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Horace Ransom Bigelow
Number of games in database: 29
Years covered: 1920 to 1929

Overall record: +2 -20 =2 (12.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

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With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (6) 
    B13 B15 B12 B10
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
    D63 D52 D67
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   Lasker vs H R Bigelow, 1926 0-1
   Reshevsky vs H R Bigelow, 1922 1/2-1/2
   H R Bigelow vs Janowski, 1922 1-0

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(born Mar-06-1898, died Apr-18-1980, 82 years old) United States of America

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Horace Ransom Bigelow learned the game in Switzerland, and played chess for Oxford University. His travels included attending a boarding school in Italy, and military service in Ljubljana. As a chess organizer he was involved in one of the greatest of all tournaments, New York (1924), as well as the book on the event. He is given credit in Laskerís Manual of Chess for compiling the index. He was editor for the chess column of the New York Evening Post. In 1928-29, he won the Marshall Chess Club Championship. In 1934, he was the chess editor for Liberty magazine.


Wikipedia article: Horace Bigelow

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 29  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H R Bigelow vs Euwe  0-1251920Bromley B sectionC49 Four Knights
2. H R Bigelow vs Ed. Lasker  0-1261922New YorkD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. H R Bigelow vs Janowski  1-0481922New YorkD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Reshevsky vs H R Bigelow  ½-½521922New YorkE10 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Capablanca vs H R Bigelow 1-0491922Simul, 25bB10 Caro-Kann
6. Kupchik vs H R Bigelow  1-0331923Metropolitan LeagueA46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Ed. Lasker vs H R Bigelow 1-03519239th American Chess CongressB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. H R Bigelow vs Kupchik 0-14119239th American Chess CongressC30 King's Gambit Declined
9. H R Bigelow vs M A Schapiro  0-13019239th American Chess CongressD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
10. O Chajes vs H R Bigelow  1-03319239th American Chess CongressB15 Caro-Kann
11. R T Black vs H R Bigelow 1-01219239th American Chess CongressB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. Marshall vs H R Bigelow  1-05719239th American Chess CongressD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. Alekhine vs H R Bigelow 1-0441923Simul, 35bB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
14. Carlos Torre vs H R Bigelow 1-0281924New York Dimock theme, USAC45 Scotch Game
15. H Koslan vs H R Bigelow  0-1281924City College - Marshall CC mD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
16. Marshall vs H R Bigelow  1-0451924Dimock themeC55 Two Knights Defense
17. Maroczy vs H R Bigelow  1-0221926SimulD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
18. Lasker vs H R Bigelow 0-1191926Simul, 30bC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
19. E Tholfsen vs H R Bigelow  1-0311929Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
20. Alekhine vs H R Bigelow ½-½251929Clock simul, 9bD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
21. H R Bigelow vs Marshall 0-1561929Bradley BeachA27 English, Three Knights System
22. I S Turover vs H R Bigelow  1-0421929Bradley BeachD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. H R Bigelow vs Alekhine 0-1461929Bradley BeachA28 English
24. R Cintron vs H R Bigelow 1-0371929Bradley BeachD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. H R Bigelow vs Kevitz ½-½321929Bradley BeachB02 Alekhine's Defense
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  Phony Benoni: Looking at the picture, I'd bet little Horace's father was a chess player too...
Mar-04-07  Resignation Trap: Why is this American player listed as "United Kingdom" in his short biography?
Mar-04-07  technical draw: Man, this guy has a millionaires name. Maybe he paid Alekhine and Marshall to play him?
Mar-04-07  Resignation Trap: <technical draw> Maybe Reshevsky, too? Bigelow can be seen in this photo: . Bigelow is on the most distant board on the right, playing Edward Lasker .

Bigelow finished last at Bradley Beach, 1929 with a score of 0.5/9.

Mar-04-07  technical draw: Great photo <RT>...Who's the kid, Reshevsky?
Mar-05-07  Resignation Trap: <technical draw> Yes, that's the ten-year old Reshevsky, during the tournament in which he played this game: Janowski vs Reshevsky, 1922 .
Mar-05-07  Resignation Trap: Bigelow was educated at Oxford University, but...

As Garisson Keillor would say "Oh, come on! Who are you trying to fool? You're not from Great Britain. I can tell you're <really> from Minnesota!"

H R Bigelow was born March 6, 1898 (hey, that's tomorrow!) in St. Paul, Minnesota. He died April 18, 1980 in Port Washington, New York.

More information can be found in the New York Times of April 20, 1980 on page 44.

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  Phony Benoni: Figures he's from Minnesota. "H. R. Bigelow" sounds like a Rocky and Bullwinkle character.
Mar-19-07  c o r e: <Phony Benoni> Sid and Marty Croft present: The Adventures of H.R. Bigelow!

Sounds convincing.

May-09-08  biglo: Hmm, they mispelled my surname. My middle name is Handsome not Ransom and I am from the UK. I visited Oxford University once. Wait I'm not really a chess player though! Maybe Resignation Trap is correct!!
Feb-15-10  Mibelz: <Resignation Trap> Dr A.T. Bigelow, not Horace Ransom Bigelow, was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

A.T. Bigelow, the city champion of St. Paul, played several times in the Western Chess Congress, held in Excelsior, Minnesota, USA, in 1901, 1902, 1905, 1907, 1908, and at Chicago 1903.

Feb-15-10  Mibelz: <Resignation Trap> According to Horace Ransom Bigelow, was born in 1898 in St. Paul, MN; died 1980 ; He went to Oxford and later was the Librarian at the New York Athletic Club and he lived at 39 Bayless Ave, Port Washington, L.I., NY.

There were two other chess players: Wesley Bigelow (President of the Manhattan CC), and dr A.T. Bigelow (St. Paul City champion in 1901).

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  GrahamClayton: Bigelow edited a chess column in the New York Post in the early 1940's:

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Horace Ransom Bigelow.

"A Horace is a Horace, of course, of course..."

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  Check It Out: There is only one HR win listed in his games yet the bio says he won the 1928-29 Marshall Chess Club Championship. Those games must be lost in the wind.
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  thegoodanarchist: I think he dated Eustice Winslow Droughtmeyer for a while.

(Of the Connecticut Droughtmeyers, not the Virginia Droughtmeyers. What a scandal THAT would have been!)

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  thegoodanarchist: On a related note, I do have some Bigelow tea in my cupboard.
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  PhilFeeley: There should be more games here, at least from the 1934 win.
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