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William Albert Fairhurst
W Fairhurst 
Chess, 14 February 1937.  
Number of games in database: 311
Years covered: 1922 to 1976

Overall record: +86 -115 =106 (45.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (26) 
    D50 D63 D52 D51 D56
 King's Indian (24) 
    E60 E61 E73 E77 E91
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E12 E17 E16 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A45 E10 A40 A46 A50
 Grunfeld (10) 
    D74 D82 D76 D81 D84
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C68 C97 C87 C62 C67
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C66 C73 C62 C87 C71
 Slav (26) 
    D15 D10 D11 D12 D13
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D04 D00 D05 E00 A46
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E38 E48 E23 E30 E24
 Sicilian (9) 
    B83 B80 B40 B24
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D50 D63 D51 D59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Fairhurst vs Menchik, 1935 1-0
   W Fairhurst vs T H Tylor, 1929 1/2-1/2
   A Asgeirsson vs W Fairhurst, 1933 0-1
   J Stone vs W Fairhurst, 1946 0-1
   Colle vs W Fairhurst, 1927 0-1
   R G Wade vs W Fairhurst, 1949 0-1
   W Fairhurst vs O Friedman, 1946 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Scarborough (1927)
   British Championship (1928)
   British Championship (1937)
   British Championship (1949)
   Oxford (1951)
   British Championship (1947)
   British Championship (1934)
   British Championship (1950)
   British Championship (1929)
   British Championship (1932)
   Hastings 1948/49 (1948)
   Tel Aviv Olympiad qual-3 (1964)
   Moscow Olympiad Final-C (1956)
   London A (1946)
   Dublin Zonal (1957)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1948/49 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1948/1949 by WCC Editing Project
   Hastings 1952/53 by Phony Benoni
   Eliskases - Fairhurst by Chessical

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(born Aug-21-1903, died Mar-13-1982, 78 years old) United Kingdom (federation/nationality New Zealand)

[what is this?]
William Albert Fairhurst was born in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England. He was awarded the IM title in 1951. In 1931 he went to live in Scotland and won the Scottish Championship the 11 times he competed; 1932, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1935-36, 1936-37, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1962. He also won the British Championship in 1937 and was unofficial Commonwealth Champion in 1950.

In international play at Scarborough 1927 he shared 2nd place with Fred Dewhirst Yates, beating 1st place getter Edgar Colle and Efim Bogoljubov whom he finished ahead of by a full point. He played for Scotland in the Olympiads of 1933, 1956, 1958, 1964, 1966 and 1968.

In 1970 he was invited to play in the New Zealand Championship as a guest and liked the country so much he decided to retire there. He played for New Zealand in the 1974 Nice Olympiad and his last event was the New Zealand Championship in 1976. He passed away in Auckland in 1982.

Wikipedia article: William Fairhurst

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 313  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kostic vs W Fairhurst  ½-½371922Simul, 32bD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
2. Capablanca vs W Fairhurst 1-0471922Simul, 32bC23 Bishop's Opening
3. W Gibson vs W Fairhurst  0-1381924British ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
4. W Fairhurst vs Yates  0-1741924British ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
5. R P Michell vs W Fairhurst  ½-½321924British ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. W Fairhurst vs E Spencer  ½-½421924British ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
7. R H Scott vs W Fairhurst  1-0741924British ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. W Fairhurst vs E Spencer  1-0171924BCF-ch 17th Lightning IIC67 Ruy Lopez
9. W Fairhurst vs Yates  1-0181924BCF-ch 17th Lightning IIC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
10. J H Blake vs W Fairhurst  1-0261924British ChampionshipC28 Vienna Game
11. W Fairhurst vs G A Thomas  0-1321924British ChampionshipC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
12. H Saunders vs W Fairhurst  ½-½651924British ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
13. W Fairhurst vs H E Atkins  ½-½701924British ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. H E Price vs W Fairhurst  0-1581924British ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
15. W Fairhurst vs V K Khadilkar  0-1471924British ChampionshipA81 Dutch
16. W Fairhurst vs A J Mackenzie 1-0241927Manchester - Birmingham mB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
17. W Fairhurst vs H Saunders  ½-½711927ScarboroughC49 Four Knights
18. P N Wallis vs W Fairhurst  1-0281927ScarboroughC66 Ruy Lopez
19. W Fairhurst vs G A Thomas  0-1431927ScarboroughC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
20. V Buerger vs W Fairhurst  0-1371927ScarboroughE15 Queen's Indian
21. Colle vs W Fairhurst 0-1331927ScarboroughD04 Queen's Pawn Game
22. W Fairhurst vs H Barlow  1-0351927ScarboroughD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Yates vs W Fairhurst  1-0411927ScarboroughC66 Ruy Lopez
24. W Fairhurst vs Bogoljubov 1-0411927ScarboroughE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. V L Wahltuch vs W Fairhurst  0-1351927ScarboroughD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 313  PGN Download
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  Benzol: William Albert Fairhurst
Born 21st August 1903 in Alderley Edge
Died 13th March 1982 in Auckland
Awarded the IM title in 1951.
He was Scottish champion 1932, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1935-36, 1936-37, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1962. He was also British champion in 1937.
Jan-02-06  WMD: <...was a recognized authority in the field of structural engineering, and the builder of some famous bridges.> (Soltis, Chess Lists)

Tay Road Bridge:

Aug-21-06  BIDMONFA: William Albert Fairhurst


Sep-07-07  Karpova: <‘... Cold-blooded gamesman-planning is rare. But I have one pretty example. At my first British Championship, [at Ramsgate] in 1929, a friend of mine – who is a magnificent analyst and celebrated in the chess world – found himself in a very bad position. But there was a way out. Given that his opponent (a very strong player) did not see the threat, it was possible, with a series of sacrifices, to achieve stalemate. But he had to include in his play a clearly inadequate move, which would inevitably warn his opponent. After all, one plays chess on the assumption that the opponent sees everything. (That is why the word “trap” is not a good chess term.) But my friend devised a psychological trap. He sat and looked at the board with a despairing face until he was well and truly in time trouble. Then he fumblingly made the crucial moves. His opponent, tempted to a little gamesmanship himself, was playing very quickly. Quick came the erroneous capture. Even quicker came the series of sacrifices and, while the flag was tottering, stalemate supervened. Now could he have improved on things in the following way: touched the piece, taken his hand away, and let himself be compelled to move the piece at random? No, he had thought of that, but dismissed it as sharp practice.’> From pages 24-25 of Not Only Chess by Gerald Abrahams (London, 1974)

Fairhurst - T. H. Tylor after 31...Rb3

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<32.Bd2 Rg3+ 33.Kh1 Rxh3+ 34.Kg1 Rd3 35.Bc1 (‘Leaving himself less than half a minute on his clock.’) 35...Rc7 36.Bg5 (‘Finger staying on his clock; and Black falls for it.’) 36...Rg3+ 37.Kh1 37...Rxg5 38.R1f7+ Rxf7 39.Rxf7+ (‘Forcing stalemate or perpetual check.’)> (5145)

Sadly, the game is not in the database.

Aug-21-08  brankat: An amazing chess career!

R.I.P. Mr.Fairhurst.

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  GrahamClayton: In October/November 1951 Fairhurst won a "British Empire" championship organised by the Oxford Chess Club:

1. W Fairhurst (Scotland) 4/5
2. D Yanofsky (Canada) 3/5
3. R Wade (New Zealand) 2.5/5
4. L Barden (England) 2/5
5. G Berriman (Australia) 2/5
6. W Heidenfeld (South Africa) 1.5/5

Source: Anthony Wright "Australian International Chess: 1946-1972", Melbourne 2001

Aug-21-09  SimonWebbsTiger: W Fairhurst vs Flohr, 1946

an interesting game from the Britain-USSR radio match 1946. (The book of the match by Klein and Winter is superb, btw.)

Nov-16-09  Alan McGowan: Here is the Fairhurst-Tylor game referred to by Karpova.

Alan McGowan
Historian, Chess Scotland

Fairhurst,W.A. - Tylor [E72]
Ramsgate (1)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nc3 d6 6.e4 Nc6 7.Nge2 Bg4 8.h3 Bxe2 9.Nxe2 e5 10.0-0 Re8 11.d5 Nd4 12.Be3 Qe7 13.Nxd4 exd4 14.Bxd4 Qf8 15.Qc2 Re7 16.c5 Rae8 17.f3 Nh5 18.Bf2 f5 19.Rad1 fxe4 20.fxe4 Be5 21.cxd6 cxd6 22.Bxa7 Qh6 23.g4 Nf4 24.Rf3 Ra8 25.Be3 Rxa2 26.g5 Qxg5 27.Rdf1 Qxg2+ 28.Qxg2 Nxg2 29.Kxg2 Rxb2+ 30.Kg1 Kg7 31.Rf8 Rb3 32.Bd2 Rg3+ 33.Kh1 Rxh3+ 34.Kg1 Rd3 35.Bc1 Rc7 36.Bg5 Rg3+ 37.Kh1 Rxg5 38.R1f7+ ½-½

Aug-21-12  brankat: Participated in Scottish championship 11 times and won 11 titles! Is there any other example like this one?

Seven Chess Olympiads, between 1933 and 1974!

R.I.P. master Fairhurst.

Aug-21-12  LoveThatJoker: IM Fairhurst, today you are remembered!


Aug-21-12  vinidivici: This guy was versatile. He was good in chess and building the bridges.

His company (Fairhurst), the consultant company for building the bridge lasted until now with many branches.

Sep-08-12  Karpova: He played three serious games against Jacques Mieses in Glasgow in 1934 winning 1 and drawing the other 2.

From page 349 of the 1934 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Did you ever meet him? My father did. He had an engineering company which rebuilt the bridge over the River Tee in Scotland. I met him at Howick-Pak. My father saw him when he was captain of the 1974 Nice Olympiad team - he was a "bloody nuisance" he said as he kept taking off from France to England on personal business...

He gave a lecture one night on the two Bs. I should be an expert on that as Sarapu (at the same place) used a Rubinstein game to also lecture on the 2 Bs!

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  Richard Taylor: I saw him ca 1980 or so - he must have died a year or so after that. Had he not been an engineer he might have done even better at chess. But he was clearly a very strong player.

He was a few years older than my father. He possibly lived in Howick in his old age.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. IM William Albert Fairhurst.
Jan-11-16  zanzibar: A fairly extensive chess biography:

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  MissScarlett: <In 1970 he was invited to play in the New Zealand Championship as a guest and liked the country so much he decided to retire there.>


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  MissScarlett: The Staffordshire Advertiser, October 23rd, 1926, p.7:

<Brilliant Chess Player. - On the opening night of the winter session of the Stockport Chess Club the members had the pleasure of meeting Mr. W. A. Fairhurst, the Cheshire champion, who now resides in Stafford. Mr. Fairhurst, who is only 23 years of age, has defeated Capablanca, the world's champion, on the two occasions they have met, and for four years in succession Mr Fairhurst has held the championship of Manchester and district. [...] Mr. Fairhurst is captain of the British Reinforced Concrete team in the Stafford Chess League.>

Hmmmm. Capablanca vs W Fairhurst, 1922

Feb-01-18  Alan McGowan: As a result of changes to the Chess Scotland web pages, please note corrected link to the Fairhurst biography at
Feb-01-18  Alan McGowan: See also a 1962 article that Fairhurst contributed to Scottish Chess: 'My Thirty Years of Chess in Scotland' is at
Mar-26-22  Z free or die: Thanks for the update <Alan> (shame that the net is so untrustworthy with age).

Here's another photo of Fairhurst, far-right standing (w glasses):

Maybe someone should archive the page on wayback...

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