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Milton Loeb Hanauer
M L Hanauer 
Photograph courtesy of Alex Levy  
Number of games in database: 75
Years covered: 1928 to 1952

Overall record: +17 -33 =25 (39.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English, 1 c4 e5 (14) 
    A22 A28 A27 A29 A20
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (5) 
    D24 D27 D26 D23
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E43 E33 E44
 Slav (4) 
    D10 D15 D13 D18
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D64 D55 D51 D50
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C66 C86 C65 C97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   F B Arnold vs M L Hanauer, 1936 0-1
   Chernev vs M L Hanauer, 1938 0-1
   M L Hanauer vs Santasiere, 1939 1-0
   M L Hanauer vs D S Polland, 1936 1-0
   M L Hanauer vs W Adams, 1936 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1936)

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(born Aug-05-1908, died Apr-16-1988, 79 years old) United States of America

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Milton Loeb Hanauer was a public school principal, chess master and Marshall Chess Club official. He is best known for running the New York school competition that became known as the Hanauer League and for writing the book Chess Made Simple. He played on the silver medal winning US team in the 2nd Chess Olympiad at The Hague 1928, qualified for four US Championships, won games from Reuben Fine and Isaac Kashdan, and was Marshall Chess Club champion in 1950-51.

Wikipedia article: Milton Hanauer

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 75  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Nagy vs M L Hanauer  ½-½591928OlympiadC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. R Crepeaux vs M L Hanauer  ½-½241928OlympiadA55 Old Indian, Main line
3. M L Hanauer vs P Frydman  1-0361928OlympiadD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
4. D Marotti vs M L Hanauer  1-0491928OlympiadC66 Ruy Lopez
5. M L Hanauer vs F Reinfeld 1-0231928Marshall CC ChampionshipE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
6. M L Hanauer vs I A Horowitz 0-1301936US ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
7. Denker vs M L Hanauer 1-0421936US ChampionshipD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
8. M L Hanauer vs Fine  0-1571936US ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
9. M L Hanauer vs Factor  0-1561936US ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
10. Kashdan vs M L Hanauer 0-1601936US ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
11. M L Hanauer vs Reshevsky  0-1651936US ChampionshipA28 English
12. Dake vs M L Hanauer  1-0381936US ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. M L Hanauer vs H Steiner  ½-½401936US ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
14. G N Treysman vs M L Hanauer  1-0441936US ChampionshipD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. M L Hanauer vs W Adams  1-0431936US ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
16. Kevitz vs M L Hanauer  ½-½811936US ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
17. M L Hanauer vs Kupchik  ½-½361936US ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
18. M L Hanauer vs A Simonson  0-1511936US ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. S Bernstein vs M L Hanauer  ½-½311936US ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
20. D H Mugridge vs M L Hanauer  1-0291936ACF CongressD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. M L Hanauer vs G N Treysman  1-029193637th ACF Congress. Prelim 3D05 Queen's Pawn Game
22. M L Hanauer vs D S Polland 1-0141936ACF CongressA34 English, Symmetrical
23. F B Arnold vs M L Hanauer 0-151936PhiladelphiaA51 Budapest Gambit
24. Kupchik vs M L Hanauer  ½-½43193637th ACF Congress. FinalA09 Reti Opening
25. M L Hanauer vs Dake  0-151193637th ACF Congress. FinalA07 King's Indian Attack
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 75  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-08-06  SCapp123: He was a cultured and kindly
New York City school principal and generously ran citywide chess competitions for students c. the early 1960s.
Feb-03-09  YoungEd: I used to have his Chess Made Simple book; it wasn't bad.
Sep-22-09  Marvy: He was co-principal of my junior high school JHS 52 in manhattan. A very nice guy. He brought Arthur Bisguier to the school for a simul. That is how I got hooked. RIP Mr. Hanauer
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  HeMateMe: We had Bisguier at Baruch College too, in the 80s.
May-02-10  soulpower74: One of my first chess tournaments I played in was run by Dr. Hanauer when the Manhattan CC was in the Henry Hudson Hotel. Liked a poster above Arthur Bisguier was the first GM I met . Played him in a simul with one of my Wade Chessmen (JHS 117 BX.)teammates Frank Hom.Turns out to be my first experience with the Ruy Lopez.

Ernie Johnson

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  wordfunph: In December 1974, a group of boys and girls from Milan, Italy arrived in New York and expressed a desire to play chess. As a well-known organizer of school chess events, Milton Hanauer arranged an 8-board match, pitting a group of New York students against the Italians. What Mr. Hanauer did not realize until it was too late was that the Italian group had won a trip to the United States by winning the chess championship of Milan! The score was 7-1 for the Italians.

Source: Chess Life & Review 1975

Dec-09-10  Petrosianic: That's pretty amazing, that a mere City Championship would offer an overseas trip for 8 as the first prize. I wonder if CL&R didn't get it wrong, and it was something bigger than that.
Aug-30-11  technical draw: His "Chess Made Simple" was one of my first books.
May-08-13  Bengambit: The book Chess Made Simple is the best book by far for any beginner to learn the game. I love that book.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Milton Loeb Hanauer.
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  HFlew: neat. chess made simple was my first chess book!
May-25-15  Gottschalk: Arnold's compass
Hanauer vs Schoenberg, 1938
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Chess Made Simple is a great book for new players and deserves a place among the classics.
Nov-14-15  zanzibar: He's also notable for winning one of the shortest games on record:

W C Arnold vs M L Hanauer, 1936

I also have <New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962); Mar 29, 1936; pC5> listing him playing in group D for the US Ch, playing taking place at

<Queen's Chess Club, Steuben House, 58-11 39th Ave, Woodside>

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Milton Hanauer.
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