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Skipworth, Arthur Bolland

Arthur Bolland Skipworth was born in 1830 and became a reverend.  He was secretary of the British Counties’ Chess Assocation and editor of the Chess Players’ Chronicle.  In September 1865, he won the first British Counties’ Chess Association, held in Redcar.  In 1869, he won the 5th British Counties Chess Association Congress at York, England.  In 1871, he won the 3rd British Chess Association Challenge Cub (7th Counties Chess Association) at Malvern.  In 1873, he won the 9th British Counties Chess Association Congress at Bristol.  In 1880, he tied for 1st at the 15th British Counties Chess Association Congress, held in Boston, England.  In 1883, he took last place at the 1883 London International with 3 out of  26.  The event was won by Zuckertort.  In 1884, he took 2nd in the 19th British Counties Chess Association Congress at Bath, England.  In 1885, he lost a match to Henry Bird (+2-5=0).  In 1886, he participated in the Nottingham International, but withdrew after he lost the first two games.  In 1891, he tied for 1st in the 24th British Counties Chess Association Congress, held at Oxford, but lost the play-off to Joseph Blake.  In 1892, he lost all 8 games to take last place in the 25th British Counties Chess Association Congress, held in Brighton, England.  In 1893, he took 2nd in the 26th British Counties Chess Assoication Congress at Woodhall Spa, England.   Skipworth had the habit of falling ill early in a tournament , especially when things were not going his way.  He died in 1898.  When he died, the British Counties’ Chess Association ceased to exist.

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