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George H Derrickson
Number of games in database: 5
Years covered: 1860
Overall record: +5 -0 =0 (100.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1845, died Apr-16-1862, 16 years old) United States of America

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Smith vs G H Derrickson 0-1171860PhiladelphiaC55 Two Knights Defense
2. NN vs G H Derrickson 0-1171860Casual gameC44 King's Pawn Game
3. NN vs G H Derrickson 0-1321860Casual gameC53 Giuoco Piano
4. NN vs G H Derrickson  0-1171860Casual gameC52 Evans Gambit
5. J Rowand vs G H Derrickson  0-1151860Casual gameC24 Bishop's Opening
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Mar-23-04  Taidanii: How good was this player?
Dec-27-05  sigi: <How good was this player?> Winter calls Derrickson a chess prodigy (

Chess historian Neil Brennan found <a number> of games by Derrickson.

Jun-15-07  Karpova: <He died in Philadelphia in 1862 aged about 17> (see <sigi>'s link)
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  GrahamClayton: What a shame that Derrickson never got to play Morphy!
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  wordfunph: from the book Memorable Chess Games by W. Moffatt..

<It is strange, but nevertheless true, that once upon a time, Philadelphia possessed a great chess player. Master George H. Derrickson waa a youth who possessed the most brilliant and precocious chess talent, and upon whose shoulders it was thought the mantle of Morphy was about to fall. But soon, too soon, grim Death called him from the checkered field on which he had won so many brilliant victories, it is now nearly 50 years since he passed from earth, yet there may be found in many books examples of his great genius as a composer of fine problems and a player of beautiful games.>

rest in peace, master Derrickson..

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  MissScarlett: The New York Clipper, 24th May, 1862, p.44:



WHEN the insatiate archer, Death, enters a family circle, levels his shafts at the aged and infirm, and gathers to his grim garner those who have lived to the allotted "three score and ten," grief at their losses mingles with resignation; but when he remorselessly strikes down the young and gifted, whose budding promise gives earnest of future usefulness and distinction, the blow is indeed appalling, rending the heart-strings despite the anchor of faith and the consolations of religion. To say that young DERRICKSON was ripe beyond his years in literary acquirements and intellectual development, is but a feeble and insignificant tribute to one whose rich store of knowledge had already made him famous among his classmates. Although but seventeen, he had mastered as if by intuition the most abstruse problems in his scholastic pursuits, and had won the highest honors of his class. Above all the many talented compeers in his school, he was selected to deliver an address on the 22d Feb. last, on the occasion of raising a flag, and many will recollect the zeal and fervor and eloquence, far in advance of his years, with which he signalized his theme and the occasion.

As an instance of the precocity of his intellectual powers we may say that he stood among the flrst chessplayers of the country; and was, up to his last illness, a regular contribuor to the chess column of the CLIPPER —as successful as enthusiastic in illustrating and elaborating that attractive and scholarly game.

But George H. Derrickson, with his flne social and intellectual powers, in the full buoyancy of his young life and ardent nature has passed away from among us. "Death loves a shining mark." Not the tenderness of a fond father, the prayers of a doting mother, the gushing affection of brother and sister, the solicitude of admiring friends, nor the ministrations of medical skill could snatch that young manhood from the premature tomb. He is gone! - the "places which once knew him, shall know him no more forever."

To the above, from a correspondent, the even now unrealized pang of so unlooked-for a bereavement permits us to add but little. He was our intimate friend as well as favorite correspondent, the (Chess) pupil of our mutual friend Dr. N. C. Reid. He was a frequent visitor to our house and we never shall forget the delight with which he entered upon contests with ourself and "Phania," and particularly the occasion on which we acknowledged we could no longer give him a piece. He soon acquired a broad and comprehensive grasp upon the game be came intimately acquainted with its book learning, and deeply versed in the spirit and tendencies of its scientific walks. His star was ascending, and promised the very brightest culmination. In problems, his rank was high. Caring little for pictorial beauty of diagram, he excelled in the subtle originality of his themes, and then in the masterly elaboration of variations, with which he wrought out the main idea. Some of these are masterpieces, notwithstanding his youth. The best are in the "CLIPPER PROBLEM TOURNEY," and those which have appeared for the last few months in our col. His own favorite 2-move is on page 113, "Clip. Prob. Tour;" 3-move, p.71; 4-move, p. 160, &c. The prob. of this issue is the last of the last package sent us — sad coincidence! Can it be the last we shall ever see of our dear young friend and favorite contributor! He was eminently social, affable, and unaffected. He was beloved from the first by every friend; and, we can well believe, idolized by his family. In form he was tall and straight, with an appearance of more beauty of person than falls to the lot of most men. Of his acquirements, other than Chess, his friend has spoken. His chirography was one of the most beautiful we ever saw. We treasure a few of his letters. Poor George! "Phania" and the writer with joined hands, sad hearts, and tearful eyes, unite in casting a poor but sincere tribute of friendship and affection upon thy early tomb.>

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  Jean Defuse: ...

[Event "New York"]
[Date "1861.??.??"]
[White "Leonard, James A"]
[Black "Derrickson, George H"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "41"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 d6 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Qe7 6. O-O Nf6 7. Nc3 Bd7 8. Nxc6 Bxc6 9. Nd5 Bxd5 10. exd5 O-O-O 11. Re1 Qd7 12. Qd4 Qa4 13. Bd2 b5 14. b3 Qa6 15. Bd3 Qb7 16. c4 b4 17. a3 bxa3 18. Rxa3 Qb6 19. Qxb6 cxb6 20. Rxa7 Nd7 21. Bf5 1-0

Source: NIC Database


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  Jean Defuse: ...

<How good was this player?>


The most blindfold games James A Leonard ever played simultaneously was apparently ten (+4 -4 =2) in New York on 16 November 1861. His opponents included Derrickson (see the game above).

Source: Edward Winter - Kings, Commoners and Knaves, p. 139.


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  MissScarlett: <For my next trick, I will win with Black in 17 moves...>
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  MissScarlett: They knew how to write an obituary in those days. Today, you'd be lucky to get more than a 'I have no words.'

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