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Neil R McDonald
N R McDonald 
Olympia Conference Centre, London 6-14 December, 2014
Photograph courtesy of Ray Morris-Hill
Number of games in database: 195
Years covered: 1985 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2403 (2406 rapid, 2374 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2495

Overall record: +67 -69 =55 (49.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (31) 
    B90 B48 B42 B33 B47
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C77 C67 C84 C60 C63
 French Defense (11) 
    C05 C18 C03 C02 C10
 Reti System (9) 
    A04 A05 A06
 French Tarrasch (7) 
    C05 C03 C09
 Sicilian Najdorf (7) 
    B90 B99 B94 B96
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (36) 
    C05 C10 C18 C03 C01
 French Tarrasch (13) 
    C05 C03 C07
 French (11) 
    C10 C11 C00 C12
 Dutch Defense (10) 
    A81 A88 A90 A86 A89
 French Winawer (8) 
    C18 C15 C16 C17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D31 D37 D30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kasparov vs N R McDonald, 1986 1/2-1/2
   Zagrebelny vs N R McDonald, 2000 0-1
   N R McDonald vs R J Dive, 1994 1-0
   C Cobb vs N R McDonald, 2002 0-1
   N R McDonald vs P Thipsay, 2001 1-0
   N R McDonald vs J Hawkins, 2011 1/2-1/2
   N R McDonald vs B Thipsay, 2001 1-0
   C Duncan vs N R McDonald, 1998 0-1
   W J Taylor vs N R McDonald, 2015 0-1
   J Rowson vs N R McDonald, 1998 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   29th Cappelle-la-Grande (2013)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   London Chess Classic (Open) (2014)

   A Malachi vs A Bjornsson, 1969

   🏆 4NCL 2017/18
   N R McDonald vs Sadler (May-06-18) 0-1
   J R Adair vs N R McDonald (May-06-18) 0-1
   R Willis vs N R McDonald (May-05-18) 0-1
   N R McDonald vs Zoe Varney (Mar-18-18) 1-0
   R Eames vs N R McDonald (Mar-17-18) 0-1

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(born Jan-21-1967, 51 years old) United Kingdom

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GM, coach and chess writer.

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 195  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Horner vs N R McDonald  ½-½421985BCF-chB08 Pirc, Classical
2. Blatny vs N R McDonald 0-1431986ChEjC18 French, Winawer
3. N R McDonald vs Tal 0-1441986TbilisiA04 Reti Opening
4. N R McDonald vs Romanishin  0-1311986TbilisiA07 King's Indian Attack
5. N R McDonald vs Anand  ½-½301986OakhamA05 Reti Opening
6. Kasparov vs N R McDonald ½-½551986Simul, 21bE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
7. Anand vs N R McDonald 1-044198610th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC18 French, Winawer
8. M Brooks vs N R McDonald 1-0181987St LouisB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. N R McDonald vs D Norwood  ½-½751987Zug (Switzerland)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
10. N R McDonald vs Joel Benjamin  ½-½42198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA04 Reti Opening
11. N R McDonald vs Kudrin  ½-½32198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA04 Reti Opening
12. I Rogers vs N R McDonald  1-0481987BCF-chE92 King's Indian
13. N R McDonald vs Hebden  0-185198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA04 Reti Opening
14. N R McDonald vs Judit Polgar ½-½161988HastingsB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
15. N R McDonald vs Chandler  0-1311989Plymouth (England)B33 Sicilian
16. Hebden vs N R McDonald 0-1331989Ch-ENG Plymouth UENGOC17 French, Winawer, Advance
17. N R McDonald vs Adams  ½-½451989BCF-chB10 Caro-Kann
18. D Norwood vs N R McDonald  1-0461990BCF-chA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Smagin vs N R McDonald  1-054199014th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC05 French, Tarrasch
20. Wojtkiewicz vs N R McDonald  0-1481991DouaiE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
21. Krasenkow vs N R McDonald  1-0321991xE97 King's Indian
22. N R McDonald vs P Bachmayr  1-0451991ZugC30 King's Gambit Declined
23. N R McDonald vs C Flear  1-0211991HastingsC34 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Adams vs N R McDonald  1-060199115th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. M J Freeman vs N R McDonald  ½-½441992Lloyd's Bank MastersA57 Benko Gambit
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Jul-02-06  WMD:
Jul-02-06  mack: Heh - very subtle - but of our country's active grandmasters, Neil's ranked the lowest isn't he?
Jul-02-06  WMD: Is he active?
Jul-23-06  biglo: FIDE 2374. Looks like he has been inactive for several years.
Jul-23-06  whiskeyrebel: active or not, his "main line Caro-Kann" book is fantastic. He's a great teacher. I find myself remembering positions (and more importantly the strategic concepts related to them) from the games he discussed in it many months later.
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  Gypsy: <EnglishOpeningc4: One of the best opening book writers of all time> A fine chess writer all around.
Dec-31-06  Karpova: What does the <R> stand for - <Ronald>?
Mar-15-07  unsound: Just to echo a 3-year-old comment, I find McDonald's opening books to be the best I've read. They seem to me to be not just opening books, but instructive books about chess more broadly--the explanation of the opening serves as a kind of vehicle for introducing the reader to interesting ways of thinking about the game. So they're far more than just a set of variations (though they're that too, with good illustrative games). I've got his books on the Dutch and on 1.e4, and I love them both. I've never met him and he didn't pay me to write this, I guess I should add, since I'm being so effusive.
Mar-15-07  GBKnight: I have not read any of his books, but he was playing on the next board to me a couple of weeks ago in a league match, and had a very instructive post-mortem with my club colleague (who he had just beaten). It was much appreciated; highly rated players are not always this accommodating.
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  Gypsy: Recently, I had to take a poignant trip home. I packed also a chess book that I recently bought and gave it to my father. A couple of weeks later he suddenly suddenly interupted me from my work: <You know -- that book you gave me -- that is the best chess book I have ever red or seen.> The book is ... Neil McDonnald: The Giants of Strategy.
May-11-08  Knight13: This guy's also a grandmaster.

The Giants of Chess Strategy is very good, yes, for advanced players OR someone who already understands positional chess.

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  Gypsy: <Knight13> Yes, my old fellow qualifies as such: He is quite a connoisseur of positional chess; and he is still quite good at it.
May-27-08  ketchuplover: There's an unfavorable review of Starting Out:1.e4 at
May-10-09  ToTheDeath: This guy was great on SNL's Weekend Update.
May-29-10  newzild: I'm currently reading his book "Bb5 Sicilian Revealed". It's a pretty good opening manual. A lot of typos, though.
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  wordfunph: <newzild> hope you visit <ChessBookForum> to share your thoughts on "Bb5 Sicilian Revealed"..thanks!

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  wordfunph: When GM Paul Motwani played Neil McDonald in the 1st Eksakt Masters tournament in Tilburg in June 1996, he already had three GM norms....but didn't know it! Neil wrote to Paul four months later to explain that he had received a new title by surprise!

Source: C.O.O.L. Chess by Paul Motwani

Jan-08-14  jancotianno: Recently bought his ruy lopez move by move book and i believe that is the way all opening books should be written, it's fantastic.
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  wordfunph: "I wrote in a diary aged ten that I wanted to be either James Bond or a chess grandmaster, so I guess I've achieved half my ambitions."

- GM Neil McDonald

Nov-20-14  tranquilsimplicity: I had my first "formal", serious Chess introduction from GM Neil McDonald's, 'The Art of Logical Thinking'. It was recommended to me at the Chess Shop. I found it very easy to understand; not dry and uninteresting as chess literature can sometimes be. And I never looked back.#
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  Dionysius1: <wordfunph> That's weird! Since the ambition is an either or, GM Neil McDonald achieved his full ambition.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Neil McDonald.
Jul-28-16  Beholder: <wordfunph: "I wrote in a diary aged ten that I wanted to be either James Bond or a chess grandmaster, so I guess I've achieved half my ambitions." - GM Neil McDonald>

Coming from someone who penned a book titled "The Art of Logical Thinking" this is decidedly illogical and borders on ignorant.

It is quite obvious that had his ambition been to be "James Bond AND a chess grandmaster" then he could indeed claim that he achieved half of it; his actual ambition was to be "James Bond OR a chess grandmaster" and thus by becoming a chess grandmaster he fulfilled 100% of his ambitions.

Jul-28-16  Virgil A: This is hilarious.
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  HeMateMe: doesn't he appear to be a sort of composite of Donald Trump and George Bush?
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