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George Alcock MacDonnell
G MacDonnell 
Number of games in database: 98
Years covered: 1861 to 1887

Overall record: +48 -40 =9 (54.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C53 C54
 King's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    C39 C37 C35
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C84 C67 C80 C78 C79
 Evans Gambit (5) 
 Bird's Opening (5) 
    A02 A03
 French Defense (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Philidor's Defense (9) 
 Sicilian (5) 
    B23 B46 B25 B21 B20
 King's Gambit Declined (5) 
    C30 C31
 Uncommon Opening (4) 
    A00 B00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1872 1-0
   G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1872 1-0
   G MacDonnell vs Anderssen, 1862 1/2-1/2
   G MacDonnell vs S Boden, 1861 1-0
   Bird vs G MacDonnell, 1882 1/2-1/2
   G MacDonnell vs Blackburne, 1862 1-0
   V Green vs G MacDonnell, 1862 0-1
   G MacDonnell vs G B Fraser, 1867 1-0
   G MacDonnell vs Mongredien, 1862 1-0
   G MacDonnell vs Steinitz, 1862 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63 (1862)
   London (Vizayanagaram) (1883)
   Dundee Congress (1867)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   London 1883 Vizayanagaram Tournament by MissScarlett
   Dundee Congress 1867 by Calli
   1862 London by Treev

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(born Aug-16-1830, died Jun-03-1899, 68 years old) Ireland

[what is this?]
(Reverend) George Alcock MacDonnell born 1830 was an Irish player and author. He was 3rd= at Dundee 1867 and 3rd= at London 1872 and had a chess column in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News.

He played two matches with George Henry Mackenzie in 1862 - 63; winning the first but losing the second Game Collection: MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63 (1862)

note: MacDonnell played on the teams of Em. Lasker / MacDonnell, Blackburne / Bird / MacDonnell, De Vere / MacDonnell, MacDonnell / Zukertort & G Macdonnell / Pollock.

Wikipedia article: George Alcock MacDonnell

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 98  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G MacDonnell vs S Boden 1-0281861LondonC51 Evans Gambit
2. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen 0-1311862LondonB40 Sicilian
3. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen ½-½271862LondonC39 King's Gambit Accepted
4. V Green vs G MacDonnell 0-1271862LondonC41 Philidor Defense
5. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 1-0481862MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63A00 Uncommon Opening
6. G MacDonnell vs Hannah  0-1371862LondonC01 French, Exchange
7. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen 0-1291862ENGC51 Evans Gambit
8. G MacDonnell vs Anderssen 1-0371862London casualC51 Evans Gambit
9. G MacDonnell vs Steinitz ½-½411862LondonC51 Evans Gambit
10. G MacDonnell vs F Deacon 1-0251862LondonB40 Sicilian
11. J Robey vs G MacDonnell  0-1461862LondonC41 Philidor Defense
12. G MacDonnell vs Mackenzie ½-½371862MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63A10 English
13. Paulsen vs G MacDonnell 1-0391862B.C.A. Grand TourneyC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. G MacDonnell vs Mongredien 1-0201862LondonC41 Philidor Defense
15. G MacDonnell vs Steinitz 1-0291862B.C.A. Grand TourneyC44 King's Pawn Game
16. G MacDonnell vs Blackburne 1-0501862B.C.A. Grand TourneyC54 Giuoco Piano
17. Owen vs G MacDonnell  0-1521862LondonA35 English, Symmetrical
18. G MacDonnell vs Mackenzie 0-1281862MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C42 Petrov Defense
19. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 1-0471862MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C41 Philidor Defense
20. G MacDonnell vs Mackenzie 0-1271862MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C01 French, Exchange
21. G MacDonnell vs Mackenzie 1-0491862MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C50 Giuoco Piano
22. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 1-0471862MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C41 Philidor Defense
23. G MacDonnell vs Mackenzie 1-0471862MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C50 Giuoco Piano
24. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 0-1641862MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63C41 Philidor Defense
25. Mackenzie vs G MacDonnell 1-0361863MacDonnell - Mackenzie 1862/63A00 Uncommon Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  InspiredByMorphy: According to this site Born 1830 Died 1899 . In my opinion the following are notable games G MacDonnell vs Steinitz, 1862
G MacDonnell vs Blackburne, 1862
Blackburne vs G MacDonnell, 1867
G MacDonnell vs Bird, 1872
G MacDonnell vs S Hamel, 1867
Jun-26-05  sneaky pete: From the British Chess Magazine (1930):
Although a distant member of the same family he should not be confused with Alexander MacDonnell, the illustrious rival of La Bourdonnais. Such was often the case in his early days. It is said that after playing Steinitz in the Dundee congress of 1867, the latter called one of his elders aside and whispered: "He is stronger now than he was when he played La Bourdonnais." G.A.MacDonnell was soon informed of this and wittily remarked: "That other MacDonnell has been living on my reputation ever since he died."
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  biglo: Here is a picture of Rev George MacDonnell
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  keypusher: A very entertaining book by the Rev., with pen portraits of Steinitz, Zukertort, Blackburne, Bird, Mason, etc....and it's free.

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  Chessical: The Mackenzie - MacDonnell match of 1862 is featured here: Game Collection: MacDonnell - Mackenzie match 1862.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to Player of the Day,George Alock MacDonnell.
Mar-17-11  chesstyro: nice move chess games. happy saint patricks day!
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  Domdaniel: Ireland, 1830.

- Well, that's decided. We'll call the boy 'George', in honour of their late majesties George I, George II, George III and George IV. And the Georgian Squares of Dublin. Name a boy after a square, he may become a decent chessplayer, what?

- That's nice, dear. But what about a middle name? I thought 'Patrick' after my Uncle Pat?

- Uncle Patrick Prunty? The clergyman who changed his name to Bronte and whose daughters write scandalous romantic novels? Never. It's a name for peasants, in any case. If you want the boy to be a Reverend, why not call him 'Alcock', eh?

... and George Alcock it was, Reverend and chessplayer.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. George Alcock MacDonnell.
Jul-15-15  zanzibar: Noted his use of the pseudonym "Mars" when writing for the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News.

The story of Neumann's confusion as to which McDonnell he was playing (he thought he played better than when he face La Bourdonnais!) is well told there as well, including this:


Steinitz -- They are always confounding you with the other McDonnell.

McDonnell -- Yes, that other McDonnell has been living off of my reputation ever since he died!


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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, George MacDonnell.
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  MissScarlett: <November 1886, page 335:

‘When once my opinion was asked about the strength of a certain well-known English player who continually tried to blow himself up into a first-rate in a Sporting and Dramatic manner, I answered: “He evidently has an extraordinary good memory, for he always makes the same mistakes”.’>

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