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George Hatfeild Gossip
Columbia Chess Chronicle, 1888  
Number of games in database: 117
Years covered: 1860 to 1900

Overall record: +32 -58 =27 (38.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (18) 
    C25 C29 C28
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C67 C63 C80 C77 C78
 King's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    C39 C35 C33 C34
 King's Gambit Declined (4) 
    C30 C32 C31
 French Defense (4) 
    C11 C01 C13
 Four Knights (4) 
    C49 C48
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C77 C65 C80 C62 C60
 Vienna Opening (9) 
    C25 C29 C28
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
    C53 C50 C54
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D37 D30 D38 D31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Showalter vs Gossip, 1889 0-1
   Gossip vs Birmingham, 1860 1-0
   Lipschutz vs Gossip, 1889 0-1
   Gossip vs Bird, 1873 1-0
   Burn vs Gossip, 1889 1/2-1/2
   Gossip vs J E Crewe, 1887 1-0
   Bird vs Gossip, 1889 0-1
   Bird vs Gossip, 1873 0-1
   Gossip vs W Pollock, 1889 1-0
   Gossip vs C M Fisher, 1885 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Australian Championship (1887)
   London (Vizayanagaram) (1883)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1887 Australian Championship by optimal play

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(born Dec-06-1841, died May-11-1907, 65 years old) United States of America (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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George Hatfeild Dingley Gossip was born in New York. He was a well-travelled player and prolific author whose works include The Chess-Players Manual, a 900-page book on openings. It went through several editions after its first publication in 1874, that of 1888 receiving high praise from Steinitz.

While capable of extreme brilliance, Gossip achieved only isolated success in practical play. He won the Correspondence Tournament of the Chess Players Chronicle in 1873-1874, finished =5th-6th in the Vizayanagaram Tournament at London, 1883, and 3rd at the 2nd Australian Championship (1887).

Gossip became notorious later in his career for a long string of last place finishes such as the 5th (1889), 6th (1890), and 7th (1892) British Chess Federation Congresses, the 6th German Chess Federation Championship (1889), and the New York "Impromptu" tournament of 1893. At New York 1889, he avoided the cellar, but finished 18th of 20.

He died on May 11, 1907 in Liphook, England.

Wikipedia article: George H. D. Gossip

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 117  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Gossip vs Birmingham 1-030 1860 City corrC42 Petrov Defense
2. Gossip vs Steinitz 0-140 1868 LondonC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Gossip vs Steinitz  ½-½40 1870 LondonC39 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Gossip vs Longman 1-015 1870 corr ENGC33 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Zukertort vs Gossip  1-030 1872 LondonC59 Two Knights
6. Gossip vs Bird 1-047 1873 LondonC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
7. Gossip vs L Hoffer 1-019 1873 ENGC39 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Gossip vs Bird 1-030 1873 LondonC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
9. W T Pierce vs Gossip 0-121 1873 corr ENGC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Bird vs Gossip 0-111 1873 ENGC39 King's Gambit Accepted
11. Gossip vs H Brewer  1-019 1878 corr ttC77 Ruy Lopez
12. Gossip vs E E Gilbert 0-142 1879 US-Britain corr. matchC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. W M Gattie vs Gossip ½-½82 1883 London (Vizayanagaram)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. L Febvret vs Gossip 0-151 1883 London (Vizayanagaram)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. G MacDonnell vs Gossip  0-127 1883 London (Vizayanagaram)A17 English
16. Gossip vs C E Ranken  1-057 1883 London (Vizayanagaram)C48 Four Knights
17. Gossip vs T H Piper  ½-½60 1883 London (Vizayanagaram)C01 French, Exchange
18. D Heiman vs Gossip 1-019 1885 Sydney, AustraliaC45 Scotch Game
19. Gossip vs G A Russell 0-138 1885 SydneyC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
20. F K Esling vs Gossip 1-052 1885 New South Wales v Victoria Telegraph MatchB10 Caro-Kann
21. Gossip vs C M Fisher 1-047 1885 Melbourne Chess Club Handicap TournamentD05 Queen's Pawn Game
22. A Burns vs Gossip 1-033 1885 Melbourne Chess Club Handicap TournamentD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. W Crane vs Gossip ½-½35 1885 Sydney, AustraliaC25 Vienna
24. Gossip vs F K Esling 0-136 1885 AUS-ch mC25 Vienna
25. Gossip vs J E Crewe 1-021 1887 Australian ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
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  GrahamClayton: "Mr Gossip played a simultaneous chess match lately with twelve members of the Cyprus Club. Mr Gossip won six games, drew one and lost five, not a very creditable performance for a player bearing a high reputation as a critic and author."

Source: Queenslander, 17 January 1891, page 12.

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  FSR: I'm glad to see the old crank is Player of the Day. My Wikipedia article on him (which was previously Today's Featured Article there) is at
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  brankat: <FSR> A great article!
Dec-06-11  BIDMONFA: George Hatfeild Gossip

GOSSIP, George H. D.

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  FSR: <brankat> Thanks!
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  YouRang: "I before E, except after C or sounding like "A" as in neighbor or weigh -- or George Hatfeild Gossip"

(nothing rhymes with gossip.)

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  Thrajin: <YouRang: (nothing rhymes with gossip.)>

Ossip (Bernstein) perhaps?

Dec-06-11  rapidcitychess: "I" before "C"
Or when followed by "T"
O'er the ramparts* we watched
Not excluding joint taxpayers filing singly
EXCEPTION: Suzi's All-Nite E-Z Drive-Thru Donut Shoppe

*Ramparts are a part of a ram, and were considered a great delicacy. People used to watch o'er them.

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  Penguincw: Happy 170th birthday to George Hatfeild Gossip.
Dec-06-11  Shams: <rapidcitychess> Those must be the same ramparts that got Prometheus in so much trouble.
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  brankat: <Thrajin> Hello James! Long time no see :-)
Dec-06-11  nok: James Hatfeild ?
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  brankat: No. James <Thrajin> :-)
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  HeMateMe: Great name. Sounds like a contest on "Hollywood Squares". He should have been in show biz.
Aug-06-12  e4 resigns: Gossip had a beard more epic than Chigorin!
Oh yeah, he was also a good chess player...
Aug-24-12  Cemoblanca: He's a mixture of Steinitz & Chigorin (& the only thing I want to point out here is the beard. The rest would be a silly gossip)! :D Chigorin (
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  HeMateMe: If he had a daughter, she'd be a <Gossip Girl>.
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  brankat: But this beauty is no gossip :-)

Showalter vs Gossip, 1889

Aug-24-12  Cemoblanca: <HeMateMe> Gossip - EVERY CHESSPLAYER'S NIGHTMARE ;0)

Apr-09-13  andrewjsacks: I before E, except in neighbor, sleigh, and George Hatfeild Gossip.
Apr-09-13  andrewjsacks: Actually, a very interesting character indeed, and the Wiki article on him is illuminating in various respects.
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  whiteshark: They say Gossip traveled faster than warp speed...
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  Chessical: Zukertort on Gossip. It is related of the late Dr. Zukertort that observing a young chess player poising Gossip's "Chess Players' Manual" on the palm of his hand, and overhearing him exclaim, " Ah, if I could only get the contents of this book into my head", the Doctor promptly retorted " Den you vould be as mad as de author." Manchester Evening News."

Source: <Nottinghamshire Guardian - Saturday 10th August 1889, p.7>

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, George Gossip.
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  Domdaniel: <(nothing rhymes with gossip.)>

Ho's sip their drinks
While gentlemen slurp...

Beaus sip as well
And babies just burp.

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