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Alexander McDonnell

Alexander McDonnell
Full name
Alexander McDonnell
Apr 12, 1796 - Sep 15, 1835 (age 39)‎
Place of birth
Belfast, Ireland


Alexander McDonnell was an Irish chess master who was considered to be one of the best players in the world during his time. He went to London in 1820 and started studying chess with William Lewis, one of the best players in Britain. In 1831, McDonnell helped to found the Westminster Chess Club, and many considered him to be the best player in England.

McDonnell is most famous for his matches against French chess master Louis-Charles Mahe de La Bourdonnais. The six-match event between the two chess titans ended with La Bourdonnais emerging victorious and being proclaimed the unofficial world champion.

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