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Daniel Yarnton Mills
Number of games in database: 18
Years covered: 1883 to 1903
Overall record: +4 -6 =8 (44.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-29-1849, died Dec-18-1904, 55 years old) United Kingdom

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Daniel Yarnton Mills was born in Stroud (Sudgrove), England. He was British Amateur Champion in 1890 and won the Scottish Championship in 1885, 1887, 1892, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1899 and 1900 (after play-off). He also played for Great Britain in the Cable Matches against the USA from 1896 to 1903. He passed away in 1904 in Hampstead, London.

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 page 1 of 1; 18 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Mills vs O Hunt  1-0201883Blindfold simul, 6bC77 Ruy Lopez
2. J H Blake vs D Mills 1-0261883Birmingham CCAC01 French, Exchange
3. D Mills vs Loman 0-1271885BCA CongressC48 Four Knights
4. Bird vs D Mills 1-0341885BCA CongressA03 Bird's Opening
5. D Mills vs D G Baird ½-½261895British CC - Manhattan CC cable mC78 Ruy Lopez
6. D Mills vs A Hodges  ½-½4018961st Anglo-American Cable MatchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. D Mills vs E Hymes  ½-½4418972nd Anglo-American Cable MatchC13 French
8. J McGrouther vs D Mills  0-1231897SCO-chC59 Two Knights
9. W N Paton vs D Mills  1-0341897SCO-chC50 Giuoco Piano
10. D Mills vs E Delmar  1-04718983rd Anglo-American Cable MatchC10 French
11. D Mills vs R C MacDonald  0-1491899SCO-chC67 Ruy Lopez
12. W C Spens vs D Mills  0-1291899SCO-chA84 Dutch
13. D Mills vs E Hymes  ½-½6218994th Anglo-American Cable MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
14. E Hymes vs D Mills  ½-½4619005th Anglo-American Cable MatchB40 Sicilian
15. D Mills vs A Hodges  ½-½6119016th Anglo-American Cable MatchC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
16. E Hymes vs D Mills  ½-½4419027th Anglo-American Cable MatchB40 Sicilian
17. D Mills vs A Hodges  ½-½3719038th Anglo-American Cable MatchC54 Giuoco Piano
18. A Dod vs D Mills 1-0401903North-Scotland MatchD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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  GrahamClayton: From the chess column of the "Sydney Morning Herald", dated 11 February 1905:

"Mr DY Mills, whose death is announced, was probably the strongest chess player in Scotland, having won the championship of the Scottish Chess Association seven times out of eight attempts, and in his earlier years when in London was the first honorary secretary of the British Chess Club, and was also one of the organisers of the international tournament of the British Chess Association at Manchester in 1890, in which competition he won the amateur championship of Great Britain and Ireland. Mr Mills was always a most consistent player, as witness the fact that in the cable matches with America he never lost a game."

Dec-17-11  BIDMONFA: Daniel Yarnton Mills

MILLS, Daniel

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  offramp: If he had ever played Cecil Valentine De Vere we could have had <Cecil v D Mills.>
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  moronovich: And if he had a brother ?...;)
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  Chessical: "We regret to announce the death of Mr Daniel Yarnton Mills, of Hermitage Drive, Edinburgh, which took place in London on Sunday morning. Mr Mills had been ill for some time, but was believed to be making good progress towards recovery. Unfortunately, however, he contracted influenza, and death was due to heart failure.

Mr Mills was the elder son of the late Mr Daniel Yarnton Mills, J.P., of Sudgrove House, and was born in 1849. He was perhaps best known to the outside world as one of the most distinguished amateur chess players of the day, and amongst chess players, of whom there are so many in Stroud and the district, there was no name more familiar. He was one of the founders of the British Chefs Club, and its first hon. secretary. He played for the club in the memorable Correspondence Match against St. Petersburg in 1887.

He was also instrumental in organising the International Tournament of the British Chess Association at Manchester in 1890, and took part in the amateur tournament, winning the Amateur Championship Cup of the Association. He secured the championship of the Scottish Chess Association eight times in succession. In 1885 and again in 1887, he won the championship without losing a game an extraordinary record. He will be greatly missed in the annual Anglo-American Cable Matches, as he was always regarded as one of the most trustworthy members of the English team. He had the distinction of being the only English amateur who has never lost a game in these contests, and this result is the more remarkable as he had taken part in all the matches since their inauguration. One of the achievement in which the late Mr Mills took the keenest satisfaction was his defeat of Lasker, the world's champion chess player, when the latter visited Edinburgh a few years ago and played simultaneous games with 14 members of the Edinburgh Chess Club. Mr Mills was the only player who scored a victory or that occasion.

The funeral took on Wednesday at Miserden, the remains being interred in the family vault. The service was taken by the rector, the Rev. R. B. Faree... A considerable number of the inhabitants of the parish attended to show their respect for one who spent his childhood amongst them and who was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. A very large number of wreaths was sent including some of exceptional beauty from Scotland."

Source: "Stroud News and Gloucestershire Advertiser", Friday 23red December 1904, p.8.

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  MissScarlett: <One of the achievement in which the late Mr Mills took the keenest satisfaction was his defeat of Lasker, the world's champion chess player, when the latter visited Edinburgh a few years ago and played simultaneous games with 14 members of the Edinburgh Chess Club. Mr Mills was the only player who scored a victory on that occasion.>

Falkirk Herald, Wednesday, January 18th 1899, p.8:

<"Mr Lasker visited Edinburgh in the beginning of last week, and in the Clarendon Hotel, under the auspices of Edinburgh C.C., met 27 players in simultaneous chess, defeating 24 of them, losing to two, and drawing with one. The leading players of the Edinburgh club took part against the champion, and his visit excited general interest. D. Y. Mills and Mr Greeves, a Northampton gentleman, were successful in winning their games, and Mr C. Meikle obtained a draw after a close contest. Mr Mills won a pawn in opening, and thereafter Mr Lasker tried to force an attack, but it was no use, and, latterly with "the exchange up," his opponent scored. All the other games were won by the champion, whose final score was 24 to 2 and 1 draw.>

Whyld (1998) agrees with the score but dates the simul to January 13th. The Herald's reference to 'beginning of last week' suggests Monday, the 9th, is more likely.

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  Sally Simpson: The September 1890 issue of Steinitz's International Chess Magazine states that after Tarrasch won this game.

Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890

A round or two later in the amateur section of the Manchester Congress D.Y. Mills beat W.Schott with the exact same trap.

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