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George Webb Medley

Number of games in database: 50
Years covered: 1847 to 1862
Overall record: +20 -21 =5 (48.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C60 C70 C65 C62
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (6) 
    C00 C01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Anderssen vs G W Medley, 1862 0-1
   G W Medley vs A Mongredien, 1858 1-0
   Morphy vs G W Medley, 1859 1/2-1/2
   G W Medley vs Morphy, 1859 1-0
   Bird vs G W Medley, 1849 0-1
   G W Medley vs E Lowe, 1849 1-0

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(born Jul-31-1826, died Nov-29-1898, 72 years old) United Kingdom

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English player from London. In 1847, he lost a match with Daniel Harrwitz (+7-11=0). In 1848, he lost a match with Howard Staunton (+1-6=3). In 1849, he defeated unknown player in a match (+4-2=0). In 1849, he took 2nd place at the Ries' Divan knockout tournament in London. He had to beat his brother, John Racker Medley, in the play-off for 2nd place. The winner was unknown player. In 1850, he defeated Augustus Mongredien in a match (+3-2=0). In 1858, he lost a match to Paul Morphy in London (+2-3=0). In 1860, he lost a match to Ignatz von Kolisch (+0-4=3). Against Medley, Ignatz von Kolisch sometimes took two hours for three moves. After this match, there was a push to have a time limit in chess, which led to the introduction of sand glasses and clocks in chess. He was married to Maria Louise Selous, who was a niece of Frederick Slous.

notes: Either George or John Racker Medley played consultation chess on the team of Loewenthal / Medley.

Last updated: 2022-07-31 09:19:08

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 50  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G W Medley vs Harrwitz  0-1511847Odds m000 Chess variants
2. Saint-Amant vs G W Medley 1-0521847Odds game000 Chess variants
3. G W Medley vs C F Smith 0-1211848MatchD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. J R Medley vs G W Medley 0-1381849Ries' Divan TournamentC01 French, Exchange
5. Bird vs G W Medley 1-0211849LondonC00 French Defense
6. G W Medley vs Bird 1-0471849LondonD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Bird vs G W Medley 1-0331849LondonC00 French Defense
8. G W Medley vs Bird 1-0521849LondonD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. G W Medley vs Bird 1-0421849LondonA13 English
10. Bird vs G W Medley 0-1291849LondonC00 French Defense
11. G W Medley vs J R Medley  1-0511849Ries' Divan TournamentB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. E Lowe vs G W Medley 0-1611849Ries' Divan TournamentA02 Bird's Opening
13. E Lowe vs G W Medley  ½-½631849Ries' Divan TournamentA03 Bird's Opening
14. G W Medley vs E Lowe  1-0391849Ries' Divan TournamentD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. E Lowe vs G W Medley  1-0591849Ries' Divan TournamentA03 Bird's Opening
16. Bird vs G W Medley 0-1241849London m2C01 French, Exchange
17. Bird vs G W Medley 1-0631849Ries' Divan TournamentB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. G W Medley vs Bird 1-0361849Ries' Divan TournamentA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
19. G W Medley vs Bird 1-0531849Ries' Divan TournamentC01 French, Exchange
20. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 1-0441850MatchA02 Bird's Opening
21. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 0-1581850MatchC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
22. A Mongredien vs G W Medley 1-0261850MatchC53 Giuoco Piano
23. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 1-0441850MatchC70 Ruy Lopez
24. A Mongredien vs G W Medley 0-1261850MatchD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. Loewenthal vs G W Medley  0-1261851Casual gameC55 Two Knights Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-14-04  Knight13: This guy beat Henry Bird!
Jan-01-05  Knight13: He beat some very strong players like Anderssen, and Bird.
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  Benzol: George Webb Medley.
Mar-17-06  AlexanderMorphy: well this guy had a 6-3 record against Bird...must've been quite a good player!
Jul-01-07  sneaky pete: Secretary of the London Chess Club, for some years Honorary Secretary of the BCA.

From the British Chess Magazine, 1883:

Mr. G. W. Medley, the late Liberal candidate for Mid-Surrey, withdrew from the active practice of chess while still in the prime of life in order to devote himself to more serious pursuits.

As if there was any more serious business than chess ...

Curious is that <late>, since Medley still had 15 years to live. Maybe he always kept people waiting at appointments.

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  GrahamClayton: Here are a couple of interesting articles about Medley's wife and country house, plus photos of George:

Aug-21-12  Zyzz: He beat Paul Morphy too.
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  Stonehenge: Some info on the Medley brothers:

Feb-19-16  zanzibar: In <Morphy's Games of Chess> by Sergeant there is this ff on p147:

<George W. Medley, secretary London CC; for some years Hon. Sec. BCA; ... Medley deserves great credit as the principle mover in the introduction of a time-limit for chess.>

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  offramp: Let's do a hit of Medleys.
Jul-31-22  whiteshark: This is already available on the net:

<[WARNING: At your own risk; no responsibility is being taken for possible ear and/or brain damage] <>>

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  offramp: <>

I watched it and it really REALLY sucked.

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