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Nicholas MacLeod
Number of games in database: 46
Years covered: 1889 to 1901

Overall record: +8 -34 =3 (21.1%)*
   * 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:
 King's Pawn Game (19) 
    C20 C44
With the Black pieces:
 Philidor's Defense (5) 
 King's Gambit Declined (5) 
    C30 C31
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C65 C78 C68 C62
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Blackburne vs N MacLeod, 1889 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   New York (1889)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Open 1901, Excelsior = 2nd Western Champ. by Phony Benoni

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(born Feb-08-1870, died Sep-27-1965, 95 years old) Canada

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Nicholas Menelaus MacLeod was born in Quebec, Canada. He was Canadian Champion in 1886 (scored 6/8 at Quebec) and 1888 (after play-off; James Ephraim Narraway & Edwin Pope also tied at 4/5), and won the Western Championship in 1901. He passed away in Spokane, USA in 1965.


Wikipedia article: Nicholas MacLeod

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 46  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N MacLeod vs Taubenhaus 0-1471889New YorkC44 King's Pawn Game
2. J W Baird vs N MacLeod 1-0241889New YorkC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
3. N MacLeod vs E Delmar 1-0431889New YorkC20 King's Pawn Game
4. Burn vs N MacLeod 1-0361889New YorkC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. N MacLeod vs J M Hanham 0-1431889New YorkC20 King's Pawn Game
6. W Pollock vs N MacLeod 1-0311889New YorkC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
7. N MacLeod vs D M Martinez 1-0381889New YorkC20 King's Pawn Game
8. M Judd vs N MacLeod 1-0291889New YorkC40 King's Knight Opening
9. N MacLeod vs J Mason  0-1231889New YorkC44 King's Pawn Game
10. Burille vs N MacLeod 1-0211889New YorkB10 Caro-Kann
11. N MacLeod vs Max Weiss 0-1431889New YorkC20 King's Pawn Game
12. Gossip vs N MacLeod 0-1521889New YorkC78 Ruy Lopez
13. N MacLeod vs Showalter 0-1241889New YorkC44 King's Pawn Game
14. D G Baird vs N MacLeod ½-½441889New YorkC45 Scotch Game
15. N MacLeod vs Lipschutz 0-1361889New YorkC44 King's Pawn Game
16. Blackburne vs N MacLeod 1-0311889New YorkC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
17. N MacLeod vs Gunsberg  0-1301889New YorkC20 King's Pawn Game
18. Chigorin vs N MacLeod 1-0411889New YorkB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. N MacLeod vs Bird 0-1291889New YorkC20 King's Pawn Game
20. Taubenhaus vs N MacLeod 1-0471889New YorkC25 Vienna
21. N MacLeod vs J W Baird  1-0891889New YorkC20 King's Pawn Game
22. E Delmar vs N MacLeod  ½-½601889New YorkC41 Philidor Defense
23. N MacLeod vs Burn 0-1361889New YorkC44 King's Pawn Game
24. J M Hanham vs N MacLeod 1-0331889New YorkC53 Giuoco Piano
25. N MacLeod vs W Pollock 0-1411889New YorkC44 King's Pawn Game
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Feb-08-09  WhiteRook48: this guy did not win a lot of his games
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  whiteshark: <WhiteRook48> Do you mean these thinks are related?
Feb-08-09  WhiteRook48: what are related?
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  whiteshark: There is no causality between longevity and losing, right?
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  Phony Benoni: I don't know. What about N.N.?
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  brankat: The only games listed here are the ones which 19 years old Mr.McLeod played at the 6th American Congress in New York, 1889.

He did win Canadian Championship twice, won also Championship of the State of Minnesota, 1899, and was a winner of the 2nd Western Chess Association Tournament (US Open) in 1901.

So, there must have been considerably more than just 6 wins :-)

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  whiteshark: The eternal recurrence of the N.N.
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  Phony Benoni: To compensate for the lack of wins, here's a description of MacLeod's style published in the St. Paul Dispatch following his victory at the 1901 Western Championship:

<"MacLeod plays chess on a plane peculiarly his own. His games are. therefore, to be criticised not from the standpoint of the hand book, but from the principles laid down by Young, which is known as synthetical chess. That is to say, each move is made from a base of operation that brings all pieces into immediate play with the least possible waste of time, while at the same time protecting that base about the king in the best formative manner. In doing this, the opponent wonders at the beginning of the game what kind of man is entrenched on the other side of the board. He becomes more or less wary as he notices that MacLeod is fortifying a weak point here and there. Then he commences to send his scouts further out and the report comes in that MacLeod's forces are sleeping on their arms. Then he sounds the bugle, for a grand charge on the left wing. He deploys all of his doughty knights in the skirmish. There is more or less blood shed. But the line ahead is as strong as adamant. But he has forgotten his right wing, now unsupported; he sees the clouds of battle gather on that fatal weak point. He seeks to recall his scattered army, but too late. The sleepy warrior pours a deadly broadside on the unsupported infantry and we gracefully capitulate.">

Sounds more like Nimzowitsch or Petrosian. And he appears to have followed the theories of Franklin K. Young, who may yet turn out to have been the Father of Modern Chess.

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  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.MacLeod!
Feb-08-12  BIDMONFA: Nicholas MacLeod

MACLEOD, Nicholas

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Nicholas MacLeod.
Feb-08-12  LIFE Master AJ: I had a Navy (candidate) Pilot student some 20+ years ago.

We went to the Toronto Open, (early 1990's - the pilot's grand-parents were from that area); I did not get to play, as I got the flu the week before the tournament.

I do remember meeting a very young man, he was around 10 years old. His great (or great-great) Grand-father was none other than "McCloud" who was the Canadian Champ some 100 years previously.

Must have been this guy they were talking about, amazing how some details stick in your head. (I think Dennis Weaver wore a cowboy hat and used to play a character of the same name on TV ... I doubt if anyone hear remembers that show. ---> That used to be one of my favorite TV shows!)

Feb-08-12  waustad: That was from the 70s. I didn't have a TV that decade.
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  brankat: I used to watch Dennis Weaver's TV series regularly.
Feb-09-12  LIFE Master AJ: <brankat> How old are you?
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  brankat: <Life Master AJ> I was born in 1951.
Feb-10-12  LIFE Master AJ: Then you are certainly old enough to remember any TV series from the decade of the 1970's.
Feb-11-12  LIFE Master AJ: Somehow, I thought you were a teenager ...
Sep-13-12  Llawdogg: 95 years old! There must be many more games.
Jun-02-14  ljfyffe: If my memory serves me well, I believe I seen some games in Stubb's chess column in the St. John Globe. Might check this out some time.
Jun-02-14  ljfyffe: That should be I've seen although you wouldn't believe how many people in Saint John say I seen. Me, I just made a typo!
Dec-07-15  mulde: MacLeod was strong enough to take part at 6th USA Chess Congress, New York 1889, without too much success however. Six of his games are a bit curious, because he he opened not lesss of his games with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Bb5?! (much more common and may be better is 4.Qa4 - Tayler / Hayward, "Play the Ponziani", London 2009), and MecLeod lost EVERY of these six games.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Nicholas MacLeod.
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  zanzibar: There's a photo on his player page at this site:


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  zanzibar: In the interest of chess history here is the contents of that link in full:


Nicholas M. MacLeod


Western Chess Association, 1901, family of Nicholas MacLeod

2000 Canadian Chess Hall of Fame

Two times Canadian Champion (1886, 1888)

1886 Youngest ever Canadian Champion, just past 16th birthday

=1st in Canadian Championship 1887

1889 Played in the New York tournament, held to select a challenger to World Champion Wilhelm Steinitz; set a record for most losses in one tournament, 31

1892 Only player to beat future World Champion Emanuel Lasker in a simultaneous exhibition given by Lasker, Quebec City, QC

Moved to Minnesota in 1896, and then ca. 1903 moved to Spokane, Washington

1901 Won the 2nd Western Chess Association Tournament (1st Western Open, later called U.S. Open) at Excelsior, Minnesota with 13/15

1900 Defeated Harry Pillsbury in blindfold simultaneous exhibition given by Pillsbury in Minneapolis, Minnesota

1899 Minnesota Champion

Invented the MacLeod Defence

Nicholas MacLeod - J.W. Baird

New York, NY, USA 1889, Round 21

Contributors: Michael Dougherty, Stephen Wright.

Research note: There were several players named MacLeod, and the record of who accomplished what is not always clear.

N.M. MacLeod is sometimes incorrectly referred to as 'N.W. MacLeod'. This is probably a mix up of Nicholas MacLeod and William MacLeod.

Both players were born in Quebec City, Quebec; both moved to Minnesota, USA.

Copyright 2011. David Cohen.


Thanks to D. Cohen. Note the caution concerning other MacLeods.

Also - I wonder if his win over Pillsbury is available?


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