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Born:

30/10/1901, Pontefract

Baptised:

01/12/1901, All Saints, Pontefract

Died:

1976, Pontefract district

 

Identity of the Chess-Player

 

This is the player whose death was noted in the British Chess Magazine of 1977, p.120 (unseen), and is not to be confused with the “A. Schofield” who played for Dewsbury from about 1907, when this player, Alexander Schofield, was only 6 years old.

 

Non-Chess Life

 

Alexander Schofield’s parents were Archibald Schofield (born 1878, Castleford) and Agnes Edith Schofield (nee Goodair, 1877, Whitwood, a mile SW of Castleford) who married in 1900, at Pontefract, and went on to have at least the following children (probably more):

 

Harold Haydn Schofield

born 1900, Pontefract

Alexander Schofield

30/10/1901, Pontefract

Freda Schofield

born 1910, Pontefract

 

Alexander was baptised at All Saints, Pontefract, on 01/12/1901.

 

Father Archibald was described in 1901 as a yeast merchant and tripe-dresser, and in 1911 as a hide, skin and fat broker.

 

The 1911 census found the family living in Pontefract.

 

In 1930, in Pontefract, Alexander Schofield married Fanny, whose maiden name was either Partridge or Ball (curious confusion in registration index).

 

In 1939 Alexander was resident in Pontefract.

 

Around 1948-48, A Schofield, secretary of Wakefield Chess Club, lived at High Bank, Church Garth, Churchfields, Castleford

 

Chess

 

A Schofield played on the top one or two boards for Leeds in the Woodhouse Cup over a period including the range 1924-1937.

 

A Schofield, explicitly of Pontefract, played in the Minor Section in the 1925 Scarborough congress.  (Same as above?)

 

The secretary of Wakefield Chess Club in 1948-49 was A Schofield, 1948-9, High Bank, Church Garth, Churchfields, Castleford.

 

Death

 

Alexander Schofield died in 1976, the death being registered in the Pontefract district, which included Castleford.

 

 

Created

10/09/2018

Copyright © 2018 Stephen John Mann

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Last Updated

10/09/2018