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William Wayte
Number of games in database: 34
Years covered: 1851 to 1894

Overall record: +17 -13 =3 (56.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

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With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C77 C68 C83
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   J Minchin vs W Wayte, 1866 0-1
   E Thorold vs W Wayte, 1866 0-1
   C F Schmid vs W Wayte, 1880 0-1
   W Wayte vs E M Jackson, 1892 1-0
   Owen vs W Wayte, 1893 0-1

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(born Sep-04-1829, died May-03-1898, 68 years old) United Kingdom

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In 1879 he won the London tournament. In 1880, he won (jointly) Boston, England and in 1884 he won Bath

Wikipedia article: William Wayte

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 34  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Wayte vs E Williams 0-1211851Casual gameC58 Two Knights
2. W Wayte vs T Hampton 1-0281861BristolC45 Scotch Game
3. S Boden vs W Wayte 1-0231861BristolC41 Philidor Defense
4. Paulsen vs W Wayte  1-0191861Blindfold simul, 11bC51 Evans Gambit
5. W Wayte vs S Boden  1-0301865Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
6. S Boden vs W Wayte  1-0331865Casual gameC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
7. S Boden vs W Wayte  0-1281865Casual gameC29 Vienna Gambit
8. E Thorold vs W Wayte 0-1281866LondonC34 King's Gambit Accepted
9. J Minchin vs W Wayte 0-1171866LondonC45 Scotch Game
10. J N Burt vs W Wayte 1-0441871Challenge CupC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Burn vs W Wayte  1-0291876CheltenhamC77 Ruy Lopez
12. W Wayte vs J Minchin  1-0281877EnglandC45 Scotch Game
13. W Wayte vs C E Ranken 1-0201877EdinburghC45 Scotch Game
14. Zukertort vs W Wayte  1-0291877Casual gameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
15. E Thorold vs W Wayte  1-0231878Counties Chess AssocA02 Bird's Opening
16. C F Schmid vs W Wayte 0-1311880DresdenC33 King's Gambit Accepted
17. W Wayte vs Zukertort 0-1331881St.George's CCC25 Vienna
18. W Wayte vs Owen 0-1491881Counties Chess AssociationE14 Queen's Indian
19. J De Soyres vs W Wayte 0-1401882LondonC29 Vienna Gambit
20. W Wayte vs Oxoniensis 1-0331883London (5)C29 Vienna Gambit
21. E Thorold vs W Wayte 0-1471884BathA03 Bird's Opening
22. W Wayte vs E Thorold  ½-½591884BathC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
23. W Wayte vs E Thorold 1-0441884BathC10 French
24. E Thorold vs W Wayte 1-0231885LondonA03 Bird's Opening
25. W Wayte vs E Thorold  1-0401885LondonC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
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  FSR: According to Chessmetrics, Wayte was the number 9 player in the world (!) in early to mid-1878. See
Nov-04-09  Birthday Boy: happy Birthday!!!William Wayte!!!
Jul-04-10  mercurio3: He was a Reverent of British Church.
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  GrahamClayton: An excellent obituary notice, taken from the "Adelaide Advertiser" newspaper, dated Tuesday 28 June 1898, page 7:


A prominent English chessplayer the Rev. William Wayte, died at his residence, 6, Onslow-square, London, on May 3, at the sure of 68. Mr Wayte was a son of the late Mr William Wayte, of Wiltshire, England, and a nephew of the late Hon. B. T. Finniss, of Adelaide, with whom for nearly 30 years he carried on a most interesting correspondence on political and other questions. Politically he was a staunch Liberal, a strong supporter of a free-trade policy, and an advocate of a Cus toms union between Great Britain and the colonies. In Australian affairs he took a lively interest, more especially in the Federation question. Mr. Wayte was well known in other ways than as a chessplayer. A fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and for many years an assistant master of Eton College he was a fine classical scholar, and the author of several classical publications, in which he has shown not only a wide learning but also great capacity and judgment as a critic. He was joint editor 'of Dr. William Smith's "Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities" Among many men of note who where at one time Mr. Wayte's pupils can be mentioned three former Australian Governors, Lords Carrington, Hopetoun, and Jersey, and also the present President of tbe South Australian Legislative Council, Sir R C. Baker. He married the daughter of the Rev. J. W. Lovett-Cameron, vicar of Shoreham, Kent; and was thus a brother-in-law of Commander Verney Lovett-Cameron, the well-known African traveller. Among other offices held 'by him was that of chairman of the Chelsea Committee of the Charity Organisation Society, in which capacity he attended the conference at Oxford.

As a chessplayer Mr. Wayte was for many years recognised as the strongest English amateur. From 1866 he regulalry attended the meetings of the Counties' Chess Association, twice winning the first prize and several times the second. Upon his retirement from his master ship at Eton in 1873 be took up literary pursuits and gave his leisure time to the game. He was a daily attendant of the St. George's Chess Club, and on several occasions won the Lowenthal Cup. Not only was he known as a practical player, bnt also as a theorist and analyst. For more than 30 years be has con tributed valuable articles and reviews to the chess periodicals of the day, and quite lately he published an interesting series of reminis cences in the "British Chess Magazine" and the "Field". Mr. Wayte does not leave any family.

Aug-26-11  BobCrisp: <An excellent obituary notice...>

A rather unfortunate choice of words.

May-10-14  ljfyffe: John DeSoyres, Wayte's 1882 opponent , emigrated to Canada, to Saint John, New Brunswick to be exact. There is a chess trophy he dedicated to his father that was played for by the St. John Chess Club in the last decade of the1800's.
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  MissScarlett: Wayte's Wikipedia article, presumably authored by <FSR>, has <In 1884, he defeated Rev. Thorold in a match held in London (7 wins, 4 draws, 5 losses)>

All sixteen scores appeared in the 1885 <BCM>:

Only the first three games happened in 1884.

Sep-04-16  BIDMONFA: William Wayte

WAYTE, William

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  MissScarlett: BCM, January 1897, p.3:

<Chess players generally in all parts of the world will be sorry to hear that the Rev. W. Wayte has been obliged by the state of his health to give up match play. He met with a severe accident to one of his legs, some two or three years ago, by falling down the stairs at the St. George's Chess Club, and has been lame ever since. He has also recently had a serious illness, from which he is now but slowly recovering, and hence arose the decision to which, by medical advice we believe, he felt compelled to come.>

Bad luck. James Mason was always falling down in chess clubs, but never felt a thing.

Oct-08-21  Z truth 000000001: Ah, a delicious pousse-de-snark digestif...

Though it is well known that being loose and relaxed, or even better, totally oblivious, during a fall results in less injuries (with the exception of one's pride, of course).

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