James Marshall

compiled by Alan McGowan

C1866 11 August 1926, Edinburgh

James Marshall died suddenly on August 11th while actually playing in the lightning tournament at the British Chess Federation congress at the Albyn Rooms, Edinburgh. He had come over from his home at Stirling to see the play and decided to take part in the quick play. After winning one game, however, he suddenly collapsed and expired in a few minutes despite medical aid from other competitors. The Falkirk Herald states that the loss of Mr Marshall is a heavy blow to Scottish chess, for he was a powerful player and generous patron. He won the championship of Scotland in 1889, but the following year was recommended for an appointment in Japan by the late William Black, another leader of Scottish chess. Mr Marshall was a great success at the work he had undertaken and eventually became a partner in the firm of Findlay, Richardson & Co., Ltd., merchants, of Manila, Tokio and Kobe, whose head offices are at 34 West George Street, Glasgow. He came home for good in 1920 and immediately resumed his connection with chess, being elected president of Glasgow club in 1921, and of the Scottish Chess Association in 1922.

[Source: BCM 1926, September, page 417.]

Scottish Championship 1889

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John Gilchrist

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Sheriff Spens

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Played in Edinburgh, July 29 to August 2.

The Edinburgh Chess Club was unable to provide accommodation as their rooms were undergoing renovation. Instead, Dr Ferguson, of the Edinburgh Institution, kindly allowed the use of one of his classrooms at 8 Queen St .

 


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