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Francis Sidney Ensor
Number of games in database: 8
Years covered: 1883
Overall record: +1 -7 =0 (12.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1841, died Feb-25-1893, 51 years old) United Kingdom

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Francis Ensor was born in France (British Subject) as the next eldest son of manufacturer James Rainford Ensor (1804-1877) and Ann Andrew (1816-1904). His outer family were lace manufacturers based in Ostend, Belgium, and so the restless Francis was wealthy enough to travel wide and far as a young man. An uncle of the eccentric and famous painter James Sidney Ensor (1860-1949), he authored and edited the books Incidents on a journey through Nubia to Darfoor (London 1881) and Victoria: The Queen's Speeches in Parliament from Her Accession to the Present Time (London 1882). In 1872 he was married to the music teacher Catherine Pettet from London.

Francis played chess at competition level in 1871 (loss to Joseph Henry Blackburne), 1878 (two tournaments) and with bearable result in London (Vizayanagaram) (1883). His brother Albert William Ensor (1843-1883) also played chess, with some success. The two were frequent visitors at Simpson's Divan*, the main venue for chess in western London. They both died young in that environment.

Main sources:,, and *Wikipedia article: Simpson's-in-the-Strand

 page 1 of 1; 8 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Lee vs F S Ensor 1-0181883London (Vizayanagaram)C23 Bishop's Opening
2. F S Ensor vs Von Bardeleben  0-1461883London (Vizayanagaram)C33 King's Gambit Accepted
3. F S Ensor vs C J Lambert  1-0441883London (Vizayanagaram)C00 French Defense
4. C E Ranken vs F S Ensor  1-0391883London (Vizayanagaram)C45 Scotch Game
5. F S Ensor vs Gunsberg  0-1301883London (Vizayanagaram)C44 King's Pawn Game
6. T H Piper vs F S Ensor 1-0241883London (Vizayanagaram)A04 Reti Opening
7. F S Ensor vs B W Fisher 0-1781883London (Vizayanagaram)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. J Lord vs F S Ensor  1-0411883London (Vizayanagaram)C54 Giuoco Piano
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-08-14  ljfyffe: His brother Albert won the first completed Canadian "closed" chess championship in 1873, doing so as a British subject.

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