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Joseph Henry Blake
J H Blake 

Number of games in database: 160
Years covered: 1883 to 1926
Overall record: +61 -76 =20 (45.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (28) 
    C28 C26 C27 C29 C25
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C84 C65 C77 C87 C83
 Sicilian (9) 
    B45 B83 B29 B28 B21
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B18 B15 B13
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (7) 
    C84 C87 C98
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C78 C83 C72 C64 C77
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    D02 D05 A46 D04 E00
 Four Knights (7) 
 Tarrasch Defense (6) 
 Ruy Lopez, Open (5) 
    C83 C82
 English (5) 
    A13 A12 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J H Blake vs G A Hooke, 1891 1-0
   Courel vs J H Blake, 1889 0-1
   J H Blake vs V L Wahltuch, 1923 1-0
   J H Blake vs B Leussen, 1912 1-0
   C Duffield vs J H Blake, 1924 0-1
   J H Blake vs G Wainwright, 1924 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Weston-super-Mare (1922)
   British Championship (1909)
   British Championship (1926)
   British Championship (1907)
   Weston-super-Mare (1924)
   Hastings 1923/24 (1923)
   British Championship (1925)
   British Championship (1924)
   British Championship (1908)
   British Championship (1923)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   BCA Masters (1889) by MissScarlett

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(born Feb-03-1859, died Dec-11-1951, 92 years old) United Kingdom

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Joseph Henry Blake was born in Farnborough, England. He was British Correspondence Champion in 1922 and also finished 1st= in the British Championship of 1909 but lost the play-off. He passed away in Kingston-Upon-Thames in 1951.

Wikipedia article: Joseph Henry Blake (chess player)

Last updated: 2017-04-01 05:41:38

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 160  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J H Blake vs D Mills 1-0261883Birmingham CCAC01 French, Exchange
2. F A Vincent vs J H Blake  1-0251884CorrespondenceC45 Scotch Game
3. J H Blake vs W Pollock  1-0191884Counties CA Congress Class 1, Div. 2C45 Scotch Game
4. J H Blake vs F A Vincent  1-0321885Correspondence gameC45 Scotch Game
5. J H Blake vs W H Gunston  1-0481889Dublin Evening Mail corrC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
6. Courel vs J H Blake 0-11218892nd Le Monde Illustre CC tournamentC33 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Gunsberg vs J H Blake  1-0531889B.C.A. MastersC46 Three Knights
8. J Mason vs J H Blake  ½-½411889B.C.A. MastersA13 English
9. J H Blake vs O C Mueller  1-0361889B.C.A. MastersC77 Ruy Lopez
10. G Wainwright vs J H Blake 0-1331889B.C.A. MastersC29 Vienna Gambit
11. J H Blake vs Gossip  1-0331889B.C.A. MastersC77 Ruy Lopez
12. J H Blake vs L Van Vliet  0-1331889B.C.A. MastersC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
13. J H Blake vs V Tabunshchikov 1-0211890corrC45 Scotch Game
14. J H Blake vs G A Hooke 1-0121891Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
15. J H Blake vs J N Berger  0-1491891corrC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. A Skipworth vs J H Blake  0-1411892Great BritainA07 King's Indian Attack
17. W Wayte vs J H Blake  ½-½291893Great BritainA07 King's Indian Attack
18. J H Blake vs C E Ranken  1-0531894Great BritainA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Deighton vs J H Blake 1-0161894CambridgeC51 Evans Gambit
20. H E Atkins vs J H Blake  1-0271896Southern Counties Chess Union chC53 Giuoco Piano
21. C J Lambert vs J H Blake  0-1221896Southern Counties Chess Union chD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. J H Blake vs E Delmar  0-14418972nd Anglo-American Cable MatchC10 French
23. R Loman vs J H Blake  1-04218987th British Amateur-ChC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. J H Blake vs C Newman  ½-½5519027th Anglo-American Cable MatchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
25. G Wainwright vs J H Blake  1-0371907British ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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  Phony Benoni: The Unknown Champion!

<"It was Mr. J. H. Blake who won the world's tourney of the British Counties Chess Association ... from experts such as Mills, Bird, Thorold, Pollock, MacDonnell and Locock, and as the tourney was open to the world, he should be greeted, according to the arguments of certain editors, as the champion of the world, as we remarked last week. Reductio ab absurdum applies to championships as well as to Euclid's theorems.">

The <Washington Star>, quoted in D.E. Hervey's column in the <Newark Sunday Call>, October 2, 1887.

Sep-16-12  Karpova: <GrahamClayton: Blake also won the 1887 Counties Chess Association championship, ahead of players such as Bird, Locock and Pollock.>

Seven participants (Blake, Mills, Bird, Thorold, Pollock, Macdonnel and Locock) and Blake scored 5 points followed by Mills with 4 points while Bird and Thorold shared 3rd place.

From page 17 of teh September 1887 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-02-14  sneaky pete: Be kind to Old Joe Blake, Never ever step upon a snake.

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  MissScarlett: Not to be confused with James Blake, the American tennis player.
Feb-03-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Colonel Henry Blake.
Aug-29-17  Nosnibor: The following game for which Blake was awarded a brilliancy prize is not included in the DB. It was played in the Weston-Super-Mare tournament of 1922 which he won ahead of Maroczy, Kostich,Thomas,Yates and Spencer.He won many other events not stated here. White: Sir G.A.Thomas. Black: J.H.Blake. Ruy Lopez Plycount ?? 1e4,e5.2Nf3,Nc6.3Bg5,a6.4Ba4,Nf6.5Nc3,d6.6o-o,Be- 7.7d3,O-O.8h3,Nd7.9Bb3,Nc5.10Bd5,Ne6.11Ne2,Bf6.1- 2c3,Ne7.13Bb3,d5.14Ng3,g6.15exd5,Nxd5.16Re1,Ndf4- .17Bc2,Qd5.18c4,Qc6.19Bd2,Ng5.20Ne4,Nxe4.21dxe4,- Rd8.22b3,Bxh3!23gxh3,Qe6.24Re3,Nxh3+.25Kf1,Nf4.2- 6Ne1,h5.27Bd3,Rd7.28Qf3,Rad8.29Rd1,g5.30Bc1,g4.3- 1Qh1,h5.32Qg1,Kh8.33c5,g3.34fxg3,Qh3+.35Ng2,hxg3- .36Rf3,Rxd3.37R3xd3,Rxd3.38Rxd3,Nxd3.39Be3,Nf4.4- 0Bxf4,exf4.White resigns 0-1
Feb-03-19  Nosnibor: He played his last match game against William Winter in the summer of 1951 in an organised match over 104 boards at Kingston Guildhall.In securing a draw with failing eyesight against a former British Champion must rank as some result for a 93 year old!R.I.P.J.H.Blake.
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  Sebastian88: Good photo of the player:
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  Sally Simpson: [Event "London Chess Club Ch."]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1920"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Michell, Reginald, P"]
[Black "Blake, Joseph, H"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C83"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. c3 Be7 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. Re1 Nc5 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. cxd4 Nd3 14. Re3 Nf4 15. Nf1 Rc8 16. Rg3 Ng6 17. f4 f6 18. Bc2 fxe5 19. fxe5 Bh4 20. Rf3 Bg4 21. Rxf8+ Qxf8 22. Qd2 Qf7 23. g3 Rf8 24. Qe1 Bh3 25. Be3 Qf3 26. Qf2 Qg4 27. Qd2 Bxg3 28. Nxg3 Nh4 29. Qe2 Rf3 30. Kh1 Rxg3 31. Qxg4 Rxg4 32. Bb3 c6 33. Rc1 Rg6 34. Bf2 Bg2+ 35. Kg1 Nf3# 0-1

Source. Game 2 'Learn from The Masters' by Fred Reinfeld (book was originally called 'Chess by Yourself.')

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<Sally Simpson>

I was looking at this game on the game processing page, but it has some pgn errors.

If I processed your pgn as is, it would create a new player called "Reginald, P Michell" or P. Michell Reginald." Or maybe even something else...

We need to look up the player names at before spelling them in our pgns. We should use the exact form of the name already in use.

So in this case, either of these spellings would produce the existing name in our database, : Reginald Pryce Michell :

[White "Michell, Reginald Pryce"]

[White "Reginald Pryce Michell"]


Your spelling on the other player also does not match the existing spelling of Joseph Henry Blake .

[Black "Blake, Joseph, H"] Would create a new player name with a different spelling.

You need to write this as:

[Black "Blake, Joseph Henry"]

[Black "Joseph Henry Blake"]


Before submitting any more games, please carefully read all of the instructions on this page: PGN Upload Utility

I find the example pgn <Daniel Freeman> provided for us to be particularly useful:

<The following PGN is provided as an example: [Event "London Match"]
[Site "London ENG"]
[Date "1866.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "6"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Bird, Henry E"]
[Black "Steinitz, Wilhelm"]
[ECO "A02"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[Source "New York Spirit of the Times, 1866"]

1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.d4 Nc6 6.Bg5 Bg4 7.e3 Qd7 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Bb5 O-O-O 10.d5 Qe7 11.Bxc6 Qxe3+ 12.Qe2 Qc1+ 13.Qd1 Rde8+ 14.Bxe8 Rxe8+ 15.Kf2 Qe3+ 16.Kf1 Bxf3 17.gxf3 Bc5 18.Kg2 Rg8+ 0-1 >


If you find yourself unsure about a pgn creation, you are welcome to post it in my forum, and I will help you with it. If I can't figure out the problem, we can ask our colleagues in the Biographer Bistro. The trick is to try to fix potential mistakes before we publish them.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Jessica,

Thank you replying. I have successfully submitted a lot of games before it is only recently there has been a problem. (maybe there was an error before and it was corrected.)

I did use the example and you say

My ["Blake, Joseph, H"]

Should be [Black "Joseph Henry Blake"]

Which I did have at first.

But the example has ["Bird, Henry E"]
Surname first, and second middle name just the initial so altered it to fit the example.

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<Geoff> You are making progress, but still missing one of the most important steps.

Every name in every pgn has to be checked against the existing name in every single time. Usually this is easy to do, though time consuming, by looking up the player's surname from the search page. It's not always so easy though, it can take a bit of work sometimes. But we all do this work because we can't have players listed with multiple, differently spelled "identities."

One of the main reasons this is so important is because from time to time, the editors decide to alter a player's name.

So in the case of <Henry E Bird>- that player name was long ago changed to Henry Bird .

Today, if you enter ["Bird, Henry E"] then you will create a second player name for the same player- <Henry E Bird>. The sample pgn was created by <Daniel Freeman> many years ago, so it cannot be relied upon to list current sample player names. When Daniel created the sample, we did indeed have <Henry E Bird> as that player's name- but no longer. The only reliable way to check for an existing player name is to use the search page.


I can only report for myself, but probably the main reason many of your previous submissions have been processed is because an editor has fixed any mistakes that may have been in your pgn before processing it.

I have processed several of your games in the past, and in just about every case I needed to edit something in your pgn before processing it.

The bottom line is that if you want to submit games to, you do need to practice creating a pgn until you learn how to do it correctly yourself.

Feel free to call on me at any time with any questions. Say you have completed a pgn- you could post it in my forum, and I would be happy to check it. If there are any mistakes we can discuss them, and eventually you will remember how to construct a pgn that will process correctly every time.

I've been submitting pgns for years and years and I still make errors. Luckily some of these are spotted and I can fix them even after the pgns have been published- but I can't be relying on fellow editors to clean up my mistakes. Rather, I should be striving to avoid such mistakes in the future.

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Looking for little things is important-

["Blake, Joseph, H"] has an extra comma in it. If processed, it would make a (strange) new player name that actually included a comma.

And not your fault obviously that no actual admin or owner could be arsed to keep that "sample pgn" template updated and current eh?


Just to make sure this is clear- there are two forms of syntax that will be read correctly in the name tag.

Let's take Joseph Henry Blake as an example.

Either of these tags will process correctly:

[Black "Joseph Henry Blake"]

[Black "Blake, Joseph Henry"]

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  Sally Simpson: Thanks again Miss Jessica,

I was correct but changed it to follow the one in the example.

I see the Blake game has still not been added. I only subbed it because Sir Ivanhoe has been waiting for this game in his game collection.

Game Collection: Chess by Yourself - Reinfeld (see game 2)

I have to assume he has subbed it and got it wrong as well.

He last posted on here 9 years ago but is still about, his last visit was on the 30th Jan this year. (it's also a good game.)

Do I submit it again or can it be corrected. Both players are already here.

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<Geoff> I will process your game now, and post the pgn in here as an illustration...

Here is the pgn as it is now on the Processing Page:

[Event "City of London Club-ch"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1920.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Michell, Reginald, Pryce"]
[Black "Blake, Joseph, Henry"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Source "Game 2, 'Learn Chess from the Masters' by Fred Reinfeld."]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. c3 Be7 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. Re1 Nc5 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. cxd4 Nd3 14. Re3 Nf4 15. Nf1 Rc8 16. Rg3 Ng6 17. f4 f6 18. Bc2 fxe5 19. fxe5 Bh4 20. Rf3 Bg4 21. Rxf8+ Qxf8 22. Qd2 Qf7 23. g3 Rf8 24. Qe1 Bh3 25. Be3 Qf3 26. Qf2 Qg4 27. Qd2 Bxg3 28. Nxg3 Nh4 29. Qe2 Rf3 30. Kh1 Rxg3 31. Qxg4 Rxg4 32. Bb3 c6 33. Rc1 Rg6 34. Bf2 Bg2+ 35. Kg1 Nf3# 0-1*


Here is the pgn after I edited it:

[Event "City of London Club-ch"]
[Site "London ENG"]
[Date "1920.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Michell, Reginald Pryce"]
[Black "Blake, Joseph Henry"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Source "Game 2, 'Learn Chess from the Masters' by Fred Reinfeld"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. c3 Be7 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. Re1 Nc5 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. cxd4 Nd3 14. Re3 Nf4 15. Nf1 Rc8 16. Rg3 Ng6 17. f4 f6 18. Bc2 fxe5 19. fxe5 Bh4 20. Rf3 Bg4 21. Rxf8+ Qxf8 22. Qd2 Qf7 23. g3 Rf8 24. Qe1 Bh3 25. Be3 Qf3 26. Qf2 Qg4 27. Qd2 Bxg3 28. Nxg3 Nh4 29. Qe2 Rf3 30. Kh1 Rxg3 31. Qxg4 Rxg4 32. Bb3 c6 33. Rc1 Rg6 34. Bf2 Bg2+ 35. Kg1 Nf3# 0-1


Here is the processed game:

R P Michell vs J H Blake, 1920

Notice how many of the fields are filled in automatically by software- you can see the fields I filled out in the pgn, but if you click "view" on the published game, you will see all the blank fields have been filled in by the processor.


The only real error in your original pgn was to include an extra comma in each player name. In addition, I added "ENG" to the site tag, deleted an unnecessary period at the end of the source tag, and deleted the * at the end of the game score.

What is meant to be signified by * in this case? Let me know, and we can fill in any extra information in the game kibbutz box.

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  Sally Simpson: Hello again Miss Jessica,

All the other guys will jealous I'm getting personal instruction. (please tell me I'm not the only one who subs bad PGN's.)

I use chesspdad for noting up games on blogs, columns in magazines, articles and for posting here. It's perfect.

(it has an edit PGN function that is probably OK, at the moment it is pilot error.)

Notepad adds a '*' at the end of each game. I usually take it out. Now I know I MUST.

Thank you....and I'm sure Sir Ivanhoe will thank you as well.

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<Geoff> It's my pleasure to be able to help. When I first started uploading games I had a lot of help from fellow members.

And since I still make mistakes, I still get a lot of help from fellow members...

Mar-10-23  pazzed paun: A distant relative of Robert Blake

Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time!

Mar-10-23  Dionysius1: RB didn't do the crime OR the time apparently :-)
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  perfidious: <Dion>, that qualifies as mighty impressive from where <Ah> stand!
Mar-16-23  Dionysius1: There was of course a George Blake caught spying in the 1960s. He did the crime but escaped Wormwood Scrubs after only doing 5 years of the 42 years time.
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  MissScarlett: Living in the Soviet Union would be worse.
Mar-16-23  Dionysius1: I wonder if the secret bods didn't let him escape. The public voice had been satisfied - one year for every British agent exposed, I think the judge said. Now he was just a potential embarassment with journalists forever trying to get to see him. Better off in Russia - really out of sight.
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  perfidious: Peter Wright mentioned Blake in <Spycatcher> amidst his discussion of Gordon Lonsdale, John Vassall and the Krogers et al when recounting those spies unearthed in the 1950s and sixties.
Mar-17-23  Dionysius1: Actually I think I'm being silly. It would depend on how much George Blake knew about how things worked elsewhere in the Service.

He might have told his Russian bosses everything he knew about his location work. But he was only 5 or 6 years out of secret work when he escaped from Wormwood Scrubs so he might have valuable things still to tell the Soviets, about HQ for example, if the home team let him go. Duh!

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