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George Hatfeild Gossip
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 C62 C84
 King's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    C39 C35 C33 C34
 French Defense (4) 
    C11 C13 C01
 Four Knights (4) 
    C49 C48
 King's Gambit Declined (4) 
    C30 C31 C32
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C77 C80 C65 C62 C70
 Vienna Opening (9) 
    C25 C29 C28
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D37 D38 D30 D31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Showalter vs Gossip, 1889 0-1
   Gossip vs Birmingham, 1860 1-0
   Bird vs Gossip, 1873 0-1
   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
   Gossip vs W Pollock, 1889 1-0
   W Pollock vs Gossip, 1889 0-1

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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gossip vs Birmingham 1-0301860City corrC42 Petrov Defense
2. Gossip vs Steinitz 0-1401868LondonC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Gossip vs Steinitz  ½-½401870LondonC39 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Gossip vs Longman 1-0151870corr ENGC33 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Zukertort vs Gossip  1-0301872LondonC59 Two Knights
6. W T Pierce vs Gossip 0-1211873corr ENGC39 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Bird vs Gossip 0-1111873ENGC39 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Gossip vs Bird 1-0471873LondonC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
9. Gossip vs L Hoffer 1-0191873ENGC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Gossip vs Bird 1-0301873LondonC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
11. Gossip vs H Brewer  1-0191878corr ttC77 Ruy Lopez
12. Gossip vs E E Gilbert 0-1421879US-Britain corr. matchC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. G MacDonnell vs Gossip  0-1271883London (Vizayanagaram)A17 English
14. Gossip vs C E Ranken  1-0571883London (Vizayanagaram)C48 Four Knights
15. Gossip vs T H Piper  ½-½601883London (Vizayanagaram)C01 French, Exchange
16. W M Gattie vs Gossip ½-½821883London (Vizayanagaram)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. L Febvret vs Gossip 0-1511883London (Vizayanagaram)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. F K Esling vs Gossip 1-0521885New South Wales v Victoria Telegraph MatchB10 Caro-Kann
19. Gossip vs C M Fisher 1-0471885Melbourne Chess Club Handicap TournamentD05 Queen's Pawn Game
20. A Burns vs Gossip 1-0331885Melbourne Chess Club Handicap TournamentD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. W Crane vs Gossip ½-½351885Sydney, AustraliaC25 Vienna
22. D Heiman vs Gossip 1-0191885Sydney, AustraliaC45 Scotch Game
23. Gossip vs G A Russell 0-1381885SydneyC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
24. Gossip vs F K Esling 0-1361885AUS-ch mC25 Vienna
25. Gossip vs J E Crewe 1-0211887Australian ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 117  PGN Download
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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.)

Dec-06-11  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)

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  andrewjsacks: I before E, except in neighbor, sleigh, and George Hatfeild Gossip.
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  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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