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Cecil Valentine De Vere
De Vere 
Number of games in database: 103
Years covered: 1861 to 1874

Overall record: +45 -36 =8 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 14 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C80 C62 C60 C67 C78
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (10) 
    C01 C00 C15
 Sicilian (6) 
    B46 B44 B21 B20 B43
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C60 C61 C65 C84
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
    B00 A00
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
    C50 C53
 Evans Gambit (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   De Vere vs J Minchin, 1871 1-0
   De Vere vs Paulsen, 1870 1-0
   Winawer vs De Vere, 1870 0-1
   De Vere vs Steinitz, 1867 1-0
   E D'Andre vs De Vere, 1867 0-1
   W C Spens vs De Vere, 1867 0-1
   Burn vs De Vere, 1870 0-1
   S Hamel vs De Vere, 1867 0-1
   S Rosenthal vs De Vere, 1867 0-1
   De Vere vs J Minchin, 1866 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dundee Congress (1867)
   Paris (1867)
   Baden-Baden (1870)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Paris 1867 by suenteus po 147
   Odds games by WhiteRook48
   Dundee Congress 1867 by Calli

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(born Feb-14-1846, died Feb-09-1875, 28 years old) United Kingdom

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Valentine John Cecil De Vere Mathewsą, later known as Cecil de Vere, was born February 14 (Valentine’s Day), 1846. In 1857, at the age of 11, he was taught how to play chess by a strong London player, Francis Burden (1830-1882). In 1859, he joined the City of London Chess Club. In 1860, at the age of 14, he was a regular at Simpson’s Divan. In 1864, he played a number of games against George Alcock MacDonnell, winning the majority of them. In 1865-66, he won a match against Wilhelm Steinitz (+7 -3 =2), with Steinitz giving odds of pawn and move. In November, 1866, at the age of 20, he won the 1st British Chess Association Challenge Cup, held in London, becoming the first official British Chess Champion. He remained the youngest titleholder for over a century (until Nigel Short). In June 1867, he took 5th at Paris, won by Ignatz von Kolisch. In September 1867, he took 3rd-4th at the 3rd Congress of the British Chess Association at Dundee, Scotland, won by Gustav Richard Neumann. While he was in Dundee, he learned that he had tuberculosis (consumption). He worked at Lloyd's of London, but gave up his employment when he discovered he had tuberculosis. In 1868-69, he tied for 1st place at the 2nd British Chess Association Challenge Cup, held in London. He lost the playoff to Joseph Henry Blackburne. He took 6th-7th place at Baden-Baden (1870). In 1872, he took 3rd-5th at the 2nd British Chess Federation Congress in London. In 1872, he was the chess editor of The Field (newspaper), but lost it after 18 months through inattention to work (he had become an alcoholic). In 1874, he lost a match against Johannes Zukertort in London. He died of tuberculosis, a penniless alcoholic, at the age of 28 in Torquay.

1) His full name and birth certificate were finally discovered by Owen Hindle and published in British Chess Magazine's Notes & Queries column. See issues Dec. 2003, Feb. 2004, and Nov. 2005.

Note: Cecil de Vere played on the team of Blackburne / Steinitz / De Vere.

Wikipedia article: Cecil Valentine De Vere

Last updated: 2018-06-04 17:36:07

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 103  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Paulsen vs De Vere 1-0321861Blindfold simul, 10bC01 French, Exchange
2. De Vere vs Steinitz 0-1261864Informal GameC53 Giuoco Piano
3. De Vere vs Steinitz 1-0511865odds match000 Chess variants
4. De Vere vs Steinitz 0-1341865odds match000 Chess variants
5. De Vere vs Steinitz 1-0391865odds match000 Chess variants
6. De Vere vs Steinitz 1-0281865odds match000 Chess variants
7. De Vere vs Steinitz 1-0231865odds match000 Chess variants
8. De Vere vs Steinitz 1-0681865odds match000 Chess variants
9. De Vere vs Steinitz 1-0261865odds match000 Chess variants
10. De Vere vs Steinitz 0-1341865odds match000 Chess variants
11. De Vere vs Steinitz ½-½241865odds match000 Chess variants
12. De Vere vs Steinitz 1-0431865odds match000 Chess variants
13. De Vere vs Steinitz ½-½561865odds match000 Chess variants
14. De Vere vs Steinitz 0-1371865odds match000 Chess variants
15. De Vere vs Staunton 0-1241866London consultC59 Two Knights
16. G MacDonnell vs De Vere 0-1191866BCA-01.Challenge CupC53 Giuoco Piano
17. De Vere vs Bird 1-0431866LondonC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
18. Steinitz vs De Vere 1-0391866LondonA00 Uncommon Opening
19. J Minchin vs De Vere 0-1211866LondonC30 King's Gambit Declined
20. J Minchin vs De Vere  0-15918661st BCA Challenge Cup C51 Evans Gambit
21. De Vere vs Steinitz  ½-½501866LondonC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
22. Steinitz vs De Vere 1-0241866LondonC01 French, Exchange
23. G MacDonnell vs De Vere  0-1311866BCA-01.Challenge CupC01 French, Exchange
24. De Vere vs G MacDonnell  1-0341866BCA-01.Challenge CupC41 Philidor Defense
25. De Vere vs J Minchin 1-0301866BCA-01.Challenge CupC53 Giuoco Piano
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Feb-14-07  Hafen Slawkenbergius: Such a pity... it's interesting, BTW, a lot of extremely talented players of this generation stopped playing early; not only Morphy, but de Vere, Kolisch, Neuman, Suhle... Just think, what a hell of a time would Steinitz have had, if Vienna 1873 included all of the best living players, and not just all of the best active ones.
Feb-14-07  kellmano: Looks like a really cool dude. I might copy his hairstyle.
Feb-14-07  setebos: <kellmano> Buy a cow and have it lick your hair in the morning:)
Feb-14-07  DennistheMenace: <He worked at Lloyds Bank...>

No, Lloyd's the insurance market. A different beast altogether.

Trying to think who the picture of de Vere reminds me of. Yes, it's a youthful Christopher Hichens.

Feb-14-08  BIDMONFA: Cecil Valentine De Vere

DE VERE, Cecil Valentine

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  brankat: Seems to have been such a great talent, young Mr.De Vere.

And yet such a short, unhappy and tragic life.

Happy Birthday Cecil Valentine, wherever You may be!

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  whiteshark: Player of the Day
At least it gives an explanation why he is sometimes called <The English Morphy>

and it has the beautiful link:

Feb-14-08  Open Defence: <At about the time that he won the national championship his mother died, a loss he felt deeply, 'the only person who ever cared for me'> that indeed is tragic... maybe he had to open up and give a little to receive.. how lucky we are though
Feb-14-08  pawnofdoom: Born on Valentine's Day!
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  Sneaky: Born on Valentine's Day? What a coincidence! ;-)
Feb-14-08  MichAdams: If born on May 1st, he'd really have been in trouble.
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  Calli: De Vere's shining moment was a thrashing of Steinitz at the odds of a pawn and two, 7W-3L-2D. CG just put these games in the DB, so enjoy:

Feb-15-08  Open Defence: <Calli> the link states

<Overall record: Wilhelm Steinitz beat Cecil Valentine De Vere 11 to 8, with 2 draws.*>

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  Calli: Yes, that is the correct overall record. De Vere won the odds match 7-3-2.
Feb-15-08  Open Defence: Oh sorry I thought that the statement reflected the Odds Match
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  Calli: Hmm, well I can do it a different way

Aug-16-09  YoungEd: Does anyone know why he used the pseudonym he did? What's wrong with Valentine Brown? (Yes, I know, normally Valentine red, but seriously).
Feb-14-10  Doc Valentine: Happy Birthday and Happy Valentine's Day, too!
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  Penguincw: This person only lived up to age 29.
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  brankat: Born on Valentine's Day :-)

A very talented young chess player.

From the Bio: <..becoming the first official British Chess Champion. He remained the youngest titleholder for over a century (until Nigel Short)..>

Happy Birthday!

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  Penguincw: On second of thought, he might be a another candidate. He was POTD last year, I believe.


Feb-14-15  TheTamale: And a fine looking fellow our POTD was, indeed! A perfect Valentine's Day representative for the game.
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Cecil De Vere.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Cecil De Vere.
Feb-14-17  Nosnibor: In the introduction it states that De Vere lost a match to Zukertort in 1874 and two games are given both being wins by the latter. This was not a match but an Handicap tournament and De Vere lost by 2-1. The game not in the db was a brilliant win by De Vere.
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