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Richard Dawson
Number of games in database: 5
Years covered: 1859 to 1862
Overall record: +1 -4 =0 (20.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4 (2 games)

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(born Sep-07-1817, died May-12-1897, 79 years old) United Kingdom

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Richard Dawson was usually referred to as Lord Cremorne (1827-1866) and Earl Dartrey/Earl of Dartrey (1866-1897). He was vice president (1857-1884) and president (1884-1885) of the old British Chess Association, and for 35 years the president of St. George's Chess Club in London (1862-1897).

Wikipedia article: Richard Dawson, 1st Earl of Dartrey

Last updated: 2017-07-14 04:21:07

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs R Dawson 1-0291859Blindfold simul, 8bC30 King's Gambit Declined
2. Kolisch vs R Dawson 1-0261860MatchC52 Evans Gambit
3. R Dawson vs F Deacon 0-1321862B.C.A. Handicap tB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. R Dawson vs F Deacon 1-0331862B.C.A. Handicap tB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. R Dawson vs F Deacon  0-1551862B.C.A. Handicap tB06 Robatsch
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Nov-23-08  heuristic: "EARL OF DARTREY. Lord Cremorne, Earl of Dartrey, born in 1817, was for many years connected with St. George's Chess Club, and was, in fact, the president of the club up to the time of his death. He was above the average as a player, especially in his younger days, when, as Lord Cremorne, he at different times played with nearly all the great masters, including Morphy, Kolisch and Stein- itz. With Blackburne he played only two games, on level terms, of which he won one and lost one. During the great London tournament of 1883 Lord Dartrey entertained a number of the competitors at dinner at his home in Curzon Street, May- fair. His death will be generally regretted by all chess players who had the pleasure and honor of the late earl's acquaintance." American Chess Magazine - 1897/1898
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  Tabanus: We have Lord Lyttelton, and why not "Lord Cremorne" here. That's the chess reports have.
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  offramp: His first name of Richard could be added.
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  Tabanus: The chess reports have "Earl Dartrey" after 1866. Perhaps Richard Dawson would be best.
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  offramp: <Tabanus: Perhaps Richard Dawson would be best.>

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  Tabanus: Lord Cremorne was in the committee organizing the London (1851) tournament (London Evening Standard, 21 Feb 1851, and other newspaper reports). On his involvement with the British Chess Association:

<The Chess Association in Manchester. — At the business meeting, the association, hitherto a provincial one, was made national, under the name of «The Chess Association;» Lord Lyttelton is named as its permanent president; <Lord Cremorne> and Sir John Blunden its permanent vice-presidents; and Dr. Freeman, of Birmingham, secretary. The association to meet annually in some large town of the United Kingdom.> (Wigan Observer and District Advertiser, 14 Aug 1857)

<Yesterday (Tuesday), a chess congress was held Birmingham, under the auspices of the British Chess Association, of which Lord Lyttelton is president, and <Lord Cremorne> and Sir John Blunden vice-presidents.> (Morning Advertiser, 25 Aug 1858, p. 3)

<<Lord Cremorne> has accepted the presidency of the St. George’s Chess Club, vacant by the lamented death of Lord Eglinton.> (Illustrated London News, 17 May 1862, p. 513)

<The British Chess Association, which has been revived after a short period of decay, will hold a large meeting this year. Lord Lyttelton has consented to act as President; the <Earl of Dartrey>, Lord Walden, Lord de Lisle and Dudley, Lord Ravensworth, and Sir John Trelawney, as Vice-Presidents.> (Cardiff Times, 24 Feb 1872, p. 4)

<A meeting of metropolitan and provincial chessplayers was held at Simpson’s Divan on the evening of Thursday, the 24th ult., to promote the formation of a National Chess Association, Mr. Thomas Hewitt, the founder of the Westminster Papers, presiding on the occasion. Mr. Cubison in brief terms explained the object of the meeting, and dwelt upon the usefulness of a National Chess Association to which existing clubs might be affiliated, and proposed that it should be named the British Chess Association. The proposition was supported by the Rev. G. A. Macdonnell, and carried unanimously. The Rev. W. Wayte then proposed that the governing body of the British Chess Association should consist of one president, three vice-presidents, and a committee of twenty-one members. The following are the officers elected. President — <Earl Dartrey>; Vice-Presidents — Lord Randolph Churchill, Sir Robert Peel, M.P., and Mr. John Ruskin; Council — Messrs. W. Donnisthorpe, P. T. Duffy, F. H. Gastineau, Thomas Hewitt, P. Hirschfeldt, F. H. Lewis, Rev. G. A. Macdonnell, J. I. Minchin, C. E. Mudie, Dr. Reeves, J. H. Walsh, and the Rev. W. Wayte (all of London), N. Bateson Wood (Manchester), Rev. J. Greene (Clifton), E. K. E. Marden (Liverpool), Rev. C. E. Ranken (Malvern), Rev. A. B. Skipworth (Horncastle), Robert Steel (Calcutta), J. O. H. Taylor (Norwich), E. Thorold (Bath), and G. E. Walton (Birmingham). A motion to the effect that the council should have power to elect ex officio members to represent metropolitan and provincial chess clubs was proposed by Mr. Donnisthorpe, and unanimously carried, as was also Mr. Sketon’s motion that the terms of membership and federation of clubs be relegated to the decision of the council. Mr. W. H. Cubison was elected treasurer, and Mr. L. Hoffer secretary of the association. A vote of thanks to the chairman and to the proprietors of Simpson’s Divan concluded the proceedings, which were marked by the greatest unanimity throughout the evening..> (Illustrated London News, 2 Aug 1884, p. 114)

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  Tabanus: (cont.)

<The British Chess Association is still growing in numbers, and gives good promise of becoming a gigantic institution before the lapse of many more days. For the information of the general public, including all professional grievance-mongers, I desire to mention that the general meeting of the B.C.A., which is to be held at Simpson's, at eight o'clock, on Tuesday evening, 20th inst., will be open to all chess players, without any exception whatever, subject, of course, to the rules and conditions that obtain on such occasions. On the formation of the above society the office of president was unanimously tendered to <Earl Dartrey>, who, I greatly regret to say, has been obliged to decline the offer owing to the delicate state of his health. He has sent us his good wishes, and also joined as a life member. Having had the honour of being for many years a member of the committee of the former association, of which Lord Dartrey was vice-president and frequently chair man, I can bear my humble testimony to the very able and satisfactory manner in which he discharged his duties. Regular in attendance, keen in business, courteous, practical, and conciliatory on all occasions, he presented a perfect model of an intellectual chairman. Lord Dartrey was, and probably is, the best chess player in the House of Lords. The late Lord Lyttelton once observed, in serio-jocose tones, that the then Lord Cremorne owed his promotion to the earldom of Dartrey to the special favour of the Queen, won by his skill as a chess player and his zeal in promoting the interests of our game. Whilst regretting that we cannot have his lordship as our first president, I must at the same time congratulate the B.C.A. on having obtained for that office so distinguished a personage as Lord Tennyson.> («Mars» in Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, 17 Jan 1885, p. 446)

< A special meeting of the committee of the St. George's Chess Club took place on Saturday at 87, St. James's-street, S. W. Sir Henry Elliot, G.C.B., was unanimously elected president of the club, vice the <Earl of Dartrey>, deceased. The Rev. W. Wayte was elected as one of the vice-presidents in the place of Sir Henry Elliot. After the meeting Mr. Guisberg engaged about a dozen of the members in simultaneous play with his usual success.> (Pall Mall Gazette, 31 May 1897, p. 9)

Sep-19-20  paulmorphy1969: Gianfelice Ferlito Italian historian who did research on Paul Morphy writes: London April 1859
After the blind simultaneous at the London Chess Club, Morphy was invited to another performance on April 20 and this time at the aristocratic St. George's club in Cavendish Square # 5 in London. It started at 2 pm and ended at 6.30 pm to give a worthy reception with dinner in honor of Morphy. Eight strong players were chosen for this blind simultaneous. At the first chessboard Morphy met the Irish Lord Richard Dawson (1817 1897), Viscount Cremorne third Baron of Dawson Castle, who had taken the title in 1827 on the death of his father Richard Thomas. In 1841, Lord Richard had married and had two children. The motto of his house was “Toujour propice”. (From "Debrett 's genealogical peerage of Great Britain and Ireland", 1847). Lord Cremorne was the President of St. George's Chess Club.
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