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Hermann Helms
Number of games in database: 23
Years covered: 1893 to 1945
Overall record: +13 -8 =2 (60.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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HERMANN HELMS
(born Jan-05-1870, died Jan-06-1963) United States of America

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Hermann Helms was known as 'The Dean of American Chess.' He was a chess journalist and editor of the American Chess Bulletin from 1904 until his death in 1963. He also edited the tournament book of New York 1924.

Wikipedia article: Hermann Helms


 page 1 of 1; 23 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs H Helms 1-055 1893 USA tour simC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. H Helms vs H N Stone  1-040 1894 Continental TournamentC51 Evans Gambit
3. Lasker vs H Helms 1-018 1894 New York simC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
4. I Ryall vs H Helms 1-035 1894 Continental Correspondence TournamentC44 King's Pawn Game
5. E Delmar vs H Helms 0-132 1894 BuffaloA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
6. WC Cochran vs H Helms  ½-½46 1895 Continental Correspondence TournamentC44 King's Pawn Game
7. E Delmar vs H Helms  0-159 1895 Brooklyn CC-chD00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. McCutcheon vs H Helms  1-044 1895 Continental Correspondence TournamentC67 Ruy Lopez
9. H Helms vs Marshall 1-034 1897 SimulD00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Marshall vs H Helms 0-133 1897 Ch CityC44 King's Pawn Game
11. H Helms vs Marshall 1-019 1897 Ch CityA80 Dutch
12. H Helms vs E M Jackson 0-143 1897 2nd Anglo-American Cable MatchC60 Ruy Lopez
13. R B Lloyd vs H Helms  0-136 1900 3rd Pillsbury Chess AssociationD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. T B Girdlestone vs H Helms  0-135 1902 7th Anglo-American Cable MatchD00 Queen's Pawn Game
15. H Helms vs G A Hooke  1-061 1903 8th Anglo-American Cable MatchA84 Dutch
16. H Helms vs O Overton  1-033 1903 corrD00 Queen's Pawn Game
17. T F Lawrence vs H Helms  ½-½60 1908 10th Anglo-American Cable MatchC48 Four Knights
18. R P Michell vs H Helms  1-066 1909 11th Anglo-American Cable MatchC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
19. Smyth vs H Helms 0-123 1915 NewYorkA80 Dutch
20. Marshall vs H Helms  0-163 1925 New YorkD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
21. H Helms vs O Tenner 1-013 1942 New YorkC51 Evans Gambit
22. Fine vs H Helms 1-022 1945 Simultan (blind), New York (USA)C83 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. Fine vs H Helms  1-047 1945 Blindfold rapid, NYE72 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-06-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  refutor: Herman Helms is the same player as H Helms
Jul-25-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: The guy who sent Fischer's mother a helpful letter telling her where to take her son to play .
Jan-01-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  talisman: happy birthday Mr. Helms. <chancho> has an interesting post on him.
Jan-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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:
1. http://www.freeimagehosting.net/upl...

2. http://www.freeimagehosting.net/upl...

3. http://www.freeimagehosting.net/upl...

"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

Historic letter:
http://www.freeimagehosting.net/upl...

Jan-05-12  BIDMONFA: Hermann Helms

HELMS, Hermann
http://www.bidmonfa.com/helms_herma...
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Jan-05-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: "The Dean of the American Chess" indeed!
He certainly had F.Marshall's number (4-0)!

R.I.P. Mr.Helms.

Mar-04-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
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  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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"]
[Date "1922.02.04"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Marshall, Frank James"]
[Black "Helms, Hermann"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C21"]
[PlyCount "145"]
[EventDate "1922.03.??"]
[EventType "team-match"]
[EventRounds "11"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2002.11.25"]

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
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