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William Ritson-Morry
Number of games in database: 45
Years covered: 1935 to 1967

Overall record: +13 -24 =8 (37.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

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   Ritson-Morry vs A R Thomas, 1939 1-0
   Golombek vs Ritson-Morry, 1939 0-1

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   Hastings 1939/40 (1939)
   British Championship (1950)

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(born Sep-05-1910, died Jan-08-1994, 83 years old) United Kingdom

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William Ritson Morry was British Correspondence Champion in 1942 and was responsible for conceiving the idea of a World Junior Championship. The first such event was held in Birmingham, England in 1951.

Last updated: 2017-07-22 05:00:03

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Eliskases vs Ritson-Morry 1-0181935BirminghamB83 Sicilian
2. Ritson-Morry vs A Lenton  0-1411936British ChampionshipD95 Grunfeld
3. G A Thomas vs Ritson-Morry  ½-½361936British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Ritson-Morry vs F Parr  1-0291936British ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. S Davey vs Ritson-Morry  1-0341936British ChampionshipD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
6. H H Cole vs Ritson-Morry  1-0381936BCF-ch 29th Major Open AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
7. R Bruce vs Ritson-Morry  1-0361936BCF-ch 29th Major Open AD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Ritson-Morry vs E M Jackson  0-1521936BCF-ch 29th Major Open AD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Ritson-Morry vs P List  1-0411936BCF-ch 29th Major Open AD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
10. Golombek vs Ritson-Morry  ½-½501937British ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Ritson-Morry vs G A Thomas  ½-½381937British ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. F Parr vs Ritson-Morry  ½-½401937British ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Ritson-Morry vs W Fairhurst  ½-½531937British ChampionshipE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
14. R P Michell vs Ritson-Morry  1-0201937British ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. Ritson-Morry vs H E Atkins 0-1321937British ChampionshipD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
16. Ritson-Morry vs F Parr 0-1331939Hastings 1939/40E22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
17. Ritson-Morry vs A R Thomas 1-0271939Hastings 1939/40D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Golombek vs Ritson-Morry  0-1271939Hastings 1939/40A12 English with b3
19. Ritson-Morry vs J Mieses 1-0251940LondonB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. Ritson-Morry vs W A Winser  1-0451940Hastings 1939/40E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
21. A J Mackenzie vs Ritson-Morry  0-1441940Hastings 1939/40D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Ritson-Morry vs L Illingworth  1-0411946Nottingham-B4C58 Two Knights
23. H Saunders vs Ritson-Morry 1-0421946Nottingham-B4A45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. C Welch vs Ritson-Morry  1-0301946Nottingham-B4D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
25. Ritson-Morry vs C Chapman  1-0521946Nottingham-B4C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
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Jan-20-05  MidnightDuffer: W. Ritson Morry wrote "Chess The Elements of Play" with W. Melville Mitchell.

The above book states W. Ritson Morry won the Midland Open Chess Championship 4 times as of the 1973 printing of the book and he also won the British Correspondence Chess Championship in 1942; the war must have been raging then.

The co-author, Melville Mitchell was the former Secretary of the British Chess Federation Junior Chess Committee and of the Chess Education Society.

Apr-16-05  WorldChampeen: There exists a Ritson Morry Trophy in Correspondence Chess. ( ).

Ritson Morry once lost to Ray Cox, Shropshire grammar school pupil. Ritson Morry used the Modern Defence. It is however unknown as to how Cox furthered his chess endeavours ( ).

Apr-16-05  WorldChampeen: Excuse me, for my error, Cox did continue playing chess; but I guess his games are not currently in the data base.
Jul-15-05  GreaseMonkey: Ritson-Morry was someone I met more than once. He holds the record for being the rudest person I ever met - well there may be one other.
Sep-05-05  weary willy: Imprisoned for - I think embezzlement - in the 1950s?

A complex character - worked tirelessly to organise junior chess in the British midlands - as well as Hastings

Sep-05-05  WMD: His was a humanist funeral. Like many humanists, he was somewhat misanthropic.
Sep-05-05  cyclemath: <Imprisoned for - I think embezzlement - in the 1950s?>

Didn't BH Wood refer to him as a jailbird, causing some litigious activities? I came across Ritson once or twice in my very young club days. I recall that he was not reluctant to break wind in public when the need arose in him.

Jun-18-08  deputy1: I remember Ritson when he was Tournament Director at the Birmingham Congresses I had a wallet stolen at one of the Congresses and he lent me £20. I also went to his flat in Molesley Birmingham rather untidy though He also taught me how to bet on greyhounds and horse's Further to grease monkey comments he was never rude to me
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  GrahamClayton: 1994 potted biography by William Hartston after Ritson-Morry's death:

Dec-22-13  Karpova: C.N. 8443 corrects false and exaggerated claims about Ritson Morry:
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  Domdaniel: I met Ritson Morry in the 1970s, and he was quite pleasant. The comment by <WMD> -- to the effect that many humanists are misanthropic -- is simply bizarre. What does WMD mean by humanist, anyway? A follower of 16th century Humanism, like Erasmus? A person who doesn't believe in a god (there are an awful lot of us out there)? Somebody who has read Sartre's 'Existentialism - is it a Humanism?' Or what?

I've read Sartre. And Erasmus. And I don't believe in a deity. Go on, pigeonhole me.

Sep-05-15  lentil: What <Domdaniel> said!
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  perfidious: <Dom....I've read Sartre. And Erasmus. And I don't believe in a deity. Go on, pigeonhole me.>

Ah'll tell yew what: yer up agin it now!!

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  MissScarlett: <From personal knowledge I can give a fuller answer to James Plaskett’s question in C.N. 6724. I studied law at Birmingham University from 1965 to 1968 and whilst there I played in the Birmingham chess league at a time when B.H. Wood and W. Ritson Morry (both also graduates of Birmingham University) were still playing in the league. I had several long conversations with Wood, who was President of the University Chess Club and, as I recall, it was he who told me the story of Ritson Morry’s downfall. In the late 1930s Ritson Morry, who was a solicitor, invested clients’ money without their knowledge or consent in a speculative property development. He was convinced that the development would make a large profit and he would be able to replace the clients’ money and take the profit for himself. Unfortunately for Ritson Morry, with the outbreak of the Second World War the development collapsed and he lost all the money which had been invested. As he was unable to replace his clients’ money from his own resources, they reported the matter to the police as soon as they became aware of the situation, and this resulted in his eventual conviction and imprisonment, and also in his being struck off the roll of solicitors.>

The details of the case aren't quite so ennobling:

Birmingham Gazette, July 26th 1945, p.3:


Solicitor’s Reply to Gambling Allegations: Surplus Assets

Allegations that he had used clients' money to indulge in dog racing were made at Birmingham Assizes yesterday when 43-year-old William Ritson Morry, a Sutton Coldfield solicitor, came before Mr. Justice Humphreys, on charges of fraudulent conversion.

There were four counts in the indictment accusing him of the conversion of more than £3,000.

It was stated that Morry had been adjudicated bankrupt in November, 1943.

Morry, who conducted his own defence. was addressing the jury, and had argued that as the trustee in bankruptcy had realised assets which left a surplus over liabilities and consequently there was no fraudulent conversion, when the Judge adjourned the hearing until to-day.

Outlining the counts in the indictment, Mr. Sandlands, K.C.. who prosecuted, said that two sisters named Schofield each left estates to the other. Both died and, alleged the prosecution, two cheques each for £750 were paid over to accused, acting for the executor by the Sutton Coldfield Borough Treasurer in respect of Corporation bonds. The surviving executor eventually obtained judgment against Morry.

Another count in the indictment, said counsel, involved a sum of £986, the money of Annie Jones, on whose behalf Morry sold a house at Wylde Green for £1,100. The purchaser kept a record of the numbers of nine £100 notes which were paid over.

On three successive Saturdays, alleged counsel, a lad employed by Morry as a junior clerk. changed £100 notes for £5 notes at the bank, and on three successive Mondays no less than £580 of those notes were paid in to the Perry Barr Stadium.

There was no response to Mrs. Jones's application for her money.

"The bulk of the money was used in what?" — "Dog-racing.”

The fourth count in the indictment, said counsel, arose from the sale of a house at College-road, New Oscott, for a Mrs. Minnie Green, and the purchase for her of a house on Bromyard Downs, Worcestershire. A sum of £650, which should have been received by Mrs. Green, had never been accounted for by Morry.

Mrs. Green stated that because accused did not pay over to the vendor to the purchase price of the house at Bromyard Downs she had to pay rent until the Law Society came to her assistance and completed the purchase.

The only witness for the defence was Mr. A. R. Bendall, trustee in bankruptcy, who said accused's liabilities amounted to £6,805 and the total realisation of assets up to date had been £7,595. Out of that amount he had paid a first dividend of 13s. 4d. in the £. He had a surplus of assets over liabilities of about £500 and, assuming the remaining assets were got in, that would be increased to some £2,000.

Cross-examined, witness agreed that the increase in assets was largely due to certain shares having increased in value.

Morry elected not to give evidence, and, addressing the jury contended that he had had no intention to defraud any of the parties.

How did it come about, if the money was lost on gambling, he asked, that the trustee had raised just over £7,500?

Turning to the profit in shares, accused told the jury that they were investments in property-letting at fixed rentals, and not of a speculative nature. Moreover, they brought in their return on a forced realisation.>

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  MissScarlett: Birmingham Post, July 27th 1945, p.4:

<William Ritson Morry (34), described as a solicitor, of Sutton Coldfield, was sentenced to eighteen months’ imprisonment by Mr. Justice Humphreys, at Birmingham Assizes, yesterday. He was accused of fraudulently converting to his own use money entrusted him by clients.

In passing sentence, the Judge said accused would have been very well advised to have pleaded guilty. His defence to the charges was perfectly ridiculous.

"I have never known a worse case of the misuse by a solicitor of the moneys of his clients. It is proved that you used £580 of a client’s money for betting at a dog-racing track.”>

Sep-20-17  Caissanist: Updated link to the Chessnotes article cited by Karpova above: .
Sep-21-17  offramp: <Caissanist: Updated link to the Chessnotes article cited by Karpova above: .>

Updated in what way?

Sep-20-19  Nosnibor: I played Ritson-Morry in his twilight years but he still managed to play a good defensive game. For the record here it is.M.C.C.U. Semi-Final Leicestershire v Warwickshire.17th March 1979. Centre-Counter White: W.Ritson-Morry Black: J.K.Robinson 1e4,d5.2exd5,Nf6.3Nf3,Nxd5.4Bc4,g6.50-0,Bg7.6Nc3- ,c6.7d4,0-0.8Qe2,Bg4.9Rd1,e6.10h3,Bxf3.11Qxf3,Nd- 7.12Bb3,a5.13Nxd5,cxd5.14c3,a4.15Bc2,Nb6.16Bf4,Q- d7.17Bd3,Rfc8.18a3!,Nc4.19Bxc4,Rxc4.20Re1,Ra5.21- Re2,Rb5.22Rae1,Rb3.23Qg4,Rc6.24h4,h5.25Qg5,Kh7.2- 6Bc1,Rc8.27g4,Qd8.28Qxd8,Rxd8.29g5,Rdc8.30Re3,Kg- 8.31R3e2,Rb6.32Kg2,Rbc6.33Bf4,Rc4.34Bd6,R8c6.35B- f4,Rb6.36Kf3,Rb3.37Kg2,Rc6.38f3,Rcb6.39Bc1,Bf8.4- 0Kf2,Bd6.Draw agreed.
Dec-17-21  Gallicrow: I think the hyphenated surname is incorrect - Ritson was his middle name and Morry his surname.
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  MissScarlett: He started a chess column in the <Birmingham Gazette> from as far back as 1930, when only 19, and his byline is <W. Ritson-Morry>, so if it's an affectation, it's a long-standing one.
Dec-19-21  Gallicrow: Perhaps that's when the mistake first occurred and Morry rather liked it? I constructed his family tree going back a few generations but couldn't find any other occurrences of Ritson.

His father was also called William Morry. He had the even more unusual middle name of Doughty. I did find a cousin with the same middle name, so perhaps it was the surname of a relative further back then I checked.

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  Tabanus: Ritson Morry or Ritson-Morry?

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