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Henry Lee
Number of games in database: 7
Years covered: 1883
Overall record: +4 -3 =0 (57.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C23 Bishop's Opening (3 games)
C14 French, Classical (2 games)

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(born Jul-20-1854, died Dec-20-1883, 29 years old) United Kingdom

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 page 1 of 1; 7 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Lee vs L Benima  0-1281883London (Vizayanagaram)C23 Bishop's Opening
2. W Mundell vs H Lee  1-0531883London (Vizayanagaram)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. H Lee vs C E Ranken  1-0271883London (Vizayanagaram)C23 Bishop's Opening
4. H Lee vs C J Lambert  1-0491883London (Vizayanagaram)C14 French, Classical
5. H Lee vs B W Fisher  0-1401883London (Vizayanagaram)C14 French, Classical
6. H Lee vs F S Ensor 1-0181883London (Vizayanagaram)C23 Bishop's Opening
7. R Rabson vs H Lee 0-1531883London (Vizayanagaram)C40 King's Knight Opening
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  Phony Benoni: These games should be credited to <Henry Lee> (1854.07.20-1883.12.20), who does not yet have a page in the database. According to Henry Lee's obituary in the British Chess Magazine ( ), he played in the Vizayanagaram tournament, from which all these games are taken.
Jul-05-13  Raisin Death Ray: I prefer his brother, Tommy!
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  MissScarlett: Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, January 5th 1884, p.423:

<I ANNOUNCE with profound regret the death of Mr. H. Lee, which took place on the 20th December. Always delicate in health, Mr. Lee had been laid up seriously ill for about a fortnight at his father's residence in Saville-row. On the 15th ult., however, his illness took a favourable turn, and at his own request he was removed to his chambers in Mayfair. Shortly afterwards blood poisoning developed itself, and he succumbed to it very suddenly on the 20th December. Mr. Lee possessed a rare genius for chess, and his loss at the early age of twenty-nine years will be deplored far and wide, especially in the principal chess circles of London, where he was well known and highly esteemed. Mr. Lee belonged to that school of artists who despise the pettifogging style of the modern match-player, and delight in risky moves and brilliant combinations. Thoroughly versed in the openings of the game, he scorned to be the slave of books, and seldom failed to strike out a course for himself that showed originality of thought combined with soundness of judgment. Perhaps no player in modern days so closely resembled H. E. Bird in style, and yet he never stooped to copy servilely that great master's mannerisms. True, the genius that coruscates in the veteran's game only sparkled as it were in the younger player's, but had his life been prolonged, and his health not failed, he would, I think, have proved a formidable rival of Mr. Bird for the championship of brilliancy. He had implicit faith in his own powers, and yet withal was as modest as a child. Socially, Mr. Lee was one of the pleasantest companions I have ever met. Last summer he did me the favour to spend a few days with me near Tunbridge Wells, and I could not help admiring the unselfish spirit which he manifested throughout this visit. He seemed to derive the greatest pleasure from contributing to the gratification and amusement of bis associates. No more chivalrous spirit ever cbaracterised a chess-player. Here is one instance of it. Last August I took part in the handicap tourney of the Counties Association at Birmingham. The contest was drawing to a close, and as I had won all my games I was first favourite for the principal prize. I had but to encounter two opponents, who were not deemed quite equal to one or more of those whom I had vanquished. One of the two was Mr. Lee. Well, we made an appointment for a certain time, which, owing to some cause or other, I failed to keep. I arrived an hour too late, and found Mr. Lee unable to oblige me with a sitting. I inquired into the matter, and was informed that Mr. Lee was entitled to claim the game against me, and that he had been requested to do so by some of the competitors, but that as he declined doing so the matter had been referred to the committee, who were then sitting in judgment upon the case. Ultimately the matter was left to Mr. Lee's decision, and he elected to play out the game with me. He lost the game, and won no prize at all, whereas, had he availed himself of his right, he must have gained either the first or second prize.

Mr. Lee was more than a mere chess player. He was a man of varied accomplishments, and, I understand, distinguished himself greatly at Oxford University. His bright eyes and his merry, honest laugh haunt me as I write these lines, and fill my heart with a sadness such as it has not felt for many a day.>

Aug-02-18  zanzibar: Another nice finding by <MissS>.

I wonder who the author was though, especially given the mention of play.

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  MissScarlett: See George Alcock MacDonnell.

In the April 5th editon, p.69, he revealed that Lee's illness was typhoid fever.

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