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Stasch Mlotkowski
Number of games in database: 57
Years covered: 1901 to 1936
Overall record: +20 -24 =13 (46.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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(born Mar-10-1881, died Aug-16-1943, 62 years old) United States of America

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Stasch Mlotkowski was born in Clifton Heights, New Jersey in 1881. He finished first in the 5th Western Chess Association championship at St. Louis 1904, and in 1923 tied for 1st with Norman Tweed Whitaker in the 24th Western Chess Association championship, held in San Francisco. He won the 3rd California State Championship title for being the top Californian in the Western Chess Association tournament. He died in New Jersey in 1943.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 57  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Pillsbury vs S Mlotkowski  ½-½32 1901 Simultaneous exhibitionC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. S Mlotkowski vs L R Eisenberg  0-135 1904 7th American Chess CongressB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Marshall vs S Mlotkowski  ½-½57 1904 7th American Chess CongressC21 Center Game
4. S Mlotkowski vs C Jaffe  0-152 1904 7th American Chess CongressC25 Vienna
5. E F Schrader vs S Mlotkowski  0-152 1904 Western ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
6. W Widmeyer vs S Mlotkowski  0-123 1904 Western ChampionshipC40 King's Knight Opening
7. L Uedemann vs S Mlotkowski  1-026 1904 7th American Chess CongressC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
8. S Mlotkowski vs M Judd  0-143 1904 7th American Chess CongressC51 Evans Gambit
9. E F Schrader vs S Mlotkowski  1-031 1904 7th American Chess CongressC40 King's Knight Opening
10. S Mlotkowski vs D Terker  1-023 1904 Western ChampionshipC51 Evans Gambit
11. G Schwietzer vs S Mlotkowski 0-158 1904 7th American Chess CongressD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. S Mlotkowski vs E Shrader 1-018 1904 7th American Chess CongressC52 Evans Gambit
13. E Kemeny vs S Mlotkowski  1-053 1904 7th American Chess CongressC40 King's Knight Opening
14. S Mlotkowski vs Marshall  ½-½42 1904 7th American Chess CongressB40 Sicilian
15. S Mlotkowski vs W Cohn 1-033 1909 Manhattan CC-Franklin CCC41 Philidor Defense
16. S Mlotkowski vs E G Sergeant  0-162 1909 11th Anglo-American Cable MatchC44 King's Pawn Game
17. Lasker vs S Mlotkowski 0-158 1910 Washington simC67 Ruy Lopez
18. Marshall vs S Mlotkowski 1-021 1913 freeC21 Center Game
19. S Mlotkowski vs Deacon 1-012 1913 Philadelphia -C41 Philidor Defense
20. S Mlotkowski vs W Lovegrove  1-023 1914 Los Angeles (USA)C52 Evans Gambit
21. S Mlotkowski vs E W Gruer ½-½36 1916 San Fran-Southern Cal telegraph matchC51 Evans Gambit
22. E W Gruer vs S Mlotkowski  1-038 1917 Off-hand GameA43 Old Benoni
23. M W Testa vs S Mlotkowski 1-040 1917 Los Angeles MatchC37 King's Gambit Accepted
24. E W Gruer vs S Mlotkowski  ½-½27 1917 Off-hand GameD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. S Mlotkowski vs E W Gruer  1-058 1917 Off-hand GameB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
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Sep-24-07  Resignation Trap: Mlotkowski can be seen in this photograph from Bradley Beach 1928, standing, far right: .

If you can read Polish, here is some more information on him: .

Jun-12-10  jerseybob: Resignation: Great photo, but too bad this data base contains NONE of the games from the event.
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  Benzol: I found the stasch!
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  Chessical: From

The original article is in Polish and is based on John S. Hilbert "Polish-American Chess"


"Around 1970, "The Pennswoodpusher", official organ of the chess federation state of Pennsylvania published a series of memories by E. Raymond Glover, one of which was devoted to Stas"

"Mlotkowski had a special character, but he was a great player despite aserious defect with his hearing. He lived in a terribly messy room in Mickel Street in Camden (NJ, 08105), adjacent to the historic neighbourhood of the poet Walter Whitman. ... his bed was littered with empty bottles of ketchup, the room was full of beverage containers ".

Members of the club gave him many pieces of clothing to make him "smarter-looking" but Mlotkowski always able to mix up clothes, for example, once wearing a green jacket, brown pants and a purple tie...

"He constantly smoked cigarettes" - continued Glover ... I could always tell when my move was good, because then he developed a tic, and sometimes he even stood up and paced around the chessboard, to which he returned only when he had calmed down and I was able to concentrate. "

...Mlotkowski was a strong chess player. Chess historian Walter Korn wrote in "America's Chess Heritage" that Mlotkowski provided many pieces of analysis to P.M Sergeant for his book "Morphy's Games of Chess". (A few improvements Mlotkowski can also be found in the footnotes to the book "Charousek's Games of Chess" by the same author).

When Stas was 42 years he shared the first place with his friend NT Whitaker in the US Open (or at least its predecessor) in San Francisco in 1923.

Mlotkowski at that time lived on the West Coast in California...Soon after the tournament in San Francisco Mlotkowski had the dubious pleasure of identifying Whitaker's handwriting in a trial before the Federal Court in Los Angeles, which ended in a conviction of the latter to prison for taking a stolen car. Even then and later, when Whitaker was in the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth (Kansas state), their friendship survived."

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  MissScarlett: I found the score of a simul victory by Mlotkowski over Capablanca in a 1917 newspaper column, but it doesn't give a location or date beyond 'some time ago'. It appears Mlotkowski moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles around 1914. Looking at Capa's simul record, the most likely candidate to my mind is San Diego, 15 April 1916 ( but it's possible the 'some time ago' relates to years and not months. Your help requested!
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  chancho: Courtesy of <ljfyffe>:

<Saturday, October 22, 1910, Capablanca faced nineteen opponents at the Franklin. The future world champion finished the evening with a record of 15-2, with 2 draws. Stasch Mlotkowski, then Pennsylvania State Champion, was one of the Cuban's conquerors, wbile Shipley managed one of the draws>

Jose Raul Capablanca (kibitz #6279)

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  MissScarlett: Thank you. I see now that Caparros has the game.
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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett> <Thank you. I see now that Caparros has the game.>

I'm still not going to post anything more from Caparros.

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  MissScarlett: The game scores are fine; the game data is not to be trusted. It's like Caparros spent ten years collecting the games, but only ten days compiling the book. I know there's a 1994 'revised second edition', but I don't know whether that just means more games or some of the mistakes have been corrected, as well.
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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett><The game scores are fine; the game data is not to be trusted.>

You are right.

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