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James Innes Minchin
Number of games in database: 35
Years covered: 1866 to 1890

Overall record: +8 -23 =3 (27.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C84 C67
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Minchin vs J Coker, 1875 1-0
   J Minchin vs C B Vansittart, 1883 1-0
   J Minchin vs Gunsberg, 1883 1-0
   J Minchin vs W Vyse, 1883 1-0

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   London (Vizayanagaram) (1883)

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(born Mar-12-1825, died Jan-18-1903, 77 years old) United Kingdom

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James Innes Minchin was born in Madras, India and died in Parkstone, England. He was one of the main promoters of the London 1883 international tournament, and edited the tournament book.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 35  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Minchin vs Bird 0-1231866LondonC50 Giuoco Piano
2. G MacDonnell vs J Minchin ½-½531866BCA-01.Challenge Cup+C67 Ruy Lopez
3. J Minchin vs Steinitz 0-1321866LondonC51 Evans Gambit
4. Bird vs J Minchin 0-1381866LondonC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. J Minchin vs G MacDonnell 0-1441866LondonA00 Uncommon Opening
6. J Minchin vs W Wayte 0-1171866LondonC45 Scotch Game
7. Bird vs J Minchin 0-1281866LondonC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. G MacDonnell vs J Minchin  1-0291866LondonC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. J Minchin vs G MacDonnell  0-1431866London 5C30 King's Gambit Declined
10. S Green vs J Minchin  1-0341866LondonC20 King's Pawn Game
11. J Minchin vs De Vere 0-1211866LondonC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. J Minchin vs Bird 1-0271866LondonC27 Vienna Game
13. J Minchin vs J Trelawney 1-0621866BCA-01.Challenge CupA43 Old Benoni
14. J Minchin vs De Vere  0-15918661st BCA Challenge Cup C51 Evans Gambit
15. De Vere vs J Minchin 1-0301866BCA-01.Challenge CupC53 Giuoco Piano
16. De Vere vs J Minchin 1-0181871Casual gameC67 Ruy Lopez
17. J Minchin vs J Coker 1-0221875Challenge CupC45 Scotch Game
18. J Minchin vs L Hoffer  0-1211876London 5C33 King's Gambit Accepted
19. Zukertort vs J Minchin  1-0291876West End CC 1of16C52 Evans Gambit
20. J Minchin vs Blackburne 0-1521876Simpson's Divan tB01 Scandinavian
21. Blackburne vs J Minchin 1-0271876Simpson's Divan tC48 Four Knights
22. W Wayte vs J Minchin  1-0281877EnglandC45 Scotch Game
23. Zukertort vs J Minchin  1-0181877St George's ccC25 Vienna
24. Zukertort vs J Minchin  1-0301879St.George's CC mC52 Evans Gambit
25. J Minchin vs J De Soyres  0-1301881London (5)C29 Vienna Gambit
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Feb-25-08  Knight13: His best result was beating Henry Edward Bird in 1886 with a score of +3 -1 = 0.
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  GrahamClayton: Minchin (1825-1903) was the honorary secretary of the St George's Chess Club, and one of the main promoters of the 1883 London International Tournament. Author of a collection of Sonnets, 'Ex Oriente', of 'Sybil, a soul's History', and of a translation of Dante's 'Divine Comedy' into terze rima, which was highly commended by Robert Browning.
Mar-12-14  Eastfrisian: Any photo of him ?
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Mar-13-14  Eastfrisian: Thank you.
Feb-26-16  zanzibar: His younger brother also played chess, and both were in the Challenger Cup, London (1872) BCA tournament.

From p88 of Harding's book on Blackburne:

<(Maj) Charles Cherry Minchin (1830-1899)>

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  Jean Defuse: ...

General Minchin

Winner of the Hastings club championship in 1893.

The information below is from an email by Brian Denman.

Col. Minchin is a very interesting character who is not usually associated with Hastings. There were in fact two Minchin chess-playing brothers, of whom James Innes Minchin was the most famous player. James was born in Madras, India in 1825 and his brother (with whom we are concerned) was probably also born in India in about 1830. The later Hastings champion went by the names of Charles Cherry and he seems to have been a person of some significance in India. He was a political agent in Bahawalpur from 1866 and was responsible for carrying through several major civil engineering projects. He became Commissioner of Lahore.

The Minchin brothers seem to have come to England in the early 1870s and both were active members of the St George’s CC in London. Charles Cherry appears to have gone back to India for a few years from about 1878, but by 1884 he was back in England to become a member of the Eastbourne CC. Unfortunately for him the Eastbourne CC fell into difficulties and he joined the Brighton CC. He also suffered ill-health which reduced his chess activities for a time. He eventually joined the Hastings CC and became champion, but the last reference that I have of his playing chess in Sussex is dated 1894. He died in 1899 at Bournemouth. The following is a list of his ranks: commissioned as cornet 1847, lieutenant 1853, captain 1861, major 1867, lieutenant colonel 1873, colonel 1878, and general c.1890. A few of his games survive, but unfortunately he seems to have lost most of his published games. I enclose a couple of his wins, though they are from a much earlier period to the time when he won the Hastings CC Championship (N.B. I do not believe that there was a Hastings chess column in the year that he won the title). I also have a game score where he and his brother played together against the subsequent world champion Wilhelm Steinitz and managed a draw.

AGM Sept 20th 1893:

…General Minchin played through the preliminary, and also the final stage of the Championship, without losing one game, thereby winning the captaincy, and becoming the first holder of the new trophy. As he had to meet many of the strongest players in the club, his score is really a remarkable one. The committe has been obliged to purchase a new Championship trophy, as the first one has become the property of Mr. Womersley, he having held it three years…


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