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James Adams Congdon
Number of games in database: 28
Years covered: 1874 to 1880

Overall record: +3 -21 =4 (17.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C77 C80 C65 C78 C70
With the Black pieces:
 Scandinavian (5) 
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   J A Congdon vs E Delmar, 1880 1/2-1/2
   P Ware vs J A Congdon, 1880 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   5th American Chess Congress (1880)

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(born Feb-14-1835, died Feb-04-1902, 66 years old) United States of America

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General James Congdon began writing a chess column for the Washington Post in 1878. In 1887, he wrote a chess column in the Scranton Truth.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J A Congdon vs F Perrin 1-04718743rd American Chess CongressC78 Ruy Lopez
2. F Perrin vs J A Congdon 1-02418743rd American Chess CongressD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. J A Congdon vs F Bock  ½-½3218743rd American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
4. F Bock vs J A Congdon  1-05718743rd American Chess CongressC42 Petrov Defense
5. J A Congdon vs F H Elder 0-12818743rd American Chess CongressD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. F H Elder vs J A Congdon 1-03118743rd American Chess CongressD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. J A Congdon vs H Hosmer 0-11418743rd American Chess CongressC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. H Hosmer vs J A Congdon  1-02318743rd American Chess CongressC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
9. J A Congdon vs M Judd  0-15018743rd American Chess CongressC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. M Judd vs J A Congdon 1-05018743rd American Chess CongressC42 Petrov Defense
11. P Ware vs J A Congdon ½-½7918805th American Chess CongressA00 Uncommon Opening
12. J A Congdon vs P Ware 0-16018805th American Chess CongressB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
13. Sellman vs J A Congdon 1-06718805th American Chess CongressB01 Scandinavian
14. J A Congdon vs Sellman  0-12518805th American Chess CongressC01 French, Exchange
15. J A Congdon vs J S Ryan  0-13918805th American Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
16. J S Ryan vs J A Congdon  0-15518805th American Chess CongressC02 French, Advance
17. J Grundy vs J A Congdon 1-04218805th American Chess CongressB01 Scandinavian
18. J A Congdon vs J Grundy  0-15618805th American Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Mackenzie vs J A Congdon ½-½6618805th American Chess CongressC14 French, Classical
20. J A Congdon vs Mackenzie 0-15618805th American Chess CongressC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
21. J A Congdon vs E Delmar ½-½4418805th American Chess CongressC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
22. E Delmar vs J A Congdon 1-06718805th American Chess CongressB01 Scandinavian
23. M Judd vs J A Congdon 0-16118805th American Chess CongressB01 Scandinavian
24. J A Congdon vs M Judd 0-12118805th American Chess CongressC77 Ruy Lopez
25. J A Congdon vs C Moehle  0-14918805th American Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-16-09  Augalv: Funny last name.
Jan-20-09  Xeroxx: If you are thinking about kibitzing here please wear a congdon.
Jan-20-09  Mr. President: [Billy Boy] A horse, a horse, my congdon for a horse!
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  wordfunph: Congdon escaped with a draw against Delmar who had a queen plus 5 pawns..

J A Congdon vs E Delmar, 1880

Mar-08-16  zanzibar:
Jun-17-17  zanzibar:

He wasn't exactly a General, but was mustered as Major, and was later promoted and ultimately discharged (actually resigned) as a Lt. Col.

He was honored for War Service by Brevet to Colonel and Brigadier General 13 March 1865.

<brevet - 1. a commission promoting a military officer to a higher rank without increase of pay and with limited exercise of the higher rank, often granted as an honor immediately before retirement. to appoint, promote, or honor by brevet.>

Jun-17-17  zanzibar: Oh, his gravestone has "Lt. Col" on it.
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  mifralu: <A Chess Apostle

Our life long friend, Gen. James A. Congdon, has contributed the following resume of his chess career, which is very welcome - all but the "farewells". Besides the distinct recollection of his personal presence, we have a prized counterfeit presentment of the General in the great photograpic group of the 5th Am. Ch. Congress. General C . is at present in Aurora, Ill., pursuing his legitimate profession as an elocutionist. From there he writes:

FEB. 17, 1899.
"MY DEAR FRIEND- As this is my sixty-fourth birthday I thought I would say all hail! to the few thousand chess players I have met through my favorite chess column in THE N. Y. CLIPPER. As this may be the last time l shall trespass on on your valuable space - [No, sir!] - a few facts of my chess career may be a pleasant reminder to my chess friends. I am now one of the oldest of the galaxy of chess enthusiasts. I learned the moves in New Jersey in 1857, inspired by the brilliant performances of Paul Morphy. From that time to the present l have loved the noble game more than anything else. I never desired very high rank as a player, but in my personal play with celebrities I held my own with many of the best and defeated many celebrities who did not want those games published. I enlisted as a private in the Union army, April 19, 1861; attained the rank of Lieut. Col. of cavalry; and, at the close of the war, was honored with two brevets - Colonel and Brigadier General; for distinguished services. I met no chess players in the army that I failed to vanquish. On returning to civil life, several old intimates congratulated me on my many promotions, and asked how I was so successful. I told them it was chiefly through my skill in chess ; that military science was easily acquired by a chess player. I have taught the moves to over 2,000 beginners; and have played with over 5,000 different players. I have visited 500 chess resorts; have owned over 300 different chess books and given them all to young players. I have subscribed for, or purchased from one to three chess columns per week, and subscribed for or purchased all the German, French, British and American chess magazines for over twenty years, and have generally given them to chess friends, after studying them as much as I deemed advisable. In my recent visit to the chess resorts of New York, Phila., Baltimore, Washington and Chicago I was grieved to hear of scores of chess players who had died during my twenty years absence from those clubs. Dear Hazeltine, we have been friends in chess for over forty years. It has been a pleasure to be with you in spirit almost every week of that long time. Old age and poor health admonish me that I shall not attain a marvellous longevity, but while reason holds its throne I shall love chess and do all I can to further its interests. Farewell ! Farewell !! Farewell !!! With greetings to all; I am yours truly, JAMES A . CONGDON.">

New York Clipper, 4 March 1899

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  morfishine: During the Antietam campaign, Major James A. Congdon commanded the 12th Pennsylvania cavalry regiment of the 4th cavalry brigade (Colonel Andrew T. McReynolds commanding)


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