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Neil McKelvie
Number of games in database: 13
Years covered: 1963 to 1985
Overall record: +5 -7 =1 (42.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-09-1930, 90 years old) United Kingdom (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Dr. Neil McKelvie was born in Welwyn Garden City, England. He played 1st board while attending Cambridge. After coming to the United States to study at Columbia, he won the Connecticut State Championship in 1962 and the Manhattan Chess Club Championship in 1975 and 1979. He is User: ChemMac on the Chessgames website.

Last updated: 2018-03-04 20:16:24

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R H Steinmeyer vs N McKelvie  1-0351963Manhattan Chess Club ChampionshipE70 King's Indian
2. L Dubeck vs N McKelvie  1-0191963New York Metropolitan LeagueB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
3. N McKelvie vs R H Steinmeyer 1-0421964Manhattan Chess Club ChampionshipB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. N McKelvie vs S Brandwein 0-134196465th US OpenE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
5. N McKelvie vs Benko 1-0371966Manhattan Chess Club ChampionshipB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
6. N McKelvie vs Herb Thomas  1-038196869th US OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
7. C Bassin vs N McKelvie  ½-½40196869th US OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. A Deutsch vs N McKelvie  1-025196869th US OpenB30 Sicilian
9. N McKelvie vs R Jourdan  1-033196869th US OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. N McKelvie vs P Brandts  0-137196869th US OpenC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
11. N McKelvie vs R J Gross 0-129196869th US OpenC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
12. N McKelvie vs Dlugy  1-0361984Manhattan Club ChampionshipB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. M Ginsburg vs N McKelvie 1-0341985Manhattan CC-chD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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  Tabanus: Neil McKelvie, born 1930

Played chess on 1st board at Cambridge. Winner of the Connecticut State Championship in 1962. Winner of the Manhattan Chess Club Championship in 1975. He has a PhD in Chemistry.

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  GrahamClayton: Winner of the 1967 Eastern Masters Championship in New York, while being professor of chemistry at City College.


Also a very good piano player as well:

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  Stonehenge: Funny, there's a Neil McKelvie here who's born exactly 100 years before 'our' Neil:

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  wordfunph: McKelvie scored two victories against Bisguier, one against Denker and another on Benko.
Sep-23-12  waustad: He is a member here it seems: User: chemmac
Feb-27-13  ChemMac: OK - just looked myself up. A few additions or corrections. Three wins vs Denker; probably a dozen other GM's at least (one each vs Reshevsky and vs Najdorf but in rapids). Twice first in Manhattan C.C. championships. Highest rating in the 2400's; up to no. 19 in the US. Of course, plenty of blunders and forgettable games too! One cute position for amusement, which would have been nice for the daily puzzle - not at all difficult. Black was Stephen Grant; from the "Metropolitan Masters'" in 1966, which I won on tie break over Larry Kaufman and Walter Browne. Black has just made an immediately losing move with ...h5.

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  Stonehenge: I don't know if 1. Bc5 Qxc5 works, perhaps first 1. Rxh5?
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  perfidious: <ChemMac>: If you post the date of your other win of the Manhattan CC in my forum, along with anything else you wish to add, I should be glad to amend your bio above.
Oct-29-15  jerseybob: I think 1.Rxh5 first, then Bc5
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Would be good to add this game:
Jan-06-21  Caissanist: McKelvie annotates one of his Manhattan CC games against Denker, won, he says, by playing an intentionally bad move in the opening to inspire overconfidence in his opponent: .

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