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William Pollock
W Pollock 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 239
Years covered: 1882 to 1895

Overall record: +110 -92 =21 (54.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 16 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Evans Gambit (19) 
    C51 C52
 Vienna Opening (14) 
    C25 C29 C28 C27
 Four Knights (11) 
    C49 C47 C48
 French Defense (11) 
    C00 C14 C01 C12 C13
 Two Knights (8) 
    C55 C56 C58 C59 C57
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C53 C50
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C77 C62 C83 C67 C80
 Vienna Opening (12) 
    C29 C25 C28 C26
 Scotch Game (10) 
 Giuoco Piano (7) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Ruy Lopez, Open (7) 
    C83 C80
 King's Pawn Game (6) 
    C40 C44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Pollock vs E Hall, 1890 1-0
   M Weiss vs W Pollock, 1889 0-1
   W Pollock vs S Langleben / F Colson, 1893 1-0
   W Pollock vs J W Baird, 1889 1-0
   J W Baird vs W Pollock, 1889 0-1
   W Pollock vs J Mortimer, 1887 1-0
   W Haller vs W Pollock, 1890 0-1
   W Pollock vs A Rumboll, 1882 1-0
   A Hvistendahl vs W Pollock, 1885 0-1
   W Pollock vs Bird, 1895 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   3rd BCA Congress, London (1887)
   Impromptu International Congress, New York (1893)
   6th American Chess Congress, New York (1889)
   Hastings (1895)

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(born Feb-21-1859, died Oct-05-1896, 37 years old) United Kingdom

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William Henry Krause Pollock was born in Cheltenham, England. A player of IM strength, he was Irish Champion in 1885 and 1886 and came 1st at Belfast in 1886 He also wrote a tournament booklet with James Mason on the St. Petersburg 1895/96 tourney. He died of consumption (tuberculosis) in Clifton in 1896.

Wikipedia article: William H.K. Pollock

Consultation games:

Lasker vs William Pollock / NN, 1892

William Pollock / Rudolf Loman vs T Block, 1884

Bird / Hewitt vs G Macdonnell / Pollock, 1885

Last updated: 2021-06-26 00:04:24

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 239  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Pollock vs A Rumboll  1-0231882MatchC28 Vienna Game
2. W Pollock vs A Rumboll  1-0291882Odds game000 Chess variants
3. W Pollock vs A Rumboll 1-0151882Odds game000 Chess variants
4. Roberts vs W Pollock  0-1241882Casual gameC45 Scotch Game
5. W L Harvey vs W Pollock  0-1201882Dublin CC MatchC00 French Defense
6. G MacDonnell vs W Pollock 1-0331883Simpson's DivanC37 King's Gambit Accepted
7. NN vs W Pollock 0-1341883Casual gameC59 Two Knights
8. E P Griffith vs W Pollock  0-1321883Odds game000 Chess variants
9. W Pollock vs J N Burt 0-1351883Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
10. W Pollock vs N Tibbits 1-0291883Bath - Bristol mC25 Vienna
11. J E Vernon vs W Pollock  0-1331883Match Bath - BristolC45 Scotch Game
12. W Pollock vs J E Vernon ½-½291883Match Bath - BristolC55 Two Knights Defense
13. W Pollock vs C Locock  1-0361883Counties CA Congress Class 2, Div. 2C29 Vienna Gambit
14. W Pollock vs F Wildman  1-0221883Counties CA Congress Class 2, Div. 2C49 Four Knights
15. Tinsley vs W Pollock  0-1321883Casual gameA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
16. W Pollock vs M Rudge  1-0381884Match Bath - BristolC25 Vienna
17. W Pollock vs Mr W 1-0191884Simpson's DivanC37 King's Gambit Accepted
18. J N Burt vs W Pollock 0-1231884Casual gameC77 Ruy Lopez
19. F A Hill vs W Pollock  0-1381884Counties CA Congress Handicap t000 Chess variants
20. W Pollock vs E Thorold  1-0341884Counties CA Congress Handicap t000 Chess variants
21. N Fedden vs W Pollock  0-1361884Counties CA Congress Class 1, Div. 2C50 Giuoco Piano
22. W Pollock vs R Loman  1-0371884Counties CA Congress Class 1, Div. 2C48 Four Knights
23. W Pollock vs R Loman  1-0431884Counties CA Congress Class 1, Div. 2 playoffB25 Sicilian, Closed
24. C Locock vs W Pollock  0-1291884Counties CA Congress Class 1, Div. 2C77 Ruy Lopez
25. W Pollock vs J N Burt  0-1321884Counties CA Congress Class 1, Div. 2C49 Four Knights
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May-12-14  ljfyffe: And DeSoyres-Pollock under John DeSoyres'
Games of chess.
May-13-14  ljfyffe: Pollock represented Canada at Hastings in 1895;
John de Soyres represented Canada at Hilversum in 1903. They played against each other a number of times.
May-13-14  parisattack: The book 'Pollock Memories - Chess Games & c' by F.F. Rowland is currently being auctioned on eBay.
May-15-14  ljfyffe: Landsberger in Steinitz's Papers was unsure if this book was ever published.
May-18-14  parisattack: Over the years I've not seen many copies of it...Will be interesting to see what it fetches.
May-20-14  parisattack: The said book went off at $78.00. I had expected a bit higher. Most chess antiquarians seem to be holding their own...for now. Conversely, the mid-20th century tomes are definitely down from 10 years ago.
May-25-14  ljfyffe: A position from Judge Palmer - Pollock, Saint John NB 1895 likely a simul- one presumes it's white to move: White - P's on a2b2c2g2h2 K on c1 R's on d1h1 N's on e2c3 Q on g3 Black - P's on a7d5f7g7h7 K on g8 R's on c8e8 B's on b4f5 Q on a5
Jun-10-14  ljfyffe: Judge A. Palmer-J. Louden(1888): 1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nc6 3Bb5 a6 4Ba4 Nf6 5Qe2 b5 6Bb3 Be7 7c3 d6 8d4 Bg4 9d5 Na5 10Bc2 0-0 11a4 Qd7 12Nbd2 c5 13dxc6 Qxc6 140-0 Rfb8 15Qd3 Nh5 16Nb1 Be6 17Re1 Nf6 18Qd1 Qc4 19b4 Nb7 20Ng5 Nd8 21f4 Bg4 22Nf3 exf4 23Bxf4 Ne6 24Bxd6 Rd8 25e5 Qc6 26Qe2 Bxd6 27exf6 Ng5 28Bxf7+ Nxf729fxg7 Ng5 30Nd4 Qd7 31Qf1 Re8 32axb5 Rxe1 33Qxe1 Re8 34Qh4 Nh7 35h3 Bf5 36bxa6 Bd3 37Nd2 Be5 3 8N2b3 Rd8 39Nc5 1-0 (a correspondence game in which white's 28th was inadvertent).
Jul-09-14  Gejewe: <parisattack>: 'Pollock Memories - A collection of Chess Games, Problems & c' by Mrs. F.F. Rowland has been reprinted fairly recently (maybe 10 years ago) by Moravian Chess ( might be the reason the bidding for an original did not go higher.
Jul-09-14  parisattack: Hi <Gejewe> Certainly contributes. Moravian has really gone to town reprinting the old tomes. It effectively divides buyers into two groups - the collectors and those mostly just wanting the content.

Google Books, reprints, databases...I don't think the future is too bright for chess book collecting, unfortunately.

I hope all is well your way! Play the North Sea at all recently?

Jul-09-14  ljfyffe: Not to mention Urcan and Hilbert's biography of Pollock in the offing.
Jul-10-14  Gejewe: <Ljfyffe> That's interesting news. I heard rumours about a McFarland series book on Pollock, but without further details. So Urcan and Hilbert have teamed up, I am looking forward for the result :-) <Parisattack> No, I have more or less given up the North Sea - do not play so often nowadays and thus experiment even less :-( All is well now, after having recovered from a heart attack last Christmas.
Jul-11-14  ljfyffe: Pollock variation of the French Defence: <1e4 e5 2d4 d5 3Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5e5 Nfd7 6Bxe7 Qxe7 7Qg4.>
Jul-22-15  thomastonk: On "William H.K. Pollock, A Chess Biography" by Olimpiu G. Urcan and John S. Hilbert.

This publication has been announced here already on Aug-30-11 by <wordfunph>. At least over the past two years the publication date has been moved again and again. Today it is "05/2016".

C.N. 8484 of 16 January 2014 has: "The photograph will be appearing in a McFarland book on Pollock which Mr Urcan is currently writing with John S. Hilbert."

Strange announcement policy.

Sep-03-15  thomastonk: <At least over the past two years the publication date has been moved again and again. Today it is "05/2016".> Ooops, now it is "09/2016". Reminds me of "Chinese Democracy" by Guns N’ Roses.
Oct-29-15  thomastonk: Update on "William H.K. Pollock, A Chess Biography" by Olimpiu G. Urcan and John S. Hilbert: "Available Fall/Winter 2016". I wonder if these dates are created automatically.
Feb-21-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, W.H.K. Pollock.
Apr-19-16  ljfyffe: <thomasastonk> Hilbert has just informed me that the manuscript of the 500 game plus Pollock book has just been sent in and the book should be out in about six months.
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  offramp: <ljfyffe: <thomasastonk> Hilbert has just informed me that the manuscript of the 500 game plus Pollock book has just been sent in and the book should be out in about six months.>

It seems to be out now. ISBN: 978-0-7864-5868-4. From McFarland.

It is $65 which is about 65 euro or roughly £65.

McFarland seems to LIKE English chess masters. There was that brobdingnagian book about Burn, and another one about Blackburne.

Nov-21-17  Larryfyffe: Thanks. Purchased it.

Not included is the partial 7-move AL Palmer-WHK Pollock July 19, 1895 - Saint John Globe.

I had rendered research some time before on Pollock's Montreal and Saint John games so I wonder how that happened.

No mention of my research is given so perhaps they used other sources.

Nov-21-17  Larryfyffe: From the position mentioned by me above May 25,2014:

1Rxd5 Qxd5 2Nxd5 Rxc2+ 3 Rd1(Kb1) Rd2+
4Kc1 Rc8+ 5Nec3 Rxd5 6Rd1 Rxc3+ 7bxc3 Ba3 #

Nov-21-17  Larryfyffe: Given as Pollock and Palmer's 's moves -in the July 19,1895 Stubb's Saint John Globe chess column.
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  MissScarlett: Western Daily Press, October 7th 1896, p.55:

<We regret to record the death of William Henry Pollock, one of the most famous of modern English chess players, which occurred in this city yesterday morning. Mr Pollock was the son of Rev. William Pollock, who was formerly rector of St. Saviour's, Bath, and is now chaplain to the Bristol Blind Asylum. He was educated at Clifton College, under Dr. Percival, and was intended for the medical profession, but though he was a licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland, he practised but little. It was in 1878 that he first began to show signs of exceptional talent as a chess player. He joined the Bath Chess Club, which in those days was remarkably strong, and a year or two later he began to rise into prominence in chess circles. Eventually, in 1883, he went to London, and from that time he took rank as one of the leading players of the country. Curiously enough, he was not very successful as a prize-winner, for in the great tournaments in which he entered he gained distinction rather by the brilliancy of individual games than by the scoring of a successive number of victories over his opponents. He took part in matches all over England, and was especially popular in Ireland, where he played a large number of exhibition games. In 1889 he went to the United States to play the great New York tournament, and it was there that he accomplished his most famous achievement. The game in which he beat Weiss of Vienna, in this tournament, is generally considered to be one of the finest ever played. He resided in America for some years afterwards, living first at Baltimore, where he edited the chess column of the Baltimore News, a work he continued up to the present year. After residing at Albany for some time, he crossed the border, and went to live at Montreal. Last summer he came back to England to play in the Hastings tournament as the representative of Canada, but his health had already begun to fail, and he was not in his best form. He stayed in England until the commencement of the present year, and returned to Canada in February. During the summer his condition grew worse, and he decided to re-visit England again. Unfortunately, the vessel on which he was leaving Canada collided with another steamship in the St. Lawrence. The damage sustained by the steamer was serious, and it is believed that the shock so affected Mr Pollock, in his weak state of health, as to hasten his end. The steamer put back into dock, and a week elapsed before he was able to leave for England on another steamer. He reached this country just six weeks ago, and was taken straight to his father's house, 5, Berkeley Square, Clifton, where he has remained ever since. It was soon realised that he was in a rapid consumption, and he died yesterday morning, being in his 38th year. Mr Pollock was an extremely good cricketer about fifteen years ago, and was one of the most valuable members of Bath Association team at that date. He was unmarried. His brother is the Rev. J. Pollock, vicar of St. Gabriel's, Swansea.>

Dec-02-21  Larryfyffe: Palmer-Pollock July 19,1895 Globe
(7 moves given)
Likely an 'offhand game'
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