Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Thomas Jefferson Bryan
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1859

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Thomas Jefferson Bryan
Search Google for Thomas Jefferson Bryan

(born 1803, died May-15-1870, 66 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]
Thomas Jefferson Bryan was born in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

 page 1 of 1; one game  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs T J Bryan 1-0231859New York000 Chess variants

Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-05-08  mistreaver: Is this The Thomas Jefferson?
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: Thomas Jefferson born: April 13, 1743 died: July 4, 1826.
Apr-05-08  mistreaver: <chancho>Thanks on free history lesson :D
Jun-11-08  Karpova: He died aboard a ship on the Atlantic Ocean.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: The <Bryan-Countergambit> (4...b5) is named after him. Here is a well known game: Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851
Jan-02-09  WhiteRook48: Giants beat Patriots
Apr-08-09  WhiteRook48: Thomas Jefferson is not this guy. But he did write the Chess Declaration of Independence. "When in the course of chess piece events..."
Jun-10-09  myschkin: . . .

Thomas Jefferson Brian, art collector, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died at sea, between Havre and New York, 15 May, 1870. He was graduated at Harvard in 1823, and studied law, but gave much of his time to foreign travel, and to forming a valuable collection of paintings, which he bequeathed to the New York historical society. His favorite work was a beautiful face and figure by Greuze*, which was always hung so that it should be the first object that met his gaze on awaking in the morning. The handsome old man called it his wife, having no other.


Premium Chessgames Member
  vonKrolock: <"The White Hat"> could be a good hint to identify Brian's favorite painting - it's a <" beautiful face and figure by Greuze">, and is in the USA, in the Boston Museum, but that painting's history is just: <"Thomas Dowse (b. 1772 - d. 1856), Cambridge, MA; bequeathed by Dowse to the Boston Athenaeum; 1975, sold by the Boston Athenaeum to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 10, 1976)"> - even so
Jun-10-09  myschkin: . . .

Wow, plunging neckline :)

What about this one:

"It is worth while to notice here the power possessed by Greuze, of painting single figures with the mouth open, without making them ridiculous. Only two or three other painters, Sir Thomas Lawrence among them, share this ability with him."

- btw nice rise in value!

Apr-14-16  Mr. President: If Thomas could see the US
His look would be one of distress
His great USA
Now moral decay
A sad constitutional mess
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Chess Player's Chronicle, v.6 (1846), pp.179-180, from a report of the annual congress of the Yorkshire Chess Association, held in Leeds:

<Before he [Staunton] resumed his seat, he would take the liberty of trespassing on their attention for a moment, by alluding to a gentleman who had accompanied him from London for the purpose of being present at this meeting, and to whom he was personally under deep and lasting obligations. It was not unknown to the majority of gentlemen before him, that a few months since he departed on his second expedition to confront the Chess Champion of France; he quitted England buoyant in health and spirit; full of a pardonable confidence, arising from previous victories, he left home with the hope of adding one more link, however small, to that glorious chain of British successes which now well nigh girdles the globe. (Loud cheers.) It was equally known to most of them, that he had scarcely reached the French metropolis when he was attacked by that terrible malady which brought him to death's door (hear, hear); few of them, however, were aware that at this time, when helpless, prostrate, and almost hopeless, in a foreign country, and surrounded by strangers, Providence sent him a friend, a more than brother, in the person of Mr Bryan, the gentleman then at their hospitable table. (Deafening cheers, which for some moments prevented Mr S. from proceeding.) No day, nay, scarcely for an hour, was this true Samaritan absent from his sick room. With a patience, a solicitude, an assiduity almost unexampled, for one whole month he attended and ministered to his wants. At the end of that period, the moment his medical advisers gave permission for his removal, Mr Bryan took him to his house. There for two months more he lavished on him every kindness which humanity could suggest, or his situation require; and when at length he had restored him safely again to his own country, not content with the manifold services before exhibited, he boldly took up his pen in defence of his cause against the mis-statements of his opponent, by the production of his well-known pamphlet, 'The History of the Match.' (Immense applause.) I am, remarked Mr Staunton, in conclusion, quite inadequate, gentlemen, to acknowledge in befitting terms my profound obligations to Mr Bryan, and utterly incapable of requiting them. As a poor return for his rare goodness, I can only tender him my heartfelt thanks, and propose to you that we drink to his health and prosperity. In doing so, I beg to call upon this assemblage of British Chess players to give that value to the compliment which in its simple emanation from me it does not possess. I venture to claim at their hand such a response as Mr Bryan richly deserves, and as will show to him the estimation in which his kindness to a brother Chess player is held in this country. My Lord, Mr Vice-President, and gentlemen, permit me to propose "Long Life, Health, and Prosperity to Mr Bryan." (The toast was drunk with the most enthusiastic acclamations.)

Mr Bryan rose for the purpose of returning thanks, but was for some moments so overcome with emotion as to be unable to proceed. He thanked the noble chairman, Mr Staunton, and the gentlemen around him for the compliment they had paid him. He certainly had no idea that any little service he had rendered to Mr Staunton could have merited such distinction. The honour was one which he should never forget. It was a tribute far beyond what he had ever expected - far beyond what he had deserved. (Cries of "No, no.") Lovers of Chess ought ever to entertain kindly feelings toward each other. When he met Mr Staunton abroad, he found that great advantages had been taken of that gentleman's indisposition, and he endeavoured to lessen them. (Hear, hear.) When he found a brother Chess player, of whatever country he might be, subject to injustice, he would try to help him. He would endeavour to prevent injury to him; and if it had occurred, he would use his exertions to prevent a repetition of it. This was the principle he acted upon, and he wished all other amateurs of Chess to act in the same way. (Hear, hear.) He begged once more to return his grateful thanks to the Yorkshire Association for the handsome manner in which his health had been drank. (Great applause.)>

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any gratuitous name-calling of any members—including Admin and Owners—or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC