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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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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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Staunton, Howard (1810–1874), chess player and literary scholar, born probably in Westmorland in April 1810, was dubiously alleged to be the natural son of Frederick Howard, fifth earl of Carlisle (1748–1825); officially, his father was William Staunton. He had little or no formal education, but apparently received a legacy (from ...

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Thomas, Sir George Alan, seventh baronet (1881–1972), chess and badminton player, was born in the British consulate in Constantinople on 14 June 1881, the son of Sir George Sidney Meade Thomas, sixth baronet (1847–1918), and his wife, Edith Margaret (d. 1920), daughter of ...