|Jan-30-16|| ||zanzibar: <THE limited space at our disposal scarcely enables us to do justice to the subject of this sketch, whose chess work extends over quarter of century. Mr. W. T. Pierce is the younger of two famous brothers, whose names have for many years been identified with the better side of chess, and was born in 1839. He was educated at King's College, and articled to Mr. Lewis Cubitt, Architect. He subsequently practised his profession for several years in London. In 1873 he published treatise on descriptive geometry, which was very well reviewed. About this time he occupied the post of Lecturer of Practical Geometry at King's College, London, and for short time at Harrow School. During the whole of this period Mr. Pierce practised problem com position. He has in two successive years won the Sussex Challenge Cup and several other prizes. Latterly Mr. Pierce abandoned problem compositions in favour of analysis of the openings, and has contributed articles thereon to the British Chess Magazine since its commencement.|
In 1873, in conjunction with his elder brother, the late Mr. James Pierce, M.A. (than whom no kindlier friend of chess ever wielded pen or chanted strain in its praise), he published collection of problems, 300 in number, and few years later they published work which has rendered them famous amongst all chess players. It is called English Chess Problems," and is collection of 608 problems by English composers, forming handsome volume, three times the size of their first work. Another book, the joint production of the brothers in 1888, was the "Pierce Gambit Papers and Problems," giving particulars of the Pierce Gambit (an offshoot of the Vienna Opening), and containing many charming chess poems and sketches. As regards the Pierce Gambit, of which Mr. W. T. Pierce claims the parentage, he believes that, theoretically, the attack and defence have equal chances, but in practical matches that have been played both in England and Germany to test its merits, as also in many correspondence games, the attack has generally prevailed.>
"The Chess Bouquet (1897)" p223
A version of the photograph can be found therein. And he was an academic at some point.