|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.
(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: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/kmoch...
|Jul-24-11|| ||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|| ||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.|
|Dec-14-11|| ||TheFocus: For the others who beat Capablanca in tournament or match play:|
|May-31-12|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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.>
|May-31-12|| ||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.|
|Jul-20-15|| ||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.>