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Leverett Harris Wight
Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1926

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(born Aug-13-1901, died Jul-26-1988, 86 years old) United States of America

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Leverett Wight was born in New York into an artistic family. He started out as an actor, touring with his father Hilliard's "Wight Theater Company". Wight lived in Milford, Iowa (1915), Illinois (1916), Milford again (1917-1918), Kansas City (1924-1926), Farmerville, Louisiana (1930), Chicago (before 1968), Great Bend, Kansas (ca. 1970-1988), and probably also other places.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R M Ballenger vs L H Wight  1-037192627th Western Championship. Prelim BC44 King's Pawn Game
2. L H Wight vs R Scrivener 0-191926Western ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
3. C W Phillips vs L H Wight 1-0331926Western ChampionshipD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
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  Tabanus: Omaha World Herald 25 Aug. 1926 has <H. L. Wight> of Kansas City, and so has Seattle Daily Times 24 & 27 Aug. 1926, and Salt Lake Tribune 25 Aug. 1926. New York Sun 27 Nov. 1926 has <L. H. Wight> of Kansas City.
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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> We may have a possibility on this front.

I'm working on the 1969 US Open now, and who should pop up but <L Wight> from Kansas. No. It couldn't be. No way.

So I started going through USCF rating supplements (I have them up to 1975). He appeared every year, starting in 1969. In 1972, he was revealed as <L H Wight>, then, in 1974, as <Leverett Wight>.

Now, I don't have your genealogical toos, but I did find a partial Social Security death record:

<Leverett H Wight was born on Tuesday, August 13th, 1901 and died on Tuesday, July 26th, 1988 at the age of 86. Leverett is a member of the Wight Family. LEVERETT 's last known place of residence was 67530 (Great Bend, Barton County, Kansas) .>

His social security card was issued in Missouri, which fits the original L. H. Wight. (The orginal USCF rating list in 1950, which was archival, listed <L H Wight> as an inactive player from Kansas City, Missouri.)

Worth looking into? If it is the same person, I think the 43 years between first and second appearances in a US Open would be a record.

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  WannaBe: I heard Leverett is the long lost brother of Orville and Wilbur.
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  Tabanus: Some Wight entries (may be a dead end):

1901: <Male Wight> born 13 Aug 1901 in Manhattan, New York. Certificate Number: 31538. (New York Birth Index)

1915: "<Leverett Wight> ... of St. Joseph's School, at Milford, representing Okoboji township ... was the smallest contestant and upheld the dignity of his township and school splendidly for a little fellow." (Milford Mail 4 March 1915, on the County Spelling contest)

1915: <Leverett Wight>, 11, White, born in New York, mother's birthplace Scotland, father's birthplace Arkansas, lives in Milford, has been 9 months there in private school in 1914, has lived 8 years in Iowa. (Iowa State Census 1915)

1917: "<Leverett Wight> has returned to Milford from Illinois. He has been with his parents, Hillard and Amber Wight who are on the road with the Wight Theater Company. Leverett will have a home here with Rev. E. C. Meyers." (Spirit Lake Beacon, 4 Oct. 1917)

1918: <Leverett Wight> will perform in the senior class play "Jimmie and Aaron" on 10 May at the Columbia Opera House in Milford, Iowa. (The Wilford Mail 9 May 1918)

1920-21: US School Yearbooks report a <L. Wight> and a <E. L. Wight>, both at the Kemper Military School and both living in Boonville, Missouri.

1924: Kansas City Directory has a <Leverett Wight>, "actor r Centropolis Hotel".

1930: <L. H. Wight>, actor, b. ca. 1902 in New York, single, mother's birthplace England, father's birthplace Arkansas, lives in Farmerville, Union, Louisiana.

1970: The Salina Journal (Kansas) 8 Nov. 1970 mentions <L. H. Wight>, Great Bend, "a former master player".

1973: The Salina Journal 25 June 1973 mentions a <L. H. Wight> of Great Bend winning Class B in a tournament in Salina.

1975: <Leverett Wight> played in the "Jaque Mate Magazine" tournament in Havana, Cuba, 17-28 April 1975 (216th place, 5.5/9) (Chess Results) (there is also another entry, but no free preview).

1988: <Leverett H. Wight>, SSN 496-05-0283, Last Residence 67530 Great Bend, Barton, Kansas, USA, born 13 Aug 1901, died 26 July 1988. State (Year) SSN issued: Missouri (Before 1951).

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  Tabanus: FamilySearch has this:

Name Wight. Event Type Birth. Event Date 13 Aug 1901. Event Place Manhattan, New York. Gender Male. Race White. Father's Name Hilliard Wight. Father's Birthplace US. Father's Age 30. Mother's Name Amber Mckevitt Wight. Mother's Birthplace England. Mother's Age 22.

Hilliard Wight:

Obituary in Great Bend Daily Tribune, 6 May 1968:

"Hilliard Wight, 97, died Sunday morning in the Central Kansas Medical Center ... Born Jan 20, 1871 in Sebastian County, Ark., his wife, Amber McKewitt preceded him in death many years ago. A resident of Great Bend since 1964, he was formerly a resident of Kansas City and Ellinwood. He was an actor, author, poet ... He is survived by sons, <L. H. and Melvin George, both of Chicago, Ill.>, one daughter, Mrs Amber Rebein, ... the family suggests memorial contributions to the Civic Theater ..."

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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> It's fitting very well. That 1926 tournament was in Chicago, and after his result (1-9) it might have seemed a good chance for a fresh start in more ways than one.

Interesting that he wound up in the place his father had lived. Inheritance? And right about the age he could have retired anyway.

your magic never fails to amaze me.

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  Tabanus: Evening Star (Washington (DC) 13 Aug. 1944: <Lt. and Mrs. Leverett Wight of Port Republic are in Bridgeport, Conn.>

<PB> Magic or not, I really don't understand this guy.

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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Possibly Port Republic (Virginia? Maryland? New Jersey?) was were he was stationed during World War II, and the family was just vacationing in Bridgeport.

Or maybe the lost years will remain a mystery.

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  Tabanus: "Lt." may mean lieutenant. Or it's a short form of Leverett. And how was he able to play in Cuba in 1975.

Well, I sent a slip. I see no other alternative (than our Leverett).

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  Tabanus: New York Clipper, 7 Aug. 1909:

<Notes from Hilliard Wight's Attractions. - James Wight, who has had a government position at Washington, D. C., for the last four years, will be associated with the above named attractions. Leverett Harris, who has been a feature of "Jones of Arkansas," during the past two seasons, will go to school in the Fall. His place will be filled by his brother, Melvin, who is only four years old.> So now we finally know the full name: Leverett Harris Wight!

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