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A Hodges 
 
Albert Hodges
Number of games in database: 142
Years covered: 1891 to 1923
Overall record: +48 -57 =29 (46.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      8 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C65 C77 C60 C73 C61
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D05 D02 D00 A46
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D52 D55 D53 D51 D60
 Sicilian (6) 
    B73 B40 B45 B32
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D30 D37
 French Defense (5) 
    C12 C11 C14 C13 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C65 C83 C62 C77 C79
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D63 D60 D61 D51
 Ruy Lopez, Open (7) 
    C83 C82 C80
 Sicilian (7) 
    B34 B73 B32 B25 B40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Hodges vs Pillsbury, 1893 1-0
   Chigorin vs A Hodges, 1904 0-1
   A Hodges vs W Ward, 1909 1-0
   A Hodges vs A E Blackmar, 1892 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Showalter - Hodges Rematch (1894)
   Showalter - Hodges (1894)
   1st City Chess Club Tournament (1893)
   New York Masters (1911)
   Rice Memorial (1916)
   Cambridge Springs (1904)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   000 -- 1900 Manhattan CC by crawfb5
   Showalter - Hodges 1894 rematch by crawfb5
   New York 1893 Masters Tournament by crawfb5

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ALBERT HODGES
(born Jul-21-1861, died Feb-03-1944, 82 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]
Albert Beauregard Hodges was Champion of the Manhattan Chess Club in 1893 and 1899. He played in thirteen USA vs Great Britain Cable Matches without losing a game and defeated Jackson Whipps Showalter in a match in 1894 in New York. Immediately after this he announced his retirement from active tournament play because of business commitments, though he continued to participate occasionally for many years.

Wikipedia article: Albert Hodges


 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 142  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Steinitz vs A Hodges 1-017 1891 4th USA Chess AssociationC25 Vienna
2. A Hodges vs A E Blackmar 1-033 1892 Brooklyn-ch corrC14 French, Classical
3. A Hodges vs Lasker 0-159 1892 New York simC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. E Delmar vs A Hodges 0-173 1892 Skaneateles mC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
5. Lasker vs A Hodges 1-042 1892 New York simB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
6. A Hodges vs E Delmar  1-037 1892 Skaneateles mD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. A Hodges vs J M Hanham  1-038 1892 New York NYSCAC11 French
8. Lasker vs A Hodges 0-143 1892 New York simC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
9. A Hodges vs E Delmar  1-038 1892 Skaneateles mD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. E Delmar vs A Hodges  0-138 1892 Skaneateles mC53 Giuoco Piano
11. A Hodges vs Lasker 0-146 1892 New York simD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. E Delmar vs A Hodges  0-152 1892 Skaneateles mA03 Bird's Opening
13. A Hodges vs Pillsbury  1-042 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentC60 Ruy Lopez
14. A Hodges vs J C Halpern  1-051 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. J M Hanham vs A Hodges  1-061 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentC55 Two Knights Defense
16. D G Baird vs A Hodges  1-067 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
17. Albin vs A Hodges  1-016 1893 New York matchC27 Vienna Game
18. A Hodges vs Albin  1-059 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. A Hodges vs Albin  0-131 1893 New York matchC77 Ruy Lopez
20. A Hodges vs E Delmar  1-034 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
21. A Hodges vs Showalter  0-143 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentD00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. J W Baird vs A Hodges  0-126 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentC45 Scotch Game
23. A Ettlinger vs A Hodges  0-147 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentC13 French
24. Showalter vs A Hodges  1-037 1894 Showalter - Hodges RematchC44 King's Pawn Game
25. A Hodges vs Showalter  ½-½67 1894 Showalter - HodgesD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-21-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: Happy birthday Beau. An important figure in American chess and the subject of an upcoming biography by John Hilbert http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2....
Jul-21-08  brankat: Just like master Weiss, born on the same day 4 years earlier, a very talented and promising master, who gave up chess to pursue a career in business. What were these old-timers thinking? ;-)

R.I.P. Master Hodges.

Jul-19-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Here is a link to a game played by Hodges in an 1897 Philadelphia v New York telegraphic match:

http://www.statenislandchessclub.co...

Jul-21-10  BIDMONFA: Albert Hodges

HODGES, Albert
http://www.bidmonfa.com/hodges_albe...
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Jun-07-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: The "Tennessee Morphy".
Jan-01-12  Petrosianic: An interesting story about Hodges, from Chess Review, 6-7/41:

<Hodges is also an expert checker player. On his vacation trips he always looks up the local checker champ. Once he met the champion of New England, played him five agames and won the majority. The checker player asked him who he was. When Hodges told him, the New Englander said:

"No, your name isn't Hodges. I know all the good checker players in the United States but I don't know that name."

"That's quite possible," Hodges replied. "I quit playing checkers before you were born.">

Feb-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: On page 159 of the May-June 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung' is a nice chart of the USA vs Great Britain Cable matches from 1896 to 1911 (no matches from 1904 to 1906). 13 matches with 6 wins for America and 6 wins for Great Britain, additionally a draw in 1901. Both had acquired 64 points in total.

Hodges participated in all 13 matches and scored 9 points!

The chart is useful for anyone wanting to go deeper intoit, as it provides the exact dates and number of games.

May-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: A review of the Hodges book by Hilbert (with a measure of, er, criticism) can be found here:

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/revie...

The newspapers of the day mentioned him as a potential entrant in the 1893 NY Impromptu it, but the hours of play couldn't be rearranged to accomodate him:

<The hours of play for Mr. Delmar, Mr. Ryan and E. N. Olly have been changed in the afternoon to commence at 4 instead of 2 o'clock. [...]

A. B. Hodges wrote to the committee that he desired to enter if the hours could be arranged to suit him; the same hours that have been offered to Mr. Delmar and Mr. Rynam were suggested, but he decided not to enter.>

Sat BDSU-09-30

http://zanchess.wordpress.com/2014/...

It's a bit too bad because Hodges was "peaking" in 1893:

http://www.edochess.ca/players/p947...

http://www.edochess.ca/tournaments/...

May-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Also, apparently Hodges wrote the introduction to the, er, infamous book on chess by Franklin Knowles Young:

<Field Book of Chess Generalship>

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Young had a rather, shall we say, "unique" viewpoint of the battle on the chess board - a viewpoint that borrowed int the extreme from military strategy and tactics.

See the Winter's link above to see exactly what I'm talking about - or get it straight from the horse's mouth:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

(I can't find any online source with Hodges intro - would be interesting to see what he had to say)

May-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <zanzibar> Remember going to a bookstore some forty years ago and spotting a work by Young; it is a good thing that was not the first book on chess I ever read, for it may well have been my last: turgid, nasty stuff.
May-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Agreed on that score, definitely not beginner material. Now it's notable as a curio.

A bit surprising that bookstores were carrying it.

Jul-03-14  ljfyffe: <zanzibar>The criticism of Hilbert's book has to be taken with some salt as the critic wrote for children.
Jul-03-14  ljfyffe: Here's how the Montreal Gazette of 1836 instructs the reader as black to set up a board with his P on a3:< place your pawn on the third square of the queen' rook of your adversary.> Algebraic notation, it's not!
Jul-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <<ljfyffe> <Algebraic notation, it's not!>>

Up with which, I will not put!

* * * * *

<ljfyffe> I take it your comment is a critique of Petersen's critique?

Is take it then that this is the same Glenn Petersen who was a former editor of USCF's CL&R and current editor of <Chess Life for Kids>?

http://www.uschess.org/content/view...

FWI- Bobby Fischer once wrote for kids too -

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Of course, editors are a different kettle of fish!

Jul-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Is take it then that this is the same Glenn Petersen ... ==>

I take it then that this is the same...

(Looks like somebody does need an editor round here!)

Jul-04-14  ljfyffe: <zanzibar> "Bobby Fischer wrote for kids too...." I rest my case! Seriously though, I'm not being that serious.
Jul-05-14  ljfyffe: By the way, my comment is not to be construed in any manner to be a personal attack upon the critic, but rather it's on the suitabiliy of <writing style> pertaining to the subject at hand, ie whether to simplify or delve into detail.
Jul-05-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <ljfyffe> it's been awhile since I read that review. Think I'll give it a re-read.

I'm not entirely clear what your point is though - I'm guessing you think Petersen over-simplified.

I do appreciate your comment - I entirely glossed over the identity of the critic when I referenced the piece. It was interesting to learn a little about the man.

One of the first rules of, er, "informed reading" is to know a little about the writer. I was lazy and just relied on the status of ChessCafe.

* * * *

Returning to the subject of this forum - Albert Hodges - comes this info about a 2nd career he apparently had:

<C.N. 2221 raised the subject of the first chess master to act in a film. We suggested A.B. Hodges (1861-1944), on the basis of the following ‘Hodges in the Movies’ item on page 47 of the February 1918 American Chess Bulletin:

‘Albert B. Hodges, ex-United States chess champion, has made a number of appearances on the screen, notably as a member of the Russian Duma in War Brides, the Police Inspector in The Auction Block, the Coroner in Empty Pockets and the Butler in the new Brenon picture False Faces.’

Can any reader discover information about Hodges’ acting career?

* * *

As regards Albert B. Hodges’ alleged involvement in films in the second decade of the twentieth century, David Picken (Greasby, England) writes:

‘I have searched in the Internet Movie Database and the All Movie Guide database but have found nothing on Hodges, although the four films you mentioned are covered and cast-lists are given. It may be that Hodges was an “extra” or a very small bit part player who would not normally be credited. The films are:

War Brides. Released in 1916 as a short (eight minutes) by Selznick Pictures Corporation and directed by Herbert Brenon. The cast included Alla Nazimova and Richard Barthelmess.

The Auction Block. Released in 1917 and directed by Laurence Trimble.

Empty Pockets. Released in 1918 and directed by Herbert Brenon.

The False Faces. Released in 1919 and directed by Irvin Willat. Brenon appears not to have had a connection with this film.’

(3813)

<Although many of the key details remain elusive, all available information on this aspect of the master’s life is presented on pages 314-315 of an <admirable> new book, Albert Beauregard Hodges (subtitle: The Man Chess Made) by John S. Hilbert and Peter P. Lahde (Jefferson, 2008).>>

Apparently opinion on Hilbert's work differ.

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Jul-05-14  ljfyffe: <zanzibar> First of all, thanks for pointing out the Petersen review. No, what I am suggesting is that writing or editing for children is an art in and of itself that requires judicious simplication. On the other hand, writing about historical events is a different-coloured horse, or perhaps a horse of many colours. De horse has many de tails. What to leave out and what not to. Petersen is annoyed by footnotes. But historical context is important.
Jul-05-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <ljfyffe> Ah, well I'll be a horse's "tail", now I understand.
Jul-06-14  ljfyffe: John Elburg calls Hilbert and Labhde's book a "classic masterpiece".
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