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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 ...

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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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Macnutt, Derrick Somerset [pseud. Ximenes] (1902–1971), crossword compiler and schoolmaster, was born on 29 March 1902 at Coomrith, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, Sussex, the elder child and only son of Frederic Brodie Macnutt (1873–1949), curate-in-charge of Christ Church, Wimbledon, and his first wife, ...

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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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Saul, Arthur (d. 1614x18), writer on chess and supposed spy, is a figure about whom much remains obscure. He was possibly a kinsman of Arthur Saul (d. 1586), canon of Bristol and of Gloucester, and may be the Arthur Sale who graduated BD from ...

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Stamma, Phillip (d. 1755), chess player and interpreter of oriental languages, was born in Aleppo. His name is rendered variously in European documents as Philippe, Philippo or Filipo, and Phillip. What little can be known about his origins comes from evidence contained in a few extant copies of his treatise on chess, ...