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Charles Edward Ranken
Number of games in database: 52
Years covered: 1851 to 1895

Overall record: +27 -18 =5 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

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With the Black pieces:
 Giuoco Piano (4) 
    C54 C50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   F Hunter vs C E Ranken, 1883 0-1
   C E Ranken vs W Hodges, 1851 1-0
   C E Ranken vs W Hodges, 1851 1-0
   W Wayte vs C E Ranken, 1885 0-1
   S Boden vs C E Ranken, 1851 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London (Vizayanagaram) (1883)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   London 1883 Vizayanagaram Tournament by MissScarlett
   London 1883 Vizayanagaram Tournament by Phony Benoni
   1851 Ranken - Hodges by gauer

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(born Jan-05-1828, died Apr-12-1905, 77 years old) United Kingdom

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Charles Edward Ranken was born in Brislington, near Bristol. He learned chess as a schoolboy and became a strong player while attending Wadham College, Oxford. He graduated from Oxford in 1850. He took 2nd place at the 1851 London Provincial Tournament, losing to Samuel Standidge Boden.

In 1867, he became Vicar at Sandford-on-Thames near Oxford. In April, 1869, he founded the Oxford University Chess Club with Lord Randolph Churchill (Winston Churchill's father), and became its first president. In 1869, he tied for 2nd-3rd at the 5th British Counties Chess Association Congress in York, England. The event was won by reverend Arthur Skipworth. The Counties Chess Association was organized for amateur players outside London. In 1871, he moved to Malvern, England and stayed there the rest of his life. In 1872, he won the 8th British Counties Chess Association Congress in Malvern. Ranken participated in several correspondence matches and took 1st place in the British Chess Association’s 1872 competition. From 1877 to September 1880, Ranken was the editor of the "Chess Player’s Chronicle." In 1878, he took 2nd at the 14th British Counties Chess Association Congress in London. The event was won by Edmund Thorold. In 1881, he won the 16th British Counties Chess Association Congress in Leamington, England ahead John Owen and William Wayte. In 1883, he took 5th-6th place at the Vizayanagaram tournament in London. The event was won by Curt von Bardeleben. In 1889, he published, in collaboration with E. Freeborough, "Chess Openings Ancient and Modern." This was the predecessor of "Modern Chess Openings."

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 52  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Boden vs C E Ranken 1-0261851ProvincialC54 Giuoco Piano
2. F Deacon vs C E Ranken 0-1401851ProvincialA35 English, Symmetrical
3. C E Ranken vs S Boden  0-1211851ProvincialC53 Giuoco Piano
4. W Hodges vs C E Ranken 1-0321851London ProvincialC52 Evans Gambit
5. C E Ranken vs F Deacon 1-0611851ProvincialD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. S Boden vs C E Ranken 0-1311851London m/7C38 King's Gambit Accepted
7. C E Ranken vs J Robertson  1-0361851Provincial tC01 French, Exchange
8. J Robertson vs C E Ranken  0-1351851Provincial tC50 Giuoco Piano
9. W Hodges vs C E Ranken  ½-½301851London ProvincialC01 French, Exchange
10. C E Ranken vs W Hodges  1-0381851London ProvincialB20 Sicilian
11. C E Ranken vs W Hodges  1-0401851London ProvincialB20 Sicilian
12. C E Ranken vs Staunton 1-0311866London consultC45 Scotch Game
13. C E Ranken vs Staunton 0-1241866London consultC44 King's Pawn Game
14. Steinitz vs C E Ranken 0-1301870OxfordC25 Vienna
15. Steinitz vs C E Ranken 1-0381870OxfordC39 King's Gambit Accepted
16. J N Burt vs C E Ranken  1-0211871Challenge CupC60 Ruy Lopez
17. C E Ranken vs A Rowley  1-0121871Challenge CupC56 Two Knights
18. A Skipworth vs C E Ranken  1-0201871Challenge CupC46 Three Knights
19. N Fedden vs C E Ranken  0-1381873corrC50 Giuoco Piano
20. E Thorold vs C E Ranken  1-0511874corr ttA02 Bird's Opening
21. C E Ranken vs E Thorold  1-0321874corr ttC33 King's Gambit Accepted
22. C E Ranken vs Zukertort 0-1181874Simpson's DivanC33 King's Gambit Accepted
23. B W Fisher vs C E Ranken 0-1251875corr ttC24 Bishop's Opening
24. C E Ranken vs B W Fisher  1-0251875corr ttC48 Four Knights
25. W Wayte vs C E Ranken 1-0201877EdinburghC45 Scotch Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-03-04  Knight13: I am celebrating my 2000th kibitzing right here!
Dec-03-04  Knezh: Why here?
Dec-03-04  Knight13: <Knezh: Why here?> That comes a reply of "Why not here?"
Dec-03-04  jcmoral: Because he's underage and can't celebrate on <Beer>'s page. :) While we're here any comments about this Ranken guy?
Dec-03-04  Pawsome: Ah, yes, good old Chuck E. it's good to see his memory lives on in this data base and some dusty old tomes deep in the bowels of a few British libraries. It's said that he was bent on attacking along the squares from f1 to f8 they become known as the "Ranken File."
Dec-03-04  von schlepstein: Isn't there somebody named Judy Ranken? I forget who she is or what she does.
Dec-04-04  Pawsome: There's an artist named Judy Ranken. Are you thinking of her?
Dec-04-04  von schlepstein: It said from 1964 to 1985 she worked in the ABC children's department. That must be it.
Jan-05-08  BIDMONFA: Charles Edwards Ranken

RANKEN, Charles Edward

Oct-17-08  Karpova: C.N. 4879

<"1861 census": Charles E. Ranken, age 33. Born in Somerset Brislington. Address: 6 Trinity Terrace, Cheltenham. Occupation: Curate of Trinity Church, Cheltenham. Unmarried. Ranken, a lodger, shared the address with Giles Stephens (age 54), head and lodging house keeper; Mary Stephens (age 60), wife; Alice Stephens (age 37), sister and servant; Martha Dodwell (age 14), general servant; Marion Loch (age 61), lodger and fundholder; Thomas Ranken (age 21), visitor and scholar Cambridge.

"1871 census": Charles E. Ranken, age 43. Address: Malvern Wells, Hanley Castle. Occupation: Curate in charge of Malvern Wells. Married. Ranken, a lodger, shared the address with Cecil Wakefield (age 41), head and chemist; William Bladen (age 22), assistant chemist; Mary Stuart (age 24), housemaid; William Fowler (age 17), errand boy; George Wilch [?] (age 15), errand boy.

"1881 census": Charles E. Ranken, age 53. Born in Somerset Brislington. Address: Priory Road, Great Malvern. Occupation: Without Cure of Souls. Married with Louisa J. Ranken (age 39, born in Pendleton). Children: Francis A.J. Ranken (daughter, age 10), Emily F. Ranken (daughter, age 5), Herbert E. Ranken (son, age 3). One visitor was member of the household: Anne Fisher (age 44). Other household members: Sarah Harris (age 25), parlour maid domestic, Annie E. Highton (age 19), nurse maid domestic; Susan G. Hunt (age 14), nurse maid domestic; Elizabeth Stanton (age 23), servant.>


Jun-04-09  myschkin: . . .

"The Reverend Charles Edward Ranken
and Mid-Victorian Correspondence Chess"

(by John S. Hilbert)



Jun-06-10  Antiochus: His immortal game against Wayte:

[Event "England"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1885.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "William Wayte"]
[Black "Ranken"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C44"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventDate "1883.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. c3 Nf6 4. d4 Nxe4 5. d5 Bc5 6. dxc6 Bxf2+ 7. Ke2 d5 8. cxb7 Bxb7 9. Qa4+ c6 10. Nbd2 f5 11. Nxe4 fxe4 12. Kxf2 O-O 13. Be3 exf3 14. g3 Qc8 15. Bc5 Rf6 16. Rd1 a5 17. Rd2 Ba6 18. Bxa6 Qxa6 19. Re1 e4 20. a3 Qc8 21. Kg1 Qh3 22. b4 Re8 23. Qxa5 h5 24. Qa6 h4 25. Qf1 Qg4 26. Qf2 Rg6 27. b5 hxg3 28. hxg3 Rh6 29. Be3 Rh3 30. Bf4 Qh5 31. Qh2 Rxh2 32. Rxh2 Qg6 33. b6 e3 34. Rxe3 Rxe3 35. Bxe3 Qxg3+ 36. Kh1 Qe1+ 37. Bg1 Qxc3 0-1

Jan-05-11  YoungEd: I have now joined the line of people who have commented on this player. I guess that puts me in the Ranken File. Thank you, fans!
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  Phony Benoni: His major work:

Yes, now you too can pretend you're visiting a dusty British library!

Aug-12-11  Antiochus: His correspondence games are found here:


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  whiteshark: „It was in this era that a clash between the love of the old gambits and the desire to adopt the new ideas of Steinitz and Zukertort produced an electric union…"

-- Reverend C.E.Ranken (on the Tennison gambit?)

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