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William M Brooke
Number of games in database: 5
Years covered: 1899 to 1908
Overall record: +4 -1 =0 (80.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1861, died Jun-28-1939, 78 years old) United Kingdom

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W M Brooke vs E Pearson Sharp  1-0201899Correspondence gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Lasker vs W M Brooke 1-0251904Simul, 22bB30 Sicilian
3. W M Brooke vs C G Orme 1-0231906Womanhood tourney 6th prel CC11 French
4. Lasker vs W M Brooke 0-1341908Simul, 22bC33 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Lasker vs W M Brooke 0-1241908Simul, 29bC66 Ruy Lopez
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  MissScarlett: I like this fella. He just thought to himself, I'm going to doubly thrash this racist, war-mongering, Commie-sympathising, noxious-gas emitting, match-avoiding excuse for a world champion, and promptly disappear into the aether.
Nov-02-14  zanzibar: From BCM vol 28 (1908) p221

<The annual Congress of the Kent Association was held during Easter week at Sevenoaks, in the Cornwall Hall. The committee was formed from the local club, together with Mr. W. M. Brooke, the hon. secretary of the Association, and Mr. C. Chapman hon. secretary of the Congress. The arrangements were admirable, and a most successful Congress was the result. The proceedings were started on Easter Monday by Sir Douglas Fox. In addition to the week's tournaments, a Knock-Out Tournament was held for members only able to devote one day to the Congress. [...] The report gave satisfactory evidence of continued vitality in the Association, with a balance in hand of over £3. [...] The officers of last year were all re-elected, viz.: [...] hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr. W. M. Brooke.

Dr. Lasker gave a simultaneous display against twenty-nine players, winning 20 games, losing 1 and drawing 5. The winners were [...] W. M. Brooke (Tunbridge Wells) [...]>

Nov-02-14  zanzibar: From May 1908 BCM
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  SteinitzLives: Brooke should have written a book,

On how to play in a simul, like a chess-feral animal.

I wonder who has the best overall record against GMs in simuls.

Nov-02-14  zanzibar: Fifteen years later (than 1908) he was still active in the Kent CC:

<On 28 December 1923, ‘The Courier’ reported:

‘Mid-Season Review.

o In the Kent Cup Tournament, matters are not very far advanced in Section 1. Canterbury being ahead. In Section II. Maidstone have scored against both Rochester and Chatham Institute Clubs. In Section III…

o The County Championship Tournament is shaping for the third round as follows:

§ C. G. Spicer (Maidstone) v H. W. Bryceson or G. G. Homan § W. M. Brooke (Tunbridge Wells) v A. G. Hargreaves or G. A. Youngman § Mrs Holloway (Bromley) v H. Storr-Best (Sydenham)
§ E. A. Coad-Pryor or C. H. Taylor or J. B. Shaw v L. W. Dodds’ >

And he also shows up in 1934...

<3) British Chess Federation, County & District Correspondence Championship, 1934

Yorkshire had won this event for the first time in 1932, with 21½ game points out of 30. In 1933 Cambridgeshire had won with 20½ points, while Yorkshire scored 19. In 1934, Yorkshire finished with 18 out of 30. The event is run according to the “Jamboree” system. [...]

J Foulds (Yorkshire/Bradford) 1-0 W M Brooke (Kent)>

... and 1939

<7 January 1939, The Courier
‘Kent Cup Match at Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells v Maidstone

E. L. Nichols 0 1 T. F. Lawrence

W. M. Brooke ½ ½ C. G. Spicer


Totals: Tunbridge Wells 4: Maidstone 4

Having won the first match by 4½ to 3½, Tunbridge Wells wins Section II. and pass into the semi-final round.’ >

Tunbridge Wells actually had three Brooke - s playing, ~, P. R. S. Brooke and Captain H. J. S. Brooke.

Some New Zealand reportage about Kent Ch. held May 17, 1913 (reported July):

has Brooke coming in 2nd place.

Well, enough's enough. Apparently a long-term, loyal and stout member of Kent Chess Club.

Once again Mr. W. M. Brooke, of Gorsimon, Southborough, has won the chess championship of Tunbridge Wells. There are few better known chess personalities in Tunbridge Wells and district, and probably throughout the entire county of Kent, than Mr. Brooke, who could aptly be described as the father of chess. He commenced to play the game from the very early age of seven, but he did not join a club until he returned from a stay in the United States of America in 1894 when he had turned 30. It was after a short residence in Hampstead and West Norwood that he came to Tunbridge Wells and joined the town chess club in 1898, and the Southborough Club when it was founded in 1933. He has had the distinction of meeting and playing some of the most famous players, and has met with many successes. Between 1901 and 1904 he met <Blackburne> eight times, and in this series he won once and lost once, and made draws of the other games. Of his two meetings with <Pillsbury> in 1903 he lost one and drew one in consultation with C. Chapman. In 1908 he won two games and lost one against <Lasker>; he defeated <Gunsberg> in 1910 and <Duras> (Bohemia) in 1911; and in the following year he won a game and lost one to <Marshall> (U.S.A.). He played <Capablanca> in 1919 and 1929, winning once and losing the other game. In 1920 he met <Kostich> (Serbia), whom he defeated; in 1923 he drew with <Mieses> (Germany); lost to <Maroczy> in 1924; twice lost to <Znosko> in 1925 and 1931; and lost to <Kashdan> (U.S.A.) in 1929. He has represented Kent for the past 35 years, having played variously from 6th to 20th board. In correspondence chess he has played from 1st to 4th, and sometimes lower. Including this year, he has been seven times champion of Tunbridge Wells. For a few years before 1918 he was match captain, and since returning after a four years’ absence in Gloucester from 1918 to 1922 he has held the same office. In 1906 and 1923 he had the distinction of winning the Kent Championship, and on four occasions has been runner-up. For three consecutive years he won the Correspondence Championship of Ireland, and won outright the trophy (Silver Queen) presented by the late Sir Horace Plunket (1915-1917). From 1905 to 1918 he was hon. secretary and treasurer of the K.C.C.A., treasurer from 1932 to 1934, and for about two years—between 1904 and 1914—was hon. secretary of the Tunbridge Wells Chess Club. On no fewer than seven occasions he has helped Tunbridge Wells to win the County Cup. He also played in the Kent team on the only occasion when they won the English County Championship in 1912. Mr. Brooke was congress secretary at Tunbridge Wells in May 1903, and on the congress committee at Canterbury, 1904; Rochester, 1905; Crystal Palace, 1906; Tunbridge Wells, 1907; Deal, 1908; Sevenoaks, 1909; Hastings (Kent and Sussex), 1910; Bromley, 1911; Tunbridge Wells (Kent and Sussex), 1914; Dartford, 1915; and again at Tunbridge Wells in 1928.

< Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, 21 May 1937 >

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  Stonehenge: <stay in the United States of America in 1894 when he had turned 30.>

<BROOKE, WIUJAM M., Harriett Villa, Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Born 1861 at Wimbledon. Educated privately and Malvern College. Organist Trinity Presbyterian, Netting Hill, 1890-2 ; St. Andrews Episcopal, Maniton, Colorado, U.S.A., 1892-4 ; St. David's Cathedral, " pro tent," 1896 ; Parish Church and St. Peter's Church, Pembury, since 1899. Composer of music. Hobbies and recreations : Chess, lawn tennis, mountaineering. >

Perhaps Wiliam Montagu Brooke.

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  MissScarlett: A death notice of <William Montague [sic] Brooke> appeared in the <Kent & Sussex Courier> of Friday, June 30th 1939, p.13, stating he died on Wednesday. <His great interests were chess, of which game he was a great expert, and organ playing. He was also a keen mountaineer and a member of the Swiss Alpine Club.>

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