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Francis Percival Wenman
F Wenman 
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Number of games in database: 34
Years covered: 1911 to 1939
Overall record: +14 -12 =8 (52.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-06-1891, died Mar-19-1972, 80 years old) United Kingdom

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Francis Percival Wenman was born in Croydon, England. He was Scottish Champion in 1920 (after a play-off) and passed away in Cardiff, Wales in 1972.

Last updated: 2018-03-18 09:06:35

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 34  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L F McGuire vs F Wenman  1-0221911Kent and Sussex CCA 1st Class B tC54 Giuoco Piano
2. W Gibson vs F Wenman 1-0341920Scottish ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. R H Scott vs F Wenman  1-0121920British ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. G Wainwright vs F Wenman  1-0371920British ChampionshipD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
5. F Wenman vs G A Thomas  0-1311920British ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. A J Mackenzie vs F Wenman  0-1401920British ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. E E Middleton vs F Wenman 1-0261920British ChampionshipC11 French
8. F Wenman vs W Gibson  0-1331920British ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
9. S F Smith vs F Wenman  ½-½531920British ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. F Wenman vs R P Michell  ½-½351920British ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
11. N O Bodey vs F Wenman 0-1181923NCCU MajorB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. Rubinstein vs F Wenman 0-1301924Simul, 32bC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. W Gibson vs F Wenman  0-1381925Scarborough-BD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. S Groen vs F Wenman  0-1471925Scarborough-BC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. W Atkinson vs F Wenman  0-1691925Scarborough-01 Premier BB15 Caro-Kann
16. F Wenman vs V Kahn  ½-½181925Scarborough-01 Premier BC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
17. F Wenman vs C Dawbarn  ½-½411925Scarborough-01 Premier BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. M Romi vs F Wenman  1-0701925Scarborough Final AC45 Scotch Game
19. H E Atkins vs F Wenman  1-0491927Huddersfield - Leeds mE91 King's Indian
20. W Winter vs F Wenman  1-0461928ScarboroughD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. R P Michell vs F Wenman  1-0161928ScarboroughA52 Budapest Gambit
22. F Wenman vs E Poynton 1-0511937A Match in BathB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
23. F Wenman vs H Streeter  ½-½371938YeovilC00 French Defense
24. F Wenman vs S F St Jermain Steadman ½-½401938BristolC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
25. Smith vs F Wenman 0-1171938BristolD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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  Benzol: Francis Percival Wenman (1891 - 1972).
Author of 'One Hundred Remarkable Endings'; 'One Hundred Chess Gems'; 'One Hundred And Seventy Five Chess Brilliancies' and 'Gems Of The Chess Board' amongst other works. He was Scottish Champion in 1920.
100 Chess Gems was the first chess book I ever read and has recently been republished.
Aug-30-04  percyblakeney: Wenman's selection in 100 Chess Gems is a bit surprising: 20 of 100 games are Marshall games (15 wins), but there's just one game each with Capablanca and Euwe, both losses. He's chosen two of his own games, though. Wenman's commentary is seldom very advanced, there's more of: "A game much above average interest"...
Aug-30-04  sneaky pete: Uncle pete's "believe it or not":
A completely updated edition of 100 Chess Gems will be out soon with deep notes by <knight13>.
Jul-15-05  GreaseMonkey: Didn't Wenman publish a book of problems where a significant number were simply rotations of existing ones. You know, turn the board round, looks different
Oct-01-06  Uzi: <Wenman churned out many books which, despite(?) the bad contents, had good sales and gained him a certain amount of fleeting fame. But by the time he died, in 1972, he had been consigned to oblivion and was ignored by the obituarists. A cautionary tale.> (Edward Winter, C.N. 1652)

<100 Chess Gems was the first chess book I ever read and has recently been republished.>

Not be Cardoza Publishing?

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  Benzol: <Uzi> I'm not sure who republished 100 Chess Gems. The edition I saw first was one my Father had purchased in 1942! I really enjoyed playing through those games when I was a youngster.
May-06-08  whiteshark: <sneaky pete: Uncle pete's "believe it or not":> After 1,346 days a belated <ROFL>. :D
May-06-08  estebansponton: Salvo Znoko- borovski no hay ninguna partida contra alguien conocido... ¿Wenman jugó algún torneo importante?
Jul-01-08  Karpova: Edward Winter on Wenman's plagiarism concerning his problem books in C. N. 5641:

Jul-01-08  vonKrolock: In 'played' Chess we will not speak about plagiarism: A good move can be imitated, repeated, and the result will be a point and more rating points: "sport achievement" - In Composition, copy is the capital sin: A problemist caught in imitation and repetition will be (should be!?) baned and execrated. Make up and mirroring are tipical of the plagiarist's modus operandi ( nota bene: Coincidences and anticipations, it's another chapter.) discussion online on the matter
Jul-16-08  lopium: <estebansponton: Salvo Znoko- borovski no hay ninguna partida contra alguien conocido... ¿Wenman jugó algún torneo importante?> Well, the Scotish Championship might be considered as an important championship.
Jun-07-18  zanzibar: I believe he was commonly known as Percy Wenman during his daying/authoring days.
Jun-07-18  Retireborn: "known as Percy Wenman during his daying/authoring days."

And when he was nighting (or Dark Knighting?) he was known as The Wenman, winged crusader of darkness, probably.


Jun-07-18  zanzibar: <RB> my "freudian" slips, and lordy I make a lot of 'em, are normally painfully boring.

Thanks for (at least trying - ha!) to liven 'em up.

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  MissScarlett: The Standard, June 21st 1907, p.10:

<Percy Wenman, a tall, slim, respectably dressed youth, 16 years of age, was charged at Bow-street yesterday, before Mr. Fenwick, with stealing two books, worth a guinea, belonging to Charles James Seymour, bookseller, of New Oxford-street. The previous afternoon the prisoner was seen leaving tbe prosecutor's shop with the books in question under his arm, and was given into custody.

Detective-sergeant Collins, who had made inquiries into the case, said there was some reason to believe that the prisoner, although remarkably intelligent in some respects, was not quite in his right mind.

Later in the day the divisional surgeon reported that the prisoner was mentally sound, but appeared to have undergone a period of worry and anxiety.

From other statements made it appeared that the prisoner lived with his parents at Shipman-road, Forest-hill. In November last he obtained a situation in the City at a salary of £2 a month, but left there in March. His father was in a bad state of health, and he did not wish either of his parents to know that he was out of employment. He therefore took a room in New Cross at 2s. 6d. a week, and tried (it is understood with some success) to earn a few shillings by solving problems in chess. With the money thus earned, together with what he saved out of an allowance made to him by his parents, he managed until a very short time ago to keep up the impression at home that he was still in employment.

After hearing a statement from the prisoner’s mother, Mr. Fenwick remanded the boy in order that he may have the attention of the prison chaplain and doctor.

It is stated that the prisoner is ambitious to become the chess champion of the world, and that he has an exceptionally good knowledge of the game.>

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  MissScarlett: The Standard, June 28th 1907, p.10:

<Percy Wenman, aged sixteen, well-dressed, was charged at Bow-street, on remand, with stealing two books, value £1 1s., from a bookseller’s shop in New Oxford-street.

At the previous hearing it was stated that he had devoted a great deal of attention to chess, and had hopes of becoming the chess champion of the world.

Detective Henry now stated that the accused was discharged from a situation in the City for inability, but his employers gave him a very good character [sic]. He then took a room at New Cross at 2s. 6d. a week, furnished it with a table and a chair, and had since been earning money by solving chess problems by correspondence.

Wenman explained that he was hard pressed for money, and very much worried when he took the books.

The court missionary said he knew a gentleman who would give the accused employment, and the magistrate remanded him on his own recognisances for six months.>

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