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Thomas Barnes
T Barnes 
Number of games in database: 65
Years covered: 1853 to 1864

Overall record: +19 -36 =5 (35.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C64 C77 C65 C62 C67
 Uncommon Opening (4) 
    A00 B00
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (15) 
    B20 B27 B21 B40 B44
 Petrov (5) 
 Uncommon Opening (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Morphy vs T Barnes, 1859 0-1
   Morphy vs T Barnes, 1858 0-1
   Morphy vs T Barnes, 1859 1/2-1/2
   T Barnes vs V Green, 1862 1-0
   T Barnes vs A Mongredien, 1862 1-0
   Morphy vs T Barnes, 1858 0-1
   T Barnes vs Falkbeer, 1856 1-0
   Falkbeer vs T Barnes, 1856 0-1
   J Robey vs T Barnes, 1862 0-1
   Blackburne vs T Barnes, 1862 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   5th BCA Congress, London (1862)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   London 1862 by sneaky pete

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(born 1825, died Aug-20-1874, 49 years old) United Kingdom

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Thomas Wilson Barnes was one of the strongest English players in the 1850s. His only tournament appearance was in London 1862 but he did not do himself justice. He's best remembered for having more wins against Paul Morphy in friendly play than anyone else. Being overweight he decided to reduce his size, but the loss of 130 pounds in 10 months was more than his system could handle and resulted in his death in 1874.

consultation games: Owen / Barnes, Morphy / Barnes, Lowenthal / Barnes & Bauer / Barnes / Crespi.

Wikipedia article: Thomas Wilson Barnes

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 76  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Barnes vs H Buckle  ½-½491853Odds game000 Chess variants
2. T Barnes vs E Williams  0-1361853Odds gameD00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. T Barnes vs H Buckle  1-0391853Odds game000 Chess variants
4. T Barnes vs H Buckle  0-1281853Odds game000 Chess variants
5. T Barnes vs H Buckle  0-1311853Odds game000 Chess variants
6. T Barnes vs H Buckle  1-0321853Odds game000 Chess variants
7. T Barnes vs H Buckle  1-0241853Odds game000 Chess variants
8. T Barnes vs E Williams 0-1231853Casual gameC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
9. T Barnes vs E Williams 0-1191853Odds gameB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
10. T Barnes vs H Buckle  1-0501854Odds game000 Chess variants
11. T Barnes vs H Buckle  1-0641854Odds game000 Chess variants
12. T Barnes vs H Buckle  0-1581854Odds game000 Chess variants
13. T Barnes vs H Buckle  0-1661854Odds game000 Chess variants
14. Zytogorski vs T Barnes 1-0681855Kling's Coffee HouseC00 French Defense
15. T Barnes vs Zytogorski 1-0591855Kling's Coffee HouseA02 Bird's Opening
16. Zytogorski vs T Barnes 1-0441855Kling's Coffee HouseB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. T Barnes vs Zytogorski 0-1441855Kling's Coffee HouseA20 English
18. Zytogorski vs T Barnes 1-0381855Kling's Coffee HouseB20 Sicilian
19. Cunningham vs T Barnes  1-0521856LondonB20 Sicilian
20. Falkbeer vs T Barnes 1-0311856McDonnell Chess Club-fB40 Sicilian
21. T Barnes vs Falkbeer 1-0371856McDonnell Chess Club-fA02 Bird's Opening
22. T Barnes vs Loewenthal  0-1381856London m2C50 Giuoco Piano
23. T Barnes vs Cunningham 0-1311856LondonC01 French, Exchange
24. Owen vs T Barnes 1-0311856LondonC52 Evans Gambit
25. Falkbeer vs T Barnes 0-1511856LondonC41 Philidor Defense
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Jul-20-04  nikolaas: He invented the first mechanical chess clock.
Jul-20-04  sneaky pete: <nikolaas> Are you sure? , Wasn't that invented by Kasparov, like the magnetron and intergalactic travel? , See the Kasparov page.
Jul-20-04  nikolaas: Kasparov invented the first mechanical clock? No way, these clocks are being used since 1880 or so. I wasn't talking about electrical clocks which he maybe invented, I don't know about that. But you were joking weren't you? Intergalactic travel and the magnetron invented by Gazza? What on earth??

( doesn't work on my PC at this moment)

Jul-20-04  sneaky pete: <nikolaas> 1880 or so is no problem for the inventor of the time machine. , I meant the Kasparov page.
Jul-20-04  HailM0rphy: <nikolaas> you'd get it if you went to the kasparov page and read the last 20 or so posts :)
Jul-21-04  nikolaas: Yeah, I saw what you mean. There are some crazy people working there.
Aug-09-04  DanielBryant: He also defeated Morphy with 1. e4 f6!!
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  BishopBerkeley: From the bio: "Being overweight [Barnes] decided to reduce his size, but the loss of 130 pounds in 10 months was more than his system could handle and resulted in his death in 1874."

A dubious diagnosis at best! I doubt that, for a severely overweight person, losing 13 pounds per month over 10 months would kill them. Of course, there may have been some other medical condition which resulted in the weight loss, and perhaps that was the cause of death.

All that being said, I wish I could have shared my wonderful "Chess Environment" with Mr. Barnes! I have set up a table across my exercise bicycle that enables me to get my daily exercise while playing Chess against the computer! So, while Shredder (Computer) is burning away my pieces, I am burning away calories and getting a good cardio-vascular-neural workout! Exercise for the mind and body: perhaps the most valuable 30-60 minutes I spend in my day for health.

I encourage you to give it a try! The only tricky part is building the table, since it has to be fashioned specifically for your exercise bicycle. My entire table is built from 2-by-4s, and you'd be surprised how nice it looks (I think, assuming your aesthetic standards are as low as mine!)

A true investment in ones well-being!

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)
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Jul-20-06  Mendrys: Losing 10 or more pounds a month is incredibly taxing on your system. Even now there are people who die from kidney and liver problems that result from rapid weight loss. <BishopBerkely> certainly has the right idea though.
Mar-19-07  SirBruce: Barnes has the lowest winning percentage of just about all the great "masters" in the chessgames database. Both he and John Cochrane are below 40%.
Sep-03-07  TheaN: Chessmaster 9000 lists 1.e4 f6???!?!? as the Barnes Defense. Seems to figure... the database mentions a game from 1858 against Morphy... CG really has everything.
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  playground player: I've been trying, unsuccessfully, to find out more about the cause of Barnes' death. Did he put himself into the hands of one of those spectacular medical quacks who flourished during the Victorian Era? Or was his "diet" (or whatever it was) something he devised himself?
Jul-13-08  whiteshark: Wiki-Bio:

<TheaN> Also 'a variation of the Ruy Lopez called the "Barnes Defense" was named after him: <1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6?!>'.

Jul-13-08  Calli: "This time last year he weighed 16 stones; he went abroad, and his strength seemed suddenly to leave him. With difficulty he got into a cab. He gradually wasted away, until he became 7 st. 8 Ib., and this was the last time he was weighed (two months since), and he was certainly much less weight at the last. Physicians were in vain. No one really knows the cause of his death ; some have suspected a cancer in the stomach, and, unfortunately, he would not give permission to have a post mortem, so that the real cause will always remain a matter of surmise. Our impression is that he died from " banting." from being an enormous eater he suddenly stopped his food, taking meat only once a week ; and soon, from want of use, the stomach refused to fulfil its functions. He died in peace, and desired kind remembrances to all his friends. To us his last words were whispered, " Kind, kind to the last ; God bless your wife and little ones." He lost his voice ten days before his death, and for twelve days he ate nothing." - Westminster Papers
Mar-07-09  alshatranji: What is "banting"?
Mar-07-09  Calli: William Banting advocated a lo-carb diet.

[And I thought that diet was a modern invention.]

Mar-07-09  Ziggurat: Curiously enough, dieting is still called "bantning" (after Banting) in Swedish.
Aug-20-09  PinnedPiece: TWB: Active 1855-2001

This is my goal as well, to be active for 146 years.


Aug-01-18  YoungEd: Not many draws for this fellow!
Sep-20-20  paulmorphy1969: His death at the age of 49 was attributed by some to the diet that Mr. Barnes underwent to lose weight. At the beginning he weighed about 100 kg and within 10 months he had come to weigh only 40 kg. However, some claim that Mr. Barnes was suffering from stomach cancer and died from this disease and not from diet.
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  MissScarlett: <John Townsend ยป Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:30 pm

20 August 1874 is given by various sources as the date of Barnes' death. It is worth noting, though, that the Calendar of Wills and Administrations (Dublin), for 1874, says he died on 13 August. Presumably, this date is normally the same as the date given on the death certificate.

Has anyone seen the death certificate and can confirm the date of death given in it? What cause of death is given?>

Two sources for the 20th are Wisker in the <Sportsman> of August 29th, and the obituary [by Mossop?] in the <Westminster Papers>, dated September 1st. The latter even specifies the time of death - 6.45 p.m. and correctly states the burial was in Brompton cemetery, but wrongly dates this to August 26th, not the 25th.

Apr-10-23  DataFly: If he was buried on the 25th August then the date of his death is unlikely to have been the 13th August. Burial 4 to 5 days after death seems to have been the norm in Victorian England.
Apr-10-23  DataFly: I can only find Barnes in one census, that of 1871. In that he is described as being unmarried and his occupation as a barrister. The most important detail is that his place of birth is given as Ireland, which suggests that he should be considered as being Irish rather than English.
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  MissScarlett: <Burial 4 to 5 days after death seems to have been the norm in Victorian England.>

How about Victorian Britain?

Apr-10-23  stone free or die: For some reason I feel compelled to share this Victorian practice.

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