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Williams, Elijah

Elijah Williams was an English chess master who came in 3rd at the London International in 1851.  In 1852 he published Horae Divanianae (Hours of the Divan), a book of 150 chess games played at Simpson’ Divan.  It included the “Immortal Game” between Anderssen and Kieseritzky.   He was President of the Bristol Chess Club and conducted a chess column in the Bath and Cheltenham Gazette and the Field.  His occupation was an apothecary (druggist), but he gave this career up for chess.  He died in the London cholera epidemic of 1854 at the age of 44.

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