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Francis Joseph Lee
Number of games in database: 138
Years covered: 1887 to 1909

Overall record: +35 -62 =41 (40.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    D02 D00 A46 A40
 Slav (5) 
    D12 D11
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C77 C65 C68
 Queen's Gambit Declined (4) 
    D37 D35 D31
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B13 B12 B18 B19
 French Defense (13) 
    C14 C11 C12 C01 C00
 Scandinavian (7) 
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D53 D52 D51 D55
 French (6) 
    C11 C00 C12
 Classical French (6) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A H Pettersson vs F J Lee, 1905 0-1
   F J Lee vs J Mason, 1899 1-0
   Blackburne vs F J Lee, 1904 0-1
   Pillsbury vs F J Lee, 1893 0-1
   Chigorin vs F J Lee, 1899 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Blackburne - Lee (1890)
   London (1900)
   Barmen Meisterturnier B (1905)
   London (1899)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1893, The Impromtu Tournament by Calli

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(born 1857, died Sep-12-1909, 52 years old) United Kingdom

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Francis Joseph Lee was born circa 1857 in London, England. He was South African Champion in 1903; although he lost a Blackburne - Lee (1890) match 5.5:8.5 to Blackburne in 1890, the peak of Lee's career was in the 1890's when he was in the top thirty of players. His best tournament result was at New York 1893, Game Collection: New York 1893, The Impromtu Tournament, where he finished third equal, and he went to win two matches against Henry Bird in London 1897.

He passed away in London in 1909.

Wikipedia article: Francis Joseph Lee

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 138  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F J Lee vs A Guest  1-055 1887 London BCAC77 Ruy Lopez
2. F J Lee vs Blackburne 0-137 1888 ?C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. Taubenhaus vs F J Lee  1-035 1888 BradfordB01 Scandinavian
4. Blackburne vs F J Lee ½-½22 1890 Blackburne - LeeC11 French
5. F J Lee vs Blackburne  0-143 1890 Blackburne - LeeC50 Giuoco Piano
6. Blackburne vs F J Lee  ½-½53 1890 Blackburne - LeeC01 French, Exchange
7. F J Lee vs Blackburne  ½-½50 1890 Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Blackburne vs F J Lee  ½-½53 1890 Blackburne - LeeC14 French, Classical
9. F J Lee vs Blackburne  ½-½39 1890 Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Blackburne vs F J Lee 1-047 1890 Blackburne - LeeC14 French, Classical
11. F J Lee vs Blackburne  1-067 1890 Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Blackburne vs F J Lee  1-036 1890 Blackburne - LeeC14 French, Classical
13. F J Lee vs Blackburne 0-129 1890 Blackburne - LeeD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Blackburne vs F J Lee  1-053 1890 Blackburne - LeeC14 French, Classical
15. F J Lee vs Blackburne  1-031 1890 Blackburne - LeeD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Blackburne vs F J Lee  ½-½24 1890 Blackburne - LeeC14 French, Classical
17. F J Lee vs Blackburne ½-½51 1890 Blackburne - LeeD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Von Scheve vs F J Lee  ½-½63 1890 ManchesterD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. F J Lee vs O C Mueller  ½-½41 1890 ManchesterC46 Three Knights
20. F J Lee vs C D Locock  0-122 1890 ManchesterD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J Mason vs F J Lee 1-081 1890 ManchesterC14 French, Classical
22. F J Lee vs E Schallopp  ½-½39 1890 ManchesterD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. F J Lee vs W Gunston  ½-½57 1890 ManchesterC46 Three Knights
24. Blackburne vs F J Lee  1-052 1890 ManchesterD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. F J Lee vs Tinsley 0-127 1891 Simpson's DivanC11 French
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-07-04  nimzo: This guy, Francis Joseph Lee, was the national champion of a country. Wasn't England, I think (his name is not on the official list of English champions). Which country was it?
Apr-10-06  blingice: Hmm, he plays a lot of famous people: Lasker, Nimzo, Bird, Blackburne, Steinitz, Znosko-Borovsky, etc.
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  Knight13: This game he won against Bird is very interesting: Bird vs F J Lee, 1892.
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  GrahamClayton: While in South Africa Lee edited the chess column in the "Rand Daily Mail".
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  GrahamClayton: A very quick win by Lee as part of a 19 board simultaneous exhibition in Dublin:

[Event "Simultaneous exhibition"]
[Site "Dublin"]
[Date "1890.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Lee, Francis Joseph"]
[Black "Mr JD"]

1. e4 c5 2. ♘c3 d6 3. ♘f3 ♘c6 4. ♗c4 ♗g4 5. 0-0 ♘e5 6. ♘xe5 ♗xd1 7. ♗xf7#

Source: Illustrated Sydney News, 5 July 1890

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  Phony Benoni: Obituary (in German) and portrait:

Aug-01-13  BlackFront: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!
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  Chessical: <OBITUARY>.óWe much regretted early the week learn of the death, after only a short illness, of well-known English Chess master, Mr F. J. Lee, which occurred Sunday (12th September 1909 - ed.) The immediate cause of death was, are informed, sudden collapse the nervous system.

During his Chess career, Lee visited South Africa, the United States, Havana, Trinidad, and Venezuela. In South Africa he caught an attack of enteric fever (typhoid - ed.), which enfeebled a constitution already somewhat weakened by chronic indigestion, and at Caracas, Venezuela, he had a severe illness from dysentery, which further played havoc with his system and gave him the appearance a man of sixty, at least, when, as a matter of fact, he was only his fifty-second year when he died.

At the Scarborough Congress recently he played in excellent form during the first week, winning ... ( v Blackburne rd.4 BCF Championship 1912 - ed.), and other good games. Towards the end first week, however, became indisposed, and played far below reputation for the remainder of the tournament. He appeared upon his return to London in fairly good health, but he complained of feeling unwell about ten days before his death, was ordered to bed. In this condition his brother, Mr George Lee, who, fortunately, happens be a visit to England from Durban, obtained his admission the University Hospital, where it appears he fidgeted to be allowed return his lodgings, which request, amazing to say, the Hospital authorities assented on Saturday, and Sunday morning he died.

Mr Lee was scarcely the front rank of the leading Chess masters of the world, but held a prominent position in Chess, and his name was familiar everywhere where Chess is played. He was an adversary whom was exceedingly dangerous take lightly, as witness games standing his record, won from Steinitz, Tchigorin, Mason, Pillsbury, and other players of International fame. He took part with distinction in four International masters' tournaments as well as a number of national tourneys of the British Chess Association, the British Chess Federation, and Simpson's Divan. He was successful competitor impromptu International contest New York, 1893, where divided third and fourth prizes with Showalter, and won his game from Pillsbury, Lasker winning the first prize and Albin the second. He prided himself considerably upon winning the first prize, without the loss of a game, in a tourney at "Simpson's," with Bird, Mason, Van Vliet, Loman, Muller, Mortimer, Gossip, and eight other players, and upon winning the Chess Championship of South Africa.

He was generally counted stodgy player, and yet he won a brilliancy prize for a game against Bird, and for a game won from the young Russian master Snosko-Borowsky. He took part several of the Cable matches between Great Britain and America, and edited the Chess column of the Hertford Times from August, 1890, until July, 1893. Mr Lee was well known throughout England, Scotland, and Ireland, and his sudden and unexpected death will keenly regretted among British Chess players.

Source - <Hereford Times - Saturday 18 September 1909, p.16.>

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  GrahamClayton: One of the great "journeymen" of late 19th century/early 20th century international chess.
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