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Quadrangular Masters Tournament

Frank James Marshall5/6(+5 -1 =0)[games]
Oldrich Duras4/6(+4 -2 =0)[games]
Oscar Chajes2.5/6(+2 -3 =1)[games]
Charles Jaffe0.5/6(+0 -5 =1)[games] Chess Event Description
Quadrangular Masters (1913)
Quadrangular Tournament
Progressive Chess Club
New York, NY
August 27-September 12, 1913

"Frank J. Marshall, O. Duras, O. Chajes and C. Jaffe started last night the quadrangular masters tournament arranged by the Progressive Chess Club of Manhattan at the Café Monopol. The pairing for the first round brought together Marshall and Duras, the latter having the white side of queen's gambit declined. The Bohemian master was at his best and outplayed the United States champion, winning after 31 moves. In the other game, Jaffe played a queen's pawn's game against Chajes, a draw being recorded after 55 moves.

The time limit agreed upon was 30 moves in the first two hours and 15 moves an hour therafter. Richard Warburg was chosen as referee." (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, August 28, 1913).

That first round win gave Duras the lead for the first half of the tournament, but Marshall caught him by winning the return match in Round 4. Chajes upset Duras in Round 6, so Marshall won the tournament by winning his last five games. Jaffe did not score again after the Round 1 draw, which means you should be able to figure out the crosstable and progressive scores by yourself. However, that won't stop me from showing them to you anyway.

1 Marshall ** 01 11 11 5.0 2 Duras 10 ** 10 11 4.0 3 Chajes 00 01 ** ˝1 2.5 4 Jaffe 00 00 ˝0 ** 0.5

1 Marshall 0 1 2 3 4 5 2 Duras 1 2 3 3 3 4 3 Chajes ˝ ˝ ˝ 1˝ 2˝ 2˝ 4 Jaffe ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝

(For the record, Round 6 was played at the Rice Chess Club in Newark, New Jersey.)

Original collection: Game Collection: New York 1913 (Quadrangular), by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 1; 12 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Jaffe vs O Chajes  ½-½581913Quadrangular MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Duras vs Marshall 1-0311913Quadrangular MastersD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. O Chajes vs Marshall 0-1431913Quadrangular MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. C Jaffe vs Duras 0-1461913Quadrangular MastersD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
5. Duras vs O Chajes 1-0421913Quadrangular MastersD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Marshall vs C Jaffe  1-0471913Quadrangular MastersD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. O Chajes vs C Jaffe  1-0521913Quadrangular MastersC12 French, McCutcheon
8. Marshall vs Duras 1-0811913Quadrangular MastersC21 Center Game
9. Marshall vs O Chajes 1-0521913Quadrangular MastersD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
10. Duras vs C Jaffe  1-0331913Quadrangular MastersD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. C Jaffe vs Marshall  0-1451913Quadrangular MastersD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. O Chajes vs Duras 1-0541913Quadrangular MastersD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  GrahamClayton: Would anyone have any details about the Progressive Chess Club, eg when it started and finished, location, and any famous players who were members?
Jul-02-18  AlbertoDominguez: Fun Fact: Duras is the only participant who never defeated Capablanca.
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  Phony Benoni: <Graham Clayton> Here is an excerpt from the "American Chess Bulletin", November 1912, p. 246. This was at the time of a Presidential election in the United States in which the new progressive Party, led by Theodore Roosevelt, was having a great impact.

<"Progressivism is in the air and has affect even the ranks of chess players in New York City, as a result of which there has come into existence what will henceforth be known as the Progressive Chess Club. Its headquarters are at the Café Metropol, 115 Second Avenue, near Tenth Street, and the proprietor, Peter Roth, is an energetic business man, fully alive to the desirability of a large chess following. over fifty attended the initial meeting of the club, held on the evening of October 11, when the following officers were elected

"Counsellor zJoseph Liebergall, president; Otto Roething, vic-president; Oscar Chajes, secretary; Peter Roth, treasurer; advisory board: Dr. S. Greenberg, chairman; E. M. Korn and WilliamFriedman. Among the charter members aare Charles jaffe, Oscar Chajes, I. Tenenwurzel, A. Marder, Otto Roethingm Dr. H Siff, Dr. H. Keidanz, Martin D. Hago, Jacques Grommer, Ernest Ziegler, E. Soberheim,A. Kupchi, and others.">

Its first championship tournament in1912/13 included Chajes, Jaffe, Kupchik, Greenberg, John Levi Clark, Keidanz, John Home Stapfer, Harry Kline, Tennenwurzel, and Putzman.

Soon after the death of Isaac Leopold Rice on November 22, 1915, the club was renamed in his honor. A report from the "Brooklyn Daily Eagle", January 17, 1916, states:

<"The first annual banquet of the Isaac L Rice Progressive Chess Club, which is the Progressive Club renamed in honor of the late Professor Rice, was held in the rooms of the Physicians Club at the Café Metropol, in Manhattan, last night...">

It appears to have been a simple renaming rather than a merger with the Rice Chess Club of New York, since that organization does not appear to have been active at the time.

I don't know the ultimate fate of the club. There are no mentions in ACB after 1931, and I haven't found any newspaper reports ater 1939.

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  offramp: Only one draw in this small but strong tournament.

When I hear "4-player double round robin" I am always surprised that only 12 games are played.

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  Phony Benoni: Word on the demise of the Rice Chess Club of New York, from "American Chess Bulletin", November 1914, p. 239:

<"Rice Chess Club No More

"On October 7, at a special meeting the directors of the Rice Chess Club, which had returned to its old headquarters in the Café Boheme, 156 Second avenue, New York (formerly the Café Boulevard), it was decided to disband, the chief reason for the step being that, in consequence of the flourishing condition of the Progressive Chess Club, there was no longer room for two organizations side by side in that neighborhood. Incidentally, the restaurant in question had passed into the hands of a receiver, the place was closed and the fmous landmark forthwith ceased to be a rendezvous for chess players.">

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