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Edward Friederich Schrader
Number of games in database: 67
Years covered: 1902 to 1919
Overall record: +24 -36 =7 (41.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-31-1877, died Apr-05-1966, 88 years old) Switzerland (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Eduard Friederich (Edward Frederick) Schrader was born in Schwanden, Switzerland, in 1877. He came to the USA in 1891, and established himself as an artist (apparently portrait artist) in St. Louis, Missouri. He won the 6th Western Championship (US Open) in Excelsior, Minnesota in 1905.

Picture in 1914: (standing to the left)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 67  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Friederich Schrader vs Lasker 0-1301902St Louis gameC49 Four Knights
2. Lasker vs E Friederich Schrader 0-1161902Casual gameC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
3. Lasker vs E Friederich Schrader 0-1331902Simul, 7bC53 Giuoco Piano
4. E Friederich Schrader vs M Judd  0-16019034th Western ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
5. E Friederich Schrader vs C M Madsen  1-02619034th Western ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
6. C Medinus vs E Friederich Schrader 1-03219034th Western ChampionshipA20 English
7. E Friederich Schrader vs E P Elliott  0-1321903Western ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
8. W Widmeyer vs E Friederich Schrader  0-13019034th Western ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
9. L Uedemann vs E Friederich Schrader  0-1291903Western ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
10. H Frank vs E Friederich Schrader  0-15219034th Western ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. S P Johnston vs E Friederich Schrader  1-06719034th Western ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. E Friederich Schrader vs Lasker 1-0561904Exhibition GameC49 Four Knights
13. E Friederich Schrader vs S Mlotkowski  0-1521904Western ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
14. E Friederich Schrader vs H Daly  1-0331904Western ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
15. E Friederich Schrader vs M Judd  0-13019047th American Chess CongressC53 Giuoco Piano
16. G Schwietzer vs E Friederich Schrader  ½-½3719047th American Chess CongressD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. E Friederich Schrader vs S Mlotkowski  1-03119047th American Chess CongressC40 King's Knight Opening
18. E Kemeny vs E Friederich Schrader  ½-½3019047th American Chess CongressC13 French
19. E Friederich Schrader vs G Schwietzer  1-04419047th American Chess CongressB20 Sicilian
20. E Shrader vs E Friederich Schrader  0-13719047th American Chess CongressD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. C Jaffe vs E Friederich Schrader  0-14019047th American Chess CongressD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. E Friederich Schrader vs L R Eisenberg  ½-½6119047th American Chess CongressB20 Sicilian
23. E Friederich Schrader vs E Kemeny  0-17419047th American Chess CongressC53 Giuoco Piano
24. E Friederich Schrader vs Marshall  ½-½5119047th American Chess CongressB20 Sicilian
25. L R Eisenberg vs E Friederich Schrader ½-½5319047th American Chess CongressD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  GrahamClayton: 1905 US Open Champion, and 1912 US Open Championship runner-up.
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  Phony Benoni: Also part of a four-way tie for first in the 1914 Western Championshp, but finished last in the play-off.
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  Tabanus: I find no Edward Schrader 1875-1945.

If he lived in St. Louis, the nearest I can find is Edward F. Schrader b. 31 Oct 1877, d. 5 April 1966.

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  Tabanus: Edward Friederich Schrader (1877-1966) did live in St. Louis 1904-1916 (his time span in the City Directory) and 1920 (Census).

I'm pretty sure it must be him. He moved to California in 1921, and there was a "E. F. Schrader" of Compton, CA playing in the 56th US Open (1955). That's either him or his son (Edward F., b. 1910), who had the same name.

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  Tabanus: Syracuse Herald, 21 Nov. 1914, p. 12:

<DEFEAT MARSHALL AT CHESS. D. P. Rhoads, Edward Schrader and A. C. Wood of this city won their games of chess which they played against F. J. Marshall, United States champion, last night. The games were played in the Citizen's club. Frank E. Young and F. P. Hier secured draw games with the champion.>

1915 census for Syracuse Ward 06, Onondaga, New York:

Edward F Schrader, 38, Artist
Lila F Schrader, 34
Howard F Schrader, 7
Edward F Schrader 4
Richard H Schrader, 7/12

1920 census:

Edward Schrader, 43, born in Switzerland, Artist Portrait Co.

Lila Schrader, 29, b. in Illinois
Howard F Schrader, 12
Edward F Schrader, 9, b. in Missouri
Richard K Schrader, 5

in Kossuth Avenue, St Louis Ward 21, St Louis, Missouri.

1930 census:

Clarence P Blackley, 37
Lila F Blackley, 38
Beatrice R Blackley 1 (1 7/12)
Howard F Schrader, 19
Edward F Schrader, 18

in East 97th Street, 259 Los Angeles, California. Edward Sr. is missing here.

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  Tabanus: Some more evidence:

1921: "Artists. .. Schrader E F, 964, 5th rm 214" (San Diego Directory)

1922: <E. F. Schrader of San Diego 7-4> (Calif. Chess Reporter, July 1952, p. 27-28) (on the Calif. Championship)

1925: <E. F. Schrader of Los Angeles, 4-4> (Calif. Chess Reporter, July 1952, p. 28) (Calif. Ch.)

1945: Pan-Am Chess congress in Hollywood, Masters Reserve: <E. F. Schrader 9-7> (

1949: Edw F Schrader and Edw F Schrader Jr USN, 1801 Kay (Compton City Directory) (USN = US Navy)

1954: "Schrader Edw F artist h 1801 Kay .. NEwmrk 2-0108" (Compton City Directory)

1954: Schrader Edw F Jr USN r 1801 Kay .. NEwmrk 2-0108" (there is also Howard Schrader wkr, and Richard Schrader) (Compton City Directory)

<E. F. Schrader, Compton> (Calif. Chess Reporter, July 1955, p. 8) (on the US Open 1955)

Edward Jr. was 44 years old in 1955, and Edward Sr. 78 years old.

1958: Edw Schrader, retired; Edw F Schrader Jr, tech VA Hosp (LB) (Compton City Directory)

This is Edward Friederich Schrader (1877 1966), born in Switzerland, immigrated 1891, and his son Edward Frederick Schrader, born Nov. 3, 1910 in Illinois, died Jul. 13, 1981 in Compton, Los Angeles County.

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  Tabanus: More proof, from his Petition for Naturalization (1925):

Edward Frederick Schrader, b. 31 Oct 1877 in Schwanden, Switzerland. Immigrated to New York Nov 1891 on board "La Bretagne" from Havre, France. Married to Lila F., with children: Howard b. 1907 in St. Louis, Edward b. 1910 in St. Louis, Richard, b. 1914 in Syracuse, NY, and Virginia, b. 1922 in San Diego, CA. Occupation (1925): Portrait artist. Signed in Southern District, Central Division, Los Angeles CA.

So his addresses fit exactly with where he played chess: St. Louis, Syracuse, San Diego, Los Angeles.

The petition of 1925 was denied! On the ground that "My witnesses did not know me continuously for required time". He filed a new petition in Nov 1942 at the Court of Oregon in Portland:

Name Edward Friederich Schrader, b. 31 Oct 1877 in Schwanden, Switzerland, etc. He lists the same family members, but is now divorced from Lila. His last residence is Johannesburg, Transvaal, S. Africa (!) and he entered the US in 1935 from Cape Town, S. Africa. Now lives in Portland, Oregon, as a portrait artist.

Looks like a colorful person. I'll change his bio if no protests.

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  Tabanus: San Francisco Chronicle, 19 March 1899, p. 27:

<The St. Louis Chess Club held its annual meeting a few days ago and elected the following officers for the coming year: President, S. R. Burgess; first vice-president, F. Ogden; second vice-president, A. H. Robins; secretary and treasurer, Ben R. Foster; governing committee, Max Judd, George H. Wolbrecht, Ben R. Foster, <Ed Schrader,> S. Blenenstock, Charles B. McGinnis.> This is the first mention I can find.

US Census 1900 for St. Louis Ward 16, District 0247, Missouri:

Fred Schrader, b. 1855 in Switzerland, Bookeeper. Gusta Schrader, b. 1857 n Switzerland. <Edw Schrader>, b. 1877 in Switzerland, Artist. Eva b. 1885 in Italy, Emile b. 1888 in Switzerland.

So he was an "artist" already in 1900. His employer in 1942 was "Midwest Studios" (WW 2 Draft Reg. Cards).

Here are two seemingly unpubl. games between Schrader and Max Judd in July 1902:

For the record: Edward F Schrader, b. 31 Oct 1877, d. 5 Apr 1966 in Los Angeles (Calif. Death Index).

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  Phony Benoni: <"E. F. Schrader, a former St. Louis expert, and San Diego champion and recently one of the ranking players of the local club, has left for Africa to stay indefinitely,"> -- Los Angeles Times, August 26, 1928, p.19.

Was that the reason for his absence fromt he 1930 census?

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  Tabanus: <PB> That seems *very* likely. He seems to be divorced before 1930 (when Lila has another surname) (census 1930), and came back in 1935 (Petition for Naturalization, Nov. 1942).
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Edward Schrader.
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