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Albert Charles Chow
Number of games in database: 59
Years covered: 1979 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2161 (2109 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2263
Overall record: +13 -31 =15 (34.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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A34 English, Symmetrical (5 games)
C34 King's Gambit Accepted (3 games)
B32 Sicilian (3 games)
D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted (2 games)
B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack (2 games)
D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation (2 games)
B44 Sicilian (2 games)
D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (2 games)

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(born Jan-26-1964, 54 years old) United States of America

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Albert Charles Chow is a FIDE Master, Life Master, and former Senior Master. A Chicagoan, he was the co-winner of the 1994 U.S. Open. He won the Illinois Open outright in 1982, 1984, and 1995, and tied for the title in 1985, 1996, 2002, and 2008.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 59  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A C Chow vs E Karklins 0-17197980th US OpenA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
2. Tom MacCormack vs A C Chow  0-143197980th US OpenA10 English
3. Tim Kras vs A C Chow  ½-½321980Palmer House OpenA15 English
4. D Sprenkle vs A C Chow  1-0241982Chicago FuturityC44 King's Pawn Game
5. E Karklins vs A C Chow 1-0301982Midwest Masters InvitationalC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
6. A C Chow vs T Q Miller 1-0371983U of Chicago InternationalB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. A C Chow vs Ljubojevic 0-1271984New York International OpenE15 Queen's Indian
8. A C Chow vs D Sprenkle  ½-½631985Midwest MastersA52 Budapest Gambit
9. Keene vs A C Chow 1-0191985Windy City InternationalA65 Benoni, 6.e4
10. E Schiller vs A C Chow  1-0401986Local TournamentB01 Scandinavian
11. Igor Ivanov vs A C Chow  1-0251986Midwest Masters InvA34 English, Symmetrical
12. E Schiller vs A C Chow  0-1401986International TournamentC11 French
13. E Schiller vs A C Chow  0-1381987Tuley ParkA07 King's Indian Attack
14. D B Gurevich vs A C Chow  ½-½281988Illinois ClassA34 English, Symmetrical
15. L Day vs A C Chow 1-03619882, Oakham HouseC34 King's Gambit Accepted
16. A C Chow vs D B Gurevich  ½-½341988Midwest Masters InvE10 Queen's Pawn Game
17. E Schiller vs A C Chow  0-1851988Illinois ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
18. E Schiller vs A C Chow 1-0161989ChicagoC15 French, Winawer
19. A C Chow vs Dlugy 0-1591989Midwest MastersD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. D B Gurevich vs A C Chow  1-0311989Chicago Chess CenterA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
21. Kudrin vs A C Chow 1-027198990th US OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
22. A C Chow vs L Shamkovich  0-1341990Chicago (USA)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. D B Gurevich vs A C Chow  1-0391990Illinois opE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
24. A Witte vs A C Chow  ½-½441990U.S. MastersD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
25. Shabalov vs A C Chow  1-0301993New York openB32 Sicilian
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Dec-18-04  Lady Annalis: Albert Chow: a Brilliant Teacher and Inpiring Tournament Player right here in Chicago.
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  BishopBerkeley: Chicago, YAY!!

(Welcome, Lady Annalis!)

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

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  Ron: I have spoken with Albert Chow a couple times, at the (now defunct, alas) Chicago Chess Club. I've always found his chess discussion interesting and helpful. He has a weekly chess problem in the Chicago Sun Times--usually taken from a recent game.
Aug-01-05  Knight13: I've played Chow in a simul and he beat me in 32 moves. I've spoken to him, too. He was argueing with 2 experts after the US G/30 championship tournament. I don't know which guy won. But it was fun watching!!
Aug-02-05  Bent Bexley: I once saw Chow take an hour (or close to it) on his first move. Out in the hall, a few players including GM Goldin, were having a laugh about it. Did he think he was David Bronstein?

I think Chow won that game.

Aug-02-05  jcmoral: Well he should've, or else it would have been just silly. :)
Aug-02-05  who: What's the story about Bronstein, and do you have a reference by any chance?
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  TheAlchemist: <Bent Bexley> Did he calculate the game to the end?
Oct-10-05  Bent Bexley: Bent Bexley: <who> and <TheAlchemist> I am sorry for the great delay in responding to your posts. Bronstein once (more then once?) famously took an hour over his first move. I don't know the game or tounament off hand but with a little research you could probably find out the details.

I recall when Bronstein's name was mentioned, Goldin chuckled and said "Bronstein...a philosopher." I am sure he wasn't being derogatory at all.

I have no idea what was going on in Chow's head. <Did he calculate the game to the end?> That wouldn't be quite possible after just 1.e4. ;-)

Apr-27-06  DP12: It was against Boleslavsky in their match and he knew him very well. In particularr, that he was very strong with white so he debated for an hour which move to make. He ended up selecting 1... Nf6 and in a few moves he was worse anyway I guess.
Oct-15-06  sandmanbrig: I just played Chow in a simul yesterday. I drew him with king's indian. He played the samisch variation. I for one have never even played the king's indian before and am only rated 1370. He ended up sacking the exchange thinking he would come out up a pawn. But then realized that i had a tactic to equalize material with a winning endgame. I ended up drawing because it was 2 pawns and a knight and bishop vs. 2 pawns and a rook and knight with the pawns on the h and g files for both black and white.
Oct-15-06  mack: Well done sir. Please upload the game and notify me on my chessforum when it's up, so it can be added to Game Collection: members in action
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  Ron: Well its good to hear that Albert Chow is still playing chess. Chess activity seems to have declined in Chicago, since the end the Chicago Chess Club.
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  patzer2: At is a nice article mentioning how Albert Chow recently provided a strong and instructive simultaneous exhibition for Illinois High School chess players.

An excerpt: <Master Albert Chow came again this year to challenge all comers to a simul. Master Chow's simuls are more than the simple try to beat the master challenge. He uses the opportunity to instruct his challengers as well. The thirty-three challengers didn't fair too well. Only Ben Chan of Hinsdale Central HS played a game worthy of being offered a draw for his effort. He received the prize for the Best Game against the Master.>

Apr-20-09  Dredge Rivers: Chow time! Come and get it!
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  FSR: Regarding long thinks in chess:
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  andrewjsacks: <FSR> Thanks for the link. Very interesting indeed.
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