sherrard vs G Wainwright  1-0351904BCF-ch 1st First Class B Play-OffC78 Ruy Lopez
11. W Ward vs C H Sherrard 0-1251905British ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
12. C H Sherrard vs H W Shoosmith 1-0271905British ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
13. H E Atkins vs C H Sherrard 1-0311905British ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
14. C H Sherrard vs G Bellingham  0-1391905British ChampionshipC30 King's Gambit Declined
15. Blackburne vs C H Sherrard 0-1201905British ChampionshipC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
16. A J Mackenzie vs C H Sherrard  0-1481905British ChampionshipD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  MissScarlett: More information on his playing career is here:

Gaige notes that he died in Cairo which helped turn up the following from the book, <The British in Egypt: Community, Crime and Crises 1882-1922, p.131>:

<An example of a British teacher in Cairo was Charles Sherrard, who taught at the Coptic School in Cairo and earned £25.9.9 per month or just over £300 a year. The British authorities were particularly keen to recruit British teachers to teach English in order to reduce the linguistic and cultural influence of French in Egypt.>

Edochess has Sherrard playing at Southport in August, 1905, ( but it's unclear when he first took up his position in Cairo. Gaige gives the 1906 <BCM>, pp.287-288, presumably his obituary.

Intriguingly, Gaige has another record of a Sherrard who died early. Reverend Hugh William Sherrard, born 1862 in Stourbridge, died on 6th February, 1892 in Solihull.

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