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Murray Marble
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Years covered: 1900

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(born Feb-17-1885, died Feb-17-1919, 34 years old) United States of America

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He was a chess composer.

Last updated: 2016-11-05 13:40:56

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Marble vs Pillsbury 1-0251900Blindfold exhibition (4 games)C78 Ruy Lopez

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  chancho: <I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

~Michelangelo~ >

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  TheFocus: This guy didn't lose all his Marbles when he defeated Pillsbury.
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  MissScarlett: Bummer. Not only dying young, but on one's birthday, to boot. If the dates are right, his age should be 34.

The <ACB>'s obituary:

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Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, Births Registered in the City of Worcester: Murray Marble, born 17 Feb 1885 at 14 Elm Street, father John O. Marble, Physician, mother Helen M. Allen.

1900 census: born Feb 1885 15 (?unclear), lives at home with parents. Occupation: the field is blank.

1910 census: age 25, lives at home with parents, occupation: "None".

WW1 Reg. card (12 Sep 1918): Murray Marble, 16 Murray Ave. Worcester, b. 17 Feb 1885, White, Native born, Unemployed, nearest relative Allen Marble (an older brother), medium height, slender, brown eyes, brown hair, no obvious physical disqualifications.

Massachusetts, Death Index: "1919" (with ref. to vol. 110 p. 372 of Massachusetts Vital Records Index to Deaths)

The Star (Christchurch, New Zealand), 14 June 1919:

<The death of Murray Marble, at his home in Worcester, Mass., U.S.A., on February 17, at the age of thirty-five, is announced by the "Good Companion". As a composer he held a high rank. He composed about 315 problems altogether, and did much to spread the doctrine of beauty and economy about the three-move problem. He was also a briliant task composer in the two-move field. His life was that of an invalid, often with long-continued suffering and weakness.>

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  Tabanus: Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 March 1919, p. 6 also has that he died at home on Feb 17. With a line about that he was a great composer. The Good Companion Chess Problem Club in Philadelphia published the periodical "Good Companion", cf.
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  OhioChessFan: It seems to me that at 12:01 AM the last day of his life, he had turned 34, as opposed to the apparently autmoatic setting generated 33 in the bio. cg.c needs to have a look. If The Star reports he was 35, they either made a mistake in arithmetic or have some other source for his year of birth.
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  OhioChessFan: The military reports no obvious physical disqualifications but The Star reports he was an invalid.
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  MissScarlett: In those days, you needed to have at least one limb missing before failing an army medical.
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  Tabanus: Philadelphia Inquirer, 23 Nov 1919 p. 4:

<The Good Companion Chess Club have inaugurated a most interesting solving tournament, in honor of the late Murray Marble. There are eighty-five entries representing about fifteen different nations of the world. Tournament started October 1 and will run for about four months. Sixty prizes are offered, prizes being reproductions of old Norse chess men. The originals were found on the Isle of Lewis, North of Scotland, in 1831. They were made from walrus tusks and are now lodged in the British Museum. Eighty-two chessmen in all were found and were believed to have been made in Iceland about the twelfth Century. H. G. Kent, of Chicago, at present leads all the solvers, with a perfect score. We understand that Mr. Kent is also leading in the solving tournament of the Public Ledger.>

<Ohio> I noticed that. The form asks, "Has person lost arm, leg, hand, eye, or is he obviously physically disqualified? (Specify.)". And the handwritten answer: "No"

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  alexmagnus: As for the shortness of his life, his siblings were quite short-lived too, 43 and 28. All three died at a younger age than either of the parents (father made it to 81, mother to 53 or 54. Sometimes it happens, a whole generation of short-lived people in a family. Wonder what the respective causes of death were.
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  MissScarlett: The <ACB> obit mentions three brothers, all deceased.
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  Tabanus: His mother died in 1903 and his father in 1920. Then I find and

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