Samuel Tinsley

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Samuel Tinsley

Samuel Tinsley (13 January 1847 – 26 February 1903) was an English chess player and writer born in South Mimms, Hertfordshire.[1]

Unlike most masters, he did not take up chess until late in life, beginning to play the game seriously well into his forties.[2] His most notable achievements include sharing seventh prize at Manchester, 1890 with Simon Alapin and Theodor von Scheve.[2] 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.[2]

Tinsley was the chess columnist for The Times,[3] and after he died in London in 1903 (aged 56),[1] his three sons took on that work.[3] In 1912 his son Edward (1869–1937) took sole charge.[3]


  1. ^ a b Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 426, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6 
  2. ^ a b c Cheshire, Horace F. (1896), The Hastings Chess Tournament, 1895: ..., Chatto & Windus, pp. 343, 360–61 
  3. ^ a b c Winter, Edward, "3799. Najdorf and Tinsley", Chess Notes 

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