John Crum

The first Scottish Champion

compiled by Alan McGowan

born 1842, died 27 April 1922, Edinburgh

Joined the Glasgow Chess Club in 1874.

Won the first Scottish Championship in 1884.

On retiring from business in the early part of the 20th century, he went to live in Edinburgh, but kept up his connections with his old club, of which he was champion for the last time in 1909.

He was a noted endgame composer and edited a chess column in The Glasgow Weekly Herald.

He was frequently on the directorate of the Scottish Chess Association, including that of the founding body in 1884.

Scottish Championship 1884

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

 

1

Crum

 

½

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

½

7

2

Fraser

½

 

1

1

0

0

1

1

1

1

3

Spens

0

0

 

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

6

4

Forsyth

0

0

0

 

1

1

0

1

1

1

5

5

Mills

0

1

0

0

 

½

1

0

1

1

6

Andrews

0

1

0

0

½

 

0

1

1

1

7

Gilchrist

0

0

0

1

0

1

 

1

0

1

4

8

McLeod

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

 

1

1

3

9

Chambers

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

 

½

10

Fyfe

½

0

1

0

0

0

 

 

½

 

2

 

The first annual congress of the Scottish Chess Association.

Play took place in the Bedford Hotel, Glasgow, from Monday 21 to Friday 25 July.

 

 

 


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