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Neil McDonald
N McDonald 
Olympia Conference Centre, London 6-14 December, 2014
Photograph courtesy of Ray Morris-Hill
Number of games in database: 418
Years covered: 1984 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2407 (2406 rapid, 2374 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2495

Overall record: +147 -132 =135 (51.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (58) 
    B33 B83 B42 B48 B90
 Reti System (36) 
    A04 A05 A06
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C77 C65 C60 C84 C68
 French Defense (19) 
    C05 C15 C18 C03 C00
 King's Indian Attack (16) 
    A07 A08
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B17 B18 B10 B16 B12
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (79) 
    C05 C18 C10 C02 C01
 French Winawer (30) 
    C18 C17 C15 C16 C19
 French Tarrasch (24) 
    C05 C03 C07
 King's Indian (22) 
    E69 E73 E94 E98 E80
 French (14) 
    C10 C11 C00 C12
 Sicilian (12) 
    B33 B22 B30 B32 B93
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kasparov vs N McDonald, 1986 1/2-1/2
   S Zagrebelny vs N McDonald, 2000 0-1
   N McDonald vs R J Dive, 1994 1-0
   N McDonald vs P Thipsay, 2001 1-0
   C Duncan vs N McDonald, 1998 0-1
   C Cobb vs N McDonald, 2002 0-1
   J Rowson vs N McDonald, 1998 1/2-1/2
   N McDonald vs J Hawkins, 2011 1/2-1/2
   I Rogers vs N McDonald, 1993 0-1
   N McDonald vs B Thipsay, 2001 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   GLC Masters (1986)
   Hastings Challengers 1999/00 (1999)
   London Chess Classic FIDE Open (2010)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   British Championship (1994)
   British Championship (1990)
   European Youth Championship 1986/87 (1986)
   British Championship (1991)
   17th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1993)
   London Chess Classic Open (2019)
   British Championship (1987)
   British Championship (1988)
   4NCL 2011/12 (2012)
   London Chess Classic Open (2015)
   London Chess Classic Open (2014)

   A Malachi vs A Bjornsson, 1969

   🏆 Four Nations Chess League
   N McDonald vs T Kett (Oct-23-22) 1-0
   J A Horton vs N McDonald (Oct-22-22) 1/2-1/2
   N McDonald vs E Papadiamandis (Dec-06-19) 1-0
   J Moussard vs N McDonald (Dec-05-19) 1-0
   N McDonald vs D Czerw (Dec-04-19) 1-0

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(born Jan-21-1967, 55 years old) United Kingdom

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Grandmaster, FIDE Trainer and chess writer.

Wikipedia article: Neil McDonald (chess player)

Last updated: 2019-02-27 07:13:54

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 428  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N McDonald vs de Firmian  ½-½10119848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA04 Reti Opening
2. J Horner vs N McDonald  ½-½421985British ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
3. N McDonald vs D Cummings  ½-½201985British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
4. A B Vaidya vs N McDonald  ½-½321985British ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
5. N McDonald vs P Thipsay  ½-½501985British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
6. N McDonald vs Arkell  ½-½441985British ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
7. P Motwani vs N McDonald  1-0401985British ChampionshipB07 Pirc
8. N McDonald vs G Lane  1-0301985British ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
9. O M Hindle vs N McDonald  ½-½381985British ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
10. N McDonald vs N Bradbury  1-0371985British ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
11. J C Hawksworth vs N McDonald  1-0431985British ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. N McDonald vs J Gallagher  ½-½101985British ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
13. N McDonald vs G Kuzmin  0-14419859th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA05 Reti Opening
14. D K Johansen vs N McDonald  1-04619859th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
15. N McDonald vs Romanishin  0-1311986TbilisiA07 King's Indian Attack
16. N McDonald vs V Malaniuk  0-1541986TbilisiA04 Reti Opening
17. N McDonald vs Tal 0-1441986TbilisiA04 Reti Opening
18. S R Mannion vs N McDonald  0-1551986GLC MastersA48 King's Indian
19. M Orr vs N McDonald  1-0531986GLC MastersE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. N McDonald vs J G Nicholson  1-0321986GLC MastersA04 Reti Opening
21. N McDonald vs P Carton  1-0261986GLC MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
22. N McDonald vs J Levitt  ½-½441986GLC MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
23. N McDonald vs B A Jacobs  1-01121986GLC MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
24. B Carlier vs N McDonald  1-0411986GLC MastersC02 French, Advance
25. N McDonald vs M L Condie  ½-½511986GLC MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 428  PGN Download
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Jul-02-06  WMD: Is he active?
Jul-23-06  biglo: FIDE 2374. Looks like he has been inactive for several years.
Jul-23-06  whiskeyrebel: active or not, his "main line Caro-Kann" book is fantastic. He's a great teacher. I find myself remembering positions (and more importantly the strategic concepts related to them) from the games he discussed in it many months later.
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  Gypsy: <EnglishOpeningc4: One of the best opening book writers of all time> A fine chess writer all around.
Dec-31-06  Karpova: What does the <R> stand for - <Ronald>?
Mar-15-07  unsound: Just to echo a 3-year-old comment, I find McDonald's opening books to be the best I've read. They seem to me to be not just opening books, but instructive books about chess more broadly--the explanation of the opening serves as a kind of vehicle for introducing the reader to interesting ways of thinking about the game. So they're far more than just a set of variations (though they're that too, with good illustrative games). I've got his books on the Dutch and on 1.e4, and I love them both. I've never met him and he didn't pay me to write this, I guess I should add, since I'm being so effusive.
Mar-15-07  GBKnight: I have not read any of his books, but he was playing on the next board to me a couple of weeks ago in a league match, and had a very instructive post-mortem with my club colleague (who he had just beaten). It was much appreciated; highly rated players are not always this accommodating.
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  Gypsy: Recently, I had to take a poignant trip home. I packed also a chess book that I recently bought and gave it to my father. A couple of weeks later he suddenly suddenly interupted me from my work: <You know -- that book you gave me -- that is the best chess book I have ever red or seen.> The book is ... Neil McDonnald: The Giants of Strategy.
May-11-08  Knight13: This guy's also a grandmaster.

The Giants of Chess Strategy is very good, yes, for advanced players OR someone who already understands positional chess.

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  Gypsy: <Knight13> Yes, my old fellow qualifies as such: He is quite a connoisseur of positional chess; and he is still quite good at it.
May-27-08  ketchuplover: There's an unfavorable review of Starting Out:1.e4 at
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  ToTheDeath: This guy was great on SNL's Weekend Update.
May-29-10  newzild: I'm currently reading his book "Bb5 Sicilian Revealed". It's a pretty good opening manual. A lot of typos, though.
May-29-10  wordfunph: <newzild> hope you visit <ChessBookForum> to share your thoughts on "Bb5 Sicilian Revealed"..thanks!

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Jul-09-11  wordfunph: When GM Paul Motwani played Neil McDonald in the 1st Eksakt Masters tournament in Tilburg in June 1996, he already had three GM norms....but didn't know it! Neil wrote to Paul four months later to explain that he had received a new title by surprise!

Source: C.O.O.L. Chess by Paul Motwani

Jan-08-14  jancotianno: Recently bought his ruy lopez move by move book and i believe that is the way all opening books should be written, it's fantastic.
Jul-07-14  wordfunph: "I wrote in a diary aged ten that I wanted to be either James Bond or a chess grandmaster, so I guess I've achieved half my ambitions."

- GM Neil McDonald

Nov-20-14  tranquilsimplicity: I had my first "formal", serious Chess introduction from GM Neil McDonald's, 'The Art of Logical Thinking'. It was recommended to me at the Chess Shop. I found it very easy to understand; not dry and uninteresting as chess literature can sometimes be. And I never looked back.#
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  Dionysius1: <wordfunph> That's weird! Since the ambition is an either or, GM Neil McDonald achieved his full ambition.
Jan-21-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Neil McDonald.
Jul-28-16  Beholder: <wordfunph: "I wrote in a diary aged ten that I wanted to be either James Bond or a chess grandmaster, so I guess I've achieved half my ambitions." - GM Neil McDonald>

Coming from someone who penned a book titled "The Art of Logical Thinking" this is decidedly illogical and borders on ignorant.

It is quite obvious that had his ambition been to be "James Bond AND a chess grandmaster" then he could indeed claim that he achieved half of it; his actual ambition was to be "James Bond OR a chess grandmaster" and thus by becoming a chess grandmaster he fulfilled 100% of his ambitions.

Jul-28-16  Virgil A: This is hilarious.
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  HeMateMe: doesn't he appear to be a sort of composite of Donald Trump and George Bush?
Feb-27-19  thisisasign: <HeMateMe> LOL I totally see it.
Apr-27-21  Hercdon: Oops he lost today‚Äôs game
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