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George Hatfeild Gossip
Number of games in database: 121
Years covered: 1860 to 1900

Overall record: +32 -60 =28 (38.3%)*
   * 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:
 Vienna Opening (18) 
    C25 C29 C28
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C67 C80 C63 C62 C78
 King's Gambit Accepted (7) 
    C39 C35 C33 C34
 French Defense (5) 
    C11 C01 C13
 King's Gambit Declined (4) 
    C31 C30
 Four Knights (4) 
    C49 C48
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C77 C80 C65 C62 C60
 Vienna Opening (7) 
    C25 C29 C28
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D37 D30 D31 D38
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
    C53 C50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Showalter vs Gossip, 1889 0-1
   Bird vs Gossip, 1873 0-1
   Gossip vs Birmingham, 1860 1-0
   Lipschutz vs Gossip, 1889 0-1
   Gossip vs J E Crewe, 1887 1-0
   Gossip vs Bird, 1873 1-0
   Burn vs Gossip, 1889 1/2-1/2
   L Febvret vs Gossip, 1883 0-1
   Bird vs Gossip, 1889 0-1
   Gossip vs W Pollock, 1889 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Australian Championship (1887)
   London (Vizayanagaram) (1883)
   6th American Chess Congress (1889)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1887 Australian Championship by optimal play

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(born Dec-06-1841, died May-11-1907, 65 years old) United States of America (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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George Hatfeild Dingley Gossip was born in New York. He was a well-travelled player and prolific author whose works include The Chess-Players Manual, a 900-page book on openings. It went through several editions after its first publication in 1874, that of 1888 receiving high praise from Steinitz.

While capable of brilliance, Gossip achieved only isolated success in practical play. He won the Correspondence Tournament of the Chess Players Chronicle in 1873-1874, finished =5th-6th in the Vizayanagaram Tournament at London, 1883, and 3rd at the 2nd Australian Championship (1887).

Gossip became notorious later in his career for a long string of last place finishes such as the 5th (1889), 6th (1890), and 7th (1892) British Chess Federation Congresses, the 6th German Chess Federation Championship (1889), and the New York "Impromptu" tournament of 1893. At New York 1889, he avoided the cellar, but finished 18th of 20.

He died on May 11, 1907 in Liphook, England.

Wikipedia article: George H. D. Gossip

Last updated: 2018-09-23 13:54:41

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 121  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gossip vs Birmingham 1-0301860City corrC42 Petrov Defense
2. Blackburne vs Gossip ½-½391864Blindfold simul, 8bC51 Evans Gambit
3. Gossip vs Steinitz 0-1401868LondonC39 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Gossip vs Steinitz  ½-½401870LondonC39 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Gossip vs Longman 1-0151870corr ENGC33 King's Gambit Accepted
6. Zukertort vs Gossip  1-0301872LondonC59 Two Knights
7. G MacDonnell vs Gossip  1-0201872Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Gossip vs W Potter  0-1321872City of London CC Handicap tC01 French, Exchange
9. Bird vs Gossip 0-1111873ENGC39 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Gossip vs Bird 1-0471873LondonC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
11. Gossip vs L Hoffer 1-0191873ENGC39 King's Gambit Accepted
12. Gossip vs Bird 1-0301873LondonC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
13. W T Pierce vs Gossip 0-1211873corr ENGC39 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Gossip vs H Brewer  1-0191878corr ttC77 Ruy Lopez
15. Gossip vs E E Gilbert 0-1421879US-Britain corr. matchC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. G MacDonnell vs Gossip  0-1271883London (Vizayanagaram)A17 English
17. Gossip vs C E Ranken 1-0571883London (Vizayanagaram)C48 Four Knights
18. Gossip vs A Hunter ½-½511883London (Vizayanagaram)B01 Scandinavian
19. Gossip vs T H Piper  ½-½601883London (Vizayanagaram)C01 French, Exchange
20. W M Gattie vs Gossip ½-½821883London (Vizayanagaram)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. C Febvret vs Gossip 0-1511883London (Vizayanagaram)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Gossip vs C M Fisher 1-0471885Melbourne Chess Club Handicap TournamentD05 Queen's Pawn Game
23. A Burns vs Gossip 1-0331885Melbourne Chess Club Handicap TournamentD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. W Crane vs Gossip ½-½351885SydneyC25 Vienna
25. D Heiman vs Gossip 1-0191885SydneyC45 Scotch Game
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 121  PGN Download
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Dec-06-11  Thrajin: <YouRang: (nothing rhymes with gossip.)>

Ossip (Bernstein) perhaps?

Dec-06-11  rapidcitychess: "I" before "C"
Or when followed by "T"
O'er the ramparts* we watched
Not excluding joint taxpayers filing singly
EXCEPTION: Suzi's All-Nite E-Z Drive-Thru Donut Shoppe

*Ramparts are a part of a ram, and were considered a great delicacy. People used to watch o'er them.

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  Penguincw: Happy 170th birthday to George Hatfeild Gossip.
Dec-06-11  Shams: <rapidcitychess> Those must be the same ramparts that got Prometheus in so much trouble.
Dec-06-11  brankat: <Thrajin> Hello James! Long time no see :-)
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  nok: James Hatfeild ?
Dec-07-11  brankat: No. James <Thrajin> :-)
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  HeMateMe: Great name. Sounds like a contest on "Hollywood Squares". He should have been in show biz.
Aug-06-12  e4 resigns: Gossip had a beard more epic than Chigorin!
Oh yeah, he was also a good chess player...
Aug-24-12  Cemoblanca: He's a mixture of Steinitz & Chigorin (& the only thing I want to point out here is the beard. The rest would be a silly gossip)! :D Chigorin (
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  HeMateMe: If he had a daughter, she'd be a <Gossip Girl>.
Aug-24-12  brankat: But this beauty is no gossip :-)

Showalter vs Gossip, 1889

Aug-24-12  Cemoblanca: <HeMateMe> Gossip - EVERY CHESSPLAYER'S NIGHTMARE ;0)

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  andrewjsacks: I before E, except in neighbor, sleigh, and George Hatfeild Gossip.
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  andrewjsacks: Actually, a very interesting character indeed, and the Wiki article on him is illuminating in various respects.
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  whiteshark: They say Gossip traveled faster than warp speed...
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  Chessical: Zukertort on Gossip. It is related of the late Dr. Zukertort that observing a young chess player poising Gossip's "Chess Players' Manual" on the palm of his hand, and overhearing him exclaim, " Ah, if I could only get the contents of this book into my head", the Doctor promptly retorted " Den you vould be as mad as de author." Manchester Evening News."

Source: <Nottinghamshire Guardian - Saturday 10th August 1889, p.7>

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, George Gossip.
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  Domdaniel: <(nothing rhymes with gossip.)>

Ho's sip their drinks
While gentlemen slurp...

Beaus sip as well
And babies just burp.

May-27-17  zanzibar:
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  offramp: He was asked to leave Simpson's Divan when his hat feild.
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  offramp: <YouRang: "I before E, except after C or sounding like "A" as in neighbor or weigh -- or George Hatfeild Gossip">

It is all explained in this 4 minute sketch:

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  MissScarlett: Re. Hatfeild vs Hatfield George Hatfeild Gossip (kibitz #11)

My guess is that he was born/baptised <Hatfield> but adopted <Hatfeild> at some point, just to be 'extra'.

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  MissScarlett: From the bio: <While capable of extreme brilliance..> Is this necessary? What's wrong with plain <brilliance>?
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  MissScarlett: <My guess is that he was born/baptised <Hatfield> but adopted <Hatfeild> at some point, just to be 'extra'.>

<It is possible that G.H.D.G. adopted the idiosyncratic spelling for some extra cachet.> (17 July 2019: Addition from Neil Hickman (Hardingham, England))

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