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Mackenzie in New Orleans


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1881.03.05 Page 6

Capt. Mackenzie's Wonderful Playing

The sixteen games which Capt. Mackenzie undertook to play simultaneously at the rooms of the New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, on Thursday evening, occupied over four hours and proved very interesting. Capt. Mackenzie walked rapidly from table to table, and upon casting a quick glance upon the board before which he stood, would comprehend the situation and make the required move with an ease and intelligence which astonished the beholders. His moves averaged thirty seconds each.

He won eight games, his opponents being F. T. Field, A. Labry, F. E. Bernard, B. C. Elliot, Geo. Rocchi, A. Micou, Isidore Danzinger, and Major E. W. Halsey, who were checkmated in the order named.

Messrs. E. H. Farrar, N. L. Seguin, and L. L. Labatt, checkmated the distinguished visitor, and the games of Messrs. J. D. Seguin, Jas. Wibray, A. E. Blackmar, Dr. Jno. B. Elliott, and Chas. N. Edwards, were declared drawn.

The exhibition was certainly a very novel and entertaining one and it is said will be repeated Saturday evening.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1881.03.07 Page 1

More Brilliant Playing by Capt. Mackenzie

Capt. Geo. H. Mackenzie again undertook sixteen games of chess simultaneously Saturday evening, at the rooms of the New Orleans Chess Club. Sixteen of the best players of the club were arrayed against him, and it was interesting to watch him walk rapidly from board to board and make brilliant and sometimes unexpected moves with a quickness and ease seldom seen here. He succeeded in checkmating all but two of his competitors, the games which whom were declared drawn. He defeated Messrs. Jas. Wibray, John P. H Short, Alf. Jardet, F. Claiborne, Ed. Minville, G. A. Hero[?], I. Clandel, E. H. Farrar, J. G. Blaucharo, E. D. Nores, I. Danzinger, Dr. Wm. E. Schupper, Chas. N. Edwards and A. Labry, while the drawn games were played with Messrs. F. T. Field and M. J. Fass. A large audience witnessed the exciting performance, and Capt. Mackenzie was loudly applauded at its close.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1881.12.23 Page 2

A Night at Chess
A Tournament Against All Comers
Played at the Rooms of the N. O. Chess, Checkers and Whist Club by Capt. McKenzie

Last night the cozy parlors of the Chess, Checkers and Whist Club House on Common street, were the scene of some highly interesting exercises-interesting at least to the lovers of the noble and ancient game of chess. The occasion was a tournament in which Capt. Geo. H. McKenzie, eminent in the chess annals of this generation, was announced to play against all comers.

Sixteen tables with chessmen arranged in order of battle were set in an ellipse in the large central room of the second story suite. At each of these tables was seated a player, while the champion, who was to contest with them all, was required to walk around the course making his moves at each table in rotation. The players, ranged at the several tables and counted in succession from left to right, the direction in which the champion traveled in his circuit around the room, were as follows: Messrs. J. Tardos, J. M. Harding, J. M. Ferguson, F. Claiborne, Dr. Armstrong, Dr. Elliot, T. J. Ford, E. Levy, A. Jardet, E. Minvieile, J. G. Blanchard, Jos. H. Spearing, Jas. Wibray, B. C. Elliott, G. D. Pritchard and Mr. Small.

At 7:40 o'clock Capt. McKenzie started on his course around the circuit of the tables. He had the white pieces on every board, while his adversaries had the black, and also the move.

Mr. Tardos was the first man tackled, and each in the order named made his move and received his adversary's opening.

There was nothing unusual or distinguishing in the beginnings of the several games. Capt. McKenzie passed rapidly from one table to another making his moves with great promptness, and at first seldom occupying longer than a few seconds at each board. As the games progressed he would seat himself for a short time and survey the board with some deliberation, but seldom pausing longer than a minute over any single move.

When the 21st round was in progress Mr. Levy succumbed to circumstances, and surrendered his game. On the 22nd round Mr. Harding resigned. Mr. Tardos gave up on the 23rd, and the 24th saw the end of Mr. Blanchard's game. Dr. Armstrong surrendered at the 25th round, while the 26th terminated the play of Messrs. Elliott and Pritchard. On the 29th round Mr. Wibray gave up, and at the 30th Mr. Spearing succumbed[?]. Mr. Jardet gave in on the 32nd round, Dr. Elliot surrendered on the 35th, while Mr. Ford held out to the 37th.

Mr. Small, who entered the game at the 12th round, surrendered at the 35th. On the 38th round Mr. Ferguson surrendered, and at the 40th Mr. Minvielle resigned. Mr. Claiborne held out last, when Capt. McKenzie sat down in front of him and disposed of the game in some half dozen moves, winning every game. It was an entertaining evening, and one dedicated to an interesting exhibition of activity and and[sic] versatility in chess playing rather than a high science and consummate art. This branch of the subject is, however, not to be neglected, and some [ ] and carefully studied games are to be played during the stay of the champion in this city.

Capt. McKenzie is a Canute Scott, who has a European reputation in chess. He has been residing in New York for a number of years, and is well known in chess circles in this country. He is a large-framed, tall, vigorous looking man, with prominent features, brown hair and blue eyes. He looks like a man of much activity, and his perceptive faculties well developed, but not at the expense of his reflective organs. He looks like a hunter, and the ability to make the circuit of a room forth odd times and play sixteen games of chess, at the same time, shows great powers of endurance.

The captain's stay here will continue for some days.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1881.12.24 Page 8

The Chess Club
Some Fine Match Games Promised During the Holiday Week

Last evening was a quiet one at the Chess Club. The approach of and preparations for the holiday season have doubtless occupied the lovers of chess elsewhere, and for the balance of this week no special preparations have been made to present Capt. McKenzie's playing to the public.

Next week, however, an interesting programme will be arranged, and the evenings will be filled with special attractions to the lovers of the royal game of chess.

Last evening, besides the usual playing between members, several games were played between members and Capt. McKenzie. As none of these were match games played according to programme, but were only chance parties, it would be unfair to report them in any detail.

During the stay of Capt. McKenzie in this city, a number of the most interesting games that may be played by him will be presented in the Picayune.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1881.12.25 Page 16

The Chess Champion
A Brief Sketch of Capt. Geo. H. Mackenzie, the Guest of the New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club

Apropos of the presence in town of Capt. Geo. H. Mackenzie, the chess champion of America, it is proper to remark that but few readers, in all likelihood, realize what a rara avis a really great chess player is. In almost any other game or sport proficients of the very first class may be picked out by the score; yet in chess, played, too, as it is all over the known world, it is doubtful if more than ten players can be named who stand absolutely in the first rank. Steinitz, Blackburne and Zukertort, in England; English, in Austria; Paulsen, in Germany; Winawer and Tschigorin, in Russia; Dubois, in Italy; Rosenthal, in France; and Mackenzie, in this country, on the moment's reflection seem, seem to constitute the world's brief list of great living chess masters of the first order. The notability of our present visitor may be well estimated from this simple fact, and the following sketch of his career, from the London "Westminster Papers' of October, 1878, will be read with interest:

George Henry Mackenzie, the American chess champion, is a scion of an accent Scottish family, and was born near Aberdeen, on the 24th March, 1837. When about twenty years of age he was gazetted to commission in the 6th Rifles, and, after serving some years with the colors in India, made his first appearance in the chess arena in that paradise of the soldier, the gay and festive city of Dublin. At that time (1880) the Dublin Chess Club numbered among its members amateurs whose chess force was second to none in the provinces. Sir John Blunden and Rev. Mr. Salmon had not yet then retired from the practice of the game, and the Rev. Mr. McDonnell was rapidly developing the qualities which have since placed him among the foremost players of our time. Even against competitors such as these the young lieutenant displayed remarkable chess power, and the London tournament of 1862 afforded him an opportunity of pitting himself against the greatest master of the art then in the field, Her[sic] Anderssen. He entered the handicap tourney, receiving from the Prussian champion the odds of pawn and move, and from Messrs. Medley and Deacon the odds of move only. He won both games of Anderssen, won two and lost one with Mr. Medley, and won two and drew two with Mr. Deacon. Of the fourteen games he played in the tourney he won ten, drew two and lost two, a score that, it is hardly necessary to say, secured the first prize. In the course of the year 1862 he had played a series of short matches with the Rev. Mr. McDonnell, the gross score in which showed a majority in favor of the latter. Seven games to four, we believe; but in a match arranged between them, and commenced in December of that year, Mackenzie carried off the victory with a score of six games to three, and two draws.

In the year 1865 Capt. McKenzie settled in New York, and becoming a member of the chess club of that city, met over the chess board the best players in the States. From that year his career is an uninterrupted series of victories, presenting such a record, indeed, as no player save Morphy can claim to have surpassed. Mr. Mackenzie's victories in America are as follows:

1. Won the first prize in each of the annual tournaments of the New York Chess Club during the years 1865, 1866, 1867 and 1868.
2. Won five games to one draw in a match against Mr. Reichhelm, of Philadelphia, in 1866.
3. Won seven games to two draws in a match against Mr. Reichhelm, of Philadelphia, in 1867.
4. Won the first prize in two tournaments held in Cafe Europa, New York, in the years 1868 and 1869.
5. Won the first prize in the Brooklyn Chess Club Tournament in the year 1869.
6. Won the first prize in the second American Chess Congress, held at Cleveland, in December, 1871.
7. Won the first prize in the third American Chess Congress, held at Chicago, in the year 1874.
8. Won the first prize in the Cafe International Tournament, held in New York, in the year 1876, the other winners being, 2d, Mr. Alberoni; 3d and 4th, a tie between H. E. Bird and Mr. Mason.

Capt. Mackenzie's successes in Paris have been so recently chronicled in these pages that it is unnecessary to recite them here. Suffice it to say that he defeated the two principal prize-bearers, and when, through his accidental sort of a draw with that of Mr. H. E. Bird, he won the two deciding games, and carried off the fourth prize.

To the above list of Capt. Mackenzie's victories may be added several other very important ones, since achieved. In 1879 he won the first prize in the Manhattan Club handicap in New York, where he conceded odds varying from pawn and move to rook to the other players, and in the following January he carried off first prize in the fifth American Chess Congress, held in New York. Recently he defeated Max Juddoowitz [sic?], the noted chess champion of St. Louis, in a set match.

It is hardly necessary to say that so notable a record shows that we now a chess star of the first magnitude among us. One of his sixteen games played simultaneously Thursday night at the rooms of the N. O. Chess, Checkers and Whist Club is appended. The terminal position and resulting mate are extremely curious, considering that fifteen other players were engaging his attention at the same time.

[Event "New Orleans Simul"]
[Site "New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club New Orleans, LA USA"]
[Date "1881.12.22"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mackenzie, George Henry"]
[Black "Wibray, James"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C51"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. O-O d6 7. d4 exd4
8. cxd4 Bb6 9. Nc3 Na5 10. Bg5 Ne7 11. Nd5 Nac6 12. Bb5 f6 13. Bxf6 gxf6
14. Nxf6+ Kf8 15. Ng5 Nf5 16. Ngxh7+ Rxh7 17. Nxh7+ Kg7 18. Qh5 Nh6 19. Ng5 Bg4
20. Qh4 Qf6 21. Kh1 Nxd4 22. Bc4 Rf8 23. f4 Nc2 24. e5 dxe5 25. fxe5 Qxe5
26. Rxf8 Qxa1+ 27. Rf1 Qd4 28. Nf7 Nf5 29. Qh8+ Kg6 30. Ne5+ Kg5 1-0


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1881.12.27 Page 8

The Chess Club
Another Tilt with Capt. Mackenzie

The Chess Club will, on Tuesday evening, at their pleasant parlors on Common street, present some very attractive exercises in the noble game. An array of the best players of the club, including Messrs. Vix, Blackmar, Labatt, Farrar and Seguin, and the strongest players in the last tournament, will set up their men for another contest with Capt. Mackenzie, who will play them all at the same time, making his moves on each board in succession. This sort of playing is done amid much animation, affording a decided contrast to the ordinary solemnity of the chess room, where games are played by silent coupees.

The exercises will commence at 7:30 in the evening and gentlemen who are not members of the club but devotees of chess may obtain admittance on this occasion by application to members.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1881.12.28 Page 2

One Against Thirteen
Second Tournament at the Chess Club
Capt. Mackenzie Wins Ten Games and Draws Three

Last night, at the rooms of the Chess Club, Capt. Mackenzie played the second of his series of tournament games. He undertook thirteen adversaries, with whom he contested the checkered field on as many separate chess-boards. The players were ranged in the following order: Messrs. J. D. Seguin, L.L. Labatt, A. E. Blackmar, E. Minvielle, A. Jardet, A. L. Labry, E. D. Nores, M. J. Dunn, A. C. Blanchard, E. H. Farrar, E. F. Vix, J. Wibray and C. N. Edwards.

The playing commenced at 8 o'clock and was continued to ten minutes past 12, when the last game was finished. The games were ended in the following order: Mr. Nores resigned on the 31st move. Mr. Wibray surrendered at the 32d, Mr. Blanchard at the 33d, Mr. Edwards at the 36th, and Messrs. Blackmar and Jardet at the 37th. At the 44th, Messrs. Seguin and Labry succumbed.

Soon after midnight Mr. Dunn, who had played a very long game, surrendered, and a few minutes afterwards Mr. Farrar followed suit. These ten games were won by Capt. Mackenzie.

On the other hand, the following gentlemen succeeded in drawing their games: Mr. Labatt, on the 36th round; Mr. Vix, on the 37th move, and Mr. Minvielle, on the 38th. These gentlemen, if they did not gain victories, at least showed great skill in preventing their distinguished adversary from defeating them.

These games were played with great care and deliberation, and the entire series presented some fine combinations and brilliant passages. It was an interesting occasion for the lovers of the game.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1882.01.01 Page 2

The Checkered Field
Movement at the Chess Club for the Past Week
Some Match Games

Movements in chess circles have been quite interesting for the past week. On Tuesday night, at the New Orleans Chess Club there was a tournament in which Capt. Mackenzie played with thirteen adversaries, beating ten and drawing three games. The proceedings of the evening have already been reported in the Picayune.

On Friday night another tournament gotten up on the spur of the moment, was played, in which Capt. Mackenzie contested the checkered field with sixteen players. He won fifteen games, but lost one to Mr. E. Minvielle-quite an achievement for the rising young player.

During the week an interesting series of twelve games has been played between Capt. Mackenzie and Mr. C. A. Maurian, President of the club, in which Capt. Mackenzie won 7 and Mr. Maurian won 3, while 2 games were drawn. These were all played without the odds which the captain is in the habit of giving to average players. The games of the series were chiefly opened with the Evans and Scotch gambits, which are rather bold and brilliant than cautious and reserved modes of bringing on a chess battle.

Appended is a game played in Tuesday night's tournament, between Capt. Mackenzie and Mr. Blanchard. Black resigned at the 32d move, when he would have been checkmated in three moves more.

The game is as follows: [Event "New Orleans Simul"]
[Site "New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club New Orleans, LA USA"]
[Date "1881.12.27"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mackenzie, George H."]
[Black "Blanchard, A. C."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C51"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. O-O d6 7. d4 exd4
8. cxd4 Bb6 9. Nc3 Nce7 10. Qb3 Nh6 11. Bxh6 gxh6 12. Bxf7+ Kf8 13. Bh5 Ng6
14. e5 Kg7 15. Nd5 Be6 16. Rfe1 Nf4 17. Nxf4 Bxb3 18. axb3 Qd7 19. e6 Qb5
20. e7 Rhe8 21. d5 Qd7 22. Bxe8 Rxe8 23. Nh4 Kf7 24. Nf3 Rxe7 25. Re6 Kg8
26. Rae1 Rxe6 27. dxe6 Qe8 28. Nd5 Kg7 29. Nh4 c6 30. Nf5+ Kg6 31. Nxd6 Qf8
32. Nxb6 1-0


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1882.01.03 Page 6

The Last Play of Capt. Mackenzie at the Chess, Checkers and Whist Club

There was an interesting game of chess played last night at the rooms of the New Orleans Chess Club, in which E. F. Vix, A. Labry and J. Wibray, in consultation, contested for victory with Capt. Mackenzie. The game was opened with a centre counter gambit, and after two hours of playing was gained by the captain.

To-night, at the rooms of the club, Capt. Mackenzie will play the last tournament of his stay here, against all comers. He will have anywhere from a dozen to twenty contestants in this bout, which will be the fourth of the series. In the first he played against sixteen, winning all the games. In the second he played against thirteen adversaries, gaining ten and drawing three. In the last he contested for victory against sixteen players, losing one game and winning fifteen.

The struggle to-night should attract all lovers of chess.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1882.01.04 Page 2

Strife on the Square
Chess Tournament at the Rooms of the Chess, Checkers and Whist Club
Sixteen Against One, Capt. Mackenzie Wins Thirteen Games and Loses Three

At the rooms of the New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, last night, a large number of the lovers of chess were assembled to take part in, or to observe the tournament that had been arranged for the evening.

Sixteen players were ranged at as many tables, while Capt. Mackenzie, who was to contend with this host, rapidly marched around the circle making a move at each board in turn. The following are his contestants, with the peculiar openings with which they brought on their several onsets, or made their defenses:

Thos. G. Rapier, King's gambit refused.
A. Micou, King's gambit refused.
M. J. Fass, King's gambit refused.
Geo. Generes, Giuoco piano.
J. A. Smith, King's bishop opening.
F. Claiborne, King's gambit.
B. C. Elliott, Allgaier gambit.
J. D. Seguin, queen's franchetto.
H. Menly, Scotch gambit.
Chas. N. Edwards, Sicilian defense.
J. C. Delavigne, King's gambit refused.
M. F. Dunn, Philidor's defense.
Dr. J. B. Elliott, Sicilian defense.
Walter Jones, Evan's gambit.
E. D. Nores, centre counter gambit.
E. Minuelle[sic], French defense.

The playing commenced at 7:30 in the evening and was continued to 11:45. Mr. Claiborne was the first to succumb, resigning at the 18th move. At the 29th Mr. Smith surrendered while Mr. Edwards followed him at the 30th. Mr. Delavigne at the 33d, Mr. Jones at the 35th, Mr. Micou at the 37th, Mr. Nores at the 39th, Mr. Elliott at the 39th and Dr. Elliott at the 41st move. Mr. Generes surrendered at the 47th move, Mr. Fass resigned at the 47th, and Mr. Dunn ended his defense at the 48th move. At the 54th move Mr. Menly succumbed.

At the 27th move Capt. Mackenzie lost his queen and surrendered a game to Mr. Rapier. On the 54th move Mr. Minvielle scored a victory, and at the 56th move Mr. Seguin won his game. As a result, Capt. Mackenzie won thirteen games and lost three.

Much of the playing was very good, the moves being carefully considered, developing some strong combinations and pretty situations.

A desire was expressed by some of the gentlemen present to have Capt. Mackenzie make his winter quarters hereafter in New Orleans. It would be an important addition to the attractions of the city if it could be managed, and it would be worth the while of the solid men of New Orleans to think of the matter.

Mr. J. A. Galbraith, of Jackson, Miss., a very eminent chess player, and one well known throughout the States east of the Mississippi River, reached the city last evening and put in an appearance at the Chess Club for a few woments[sic]. It is hoped he will play a match with Capt. Mackenzie.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1882.01.08 Page 14

The Chess Board
Items of the Week at the Chess Club

The week just ended was the last of the stay of Capt. Mackenzie, the chess champion, in this city. It was enlivened by some tilts by him at all comers, and by a series of consultation parties. The details of these events have been heretofore published in the Picayune.

Following are the moves of two games played during these proceedings. They were both played during the tourney of Tuesday, January 3:

[Event "New Orleans Simul"]
[Site "New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club New Orleans, LA USA"]
[Date "1882.01.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mackenzie, George H."]
[Black "Fass, M. J."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C31"]

1. e4 e5 2. f4 d5 3. Nf3 Bg4 4. Be2 exf4 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. Nc3 Qd8 7. d4 Bd6
8. O-O Ne7 9. Qe1 O-O 10. Ne5 Bxe2 11. Qxe2 Nbc6 12. Nxc6 Nxc6 13. Qf2 Qf6
14. Ne2 g5 15. a3 Ne7 16. Ng3 Qg6 17. Ne2 Nf5 18. Bd2 Rae8 19. Rae1 Ng7
20. g3 Nh5 21. Qf3 b6 22. gxf4 g4 23. Qg2 f5 24. b4 Nf6 25. Ng3 h5 26. h4 Rxe1
27. Rxe1 Rf7 28. c4 c5 29. bxc5 bxc5 30. d5 Ne4 31. Bc1 Be7 32. Nxf5 Rxf5
33. Rxe4 Bxh4 34. Qe2 Rf7 35. Bb2 Bf6 36. Re8+ Kh7 37. Be5 h4 38. d6 g3
39. Bxf6 Qxf6 40. Qh5+ Kg7 41. Qh8+ Kg6 42. Rg8+ Kf5 43. Rg5+ Ke6 44. Qe8+ Re7
45. Qxe7+ Qxe7 46. dxe7 Kxe7 1-0

[Event "New Orleans Simul"]
[Site "New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club New Orleans, LA USA"]
[Date "1882.01.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mackenzie, George H."]
[Black "Seguin, J. D."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B00"]

1. e4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Bd3 e6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nd5 6. O-O c5 7. c3 cxd4
8. cxd4 Be7 9. Nc3 a6 10. Be3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 f5 12. exf6 Bxf6 13. Ne5 Qc7
14. Qh5+ Ke7 15. Qf7+ Kd8 16. f4 d6 17. Qxe6 dxe5 18. fxe5 Re8 19. Qh3 Be7
20. Rf7 g6 21. Bg5 Nd7 22. Rxe7 Rxe7 23. Bxe7+ Kxe7 24. Qh4+ Ke8 25. Qxh7 Qc6
26. Qxg6+ Qxg6 27. Bxg6+ Ke7 28. Rf1 Rg8 29. Rf7+ Ke6 30. Rf2 Rxg6 31. c4 Rg4
32. Rd2 Rf4 33. g3 Rg4 34. Kf2 Nf8 35. h3 Re4 36. h4 Kf5 37. Rd3 Kg4 38. d5 Rxe5
39. Rd4+ Kh5 40. a4 Nd7 41. Rf4 Kg6 42. g4 Nf6 43. g5 Nh5 44. Rf8 Rf5+
45. Rxf5 Kxf5 46. Ke3 Ke5 47. g6 Bc8 48. Kd3 Nf4+ 49. Kc3 Nxg6 50. h5 Nf8
51. Kb4 Kd6 52. a5 bxa5+ 53. Kxa5 Kc5 54. h6 Nh7 55. d6 Kxd6 56. Kb6 Kd7
57. c5 Nf6 58. c6+ Kd6 0-1

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Created 5 March 2014.

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