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Dundee 1867

brochure, The Chess Player, 1. edition 2011

From the series »Rare and Unpublished Tournaments«

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  • Stapled booklet with plastic jacket
  • all available games from this landmark tournament in round order for the first time
  • all known games of the "Scotch Tournament" (the table published for the first time)
  • games from the handicap tournament
  • the major chess events in Dundee up to 1867
  • the significance of the tournament in organisation
  • brief biographies of the players - Neumann, Steinitz, de Vere, Macdonnell, Blackburne, Dr. Fraser, Robertson, G.B.Fraser, S.Hamel, Spens

Dundee Chess Club

The information given here is taken from The Story of the Dundee Chess Club by Peter W. Walsh, 1984. The main highlights from the early story of chess in Dundee are:

1829 or before: the formation of the Angus Club

1847: the formation of the Dundee Chess Club

1848: the two clubs merged as the Dundee Chess Club

1851: the Dundee Club lapsed but the Angus Club was reformed, the President being G.B.Fraser

1851: the Angus Club played a correspondence game against Kling

1852: Loewenthal visited the Angus Club

1850s: G.B.Fraser played matches against Wormald, Falkbeer, Hannah and others

1859: Angus Club won 2 correspondence games against the Bon-Accord Club

1860: the Dundee Club was reformed with G.B.Fraser as the Secretary/Treasurer

1860: Kolisch visited Dundee and played a match against Fraser: +4=1 -2

1862: the club bought one hour sand-glasses for timing; the first club championship was held; G.B.Fraser won and later gave an 11 board blindfold simul

1862 August to 1864 April: G.B.Fraser wrote a weekly chess column in the Courier and Argus

1862 December: the Dundee Club began correspondence games against Edinburgh

1864: Pindar, one of the leading English provincial players, joined the club

1865: Dundee (Fraser, Pindar, C.R.Baxter) beat Glasgow 8,5 - 0,5

1866: in the return match, Dundee lost 5,5 - 9,5 against Glasgow

1867 January: Steinitz visited and played a match v G.B.Fraser at odds of pawn and move, winning +7=1 -1

1867 February: Steinitz played Fraser on level terms and won +3 =2 -1; Steinitz gave a 6 board blindfold simul at the club scoring 5,5 - 0,5

These activities had made the Dundee Chess Club, led by G.B.Fraser, the most active in Scotland. This, plus a financial contribution, resulted in the London-based organisation, the British Chess Association, agreeing to hold its 1867 tournament in Dundee.

Some of the information about the tournament conditions comes from the book mentioned above and some from the Transactions of the British Chess Association 1866/1867 which also contains a large selection of games from the main event.

More Information
Weight 100 g
Manufacturer The Chess Player
Width 15 cm
Height 21,5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2011
Author Anthony J. Gillam
Series Rare and Unpublished Tournaments
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-10 1901034793
Binding brochure
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