Wilfred Hugh. Miller. KIRK

Wilfred Hugh. Miller. KIRK

by Marc A Bryant And Brian Denman

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Wilfred was born at Culmstock in Mid-Devon in 1877. and at an early age he went to America. On his
return he·came to London and entered the. Civil Service being engaged at the Ministry Of health.

“He was for a great number of years Hon.secretary of the Civil Service Chess Club and did valuable service. He competed at the first congress of the British Chess fedcration at Hastings in 1904, and was third with 7.5 in the second-class tournament,
on his next effort at Richmond in 1912 he headed one of the first-class sections with 9.5 out of II
The following year, at Cheltenham, he was placed about half- way in the maìor, open contest. His best B.C.F. performance was at Hastings Victory Congress
of 1919, when he finished first in a first-class section with 9.5 above Fred Brown 8, J. Stephenson 7.5 and Max Euwe (Holland) 7. Euwe was then beginning his chess career he played in the British Championship at Ramsgate in 1929, but struggled scoring two points out of eleven.
Mr. Kirk had been in Hastings some seven or eight years, and stayed here throughout the war engaged in civil defence work
He reti red from the Civ i I Service in 1937 and spent the best part of a year abroad,
living in Mentone for six months and going on into Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
during this period, he met a number of Continental celebrities, and it was considered
an event when he was beaten.
He came to Hastings in 1938 and played on a high board for the club. he became Assistant Secretary and Treasurer to the club, and organized the first International Congress following the war, which was such a conspicuous success. The club had hoped that it had found a worthy successor to Mr.A.F. Kidney in the organization of Christmas congresses, but it as not to be.
“Besides his great interest in chess, Mr. Kirk was fond of music and was keenly Interested in cricket, and was also a good lawn tennis player. During his residence
in St. Leonards, he had also taken a deep interest in the welfare of the home for blind
people at Quarry Hill.”
He died at Hastings on 12.6.1946 The loss of W. H.M Kirk is a loss to British chess, how great a
loss will be particularly appreciated by those who attended the: Congress in 1946 at Hastings.
He was one of the prime movers and carried out his important dutes with the utmost efficiency, and unvarying courtesy.
Event “Kent Congress 1st Class Open “]
[Date “1906.04.??”]
[White “Kirk, WHM.”]
[Black “Chapman, C.”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 d6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb6 7. O-O Bg4 8.
Be3 Nf6 9. Nc3 O-O 10. Qd2 Qe8 11. Ng5 h6 12. f3 hxg5 13. fxg4 Nxe4 14. Qd3
Nxc3 15. bxc3 Qd7 16. h3 Rae8 17. Rf5 Ne7 18. Rxg5 d5 19. Rh5 g6 20. Bg5 dxc4
21. Bf6 gxh5 22. Qe3 Qe6 23. Qh6 Qxf6 24. Qxf6 hxg4 25. h4 Ng6 26. h5 Re6 27.
Qg5 Kh7 28. hxg6+ Rxg6 29. Qd5 Rd6 30. Qh5+ Kg7 31. Qxg4+ Rg6 32. Qf5 Re8 33.
Rf1 Re7 34. Qd5 Rg3 35. Rxf7+ Rxf7 36. Qe5+ Kf8 37. Qxg3 {‘and eventually wins.
5.5.1906. The congress took place at Tunbridge Wells.} 1-0

[Event “Civil Service and Municipal League bd 1”]
[Date “1909
white “Nettleton, F.”]
[Black “Kirk, WHM.”]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. f4 cxd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Qa5 8. Qd2
Nh6 9. Nf3 Bd7 10. Bd3 Rc8 11. O-O Nxd4 12. Nxd4 Rxc3 13. Qe2 Rxc1 14. Raxc1
Qb6 15. Qf2 Ng4 16. Qg3 Qxd4+ 17. Kh1 h5 18. h3 Bc5 19. Be2 Qe3 20. Qxe3 Bxe3
21. Rc7 Nf2+ 22. Kh2 Bxf4+ 23. g3 Bxe5 24. Rxb7 Ne4 25. Rf3 Nxg3 26. Rxg3 h4 {
The article does not tell us which teams the players were representing or where the match was played.} 0-1

[Event “Civil Service Municipal Lge v Hampstead”]
[Date “1909.10.06”]
[White “Kirk, WHM.”]
[Black “White, JH.”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bc5 5. O-O d6 6. c3 Nf6 7. cxd4 Bb6 8. e5
dxe5 9. d5 e4 10. Ng5 Ne5 11. Nc3 O-O 12. Bb3 Bf5 13. Bc2 Bg4 14. Qd2 e3 15.
fxe3 h6 16. Nge4 Nxe4 17. Nxe4 f5 18. Nf2 Qg5 19. Qc3 Bf3 20. g3 Rae8 21. Nh3
Qg4 22. Nf4 g5 23. Ne6 Bxd5 24. Qxe5 Bxe6 25. Bd3 Bxa2 26. Bxf5 Qe2 27. Qc3
Rxe3 {Source: The Field of 23.10.1909. Played on board 4 in the match at the
Mecca Cafe, 56 Ludgate Hill, London.} 0-1

[Event “Surrey Championship finals”]
[Date “1912.
[White “Kirk, WHM.”]
[Black “Steadman, Dr F St J”]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 Ne4 8. Bd3
Nxc3 9. bxc3 c5 10. Qg4 O-O 11. Qf4 c4 12. Be2 Nc6 13. Nf3 b5 14. a3 Bd7 15.
O-O Qe7 16. Qe3 Rab8 17. h3 Rb6 18. Nh2 Ra6 19. Qc1 f6 20. f4 f5 21. Nf3 Kh7
22. g4 g6 23. g5 h5 24. Nh4 Rb8 25. Rf2 Be8 26. Rg2 Ra4 27. Bxh5 gxh5 28. g6+
Kg7 29. Rg5 Qf8 30. Qd1 Ne7 31. Qxh5 Qh8 32. Kh2 b4 33. Rag1 bxa3 34. Qh7+ Qxh7
35. gxh7+ Kxh7 36. Rg7+ Kh8 37. Rxe7 a2 38. Rxe6 Rb7 39. Rxe8+ Kh7 40. Rgg8
a1=Q 41. Rh8+ Kg7 42. Nxf5+ Kg6 43. Nh4+ Kg7 44. Ref8 {
1-0

[Date “1912.09.??”]

[White “Goulding Brown, B.”]
[Black “Kirk, WHM.”]
1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ng5 h6 6. Nxf7 Kxf7 7. d4 d5 8. Bxf4
Nf6 9. Nc3 Bg7 10. Be2 h5 11. O-O dxe4 12. Bg5 Kg6 13. Nxe4 Bf5 14. Ng3 Be6 15.
c3 c5 16. Qc2+ Kf7 17. dxc5 Qd5 18. Ne4 Nbd7 19. Rad1 Qe5 20. Rxd7+ Bxd7 21.
Nxf6 Bxf6 22. Bxf6 Qxf6 23. Bc4+ Kg7 24. Rxf6 Kxf6 25. Qf2+ Ke7 26. Qf7+ Kd8
27. Qf6+ Kc7 28. Qe5+ Kc6 29. Qd6# 1-0

[Event “Middlesex v Surrey in London board 8”]

[Date “1913.05.24”]
White “Scott, RHV.”]
[Black “Kirk, WHM.”]1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. Nb5 Qd8 8.
c3 a6 9. Na3 c5 10. f4 Nc6 11. Nf3 Qb6 12. Qd2 cxd4 13. Nxd4 Nc5 14. Nxc6 bxc6
15. Bd3 Nxd3+ 16. Qxd3 Qxb2 17. Nc2 a5 18. Kd2 Ba6 19. Qe3 Qb7 20. Rab1 Qc7 21.
Qc5 Kd7 22. Rb6 Rhb8 23. Rhb1 Rxb6 24. Rxb6 Bc4 25. Nd4 Ra6 26. Rb2 Ke8 27. Kc1
Bd3 28. a4 g5 29. g3 h6 30. h4 g4 31. Kd2 Bc4 32. Kc1 Bd3 33. Kd2 Bc4 34. Rb1
h5 35. Ke3 Ba2 36. Nb5 Qd7 37. Nd6+ Kf8 38. Rb7

[Event “BCF Congress, Cheltenham, Major Open”]

[Date “1913.08.21”]
White “Kirk, WHM.”]
[Black “Shories, G.”]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. O-O Bg4 7. Be3 Bb6 8. Ne2
Bxf3 9. gxf3 Nh5 10. f4 Qh4 11. Bxb6 axb6 12. f5 g6 13. Ng3 Nf4 14. Kh1 Rg8 15.
c3 gxf5 16. exf5 d5 17. Bb5 O-O-O 18. Bxc6 bxc6 19. a4 Qh3 20. Rg1 Rg4 21. a5
Qxh2+ 22. Kxh2 Rh4#

[Event “Hastings Victory Congress 1st class ‘C'”]
[Date “1919.08.13”]

[White “O’Hanlon, JJ.”]
[Black “Kirk, WHM.”]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. e3 Be7 6. Nf3 O-O 7. Qc2 c6 8. Bd3
dxc4 9. Bxc4 Nd5 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. O-O h6 12. e4 Nf4 13. Qd2 e5 14. Bb3 Qf6 15.
Rad1 Qg6 16. g3 Qg4 17. Nxe5 Nh3+ 18. Kg2 Nxe5 19. dxe5 Ng5 20. f4 Nh7 21. f5
Qg5 22. Qxg5 Nxg5 23. h4 Nh7 24. e6 fxe6 25. fxe6 Re8 26. e7+ Kh8 27. Rd8 Bg4
28. Rxa8 Rxa8 29. Bf7 Bd7 30. Rd1 Nf6 31. e5 Nd5 32. Nxd5 cxd5 33. Bxd5 Re8 34.
e6 Bb5 35. Be4 Rxe7 36. Rd8+ Re8 37. Rxe8+ Bxe8 38. Bxb7

[Event “City of London CC Championship”]

[Date “1920.??.??”]
[White “Michell, RP.”]
[Black “Kirk, WHM.”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 d6 7. Ng5 d5 8. exd5
Nd4 9. Nc3 h6 10. Nf3 Nxb3 11. axb3 b4 12. Re1 bxc3 13. Nxe5 Qxd5 14. Ng6+ Be6
15. Nxh8 O-O-O 16. Qe2 Rd6 17. bxc3 Bg4 18. f3 Re6 19. Qf2 Bh5 20. Rxe6 Qxe6
21. Qf1 Kb7 22. g4 Nxg4 23. fxg4 Bxg4 24. d4 Bf5 25. Nxf7 {

[Event “City of London CC Championship “]
[Date “1920.01.27”]
white “Kirk, WHM.”]
[Black “Thomas, Sir George”]
1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Bc5 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 d6 5. Bg5 c6 6. Na4 Bb4+ 7. c3 Ba5 8. b4
Bc7 9. Nb2 Nbd7 10. Ne2 Nf8 11. Ng3 h6 12. Bd2 Ng6 13. Nh5 O-O 14. Qf3 Nxh5 15.
Qxh5 Kh7 16. h4 Qd7 17. d4 d5 18. exd5 cxd5 19. Bd3 e4 20. Bc2 b6 21. Nd1 f5
22. Bb3 Ba6 23. Nb2 Bf4 24. Qd1 Qd6 25. h5 Bxd2+ 26. Qxd2 Nf4 27. O-O-O Rac8
28. Kb1 Rc7 29. Rde1 Rfc8 30. Re3 Bd3+ 31. Nxd3 Nxd3 32. Rxd3 exd3 33. Qxd3
Rxc3 34. Qxf5+ Kh8 35. Rh3 Rc1+ 36. Kb2 Qxb4 {