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George Atwood
Number of games in database: 26
Years covered: 1794 to 1801
Overall record: +16 -9 =1 (63.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1745, died Jul-11-1807, 61 years old) United Kingdom

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George Atwood was born in London, October, 1745. He was an English mathematician and lecturer at Cambridge. In 1776, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London. William Pitt, British Prime Minister, was one of Atwood’s former students. He gave Atwood a position as a personal secretary and an office in the Treasury. In the 1784, he created the Atwood machine for verifying experimentally the laws of acceleration of motion. Atwood is best known for his work A Treatise on the Rectilinear Motion and Rotation of Bodies, a textbook on Newtonian mechanics.

In 1787, he joined the London Chess Club. At the club, from 1787 to 1800, he recorded his own games and the games of others, including François André Philidor. This was not a common practice at the time. On June 20, 1795, he took part in Philidor’s last blindfold performance.

In 1798, he defeated Jonathan Wilson in a match (3-0). In 1799 he again defeated Wilson, (3-0).

When George Atwood passed away on July 11, 1807, he left his chess notebook to Jonathan Wilson. When Wilson passed away in 1833, Atwood’s notebook was bought by George Walker. In 1835, Walker, based on Atwood’s chess notebook, wrote Selection of Games at Chess, actually played by Philidor and his Contemporaries, published in London. The book contained 47 of Philidor’s games.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 26  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Atwood vs Philidor ½-½40 1794 LondonD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. G Atwood vs Philidor 0-140 1794 LondonB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
3. G Atwood vs Philidor 1-040 1794 CasualB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. Philidor vs G Atwood 1-022 1794 London000 Chess variants
5. G Atwood vs Cotter 0-132 1795 CasualC23 Bishop's Opening
6. G Atwood vs Philidor 0-125 1795 London000 Chess variants
7. J Wilson vs G Atwood 1-014 1795 LondonC37 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Cotter vs G Atwood 0-128 1795 CasualC23 Bishop's Opening
9. G Atwood vs Philidor 0-112 1795 LondonC37 King's Gambit Accepted
10. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-022 1795 CasualC41 Philidor Defense
11. Philidor vs G Atwood 1-027 1795 London000 Chess variants
12. Philidor vs G Atwood 0-114 1795 London000 Chess variants
13. J Wilson vs G Atwood 1-048 1795 CasualD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. G Atwood vs J Bruehl 0-129 1796 CasualC41 Philidor Defense
15. J Wilson vs G Atwood 0-133 1798 London 5C37 King's Gambit Accepted
16. NN vs G Atwood 0-123 1798 London 5C37 King's Gambit Accepted
17. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-022 1798 CasualC41 Philidor Defense
18. G Atwood vs Campbell 1-024 1801 CasualC41 Philidor Defense
19. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-020 1801 CasualC41 Philidor Defense
20. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-032 1801 CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
21. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-019 1801 CasualC41 Philidor Defense
22. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-025 1801 CasualC41 Philidor Defense
23. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-023 1801 CasualC41 Philidor Defense
24. J Wilson vs G Atwood 0-131 1801 CasualB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
25. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-021 1801 CasualC41 Philidor Defense
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Jul-13-05  sneaky pete: Mathematician, Westminster, London, b. October 1745, d. July 11, 1807. More info see
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  Benzol: <sneaky pete> You should've put yourself forward as a biographer to <>.


Jul-27-06  nescio: <An Englishman: We owe this guy a lot for saving some of Philidor's games.>

But also for his imaginative play. See for instance the game G Atwood vs J Wilson, 1798 in which we see a very early example of a positional sacrifice (8.Ngxe4), evident as it may seem nowadays.

Mar-26-09  TheTamale: Not everyone can claim a win over bad link--impressive!
Mar-26-09  Open Defence: <Benzol> I think the link to Wilson in this bio needs to be corrected
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  Benzol: <Open Defence> Thanks for pointing out this error. Hopefully it works now.
Mar-26-09  WhiteRook48: very good AtWood-chopping
Mar-27-09  Open Defence: glad to be of help <Benzol>
Nov-30-09  sigi: George Walker's Book of 1835 is accessible through Google books. If Walker is right, Wilson's forename was Joseph not Jonathan.
Jul-27-10  BIDMONFA: George Atwood

ATWOOD, George

Jul-28-10  Bent75: George Atwood play Chess I like to do;
If Atwood don't find the way to his oponent's King, he construct a way! Mikhail Tal dit it the same way!
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  grasser: I feel some type of retro-active ratings should be issued to these fine players of old.
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