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Abraham Kupchik
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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<INTRODUCTION>

Abraham Kupchik is worthy of a biography. A modest and unassuming person with a modest and unassuming style, his life and career remain shrouded in colorless obscurity. In short, there is simply little to interest the biographer--except for that fact that, for about 25 years, he was one of the strongest masters in the United States. There's more to Kupchik than meets the eye.

Let me emphasize from the start that this collection is not that biography. I do not have the inclination, the resources, the ability, or the time (both short- and long-term) to write that. But someday Kupchik will get his due, and my hope is that what appears here will make that author's life a little bit easier.

Instead, this will be a list of events in something close to chronological order (Kupchik often played in more than one tournament at the same time), with minimal narrative. I have a couple of Word files with more extensive background and references (including crosstables with better formatting), but collections here are really not built for that sort of detail; I expect to use at least three for this project as it is. Anyone interested in those files should just leave a note at my forum; I'll be more than happy to share the material via e-mail.

All the Kupchik games I have been able to find have been added to the <chessgames.com> database, and will be included here.

Sources: Mainly, I have gone through material available through the Fulton index of New York newspapers, available at http://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html. Since Kupchik played most of his chess in the New York City area, there is a lot of information there. Another excellent online source is Nick Pope's <Chess Archaelogy> site at http://www.chessarch.com/excavation....

I have also used the <American Chess Bulletin> from 1912-1921, available through Google books. Unfortunately, many of these volumes have missing issues, and the originals will need to be consulted. I have also found some games in biographies of Norman T. Whitaker, Isaac Kashdan, Reuben Fine, but am aware I have only scratched the surface. Any future biographer will have a lot of work to do.

OK, enough paying my debt to society. Let's get started.

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"Quite a modest young man presented himself to the tournament manager of the New York State Chess Association asking to have his name entered in the annual tournaments on Washington's Birthday within the last few years. Each time he succeeded in getting chief honors in the particular class of the general tournament he was assigned to, and last year he won first prize in the first class of the general tournament, thereby earning the title of metropolitan mastership. His name is A. Kupchik… New York Sun, November 10, 1912

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New York State Association Annual Meeting
New York, NY
February 22, 1911

General Tournament, Class B
1. Abraham Kupchik

New York Herald, February 23, 1911

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New York State Association Annual Meeting
New York, NY
February 22, 1912

General Tournament, Class A
1. Abraham Kupchik 4-0
2. Martin D. Hago
3-4. M. Franklin, Jacques Liebling
Other players: P. Lipschutz, A. McMartin, M. Diesenhoff, A. Lazinsk.

New York Sun, Sunday, February 25, 1912.

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Match v. Harry P. Kline
New York, NY
1912

Kupchik defeated Harry P. Kline, champion of the Rice Chess Club, +4 -0 =4. However, the New York Sun gives the final score as +3 -0 =4. One game from the match is included here.

Chess Results 1901-1920 / Gino di Felice, p. 187; New York Sun, November 12, 1912.

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Match v. Albert Marder
New York, NY
November, 1912

1 2 3 4 Abraham Kupchik 1 1 1 ½ 3½ Albert Marder 0 0 0 ½ ½

Originally scheduled for five wins, but Marder abandoned the match due to pressures of business. All the games are included in this collection.

Chess Results 1901-1920 / Gino di Felice, p. 187; New York Sun, November 5, 12, 17, 24, 1912.

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Match v. Fred Putzman
New York, NY
December, 1912

The match was to be the best three of five games, with Kupchik conceding draw odds. The first game was a draw, counting as a victory for Putzman, and is given in this collection. The final result is not available.

New York Sun, December 15, 1912

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Progressive Chess Club Championship
New York, NY
December 5, 1912-1913

Complete information about this tournament has not been found, and the winner is unknown. Players included: Oscar Chajes, Charles Jaffe, "Col. Jacob Green" (who may be been Albert Hodges playing under a pseudonym), Jacques Grommer, Abraham Kupchik (the new star), J. I? Tenenwurzel, John Homer Stapfer, Dr. Hermann Keidanz, John Levi Clark, Harry P. Kline, Dr. Fred Putzman, I R? S? Greenberg. Green and Grommer are not mentioned later reports, and may have withdrawn. Grommer probably had his score cancelled since Kupchik is listed as 2-1 after four rounds.

We have two Kupchik games. The win over Grommer is from round 1, and we know he defeated Stapfer and whichever Greenberg it was in rounds 2 and 3. I am not sure when the win over Clark occured, but it was probably after the New Year.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 8, 1912; New York Tribune, December 30, 1912; New York Sun, February 16, 1913

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American National Masters Tournament
New York, NY
January 19-February 5, 1913

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Jose Raul Capablanca * = 0 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 2 Frank James Marshall = * = = 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 = 10.5 3 Charles Jaffe 1 = * 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 0 = 1 0 9.5 4 David Janowski 0 = 0 * = = 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 9.0 5 Oscar Chajes = 0 0 = * 1 = 1 0 1 1 = 1 1 8.0 6 John Homer Stapfer 0 = 0 = 0 * = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.0 7 Abraham Kupchik 0 0 0 0 = = * = 1 0 1 1 1 1 6.5 8 Edward Tenenwurzel 0 0 = 0 0 = = * 0 = 1 1 = 1 5.5 9 Norman Tweed Whitaker 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * = 0 1 1 1 5.5 10 Harry P Kline 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 = = * 1 = 0 1 4.5 11 Solomon Rubinstein 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 = 4.5 12 John Stuart Morrison 0 0 = = = 0 0 0 0 = 0 * 1 1 4.0 13 H Liebenstein 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 1 0 0 * 1 2.5 14 Louis B Zapoleon 0 = 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 * 2.0

Kupchik's fine results at the end the previous year won him an invitation to this master-level tournament in early 1913, competing against world-class players such as Capablanca, Marshall and Janowski. This tournament was meant to qualify six players for an upcoming tournament in Havana, and Kupchik wound up in the final spot when sixth-place finisher Stapfer was unable to make the trip.

Eleven of Kupchik's games are available; missing are draws in round 11 with Stapfer and round 13 with Chajes.

A fuller report on this tournament can be found in Game Collection: Second American National Tournament (NY 1913).

Chess Results 1901-1920 / Gino di Felice, p. 201; New York Herald, February 5, 1913; New York Sun, February 6, 1913. These papers, as well as the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, had many in process reports on the tournament.

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Havana International Tournament
Havana, Cuba
February 15-March 6, 1913

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Frank James Marshall ** =1 10 =1 =1 =1 11 1= 10.5 2 Jose Raul Capablanca =0 ** 01 =1 1= 1= 11 11 10.0 3 David Janowski 01 10 ** 10 =1 == 11 =1 9.0 4 Oscar Chajes =0 =0 01 ** 01 01 =0 11 6.5 5 Abraham Kupchik =0 0= =0 10 ** 10 01 11 6.5 6 Charles Jaffe =0 0= == 10 01 ** 10 0= 5.5 7 Rafael Blanco Estera 00 00 00 =1 10 01 ** =1 5.0 8 Juan Corzo 0= 00 =0 00 00 1= =0 ** 3.0

Kupchik's first tournament outside the United States would also turn out to be his only one until 1935. It was a respectable performance for a newcomer, culminating in a last-round with Capablanca that cost the Cuban a first-place finish in his home town. The game was still mentioned years later as a highlight of Kupchik's career.

We have all of Kupchik's games, as well as a collection by <crawfb5> devoted to the tournament: Game Collection: Havana 1913.

Chess Results 1901-1920 / Gino di Felice, p. 201, plus many contemporary reports in New York papers

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Match vs. Rafael Blanco Estera
Havana, Cuba
March 9-18, 1913

1 2 3 4 5 6 Abraham Kupchik 0 1 = 1 0 1 3.5 Rafael Blanco Estera 1 0 = 0 1 0 2.5

Though Capablanca's last-round draw with Kupchik must have been disappointing to the local chess fans, they developed an affection for the young New Yorker. After the tournament, they arranged a short match between Kupchik and local player Rafael Blanco Estera, Kupchik winning the match with a last-game win.

The only game that has come to light is Blanco's quick win in the fifth game. However, we do know some details of the other games:

Game 1: Blanco 1 Kupchik (March 9; Double Ruy Lopez, 34 moves)

Game 2: Kupchik 1 Blanco (March 11: Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves)

Game 3: Blanco 1/2 Kupchik (March 14: Sicilian Defense, 42 moves)

Game 4: Kupchik 1 Blanco (March 15: Ruy Lopez, 30 moves)

Game 5: Blanco 1 Kupchik (March 16: Ruy Lopez, 18 moves)

Game 6: Kupchik 1 Blanco (March 18: Queen's Pawn game, 45 moves?)

A. Kupchik of the Progressive Chess Club, who tied for fourth place in the recent chess tournament at Havana and subsequently defeated Rafael Blanco in a set match by 3 games to 2, returned yesterday on board the steamship Monte Carlo. Before sailing Kupchik gave an exhibition of simultaneous chess at the Club de Ajedrez de la Habana, in which he conducted 42 games. Of these he won 33, lost 2 and drew 7. For this performance he was presented with a gold medal of the value of $50 by the officials of the club."

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 20, 23, 1913; New York Herald, March 15, 19, 1913; Schenectady Gazette, March 10, 1913. Thanks for Larry Crawford (<crawfb5>) for supplying the fifth game.

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Rice Chess Club Summer Tournament
New York, NY
July 2-August 19, 1913

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Jose Raul Capablanca * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 + + 13.0 2 Oldrich Duras 0 * 1 1 1 = 1 = 1 1 = 1 + + 10.5 3 Roy Turnbull Black 0 0 * 1 = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 + + 10.0 4 Oscar Chajes 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 + + 9.0 5 Abraham Kupchik 0 0 = 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 + + 9.0 6 Albert Marder 0 = = 0 0 * 1 1 = 1 1 1 + + 8.5 7 Edward Tenenwurzel 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 = + + 6.5 8 G F Adair 0 = 0 1 0 0 0 * = = = 1 + + 6.0 9 Jacob Bernstein 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = * 1 1 1 + + 6.0 10 Frank Percival Beynon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 * = 1 + + 4.0 11 Harold Meyer Phillips 0 = 0 0 = 0 0 = 0 = * 0 + + 4.0 12 Jacob Grommer 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 1 * + + 3.5 13 George J Beihoff - - - - - - - - - - - - * - 0.0 14 John Homer Stapfer - - - - - - - - - - - - - * 0.0

The schedule for the tournament was very irregular, due in part to Capablanca’s early departure and Duras’ late arrival. Therefore, any round numbers and dates given should be regarded as tentative, pending further research.

In addition, Beihoff withdrew after five games (draw with Beynon, losses to Capablanca, Marder, Bernstein) and Stapfer after one game (loss to Chajes). All their games, including Beihoff’s draw, were scored as losses in the final table.

At the moment, two of Kupchik's games are missing:

Kupchik 1 Jacob Bernstein (Rd.1, July 2)
Phillips 1/2 Kupchik (Rd.5, July 16)

It looks like Kupchik's cancelled games were scheduled in Rd.3 (July 9) against Stapfer, and Rd. 8 (July 26) against Beihoff. Note that the "Round 13" game against Capablanca was played out of chronological order due to the Cuban's early departure.

For more details, see Game Collection: New York 1913 (Rice Chess Club Summer Tournament.

Chess Results 1901-1920 / Gino di Felice, p. 201; New York Herald, August 20, 1913; New York Sun, July 7, August 10, August 17, 1913; Schenectady Gazette, July 14, 1913

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Rapid Transit Tourney
New York
1913

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Jose Raul Capablanca * 1 1 1 1 1 5.0 2 Frank James Marshall 0 * 1 1 1 1 4.0 3 Abraham Kupchik 0 0 * = 1 1 2.5 4 Oldrich Duras 0 0 = * 1 1 2.5 5 Alfred K Ettlinger 0 0 0 0 * 1 1.0 6 G F Adair 0 0 0 0 0 * 0.0

Di Felice lists this tournament with no other details, nor could I find any. I assume it must have been played around the end of July, when both Capablanca and Duras were in New York for the Rice tournament.

In general, I won't list Kupchik's rapid transit events; there are just too many of them. He was probably relatively stronger in rapid chess, even defeating Capablanca on occasion (something he never accomplished in tournament play). He also played tournament chess too rapidly on occasion, earning a chiding from none other than Capablanca about this:

"The hard-fought match between Blanco and Kupchik was very interesting, but it is obvious that young Kupchik does not play as is proper, reflecting on his moves as would the top players in the world; playing with great rapidity, he tries to win against an opponent who is as strong as him, if not stronger...inevitably his play is superficial and the element of luck counts a great deal in determining the result of his games...given his age, the young Russian plays very well, but if he is ever to become somebody, it will be necessary for him to think much more when, as in the present case, he is playing a match and not just offhand games to pass the time."

(This was originally published in the Cuban newspaper "Diario de la Marina", Spring 1912-Summer 1913. A translated version appeared in Edward Winter's "Capablanca: A Compendium of Games, Notes, Articles, Correspondence, Illustrations and Other Rare Archival Materials on the Cuban Chess Genius José Raúl Capablanca, 1888–1942". Thanks to Larry Crawford <crawfb5> for spotting it.)

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Match v. Oldrich Duras
New York
September 17-20, 1913

1 2 3 Oldrich Duras 1 1 0 2.0 Abraham Kupchik 0 0 1 1.0

Following the Rice tournament, a quadrangular event was arraged between Duras, Marshall, Chajes, and Jaffe. (See: Game Collection: New York 1913 (Quadrangular).)

Kupchik's supporters felt that he should have been admitted to that tournament, so the Progressive Chess Club arranged a three game series between Kupchik and Duras. We have all three games.

SOURCES: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sept. 18, 1913; Chess Results 1901-1920 / Gino di Felice, p. 206 New York Sun, Sept. 19, 20, 21, 28, 1913

Games two and three, with notes by Capablanca and Marshall, can be found in the New York Sun for September 28.

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Manhattan Chess Club Championship
New York, NY
December 8, 1913-January, 1914

At age 21, Kupchik became the youngest ever Manhattan Chess Club champion. The final results have not been found; the <New York Sun> for January 30, 1914, gives these standings with a number of games left but Kupchik having finished his schedule:

1 Abraham Kupchik 10.0-1.0 2 Magnus Smith 7.5-2.5 3 George E Northrup 6.5-3.5 4 Jacob Carl Rosenthal 5.5-2.5 5 Francis Percival Beynon 5.5-4.5 6 George F Adair 5.0-5.0 7 Otto Roething 5.0-5.0 8 John Levi Clark 3.5-2.5 9 George J Beihoff 3.5-6.5 10 Ward Mayhew Parker Mitchell 2.5-6.5 11 L Lichtenberg 2.5-8.5 12 W Bowen 0.0-9.0

James Moore Hanham started the tournament, and had a score of 2-2 in the standings given in the New York Herald of December 26, 1913, but withdrew at some point and had his games cancelled. These included a loss to Kupchik in round 2, which caused some sources to credit him with an extra win. This also meant the tournament had at least 12 rounds; here is what is known of Kupchik's schedule:

1 Kupchik defeated Beihoff
2 Kupchik defeated Hanham
3 Kupchik defeated Mitchell
4 Kupchik defeated Roething
5 Kupchik defeated Beynon
6-9 Kupchik won all games; opponents uncertain
10 Kupchik drew Clark
11 Rosenthal 0 Kupchik (1/21/14; game available)
12 Kupchik drew Smith

The game Adair 0 Kupchik from an unknown round is available with notes by Kupchik in the <New York Tribune> for January 25, 1914. This is quite unusual; Kupchik very rarely annotated games for publication, or wrote anything about chess for that matter.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, November 23, 1913; January 14, 22, 1914; Chess Results 1901-1920 / Gino di Felice, p. 209; New York Herald, December 13, 1913; January 18, 22, 1914; New York Times, December 23, 1913; New York Tribune, January 22; January 25, 1914

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Progressive Chess Club Championship
New York, NY
1913-1914

1 Charles Jaffe 10.0-1.0 2 Abraham Kupchik 10.0-1.0 3 Oscar Chajes 8.5-2.5 4 John Dornbach 6.5-4.5 5 Jacob Bernstein 5.0-6.0 6 W Lisbaron 5.0-6.0 7 S Greenberg 4.5-6.5 8 H Liebenstein 4.5-6.5 9 W G Morris 4.0-6.0* 10 Dr. F Putzman 3.0-7.0* 11 E Henry Koehler 3.0-8.0 12 Frank Percival Beynon 1.0-10.0

*Result of game between Morris and Putzman not known.

ONE TITLE QUITE ENOUGH, KUPCHIK YIELDS TO JAFFE

"The generous impulses of some (but only some) chess players know no limit. The most recent case in point is the modest self-effacement of Abraham Kupchik of the Progressive Chess Club of Manhattan, the new star in the chess firmament, of whom great things are expected when he breaks into the international ranks in earnest. Duplicating his record in the Manhattan Chess Club tournament, which he won from Magnus Smith and J. Rosenthal, Kupchik went through the Progressive tournament without a defeat, making a score of nine wins and two drawn games. Among others, he won games from Charles Jaffe and Oscar Chajes, his chief rivals, so that everybody thought, and still thinks, his moral victory complete.

"Jaffe, however, had an adjourned game in hand with Chajes, and late last night, after a terrific struggle, Jaffe won out, and thereby tied Kupchik's score of 10 to 1. He had lost only the game to Kupchik and won against every one of the other competitors--in itself no mean performance. Naturally, everybody took it for granted that not the chess community would have in store for it a splendid series of games to decide the tie and the right to claim the title of champion for 1914. But not so. Neither Kupchik nor Jaffe cared to exert himself further.

"But the astonishing part of this proceeding did not cease here. Kupchik was in a cheerful mood. Also, he was not of a grasping disposition, although he was close to holding the title tightly in his grasp. To cut a long story short, Kupchik then and there, in the presence of the astounded club members, declared he had no use for the honor and that Jaffe was welcome to it. There was no hard feeling, he was content to be champion of one club, the Manhattan, so, let Jaffe be Progressive champion, if that be what he needed to make him happy.

"So Jaffe, who has done some good work in his long career, but has never held a title, though looked upon as sort of demi-god by the rank and file of the East Side chess world, is now a full-fledged "champion". He is just as proud of his new position as though the laurel wreath had been presented to him on a silver platter." Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 11, 1914

The only game available is Kupchik's round 10 victory over Chajes.

Sources: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 11, 1914; Chess Results 1901-1920 / Gino di Felice, p. 209; New York Herald, March 8, 1914

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A RECURRING THEME

"That he is shaping to become an international master in the not far distant future was further emphasized by A. Kupchik, the new champion of the Manhattan Chess Club, by his clear cut victory yesterday at the expense of Oscar Chajes, himself an international player, in their game in the championship tournament of the Progressive Chess Club. To obtain the premiership of this organization, in addition to his other title, is now Kupchik's ambition, and, having defeated both of his chief rivals, this is in a fair way of being realized. <So deep an impression have his plays made upon the patrons of chess in this city that Kupchik, in all likelihood, will be sent to Germany in the summer to compete in the master's tournament of the German Chess Association at Mannheim.>" New York Herald, March 8, 1914

This will happen often in Kupchik's career. There is talk that he will finally get a chance to make his mark in a major international tournament, but something always happens to prevent his attendance, usually family or work obligations.

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Metropolitan Chess League
New York, NY
January 10, 1914

Rice Chess Club 2.5 Progressive Chess Club 5.5

1 Oldrich Duras 1/2 Oscar Chajes 1/2 2 Solomon Rubinstein 0 Charles Jaffe 1 3 Harold Meyer Phillips 1/2 Abraham Kupchik 1/2 4 E. Fuerill 0 Jacob Bernstein 1 5 Isador Samuel Turover 0 J. Menkes 1 6 J. Grommer 1 N. Witkow 0 7 Alfred Freundlich 1/2 Edward Tenenwurzel 1/2 8 Martin D. Hago 0 J. Greenberg 1

Rice had White on the odd-numbered boards. New York Tribune, January 12, 1914

*****

February 7, 1914 (Round 4)

Progressive Chess Club 6.5 Newark Rice Chess Club 1.5

1 Oscar Chajes 1 H. F. Driscoll 0 2 Charles Jaffe 1 O. Horster 0 3 Abraham Kupchik 1 J. Kuzsma 0 4 Dr. J. Putzman 1/2 T. Gottfried 1/2 5 Edward Tenenwurzel 1 F. Sager 0 6 P. Lipschutz 1 Dr. N. Price 0 7 J. Greenberg 1/2 M. Schor 1/2 8 Hermann Keidanz 1/2 H. Schleckser 1/2

Progressive had White on the odd-numbered boards. New York Tribune, February 9, 1914

*****

April 4, 1914 (Round 9)

Eastern District 0.0 Progressive Chess Club 8.0 1 E O Dowing 0 Abraham Kupchik 1 2 J H Taft, Jr. 0 Charles Jaffe 1 3 W. E. Rudolph 0 Oscar Chajes 1 4 H M Love 0 H Liebenstein 1 5 A Hegeman 0 J Greenberg 1 6 F L Gillette 0 Dr. J Axelrod 1 7 H C Davis 0 E Schultze 1 8 F H Donahee 0 J Kahn 1

Eastern District played White on the odd-numbered boards New York Tribune, April 6, 1914
Kupchik played frequently in the New York City Metropolitan Chess League, generally for the Manhattan Chess Club. I'll give what matches I have in which he participated, though the list will be by no means complete.

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Club Match
New York, NY
December 12, 1914

Brooklyn Chess Club 4.5 Manhattan Chess Club 11.5

1 Manfred Schroder 0 Abraham Kupchik 1 2 L. Tolins 0 Magnus Smith 1 3 Alfred Schroeder 1/2 Leonard B. Meyer 1/2 4 G. F. Adair 0 George R. Northrup 1 5 J. H. White 1/2 John Levi Clark 1/2 6 George Schwietzer 0 Jacob Carl Rosenthal 1 7 W. M. Russell 0 Albert Hodges 1 8 Hermann Helms 1/2 Gustav Henschel Koehler 1/2 9 Frank Kendall Perkins 1/2 Harold Meyer Phillips 1/2 10 Louis J. Wolff 1/2 Francis Percival Beynon 1/2 11 G. F. Massa 0 Leon Rosen 1 12 P. A. Farley 1 G. Klingspur 0 13 W. C. Bixby 1/2 James Moore Hanham 1/2 14 F. Ross 0 C. E. Armstrong 1 15 John Duryea Elwell 0 Dr. M. Miller 1 16 J. H. Watson 1/2 F. Hopkins 1/2

Brooklyn had White on the odd-numbered boards.

"The elopement of Roy T. Black last week and his absence from the big match Saturday night, seems to have cast a spell upon the team of the Brooklyn Chess Club, which was also short the services of several other good men and true, for the visitors from the Manhattan Chess Club had no difficulty in winning the return round by the score of 11.5-4.5. Another engrossed and framed score card, therefore, will henceforth adorn the walls of the victorious club in Carnegie Hall."

Oh, that rascal Roy T. Black! The good news is that Kupchik's game is available.

SOURCES: American Chess Bulletin, January/February 1915, p.15; Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 14, 1914

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1915 may be regarded as a turning point in Kupchik's career. He started the year in incredibly busy fashion, playing two or three events simultaneously from January through May plus Metropolitan League matches. By the end of the stretch he was obviously exhausted (as seen in his results), and also suffered a personal loss in the passing of his father. In addition, he appears to have been married about this time, though I don't know the exact date. For the next eight years, his activity would be confined to New York City tournaments and club events, with occasional forays outstate during vacation time in August.

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Match, October/November, 1912
H Kline vs Kupchik, 1912 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 42 moves, 0-1

Match, Game 1
Kupchik vs A Marder, 1912
(C49) Four Knights, 38 moves, 1-0

Match, Game 2
A Marder vs Kupchik, 1912
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 72 moves, 0-1

Match, Game 3
Kupchik vs A Marder, 1912
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 1-0

Match, Game 4
A Marder vs Kupchik, 1912
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Match, Game 1
Kupchik vs F Putzman, 1912 
(C16) French, Winawer, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Progressive Chess Club-ch, Round 1 (1912.12.08)
Kupchik vs J Grommer, 1912
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 45 moves, 1-0

Progressive Chess Club-ch, Round 9, 1913.??.??
J L Clark vs Kupchik, 1913
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

American National Masters, Round 1 (Sunday, January 19)
Kupchik vs L B Zapoleon, 1913
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 57 moves, 1-0

American National Masters, Round 2 (Tuesday, January 21)
Marshall vs Kupchik, 1913 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 26 moves, 1-0

American National Masters, Round 3 (Wednesday, January 22)
Kupchik vs N Whitaker, 1913 
(C22) Center Game, 35 moves, 1-0

American National Masters, Round 4 (Friday, January 24)
Janowski vs Kupchik, 1913
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1-0

American National Masters, Round 5 (Saturday, January 25)
Kupchik vs J S Morrison, 1913 
(C22) Center Game, 26 moves, 1-0

American National Masters, Round 6 (Sunday, January 26)
E Tennenwurzel vs Kupchik, 1913
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

American National Masters, Round 7 (Tuesday, January 28)
Kupchik vs S Rubinstein, 1913
(D05) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

American National Masters, Round 8 (Wednesday, January 29)
Capablanca vs Kupchik, 1913 
(C49) Four Knights, 37 moves, 1-0

American National Masters, Round 9 (Friday, January 31)
H Kline vs Kupchik, 1913
(B40) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1-0

American National Masters, Round 10 (Saturday, February 1)
H Liebenstein vs Kupchik, 1913
(B40) Sicilian, 48 moves, 0-1

American National Masters, Round 12 (Tuesday, February 4)
C Jaffe vs Kupchik, 1913
(C49) Four Knights, 30 moves, 1-0

Havana, Round 1 (Saturday, February 15)
Kupchik vs Janowski, 1913 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Havana, Round 2 (Monday, February 17)
Kupchik vs J Corzo, 1913 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

Havana, Round 3 (Tuesday, February 18)
R Blanco Estera vs Kupchik, 1913 
(C45) Scotch Game, 30 moves, 1-0

Havana, Round 4 (Wednesday, February 19)
Kupchik vs Marshall, 1913
(C49) Four Knights, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Havana, Round 5 (Friday, February 21)
C Jaffe vs Kupchik, 1913
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 61 moves, 0-1

Havana, Round 6 (Saturday, February 22)
Kupchik vs O Chajes, 1913 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1-0

Havana, Round 7 (Monday, February 24)
Capablanca vs Kupchik, 1913 
(C49) Four Knights, 68 moves, 1-0

Havana, Round 8 (Tuesday, February 25)
Janowski vs Kupchik, 1913 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Havana, Round 9 (Wednesday, February 26)
J Corzo vs Kupchik, 1913
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 18 moves, 0-1

Havana, Round 10 (Friday, February 28)
Kupchik vs R Blanco Estera, 1913
(A80) Dutch, 59 moves, 1-0

Havana, Round 11 (Saturday, March 1)
Marshall vs Kupchik, 1913 
(C21) Center Game, 31 moves, 1-0

Havana, Round 12 (Monday, March 3)
Kupchik vs C Jaffe, 1913
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 36 moves, 0-1

Havana, Round 13 (Tuesday, March 4)
O Chajes vs Kupchik, 1913
(C47) Four Knights, 44 moves, 1-0

Havana, Round 14 (Thursday, March 6)
Kupchik vs Capablanca, 1913 
(C46) Three Knights, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rice Summer Tournament, Round 2 (Saturday, July 5)
J Grommer vs Kupchik, 1913
(C26) Vienna, 56 moves, 0-1

Rice Summer Tournament, Round 4 (Saturday, July 12)
G F Adair vs Kupchik, 1913
(C42) Petrov Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

Rice Summer Tournament (Saturday, July 19); rd. uncertain
Kupchik vs Duras, 1913
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 0-1

Rice Summer Tournament, Round 7 (Wednesday, July 23)
Kupchik vs A Marder, 1913 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1-0

Rice Summer Tournament, Round 9 (Wednesday, July 30)
F Beynon vs Kupchik, 1913 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 22 moves, 0-1

Rice Summer Tournament, Round 10 (Sunday, August 3)
R T Black vs Kupchik, 1913
(C41) Philidor Defense, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rice Summer Tournament, Round 11 (Wednesday, August 6)
Kupchik vs E Tennenwurzel, 1913
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 21 moves, 1-0

Rice Summer Tournament (Friday, July 24); rd. uncertain
Kupchik vs Capablanca, 1913 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 60 moves, 0-1

Match, Game 1 (Wednesday, September 17)
Duras vs Kupchik, 1913 
(C49) Four Knights, 35 moves, 1-0

Match, Game 2 (Friday, September 19)
Kupchik vs Duras, 1913 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

Match, Game 3 (Saturday, September 20)
Duras vs Kupchik, 1913
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 50 moves, 0-1

Manhattan Chess Club Championship
G F Adair vs Kupchik, 1914 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

Manhattan CC Championship, Round 11 (Wednesday, January 21)
J C Rosenthal vs Kupchik, 1914
(C45) Scotch Game, 38 moves, 0-1

Progressive CC Championship, Round 10 (Saturday, March 7)
Kupchik vs O Chajes, 1914
(B32) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

Brooklyn CC vs. Manhattan CC Match (Saturday, December 12)
M Schroeder vs Kupchik, 1914
(C41) Philidor Defense, 28 moves, 0-1

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