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Oscar Chajes
Number of games in database: 226
Years covered: 1905 to 1926
Overall record: +81 -96 =48 (46.7%)*
   * 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.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    D00 A46 D02 A40 D04
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C83 C91 C66 C84 C65
 Four Knights (19) 
    C48 C49 C47
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C91 C84 C88 C86 C87
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D37 D30
 French Defense (5) 
    C12 C11 C14 C01
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A46 D02 A45 D05 A41
 Ruy Lopez (23) 
    C84 C83 C78 C68 C77
 Sicilian (12) 
    B73 B32 B58 B22 B57
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D37 D30
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C84 C88
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D51 D55 D64 D52
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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 Tartakower, 1911 1-0
   O Chajes vs J Perlis, 1911 1-0
   O Chajes vs C Jaffe, 1913 1-0
   O Chajes vs Capablanca, 1911 1/2-1/2
   O Chajes vs J S Morrison, 1918 1-0
   O Chajes vs Janowski, 1918 1-0
   J Grommer vs O Chajes, 1913 0-1

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chajes v Janowski Match by Chessical
   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
   Rice CC Summer Masters Tourn. (New York 1913) by Phony Benoni

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(born Dec-14-1873, died Feb-28-1928, 54 years old) Austria (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Oscar Chajes was born in Austria in 1873. After emigrating to the United States in 1904 he lived first in Chicago, then settled in New York where he became secretary of the Isaac L. Rice Progressive Chess Club. He was champion at different times of New York State, Illinois and the Western Chess Association. 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 Masters (1915) after Jose Raul Capablanca and David Janowski. He defeated Capablanca in the second round of the finals - Rice Memorial (1916) . This was the Cuban's last defeat in serious play until New York (1924).

He also defeated Janowski in a match in 1918 - Chajes - Janowski (1918)

After this unexpected victory he challenged Marshall to a match (but they could not agree terms).

Wikipedia article: Oscar Chajes

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 226  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. A W Fox vs O Chajes  1-065 1905 Brooklyn CC-Chicago CCD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Lasker vs O Chajes 0-127 1905 USA tour simC21 Center Game
3. O Chajes vs W Widmeyer  1-026 1909 Western ChampionshipC52 Evans Gambit
4. M Goldsmith vs O Chajes  0-157 1909 Western ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
5. G 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. O Chajes vs P F Johner  0-155 1911 KarlsbadC50 Giuoco Piano
8. A Rabinovich vs O Chajes  0-150 1911 KarlsbadB40 Sicilian
9. O Chajes vs Tartakower 1-050 1911 KarlsbadA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. O Chajes vs J Perlis 1-039 1911 KarlsbadD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. M Smith vs O Chajes  0-136 1911 New York MastersB58 Sicilian
12. Rubinstein vs O Chajes 1-063 1911 KarlsbadD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. A Kreymborg vs O Chajes 0-151 1911 New York MastersB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
14. Alapin vs O Chajes  ½-½53 1911 KarlsbadB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
15. O Chajes vs Fahrni  0-164 1911 KarlsbadA40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A Hodges vs O Chajes  ½-½82 1911 New York MastersD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. Marshall vs O Chajes 1-037 1911 KarlsbadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. C Jaffe vs O Chajes  0-183 1911 KarlsbadD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. O Chajes vs G Walcott  1-043 1911 New York MastersD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. O Chajes vs Leonhardt  0-153 1911 KarlsbadD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. O Chajes vs Capablanca  ½-½68 1911 New York MastersD00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. O Chajes vs Salwe  ½-½55 1911 KarlsbadD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Alekhine vs O Chajes 1-024 1911 KarlsbadA13 English
24. W G Morris vs O Chajes  ½-½32 1911 New York MastersC29 Vienna Gambit
25. R T Black vs O Chajes  0-130 1911 New York MastersD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
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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  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: (I already submitted all the games there)

Oct-03-08  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:

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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.

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.

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  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  brankat: One of the very few who defeated Capablanca.
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  TheFocus: For the others who beat Capablanca in tournament or match play:

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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?
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  Calli: <Phony Benoni> He was long associated with the Rice CC. It was located at Cafe Monopole which, I think, was on 2nd avenue.
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  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.
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  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.>

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  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!
Nov-05-14  ljfyffe: "Oscar Chajes was born on December 14, 1873, in Lwow, Glacia, in what was referred to as Austrian Poland .....As a young man he studied medicine at the University of Vienna, near the home of his uncle, Rabbi Chajes. In 1904, the then thirty-year-old Charjes emigrated to the United States, where in 1910 he would take United States citizenship." John Hilbert, Writings In Chess History, 2012.
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  Chessical: <Demise of Oscar Chajes.>

Oscar Chajes, for many years financial secretary of the I. L. Rice Progressive Chess Club of this city, of which he has held the championship in addition to being champion at different times of New York State, Illinois and the Western Chess Association, died early Tuesday at Bellevue Hospital in his 55th year.

He had only recently been convalescing from an illness and was found Monday unconscious in his room at 15 E.21st st., Manhattan. He died without regaining consciousness. The burial took place yesterday afternoon from the Alport Funeral Chapel, 216 Lenox Ave., Manhattan, with representatives of the leading chess clubs in attendance. The internment was in the plot of the Abraham Goldfader Mutual Benefit Association at the Riverside Cemetery, Rochelle Park, N. J.

Chajes was born in the city of Brody, Galicia, Austrian Poland, but had been a resident of this country since 1904 and a citizen since 1910. Abroad he studied medicine at the University of Vienna, where an uncle of his, Rabbi Chajes, died recently. He won the Western championship in 1909, and he was a participant in the international tournaments at Carlsbad in 1911 and 1923. When champion in the Manhattan Chess Club in 1918, Chajes defeated David Janowski in a match by 7 to 3, with 10 draws. Chajes was the only one of 14 competitors able to win a game from Jose R. Capablanca in the Rice-Memorial Tournament in 1916, in which he won third prize.

<Source: The Brookyln Daily Eagle, March 1st 1928, section A7.>

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