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

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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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R. E. Anderson

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Horwitz, Bernard (c. 1807–1885), chess player, was a native of the grand duchy of Mecklenburg, of Jewish descent, who learned the game under Mendheim at Berlin and became one of the seven great players known as the Pleiades. He moved about 1840 to ...

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Thomas Seccombe

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Lewis, William (1787–1870), chess player, was born in Birmingham on 6 October 1787, and trained as a merchant's clerk, but learned chess under Jacob Henry Sarratt. In 1821 he played a match at Paris with Des Chapelles, the leading player in France before ...

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Loewenthal, Johann Jacob [formerly János Jakab Löwenthal] (1810–1876), chess player, son of a Hungarian merchant, was born at Budapest in July 1810. He was educated at the Gymnasium of his native town, and received his first chess lessons from Szen, the noted Hungarian player, then a clerk in the archives at ...

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Macdonnell, Alexander (1798–1835), chess player, born in Belfast, the son of Alexander Macdonnell (d. 21 April 1843), a Belfast physician, was intended for a career in commerce, and carried on an extensive business at Demerara between 1820 and 1830. He became a vigorous propagandist for the slave-owning sugar planters in the ...

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Menchik [married name Stevenson], Vera Frančevna (1906–1944), chess player, was born in Moscow on 16 February 1906, the daughter of Franz Mencik (d. in or before 1937), a mill owner, who was of Czech origin. Her mother was English. The family moved to ...

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Miles, Anthony John [Tony] (1955–2001), chess player, was born on 23 April 1955 at 44 Lordswood Road, Harborne, Birmingham, the only son of John Charles (Jack) Miles, telephone engineer, and his wife, Gertrude Jane (Jenny), née Griffin. His father taught him to play chess when he was five. At eleven he won the ...

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Philidor, François-André Danican (1726–1795), musician and chess player, was born at Dreux, France, on 7 September 1726, the youngest child from his second marriage, to Elisabeth Leroy, of André Danican Philidor ‘l'aîné’ (c.1647–1730), composer, instrumentalist, and librarian, the presiding genius of the ...

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François-André Danican Philidor (1726–1795) by Augustin de Saint-Aubin, pubd 1772 (after Charles-Nicolas Cochin) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rudge, Mary (1842–1919), chess player, was born in Leominster, Herefordshire, on 6 February 1842, the youngest child in a family of two sons and five daughters of Henry Rudge (1795/6–1874), a surgeon, and his wife, Eliza, née Barrett (1801/2–1863).

Mary Rudge learned chess in early childhood and became the first Englishwoman to play the game competitively to a high standard and over a long period. As early as 1864 she and her elder sister ...

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