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Maseres
  
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1783


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1. Maseres vs Philidor 0-1581783Blindfold Simultaneous000 Chess variants

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Mar-25-08  Knight13: Whatta? At least his name gone down in chess history so he'll never be forgotten. I wish I could get a name in history and be kept for over 200 years.
Feb-14-14  thomastonk: From "The Era", 1863:

"Francis Maseres, Cursitor Baron of the Exchequer, was an Amateur of great ability. He was born in London, of a family originally French, on the 15th of December, 1731. He studied at Cambridge, where he took his degree of BA. in 1752, and M.A. in 1755. He received the appointment of Attorney-General of Quebec, where he distinguished himself by his loyalty during the American contest, and by his active zeal for the interests of the Province. He wrote a large number of mathematical works and several political Treatises. His patronage of letters and literary men was munificent. He seems to have been beloved and respected by every one with whom he came in contact. One writer says of him, ``As to the squanimity of his temper, a celebrated Chess-player need to say of the Baron, who was very fond of that game, that he was the only person of his acquainance from whose countenance it could not be discovered whether he had won or lost the game.''"

So, this chess player seems to be a famous man, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franci..., http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk... or http://www.theactuary.com/archive/o..., where the last two mention him as a chess player.

I think we could add the date of birth and death, as well as some basic information. Or does anyone has some doubts that this could be another Maseres?

Feb-14-14  thomastonk: From "Blindfold Chess", page 23, by Eliot Hearst and John Knott: they claim that Francis Maseres was reported as Philidor's opponent on May 9, 1793 in the London press. Their quote however mentions only a Mr. Maseres.

I've found other reports from May 27 & 28, 1783, wherein a Mr Mazieres (sic) is mentioned as one of three opponents Philidor played Monday. It is obviously a report on the same blindfold simul, but the other opponents are COMPTE Bru[e]hl and DR Browdler, so why is Mas[i]eres not named BARON?

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