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Oscar Chajes
Number of games in database: 221
Years covered: 1905 to 1926
Overall record: +78 -94 =48 (46.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    D00 A46 D02 A40 D04
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C83 C66 C91 C65 C84
 Four Knights (18) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C91 C84 C88 C86 C87
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D37 D30
 French Defense (5) 
    C12 C11 C01 C14
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A46 D02 D05 A45 A41
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C84 C83 C78 C68 C77
 Sicilian (12) 
    B73 B32 B58 B22 B40
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D37 D30
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C84 C88
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D51 D64 D52 D55
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   O Chajes vs Capablanca, 1916 1-0
   A Kreymborg vs O Chajes, 1911 0-1
   O Chajes vs C Jaffe, 1911 1-0
   O Chajes vs J Perlis, 1911 1-0
   O Chajes vs Capablanca, 1911 1/2-1/2
   O Chajes vs Janowski, 1918 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Quadrangular Masters (1913)
   Rice Memorial (1916)
   New York Masters (1911)
   New York (1918)
   New York Masters (1915)
   American National (1913)
   Havana (1913)
   9th American Chess Congress (1923)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Karlsbad (1911)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1916 (Rice Memorial) by Phony Benoni
   New York 1915 (Masters' Tournament) by Phony Benoni
   New York 1918 by crawfb5
   1911 New York Masters by crawfb5
   Second American National Tournament (NY 1913) by Phony Benoni
   New York 1913 (Rice Chess Club Summer Tournament by Phony Benoni

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OSCAR CHAJES
(born Dec-14-1873, died Feb-28-1928, 54 years old) Austria (citizen of United States of America)

[what is this?]
Oscar Chajes was born in Austria in 1873. After emigrating to the United States he lived first in Chicago, then settled in New York where he became secretary of the Isaac L. Rice Progressive Chess Club. He played in only two major European events, tying for last at both Karlsbad 1911 and Karlsbad 1923. His best tournament result was probably his third place at New York 1916 after Jose Raul Capablanca and David Janowski where he defeated Capablanca in the second round of the finals. This was the Cuban's last defeat in serious play until New York (1924) .

Wikipedia article: Oscar Chajes


 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 221  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs O Chajes 0-127 1905 USA tour simC21 Center Game
2. A W Fox vs O Chajes  1-065 1905 Brooklyn CC-Chicago CCD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. M Goldsmith vs O Chajes  0-157 1909 Western ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
4. O Chajes vs W Widmeyer  1-025 1909 Western ChampionshipC52 Evans Gambit
5. George H Wolbrecht vs O Chajes  1-078 1910 Western ChampionshipC30 King's Gambit Declined
6. L Uedemann vs O Chajes  1-039 1910 Western ChampionshipD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. C Jaffe vs O Chajes  0-183 1911 KarlsbadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. O Chajes vs G Walcott  1-043 1911 New York MastersD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. O Chajes vs Leonhardt  0-153 1911 KarlsbadD00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. O Chajes vs Capablanca  ½-½68 1911 New York MastersD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. O Chajes vs Salwe  ½-½55 1911 KarlsbadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Alekhine vs O Chajes 1-024 1911 KarlsbadA13 English
13. W G Morris vs O Chajes  ½-½32 1911 New York MastersC29 Vienna Gambit
14. R T Black vs O Chajes  0-130 1911 New York MastersD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
15. O Chajes vs Vidmar  ½-½46 1911 KarlsbadD05 Queen's Pawn Game
16. O Chajes vs Levenfish  1-045 1911 KarlsbadC14 French, Classical
17. O Chajes vs E Tennenwurzel  1-043 1911 New York MastersC49 Four Knights
18. Duras vs O Chajes  1-042 1911 KarlsbadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. H Suechting vs O Chajes 1-041 1911 KarlsbadB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
20. O Chajes vs B Kostic 0-134 1911 KarlsbadA20 English
21. P F Johner vs O Chajes  1-039 1911 New York MastersD05 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Nimzowitsch vs O Chajes 1-032 1911 KarlsbadB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. A Ameisen vs O Chajes  1-031 1911 KrakowC39 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Spielmann vs O Chajes 0-146 1911 KarlsbadC26 Vienna
25. O Chajes vs Rotlewi 0-146 1911 KarlsbadD00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 221  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-04-04  kostich in time: According to Kmoch, Chajes was born in Vienna, but spent most of his chess career in New York. He had wins over Capablanca and Nimzowitsch, and played in the great Carsbad Tournaments of 1911 and 1923.
Dec-07-05  vampiero: in his only european tournament, he finished last, but his best performance was at new york in 1916 when he got 3rd and gave capablanca his only defeat of 1914-1924
Aug-22-06  Mibelz: Oscar Chajes was born in Brody, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (now Ukraine).
Dec-20-06  biglo: Hans Kmoch told the story that an inebriated Frank Marshall gave a speech at a meeting held to honour Oscar Chajes. On that day at the Marshall club, Marshall concluded his speech by saying: "I think it is good that the man died, because we couldn't pronounce his name anyway."
Nov-08-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: He won a Three-cornered masters' tournament in New York, July 1919.

1. Chajes 1.5/2
2. Jaffe 1.0/2
3. Kostic 0.5/2

This tournament took place after the Capablanca-Kostic match and before Kostic went to play at Hastings.

Source:
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (I already submitted all the games there)

Oct-03-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: That's the whole story about the pronounciation of Chajes' name told by Hans Kmoch:

<Marshall liked to drink, and although he never got drunk like Alekhine or Stoltz, he did have one too many now and then. On one such occasion, at his own chess club in New York City, he gave a speech at a meeting to honor Oscar Chajes, who had died in 1928. Chajes, who was born under the Austrian monarchy but lived in New York and was a member of the Marshall club, had one of the most often mispronounced names in chess history. It is correctly pronounced KHAH-yes (a form of the Hebrew word for "life"). Réti reported how amusing it was at the Karlsbad tournament of 1923 to hear the wild variety of attempts to get the name right. I had noticed the same thing when Chajes once visited Vienna. It seemed to be especially difficult for English- speakers. On that day at the Marshall club, Marshall concluded his speech by saying: "I think it is good that the man died, because we couldn't pronounce his name anyway.">

Told in "Grandmasters I Have Known" about Marshall - a manuscript which hasn't been published but was owned by Burt Hochberg. That's it: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kmoch...

Jul-24-11
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  Phony Benoni: From the <New York Times>, July 21, 1923:

<Fischer is Eliminated>

Oh, wait, that's a tennis story. Just a minute.

<CHAJES HOME FROM ABROAD
Chess Star to Compete in Masters' Tourney Next Month>

"Oscar Chajes of the Rice-Progressive Chess Club of this city and former State champion, arrived yesterday from Bremen on board the George Washington. He at once declared his intention to enter the masters' tournament in connection with the Ninth American Chess Congress at the Hotel Alamac, Lake Hopatcong, August 6-20.

"Chajes had a wonderful experience at the international tournament at Carlsbad. His only complaint was that he was too well treated to be at his best and therefore did not carry off a prize. However, he defeated such famous players as Reti, Niemzowitsch, Spielmann and Wolf. He also drew his game with Rubinstein."

See: Game Collection: Karlsbad 1923. He must have been <very> well treated.

Aug-12-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: I'd never guessed that his name whould be pronounced in German. I'd assumed Spanish, so the 'j' would be treated quite differently. I probably thought of Spanish because of the Capa game.
Dec-14-11
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  brankat: One of the very few who defeated Capablanca.
Dec-14-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: For the others who beat Capablanca in tournament or match play:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...

May-31-12
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  Phony Benoni: The <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> of May 31, 1915, described him as "The Lion of Second Avenue". Could somebody more familiar with the geography of New York City explain if that implies anything special?
May-31-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: <Phony Benoni> He was long associated with the Rice CC. It was located at Cafe Monopole which, I think, was on 2nd avenue.
May-31-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <Calli> Thanks; that seems simple enough. I think it might have been the Progressive Club who played at the Monopole at the time of the article; Chajes was their secretary. They appear to have merged with the Rice Club after Isaac Rice's death later in the year.
May-31-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: <Oscar Chajes (pronounced "HA-yes") was born on 14 December 1873. Some sources say he was born in the Ukraine while others list his birth place as Austria.>

<1909, won US Open
1911, 2nd in Chicago
1911, 3rd-4th in New York
1911, 23rd-26th in Karlsbad, but won brilliancy prizes for his victories over Tartakower and Perlis. 1913, 5th-6th in New York
1913, 4th-5th in New York
1913, 4th-5th in Havana
1913, 3rd in New York (Quadrangular)
1913, Lost match to David Janowsky in Havana (+0 −2 =1) 1914, 2nd-3rd in New York
1915, 3rd-4th in New York
1916, 3rd in New York (Rice Memorial
1917, Won New York State Championship
1918, 2nd, Rye Beach, N.Y.
1918, 4th in Manhattan Chess Club Championship
1918, Defeated David Janowsky in a match in New York (+7 −5 =10). 1919, 3rd in Troy, N.Y.
1920, Won New York
1920, 1st-2nd in New York
1923, 17th-18th in Karlovy Vary
1923, 7th-8th in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey (9th American Chess Congress) 1923/24, won Manhattan Chess Club Championship
1926, 11th in Chicago
1926, 4th in New York.>

http://tartajubow.blogspot.com/2011...

May-31-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: <Phony Benoni> Yes, the Rice Progressive CC. A tidbit - starting her singing career at the Cafe Monopole about that time was none other than Sophie Tucker. Imagine Oscar coming down from the club rooms into the cafe and saying "Soph, sing me that 'Some of These Days' song. Could've happened!
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