Chess in 1817
by Bill Wall

In 1817, William Lewis (1787-1870) published Oriental Chess in two volumes. It was the first problems books printed in England.

In 1817, a number of ivory chess pieces were discovered in a bog near Clonard in County Meath, Ireland. Only one piece, a queen survived. The piece is in exactly the same style as the Lewis chessmen and is dated to the late 12th century. The piece may be of Scottish or Scandinavian in origin. The piece is housed in the National Museum in Dublin.

In 1817, a chess club was formed in Manchester, England. It lasted until 1876.

On June 21, 1817, Adolph Karl Wilhelm Schliemann was born in Moelin, Germany. He played the Schliemann Defense (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5) in the 1860s. He died in 1872 at the age of 54.

In 1817, John Cazenove (1788-1879) wrote A selection of curious and entertaining games at Chess, published in London

In 1817, Jacob Sarratt published works on Gianutio and Selenius.

In 1817, Maelzel repurchased the Turk automaton from Eugene Beabarnais. He then exhibited in Paris.

On October 10, 1817, Serafino Dubois was born in Rome. He was Italy's leading player, and perhaps one of the world's strongest players, in the mid 19th century. He died in 1899, at the age of 81.

In 1817, William Stepford Kenny (1788-1867) published his Practical Chess Grammar.

William Lewis — Eric Keen, London, 1817
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 d6 5.O-O Nf6 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4 Bb6 8.h3 Nxe4 9.Re1 d5 10.Bxd5 Qxd5 11.Nc3 Qd8 12.Rxe4+ Ne7 13.Qe2 Be6 14.Bg5 Qd6 15.Bxe7 Kxe7 16.d5 Rhd8 17.Ng5 c6 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Rxe6+ Qxe6 20.Qxe6+ Kf8 21.d6 Re8 22.Qf5+ Kg8 23.Ne4 Rf8 24.Qe6+ Kh8 25.Ng5 Bxf2+ 26.Kh2 Rae8 27.Nf7+ Kg8 28.Nh6+ Kh8 29.Qg8+ Rxg8 30.Nf7# 1-0

J. Parkinson — Alan Scrimgour, London, 1817
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d4 Be7 5.Nf3 Bh4+ 6.g3 fxg3 7.O-O gxh2+ 8.Kh1 Be7 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Ne5+ Ke8 11.Qh5+ g6 12.Nxg6 Nf6 13.Rxf6 Bxf6 14.Nxh8+ Ke7 15.Qf7+ Kd6 16.Bf4+ Kc6 17.Qd5+ Kb6 18.Qc5+ Ka6 19.Bxc7 1-0

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