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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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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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Evans, William Davies (1790–1872), master mariner and chess player, was born at Musland farm in the parish of St Dogwell's, Pembrokeshire, Wales, on 27 January 1790, the eldest son of John Evans (1757–1820), a farmer, and his wife, Mary, née Davies (1766–1856). Having probably received some education at ...

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Golombek, Harry (1911–1995), chess player and writer on chess, was born on 1 March 1911 at 200 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London, the younger son in the family of two sons and three daughters of Barnet Golombek (1877/8–1943), a successful grocer, and his wife, ...

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Gunsberg, Isidor Arthur (1854–1930), chess player and journalist, was born in Pest, Hungary, the eldest son of Abraham Gunsberg and his wife, Katharine, née Tapart. Records kept by Hungarian rabbis suggest that Isidor was born on 1 November 1854, but he himself believed his birthday was 2 November. ...

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Isidor Arthur Gunsberg (1854–1930) by Hastings Bradshaw, c.1900 Chesshistory.com