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James McConnell
Number of games in database: 15
Years covered: 1849 to 1899
Overall record: +3 -11 =1 (23.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-05-1829, died Nov-21-1914, 85 years old) United States of America

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James McConnell, Sr. was a lawyer in New Orleans and a friend of Paul Morphy. He was born in Baton Rouge and died in New Orleans. When Paul Morphy was given a chess book, he would read it, sometimes makes notes in the book, then give the chess book to his friend, James McConnell. James was the first contributor to the Fifth American Chess Congress, which was held in New York in 1880. James McConnell donated all his writings and collection to Tulane University.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-0231849New OrleansC40 King's Knight Opening
2. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-0111849New Orleans cgC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
3. J McConnell vs Morphy 0-1231849New OrleansC38 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-0291849New OrleansC39 King's Gambit Accepted
5. J McConnell vs Morphy 0-1251850New OrleanC52 Evans Gambit
6. J McConnell vs Morphy 0-1141850New OrleansC02 French, Advance
7. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-0171857New York000 Chess variants
8. Morphy vs J McConnell 1-0221858New Orleans000 Chess variants
9. Keon vs J McConnell 1-0241862BermudaC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. J McConnell vs Steinitz  0-1381883New OrleansC22 Center Game
11. J McConnell vs Steinitz  ½-½321883New OrleansC70 Ruy Lopez
12. J McConnell vs Steinitz  1-0401883Offhand gameC70 Ruy Lopez
13. J McConnell vs Steinitz 1-0211886New OrleansC00 French Defense
14. J McConnell vs Lasker 1-0381893Simul, 17bC25 Vienna
15. J McConnell vs Pillsbury 0-1231899New OrleansC25 Vienna
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-21-03  blunder maker: Is a great player!
never win a game!
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  Sneaky: But look who he played... =)
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  Honza Cervenka: <blunder maker> Sometimes he had won. For an interesting example see

<> I have submitted this game with Steinitz's annotations in your PGN upload utility.

Apr-04-04  ruylopez900: He didn't win to much, but that one win would be worth all the other losses =D
Apr-23-06  black death: hi
Dec-11-08  WhiteRook48: McConnell beat
Steinitz and Lasker!
Aug-08-10  BobCrisp: One of only two players known to have played both Morphy and Capablanca. The other being Celso Golmayo Zupide.
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  MrMelad: Apparently he player Stienitz and Lasker and Pillsbury too, and beat Lasker in a simul and crushed Stienitz analysis of another game.. And they say Morphy only played weak opponents :)
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  sachistu: The McConnell listed in the game Morphy-McConnell, 1864 (odds game giving QN) is James McConnell Jr (son of James McConnell listed in the bio). See Maroczy's book on Morphy.
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  sachistu: Also, re: Morphy-McConnell (1864) the location was New Orleans (again, per Maroczy's book) so the (?) can be removed.
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  jnpope: Nice little game against Zukertort:

[Event "Zukertort Exhibition Tour: Offhand Series"]
[Site "New York, NY (Manhattan Chess Club)"]
[Date "1883.10.31"]
[White "Zukertort, J.H."]
[Black "McConnell, Jas."]
[Result "0-1"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.exd5 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 exd5 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Nf6 8.O-O Ne4 9.Qd3 O-O 10.c4 c6 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.c4 Nc6 13.Rb1 Bf5 14.cxd5 Ng3 15.Qd1 Nxe2+ 16.Qxe2 Bxb1 17.dxc6 bxc6 18.Ba3 Re8 19.Qc4 Be4 20.Ne5 Rxe5 21.dxe5 Bd3 22.Qc3 Bxf1 0-1 «source: St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 1883.11.24»

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  Domdaniel: I see from the game posted by <jnpope> that McConnell was also a pioneer of the Winawer variation.
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