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Harry Fowler Lee
H Fowler Lee 
Chicago, Illinois, 1906.
From the Chicago Daily News negatives collection, SDN-004610
Number of games in database: 35
Years covered: 1881 to 1912
Overall record: +16 -15 =4 (51.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-24-1855, died May-29-1917, 62 years old) United States of America

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Harry Fowler Lee was a prominent figure in Chicago chess circles during the early twentieth century. In the Western Open he finished 2nd in 1908 and 3rd on two other occasions. Lee was editor of the chess column in the Chicago Tribune from 1912-1917, and also served as a tournament referee and secretary of the Western Chess Association.

American Chess Bulletin, July-August 1917, p. 160

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 35  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Fowler Lee vs C H Weightman 1-091881OntarioC37 King's Gambit Accepted
2. L Parke vs H Fowler Lee  1-0281900Correspondence tB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. H Fowler Lee vs C Medinus  0-12219034th Western ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
4. H Fowler Lee vs S P Johnston  ½-½4419034th Western ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
5. M Judd vs H Fowler Lee  1-03819034th Western ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
6. W G Hine vs H Fowler Lee  1-02719034th Western ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. G Simonson vs H Fowler Lee  ½-½441905Manhattan CC-Chicago CCC78 Ruy Lopez
8. Magnus Smith vs H Fowler Lee  0-14019056th Western ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
9. F N Stacy vs H Fowler Lee  0-14119056th Western ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
10. H Fowler Lee vs C W Blake  1-03219056th Western ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
11. H Fowler Lee vs Nathan Cohen  1-02819056th Western ChampionshipA20 English
12. H Fowler Lee vs E Friederich Schrader  1-0411906Western Championship (Final)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. G H Wolbrecht vs H Fowler Lee 0-1291906Western Championship (Final)C30 King's Gambit Declined
14. H Fowler Lee vs C W Blake  ½-½661906Western Championship (Final)A10 English
15. F N Stacy vs H Fowler Lee  ½-½401906Western Championship (Final)C77 Ruy Lopez
16. J C Eppens vs H Fowler Lee  1-0721906Western Championship (Final)C77 Ruy Lopez
17. L Uedemann vs H Fowler Lee 0-1571906Western Championship (Final)C77 Ruy Lopez
18. H Fowler Lee vs Magnus Smith  1-0571906Western Championship (Final)D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
19. G H Wolbrecht vs H Fowler Lee 1-0181906ChicagoB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
20. H Fowler Lee vs Magnus Smith  0-1781906Western Championship (Playoff)A13 English
21. Magnus Smith vs H Fowler Lee  1-0621906Western Championship (Playoff)C77 Ruy Lopez
22. H Fowler Lee vs G H Wolbrecht  0-1471906Western Championship (Playoff)D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. A T Bigelow vs H Fowler Lee  0-14919078th Western ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
24. H Fowler Lee vs E Friederich Schrader  0-15119078th Western ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
25. H Fowler Lee vs E Friederich Schrader  1-04419089th Western Championship. Prelim AC01 French, Exchange
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Dec-15-13  DoctorD: Problems by a H.F. Lee appeared in the 1890 "Canadian Chess Problems" (available online at; one appeared recently in the Chess Problem Database Server as P1141197.

There it is asked whether this H.F. Lee is the same as this one, or as is noted in some collections, Harry Francis Lee. He did live in Canada for some time and directed a chess column in Brantford and the H.F. Lee in the above book is listed from Brantford.

Can a positive ID be made?

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  Phony Benoni: An obituary of the H.F. Lee from Chicago, appearing in the "American Chess Bulletin", July/August 1917, p.160-161, confirms his name as Harry Fowler Lee. It states he had been court reporter for over forty years, but gives no other personal details such as mention of time spent in Canada.

However, the "Canada Law Journal", January 1877, p.27 lists <Harry Fowler lee> as a member of the Junior Class of Law Society of Upper Canada. That would fit well with the profession and time frame mentioned in the ACB obituary.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Harry Lee.
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