Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

George Atwood
G Atwood 
Number of games in database: 28
Years covered: 1794 to 1801
Overall record: +18 -9 =1 (66.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

Repertoire Explorer
Most played openings
C41 Philidor Defense (9 games)
000 Chess variants (5 games)
C37 King's Gambit Accepted (4 games)
B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4 (3 games)
D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted (2 games)
C53 Giuoco Piano (2 games)
C23 Bishop's Opening (2 games)

Search Sacrifice Explorer for George Atwood
Search Google for George Atwood

(born 1745, died Jul-11-1807, 61 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]

George Atwood was born in London, October, 1745. He was an English mathematician and lecturer at Cambridge. In 1776, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London. William Pitt, British Prime Minister, was one of Atwood's former students. He gave Atwood a position as a personal secretary and an office in the Treasury. In the 1784, he created the Atwood machine for verifying experimentally the laws of acceleration of motion. Atwood is best known for his work A Treatise on the Rectilinear Motion and Rotation of Bodies, a textbook on Newtonian mechanics.

In 1787, he joined the London Chess Club. At the club, from 1787 to 1800, he recorded his own games and the games of others, including Francois Philidor. This was not a common practice at the time. On June 20, 1795, he took part in Philidor's last blindfold performance.

In 1798, he defeated Joseph Wilson in a match (3-0). In 1799 he again defeated Wilson, (3-0).

When George Atwood passed away on July 11, 1807, he left his chess notebook to Joseph Wilson. When Wilson passed away in 1833, Atwood's notebook was bought by George Walker. In 1835, Walker, based on Atwood's chess notebook, wrote Selection of Games at Chess, actually played by Philidor and his Contemporaries, published in London. The book contained 47 of Philidor's games.

Wikipedia article: George Atwood

Last updated: 2023-01-08 10:56:53

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 27  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Atwood vs Philidor ½-½401794LondonD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. G Atwood vs Philidor 1-0401794CasualB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
3. Philidor vs G Atwood 1-0221794Casual game, Knight odds000 Chess variants
4. G Atwood vs Philidor 0-1401794Philidor Blindfold simul, 3b LondonB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. J Wilson vs G Atwood 1-0141795LondonC37 King's Gambit Accepted
6. Philidor vs G Atwood 0-1481795Odds Game a1 Rook and c7 pawn000 Chess variants
7. G Atwood vs Cotter 0-1321795CasualC23 Bishop's Opening
8. Cotter vs G Atwood 0-1281795CasualC23 Bishop's Opening
9. G Atwood vs Philidor 0-1121795LondonC37 King's Gambit Accepted
10. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-0221795CasualC41 Philidor Defense
11. Philidor vs G Atwood 1-0271795London000 Chess variants
12. Philidor vs G Atwood 0-1141795London000 Chess variants
13. G Atwood vs Philidor 0-1261795London000 Chess variants
14. J Wilson vs G Atwood 1-0481795CasualD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. G Atwood vs J Bruehl 0-1291796CasualC41 Philidor Defense
16. NN vs G Atwood 0-1231798London 5C37 King's Gambit Accepted
17. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-0221798CasualC41 Philidor Defense
18. J Wilson vs G Atwood 0-1331798London 5C37 King's Gambit Accepted
19. G Atwood vs Campbell 1-0241798CasualC41 Philidor Defense
20. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-0361801CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
21. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-0321801CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
22. J Wilson vs G Atwood 0-1311801CasualB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
23. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-0251801CasualC41 Philidor Defense
24. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-0231801CasualC41 Philidor Defense
25. G Atwood vs J Wilson 1-0211801CasualC41 Philidor Defense
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 27  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Atwood wins | Atwood loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-13-05  sneaky pete: Mathematician, Westminster, London, b. October 1745, d. July 11, 1807. More info see
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <sneaky pete> You should've put yourself forward as a biographer to <>.


Jul-27-06  nescio: <An Englishman: We owe this guy a lot for saving some of Philidor's games.>

But also for his imaginative play. See for instance the game G Atwood vs J Wilson, 1798 in which we see a very early example of a positional sacrifice (8.Ngxe4), evident as it may seem nowadays.

Mar-26-09  WhiteRook48: very good AtWood-chopping
Nov-30-09  sigi: George Walker's Book of 1835 is accessible through Google books. If Walker is right, Wilson's forename was Joseph not Jonathan.
Jul-27-10  BIDMONFA: George Atwood

ATWOOD, George

Jul-28-10  Bent75: George Atwood play Chess I like to do;
If Atwood don't find the way to his oponent's King, he construct a way! Mikhail Tal dit it the same way!
Nov-06-11  grasser: I feel some type of retro-active ratings should be issued to these fine players of old.
May-03-17  bobmeadley: Very good bio of George Atwood in Fiske's American Chess Monthly 1859. It is interesting to read a profile of one of Philidor's strongest opponents. Is it time for a modern e-book on Philidor and his chess and music friends or has it been done already?
May-03-17  althus: The only decent newish book on Philidor I know of is Susanna Poldauf's one, in German, which really puts his musical activity in context. No e- or English, unfortunately.
May-04-17  bobmeadley: Thanks Althus for your prompt reply. I have put together some Philidor research from Australian and American chess sources.About 85 pages so far. Mostly about his 1749 games which are 'manufactured' according to von der Lasa.This all started when a friend asked me to help him with his proposed Philidor novel. Now on hold. I can see what stopped him.It is Philidor's music side. Anyway I would like to place this material on a website for sharing. How would you do that Althus? I am old school.
May-04-17  althus: Hi Bob. I've a soft spot for Philidor. He deserves a book, a good one, akin to Michael's Lasker tome. What exists about him is so scattered, yet he's as well-rounded as Lasker. There's the music, and most chessplayers are unaware of his games of draughts. Then there was the fellow a few years back who tracked down his final resting place -- that was interesting.

Anyhow, we can take it to e-mail. I think I recognize your name from the KWA. Are you on their member's contact list?

May-04-17  bobmeadley: Althus, Am in contact with Gordon Cadden who found Philidor's resting place. I have asked him if a book is intended but he has not replied as yet. He's a busy man. Yes let's take it to email. I am friendly with Bert Corneth who is a member of KWA.I know Bert is a great collector and he has our email as does Tony Peterson the UK book dealer. I am not a member of KWA. I don't know Michael's Lasker tome. Am a bit behind there.
Jun-26-22  lonchaney: very nice tactical blows

[Event "London m"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1800.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Atwood, George"]
[Black "Verdoni"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Annotator "Antiochus"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

click for larger view

"] [PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "1800.??.??"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2011.11.24"]

1. e4 -- 2. d4 e6 3. Bd3 c5 4. d5 d6 5. c4 e5 6. f4 exf4 7. Bxf4 Nd7 8. Nf3 Qc7 9. Nc3 a6 10. O-O Be7 11. Ng5 Bxg5 12. Bxg5 Ngf6 13. e5 dxe5 14. d6 Qxd6 15. Bg6+ Ke7 16. Nd5+ Kd8 17. Bxf6+ gxf6 18. Qh5 b5 19. Rad1 Ra7 20. Nxf6 Qe6 21. Bf5 Qxf6 22. Bxd7 Qe7 23. Be6+ Bd7 24. Qxe5 (source: George Walker: A Selection of Games at Chess Actually played by ♙hilidor and His Contemporaries, London 1834, p. 73-74.) 1-0

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Newspaper reports, e.g., the <Morning Herald>, July 17th, say he was buried on July 11th, so presumably he died a few days before.

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific player only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC