|Jul-06-04|| ||refutor: Herman Helms is the same player as H Helms |
|Jul-25-05|| ||chancho: The guy who sent Fischer's mother a helpful letter telling her where to take her son to play .|
|Jan-01-08|| ||chancho: I noticed that he died the day after his birthday. (93 years old)|
|Jan-01-08|| ||RookFile: Helms loved to play blitz chess.... or rapid transit chess, as it was called in those days.|
|Jan-05-10|| ||brankat: A very fine Chess journalist and editor. Mr.Helms was at the helm ("-)) of the American Chess Bulletin for 60 years!|
I consider myself fortunate to have the original edition of the great 1924 New York Tournament book edited by Mr.H.Helms.
R.I.P. Mr. Helms.
|Jan-05-11|| ||talisman: happy birthday Mr. Helms. <chancho> has an interesting post on him.|
|Jan-05-11|| ||TheFocus: <brankat><A very fine Chess journalist and editor. Mr.Helms was at the helm ("-)) of the American Chess Bulletin for 60 years!>|
I must say that the early years were better than the later years, which were marked by the most ridiculous annotator I have ever had the displeasure of reading - Anthony Santasiere. Sometimes he would annotate an entire game and you would never know what those annotations had to do with that game. It is if the man was on acid or drunk. And, in the next game you read through, you think, "Oh, yeah! That is some nice annotating!"
|May-04-11|| ||bartonlaos: Eulogy:
Helms' photos through the years:
"Herman Helms, who was Mr. Chess in the USA for more than 70 of his 93 years, started out as a chess enthusiast when Wilhelm Steinitz was world champion. Up until four or five years ago he still competed in the weekly rapid tourneys at the Marshall and Manhattan Chess Clubs in New York and I remember our last encounter in one of those events - where "Mr. Helms" (no one was old enough to call him by his first name) beat me decisively on the white side of a Vienna Game, a variation we had played together many times before.
Despite a chess career which spanned almost a century Mr. Helms never was able to witness the crowning of an American as world champion. If Bobby Fischer ever does reach this goal, however, historians will recall the part Mr. Helms played in providing an initial spark to Bobby's Chess Career. When Bobby was seven years old, his mother tried to place an ad in the Brooklyn Eagle, encouraging children of Bobby's age to come and play chess with him. The ad was rejected by the paper because the editors did not know how to classify it! They turned Mrs. Fischer's letter over to Mr. Helms, who had been chess editor of the Brooklyn Eagle for almost 60 years. Let it be known that Mr. Helms' reply was as courteous and sincere as it would have been if he had been addressing a world champion; these qualities were just a few of those that endeared him to everyone."
- US Master Eliot Hearst, Feb. 1963
|Jan-05-12|| ||BIDMONFA: Hermann Helms|
|Jan-05-12|| ||brankat: "The Dean of the American Chess" indeed!
He certainly had F.Marshall's number (4-0)!
|Mar-04-12|| ||FSR: <brankat: ... He certainly had F.Marshall's number (4-0)!>|
In their last game Marshall boldly played the Exchange Variation against Helms' Slav - and <still> lost. Marshall vs H Helms, 1925 Of course, I wouldn't be shocked if Marshall had some wins against Helms that aren't in the database.
|Mar-04-12|| ||waustad: <Of course, I wouldn't be shocked if Marshall had some wins against Helms that aren't in the database.> Exactly my thought.|
|Mar-04-12|| ||Peligroso Patzer: <FSR: <brankat: ... He certainly had F.Marshall's number (4-0)!>>|
<In their last game Marshall boldly played the Exchange Variation against Helms' Slav - and <still> lost. Marshall vs H Helms, 1925 Of course, I wouldn't be shocked if Marshall had some wins against Helms that aren't in the database.>
ChessBase's Big Database 2012 has two games between them, one being the same game won by Helms linked above, and the other being the following win by Marshall:
[Event "New York Metropolitan tt"]
[Site "New York"]
[White "Marshall, Frank James"]
[Black "Helms, Hermann"]
1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4 3. c3 d5 4. exd5 Nf6 5. Bb5+ c6 6. dxc6 bxc6 7. Bc4 Bc5 8.
Qe2+ Qe7 9. Qxe7+ Kxe7 10. Nf3 dxc3 11. Nxc3 Re8 12. O-O h6 13. Bf4 Kf8 14.
Rac1 Nbd7 15. Na4 Bb6 16. Nxb6 axb6 17. Nd4 Ba6 18. Bxa6 Rxa6 19. Nxc6 Rxa2 20.
Bd6+ Kg8 21. Ba3 Nd5 22. Rfd1 N7f6 23. Nd4 Ra8 24. Rc6 Kh7 25. h3 Ra5 26. Nb3
Rb5 27. Nd4 Ra5 28. Nb3 Rb5 29. Nd4 Ra5 30. Rc8 Ra4 31. Rf8 Kg6 32. Nb5 Ra5 33.
Nd4 b5 34. Nc6 Ra6 35. Ne5+ Kf5 36. Nd3 Ra7 37. Rb8 Ra5 38. Rb7 Kg6 39. Ne5+
Kh7 40. Nc6 Ra6 41. Nb8 Ra5 42. Nd7 b4 43. Nxf6+ gxf6 44. Bxb4 Nxb4 45. Rxb4
Ra1 46. Rxa1 Rxa1+ 47. Kh2 f5 48. Kg3 Kg6 49. Kf3 Re1 50. Rc4 h5 51. g3 Re6 52.
h4 Re1 53. Rc2 Re4 54. Rc3 Kf6 55. b3 Kg6 56. Re3 Rb4 57. Ke2 f4 58. Rf3 fxg3
59. fxg3 f5 60. Kd2 Kf6 61. Kc3 Rg4 62. b4 Ke5 63. b5 Ke6 64. Kc2 Ke5 65. Rb3
f4 66. b6 Rg8 67. Rb5+ Ke4 68. Rb4+ Ke5 69. gxf4+ Kf5 70. b7 Rb8 71. Kb3 Kg4
72. f5+ Kxf5 73. Ka4 1-0
|Mar-04-12|| ||Peligroso Patzer: <RookFile: Helms loved to play blitz chess.... or rapid transit chess, as it was called in those days.>|
Such as H Helms vs O Tenner, 1942, featured as today's GotD.
|Jan-05-14|| ||brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Helms.|
|May-17-14|| ||ljfyffe: I. Ryall-H. Helms(Correspondence 1895): 1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nc6 3c3 Nf6 4d4 Nxe4 5d5 Bc5 6dxc6 Bxf2+ 7Ke2 d5 8cxb7 Bxb7 9Qa4+ c6 10Nbd2 f5 11Nxe4 fxe4 12Kxf2 0-0 13Be3 exf3 14g3 Qd6 15b4 d4 16cxd4 exd4 17Qb3+ Kh8 18Bd2 a5 19bxa5 Rab8 20Rb1 Ba8 21Qc2 Rbe8 22Re1 c5 23Rxe8 Rxe8 24Qf5 Be4 25Qf7 Qc6 26Qb3 Bd5 27Qb5 Qxb5 28Bxb5 Rc8 29Re1 Kg8 30Re8+ Rxe8 31Bxe8 g6 32Bd7 h5 33a6 c4 34Bc8 c3 35Be1 1-0|
|Jan-23-15|| ||zanzibar: Another article with some biographical data:
<Helms’ greatest skill, however, was as a chess writer and organizer.
<From 1893 to 1955—an incredible span of 62 years—Helms was chess editor of the Brooklyn Eagle.>
<He also founded the American Chess Bulletin in 1904, which he published until his death in 1963.>
<As an organizer, he helped to coordinate the tournaments of New York 1924 and 1927, both of which were major grandmaster events, and edited the tournament books for both.>
The USCF proclaimed him “Dean of American Chess” in 1943, and is considered one of the greatest—if not the greatest—chess journalists in history.>
|Apr-07-15|| ||zanzibar: Submitted a photograph of him to <CG>.|
|Apr-08-15|| ||MissScarlett: I've only skimmed the surface, but his pieces in the <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> are consistently excellent. There's nothing perfunctory about his reporting; he actually seems to have more interest in the local chess scene than the major international events, albeit New York wasn't exactly a backwater.|
|Apr-08-15|| ||zanzibar: In <The Steinitz Papers: Letters and Documents of the First World Chess Champion By William Steinitz - p290, McFarland (2002)> is found a section entry on Hermann Helms which must have been penned by someone other than Steinitz:|
<Actually, Helms was the bridge between Steinitz and the next generation. As a youngster he played Steinitz and came to his help later when needed. It was Helm, according to John Collines, with whom he was friendly, who introduced Steinitz to the women who may have been, or lived with him as, his second wife. It was Helms, who, together with Dr. Cohn, helped Steinitz to leave the asymlum, at least temporarily. He died at 93, one day after his birthday.>
It appears that the arithmetic in the bio is "off" for Helms age at the time of his death.
|Apr-08-15|| ||TheFocus: The perfect man to steer the ship.|
|Apr-09-15|| ||zanzibar: Indeed.
I should have included the first preceding paragraph from <The Steinitz Papers> writeup:
<HELMS, HERMAN (1870-1963). Born in Brooklyn and educated in Nova Scotia, he returned to Brooklyn in 1889. He learned chess in school and was often referred to as the dean of American chess. His career as a player and a writer ran for more than 70 years. His column at the Brooklyn Eagle started in 1893 and continued at that paper until it ceased publication. His weekly column appeared in the New York World Telegram and the Sun, and he often wrote for the New York Times. He also edited the American Chess Bulletin.
Actually, Helms was the bridge [...]>
To not mention his long term at the (*cough*, *cough*) helm of the BDE chess column is a grievous omission.
Could some editor please remedy this. The importance of both paper and writer to American chess history is otherwise done a disservice.
|Apr-09-15|| ||morfishine: I thought Koltanowski was the "Dean of American Chess"...maybe there's more than 1 Dean|
|Apr-09-15|| ||zanzibar: Ha, Koltanowski was still in diapers when Helms was first appointed. |
BTW- Wiki flatly states, re: Koltanowski: <He was appointed as the "Dean of American Chess".>.
Does anybody know *who* appointed him?
|Apr-11-15|| ||MissScarlett: <'The dean of chess in America for several generationa', writes the American Chess Bulletin of Shipley, on the sad occasion of his death in 1942.>|