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Mr Ford was the 1896 Durban champion and won the title only once. I have been unable to discover much about him. The 1897 Natal Almanac shows that he was on the club committee and that the club was still meeting at the Barrow Green Cafe, where it was founded in 1893. The club hours were from 19h30 to 23h00 on Tuesday nights. Those interested in the early days of the Durban Chess Club should read this article by Mervyn Millar that appeared in the March 1974 issue of the Durban Chess Club Bulletin.

The 1897 Natal Almanac lists Mr Ford as an advocate, attorney and notary. The chairman of the Durban Chess Club at the time was Harry Escombe Q.C. who also practised as an advocate and attorney. Other members of the club committee were Messrs B.W. Greenacre, G.A. Champion, S. Marriott, D.T. Johnson, W.J. Marriott, C.V. Deeley, S.C. Chard, C.A.L. Bull and R.W. Borders. Some of these names are still well known in Durban.


So far I have unable to find any games by Mr Ford.

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