Chess in 1815
by Bill Wall

Marmaduke Wyvill
Chess Master & Politician
Napoleon played chess every afternoon while in captivity. (source: Long Island Star, Jan 31, 1816)

In 1815, Thomas Leeming (1788-1822) painted "Hereford Chess Society." It shows three chess games being played at a chess club. Featured in the foreground is Samuel Beavan on the left, and Edwin Goode Wright on the right. Thomas copied his own painting in 1818, substituting James Buckton for Samuel Beavan and changing a few other details.

Hereford Chess Society, 1815

In 1815, Charles Dillingham Mead was born in New York. He was president of the American Chess Association and one of the strongest chess players in New York during his day. He died in 1876 at the age of 61.

On July 8, 1815, Henry Howe was born in Guildford, England. He was Canadian champion in 1877.

On September 21, 1815, Paul Rudolf von Bilguer was born in Ludwigslust, Germany. He wrote Handbuch des Schachspiels.

On December 22, 1815, Marmaduke Wyvill was born in Constable Burton, England. He was a leading English chess master.

J. Wood — William Lewis, London 1815
1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4 g4 5. O-O gxf3 6. Qxf3 Qf6 7. d3 Bh6 8. Bd2 Nc6 9. Bc3 Ne5 10. Qh5 d6 11. g3 Bg4 12. Bxe5 Bxh5 13. Bxf6 Nxf6 14. gxf4 Rg8+ 15. Kh1 Ng4 16. Na3 Ne3 17. Rf2 O-O-O 18. h3 Nxc4 19. Nxc4 c6 20. Ne3 f6 21. Raf1 Bg6 22. c4 Rge8 23. h4 f5 24. h5 fxe4 25. hxg6 exd3 26. Ng4 Bg7 27. gxh7 Re2 28. f5 Rh8 29. f6 Rxh7+ 30. Kg2 Bf8 31. Rxe2 dxe2 32. Re1 Rh5 33. Rxe2 Kd7 34. Kg3 Rf5 35. b4 b6 36. Re4 d5 37. cxd5 Bd6+ 38. Kh4 Rxd5 39. a3 Rf5 40. Re2 a5 41. Rf2 Rxf2 42. Nxf2 Ke6 43. Kg5 Be5 44. Ne4 Bxf6+ 1/2-1/2

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