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Philip Richardson
Number of games in database: 19
Years covered: 1860 to 1901
Overall record: +7 -6 =6 (52.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-12-1841, died Sep-29-1920, 78 years old) United Kingdom (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Richardson vs J A Leonard  ½-½411860Casual gameC38 King's Gambit Accepted
2. NN vs P Richardson  0-1251861Casual gameC38 King's Gambit Accepted
3. A Zerega vs P Richardson  0-1281866New York Chess ClubC50 Giuoco Piano
4. J P Barnett vs P Richardson  1-0361867New York Chess Club ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
5. P Richardson vs E Delmar 1-0151871Casual gameC27 Vienna Game
6. P Richardson vs J Mason 1-0201873Casual gameC52 Evans Gambit
7. P Richardson vs E Delmar 1-0331880Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
8. Steinitz vs P Richardson  1-0371892Steinitz Blind Simul 3b, BrooklynC25 Vienna
9. Lasker vs P Richardson ½-½421892Exhibition gameB32 Sicilian
10. Pillsbury vs P Richardson 1-0271894Offhand GameC67 Ruy Lopez
11. P Richardson vs Pillsbury 1-0241894BrooklynC29 Vienna Gambit
12. P Richardson vs Janowski 0-1621899Janowski Exhibition Series at Manhattan Chess ClubC67 Ruy Lopez
13. P Richardson vs Lipschutz  0-1521900Lipschutz - RichardsonC67 Ruy Lopez
14. Lipschutz vs P Richardson  ½-½341900Lipschutz - RichardsonD00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. P Richardson vs Lipschutz  ½-½551900Lipschutz - RichardsonC45 Scotch Game
16. Lipschutz vs P Richardson  0-1261900Lipschutz - RichardsonA07 King's Indian Attack
17. P Richardson vs Lipschutz ½-½351900Lipschutz - RichardsonC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
18. Lipschutz vs P Richardson  ½-½401900Lipschutz - RichardsonC29 Vienna Gambit
19. P Richardson vs Lasker 0-1501901Exhibition gameC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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  Benzol: I suspect this might be Philip Richardson.
Mar-03-10  vonKrolock: Me too, even without a check: dates, places and oponents are compatible

Philip Richardson (1841-1920) <"The Stormy Petrel of Chess"> in the title words of biographer John Hilbert

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  OhioChessFan: <I suspect this might be Philip Richardson.>

I figured it out by his bio.

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  perfidious: <vonKrolock: ....Philip Richardson (1841-1920) <"The Stormy Petrel of Chess"> in the title words of biographer John Hilbert>

I always thought it was Nimzowitsch who was known as 'The Stormy Petrel'.

May-06-12  JohnDahl: <As for me, my next book (a much shorter one than Hodges) is on Philip Richardson, a Brooklyn-based player active between the late 1850s and 1900. As a player Richardson was very highly regarded by both Steinitz and Mackenzie, two of the strongest masters in the United States during those years. Mackenzie called Richardson “the stormy petrel of chess,” because he usually showed up at the clubs when the weather was bad. He was a photographer at a time when the profession required strong natural light. Hence, his chess appearances were usually during stormy weather or at night. Or both. Richardson also was something of a problemist, and so I included over twenty of his compositions to go along with over 190 of his games. By the way, only about a dozen of Richardson’s games have made their way to the more popular, mega-million databases.>

Winter's C.N. 2195 quotes the March 1882 <Brentano's Chess Monthly> to the same effect.

Aug-14-12  Karpova: According to page 87 of the 1900 'Wiener Schachzeitung', Richardson drew Lipschütz in a six-games match at the Manhatten Chess Club in 1900. All games were drawn.
Jun-21-13  DoctorD: I must say that I was disappointed in Hilbert's book on Richardson, although certainly all authors who are as productive as he is have their not so shining moments.

It really is not more than an article with a number of games and problems. I am always disappointed when such a book comes out and the problems are given only with solutions and no commentary. This is exactly the place and time to discuss any problemist's contribution to the art, but there is none of that, and even the text portion of the book seems incomplete.

Hilbert has done some fantastic work; this book does not meet his normal standards.

Oct-05-13  DoctorD: I sent Dr. Hilbert some questions about Richardson's problems, including the fact that some were obviously cooked but still included in the book, and have yet to receive a reply.
Jun-03-17  zanzibar: I believe the <Lipschutz--Richardson (1900)> match began on Sunday 1900.10.18 at 3pm in the Manhattan CC.

Time control 40 moves/2hrs + 20move/hr

Six games - Sundays ( 8-12pm + 1 hr break at 7) and Wednesdays (8-12pm).

All adjourned games finished at end of series.

$15 winner/$5 loser or $5 each for draw, from MCC.

The first game was <Richardson--Lipschutz (52) 0-1 Ruy Lopez>.


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  MissScarlett: <born Nov-12-1841, died Sep-29-1920>

These dates disagree with FindaGrave:

<Birth 12 Oct 1841 London, City of London, Greater London, England

Death 28 Sep 1920 (aged 78) Hyannis, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA>

October 12th 1841 is also given in the profile of Richardson in the March 1882 <Brentano's Chess Monthly>, p.572.

Ancestry only has Q4 (Oct-Dec). What does Gaige or Hilbert say?

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  MissScarlett: I was mistaken - Ancestry has a baptismal record from the 'hamlet of Hammersmith' showing a Philip Richardson, born 12th October 1841, was baptised on July 22nd 1846. Parents, William and Gertrude. The handwriting for their place of abode and paternal occupation is sadly indecipherable.

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