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John James O'Hanlon
J J O'Hanlon 

Number of games in database: 102
Years covered: 1896 to 1953
Overall record: +30 -65 =6 (32.7%)*
   * 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:
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C71 C84 C73 C62 C83
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D50 D51 D61
 Vienna Opening (5) 
    C29 C26
 French Defense (5) 
    C01 C14
 Sicilian (5) 
    B32 B29 B74 B83
 Scotch Game (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (12) 
    C14 C01 C13 C02 C08
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C67 C91 C82 C64 C78
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D00 D05 D04 D02
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
    D52 D51 D61
 Queen's Gambit Declined (4) 
    D37 D30
 French (4) 
    C13 C12 C11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J J O'Hanlon vs R C Woodthorpe, 1949 1-0
   J J O'Hanlon vs Euwe, 1921 1-0
   J J O'Hanlon vs B Goulding Brown, 1914 1-0
   J J O'Hanlon vs B P Reilly, 1930 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Paris Unofficial Olympiad (1924)

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(born Apr-23-1876, died Feb-20-1960, 83 years old) Ireland

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John James O'Hanlon was born in Portadown, Ulster and died in Dublin, Ireland. In his youth, he competed in rowing and swimming events. He was nine times Irish Chess champion, the first time in 1913 and the last in 1940. He played on Olympic teams at Paris 1924, Warsaw 1935 and Buenos Aires 1939.

Wikipedia article: John O'Hanlon (chess player)

Last updated: 2019-01-14 07:09:09

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 102  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blackburne vs J J O'Hanlon 1-0221896Blindfold simul, 8bC25 Vienna
2. J J O'Hanlon vs J Riddick  1-0451900Waringstown v Milford matchC60 Ruy Lopez
3. A E Mercer vs J J O'Hanlon  0-1481905BCF-ch 2nd Second Class AC11 French
4. W H Watts vs J J O'Hanlon  0-1181905BCF-ch 2nd Second Class AB40 Sicilian
5. J J O'Hanlon vs I Foster  1-0301905BCF-ch 2nd Second Class AC26 Vienna
6. L Dewing vs J J O'Hanlon  ½-½451905BCF-ch 2nd Second Class AD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. E D Palmer vs J J O'Hanlon  1-0411906BCF-ch 3rd First ClassB40 Sicilian
8. A W Daniel vs J J O'Hanlon  0-1151906BCF-ch 3rd First ClassC12 French, McCutcheon
9. E Griffiths vs J J O'Hanlon  0-1211906BCF-ch 3rd First ClassC45 Scotch Game
10. J J O'Hanlon vs J Borthwick  0-1471906BCF-ch 3rd First ClassB32 Sicilian
11. E J Brooks vs J J O'Hanlon 0-1601906BCF-ch 3rd First ClassA84 Dutch
12. G Schories vs J J O'Hanlon 1-0261906BCF-ch 3rd First ClassC01 French, Exchange
13. J J O'Hanlon vs F Brown  1-0351912BCF-ch 9th Major OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. J J O'Hanlon vs W H Gunston  0-1201912BCF-ch 9th Major OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. J J O'Hanlon vs J C Waterman  0-1271912BCF-ch 9th Major OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. J J O'Hanlon vs S Crakanthorp  0-1221912BCF-ch - Major Open mD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. C J Barry vs J J O'Hanlon  0-1411913ch-IRL (prelim)C67 Ruy Lopez
18. J J O'Hanlon vs C J Barry  0-1371913ch-IRL (prelim)D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. J J O'Hanlon vs J A Porterfield Rynd  1-0321913ch-IRLC70 Ruy Lopez
20. J A Porterfield Rynd vs J J O'Hanlon  0-1571913ch-IRLD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J J O'Hanlon vs E D Palmer  0-1311914BCF-ch Major OpenC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
22. J J O'Hanlon vs W H Watts  0-1421914BCF-ch Major OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. G Schories vs J J O'Hanlon  1-0221914BCF-ch Major OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
24. J J O'Hanlon vs B Goulding Brown 1-0261914BCF-ch Major OpenC29 Vienna Gambit
25. G Barron vs J J O'Hanlon  1-0401914BCF-ch Major OpenC52 Evans Gambit
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 102  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-04-04  kostich in time: O'Hanlon had a long career- he must have played SOME good games..couldnt Chessgames find any? Interesting, the Irish have never been that strong at Chess.
Jun-20-09  waustad: I was guessing that there were two, but he really did live and play for many years.
Apr-23-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, John O'Hanlon.
Dec-31-17  Cibator: <kostich in time: Interesting, the Irish have never been that strong at Chess.>

Ever heard of Alexander McDonnell?

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  MissScarlett: The Scotsman, July 18th 1922, p.7:



John J. O'Hanlon, hotel proprietor, Portadown, Irish Chess Champion, was one of several hundred persons arrested and interned recently by the Government of Northern Ireland. An application was made in the King's Bench Division, Northern Ireland, yesterday for a writ of habeas corpus for the release of Mr O'Hanlon.

His wife, in an affidavit, stated that he was arrested on 10th June, and had since been detained without any charge being brought against him.

Colonel Wickham, Divisional Commissioner of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, in his affidavit, stated :— There is, and has been, in existence in Northern Ireland for some time a widespread and highly organised conspiracy in active operation, having for its object the overthrow of established government in Northern Ireland, and using murder and incendiarism as its principal means of attempting to carry out its object. Reliable information came to the knowledge of the police authorities prior to the 10th day of June that John James O'Hanlon was a member of an unlawful association, and a party to the said conspiracy, and that he had acted, was acting, and was about to act, in a manner prejudicial to the preservation of peace and the maintenance of order. Since his arrest investigations have been continuously made, and a considerable amount of information has come to the knowledge of the police authorities as to the connection of O'Hanlon with the conspiracy, but it has not yet been possible to complete the investigations, and it would be prejudicial to the interests of justice and dangerous to the lives of others, particularly to those who have supplied information to the police authorities, to disclose the information.

Mr O'Hanlon stated that he was not and never had been a member of an unlawful association or party to the conspiracy to which Colonel Wickham referred. He added that he welcomed the earliest opportunity of meeting in Court the charges made against him.

Mr T. J. Campbell, K. C., said the case was one of serious importance. The Home Secretary or Attorney-General could imprison and condemn a man without trial, and this was a sweeping inroad on the old guarantees of the liberty of the subject.

The Lord Chief-Justice said the only point for the Court to decide was whether or not Mr O'Hanlon was legally held. The Minister of Home Affairs, purporting to act under the Civil Authorities Special Powers Act, made an order, and he held that the warrant was within the power of the Minister of Home Affairs.

Mr Justice Wilson concurred, and the application was refused.>

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  MissScarlett: The Scotsman, August 21st 1922, p.5:


Mr J. J. O'Hanlon, Queen's Hotel, Portadown, the Irish Chess Champion, who was interned by the Northern Government authorities in June last along with several hundred other persons suspected of conspiring against the Government, has been released. Mr O'Hanlon recently brought an application in the Northern High Court for a writ of habeas corpus, and entered an affidavit against the charge made against him. His release has given much satisfaction to Irish chess players.>

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  MissScarlett: The <Ballymena Weekly Telegraph>, July 22nd 1922, p.10, gave extensive coverage of the habeas corpus application proceedings mentioned above. This from O'Hanlon's affidavit read into evidence by counsel:

<Referring to paragraph 8 of the affidavit of Inspector-General Charles George Wickham, Royal Ulster Constabulary. I say that I am not, and never have been, a member of any unlawful association, or party to the conspiracy to which he refers; nor did I at any time act, nor was I any time about to act, in a manner prejudicial to the preservation of peace or the maintenance of order in Northern Ireland or elsewhere. Any information to the contrary to the police of the said deponent is absolutely false and malicious. I am a native of Portadown where both my father and grandfather lived. I am aged about 45 years. All my life has been passed in Portadown and I am well-known to the residents of all denominations there. I have been engaged in the licensed trade in Portadown for 25 years. Since April, 1921, I have owned the Queen's Hotel, Portadown, for which I paid £8,000. I have been a director of the Portadown Gas Company for the past five years. I have also been financially interested in a number of English industrial concerns. Outside my home and my business my chief interest in life has been chess, and I have held the Irish Chess Championship for the past nine years.>

The affidavit goes on to quote from some postcards sent to his wife:

<You should write Mr. S. J. Holloway, sec. London Chess Tourney, Bromley, Kent., and ask him to use his influence to get me released for the tourney. Tell him I was arrested without excuse, and was always a Constitutional Nationalist, and never a Sinn Feiner. Please send me my pocket chess; you will find them in left-hand drawer of roll-top desk in the hotel. See that all the pieces -32- are there. If not send the travelling set on bottom shelf in study. [...]

I have just got the "Chess Amateur" and the papers. I see Sir G. Thomas is doing well in the lawn tennis championship and I hope he will win.>

Jan-14-19  SkySports: I think he was born in 1876, not 1874. The wikipedia article and this obituary confirms this.
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  Check It Out: Interesting posts about his imprisonment and subsequent release.
Oct-15-23  Nosnibor: Apparently he was the only person representing Ireland in the "Unofficial Olympiad" held in Paris July 1924 and scored five and half points for his Country. There are none of his games shown in the Foldeak collection.

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