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Henry Harding
Number of games in database: 24
Years covered: 1869 to 1873
Overall record: +1 -18 =5 (14.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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What little is known about Henry Harding is that he was a semi-nomadic portrait painter. In January, 1869, he opened a studio above the S. B. Bliss clothing store in East Saginaw, Michigan, for several months, after which he spent some time in Detroit, Cleveland and New York City, before returning to Michigan. In August, 1870, he set up shop in the Dwight Building above Hatch, Claflin & Pettengill's, a boot and shoe store in Jackson, Michigan. After some time in Jackson he was once more hitting the road to ply his trade, returning to Jackson in September, 1871, this time setting up shop in the Marion House. In January, 1873, he is in Cleveland, Ohio and traveled as far south as Vicksburg and Jackson, Mississippi.

He is mentioned as being "the late Mr. H. Harding" in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 1881.09.25, p6.

Holland's East Saginaw City Directory, 1868-69, p245
East Saginaw Saginaw Daily Enterprise, 1869.01.04, p3
East Saginaw Saginaw Daily Enterprise, 1869.07.23, p1
Jackson Daily Citizen, 1870.08.17, p1
Jackson Daily Citizen, 1870.09.15, p4
Jackson Daily Citizen, 1871.09.21, p4

Last updated: 2020-06-12 15:25:45

 page 1 of 1; 24 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Harding vs J Swan  0-12818691st Michigan State Chess Association TournamentB20 Sicilian
2. H D Smith vs H Harding  ½-½431869Harding - Smith Thematic MatchC52 Evans Gambit
3. H D Smith vs H Harding  ½-½311869Harding - Smith Thematic MatchC52 Evans Gambit
4. H D Smith vs H Harding  1-0161869Harding - Smith Thematic MatchC51 Evans Gambit
5. H D Smith vs H Harding 1-0231869Harding - Smith Thematic MatchC51 Evans Gambit
6. H D Smith vs H Harding  ½-½241869Harding - Smith Thematic MatchC52 Evans Gambit
7. M Judd vs H Harding  1-0241870Offhand gameC52 Evans Gambit
8. J Galbreath vs H Harding  1-0201871Telegraph GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
9. J Galbreath vs H Harding 1-0301871Offhand GameC52 Evans Gambit
10. M Judd vs H Harding  ½-½3918712nd American Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
11. H Harding vs Mackenzie 0-13518712nd American Chess CongressA20 English
12. H D Smith vs H Harding  1-05518712nd American Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
13. M Judd vs H Harding 1-02818712nd American Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
14. H Harding vs P Ware  1-04418712nd American Chess CongressD00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. H Harding vs M Judd 0-11918712nd American Chess CongressA28 English
16. H Harding vs F H Elder  0-13518712nd American Chess CongressA30 English, Symmetrical
17. P Ware vs H Harding 1-04418712nd American Chess CongressA80 Dutch
18. H Harding vs H D Smith 0-13818712nd American Chess CongressA20 English
19. H Harding vs H Hosmer 0-11718712nd American Chess CongressA20 English
20. F H Elder vs H Harding 1-02118712nd American Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
21. Mackenzie vs H Harding  ½-½3918712nd American Chess CongressC45 Scotch Game
22. H Harding vs Mackenzie 0-13418712nd American Chess CongressA20 English
23. M Judd vs H Harding  1-0191873Offhand GameC53 Giuoco Piano
24. J Galbreath vs H Harding  1-0191873Offhand GameC44 King's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-22-16  zanzibar: Like people know where <East Saginaw> is?! Come on.
Feb-22-16  Acrylion: I believe it could be Michigan.
Feb-22-16  Granny O Doul: It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw. Granted, that was West Saginaw.
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  tamar: Michigan seems like a dream to me now
Feb-23-16  zanzibar: Saginaw, MI has it's own web page:

And, believe it or not, without Michigan there would still be other Saginaw's:

In fact, <East Saginaw> actually has a wiki page all its own too:

Now, perhaps I shouldn't comment, but is that really Reilly's wife's name?

Feb-23-16  zanzibar: If the <H. Harding> mentioned in this 1837 publication is the same man, then Harding was fairly old by 1871 (well, at least 34 years older):

Jun-25-17  zanzibar: CPC v6 (Jan 4, 1882) p6 notes Mr. H. Harding as deceased when giving a rather famous Evans Gambit win of his (G576):


Jun-25-17  zanzibar: J.A. Galbreath b 1846


Jul-14-17  zanzibar: In case you were wondering about the Sarah note given by EDOchess on the Harding page - I just noticed it's really a link to Galbreath.

Sarah's page no longer hosts the game, but I assume Harding was involved, else why the link?

Could it be the game mentioned above?


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