Donaldson, John




Ratings

Year       Rank    Edo    Dev.   Games 
1837  22  2157 (132) 1
1838  23  2176 (130) 0
1839  27  2194 (127) 0
1840  31  2213 (125) 0
1841  34  2231 (122) 0
1842  41  2250 (118) 0
1843  43  2268 (114) 0
1844  41  2287 (110) 0
1845  43  2305 (105) 0
1846  45  2324 (100) 5
1847  39  2348 (93) 5
1848  35  2375 (85) 0
1849  36  2401 (76) 3
1850  30  2419 (70) 0
1851  34  2437 (62) 0
1852  24  2455 (48) 49
1853  36  2427 (61) 0
1854  42  2400 (69) 0
1855  49  2372 (74) 1
1856  58  2347 (80) 0
1857  68  2322 (83) 1
1858  78  2308 (87) 0
1859  91  2294 (89) 0
1860  96  2280 (90) 0
1861  108  2266 (90) 0
1862  112  2252 (89) 3
1863  108  2239 (92) 0
1864  121  2226 (93) 0
1865  130  2213 (94) 0
1866  146  2200 (93) 2
1867  143  2200 (96) 0
1868  147  2199 (99) 1
1869  155  2187 (103) 0
1870  163  2174 (106) 0
1871  178  2162 (109) 0
1872  188  2150 (111) 2

Rating table notes

Biographical data
Name: Donaldson, John  
   Also known as: Rev. John Donaldson; Delta
Born: 27 Mar. 1817
Died: 19 Apr. 1892
 
Notes:
Not to be confused with James Donaldson, who played in the London-Edinburgh correspondence match in the 1820s.
 
References
Books
   Chess Association, Manchester 1857 Report, page 5, 10, 14, 40
   Gaige, Chess Personalia, page 96
   Harding, Eminent Victorian Chess Players, page 143
   Löwenthal and Medley, Chess Congress of 1862, page lxviii, xxvi
   Löwenthal and Medley, Transactions of the BCA, 1868-1869, page 13
   Sergeant, Century of British Chess, page 149, 192
   Staunton, The Chess Tournament, page lx
   Whyld, English Tournaments, page 9
   Williams, Souvenir of the Bristol Club, page 140
Periodicals
   [BLL], 1863, page supp.2
   [CPC], vol. 12, no. 9, Sep. 1851, page 282
   [CPC], vol. 13, no. 7, July 1852, page 210
   [CPC], vol. 1, no. 10, Oct. 1853, page 313
   [CPC], vol. 3, no. 3, Mar. 1855, page 103
   [CPM], vol. 2, no. 4, Apr. 1866, page 109
   [CPM], vol. 3, no. 8, 1 Aug. 1867, page 252
   [CW], vol. 2, no. 4, June 1866, page 110
   [Era], vol. 24, no. 1243, 20 July 1862, page 5
   [Fld], 24 May 1873
   [ILN], vol. 11, no. 273, 24 July 1847, page 59
   [ILN], vol. 21, no. 567, 3 July 1852, page 11
   [ILN], vol. 21, no. 570, 24 July 1852, page 59
   [ILN], vol. 67, no. 1878, 7 Aug. 1875, page 143
   [ILN], vol. 69, no. 1945, 4 Nov. 1876, page 446
   [NR], vol. 1, no. 10, Oct. 1860, page 316
   [NYC], 28 Sep. 1867
   [WP], vol. 6, no. 1, 1 May 1873, page 2
Web
   Sericano, C.  [Gerolamo Tassinari]

Match data  (f=formal; c=casual; s=soft)

de la Bourdonnais, L.C.M. - Donaldson, Jo. 1837         (c)     1   -   0      de la Bourdonnais, L.C.M. gave odds of a rook
Donaldson, Ja. - Donaldson, Jo. 1846         (c)     3   -   2
Bell, J.G. - Donaldson, Jo. 1847         (f)     3   -   2
Evans, W.D. - Donaldson, Jo. 1849         (c)     0.5   -   0.5
Harrwitz, D. - Donaldson, Jo. 1849         (c)     1   -   1
Staunton, H. - Donaldson, Jo. 1852 (1)         (c)     8.5   -   6.5      Staunton, H. gave odds of pawn and two moves
Staunton, H. - Donaldson, Jo. 1852 (2)         (c)     1   -   0
Lowenthal, J.J. - Donaldson, Jo. 1852         (c)     15   -   15
Donaldson, Jo. - Bell, H.G. 1852         (c)     1.5   -   1.5
Donaldson, Jo. - Reid (3) 1853         (c)     1   -   0      Donaldson, Jo. gave odds of a rook
Tassinari, G. - Donaldson, Jo. 1855         (c)     0.5   -   0.5
Salmon, G. - Donaldson, Jo. 1857         (c)     1   -   0
Dubois, S. - Donaldson, Jo. 1862         (c)     2   -   0
Anderssen (offhand) - Donaldson, Jo. 1862         (c)     0.5   -   0.5
Donaldson, Jo. - Fraser, Ja.C. 1868         (c)     1   -   0
Donaldson, Jo. - Murray, A.K. 1872         (c)     1   -   1      Donaldson, Jo. gave odds of pawn and move
Donaldson, Jo. - James (1) 1877         (c)     1   -   0

Tournament data

Glasgow and Dundee 1866     Dundee - Glasgow Club Match    
  Donaldson, Jo. - Fraser, G.B.     0 - 2    


Player information updated: 3 Apr. 2022