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Augustus Mongredien
  
Number of games in database: 70
Years covered: 1841 to 1863
Overall record: +13 -46 =11 (26.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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AUGUSTUS MONGREDIEN
(born Mar-17-1807, died Mar-30-1888, 81 years old) United Kingdom

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Augustus Mongredien was a noted English amateur. He was President of both the London and Liverpool Chess Clubs and did a lot to promote chess in both cities. In 1845 he played matches against Wilhelm Hanstein, winning (+3, =2, -1), Karl Mayet, drawing (+3, =1, -3) and Dr. Ludwig Bledow, losing (+4, =1, -7). He also played matches against some of the great players of his day, losing to Paul Morphy (+0, =1, -7) in 1859, Daniel Harrwitz (+0, =1, -7) in 1860 and Wilhelm Steinitz (+0, =0, -7) in 1863.

notes: Paul Morphy & Augustus formed the team of Morphy / Mongredien for consultation games.

Wikipedia article: Augustus Mongredien


 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 70  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Mongredien vs Staunton  ½-½251841Casual game000 Chess variants
2. A Mongredien vs E Williams 1-0251844LondonD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. E Williams vs A Mongredien  0-1261844The Bristol Chess Club, Book IC20 King's Pawn Game
4. A Mongredien vs R Gray 0-1141844LiverpoolC39 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Bledow vs A Mongredien 1-0381845Berlin mC44 King's Pawn Game
6. Bledow vs A Mongredien 1-0291845Berlin mC53 Giuoco Piano
7. G Spreckley vs A Mongredien 0-1151846LiverpoolC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
8. A Simons vs A Mongredien 0-1161846Casual gameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
9. A Mongredien vs Kieseritzky  1-0351846Blindfold simul, 2b000 Chess variants
10. Harrwitz vs A Mongredien  1-0481848Casual gameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
11. A Mongredien vs Harrwitz  0-1291848Casual gameC24 Bishop's Opening
12. Harrwitz vs A Mongredien  1-0401848Casual gameC44 King's Pawn Game
13. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 0-1581850London mC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
14. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 1-0441850London mA02 Bird's Opening
15. A Mongredien vs G W Medley 1-0261850London mC53 Giuoco Piano
16. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 1-0441850London mC70 Ruy Lopez
17. A Mongredien vs G W Medley 0-1261850London mD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. A Mongredien vs Anderssen 0-1241851Casual gameC54 Giuoco Piano
19. Anderssen vs A Mongredien 1-0281851Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
20. A Mongredien vs Anderssen 0-1211851Casual gameC23 Bishop's Opening
21. Mayet vs A Mongredien  0-1511851Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
22. C Jaenisch vs A Mongredien 1-0311851Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
23. A Mongredien vs F Greenaway  1-0201851Casual gameC24 Bishop's Opening
24. F Greenaway vs A Mongredien  1-0221851Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
25. F Greenaway vs A Mongredien  1-0331851Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-31-04  SBC: Thanks to whomever compiled these Mongredien games
Apr-26-05  takeithome: Augustus Mongredien (1807-1888). Although his record with Morphy was awful, he did manage to extend Anderssen somewhat. But then again, who didn't extend Anderssen and his love for attack-attack-attack and little defense-defense-defense? Anyway, the author of a Morphy game anthology mentions that "Mongredien was something of a humorist, to play thus against Morphy." Despite his unfortunate liking for inferior variations, he did manage a draw against Morphy in their first match game.
Apr-26-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eric Schiller: Give the old guy credit,he did play inventive openings. True, they often got clobbered, for example Steinitz vs Mongredien, 1863 but Mongredien's use of Scandinavian and Double-Fianchetto defenses shows his creative spirit.
Jan-05-06  BIDMONFA: Augustus Mongredien

MONGREDIEN, Augustus
http://www.bidmonfa.com/mongredien_...
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Jul-17-08  myschkin: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/spinr...
Apr-25-09  Raisin Death Ray: I've....been...kissed by Rose Mongredien!
Jul-27-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: Poor guy. Once upon a time, the Modern Defense was sometimes called the Mongredien. However, if you look closely, you can find the "modern" in "Mongredien."
Dec-30-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eric Schiller: Where would we be without our august punching bag?
Dec-30-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: He has 7 wins , 10 draws and 36 losses yet he drew against Morphy ! That's pretty good !
Mar-17-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Wow.It's his birthday.Happy Birthday!
Jun-20-12  DanielBryant: I wonder what Mongredien would be rated these days.
Jun-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Well, he did get two draws with Morphy. So probably about 2700.
Jun-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: His son also played chess: http://www.edochess.ca/players/p305....
Apr-28-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: ***

R.N.Coles writing in the February 1981 BCM (page 69)

He mentions a manuscript written by Augustus 6 years before he died.

Augustus relates he had trouble getting out of bed so he rigged up a contraption so that a few seconds after his alarm went off a plank of wood would fall on his head unless he sat upright in bed.

(don't laugh...read on)

Alas this did not work, he would sit up, let the plank of wood fall and the lay his head on it using it as pillow and fall back asleep.

He got around this by hammering nails face up in the plank so he could not use it as a pillow.

I'm thinking he missed a chance at patenting that idea.

***

Jan-28-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Daniel Bryant> Kenneth Regan concluded that Mongredien played at an 1194(!!) level in the Morphy - Mongredien (1859) match. https://cse.buffalo.edu/~regan/pape... (p. 8) I think that's too low, although Mongredien's play was indeed execrable.

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