|Frank Melville Teed
Teed was born in Westchester County, N. Y. during the last month of 1856 but didn't learn to play chess until after he moved to Norwalk, Connecticut in 1871. He moved back to New York as an adult and won the New York Chess Club Handicap Tournament in 1878 and the Manhattan Chess Club championship in 1881. He won the Brooklyn Chess Club Handicap Tournament in 1889.
The American Chess Magazine called him "...unmistakably a genius. He is brilliant, though of sterling soundness." He was known for being a fast player who never encountered time trouble (clocks at that time were just coming into vogue).
Teed beat Steinitz +1=1 in a two game casual match in 1883 at the relatively fast time control of 30 moves/hour. Below is his win against Steinitz:
from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1898
Below is a sampling of his compositions.
Frank Melville Teed died on May 25, 1929