English merchant and chess-master; born in Budapest Nov. 2, 1854. When nine years old he went to England, in which country he has since resided, competing in numerous chess tournaments as an English representative. In 1885 he surprised the chess world by capturing the first prize at the Hamburg Chess-Masters' Tournament, beating Blackburne, the English champion, and Tarrasch. His principal subsequent tourney successes have been:
- 1885. British Chess Association. First prize.
- 1887. British Chess Association. Tied with Burn for first prize.
- 1888. Bradford. First prize, beating Mackenzie and Bardeleben.
- 1888. London. First prize.
In matches he has beaten Bird by 5 to 1, and Blackburne by 5 to 2; drawn with Tschigorin, 9 all; and scored 4 to 6 against Steinitz. He is also very successful in simultaneous play. Gunsberg is chess editor of the "Daily News," London, in which city he now (1903) resides.
- Cheshire, The Hastings Tournament, p. 358.