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Gerald Ellis
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1899 to 1900
Overall record: +2 -2 =0 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-17-1878, died Aug-07-1967, 88 years old) New Zealand (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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Gerald Edward Harold Ellis was born in 1878 in Canterbury, New Zealand, as the second child of Constance (1852-1924) and Edward Ellis (1840-1885). After Edward's death the family returned to England. Gerald graduated at Oxford University (1899) and played some chess in his student years. He was later (1939-1946) the headmaster of Whitgift School in South Croydon, London.

Last updated: 2023-03-07 22:31:00

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Softlaw vs G Ellis  1-031189927th Oxford - Cambridge Varsity mC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. W W Young vs G Ellis  0-13718991st Anglo-American universities cable mA00 Uncommon Opening
3. G Ellis vs C Wiles  0-134190028th Oxford - Cambridge Varsity mC53 Giuoco Piano
4. F H Sewall vs G Ellis  0-13819002nd Anglo-American universities cable mC49 Four Knights
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  Tabanus: The newspapers have a few games by him. I did not find exact dob and dod.

1879: Gerald Edward Harold Ellis, b. 1879 in New Zealand (New Zealand Birth Index)

1885: death in New Zealand of father Edward Ellis (b. 1840) (Ellis Family Tree)

1891 census, 2 Onslow Houses Brompton Kensington London: Constance M. Ellis, 35, Widow, Visitor, Living on her own means; Ethel Vera C. Ellis, 15, born in NZ, Visitor, Scholar; <Gerald E. H. Ellis, 12>, born in NZ, Visitor, Scholar

1899: G. E. H. Ellis of Lincoln College playing for Oxford Univ. Chess Club (Wiltshire Times, 1 April 1899)

1899: <University Intelligence. Oxford, April 24. The Moderators have issued the following Awards of Honour in the Honour School of Greek and Latin Literature: … Gerald E. H. Ellis, Lincoln>

1901 census, St. Alban Hertfordshire: Gerald Edward Harold Ellis, 22, Visitor, Oxford Undergraduate, b. in New Zealand

1909: Gerald Edward Harold Ellis, 30, School Master, 39 Chisholm Road Croydon, married 26 June in Church of All Saints to Gladys Magdalen Etheridge Rowton, 29 (Marriages and Banns)

1911 census, 5 Lismore Road South Croydon Surrey: <Gerald Ellis, 31>, Head, Schoolmaster in Public School, b. in Canterbury NZ; Gladys, 31, Wife, b. in Epsom Surrey; Constance, mother, 57

1924: Death of mother Constance Marion Smith (b. 1852) (Ellis Family Tree)

1964: Death of wife Gladys in Croydon Surrey (Ellis Family Tree)

1967: Gerald E. H. Ellis, 88, b. abt 1879, died Sep 1967 in Croydon (Civil Reg. Death Index)

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  Tabanus: (Epsom College Register, p. 182):

<Ellis, Gerald Edward Harold, s. of dr. Edward Ellis of Fitzroy Square, b. 1878, P., head prefect, XV, XI, h. XI (capt.), Martin, Engledue E. and L.V., Brande E., and Propert Prs., l. 1897, schol. of Linc. Coll., Oxon, B.A., headmaster of Whitgift School; 5 Lismore Road, South Croydon>

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  Tabanus: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter, 28 July 1939, page 1:

<NEW WHiTGIFT HEAD APPOINTMENT OF MR. G. E. H. ELLIS. A Believer In Broad Education. After thirty-three years’ experience on the staff of the Whitgift School, Mr. Gerald Edward Harold Ellis, deputy master, has been selected by the Governors to succeed the late Mr. S. R. K. Gurner as head master. The use of the title "Master of Whitgift" is to be discontinued. Born in New Zealand by the accident of his parents' temporary residence there, Mr. Ellis had voyaged three times across the world at an age when many small boys are thinking of going to their preparatory school. After schooling at Epsom College, however, he passed on to Lincoln College, Oxford, of which he was a scholar. His enthusiasms were not merely academic in those days, for he won his colours at both in cricket, tennis, Rugby, running and hockey. Nor were his recreations limited to athletics, chess claiming him as an adept, as which he once formed one of a team representing English Universities in a successful match against American Universities. On coming to Croydon Mr. Ellis played hockey for a time for the old Croydon club. Joining the Whitgift staff in 1903. with particular distinction on the classical side, Mr. Ellis has had unique opportunities for assimilating the individual characteristics of the school and, on the other hand, for making substantial contribution towards its evolution along the lines of modern educational methods. As long ago as 1927 he acted as temporary head between the retirement of Mr. S. O. Andrew and the appointment of Mr. Gurner. Since that time he has been entirely responsible for the organisation of the classical part of the syllabus, and it is not without significance that no failures have to be recorded in classical scholarships in the last decade.> (And a lot more on his educational methods.)

Mar-16-18  Jean Defuse: ...

A game from the 'American Chess Magazine' Vol. 2, No. 11, May 1899, pages 457-8, played in the cable match between British and American universities. The teams were evidently pretty exclusive – the British being represented by players from Oxford and Cambridge and the Americans by Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia.

[Event "American-British University Cable Match"] [Date "1899.??.??"]
[White "Young, W W"]
[Black "Ellis, G E H"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[WhiteTeam "Princeton"]
[BlackTeam "Oxford"]

1. a3 e5 2. e3 Nf6 3. d4 exd4 4. exd4 d5 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. O-O Bd6 8. Re1+ Ne7 9. Bxd7+ Qxd7 10. Nc3 O-O-O 11. Bg5 Ng6 12. Qd3 c6 13. b4 Rde8 14. Reb1 Ng4 15. b5 h6 16. bxc6 Qxc6 17. Nb5 Kb8 18. Nxd6 Qxd6 19. Qb3 Qc6 20. Bd2 Re6 21. Rb2 Rc8 22. Rab1 Rc7 23. a4 Kc8 24. h3 Nf6 25. Be3 a5 26. Bd2 b6 27. Be3 Ne4 28. Nd2 Nc3 29. Ra1 Rce7 30. Nb1 Nd1 31. c4 Nxb2 32. cxd5 Rxe3 33. Qxe3 Rxe3 34. dxc6 Re1+ 35. Kh2 Rd1 36. Kg3 Ne7 37. Kf3 Re1 0-1


The match score:

British Universities 3.1/2 - 1.1/2. American Universities


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  roberts partner: Ellis interviewed me for Whitgift in early 1940 when I had done well in the 11-plus and so qualified for a Croydon scholarship. I remember he looked formidable in his robes of office and asked me some questions of which the only one I remember was what did I want to be when I grew up. I had no idea, was overawed by the occasion, and responded feebly "A clerk". He asked me for better ambitions and I said "Maybe a manager". Despite this less than impressive interview performance, he then told me that I had been successful. I had never heard of chess at that time, so it didn't help. In all my seven years at Whitgift I never heard any suggestion that Ellis played chess, even though at that time the school had a thriving club and team, with Alan Truscott a player of master strength, which won the London Schools League and was awarded the BCF schools shield. Strange, that, since judging by the two games above Ellis was a stronger player than Harry Woodgate who was the master in charge of chess and was also a classicist although he taught history. I knew Woodgate well but he never mentioned Ellis and chess together. In fact seeing Ellis's name just now in the discussion index is the very first time I got to know that Ellis played chess at all, let alone in the varsity match.

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