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George Alcock MacDonnell
G MacDonnell 
Number of games in database: 90
Years covered: 1861 to 1885

Overall record: +43 -37 =9 (53.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C84 C67 C78 C80 C79
 King's Gambit Accepted (6) 
    C37 C39 C35
 Bird's Opening (5) 
    A02 A03
 French Defense (4) 
 Evans Gambit (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Philidor's Defense (8) 
 King's Gambit Declined (5) 
    C30 C31
 Sicilian (5) 
    B23 B20 B46 B21
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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
   Bird vs G MacDonnell, 1882 1/2-1/2
   V Green vs G MacDonnell, 1862 0-1
   G MacDonnell vs S Boden, 1861 1-0
   G MacDonnell vs Blackburne, 1862 1-0
   G MacDonnell vs G B Fraser, 1867 1-0
   G MacDonnell vs J Wisker, 1874 1-0
   G MacDonnell vs S Hamel, 1867 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Dundee Congress 1867 by Calli
   1867 Dundee Congress by TheFocus

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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 4; games 1-25 of 90  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G MacDonnell vs S Boden 1-028 1861 London (England)C51 Evans Gambit
2. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen 0-129 1862 ENGC51 Evans Gambit
3. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen  1-037 1862 London casualC51 Evans Gambit
4. G MacDonnell vs Steinitz ½-½41 1862 London (England)C51 Evans Gambit
5. Paulsen vs G MacDonnell  1-039 1862 LondonC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. G MacDonnell vs F Deacon 1-025 1862 LondonB40 Sicilian
7. G MacDonnell vs Mackenzie ½-½37 1862 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63A10 English
8. J Robey vs G MacDonnell  0-146 1862 LondonC41 Philidor Defense
9. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen 0-131 1862 LondonB40 Sicilian
10. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen ½-½27 1862 LondonC39 King's Gambit Accepted
11. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 1-048 1862 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63B06 Robatsch
12. V Green vs G MacDonnell 0-127 1862 LondonC41 Philidor Defense
13. G MacDonnell vs Hannah  0-137 1862 LondonC01 French, Exchange
14. G MacDonnell vs Mongredien 1-020 1862 LondonC41 Philidor Defense
15. G MacDonnell vs Steinitz 1-029 1862 LondonC44 King's Pawn Game
16. G MacDonnell vs Blackburne 1-050 1862 LondonC54 Giuoco Piano
17. Owen vs G MacDonnell  0-152 1862 LondonA35 English, Symmetrical
18. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 1-047 1862 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C41 Philidor Defense
19. G MacDonnell vs Mackenzie 0-127 1862 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C01 French, Exchange
20. G MacDonnell vs Mackenzie 1-049 1862 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C50 Giuoco Piano
21. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 1-047 1862 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C41 Philidor Defense
22. G MacDonnell vs Mackenzie 1-047 1862 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C50 Giuoco Piano
23. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 0-164 1862 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C41 Philidor Defense
24. G MacDonnell vs Mackenzie 0-128 1862 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C42 Petrov Defense
25. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 1-036 1863 MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63B06 Robatsch
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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."
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  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.
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  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!


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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, George MacDonnell.
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