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James Francis Magee
Number of games in database: 5
Years covered: 1887 to 1915
Overall record: +1 -2 =2 (40.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C77 Ruy Lopez (2 games)

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(born Jan-07-1867, died Apr-13-1955, 88 years old) United States of America

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Steinitz vs J Magee ½-½361887SimulC29 Vienna Gambit
2. J Magee vs E Delmar ½-½371906Manhattan CC-Franklin CCB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. J Magee vs K F Wasilewski  1-0301908Casual gameC77 Ruy Lopez
4. J Magee vs O Roething  0-1311908Manhattan CC-Franklin CCC77 Ruy Lopez
5. J Magee vs A Kreymborg  0-1351915Manhattan CC - Franklin CCB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
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  Benzol: Anyone know if this is James Francis Magee?
Jun-08-05  nikolaas: I guess so, seeing where it was played...
Jan-02-08  JOHNJCAL: i too was looking to fill out my database of names and j f mcgee is listed in an issue of the pennswoodpusher feb 1986 issue as one of steinitz's opponents in a simul in germantown pa in 1887
Jan-20-16  zanzibar: <The [Bicycle] Club was formed [... in?] the middle of Sophomore Year, through the untiring efforts of Jas. F. Magee, Jr., alias Jimmy, alias One Lung. He is well known to all the Class, but for the benefit of Freshmen he may be described as the handsome brunette, with the light dark mustache, who might be seen any lime during recitation hours reclining on one of the benches in the Assembly Room, his face wreathed in smiles and cigarette smoke.>

From <The Records of the Class of 1887 - University of Pennsylvania>

Biographers beware of the <Jas. F. Magee> version of his name.

Jan-20-16  zanzibar: Regarding <Benzol>'s comment, first in this forum - it would be quite helpful if <CG> injected a record of all name changes into the forum comments for a player.

Both for documentation purposes, but also to more readily decipher old messages.

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  perfidious: Dang, and I always thought the Bike was just a great place for poker.

Shows what I know.

Jan-20-16  zanzibar: <JAMES FRANCIS MAGEE

Magee was for a number of years a broker in merchandise and food stuffs, but has since retired and settled down into the regular occupation of a chess crank, sharp, bug, enthusiast and expert. We have reason to suspect that most of the treatises on chess since the time "of Confucius were in reality written by Magee; that while climbing a barbed wire fence, he can also conduct seventeen and a half contests in parallel; that he has a floating chess board upon which to play in his tub; that he has memorized chess equivalents for each of the personages of the Bible, so that when apparently following the church service, he can yet be constructing a chess problem, and that he will not eat mashed potatoes unless moulded into the forms of Kings, Queens, Bishops, etc. Anyway, he is some chess player.

Color is lent to these beliefs from his editorship of the publication of the Good Companion Chess Club, that wisely gave him that job in 1913 and his being an international secretary of the Problem Club. He also carries as an auxiliary and side line, membership in the Franklin Chess Club, and such office as he has may be best located by any one seeking him going to the Musical Arts Club of Philadelphia and to the chess tables therein.

To keep tuned up to this indoor sport as above, he mentally toys a little at bridge, or whacks a golf ball about, at the Merion Cricket Club, until the call of chess again hits him. Then, when some men carry pocket flasks, or paper of many sheets to the inch, in their pockets, Magee pulls out a pocket chess board, squats on the green and essays to crack another problem; while the caddy, speechless in unfathomed amazement, curls up on the grass and goes into a long undisturbed sleep.

Magee has been a consistent and active and loyal worker for '87. It is again to his efforts, that the numerous pictures of ourselves as we now are—"as is," as the department stores would rate us—in this present issue are due. And those of the Class who have not contributed, best know what a task is the collection such pictures of our cherubic phizzes.

In 1913, Magee's son died; James Francis Magee III. It was a hard thing for Magee to meet—and to no one does the silent handclasp of sympathy go out more than to fine Jimmy Magee of '87.>

Five and Thirty: The Further History of the Class of Eighty-seven of the University of Pennsylvania (1922)

(PP's added)

Jan-20-16  zanzibar: <he will not eat mashed potatoes unless moulded into the forms of Kings>

Pretty funny stuff.

Jan-21-16  zanzibar: < that he has a floating chess board upon which to play in his tub>


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  MissScarlett: I prefer to play with myself in the shower.
Jan-21-16  Dr. Overlord: <TheScarletNazi: I prefer to play with myself in the shower>

You don't have anyone to play with?


Jan-21-16  zanzibar: I found the original copy of the source quoted here:

James Francis Magee (kibitz #4)

I guess Bike really was for poker, substitute Chess instead.

(It was a fancy graphic that the OCR corrupted first, and me second. I'll blog the original over on my blog later - it's a bit of a hoot)

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