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Augustus Mongredien
Number of games in database: 85
Years covered: 1841 to 1863
Overall record: +18 -55 =12 (28.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-17-1807, died Mar-30-1888, 81 years old) United Kingdom

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Augustus Mongredien was a noted English amateur. He was President of both the London and Liverpool Chess Clubs and did a lot to promote chess in both cities. In 1845 he played matches against Wilhelm Hanstein, winning (+3, =2, -1), Karl Mayet, drawing (+3, =1, -3) and Dr. Ludwig Bledow, losing (+4, =1, -7). He also played matches against some of the great players of his day, losing to Paul Morphy (+0, =1, -7) in 1859, Daniel Harrwitz (+0, =1, -7) in 1860 and Wilhelm Steinitz (+0, =0, -7) in 1863.

notes: Paul Morphy & Augustus formed the team of Morphy / Mongredien for consultation games.

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 85  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Mongredien vs Staunton  ½-½251841Odds game000 Chess variants
2. A Mongredien vs J Rhodes  1-0291841Casual gameC23 Bishop's Opening
3. A Mongredien vs Staunton  1-0301842Odds game000 Chess variants
4. A Mongredien vs E Daniels  0-1241842Casual gameC50 Giuoco Piano
5. A Mongredien vs C Forth  ½-½371843Casual gameD00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. A Mongredien vs Staunton  1-0271843Odds game000 Chess variants
7. A Mongredien vs Staunton  0-1251843Odds game000 Chess variants
8. A Mongredien vs R Gray 0-1141844LiverpoolC39 King's Gambit Accepted
9. A Mongredien vs E Williams 1-0251844LondonD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. E Williams vs A Mongredien  0-1261844The Bristol Chess Club, Book IC20 King's Pawn Game
11. Bledow vs A Mongredien 1-0381845Berlin mC44 King's Pawn Game
12. Bledow vs A Mongredien 1-0291845Berlin mC53 Giuoco Piano
13. G Spreckley vs A Mongredien 0-1151846LiverpoolC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
14. A Simons vs A Mongredien 0-1161846Casual gameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Saint-Amant vs A Mongredien  1-0211846Casual gameD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. A Mongredien vs Kieseritzky  1-0351846Blindfold double simul, 3b London000 Chess variants
17. A Mongredien vs Harrwitz  0-1291848Casual gameC24 Bishop's Opening
18. Harrwitz vs A Mongredien  1-0401848Casual gameC44 King's Pawn Game
19. Harrwitz vs A Mongredien  1-0481848Casual gameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
20. A Mongredien vs G W Medley 0-1261850MatchD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 1-0441850MatchC70 Ruy Lopez
22. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 1-0441850MatchA02 Bird's Opening
23. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 0-1581850MatchC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
24. A Mongredien vs G W Medley 1-0261850MatchC53 Giuoco Piano
25. A Mongredien vs Anderssen 0-1241851Casual gameC54 Giuoco Piano
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-31-04  SBC: Thanks to whomever compiled these Mongredien games
Apr-26-05  takeithome: Augustus Mongredien (1807-1888). Although his record with Morphy was awful, he did manage to extend Anderssen somewhat. But then again, who didn't extend Anderssen and his love for attack-attack-attack and little defense-defense-defense? Anyway, the author of a Morphy game anthology mentions that "Mongredien was something of a humorist, to play thus against Morphy." Despite his unfortunate liking for inferior variations, he did manage a draw against Morphy in their first match game.
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  Eric Schiller: Give the old guy credit,he did play inventive openings. True, they often got clobbered, for example Steinitz vs Mongredien, 1863 but Mongredien's use of Scandinavian and Double-Fianchetto defenses shows his creative spirit.
Jan-05-06  BIDMONFA: Augustus Mongredien


Jul-17-08  myschkin:
Apr-25-09  Raisin Death Ray: I've....been...kissed by Rose Mongredien!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Poor guy. Once upon a time, the Modern Defense was sometimes called the Mongredien. However, if you look closely, you can find the "modern" in "Mongredien."
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  Eric Schiller: Where would we be without our august punching bag?
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  Penguincw: He has 7 wins , 10 draws and 36 losses yet he drew against Morphy ! That's pretty good !
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  Penguincw: Wow.It's his birthday.Happy Birthday!
Jun-20-12  DanielBryant: I wonder what Mongredien would be rated these days.
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  Phony Benoni: Well, he did get two draws with Morphy. So probably about 2700.
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  Stonehenge: His son also played chess:
Apr-28-20  Sally Simpson: ***

R.N.Coles writing in the February 1981 BCM (page 69)

He mentions a manuscript written by Augustus 6 years before he died.

Augustus relates he had trouble getting out of bed so he rigged up a contraption so that a few seconds after his alarm went off a plank of wood would fall on his head unless he sat upright in bed.

(don't on)

Alas this did not work, he would sit up, let the plank of wood fall and the lay his head on it using it as pillow and fall back asleep.

He got around this by hammering nails face up in the plank so he could not use it as a pillow.

I'm thinking he missed a chance at patenting that idea.


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  FSR: <Daniel Bryant> Kenneth Regan concluded that Mongredien played at an 1194(!!) level in the Morphy - Mongredien (1859) match. (p. 8) I think that's too low, although Mongredien's play was indeed execrable.

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