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Walker, George

George Walker was the writer of the first chess column to appear in a magazine, the Lancet, in 1823.  The column lasted less than a year.  In 1831 he formed the Westminster Chess Club, which was the leading club in England.  In 1834 he arranged the match between La Bourdonnais and McDonnell.  In 1835 he wrote a chess column in Bells Life in London.  He wrote this chess column for 38 years, ending in 1873.  In 1837 he was the editor of England's first chess magazine, The Philidorian.   It existed for one year.  In 1843 he founded the St. George’s Chess Club.  He established the custom of recording games and using the players’ names.  He was a book publisher and stock broker.

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