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Joseph Henry Blake
Number of games in database: 106
Years covered: 1883 to 1926

Overall record: +31 -58 =14 (36.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (20) 
    C26 C28 C27 C29
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B18 B15 B13
 Sicilian (7) 
    B83 B45 B32 B21 B28
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C65 C84 C83 C98 C87
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C78 C72 C83 C64 C82
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D02 D05 A46
 Tarrasch Defense (5) 
 Ruy Lopez, Open (4) 
    C83 C82
 Four Knights (4) 
 Modern Benoni (4) 
    A57 A60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J H Blake vs G A Hooke, 1891 1-0
   Courel vs J H Blake, 1889 0-1
   J H Blake vs V Wahltuch, 1923 1-0
   J H Blake vs B Leussen, 1912 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Weston (1924)
   Hastings 1923/24 (1923)

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(born Feb-03-1859, died Dec-11-1951, 92 years old) United Kingdom

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Joseph Henry Blake was born in Farnborough, England. He was British Correspondence Champion in 1922 and also finished 1st= in the British Championship of 1909 but lost the play-off. He passed away in Kingston-Upon-Thames in 1951.

Wikipedia article: Joseph Henry Blake (chess player)

Last updated: 2017-04-01 05:41:38

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J H Blake vs D Mills 1-0261883Birmingham CCAC01 French, Exchange
2. J H Blake vs W Pollock  1-0191884Counties CA Congress Class 1, Div. 2C45 Scotch Game
3. Courel vs J H Blake 0-11218892nd Le Monde Illustre CC tournamentC33 King's Gambit Accepted
4. J H Blake vs W Gunston  1-0481889Dublin Evening Mail corrC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
5. J H Blake vs V Tabunshchikov 1-0211890corrC45 Scotch Game
6. J H Blake vs G A Hooke 1-0121891Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
7. J H Blake vs J N Berger  0-1491891corrC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. A Skipworth vs J H Blake  0-1411892Great BritainA07 King's Indian Attack
9. W Wayte vs J H Blake  ½-½291893Great BritainA07 King's Indian Attack
10. J H Blake vs C E Ranken  1-0531894Great BritainA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Deighton vs J H Blake 1-0161894CambridgeC51 Evans Gambit
12. H E Atkins vs J H Blake  1-0271896Southern Counties Chess Union chC53 Giuoco Piano
13. J H Blake vs E Delmar  0-14418972nd Anglo-American Cable MatchC10 French
14. Loman vs J H Blake  1-04218987th British Amateur-ChC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. J H Blake vs C Newman  ½-½5519027th Anglo-American Cable MatchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. J H Blake vs Blackburne  1-0471907BCF-ch 4thB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. Lasker vs J H Blake 1-0261908Simul, 20bC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
18. H Shoosmith vs J H Blake  1-0471908BCF-ch 5thD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. J H Blake vs R Lean  1-0321908BCF-ch 5thC26 Vienna
20. R P Michell vs J H Blake  1-0521908BCF-ch 5thD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. J H Blake vs W Ward  1-0301908BCF-ch 5thC26 Vienna
22. F Lee vs J H Blake  1-0211908BCF-ch 5thD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. E G Sergeant vs J H Blake  ½-½481908BCF-ch 5thD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. J H Blake vs W C Palmer  0-1671908BCF-ch 5thB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
25. Gunsberg vs J H Blake  1-0531908BCF-ch 5thC78 Ruy Lopez
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  Benzol: Joesph Henry Blake
Born 3rd February 1859 in Farnborough
Died 11th December 1951 in Kingston-upon-Thames
British correspondence champion in 1922 he also finished 1st= in the 1909 British championship but lost the playoff.
Aug-01-05  WMD: Won the West of England Congress in 1922, ahead of Maroczy and Kostic.
Feb-04-06  chessmaster pro: This guy makes me think of Joseph Henry Blackburne and might have even gotten the chance to play him.
Feb-04-06  chessmaster pro: Yes, he did actually play Blackburne and a pretty good game at that 2 bad he lost though.
Feb-03-07  BIDMONFA: Joseph Henry Blake

Blake, Joseph H.

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  GrahamClayton: WMD,
Blake also finished ahead of Thomas and Yates - not bad for a 63 year old!
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  GrahamClayton: Source: Andy Soltis "Chess Lists", 2nd edition, McFarland Publishing, 2002
Feb-03-10  Marmot PFL: thought this was the guy from MASH
Jul-25-10  jbtigerwolf: He won the 1891 British Counties Championship, beating Arthur Skipworth in the play-off.

Arthur Skipworth then lost all 8 games in the Counties C'ship in 1892!

It's amazing what one can find out by clicking on the names, but I am surprised how Joseph Blake's BCC win is not acknowledged in his bio.

As for Blake winning the England Congress at 63, I would have thought age is a good thing in chess.

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  GrahamClayton: Blake also won the 1887 Counties Chess Association championship, ahead of players such as Bird, Locock and Pollock.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <Joseph Henry Blake> . By the way , nice game between Hooke. Game : J Blake vs Hooke, 1891.
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  Phony Benoni: The Unknown Champion!

<"It was Mr. J. H. Blake who won the world's tourney of the British Counties Chess Association ... from experts such as Mills, Bird, Thorold, Pollock, MacDonnell and Locock, and as the tourney was open to the world, he should be greeted, according to the arguments of certain editors, as the champion of the world, as we remarked last week. Reductio ab absurdum applies to championships as well as to Euclid's theorems.">

The <Washington Star>, quoted in D.E. Hervey's column in the <Newark Sunday Call>, October 2, 1887.

Sep-16-12  Karpova: <GrahamClayton: Blake also won the 1887 Counties Chess Association championship, ahead of players such as Bird, Locock and Pollock.>

Seven participants (Blake, Mills, Bird, Thorold, Pollock, Macdonnel and Locock) and Blake scored 5 points followed by Mills with 4 points while Bird and Thorold shared 3rd place.

From page 17 of teh September 1887 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-02-14  sneaky pete: Be kind to Old Joe Blake, Never ever step upon a snake.

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  MissScarlett: Not to be confused with James Blake, the American tennis player.
Feb-03-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Colonel Henry Blake.
Aug-29-17  Nosnibor: The following game for which Blake was awarded a brilliancy prize is not included in the DB. It was played in the Weston-Super-Mare tournament of 1922 which he won ahead of Maroczy, Kostich,Thomas,Yates and Spencer.He won many other events not stated here. White: Sir G.A.Thomas. Black: J.H.Blake. Ruy Lopez Plycount ?? 1e4,e5.2Nf3,Nc6.3Bg5,a6.4Ba4,Nf6.5Nc3,d6.6o-o,Be- 7.7d3,O-O.8h3,Nd7.9Bb3,Nc5.10Bd5,Ne6.11Ne2,Bf6.1- 2c3,Ne7.13Bb3,d5.14Ng3,g6.15exd5,Nxd5.16Re1,Ndf4- .17Bc2,Qd5.18c4,Qc6.19Bd2,Ng5.20Ne4,Nxe4.21dxe4,- Rd8.22b3,Bxh3!23gxh3,Qe6.24Re3,Nxh3+.25Kf1,Nf4.2- 6Ne1,h5.27Bd3,Rd7.28Qf3,Rad8.29Rd1,g5.30Bc1,g4.3- 1Qh1,h5.32Qg1,Kh8.33c5,g3.34fxg3,Qh3+.35Ng2,hxg3- .36Rf3,Rxd3.37R3xd3,Rxd3.38Rxd3,Nxd3.39Be3,Nf4.4- 0Bxf4,exf4.White resigns 0-1
Feb-03-19  Nosnibor: He played his last match game against William Winter in the summer of 1951 in an organised match over 104 boards at Kingston Guildhall.In securing a draw with failing eyesight against a former British Champion must rank as some result for a 93 year old!R.I.P.J.H.Blake.
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  Sebastian88: Good photo of the player:

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