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|Jan-17-11|| ||Phony Benoni: In his column in the <Albion> for June 9, 1866, George Henry Mackenzie printed two games he had played "a few years ago" against Boden. I assume they were probably played in the early 1860s before Mackenzie went to the United States in 1863.|
I want to submit the games, but would like to have more information on the exact place (London?) and date. Does anybody have a clue?
Here is Mackenzie's win:
Mackenzie, George Mackenzie - Boden, Samuel Standidge
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d4 Bxd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.f4 Nc6 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.fxe5 Nxe5 10.Qh5+ Ng6 11.e5 Rf8 12.exf6 Kg8 13.Qd5+ Kh8 14.fxg7+ Kxg7 15.Rxf8 Qxf8 16.Be3 Qf7 17.Bh6+ Kg8
18.Nc3 c6 19.Qd4 d5 20.Rf1 Qe7 21.Ne2 Bd7 22.Ng3 Qe5 23.Qf2 Be6 24.Re1 Qd6 25.Qf6 1-0
(The actual column can be found by going to http://www.chessarch.com/excavation... and clicking on the link for the June 9, 1866 issue.)
|Mar-24-12|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday master Mackenzie!|
|Mar-24-12|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. POTD.|
|Jan-30-13|| ||jnpope: <Phony Benoni: Does anybody have a clue?>|
Mackenzie was playing Boden in 1861 (see Chess Player's Chronicle, 1861.09, v3, No. 9, p282-283), so I suspect these games are from around that same time period, I don't have anything more at the moment, but I'll check a few more sources and see what I can come up with.
|Jan-31-13|| ||thomastonk: From the biography: "In 1862, he won a handicap tournament in London, defeating Adolf Anderssen." In his personal encounter he beat Anderssen 2-0 receiving pawn and move odds. I consulted four databases, but eventually I had to look at Schachzeitung 1862, p.273-274 to see the games. Pretty bad ones because of Anderssen's play. |
This handicap tournament is clearly short of the grand tournament London 1862, see Game Collection: London 1862, and some matches which all have been played around the same time.
The 24 participants of the handicap tournament were divided into 5 groups. Group 1 consisted of Anderssen and Löwenthal, group 2 of Blackburne, Falkbeer, Deacon and Medley, group 3 of Hannah, Green, Lord Cremone and Mackenzie and so on. The odds were determined by the difference of groups: move, pawn and move, pawn and two moves and knight.
Mackenzie won the tournament and Anderssen became third.
|May-08-13|| ||Graham1973: I'm currently converting a Living Chess game between Mackenzie and Delmar I found in the St Louis Globe-Democrat.|
The moves are as follows:
I'm getting an illegal move on Blacks third move. Any help in resolving this will be very greatly appreciated.
|May-09-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <Graham1973> I don't know what causing your problem. Possibly the excessive notation (such as 3.KB-QB4 KB-QB4, which is normally written as 3.B-B4 B-B4) is throwing things off.|
At any rate, here is the entire score in algebraic:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.0-0 dxc3 8.Qb3 Qf6 9.e5 Qg6 10.Nxc3 Nge7 11.Ba3 0-0 12.Nd5 Nxd5 13.Bxd5 d6 14.exd6 cxd6 15.Rad1 Bc7 16.Rfe1 Nd8 17.Re7 Ne6 18.Bxe6 Bxe6 19.Qxb7 Bb6 20.Bxd6 Bh3 21.Ne5 Bxf2+ 22.Kxf2 Qc2+ 23.Kg3 Qxd1 24.Rxf7 Bf5 25.Rxg7+ Kh8 26.Ng6+ Bxg6 27.Rxh7+ Bxh7 28.Be5+ Rf6 29.Bxf6+ Kg8 30.Qg7# 1-0
Most of the game is in this database: Mackenzie vs E Delmar, 1879. The last two moves are omitted for some reason. Perhaps a source was used which cut off at move 28, saying "And White mates in two."
|May-09-13|| ||Graham1973: <Phony Benoni> Thanks for clearing that up. It might be worth updating the game on the database to better reflect the circumstances under which it was played, as I was actually able to retrieve the date & location from the article I found.|
I've found a few references to these games (Though none with really well known players other than this one.) dating from around the same time period (Late 1870s, early 1880s) during which they seem to have been popular.
I wish I could figure out who did the annotations.
|May-09-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <Graham1973> If you've got an exact date, I can change that; just let me have the information. The location and the two missing moves would have to be corrected through the correction slip process.|
|May-09-13|| ||Graham1973: The correct date is 1879.04.15. I've also taken the step of submitting an updated pgn file via the correction process. I left out the annotations as no author is given.|
|May-09-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <Graham1973> I've changed the date, but I did a little further checking trying to track down the annotations and found some conflicts in the date. The Newark Sunday Call for April 20, 1879, puts the exhibition on Wednesday, April 16:|
The New York Sun for Sunday, April 13, also puts the performance on Wednesday.
(Under the headline "Footlight Flashes".)
|May-09-13|| ||Graham1973: I think you may be right, I just used a calendar program and the 15th of April is a Tuesday. I based my date on the Globe-Herald article which gave the date as "...Wednesday evening, 15th ultimo...".|
Apparently the game was also covered by the New York Herald, but the issues on the Chess Archeology site only go as far back as 1889.
|May-09-13|| ||Graham1973: <Phony Benoni>When the fully updated version is uploaded, it might be best to change the date to 1879.04.16.|
|May-09-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <Graham1973> I've made the date change. The Gametype should be changed to "Exhibition" as well.|
Another site for searching the old New York papers is http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html
The searching interface is hard to get used to, but at least there is one. Here's the relevant pages from New York Herald for April 15 and April 16 (PDF files):
And here is the problem mentioned, "Atalanta, the fleet-footed queen" by Eugene B. Cook:
click for larger view
White mates in 11: <1.Bd4+ Kxd4 2.Qg7+ Qe5 3.Qxa7+ Ke4 4.Qe3+ Kf5 5.Qg5+ Ke4 6.f3+ Kd4 7.Qg1+ Qe3 8.Qg7+ Kc5 9.Qc7+ Kd4 10.Qb6+ Ke5 11.Qf6#>
|May-09-13|| ||Graham1973: <Phony Benoni> Thanks.|
|May-10-13|| ||Graham1973: <Phony Benoni>I've added a better summary of the event to the Mackenzie-Delmar 1879 page.|
Mackenzie vs E Delmar, 1879
|May-12-13|| ||Graham1973: I've found another Mackenzie-Delmar exhibition match with living chess pieces (Drawn) in the Hartford Weekly Times of 15/03/1883.|
Not sure whether to upload or not although the score was also given in the St Louis Globe-Democrat in the edition of the 25/03/1883.
|May-12-13|| ||Graham1973: Thought I'd try transcribing the results from the 1883 Mackenzie-Delamar Exhibition match and found a discrepancy in the scores between the two accounts I've uncovered so far.|
The discrepancy in the endgame moves is as follows.
(St Louis Globe-Democrat)
1. P-K4 P-K4
2. P-Q4 PxP
3. QxP QKt-B3
4. Q-K3 B-Kt5
5. B-Q2 Q-B3
6. QKt-B3 Kt-Q5
7. O-O Kt-K2
8. Qkt-Q5 KtxKt
9. P-Kt B-K2
10. B-B3 Kt-B4
11. Q-K Q-Kt4
12. K-Kt O-O
13. Kt-KB3 Q-R4
14. P-KKt4 QxP
15. R-Kt QxKt
16. B-Kt2 Q-R
17. B-B3 QxB
18. R-Q3 Q-B5
19. QxB KtxQ
20. RxP K-R
21. RxBP K-Kt
22. R-Kt7 K-R
23. R-R3 P-KR3
24. R-Kt6 K-R2
25. R-Kt7 K-R
26. R-Kt6 Drawn.
(Hartford Weekly Times)
19. QxB KtxQ
20. RxP K-R
21. R-Kt7 K-Kt
22. R-KR3 P-KR3
23. R-KKt6 K-K2
24. R-KKt7 K-Kt
...and drawn in two moves.
|May-13-13|| ||Graham1973: Several games by Mackenzie from the 1860s can be found in this online article.|
|May-17-13|| ||thomastonk: From his cg biography: "In 1883, he lost a match to Wilhelm Steinitz in New York (+1-3=2)."|
From the BCM, 1883, p. 105: "The program included a series of six game (not to be called a match) with Captain Mackenzie - score at finish, Steinitz 3 ; Mackenzie 1 ; drawn 2 - (the prizes being 15 dols. per game to the winner, 5 dols. to the loser),...".
|May-17-13|| ||TheFocus: <thomastonk> Here is that match.|
Game Collection: 1883 Steinitz - Mackenzie Match
|May-17-13|| ||thomastonk: <TheFocus> Thanks. Maybe I have to learn something here.|
My intention was to emphasize that in 1883 there has been a distinction between a match and a series of games. That's the way I interpret "(not to be called a match)". If I am wrong here, I would like to know that, of course.
Regarding this 6 games, I found also American newspapers that spoke only about a series of games. The program, to which the BCM refers, was that of Steinitz' engagement at the Manhattan Chess Club, which lasted 10 days and included blindfold and simultaneous exhibitions as well as other individual games. The general description of the conditions of such an engagement were described in the "Cleveland Herald", March 25, 1883: "The terms demanded by Herr Steinitz, the chess champion, are $200 for an engagement, and, in addition, the winner of each game the champion plays shall receive $15 and the loser $5. The St.Louis Chess Club voted a visit from Mr Steinitz too expensive a luxury, and his offer has been declined." That is the complete text there.
|May-17-13|| ||TheFocus: <thomas> Not having seen your sources, I took it to be a match from Steinit's bio. That is how it was listed. Forgot who the compiler was. That bio is at home.|
I would list it as a series. I will add your sources to my collection.
|May-17-13|| ||TheFocus: <thomastonk> Thank you for that clarification. I added the following to my collection:|
<thomastonk> pointed out that these games may not be considered a match: From the BCM, 1883, p. 105: <"The program included a series of six game (not to be called a match) with Captain Mackenzie - score at finish, Steinitz 3 ; Mackenzie 1 ; drawn 2 - (the prizes being 15 dols. per game to the winner, 5 dols. to the loser).>
<thomastonk> adds: Regarding this 6 games, I found also American newspapers that spoke only about a series of games. The program, to which the BCM refers, was that of Steinitz' engagement at the Manhattan Chess Club, which lasted 10 days and included blindfold and simultaneous exhibitions as well as other individual games. The general description of the conditions of such an engagement were described in the "Cleveland Herald", March 25, 1883: "The terms demanded by Herr Steinitz, the chess champion, are $200 for an engagement, and, in addition, the winner of each game the champion plays shall receive $15 and the loser $5. The St.Louis Chess Club voted a visit from Mr Steinitz too expensive a luxury, and his offer has been declined."
|May-18-13|| ||Graham1973: I've found an 1878 game between Mackenzie and Ware with extensive notations by Steinitz at the Jack O'Keefe project.|
Does anyone think this one might be worthy of inclusion?
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