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John Mann
Number of games in database: 6
Years covered: 1868 to 1885
Overall record: +1 -4 =1 (25.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-01-1838, died Feb-23-1899, 60 years old) Australia

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Mann vs S W Sedgefield 0-1281868Adelaide CC v Melbourne CC Telegraph MatchC23 Bishop's Opening
2. J Mann vs J Pendrill 0-1681871NSW v SA Telegraph MatchC02 French, Advance
3. J Mann vs P B Walker ½-½391872NSW v SA Telegraph MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
4. H Charlick vs J Mann 1-0301880corrC21 Center Game
5. H Charlick vs J Mann 0-1611883corrC28 Vienna Game
6. Blackburne vs J Mann 1-0181885Blindfold simul, 8bC21 Center Game
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Aug-15-13  optimal play: <<The late Mr. John Mann was a brilliant and enthusiastic chess player.

His father and brother, the late Hon. C. Mann, Q.C, both possessed exceptional ability at chess. The subject of this sketch often told the writer that his father, during his lifetime, was the strongest chessplayer in the colony. He also said that his brother, the late Q.C., in his earlier years, was an adept at blindfold play, and with a little extra application he would have become the most skilful chessplayer in the colony.

After his father's death Mr. J. Mann was recognised as the best chessplayer in South Australia, and in all the intercolonial telegraphic matches engaged in by this colony against Victoria and New South Wales from 1868 until 1884 Mr. Mann took a prominent part with considerable success.

As one of the founders of the Adelaide Chess Club, Mr. Mann took great interest in the progress of that institution, and was mainly instrumental in its early career for the influential standing it obtained. He was for some years its Secretary, and afterwards its President.

He took part in some of the earlier tournaments, and generally gained high place, notwithstanding the heavy odds he had to give.

About fifteen years ago he retired from public chess, but he always retained a keen interest in the game and played a good deal privately with friends. His skill deteriorated very slightly, although he had so little practice.

Mr. Mann was a clever exponent of that rare branch of play; correspondence chess. He was also a good problem composer, and was remarkably apt at solving problems.

He had good theoretical knowledge of the openings and endings of games, but in his fondness for pretty combinations he was often tempted to sacrifice soundness to brilliancy.

His style of play was extremely attractive, he was quick and brilliant in his ideas, and his combinations were ingenious and often beautiful and intricate.

He rarely played a dull game such as is now attributed to the modern school.

He was a genial player, and in conversation his pleasantries were often interspersed with witty sallies, although his wit was sometimes caustic and cynical.>

- South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA) issue Friday 24 February 1899>

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Sep-01-14  optimal play: <<<<CORRESPONDENCE CHESS.>

Another good game in the series between Messrs. H. Charlick and J. Mann.

It is chiefly interesting on account of the opening, which is a very eccentric one :—>

WHITE. (Mr. Charlick.) BLACK. (Mr. Mann.)>

Steinitz Gambit>

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.d4 Qh4+ 5.Ke2 b6 6.Nb5 Ba6 7.a4 O-O-O 8.Nf3 Qh5 9.Bxf4 Re8 10.e5 f6 11.Kf2 Bxb5 12.axb5 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Qxd1 14.Rxd1 fxe5 15.Be3 exd4 16.Bxd4 Nf6 17.g3 Bc5 18.Bh3 Re7 19.Rhe1 Rxe1 20.Kxe1 Re8+ 21.Kf2 Bxd4+ 22.Rxd4 Re7 23.Bf5 Re5 24.Bd3 c5 25.Rf4 h6 26.b3 d5 27.g4 Re7 28.h4 Kc7 29.g5 hxg5 30.hxg5 Ne8 31.Kf3 Kd6 32.Rf5 Nc7 33.Kg4 Ne6 34.Kh5 Rc7 35.c4 d4 36.Kg6 Re7 37.Rd5+ Kc7 38.Kf5 Nf8 39.b4 Rf7+ 40.Ke4 Re7+ 41.Kf5 cxb4 42.Rxd4 Rd7 43.Rxd7+ Kxd7 44.Ke5 Ke7 45.Bf5 Nd7+ 46.Kd5 Nc5 47.Kc6 b3 48.Kc7 Na4 49.Kb8 Kd6 50.Kxa7 Kc5 51.Kb8 b2 52.Kc7 Nc3 53.Kd7 b1=Q 54.Bxb1 Nxb1 55.Ke7 Nd2 56.Kf7 Nf3 57.g6 Ne5+ 58.Kxg7 Nxg6 59.Kxg6 Kxc4 60.Kf5 Kxb5 61.Ke4 Kc4 0-1

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<South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA) issue Saturday 17 November 1883>

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