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James Glover Grundy
Number of games in database: 21
Years covered: 1879 to 1880
Overall record: +11 -5 =5 (64.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-14-1855, died Jan-26-1919, 63 years old) United Kingdom (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Grundy was secretary of the Manchester Chess Club (England). In that capacity, he held and then failed to pay Blackburne's stake in his 1877 match against Zukertort. The match was suspended and then abandoned after Game 2, and Grundy quickly left for the United States. (1)

There Grundy's greatest achievement in chess was also his last. He tied for first in the 5th American Chess Congress (1880)

"A meeting of the Chess Association of the United States was held last evening at No. 60 East Fourteenth-street, to receive the report of the committee appointed to investigate charges of collusion against Messrs. Grundy and Ware, two of the contestants in the late chess tournament held in this City...Mr Grundy...denied the allegations made by Ware, and he said there was a conspiracy against him, in which one of the prominent members of the congress committee was implicated. The committee reported believed the charges to be true..." (2) "New York Times", 8th March 1880, p.3.

The tournament book states he "was given the benefit of a technical doubt, and a verdict of 'not proven' was entered..." due to the conflicting testimony from the two parties, but Grundy's reputation was effectively ruined. (3)

Before the scandal fully broke, Grundy was invited to the Toronto Chess Club for a simultaneous display and several individual games. The Toronto club was criticized for inviting a compromised man.

(1) "Joseph Henry Blackburne: A Chess Biography", T. D. Harding; p.130.

(2) "New York Times", 8th March 1880, p.3.

(3) "The Fifth American Congress", ed Charles A. Gilberg (1881), p.150-151.

Last updated: 2017-06-22 15:25:24

 page 1 of 1; 21 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Grundy vs D Starbuck 0-1261879Casual gameC59 Two Knights
2. J Grundy vs M Judd ½-½9518805th American Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
3. M Judd vs J Grundy 0-14018805th American Chess CongressC45 Scotch Game
4. J Grundy vs Mackenzie 1-04618805th American Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
5. Mackenzie vs J Grundy ½-½3718805th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
6. E Delmar vs J Grundy  0-17018805th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
7. J Grundy vs E Delmar 1-010718805th American Chess CongressB44 Sicilian
8. J Grundy vs J Congdon 1-04218805th American Chess CongressB01 Scandinavian
9. J Congdon vs J Grundy  0-15618805th American Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
10. C Moehle vs J Grundy  ½-½2818805th American Chess CongressC25 Vienna
11. J Grundy vs C Moehle  ½-½6118805th American Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
12. A Cohnfeld vs J Grundy 0-14418805th American Chess CongressC44 King's Pawn Game
13. J Grundy vs A Cohnfeld  1-03018805th American Chess CongressC41 Philidor Defense
14. J Grundy vs A Sellman  1-06518805th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
15. A Sellman vs J Grundy 1-03718805th American Chess CongressC10 French
16. J S Ryan vs J Grundy  0-14718805th American Chess CongressD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. J Grundy vs J S Ryan  ½-½5718805th American Chess CongressC00 French Defense
18. J Grundy vs P Ware 0-15718805th American Chess CongressB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. P Ware vs J Grundy 0-16418805th American Chess CongressD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Mackenzie vs J Grundy 1-03718805th American Chess CongressC46 Three Knights
21. J Grundy vs Mackenzie 0-13818805th American Chess CongressC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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  GrahamClayton: Grundy was thrown out of the American Chess Association for his role in colluding with Preston Ware to fix games at the 1880 American Chess congress:

Sep-27-15  offramp: The census of 1855 says that he was born on a Monday.

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