THE LIFE AND CHESS OF PAUL MORPHY                                                                                                                                                                               Hugh Alexander Kennedy

Hugh Alexander Kennedy

Capt. Kennedy, born in 1809,  was indeed an army officer who became an author and a leading London chess player. In the early 1840s, he founded the Brighton Chess Club which is still in existence today. There, Staunton and Buckle contested many games prior to Staunton's match with Saint-Amant. Kennedy was highly impressed with Buckle in particular. But, like Staunton, Kennedy had an entrepreneurial spirit. In April of 1845, he and Staunton played 2 "test" consultation telegraph games (from Gosport, Portsmouth Harbor)  against Evans, Perigal, Tuckett, and Walker (in London). Both games ended in a draw (though the draws had more to do with the situation than the game itself - see The Campbell Report )

Kennedy took part , and came in 6th, in the 1851 London International tournament, arranged by Staunton and won by Anderssen.

He also played against, and lost to,  Serafino Dubois in the first international telegraph chess game in 1862.

He died in 1874.

from The Exploits and Triumphs in Europe of Paul Morphy  by Frederick Edge


Some games by Capt. H. A. Kennedy