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Nicolai Gedalia
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1880

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(born Feb-13-1857, died Nov-13-1880, 23 years old) Denmark

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Gedalia vs A Ettlinger 1-0451880USA-05.Congress-BC56 Two Knights

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May-12-13  Karpova: C.N. 8063 about Nicolai Gedalia, the younger son of Baron Gedalia - the "Railway King" of Denmark.

His death was a really tragic affair: He conducted his morning toilet, then a shot was heard and his brother found him dead. Speculations about suicide are deemed less likely, as he had bought the weapon to ward off burglars but the cartridge was defect. They planned to take the gun to a gunsmith that day so it was believed that he may have examined the weapon before bringing it to the gunsmith when the weapon was accidently discharged. (page 331 of 'Turf, Field and Farm', 19 November 1880)


May-13-13  DoctorD: The Wikipedia article seems to imply, but does not state, that he died in Denmark; the chessgames bio states he died in Denmark; but the clipping from the Winter article seems to clearly indicate he died in New York. Or am I mistaken?
May-25-13  Karpova: Olimpiu G. Urcan dedicates one of his "Past Pieces" to Nicolai Gedalia (2013.05.22):

<Nicolai Gedalia, as well as his elder brother Charles, were natives of Denmark and sons of Baron Gedalia, at one time known as the "Railway King" of Denmark and one of the foremost financiers of Europe. Nicolai lived his first nineteen years in Copenhagen, where he was born on February 13, 1857. By 1876, however, the aging Baron's fortune had been lost in railroad stock speculation, and he became bankrupt. Seeking to restore his name and wealth, the Baron brought his family to New York.>

[1878] <Family matters were difficult for the Gedalias as well. By now the Baron had given up on New York, and returned to Copenhagen to try and recoup his fortune. Nicolai, his older brother Charles, and their mother remained in New York, living in a third floor flat on Fifty-eighth Street, near First Avenue.>

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  MissScarlett: His Wikipedia page has been discontinued.
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  zanzibar: Wiki deletion record:

<Expired PROD, concern was: Young stockbroker who committed suicide fails WP:BIO, the article appears to claim notability based on the individual's father, as described by the obituary which is the only source. WP:NOTINHERITED>

Seems that wiki article had little if any info on the chess played by him.

Here is an article by Hilbert with many games, some notated by Gedalia himself:

It was in Urcan's column, though by Hilbert.

Perhaps some of those games could be added by the interested?

PS- The above article is on wayback, and my reading seems to indicate the death almost certainly a suicide vs accident.

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  MissScarlett: The rest is silence.
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