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Alexander, (Conel) Hugh O'Donel (1909–1974), chess player and cryptanalyst, was born in Cork on 19 April 1909, the eldest of four children of Conel William Long Alexander (1879–1920), professor of engineering at University College, Cork, and his wife, Hilda Barbara Bennett (1881–1964), of ...

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Thompson Cooper

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Anderson, Andrew (1798–1861), draughts player, was born on 3 May 1798 at Braidwood, near Carluke, Lanarkshire, the son of William Anderson, a stocking weaver, and his wife, Mary, née Selkirk. He became the champion draughts player of Scotland (from 1828) and (unofficially) of the world. He defeated ...

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Barry, Sir (Philip) Stuart Milner- (1906–1995), code-breaker and chess player, was born on 20 September 1906 in Hendon, London, the second youngest of six children (five sons and one daughter) of Edward Leopold Milner-Barry, a schoolteacher (later professor of modern languages at the ...

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Beale, Francis (bap. 1621?, d. in or before 1666), writer on chess, may plausibly be identified with Francis Beale of Axe Yard, Westminster, who was baptized on 30 November 1621 at St Margaret's, Westminster. If this is correct, he was the first of the four children of ...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Bird, Henry Edward (1829–1908), chess player, born at Portsea, Hampshire, on 14 July 1829, was the son of Henry Bird, of a Somerset family, and his wife, Mary Ellen, and was baptized at St Thomas's, Portsmouth, on 7 August. His father afterwards kept a shop in ...

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E. S. Tinsley

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Blackburne, Joseph Henry (1841–1924), chess player, was born in or near Hulme, Manchester, on 10 December 1841, the son of Joseph Blackburne, a Quaker bookkeeper and temperance reformer (not a path taken by his son) who also practised as a phrenologist, and his wife, ...

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Burn, Amos (1848–1925), chess player, was born on 31 December 1848 at 28 Bourne Street, Kingston upon Hull. He was the third surviving son (there were also three daughters) of Amos Burn (1810–1877), a timber merchant and commission agent of Scottish descent, and his wife, ...

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Cheeke, William (fl. 1592–1615?), anagrammatist, is of obscure origin. In his only printed work he identifies himself as ‘Gulielmo Checo Durotrige’ and ‘Guil. Cheeke. Austro-Britannus’, suggesting a connection with southern England, perhaps Dorset. He entered Magdalen Hall, Oxford, at the beginning of 1592 and graduated BA from there on 14 February 1596....

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Clay, James (1804–1873), politician and writer on whist, was born in Bloomsbury, London, on 20 December 1804, the only son—there was also a daughter—of James Clay (d. 1828), a merchant of Old Broad Street, London, and his wife, Mary (d. 1841)...

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Dudeney, Henry Ernest (1857–1930), compiler of mathematical puzzles, was born in Mayfield, Sussex, on 10 April 1857, the third child and second son in the family of three sons and seven daughters of Gilbert Dudeney (1825–1877), a schoolmaster in a Methodist school at ...