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Mackenzie in New Orleans 1887


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1887.02.07 Page 2

Capt. Mackenzie in Town

Capt. G. H. Mackenzie, the American champion chess player, arrived in New Orleans late on Saturday night. He spent the greater portion of yesterday at the rooms of the New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, of which organization he is the guest. Capt. Mackenzie will remain here a fortnight and during that time will play a number of simultaneous games.

The Captain was born in Scotland, and came to America in 1863. He was in New Orleans last in January, 1882, and notices with pleasure the improvements which have taken place in five years. The Chess Club especially has made great strides, and its present handsome quarters delighted him. Another source of pleasure to the visitor is its climate. At St. Louis it was 8 (degrees symbol) or 10 (degrees symbol) above zero when he left, and he came here to find summer weather. Since his last visit here Capt. Mackenzie took part in the Vienna tournament, '82, where he tied with Zukertort for fourth prize; London, '83, tied Mason and English for fifth prize; Hamburg, '85, where he took seventh prize; Hereford, '85, fourth prize, and London, '86, where he and zukertort both failed to get a prize.

A programme of games during the captains vist willbe arranged to-day.

Capt. Mackenzie left New York, Monday, Jan. 24, and stopped in Toledo for a few days, giving an exhibition of simultaneous play, winning ten out of twelve games. He played a couple of games with Maurice Judd, winning both. One of these, published by the Turf, Field and Farm, is given below:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Toldeo, OH USA"]
[Date "1887.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mackenzie, George Henry"]
[Black "Judd, Maurice"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C25"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 exf4 4. Nf3 g5 5. h4 g4 6. Ng5 h5 7. Bc4 Ne5 8. Bb3
f6 9. d4 fxg5 10. dxe5 gxh4 11. Bxf4 d6 12. Qd5 Qe7 13. Bg5 c6 14. Bxe7 cxd5
15. Bxf8 Kxf8 16. O-O+ Ke7 17. Nxd5+ Kd7 18. Rf7+ and White forces mate in five moves. 1-0


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1887.02.08 Page 2

Capt. Mackenzie's Visit

Capt. Mackenzie has devoted the first two days of his stay in New Orleans in sightseeing and rest. This evening he will commence giving exhibitions of his chess playing powers, and will play a peripatetic match against from fifteen to twenty-five of the strongest players in the city.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1887.02.09 Page 2

Capt. Mackenzie Contests a Tournament With Fourteen Players, Winning Eleven Games, Losing One and Drawing Two

Last night, at the elegant rooms of the Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, Capt. G. H. Mackenzie, the celebrated chessplayer, played a peripatetic tournament against fourteen gentlemen as follows, with the several openings with which the games were commenced. Each player had his board, and the champion moved around the room in turn. The players were:

J. B. Wilkinson, Vienna gambit.
L. L. Labatt, Scotch gambit.
C. F. Buck, French gambit.
C. O. Wilcox, French gambit.
R. S. Moore, French gambit.
F. Dameron, Scotch gambit.
C. F. Claiborne, king's gambit declined.
F. C. Martin, Philidor's defense.
E. G. Palfrey, irregular.
F. D. Mitchell, double fianchetto.
E. J. Hamilton, French gambit.
J. G. Blanchard, Evans' gambit.
F. E. Rainold, centre counter gambit.
O. M. Tennison, kings's gambit.

The gallant captain charged his fourteen opponents in vigorous style, pausing seldom more than a moment at any table until most of the contestants had succumbed to his tactics. At the end of an hour but six players were holding out against the champion. Tennison, by his skillful playing, forced the captain to strike his colors. Next Mr. Blanchard, after a vigorous fight, so crowded the Captain that he could only escape defeat by drawing the game. Mr. Wilcox also had the skill to draw his contest. Capt. Mackenzie winning the other eleven games. It was an interesting occasion and brought out a large attendance of the best chess amateurs of the city.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1887.02.11 Page 3

Tournament at the Chess, Checkers and Whist Club

Last night, at the parlors of the Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, Capt. Mackenzie played a grand walk-around tournament with nineteen chess players.

The contestants, with the several openings of the games, were as follows:

L. L. Labatt, French defense.
H. B. Boutelle, King's gambit declined.
F. Barton, Danish gambit.
J. B. Wilkinson, King's bishop gambit.
W. Knight, French defense.
O. M. Tennison, Hampe Allgaier.
F. E. Rainold, King's gambit declined.
G. Farrar, Centre counter gambit declined.
R. N. Ogden, Scotch gambit.
J. F. Waldo, Vienna opening.
G. Ernst, French defense.
F. Dameron, French defense.
R. S. Moore, French defense.
E. J. Hamilton, French defense.
C. B. Stafford, French defense.
G. Pritchard, Evans' gambit.
N. B. Trist, French defense. J. D. Seguin, French defense.
C. F. Buck, -----.

After a while the players began to surrender and dropped out, Mr. Waldo being the first.

Messrs. Moore, Hamilton, and Pritchard won their respective matches, while Messrs. Labatt, Sequin and Trist secured each a drawn battle. Capt. Mackenzie won the other thirteen games. Capt. Buck was the last to succumb to the champion's prowess. Some of the games were interesting and well contsted, showing skillful and even brilliant combinations.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1887.02.13 Page 3

The Game in New Orleans

The following game was played at the rooms of the New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Clubon the 9th inst., between Capt. G. H. Mackenzie, the eminent chess virtuoso, and Messrs. J. D. Seguin, M. F. Dunn and Charles F. Buck as allies:

[Event "Consultation Game"]
[Site "New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, LA USA"]
[Date "1887.02.09"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mackenzie, George Henry"]
[Black "Seguin, J. D.:Dunn, M. F.:Buck, Charles F."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C02"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Be7 6. Bd3 Qb6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. O-O
f6 9. b4 Be7 10. Re1 {White should play b5 or Bf4, both being better than the text move.}
fxe5 11. Nxe5 Nxe5 12. Rxe5 Nf6 13. Be3 Qc7 14. Rg5 O-O 15. Bd4 Bd6 16. Bxf6 Rxf6
17. g3 e5 18. Qb3 Be6 19. Na3 a6 20. c4 Qf7 21. cxd5 Bxd5 22. Bc4 Be6 23. Rd1 Rf8
24. Rxd6 Bxc4 25. Nxc4 Re6 26. Qe3 Rxd6 27. Nxd6 Qxa2 28. Rxe5 Qb1+ 29. Qe1 Qd3 30. Nxb7 Resigns 1-0

The following game is one of fourteen simultaneous games played on Feb. 8 inst. at the rooms of the Chess Club by Capt. Mackenzie. Mr. J. G. Blanchard was his opponent. The game was opened with the Evans gambit:

[Event "New Orleans Simul"]
[Site "New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, LA USA"]
[Date "1887.02.08"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mackenzie, George Henry"]
[Black "Blanchard, J. G."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[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. d5 Na5 10. Bb2 Ne7 11. Bd3 Ng6 12. Nc3 O-O 13. Ne2 c5 14. Rc1 Bc7
15. Qd2 f6 16. Kh1 Rb8 17. Ng3 b5 18. Nf5 c4 19. Bb1 b4 20. Bd4 c3 21. Qe2 Bb6
22. g4 Ne5 23. Bxe5 fxe5 24. g5 g6 25. Nh6+ Kg7 26. Rg1 Rf4 27. Rg3 Qf8 28.
Rcg1 Ba6 29. Bd3 Bxd3 30. Qxd3 Bxf2 31. Ng4 Bxg1 32. Nxg1 Qc8 33. Nf6 Qc4 34.
Qc2 b3 35. axb3 Rxb3 36. Rh3 Rxf6 37. gxf6+ Kxf6 38. Qf2+ Kg7 39. Qh4 h5 40.
Qe7+ Kh6 41. Qf8+ Kh7 1/2-1/2

Capt. Mackenzie was again matched against sixteen strong players last night, and with his usual elan had the mastery of most of the boards, with the exception of that of Mr. S. L. McCalla, of Avery's Island, who has been playing with marked success against most of our local players. Mr. McCalla declined the Evans gambit and in turn soon retorted with such dash and vigor as to force the Captain to resign on the twenty-seventh move. We append this highly meritorious victory of Mr. McCalla's. The players were Messrs. F. G. Martin, J. B. Wilkinson, H. C. Barton, F. E. Rainold, F. Claiborne, H. P. Boutelle, O. M. Tennison, N. B. Trist, J. G. Blanchard, F. C. Kaczoroski, E. J. Hamilton, R. S. Moore, F. Dameron, F. E. Bernard, S. L. McCalla and H. Ernst.

Mr. O. M. Tennison, in good style, again scored a victory and Messrs. R. S. Moore and Dameron drew, in a highly creditable style. With the exception of these two lost games to McCalla and Tennison and the draws to Moore and Dameron all the other players yielded gracefully to the Captain's powers.

Following is the game between Capt. Mackenzie and Mr. McCalla:

[Event "New Orleans Simul"]
[Site "New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, LA USA"]
[Date "1887.02.12"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mackenzie, George Henry"]
[Black "McCalla, S. L."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C51"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bb6 5. b5 Na5 6. Be2 Nf6 7. d3 O-O 8. O-O
c6 9. a4 d5 10. Bb2 dxe4 11. Nxe5
[My Note: At this point the score makes no sense. The game was re-published with the correct score in the 1887.02.16 issue. I will publish the game from that column next.]


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1887.02.16 Page 3

Last Night's Game

Quite a formidable array of fourteen players were arrayed against the champion, Capt. Mackenziw, at the rooms of the Chess Club last night. The players, with the openings of their several games, were as follows:

F. G. Martin, Danish gambit.
F. Arras, Hampe Allgaier.
H. P. Boulette, Evans gambit.
H. C. Barton, bishop's gambit. Rev. T. R. B. Trader, Scotch gambit.
Jas. Freret, Scotch gambit. F. Claiborne, Danish gambit.
J. D. Seguin, irregular opening.
D. C. Lapatt, king's gambit declined.
E. S. Hamilton, king's gambit.
J. T. Collender, two knights' defense.
F. G. Mitchell, double fianchetto.
F. E. Bernard, Allgaier gambit.
S. Waters, French defense.

Notwithstanding the variety of openings, resulting both by the attack and defense, it was noticeable that there was not the slightest pause on the part of the champion throughout the entire partie. He moved on to victory with the most absolute confidence. Nor was there any halt in the rapidity of his play even in the games wherein he was defeated, his quick observation grasping at once the situation, out of which by brilliant manoeuvre he endeavored to extricate himself.

Mr. J. T. Callendar won a victory deserving of much praise, this result being earned by steady, accurate play. Mr. Barton also scored a well-earned victory.

The evening's contest was concluded by very neat play on the part of Mr. Boulette, to whose credit another victory was scored. With these three exceptions the champion's victories were uninterrupted.

A lively contest is fixed for next Friday evening, when the strongest team the club affords will be marshaled against the champion.

The Mackenzie-McCalla Game

In the hurry of going to press for last Sunday's edition the score sheet of the victorious game of McCalla over the redoubtable Capt. Mackenzie during the simultaneous games Saturday night was not reviewed, and by an omission of one move for each player, some confusion appears in the game as published. Here is a reprint, with necessary corrections, for chess-loving readers, who no doubt feel a pride in the brilliant victory by this rising young player. The opening was the Evans gambit declined:

[Event "New Orleans Simul"]
[Site "New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, LA USA"]
[Date "1887.02.12"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mackenzie, George Henry"]
[Black "McCalla, S. L."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C51"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bb6 5. b5 Na5 6. Be2 Nf6 7. d3 O-O 8. O-O
c6 9. a4 d5 10. Bb2 dxe4 11. Nxe5 Bd4 12. Qc1 Re8 13. Nc4 Nxc4 14. dxc4 Bg4
15. Bxg4 Nxg4 16. h3 e3 The opening of a neat and far-sighted combination. Mr.
McCalla's ingenuity and steady play give promise of a high rank in chess circles.
17. Bxd4 e2 18. Bb2 exf1=Q 19. Qxf1 Ne5 20. Na3 Qh4 21. f4 Ng6 22. f5 Nf4 23. Qf2 Qg5
24. Qf3 Re2 25. g4 Qh4 26. Bd4 Nxh3+ 27. Kf1 Rae8 0-1


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1887.02.19 Page

The Champions at Play

Capt. Mackenzie's engagement with the Chess Club ended last night in another of the peripatetic matches. He had a strong set of players matched against him, his opponents being S. M. Todd, F. E. Bernard, T. Blaiborne, F. Dameron, E. J. Hamilton, R. A. Wilkinson, H. E. Barton, O. M. Tennison, J. D. Seguin, W. S. Fell of Chicago, J. G. Blanchard, J. B. Wilkinson, C. O. Wilcox, N. B. Trist. Of these, three, Messrs. Claiborne, Hamilton, and Barton, succeeded in winning their games, while Capt. Mackenzie won the other twelve. One of the prettiest games of the contest was that with Mr. Blanchard, in which the vctory was achieved by the sacrifice of a rook.

On Thursday Capt. Mackenzie played two games with Capt. McCalla, of Avery Island. Capt. Mackenzie won one and the other was unfinished. The distinguished chess visitor will remain over to see Mardi Gras, and leave for the North next Wednesday.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1887.02.21 Page


On Friday evening last, at the room of the Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, Capt. Mackenzie engaged in a simultaneous contest with fourteen players, as follows: S M. Todd, E. J. Hamilton, James G. Blanchard, Evans gambits; H. E. Barton, C. O. Wilcox, Scotch gambits; F. Dameron, French defense; O. M. Tennison, King's gambit; J. D. Seguin, Ruy Lopez; J. B. Wilkinson, Steinitz gambit; F. Claiborne, Vienna game; R. A. Wilkinson, Danish game; W. S. Fell, King's gambit declined; F. E. Bernard, Bishop's opening, and N. B. Trist, Evans gambit declined.

The chess champion won 11 of the 14 games, but lost 3, having been beaten by Messrs. H. E. Barton, F. Claiborne, and E. J. Hamilton. The interesting victory of Mr. Claiborne is here given:

[Event "New Orleans Simul"]
[Site "New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, LA USA"]
[Date "1887.02.18"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mackenzie, George Henry"]
[Black "Claiborne, F."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C26"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 exf4 4. e5 Qe7 5. Qe2 Ng8 6. Nf3 c6 7. d4 g5 8. Ne4
g4 9. Nd6+ Kd8 10. Ng5 Nh6 11. Bxf4 f6 12. Nge4 fxe5 13. Bg5 Qxg5 14. Nxg5
Bxd6 15. O-O-O Re8 16. dxe5 Bxe5 17. Qd2 d5 18. Bd3 Nd7 19. Nxh7 Nf7 20. Bg6
Re7 21. Ng5 Nd6 22. Kb1 Kc7 23. Rhe1 Nc4 24. Qf2 Nxb2 25. Rxe5 Nxd1 26. Qf4
Nxe5 27. Nf7 Nc3+! 28. Ka1 Ne2! 29. Qf6 Nxg6 Mr. Claiborne from this stage conducts
the game with strength and foresight. 30. Qxg6 Be6 31. Ng5 Rae8 32. Nxe6+
Rxe6 33. Qxg4 c5 34. h4 c4 35. a4 Ra6 36. h5 Rxa4+ 37. Kb2 a5 38. Qg7+ Kc8 39. Qg4+
Kb8 40. Qd7 Rb4+ There is no avoiding this telling blow. The attack could not possibly
have been more vigorous. 41. Ka3 Re3+ 42. Ka2 Nc1+ 0-1


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1887.02.25 Page 3

Capt. Mackenzie's Fine Playing

Capt. G. H. Mackenzie, the American champion chess player, played the last of a series of peripatetic matches at the rooms of the New Orleans Chess, Checkers and Whist Club last night. The Captain was in fine form last night, and won fourteen out of seventeen games, lost two, and drew one.

The victory by W. O. Wilcox was especially creditable. The other victor was that of L. L. Labatt. The game with H. F. Warner lasted the longest and was drawn after a spirited struggle. Capt. Mackenzie scored victories over James Freret, R. Dupre, H. E. Barton, C. F. Buck, I. K. Small. Judge S. P. Reed, R. A. Wilkinson, B. J. Thomas, F. E. Bernard, J. G. Blanchard, F. Claiborne, W. S. Fell, Rev. T. B. R. Trader of Terrebonne, and J. D. Seguin.

Capt. Mackenzie leaves here on Saturday for Havana, on a chess visit. During his stay there he will play several matches with Gulmayo, the Cuban champion, and Vasquez, formerly one of Mexico's strongest players, now Consul General in Cuba. Upon his return Capt. Mackenzie will remain several days in New Orleans, visit St. Louis, and then go to Europe to participate in the tournaments there.


New Orleans Times-Picayune
1887.02.27 Page 3

Capt. Mackenzie's Departure

Capt. S. H. Mackenzie, the champion American chess player, sailed yesterday for the Gem of the Antilies, where he will remain a fortnight and then return to New Orleans. The object of the Captains's visit to Havana is to test his strength in several matches with Gulmayo, the Cuban champion, and Vasquez, the Mexican Consul General at Havana, who was formerly one of the strongest players of his country.

Leaving New Orleans the Captain will visit St. Louis and is later on to participate in a tournament in Europe.

Compiled by Patsy A. D'Eramo, Jr.
Created 17 March 2014.

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