James Thompson (chess player)

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James Thompson (23 September 1804, London - 2 December 1870, New York) was an American chess master.

Born in London, he arrived in New York,[1] where formed the New York Chess Club in 1839.[2] He participated in the First American Chess Congree at New York 1857, and lost a match to Paul Morphy (0 : 3) in the first round.[3] He also lost other matches to him; casual (0 : 5) in 1857, two formal (3.5 : 5.5) in May/June 1859 and (6 : 10) in October 1859, and casual (1 : 3) in 1860 (Morphy gave odds of a knight in three latter matches). He drew a match with Charles D. Mead (1.5 : 1.5) in 1857, and played several times in New York Chess Club tournaments, losing to Frederic Perrin in 1854, 1857, and 1859, and James A. Leonard in 1860/61.[4]

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