Samuel Tinsley (13 January, 1847 – 26 February, 1903) was an English chess player and writer.
Tinsley was born in South Mimms, Middlesex to Sarah (née Dover) and William Tinsley. He was the seventh of ten children, and a younger sibling of publisher William Tinsley. As a young adult, Tinsley moved to London and eventually worked with several of his brothers as a publisher.
Unlike most masters, Tinsley did not take up chess until late in life, beginning to play the game seriously well into his forties. His most notable achievements include sharing seventh prize at Manchester, 1890 with Simon Alapin and Theodor von Scheve. He played in the celebrated Hastings 1895 tournament, one of the strongest tournaments held up until that date, but finished 20th–21st out of 22 players.
Family and death
In 1867, Tinsley married Sophia Martha Willamant, and after she had died he remarried to Sarah Ann Luetchford in 1875. Sarah had several children with Tinsley and he lived the remainder of his life in London until he suddenly died while attending a church service on 26 February, 1903 (aged 56). He was buried on March 4th at Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries, Lewisham.
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- British Chess Magazine, 1903, pp. 158–59
- British Chess Magazine, 1937, p. 503
- Edward Winter's "The Chess Tinsleys" (Chess Notes Feature Article)
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