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Thomas Worrall
Number of games in database: 9
Years covered: 1857 to 1859
Overall record: +0 -9 =0 (0.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1807, died Sep-06-1878, 71 years old) United Kingdom

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Thomas Herbert Worrall was the British Commissioner in Mexico and later New York. His name is associated with a variation of the Ruy Lopez 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Qe2. See Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack (C86).

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs Worrall 1-0221857Knight Odds game000 Chess variants
2. Morphy vs Worrall 1-0201857Knight Odds game000 Chess variants
3. Morphy vs Worrall 1-0271857Knight Odds game000 Chess variants
4. Morphy vs Worrall 1-0271858Knight Odds game000 Chess variants
5. Morphy vs Worrall 1-0281858Knight Odds game000 Chess variants
6. Morphy vs Worrall 1-0271858Knight Odds game000 Chess variants
7. Morphy vs Worrall 1-0161858Knight Odds game000 Chess variants
8. Morphy vs Worrall 1-0311858Knight Odds game000 Chess variants
9. Morphy vs Worrall 1-0201859Blindfold simul, 8bC50 Giuoco Piano
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Aug-25-05  who: Can someone upload a game where Worrall plays his variation of the Ruy Lopez.
Dec-26-10  Karpova: Here's a link to Olimpiu G. Urcan's article on Worrall's wife Harriet (née Harriet Jona, 07.10.1836 - 23.11.1928) 'An Unfortunate Christmas', 25.12.2010:

There's also this info on Thomas Herbert:

<Worrall's husband, Thomas Herbert Worrall, an interesting figure in himself, had good results in 1850s against some top players. The following fragment comes from Johann Löwenthal's column in 'The Era' of June 20, 1858 [citing from Frank Leslie's 'Illustrated Newspaper']: "Staunton, Worrall, and Morphy – There is an impression upon the minds of the Chess community that the cross play of the three gentlemen named has resulted unfavourably to the latter, as between him and Mr. Staunton. Such an impression is an erroneous one, as the facts do not warrant it. We have the information from a reliable source, that Mr. Worrall played forty-five games in all with Mr. Staunton. Of which he lost twenty-three and won twenty-two. Embraced in these games was a short match, for a consideration, at the odds of the Knight, which match Mr. Worrall won; Mr. Morphy played fifteen games with Mr. Worrall, winning eight and losing seven, none drawn. When we consider the natural advancement in strength of Mr. Worrall's game, which must have taken place during so long a siege against so fine a player as Mr. Staunton, if any reliance at all can be placed upon cross play, Mr. Morphy shows the fairest record.">

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  Penguincw: Wow. Same opponent. Same pieces. Same result. Almost same opening.
Jan-02-13  thomastonk: He was also known as the "Mexican Amateur".
Mar-10-13  thomastonk: Karpova's link from Dec-26-10 is now:
Jun-25-17  zanzibar: RE: "Mexican Amateur"


Sep-19-20  paulmorphy1969: Thomas Herbert Worrall, (1807-1878) known in London chess circles as "the Mexican amateur" (see "Morphy's games of chess, a selection of the best games played by the illustrious champion in Europe and America, with analytical and critical notes by J. Lowenthal "(New York 1860), and later as British Commissioner in Mexico and then in New York (see The Oxford Companion to Chess, by D. Hooper and K. Whyld). He is the inventor of the Spanish attack with 1.e4 e5 2.Cf3 Cc6 3.Ab5 a6 4.Aa4 Cf6 5.De2 which bears his name He had met H. Staunton in 1856 and lost loudly (-8, +4). It should be noted that Morphy had played 9 more games against T.H. on April 24, 1859. Worrall giving him the advantage of the knight in b1 and that he had won 7 and lost 2. T.H. Worrall married Harriet Jona (1836-1928) who was a chess player and a widow who made her first women's championship against Nellie Showalter and won it.

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