<BCM Obit --
The chess board has lost one of its most worthy champions by the death of Edward Chamier, of Paris, a most accomplished gentleman, and a player of first-rate strength. To an acquaintance with almost every European language, he added a vast erudition in philosophy, in literature, and in mathematics; and his talents as a writer were shewn in the Edinburgh Review, where he published a series of articles, clearly and admirably dealing with a most profound subject. But great as was his intellectual power, natural and acquired, it distinguished him less than the charm of his manner, than his rare modesty and simplicity. His contempt for material pleasures predisposed him to find enjoyment in more scientific recreations, and among these chess responded most fully to his aspirations. He became in a very short time a notably strong player, and in 1883, when he won the championship of France, there was no one in the country who was his superior. He devoted himself to the success of the Paris Club in the great correspondence match with Vienna, but owing to disagreements, he, with Messrs. Clerc and de Rivière, felt himself compelled to retire from the playing committee; since then he ceased to take any active part in the contests at the Café de la Régence and at the Cercle.
The ancestors of Edward Chamier were French Huguenots, and one of them, Daniel Chamier, took an important part in the Reformation. He was killed at the siege of a southern town, defended by the protestants against the catholics. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, the family removed, part to England and part to Prussia. A Chamier was chaplin at the court of Berlin, under Frederick I., and the title of count is attached to the German branch. Among the members of the English branch, some have served the church, and others have distinguished themselves in the Indian civil service. Mr. Chamier's mother was of an old aristocratic family of the name of Crookenden, and was a woman of great culture and no small eminence.
We in Paris mourn the death of a dear friend, and we join his colleagues of the New York Insurance Co. in their beautiful epitaph:
<“A celui qui fut notre amt, notre conseil et notre example.”>