Yorkshire Chess History



John Thorold Gosset (& John Herbert de Paz Thorold Gosset)











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



12/08/1903, Wimbledon


03/12/1904, Wimbledon


1970, Huddersfield


Non-Chess Life


John Thorold Gosset’s father was the bizarrely named lawyer, amateur mathematician and chess-player John Herbert de Paz Thorold Gosset (born 16/10/1869, Thames Ditton), whose mother’s maiden name was Thorold, hence perhaps making him very very distantly related to Edmund Thorold.  John H de P T Gosset tended to be known more simply as Thorold Gosset.


In 1900, Thorold Gosset married Emily Florence Wood (born 1870, Huntingdon), at St. George’s, Hanover Square, and the couple went on to have at least the following children:


Kathleen Thorold Gosset

born Wimbledon

John Thorold Gosset

born Wimbledon


John Thorold Gosset was baptised on 03/12/1904 at Wimbledon.


The 1911 census found the family living in Cambridge.  Thorold Gosset was a lawyer.


Little is evident regarding John Thorold Gosset’s early life, but at some stage he moved to Huddersfield, where the 1939 Register found him, still unmarried, lodging with 61-year-old widowed Ellen Howe, at 36 Spring Street, Huddersfield.  He was a car-battery repairer.


In 1948, at Huddersfield, a John T Gosset married Mary E Tinker (born 1898, Huddersfield).  It is not evident that they had any children.


Wife Mary Gosset died in 1961, in Huddersfield, age 64.


Father Thorold Gosset died in 1962, in the Harrow area, aged 93.


In 1968, at Huddersfield, John T Gosset took a second wife, Joan Stocks.




The name of the father, (John Herbert de Paz) Thorold Gosset, crops up in the chess literature occasionally.  He must have been a reasonably good player as he won the British Correspondence Chess Championship in 1925-26.  Mixing mathematics with chess, he published, in 1914, an article on “The Eight Queens Problem” in the periodical The Messenger of Mathematics., regarding putting eight queens on a chessboard in such a way that none attacks (or defends) any other.


John Thorold Gosset played chess in Huddersfield in the 1930s and possibly before.  He played for Huddersfield in the Woodhouse Cup at least in 1933-3, 1934-35 and 1935-36, and presumably later.  He played for Yorkshire over the board v Cheshire on 21/01/1933, and by correspondence in at least 1937-38 and 1938-39.




John Thorold Gosset died in 1970, in Huddersfield.







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