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Reginald Pryce Michell
R P Michell 
Number of games in database: 317
Years covered: 1901 to 1937

Overall record: +109 -136 =68 (45.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (33) 
    D63 D52 D51 D61 D60
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C84 C83 C91 C79 C73
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (18) 
    C84 C91 C99 C87 C90
 Sicilian (14) 
    B83 B84 B29 B21 B72
 King's Indian (11) 
    E61 E94 E91 E60 E85
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E23 E22 E38 E32 E34
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (37) 
    C84 C77 C80 C78 C86
 Orthodox Defense (20) 
    D63 D60 D51 D67 D52
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (17) 
    C84 C86 C98 C97 C91
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D05 D00 D02 A46 E10
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E34 E23 E36 E47 E46
 King's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    C33 C39 C36 C38
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Regan vs R P Michell, 1905 0-1
   Bogoljubov vs R P Michell, 1923 0-1
   R P Michell vs Colle, 1931 1-0
   R P Michell vs Przepiorka, 1925 1-0
   G Norman vs R P Michell, 1924 0-1
   R P Michell vs Alekhine, 1923 1/2-1/2
   R P Michell vs W Winter, 1919 1-0
   R P Michell vs Milner-Barry, 1934 1-0
   R P Michell vs G Norman, 1935 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (1906)
   British Championship (1926)
   British Championship (1912)
   British Championship (1934)
   British Championship (1904)
   British Championship (1932)
   British Championship (1937)
   British Championship (1909)
   Hastings 1924/25 (1924)
   Hastings 1923/24 (1923)
   Hastings (1919)
   Hastings 1928/29 (1928)
   British Championship (1908)
   British Championship (1924)
   British Championship (1905)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1923/24 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1919 by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1932/33 by Phony Benoni
   2nd British Chess Federation championship 1905 by jessicafischerqueen

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(born Apr-09-1873, died May-19-1938, 65 years old) United Kingdom

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Reginald Pryce Michell was born in Penzance, Cornwall, England. He was British Amateur Champion in 1902. He died in London in 1938. His wife Edith Mary Ann Michell won the British Women's championship thrice and participated in a number of World Women's championships.

Wikipedia article: Reginald Pryce Michell

Last updated: 2023-03-23 20:28:16

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 320  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R P Michell vs C S Howell  1-06419016th Anglo-American Cable MatchD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
2. C S Howell vs R P Michell 1-05619027th Anglo-American Cable MatchC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. B Siegheim vs R P Michell  0-1401903LondonE12 Queen's Indian
4. R P Michell vs C Newman  1-06219038th Anglo-American Cable MatchD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. C H Lorch vs R P Michell 0-1161903City of London chD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
6. Lasker vs R P Michell  ½-½391903Simul, 20bC33 King's Gambit Accepted
7. R P Michell vs A Curnock  1-0291904City of London CC chC70 Ruy Lopez
8. R P Michell vs C Tattersall 1-0331904British ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. W Napier vs R P Michell  1-0291904British ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
10. R P Michell vs H E Atkins  ½-½311904British ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. R P Michell vs W C Palmer  0-1401904British ChampionshipB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
12. Blackburne vs R P Michell  ½-½321904BCF - London League mC33 King's Gambit Accepted
13. R P Michell vs G Bellingham 1-0111904British ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
14. F J Lee vs R P Michell  1-0451904British ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. C Chepmell vs R P Michell  0-1361904British ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. R P Michell vs Blackburne  ½-½591904British ChampionshipC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
17. R P Michell vs A J Mackenzie  1-0311904British ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
18. H Jacobs vs R P Michell  0-1471904British ChampionshipC33 King's Gambit Accepted
19. K Regan vs R P Michell 0-1111905LondonD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. R P Michell vs H W Shoosmith  1-0361905British ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. V L Wahltuch vs R P Michell 1-0631905British ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. H E Atkins vs R P Michell  1-0361905British ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
23. R P Michell vs G Bellingham  0-1361905British ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. R P Michell vs W H Gunston  1-0301905British ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. A J Mackenzie vs R P Michell  0-1391905British ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 320  PGN Download
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Oct-17-05  weary willy: <AlexanderMorphy: his win over Alekhine is pretty impressive!> Unfortunately it seems clear that this game is by another Michell - see the game and the comment in the Kibitzers' section
Oct-17-05  weary willy: "R. P. Michell, was born in Penzance in 1873. His father and two brothers played chess and he was already an expert player when he joined the Penzance club at the age of 15. Two years later the whole family moved to London, where Reginald joined the Civil Service, working his way up to become Permanent Secretary in the Admiralty. In spite of having a full-time, 40 yr career and many other interests, his ability at chess was such that he represented England many times in international matches, even playing in the 5th Olympiad at Folkestone at the ripe old age of 60. Though, because of his many commitments, he could never hope to reach the heights of the professionals like Alekhine, Reti, Grunfeld, etc., he took the scalps of most of them from time to time. Also, perhaps because he died soon after retirement, in spite of having literary talents he never got round to compiling any record of his playing career, and his contribution to British chess is now largely forgotten, even in his native county." [From website of Cornwall Chess Association]

Oct-17-05  AlexanderMorphy: yes sadly that game was played by another michelle!
Apr-09-07  gambitfan: Player of the day (PLOD Mo 09/04/2007)
Aug-26-08  myschkin: . . . °^,



The boy's name Reginald is of Latin origin (Reginaldus), and its meaning is "ruler's advisor". Variant of Reynold and Ronald. Popular in Britain in the 19th century.

Apr-09-09  wordfunph: 30 years after he died then i was born.

Happy Birthday Reginald Michell..

Apr-09-09  JaneEyre: <Reginald Price Michell was born on the 9th of April 1873 in Penzance Cornwall, England. He was British Amateur Champion in 1902. He passed away in London in 1938.>

Not much of a life, was it?

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  Phony Benoni: <The Price is Wrong?>

The normally reliable Jeremy Gaige (<Chess Personalia>, p. 281) gives Michell's middle nama as "Pryce". This is the form also used by Edward Winter in his Chess Notes no. 5061 (

On the other hand, everybody else from Olimpbase to Wikipedia seems to accept "Price" as the middle name.

Normally I'd trust Gaige, but in light of the near unanimity of opinion the other way I'm asking if anyone can absolutely confirm Michell's middle name.

Mar-18-10  sdrumovic: Does someone have the final ranking of the 1922 London Major Open, won by Michell and played along with the famous 1922 London Chess Congress won by Capablanca?
Mar-18-10  sneaky pete: <sdrumovic> From the tournament book edited by Watts:

1. R.P. Michell, London 8 -d111d101101
2/3. J.H. Blake, London 7,5 d-1d11001d11
2/3. A. Seitz, Munich 7,5 00-01111d111
4. K. Berndtsson, Gothenburg 7 0d1-10d11011
5/6. A. Steiner, Budapest 6 0000-1110111
5/6. Dr. Z. Vecsey, Czecko Slovakia 6 d0010-1d1dd1
7. Dr. F. Balogh, Roumania 5,5 010d00-1d11d
8/10. R.H.V. Scott, London 4,5 11000d0-0110
8/10. E.G. Sergeant, London 4,5 00d010d1-d01
8/10. Marquis del Turco, Florence 4,5 0d010d00d-11
11. G. Koltanowski, Antwerp 3 10000d0010-d
12. L. Singer, Trieste 2 000000d100d-

That Czecko Slovakia is the authentic Watts-spelling.

Mar-19-10  sdrumovic: Wow sneaky pete! You've been so fast! And the cross-table too!

Thank you very much.

Do you happen to have also the ranking/cross-table from the B tournament in Margate 1923?

In that tournament there was an italian player too: Romih (sometimes spelled as Romi) who ranked as third.

Mar-19-10  sneaky pete: <sdrumovic> Sorry, none whatever. The only thing I could find about Margate 1923 are the final standings of the main tournament, where Michell shared second place in the distinguished company of Alekhine and Bogoljubov, be it a full point behind Meister Gehirnfehlt.
Mar-19-10  Calli: 19th Kent County Chess Association Ch
Margate 1923 (March 31 - April 7)

Section "B"
1. Dewing, Leslie Charles Gwyn *101111= 5.5
2. Snowden, H.J. 0*=1==11 4.5
3. Romi, Massimiliano 1=*01=01 4
4. DeSouza, Mendes, Joao 001*011= 3.5
5. Price, Edith Charlotte 0=01*==1 3.5
6. Key, G. 0==0=*=1 3
7. Louis, F.V. 0010==*0 2
8. Sullivan, P. =00=001* 2

source: Chess Results 1921-1930, Di Felice, page 57

Apr-09-10  wordfunph: he won against William Winter..

maybe he's an IM-caliber player..

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  Stonehenge: <Phony Benoni>

<On the other hand, everybody else from Olimpbase to Wikipedia seems to accept "Price" as the middle name.>

See "The headstone reads: «Here lies Reginald Pryce Michell. Born 1873. Died 1938»."

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  Tabanus: England & Wales National Probate Calendar, UK and Ireland Find A Grave Index, Biography & Genealogy Master Index, England & Wales FreeBMD Birth Index 1837-1915, and family trees in, they all have Reginald <Pryce> Michell.
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  MissScarlett: The <Falkirk Herald> of May 25th 1938, notes that Michell's death followed upon a bout of influenza.
Apr-09-21  Nosnibor: <Chessical> You state that Michell beat Atkins several times. I find this difficult to believe .According to the C.G. database he beat him once ,lost four times and drew twice in their head to head.
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  Chessical: <Nosnibor> Unfortunately, I cannot remember how I concluded that Michell had defeated Henry Ernest Atkins on several occasions; nor can I substantiate it now.
Apr-18-21  login:

'You state' ≆
'According to Britbase Chess Archive'

Maybe User: John Saunders could shine light on this ?

Apr-18-21  Nosnibor: <Chessical> <login> Checking on the Britbase Chess Archive makes the statement even more in favour of Atkins with 5 wins ,2 draws and 1 loss. Therefore there is no justification for stating that Michell had beaten Atkins on several occasions.
Mar-05-22  Sally Simpson: [Event "London Chess Club Ch."]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1920"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Michell, Reginald, P"]
[Black "Blake, Joseph, H"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C83"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. c3 Be7 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. Re1 Nc5 12. Nd4 Nxd4 13. cxd4 Nd3 14. Re3 Nf4 15. Nf1 Rc8 16. Rg3 Ng6 17. f4 f6 18. Bc2 fxe5 19. fxe5 Bh4 20. Rf3 Bg4 21. Rxf8+ Qxf8 22. Qd2 Qf7 23. g3 Rf8 24. Qe1 Bh3 25. Be3 Qf3 26. Qf2 Qg4 27. Qd2 Bxg3 28. Nxg3 Nh4 29. Qe2 Rf3 30. Kh1 Rxg3 31. Qxg4 Rxg4 32. Bb3 c6 33. Rc1 Rg6 34. Bf2 Bg2+ 35. Kg1 Nf3# 0-1

Source. Game 2 'Learn from The Masters' by Fred Reinfeld (book was originally called 'Chess by Yourself.')

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<Sally Simpson>

Here is a post I made on the Joseph Henry Blake page about what you need to do in order to prepare a pgn for the game you want to submit:

Joseph Henry Blake (kibitz #21)

Mar-06-22  Sally Simpson: Thank you Jessica, have posted a reply in Joseph Henry Blake (kibitz #22)
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  GrahamClayton: Michell had victories over Euwe, Reti, Bogolujubow, Atkins, Yates, Colle and Alexander - not bad for an "amateur" player.
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