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George Webb Medley
Number of games in database: 37
Years covered: 1849 to 1862

Overall record: +17 -15 =3 (52.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C62 C60 C65 C70
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (6) 
    C00 C01
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   Anderssen vs G W Medley, 1862 0-1
   G W Medley vs Morphy, 1858 1-0
   G W Medley vs Morphy, 1859 1-0
   Morphy vs G W Medley, 1859 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-31-1826, died Nov-29-1898, 72 years old) United Kingdom

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English player from London. In 1847, he lost a match with Daniel Harrwitz (+7-11=0). In 1848, he lost a match with Howard Staunton (+1-6=3). In 1849, he defeated Henry Edward Bird in a match (+4-2=0). In 1849, he took 2nd place at the Riesí Divan knockout tournament in London. He had to beat his brother, John Racker Medley, in the play-off for 2nd place. The winner was Henry Thomas Buckle. In 1850, he defeated Augustus Mongredien in a match (+3-2=0). In 1858, he lost a match to Paul Morphy in London (+2-3=0). In 1860, he lost a match to Ignatz von Kolisch (+0-2-2). Against Medley, Ignatz von Kolisch sometimes took two hours for three moves. After this match, there was a push to have a time limit in chess, which led to the introduction of sand glasses and clocks in chess. He was married to Maria Louise Selous, who was a niece of Frederick Lokes Slous.

notes: Either George or John Racker Medley played consultation chess on the team of Lowenthal / Medley.

Last updated: 2019-02-07 06:49:46

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 37  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G W Medley vs Bird 1-0421849LondonA13 English
2. G W Medley vs Bird 1-0361849Ries' Divan TournamentA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
3. E Lowe vs G W Medley  ½-½631849Ries' Divan TournamentA03 Bird's Opening
4. Bird vs G W Medley 0-1291849LondonC00 French Defense
5. Bird vs G W Medley 1-0211849LondonC00 French Defense
6. Bird vs G W Medley 0-1241849London m2C01 French, Exchange
7. G W Medley vs E Lowe  1-0391849Ries' Divan TournamentD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. G W Medley vs Bird 1-0471849LondonD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. E Lowe vs G W Medley  1-0591849Ries' Divan TournamentA03 Bird's Opening
10. J R Medley vs G W Medley 0-1381849Ries' Divan TournamentC01 French, Exchange
11. Bird vs G W Medley 1-0331849LondonC00 French Defense
12. G W Medley vs Bird 1-0531849Ries' Divan TournamentC01 French, Exchange
13. G W Medley vs J R Medley  1-0511849Ries' Divan TournamentB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
14. G W Medley vs Bird 1-0521849LondonD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Bird vs G W Medley 1-0631849Ries' Divan TournamentB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
16. E Lowe vs G W Medley 0-1611849Ries' Divan TournamentA02 Bird's Opening
17. G W Medley vs Mongredien 1-0441850London mC70 Ruy Lopez
18. Mongredien vs G W Medley 0-1261850London mD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
19. G W Medley vs Mongredien 1-0441850London mA02 Bird's Opening
20. G W Medley vs Mongredien 0-1581850London mC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
21. Mongredien vs G W Medley 1-0261850London mC53 Giuoco Piano
22. Anderssen vs G W Medley  1-0221851Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
23. G W Medley vs Morphy 1-0301858LondonC51 Evans Gambit
24. Morphy vs G W Medley 1-0231858Casual GameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
25. G W Medley vs Morphy 0-1251858Casual GameC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-14-04  Knight13: This guy beat Henry Bird!
Jan-01-05  Knight13: He beat some very strong players like Anderssen, and Bird.
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  Benzol: George Webb Medley.
Mar-17-06  AlexanderMorphy: well this guy had a 6-3 record against Bird...must've been quite a good player!
Jul-01-07  sneaky pete: Secretary of the London Chess Club, for some years Honorary Secretary of the BCA.

From the British Chess Magazine, 1883:

Mr. G. W. Medley, the late Liberal candidate for Mid-Surrey, withdrew from the active practice of chess while still in the prime of life in order to devote himself to more serious pursuits.

As if there was any more serious business than chess ...

Curious is that <late>, since Medley still had 15 years to live. Maybe he always kept people waiting at appointments.

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  GrahamClayton: Here are a couple of interesting articles about Medley's wife and country house, plus photos of George:

Aug-21-12  Zyzz: He beat Paul Morphy too.
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  Stonehenge: Some info on the Medley brothers:

Feb-19-16  zanzibar: In <Morphy's Games of Chess> by Sergeant there is this ff on p147:

<George W. Medley, secretary London CC; for some years Hon. Sec. BCA; ... Medley deserves great credit as the principle mover in the introduction of a time-limit for chess.>

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