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George William Lyttelton
Number of games in database: 8
Years covered: 1858 to 1866
Overall record: +0 -5 =3 (18.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-31-1817, died Apr-19-1876, 59 years old) United Kingdom

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George William Lyttelton was the 4th Baron of Lyttelton, succeeding his father in 1837. In 1838, he graduated from Trinity College and took his seat in the House of Lords. He is usually referred to simply as Lord Lyttelton. In 1846, he was briefly Under-Secretary of State for War and the Colonies for the Conservative Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, but that administration lasted only until June of that year. More significantly, he founded the Canterbury Association to promote the colonization of that region of New Zealand. The port of Lyttelton, New Zealand is named after him. In 1855, he was at the founding of the British Chess Association at Leamington. He was named president of the BCA and held the post for many years. Lyttelton was involved the Staunton-Morphy negotiations in 1858, but had no real power to resolve the matter.

Lord Lyttelton and his first wife, Mary Glynne, were married in 1839 and had eight sons and four daughters. Mary died in 1857 and Lyttelton married his second wife, Sybella Harriet Clive, in 1859. They had three daughters. He had prestige, power and a large family to carry on his heritage, but, at age 59, Lyttelton committed suicide by throwing himself down the stairs at Hagley Hall, the family's ancestral estate in Worchester. “but the heart pulses may beat too fast for life, and it is said that excess of deep and silent feeling for a daughter who had passed away before him, first disorganized, and then snapt asunder, the once tuneful chord of his former happy and useful existence.” - Notes and Queries, April 29, 1876.

Wikipedia article: George Lyttelton, 4th Baron Lyttelton Wikipedia article: Lyttelton, New Zealand

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs G W Lyttelton 1-0171858Morphy Blind Simul 8b, BirminghamC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. G W Lyttelton vs S Green  0-1231862B.C.A. Handicap tC33 King's Gambit Accepted
3. S Green vs G W Lyttelton  ½-½541862B.C.A. Handicap tC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
4. G W Lyttelton vs S Green 0-1281862B.C.A. Handicap tA46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. S Green vs G W Lyttelton  ½-½371862B.C.A. Handicap tC46 Three Knights
6. S Green vs G W Lyttelton  ½-½611862B.C.A. Handicap tC26 Vienna
7. G W Lyttelton vs W M Chinnery  0-1231866LondonC50 Giuoco Piano
8. G W Lyttelton vs W M Chinnery  0-1501866LondonC77 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-12-07  kellmano: I'd be gutted if i were Lord Lyttleton. One game in the database, and he gets absolutely regulated in it.
Apr-12-07  RookFile: By the world champion, albeit blindfolded.
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  Benzol: I hadn't realized Lyttleton Harbour was named after him.
Mar-31-10  wordfunph: 0.5/6 in the database or 8.3% success percentage...but playing against American legend Morphy is a great honor.

happy birthday Lord!

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  MissScarlett: <Lyttelton committed suicide by throwing himself down the stairs at Hagley Hall, the family's ancestral estate in Worchester>

Actually, at his London home, and not down the stairs, but over them...

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  MissScarlett: <Lord Lyttelton and his first wife, Mary Glynne, were married in 1839 and had eight sons and four daughters. Mary died in 1857...>

I'm not surprised. She must have been worn out, the poor old mare!

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