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Howard Staunton

Howard Staunton (1810-1874) was a chess player and Shakespearean scholar. Little is know about the life of Staunton before his appearance on the chess scene, although it is said that he claimed to have been an actor.

Following Staunton's defeat of St. Amant[?] of France in 1843, he was recognized as the world's strongest chess player (although this was before the establishment of a World Chess championship in 1886).

Staunton went on to write a chess column in the Illustrated London News[?] before founding the world's first chess magazine, the Chess Player's Chronicle[?]. He was also responsible for the first international chess tournament, held in 1851.

A chess set designed by Nathaniel Cook[?] and named after Staunton has become the standard set for both professional and ametuer chess players.

A memorial plaque hangs at his old residence of 117 Lansdowne Road, London W11.

In 1997 a memorial stone bearing an engraving of a chess knight was raised to mark his grave at Kensal Green Cemetery in London. Prior to this his grave had been unmarked.

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