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Nicholas Theodore Miniati
Number of games in database: 12
Years covered: 1889 to 1894
Overall record: +3 -6 =3 (37.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1860, died 1943, 82 years old) United Kingdom

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Editor of the chess column in the "Manchester Weekly Times", and the magazine "Chess Review" which published five editions in 1892-1893.

A strong amateur player, he came third in Amsterdam B (1889) and third-fifth in the 5th Congress of the BCA, London, 7-19th, November 1889 behind Bird, Gunsberg and Mason.

In 1890, he was defeated in a match by Emanuel Lasker (+0 =2 -3), Lasker - Miniati (1890).

"Lasker, meanwhile, having defeated Bird in a match in February, was said to have challenged Blackburne next. "Pending Mr Blackburne's decision, Herr Lasker will engage in a shorter match with Mr N.T.Miniati, the well known Manchester amateur." (1)

"MINIATI, of Manchester, had the distinction of being the only amateur who had the courage to play a set match with Lasker, champion of the world, and certainly the most astute champion the world has ever seen. Of course Miniati fell, but he fell forward, with his face to the foe. Outside the professional arena Miniati was the strongest amateur of his day, and his editorial work is too well known to need recapitulation here, but it was chiefly in the end game that he was brilliant. Some of his finishes were truly gorgeous in their Eastern magnificence and splendour. In a match game he electrified the spectators announcing checkmate in seven moves.

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'Termination of a match game at Blackburn (Lancashire) ...N. T. Miniati. In the above position white announced mate in seven moves. " (2)

(1)."Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography", Tim Harding, p.294

(2). 1. Qxg7+ Kxg7 2. Nxf5+ Kg6 3. Nxe7+ Kh6 4. Nxf7+ Kh5 5. Be2+ Kh4 6. Nf5+ Kh3 7. Ng5 mate.; "Newcastle Evening Chronicle", Monday 6th November 1939, p.3.

Last updated: 2019-09-28 08:05:09

 page 1 of 1; 12 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bird vs N Miniati 1-0351889London BCAA03 Bird's Opening
2. N Miniati vs T Fennema  1-0251889Amsterdam-BC55 Two Knights Defense
3. N Miniati vs A de Boer  1-0421889Amsterdam-BC50 Giuoco Piano
4. T van den Berg vs N Miniati 1-0331889Amsterdam-BC54 Giuoco Piano
5. N Miniati vs Olland  ½-½411889Amsterdam-BC10 French
6. Lasker vs N Miniati  ½-½471890Lasker - MiniatiC11 French
7. N Miniati vs Lasker  ½-½621890Lasker - MiniatiC50 Giuoco Piano
8. Lasker vs N Miniati 1-0371890Lasker - MiniatiC30 King's Gambit Declined
9. N Miniati vs Lasker 0-1501890Lasker - MiniatiD05 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Lasker vs N Miniati 1-0481890Lasker - MiniatiC25 Vienna
11. N Miniati vs J Mortimer  1-0301890British CC - Manchester CCC42 Petrov Defense
12. N Miniati vs Loman  0-1211894North and South MatchC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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  GrahamClayton: Nicholas Theodore Miniati (1860-1909).

Editor of the chess column in the "Manchester Weekly Times", as well as the magazine "Chess Review" in the early 1890's.

Best tournaments results were:

1889 Amsterdam-B, 3rd
1890 London 5th

Miniati retired from chess in the mid 1890's and moved to Greece, the home country of his parents.

He died in 1909, possibly during the Goudi military coup.

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  Chessical: It appears that Miniati did not die in 1909.

"The 1911 census found “49”-year-old Salford-born Nicholas T. Miniati living with 38-year-old wife Helen Miniati and Helen’s 76-year-old Huyton-born widowed mother, Annie Walmsley, at 25 Grasmere Road, Oldham, Lancs. Nicholas was now an insurance superintendant.

The death of Nicholas T. Miniati, at the age of 83, was registered in the fourth quarter of 1943, at Bolton."


Apr-12-14  RedShield: The Victorians had a genius for recording data. Of course, this passion for information didn't start with them, but they raised it to a whole new level.
Jan-30-16  zanzibar: <THE clever and enthusiastic Chess Editor of the Manchester Weekly Times, was born in the early sixties, and attained the rank of Master some few years ago.

The following specimens of his play will give some idea of his pristine strength. The quality of his editorial work in the Manchester Weekly Times is too well known to need recapitulation here, whilst, as problemist, his fancy inclines to the fantastic species of holiday puzzles, which seem to have sort of an attraction for his imaginative mind. But it is chiefly in the end game that Mr. Miniati shines, some of his finishes being truly gorgeous in their Eastern magnificence and splendour>

"The Chess Bouquet (1897)" p119

They don't mention his leaving Britain (but might not have known if he was inactive).

A game <Miniati--Van Vliet C50 59 (1-0)> can be found in the above source.

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