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Reginald Pryce Michell
Number of games in database: 232
Years covered: 1901 to 1937

Overall record: +74 -103 =51 (43.6%)*
   * 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 (26) 
    D63 D52 D51 D60 D53
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C84 C90 C87 C83 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (14) 
    C84 C90 C87 C91 C99
 Sicilian (11) 
    B29 B83 B84 B40 B42
 King's Indian (9) 
    E61 E60 E94 E91
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E23 E22 E32 E38 E34
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C84 C77 C78 C80 C86
 Orthodox Defense (16) 
    D63 D67 D52 D60 D61
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (14) 
    C84 C86 C98 C97 C87
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    D05 D00 D02 A46 E10
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E36 E34 E47 E23 E32
 King's Gambit Accepted (6) 
    C33 C39 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
   G Norman vs R P Michell, 1924 0-1
   R P Michell vs Przepiorka, 1925 1-0
   R P Michell vs Alekhine, 1923 1/2-1/2
   R P Michell vs G Norman, 1935 1-0
   R P Michell vs W Winter, 1919 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1930/31 (1930)
   Hastings (1919)
   Hastings 1923/24 (1923)
   Hastings 1925/26 (1925)
   Hastings 1928/29 (1928)
   Hastings 1934/35 (1934)
   Scarborough (1930)
   Marienbad (1925)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1932/33 by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1919 by Phony Benoni
   Hastings 1923/24 by suenteus po 147

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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 passed away in London in 1938. His wife Edith - who had won the British Women's championship 3 times - also took part in a number of World Women's chess championships.

Wikipedia article: Reginald Pryce Michell

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 232  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 J Mackenzie  1-0311904BCF-ch 1stB30 Sicilian
8. R P Michell vs C E C Tattersall 1-0331904BCF-ch 1stC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. H Jacobs vs R P Michell  0-1471904BCF-ch 1stC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. F J Lee vs R P Michell  1-0451904BCF-ch 1stD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. C Chepmell vs R P Michell  0-1361904BCF-ch 1stC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. W Napier vs R P Michell  1-0291904BCF-ch 1stC77 Ruy Lopez
13. R P Michell vs W C Palmer  0-1401904BCF-ch 1stB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
14. R P Michell vs H E Atkins  ½-½311904BCF-ch 1stD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. Blackburne vs R P Michell  ½-½321904BCF - London League mC33 King's Gambit Accepted
16. R P Michell vs Blackburne  ½-½591904BCF-ch 1stC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
17. K Regan vs R P Michell 0-1111905LondonD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. R P Michell vs H Shoosmith  1-0361905BCF-ch 2ndC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. V L Wahltuch vs R P Michell 1-0631905BCF-ch 2ndD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. H E Atkins vs R P Michell  1-0361905BCF-ch 2ndC78 Ruy Lopez
21. R P Michell vs G Bellingham  0-1361905BCF-ch 2ndC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. R P Michell vs W Gunston  1-0301905BCF-ch 2ndD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
23. A J Mackenzie vs R P Michell  0-1391905BCF-ch 2ndD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
24. V L Wahltuch vs R P Michell  0-1441906BCF-ch 3rdC24 Bishop's Opening
25. R P Michell vs H Shoosmith  1-0251906BCF-ch 3rdD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-16-04  Knight13: No kibizing for hime yet? I think his winning games (36.9%) is little terrible. He is about 100 rating lower than Alekhine's rating (estimate) wich there were no rating back then. He's not bad at all.
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  Chessical: According to Britbase Chess Archive ( : Reginald Price Michell (9th April 1873 - 20th May 1938) was an amateur player of some note. Britbase highlights the game R P Michell vs Colle, 1931 as being of particular quality.

Michell was British amateur Champion in 1902. He played in the 1927 Olympiad for England, scoring +4, =4, -5, and in the 1933 Olympiad less successfully scoring +0, =5, -4. He also played in eight England v USA cable matches between 1901 and 1911.

Michell was a frequent competitor in the Hastings Premier over 20 years, defeating Mir Sultan Khan and Vera Menchik in 1932/3. He finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the British Championship proper, defeating Henry Ernest Atkins on several occasions. He worked in the Admiralty, and his wife Edith was British Women's Champion in 1931 (jointly), 1932 and 1935.

Oct-17-05  AlexanderMorphy: his win over Alekhine is pretty impressive!
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!
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  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.

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  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.
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  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

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  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.
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