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Julius Finn
Number of games in database: 12
Years covered: 1898 to 1907
Overall record: +6 -3 =3 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-28-1871, died Dec-06-1931, 60 years old) United States of America

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Julius Finn was born in Wladyslawowo, Poland*. He was an accomplished amateur player who was one of the strongest players in the United States in the first decade of the twentieth century. He was New York state champion three times and was invited to play in the Cambridge Springs 1904 tournament, but he chose to decline the invitation in order to look after his business interests. After 1910, he largely withdrew from competitive chess, but became known as a sponsor and organizer, serving as president of the New York (1927) tournament.

*Wikipedia article: Władysławowo

Wikipedia article: Julius Finn

Last updated: 2017-07-02 06:00:27

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Finn vs C Nugent 1-0171898NYC Chess Club ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
2. J Finn vs Lasker ½-½511901Exhibition GameC77 Ruy Lopez
3. J Finn vs Lasker 0-1331902Exhibition GameC01 French, Exchange
4. J Mieses vs J Finn 1-0351903New YorkC21 Center Game
5. J Finn vs C Medinus 1-0431905Manhattan CC-Chicago CCB32 Sicilian
6. J Finn vs C Curt  ½-½401905Rice Trophy TournamentB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
7. C Curt vs J Finn  0-1391905Rice Trophy TournamentC00 French Defense
8. J Finn vs E Schallopp ½-½401905New York vs. BerlinC49 Four Knights
9. E Delmar vs J Finn  0-1731907NYSCA Mid-Summer MeetingD00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. J Finn vs H Daly  1-0281907NYSCA Mid-Summer MeetingC42 Petrov Defense
11. Lasker vs J Finn 0-1271907Rice Gambit thematic mC39 King's Gambit Accepted
12. Lasker vs J Finn 1-0361907Rice Gambit thematic mC39 King's Gambit Accepted
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Jun-01-05  WorldChampeen: Another participant posted this article on Finn:
Jun-01-05  woodenbishop: According to, Julius Finn played and won a game against the great Emanuel Lasker... unfortunately, it is not posted in the C.G. database!
Jun-01-05  woodenbishop: Why does not have a single game in which Julius Finn won? This amazing chess master was NY state champion 3 times, and was considered at one time the greatest blindfold chess player (after Pillsbury) in N. America.
Jun-01-05  WorldChampeen: <Mack> I believe posted the original to give credit, I doubt if I ever would have seen the article.
Jun-18-08  DFelter: Last summer I performed some research for Olimpiu Urcan, who has a bio for Finn in the works (with a reasonably sized game collection - many more than the ones here). Hopefully we'll be able to fill this section of the game database in the near future. Here's a link, via a Kenilworthian post, to some of Urcan's work: Maybe I can find that Lasker game, Woodenbishop. I can't remember if it was a Rice Gambit game (he collaborated a lot with Isaac Rice).

Jun-01-09  myschkin: . . .



(like Joe Pesci with a mustache)

Apr-19-10  alfiepa2002: there is also a book about this player
Apr-28-12  Eastfrisian: Another one, I have never heard from.
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  HeMateMe: He was a shark, in a pool of guppies.
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  offramp: I wonder how many chess players there are in the world?

I bet that there's about 600,000,000 people who know the moves.

But how many of them can play with any degree of competency?

Probably about 1%: 6,000,000.

How many of those could play a good, club-standard game?

No more than 3,000,000.

How many of those can speak and read reasonable English?

I'd say about 1,000,000.

How many of those are able to freely spend $60 on a single book?

About 20,000.

And how many of those 20,000 would buy a book about Julius Finn ?

Hard to say. I'd guess about 2.

Oct-07-15  john barleycorn: < offramp: ...

And how many of those 20,000 would buy a book about Julius Finn ?

Hard to say. I'd guess about 2.>

and one of the two has a cashflow problem

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  offramp: <john barleycorn: < offramp: ... And how many of those 20,000 would buy a book about Julius Finn ?

Hard to say. I'd guess about 2.>

and one of the two has a cashflow problem...>

LOL, the author might as well have written the book out in longhand, then read it.

I wonder where it is on Amazon's sales list?

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  TheFocus: If they do buy it, do they just glance at it and toss it back on the shelf, or do they actually sit down and read it until they Finnish?
Oct-07-15  john barleycorn: I am German by birth and not Finnish with reading. hahaha. lol lol lol

hey, <technical flaw> you can buy this one from me for 5 bucks.

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  Domdaniel: <offramp> -- <How many of those could play a good, club-standard game?

No more than 3,000,000. >

Interesting numbers. Last time I checked, I think I was something like the 40,000ndth-rated player in the FIDE list. Not that this is anything to be proud of.

Can I play a good club-standard game? I'm not sure. Sometimes, on a good day, maybe.

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  Domdaniel: There are people - some of them regular posters on this website - who don't really *play* much chess, but are very keen on the history of the game. And who buy books about players like Finn.
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  TheFocus: <Domdaniel> Shhh. You might let my secret out. Some people might think I know how to play chez.

Heck, I can barely speil it.

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  offramp: It is doing better than I thought:

<Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,988,747 in Books..>

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  TheFocus: Just 12 games for this great player?

Happy birthday, Julius Finn.

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  MissScarlett: New-York Daily Tribune, January 30th 1908, p.10:

<Jose R. Capablanca, the best chess player at Columbia, declared yesterday that he would not meet Julius Finn, the state champion, in a match game, as had been announced.

Because of his close attention to his studies Capablanca did not play against Harvard, Yale and Princeton at Christmas, and the Columbia team won without his services. For the same reason, it is learned, he cannot engage in any but informal games now. To oblige a few friends in the Manhattan Chess Club Capablanca had given his consent to meet Finn in a strictly informal encounter. Because of the wrong impression conveyed in the announcement given out the affair has been called off.>

Finn would referee the 1921 world championship match.

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