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Francis Carroll
Number of games in database: 6
Years covered: 1898 to 1903
Overall record: +4 -2 =0 (66.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-24-1872, died Apr-16-1903, 30 years old) United Kingdom

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 page 1 of 1; 6 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Howell vs F Carroll  0-1411898Surrey - Kent mD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Lasker vs F Carroll 0-1361898Simul, 25bC45 Scotch Game
3. F Carroll vs T Physick 1-0381900North - South corr mC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
4. T Physick vs F Carroll  0-1321900North - South corr mC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
5. F Carroll vs Burn 0-1451901Liverpool CC - Manchester CC mC67 Ruy Lopez
6. F Carroll vs W Atkinson  0-1291903Lancashire - Yorkshire mC50 Giuoco Piano
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  MissScarlett: I suggest this is <Francis Charles Carroll>:
Mar-17-16  luftforlife: <MissScarlett>: I believe you're correct.

The online entry at Yorkshire Chess History to which you helpfully linked concluded with a reference to the obituary of Francis Charles Carroll in The British Chess Magazine.

From that obituary:

"Mr. Carroll played on two occasions against Dr. Lasker in simultaneous games. He won one game and drew the other. He also won four games and drew one against Blackburne, and won one game against Janowski in simultaneous exhibitions; and he won one game against Lasker and Janowski, alternating moves."

The British Chess Magazine, Vol. XXIII, 1903 (London: Trubner & Co.) 200, 201.

Here's a link (see page 222 of the 556-page PDF file):

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  MissScarlett: Thanks, but I can't access the BCM online, due to copyright. Does it say what he died of?
Mar-17-16  luftforlife: <MissScarlett>: The obituary simply states that he died after three weeks' painful illness, id. at 200, which apparently was acknowledged by his friends as the reason for his loss to Mr. W. Atkinson of Hull, the Yorkshire champion, in the Lancashire-Yorkshire county match held on January 17, 1903. Id. at 201. During two seasons, he had lost only one tournament game. Ibid.

He was born November 24, 1872 at Eastney, in Portsmouth, and died April 16, 1903 at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, Rochester. He had lived at Manchester. Id. at 200.

He died penniless, leaving a widow and child, but the members of the Rochester Chess Club paid all the funeral expenses and then some. Many who could not attend the funeral and interment at Chatham bore testimony to Carroll's character and ability; "[a]ll agreed that the chess world had been deprived of one of its most promising players." Id. at 201.

Mr. F. C. Carroll was dearly missed.

Mar-17-16  luftforlife: "Autopsy showed that he had suffered from a complication of diseases" following what apparently had been an attack of stricture. Id. at 200.

I should add that the obituary ran in the May, 1903 issue of Volume XXIII of The British Chess Magazine.

Mar-17-16  luftforlife: From "Over the Chess Board, Conducted by R.M. Baird," published on Page 4 of The Evening Star, Issue No. 10901, April 8, 1899, Dunedin, New Zealand:


"Champion Lasker has recently developed a special fondness for the Scotch gambit, and has made use of it largely in his exhibitions in England, naturally with good success, since he makes it a point to win most of his games. On one occasion, however, when adopting it against F.C. Carroll at Manchester the champion caught a Tartar, and was most unceremoniously treated by his fearless adversary, who played brilliantly, thought nothing of sacrificing his queen when called upon, and would up by treating Lasker to an ignominious mate. Appended is the score of this highly interesting game: -- SCOTCH GAMBIT.

"The ending is remarkably fine, and the clever and determined way in which Black follows up the attack is worthy of note."

Here's the link:

Mar-17-16  luftforlife: The game appended thereafter is the game featured here.

<MissScarlett>: Now, I'm convinced you're correct. Good call!

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  MissScarlett: I've submitted a correspondence game that Carroll won over Thomas Physick. Lasker had nice things to say about it; he must have been keeping an eye on this man.
Mar-18-16  luftforlife: From Page 3 of The Press, Vol. LV, No. 10,030, May 7, 1898, Christchurch, New Zealand, here's the score (which I've transcribed) of the number-seven-board game from the match between Surrey and Kent in 1898 in which P. Howell playing White lost to F. C. Carroll after the latter's fine play following a Queen's Pawn Opening:

1. d4 d5 2. e3 Nf6 3. Bd3 Bg4 4. f3 Bh5 5. Nh3 e6 6. O-O Bg6 7. Nc3 c5 8. Ne2 c4 9. Bg6 hg6 10. Ng5 Bd6 11. h3 Nc6 12. e4 Nh7 13. Nh7 Rh7 14. e5 Bc7 15. c3 Bb6 16. f4 Qe7 17. b3 O-O-O 18. b4 Rdh8 19. Kh2 Qh4 20. Ng1 Ne7 21. Nf3 Qf6 22. Ng5 Nf5 23. Nh7 Rh7 24. a4 Bd8 25. Bd2 Bh4 26. Qf3 Ng3 27. Rfd1 Ne4 28. Be1 g5 29. Bh4 Qh4 30. Kg1 g4 31. Qg4 Qf2 32. Kh2 Rh4 33. Rf1 Qf1 34. Rf1 Rg4 35. hg4 Nc3 36. f5 Ne2 37. fe6 fe6 38. Re1 Nd4 39. Kg3 Nb3 40. Rb1 d4 41. Kf2 c3 0-1

I will do more research on this game and match with a view towards preparing a PGN header (including a "Source" tag). Even though they are likely out of copyright, I did omit the annotations, but they do appear in print directly following the game score.

Here's the link:


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  MissScarlett: Eastern Daily Press, December 3rd 1901, p.8, gave this <fine game ending>, courtesy of the <Manchester Weekly Times>, with Carroll as Black against an unnamed opponent:

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1. Rd5 Qxb2 2. e5 Rxh3+ 3. Kg1 Rh1+ 4. Kxh1 Nf4+ 5. Kg1 Nh3+ 6. Kh1 Nf2+ 7. Kg1 Rh1+ 8. Bxh1 Nh3# 0-1

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