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Augustus Mongredien
Number of games in database: 57
Years covered: 1841 to 1863
Overall record: +9 -37 =11 (25.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(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.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Mongredien vs Staunton  ½-½251841Casual game000 Chess variants
2. A Mongredien vs R Gray 0-1141844LiverpoolC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. A Mongredien vs E Williams 1-0251844LondonD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. Bledow vs A Mongredien 1-0291845Berlin mC53 Giuoco Piano
5. Bledow vs A Mongredien 1-0381845Berlin mC44 King's Pawn Game
6. A Simons vs A Mongredien 0-1161846Casual gameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
7. G S Spreckley vs A Mongredien 0-1151846LiverpoolC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
8. A Mongredien vs G W Medley  0-1261850London mD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. A Mongredien vs G W Medley 1-0261850London mC53 Giuoco Piano
10. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 0-1581850London mC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
11. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 1-0441850London mA02 Bird's Opening
12. G W Medley vs A Mongredien  1-0441850London mC70 Ruy Lopez
13. A Mongredien vs Anderssen 0-1211851LondonC23 Bishop's Opening
14. Anderssen vs A Mongredien 1-0281851LondonC39 King's Gambit Accepted
15. C Jaenisch vs A Mongredien 1-0311851Casual gameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
16. A Mongredien vs Anderssen 1-0411857ManchesterC39 King's Gambit Accepted
17. G W Medley vs A Mongredien 1-0301858Casual gameC51 Evans Gambit
18. A Mongredien vs Morphy 0-1501859Morphy - MongredienA84 Dutch
19. Morphy vs A Mongredien 1-0241859Morphy - MongredienC51 Evans Gambit
20. A Mongredien vs Morphy ½-½251859Morphy - MongredienC23 Bishop's Opening
21. A Mongredien vs Morphy 0-1261859Morphy - MongredienC33 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Morphy vs A Mongredien 1-0221859Morphy - MongredienC40 King's Knight Opening
23. Morphy vs A Mongredien 1-0291859Morphy - MongredienC58 Two Knights
24. A Mongredien vs Morphy 0-1181859Morphy - MongredienC52 Evans Gambit
25. Morphy vs A Mongredien 1-0301859Morphy - MongredienC41 Philidor Defense
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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.
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  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


Jul-17-08  myschkin:
Apr-25-09  Raisin Death Ray: I've....been...kissed by Rose Mongredien!
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  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."
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  Eric Schiller: Where would we be without our august punching bag?
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  Penguincw: He has 7 wins , 10 draws and 36 losses yet he drew against Morphy ! That's pretty good !
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  Penguincw: Wow.It's his birthday.Happy Birthday!
Jun-20-12  DanielBryant: I wonder what Mongredien would be rated these days.
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  Phony Benoni: Well, he did get two draws with Morphy. So probably about 2700.
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  Stonehenge: His son also played chess:
Apr-28-20  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 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.


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  FSR: <Daniel Bryant> Kenneth Regan concluded that Mongredien played at an 1194(!!) level in the Morphy - Mongredien (1859) match. (p. 8) I think that's too low, although Mongredien's play was indeed execrable.

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