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Robert Lord Hodgson
Number of games in database: 35
Years covered: 1889 to 1901
Overall record: +12 -20 =3 (38.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-06-1859, died Apr-03-1901, 41 years old) Australia

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 35  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Hodgson vs A Burns 0-1311889Casual gameC42 Petrov Defense
2. Blackburne vs R Hodgson 1-0211889Blindfold simul, 8bC44 King's Pawn Game
3. F K Esling vs R Hodgson 0-1451890Melbourne ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. F K Esling vs R Hodgson 1-0321891VIC chC42 Petrov Defense
5. J G Witton vs R Hodgson 0-1211891VIC chC42 Petrov Defense
6. C Brocklebank vs R Hodgson 1-0391891VIC chC20 King's Pawn Game
7. E B Loughran vs R Hodgson 1-0371891VIC chC42 Petrov Defense
8. R Hodgson vs Quiroga 0-1321891VIC chC21 Center Game
9. R Hodgson vs E Haviland 1-0221891VIC chC20 King's Pawn Game
10. R Hodgson vs G W Baynes 1-0271891VIC chC01 French, Exchange
11. R Hodgson vs Wood 1-0321891VIC chB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. R Hodgson vs P M Scott 0-1491892NSW v VICC21 Center Game
13. F K Esling vs R Hodgson 0-1381893Victorian-ch play-off matchD00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. R Hodgson vs F K Esling 1-0321893Victorian-chC44 King's Pawn Game
15. F K Esling vs R Hodgson ½-½531893Victorian-ch play-off matchC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
16. W Tullidge vs R Hodgson 0-1151893MelbourneC33 King's Gambit Accepted
17. F K Esling vs R Hodgson 1-0431893Victorian-ch play-off matchD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. R Hodgson vs F K Esling 0-1261893Victorian-ch play-off matchC11 French
19. W F Harrison vs R Hodgson 0-1391893South Australia v Victoria telegraph matchC67 Ruy Lopez
20. W Crane vs R Hodgson 1-0231894New South Wales versus Victoria telegraph matchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
21. R Hodgson vs E B Loughran 0-1501895MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
22. F H Wilson vs R Hodgson 1-0291896VIC-chA80 Dutch
23. A Wallace vs R Hodgson 1-0341896Wallace - HodgsonC22 Center Game
24. R Hodgson vs A Wallace 1-0621896Wallace - HodgsonC42 Petrov Defense
25. R Hodgson vs A Wallace ½-½941896Wallace - HodgsonC67 Ruy Lopez
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  GrahamClayton: Robert Lord Hodgson (1859-1901) was a Melbourne chess player and accountant who lost a match for the Australian championship to AE Wallace in 1896 by a score of +1, -7, =1. He finished second to FC Esling in the 1897 Australian Championship tournament, held at Warrnambool.

Hodgson suffered from illness and insomnia in the latter part of his life, and on the 3rd of April, 1901, his decapitated body was found on a railway line near the Melbourne suburb of Toorak. A letter written by Hodgson to his wife suggests that he committed suicide.

Jul-05-13  optimal play: <GrahamClayton: Robert Lord Hodgson (1859-1901) was a Melbourne chess player and accountant who lost a match for the Australian championship to AE Wallace in 1896 by a score of +1, -7, =1.> I have today submitted those nine games to
Apr-06-14  optimal play: <<MR. R. L. HODGSON, MELBOURNE.>



<<Mr. R. Lord Hodgson was born at Ararat, Victoria, in 1859, and learned chess at Beechworth when 13 years old, since which time he has always been more or less devoted to the game.

His first experience in club play was in 1882, when he joined the Melbourne Chess Club, and he has been a member ever since.

Mr. Hodgson's most notable performance was in 1890, when he tied with Mr. F. K. Esling for the championship of Victoria in a tournament, and subsequently defeated Mr. Esling in a deciding match by 2 games to nil (no draws), this being the first time Mr. Esling ever suffered a decisive defeat in his colony.

In a similar tournament in 1893 Mr. Hodgson again tied with Mr. Esling for the championship, and in a deciding match Mr. Hodgson was defeated after a hard struggle by 3 games to 2, and 1 draw.

Mr. Hodgson has a high reputation as a problem composer. He won the Centennial Chess Problem Tourney held in Victoria in 1888-89 (open to the world), with first prize for best set of 3 problems, and honorable mention for third place; Mr. R. G. Laws, the well-known English composer, taking second prize.

A match between Mr. Hodgson and Mr. Wallace would be interesting. No definite arrangements have been made for this yet, but I learn from several of Mr. Hodgson's friends in Melbourne that they hope it will come off in a few months.

Mr. Hodgson lives in Melbourne, and follows the profession of public accountant and auditor.

At intervals during the last six months, Mr. Hodgson and Mr. F. H. Wilson contested the games of a private match of the first 7 wins. It has ended in favor of Mr. Hodgson, the final score being: Hodgson, 7 wins; Wilson, 4 wins; 3 draws.

The winner is now engaged in playing a similar match with Mr. E. B. Loughran.

In the event of a match between Mr. Wallace and Mr. Hodgson, the contest would probably take place in Sydney, and be for 25 a-side.>

- Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW) issue Saturday 30 November 1895 page 30>

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  MissScarlett: Another chess suicide. I'll have to start a collection.

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