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Frederic Hyman Lewis
Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1858 to 1870

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(born Jun-23-1834, died Sep-23-1889, 55 years old) United Kingdom

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs F H Lewis 1-0281858Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
2. F H Lewis vs Comas 1-0211860Odds game000 Chess variants
3. F H Lewis vs De Vere  1-0311870Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
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  whiteshark: He endowed a prize of ₤5 for the most brilliant game of 4th German Chess Congress, Hamburg 1885.

The tounament book also stated he's from London. Anything else known about this player?

Jun-16-10  vonKrolock: <Anything else known about this player? > Maybe this diagram !?

F. H. Lewis
"The Westmister Chess Club Papers" 1869

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  whiteshark: <vonKrolock> I give up.

I also found a footnote in <Morphy's Games of Chess> that <F.H. Lewis> was born 1834 ind died 1889.

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  GrahamClayton: Outside of chess, Lewis matriculated from the University of London in 1854, and became a barrister and jurist.

Here is a link to an 1862 portrait:

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  Phony Benoni: A note in the "Baltimore American" for May 23, 1886, states <"...the distinguished amateur who played (and drew) the first game with Morphy on his arrival in London, Mr. Fred H. Lewis.">

A more recent game of Lewis is given, with his enjoyable notes.

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  MissScarlett: Illustrated Sporting & Dramatic News, November 8th 1890, p.270:

<CHESS CHAT. THE LATE MR. F. H. LEWIS.-- Referring to Oliver Goldsmith's genius and gentle nature, Thackeray says: "To be the most beloved of English writers, what a title is that for a man!" A similar position in the chess world was that occupied for some years by F. H. Lewis. In all chess circles his presence was welcomed as a ray of social sunshine, and those who know him best liked him most. He was one of the blessed few who rejoice in being peacemakers. To adjust quarrels and deal out justice tempered with mercy was his soul's delight. As president of the executive council of the London Tournament in 1883, and ever since that time as chairman of the committee of the British Chess Association, he won golden opinions of all parties by his good temper, tact, and impartiality. Although more distinguished at the bar as an advocate than as a jurist, yet his intellect was eminently judicial, and his decisions gave universal satisfaction. As a chess player he was quick, lively, and even brilliant. He was Morphy's first opponent in this country, and drew the only game they ever played together. He had no technical knowledge of openings in general, but he was well versed in certain phases of the Ruy Lopez, and conducted end-games with consummate skill. He was an ardent supporter of brilliancy prizes, and a handsome contributor to matches and tournaments. To chessplayers needing it, he was generosity itself. Warmly attached to his own clubs - the St. George's and the British - yet he was pleased at times to visit other chess haunts, notably the City of London Club, and seldom left them without giving some substantial proof of his interest in their welfare. Mr. Lewis was a famous whist player, and his double dummy problems in the Westminster Papers were known and admired all over the world for their subtlety and cleverness. I had the pleasure of knowing him very well for more than thirty years, and always found him a staunch friend and an unselfish votary of chess. Mr. F. H. Lewis was eldest son of the late Mr. James Graham Lewis, of Ely Place, and brother of Mr. George Lewis, the eminent solicitor. He died in his fifty-sixth year at his residence in Holland Park.>

May-27-21  Nosnibor: Even after the death of F. H. Lewis his wife and family donated prizes at English tournaments. At the Manchester 1890 event Mrs Lewis (widow) gave five guineas for the most brilliant game and at the London 1899 tournament a prize of ten guineas for the most brilliant game was gained by Blackburne following defeat of World Champion Lasker. This was jointly donated by the widow and her son.

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