Samuel Tinsley

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Samuel Tinsley (c. 1900)

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.[1] As a young adult, Tinsley moved to London and eventually worked with several of his brothers as a publisher.[2]

Chess career[edit]

Unlike most masters, Tinsley did not take up chess until late in life, beginning to play the game seriously well into his forties.[3] His most notable achievements include sharing seventh prize at Manchester, 1890 with Simon Alapin and Theodor von Scheve.[3] 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.[3]

Tinsley was the chess columnist for The Times,[4] and after he died his three sons took on that work.[1][4] In 1912 his son Edward (1869–1937) took sole charge.[4]

Family and death[edit]

In 1867, Tinsley married Sophia Martha Willamant, and after she had died he remarried to Sarah Ann Luetchford in 1875.[5] 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.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 426, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6
  2. ^ "Tinsley Obituary 1". Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Cheshire, Horace F. (1896), The Hastings Chess Tournament, 1895: ..., Chatto & Windus, pp. 343, 360–61
  4. ^ a b c Winter, Edward, "3799. Najdorf and Tinsley", Chess Notes
  5. ^ "Samuel Tinsley - Hints". Ancestry. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Samuel Obituary 2". Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Streatham Strolls to Canada". The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog. Retrieved 6 January 2019.

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