Knott, Hubert




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1857  118  2183 (81) 10
1858  128  2166 (88) 0
1859  145  2149 (94) 2

Rating table notes

Biographical data
Name: Knott, Hubert  
   Also known as: James Brown Knott; Hubert J.B. Knott
Born: 1825
Died: 3 June 1890
 
Notes:
A player named 'Knott' appears in the Illustrated London News of 22 Sept. 1849, the Chess Player's Chronicle of Oct. 1849 (p.290) and La Régence of Nov. 1849 (p.343), playing in consultation with Tilghman against Harrwitz (who played blindfold). This is probably Hubert Knott, who later appeared in America, since Tilghman was visiting Britain from the States. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper of 4 Oct. 1856 has 'Nott'. Alan McGowan at the Chessgames.com page for Hubert Knott gives convincing evidence that he is James Brown Knott of Glasgow, who used the name Hubert while in the United States in the 1850s. McGowan has also sent me Glasgow census records giving his birth as 'about 1825' or sometimes 'about 1826', a marriage record of 'Hubert J.B. Knott' in New York in 1854, a record from the 1855 New York census of a 'Hubert Nott' from Scotland, and a death record of James Browne Knotte in 1890 in Edinburgh. There are also chess problems in American publications, such as one in Frank Leslie's New York Journal of 1 Oct. 1855 by 'Mr. Knott, of the Glasgow Chess Club', and another in the New York Clipper of 5 Jul. 1856, by J.B. Knott of the Glasgow Chess Club.
 
References
Books
   Fiske, First American Chess Congress, page 67, 538
   Gaige, Chess Personalia, page 218
   Hillyer, Thomas Frère, page 19
   van Winsen, Mackenzie, Mason and Co. I, page 139
   van Winsen, Mackenzie, Mason and Co. II, page 114
Periodicals
   [BDE], vol. 18, no. 59, 11 Mar. 1859, page 2
   [BDE], vol. 18, no. 143, 17 June 1859, page 3
   [CPC], vol. 10, no. 10, Oct. 1849, page 290
   [FLIN], 4 Oct. 1856
   [FLIN], 17 Apr. 1858
   [FLIN], 8 Jan. 1859
   [FLIN], 26 Mar. 1859
   [FLNJ], 1 Oct. 1855
   [GH], 9 Sep. 1850, page 4
   [ILN], vol. 15, no. 391, 22 Sep. 1849, page 203
   [NYC], 5 July 1856
   [Reg], vol. 1, no. 11, Nov. 1849, page 343
Web
   Sarah.  [American Chess Congress Players]
   Sarah.  [Paul Morphy's Contenders]
   [Hubert Knott]

Match data  (f=formal; c=casual; s=soft)

Morphy, P.C. - Knott, H.J.B. 1859         (c)     2   -   0      Morphy, P.C. gave odds of a knight

Tournament data

New York 1857 (2)     Brooklyn Club Tournament    
  Knott, H.J.B. - Philip, J.     1 - 0    
  Knott, H.J.B. - Horner, W.     1 - 0    
  Knott, H.J.B. - Roberts, D.S.     0.5 - 1.5    
New York 1857 (4)     1st American Chess Congress    
  Knott, H.J.B. - Perrin, F.     3 - 4    


Player information updated: 22 Jul. 2022