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George MacDonnell
G MacDonnell 
Number of games in database: 124
Years covered: 1860 to 1887

Overall record: +58 -48 =10 (54.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 8 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (10) 
    C37 C39 C35
 Evans Gambit (8) 
    C51 C52
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Bird's Opening (7) 
    A02 A03
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C84 C67 C79 C78 C80
 Philidor's Defense (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Philidor's Defense (12) 
 Sicilian (9) 
    B21 B20 B23 B25 B45
 King's Gambit Declined (5) 
    C30 C31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1872 1-0
   G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1872 1-0
   G MacDonnell vs Anderssen, 1862 1/2-1/2
   G MacDonnell vs S Boden, 1861 1-0
   Bird vs G MacDonnell, 1882 1/2-1/2
   G MacDonnell vs Blackburne, 1862 1-0
   V Green vs G MacDonnell, 1862 0-1
   G MacDonnell vs G B Fraser, 1867 1-0
   E Thorold vs G MacDonnell, 1870 0-1
   G MacDonnell vs A Mongredien, 1862 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63 (1862)
   London (Vizayanagaram) (1883)
   Dundee Congress (1867)
   5th BCA Congress, London (1862)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   London 1883 Vizayanagaram Tournament by MissScarlett
   Dundee Congress 1867 by Calli
   1862 London by Treev
   BCA Challenge Cup 1868/69 by MissScarlett

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(born Aug-16-1830, died Jun-03-1899, 68 years old) Ireland

[what is this?]
(Reverend) George Alcock MacDonnell born 1830 was an Irish player and author. He was 3rd= at Dundee 1867 and 3rd= at London 1872 and had a chess column in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News.

He played two matches with George Henry Mackenzie in 1862 - 63; winning the first but losing the second Game Collection: MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63 (1862)

note: MacDonnell played on the teams of Em. Lasker / MacDonnell, Blackburne / Bird / MacDonnell, De Vere / MacDonnell, MacDonnell / Zukertort & G Macdonnell / Pollock.

Wikipedia article: George Alcock MacDonnell

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 138  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G MacDonnell vs S Boden 0-1381860Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
2. S Boden vs G MacDonnell  1-0611860Casual gameC41 Philidor Defense
3. G MacDonnell vs S Boden 1-0281861Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
4. V Green vs G MacDonnell 0-12718625th BCA Congress, LondonC41 Philidor Defense
5. G MacDonnell vs Steinitz ½-½411862Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
6. G MacDonnell vs T Barnes 1-0301862Casual gameB20 Sicilian
7. G MacDonnell vs J Robey  0-1251862Casual gameC45 Scotch Game
8. T Barnes vs G MacDonnell 1-0401862Casual gameC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
9. G MacDonnell vs T Barnes 1-0241862Casual gameB27 Sicilian
10. G MacDonnell vs T Barnes 0-1591862Casual gameB20 Sicilian
11. T Barnes vs G MacDonnell 0-1351862Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
12. G MacDonnell vs J Robey 1-0331862Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
13. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen ½-½271862LondonC39 King's Gambit Accepted
14. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen 0-1291862ENGC51 Evans Gambit
15. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen 1-0371862London casualC51 Evans Gambit
16. G MacDonnell vs F Deacon 1-02518625th BCA Congress, LondonB40 Sicilian
17. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen 0-13118625th BCA Congress, LondonB40 Sicilian
18. G MacDonnell vs Hannah 0-13718625th BCA Congress, LondonC01 French, Exchange
19. Paulsen vs G MacDonnell 1-03918625th BCA Congress, LondonC30 King's Gambit Declined
20. G MacDonnell vs A Mongredien 1-02018625th BCA Congress, LondonC41 Philidor Defense
21. G MacDonnell vs Steinitz 1-02918625th BCA Congress, LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
22. G MacDonnell vs Blackburne 1-05018625th BCA Congress, LondonC54 Giuoco Piano
23. J Robey vs G MacDonnell  0-14618625th BCA Congress, LondonC41 Philidor Defense
24. Owen vs G MacDonnell  0-15218625th BCA Congress, LondonA35 English, Symmetrical
25. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 1-0471862MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C41 Philidor Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-12-05  InspiredByMorphy: According to this site Born 1830 Died 1899 . In my opinion the following are notable games G MacDonnell vs Steinitz, 1862
G MacDonnell vs Blackburne, 1862
Blackburne vs G MacDonnell, 1867
G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1872
G MacDonnell vs S Hamel, 1867
Jun-26-05  sneaky pete: From the British Chess Magazine (1930):
Although a distant member of the same family he should not be confused with Alexander MacDonnell, the illustrious rival of La Bourdonnais. Such was often the case in his early days. It is said that after playing Steinitz in the Dundee congress of 1867, the latter called one of his elders aside and whispered: "He is stronger now than he was when he played La Bourdonnais." G.A.MacDonnell was soon informed of this and wittily remarked: "That other MacDonnell has been living on my reputation ever since he died."
Aug-16-06  biglo: Here is a picture of Rev George MacDonnell
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  keypusher: A very entertaining book by the Rev., with pen portraits of Steinitz, Zukertort, Blackburne, Bird, Mason, etc....and it's free.

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  Chessical: The Mackenzie - MacDonnell match of 1862 is featured here: Game Collection: MacDonnell - Mackenzie match 1862.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Player of the Day,George Alock MacDonnell.
Mar-17-11  chesstyro: nice move chess games. happy saint patricks day!
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  Domdaniel: Ireland, 1830.

- Well, that's decided. We'll call the boy 'George', in honour of their late majesties George I, George II, George III and George IV. And the Georgian Squares of Dublin. Name a boy after a square, he may become a decent chessplayer, what?

- That's nice, dear. But what about a middle name? I thought 'Patrick' after my Uncle Pat?

- Uncle Patrick Prunty? The clergyman who changed his name to Bronte and whose daughters write scandalous romantic novels? Never. It's a name for peasants, in any case. If you want the boy to be a Reverend, why not call him 'Alcock', eh?

... and George Alcock it was, Reverend and chessplayer.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. George Alcock MacDonnell.
Jul-15-15  zanzibar: Noted his use of the pseudonym "Mars" when writing for the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News.

The story of Neumann's confusion as to which McDonnell he was playing (he thought he played better than when he face La Bourdonnais!) is well told there as well, including this:


Steinitz -- They are always confounding you with the other McDonnell.

McDonnell -- Yes, that other McDonnell has been living off of my reputation ever since he died!


Aug-16-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, George MacDonnell.
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  MissScarlett: <November 1886, page 335:

‘When once my opinion was asked about the strength of a certain well-known English player who continually tried to blow himself up into a first-rate in a Sporting and Dramatic manner, I answered: “He evidently has an extraordinary good memory, for he always makes the same mistakes”.’>

Feb-17-22  Nosnibor: MacDonnell went on to win the Glowworm Tourney 1868/69 which was a knock-out event and ran concurrently with the B.C.A. (2) Challenge Cup. This event was limited to British players only and MacDonnell won this Tourney,beating De Vere in the third round. This was probably one of his finest achievements.

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