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George H Wolbrecht
  
Number of games in database: 31
Years covered: 1906 to 1914
Overall record: +19 -11 =1 (62.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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GEORGE H WOLBRECHT
(born 1870, died 1929, 58 years old) United States of America

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During a 4 month visit to Panama in 1908, he helped to popularize chess with the locals.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 31  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Smith vs G H Wolbrecht  1-0281906Western ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
2. G H Wolbrecht vs H Fowler Lee  0-1291906Western Championship (Final)C30 King's Gambit Declined
3. G H Wolbrecht vs E F Schrader  1-0591906Western Championship (Final)C42 Petrov Defense
4. G H Wolbrecht vs J C Eppens  1-0461906Western Championship (Final)C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
5. G H Wolbrecht vs C W Blake 1-0371906Western Championship (Final)C78 Ruy Lopez
6. F N Stacy vs G H Wolbrecht  0-1471906Western Championship (Final)C42 Petrov Defense
7. L Uedemann vs G H Wolbrecht 0-1411906Chicago Western CongressA00 Uncommon Opening
8. G H Wolbrecht vs H Fowler Lee 1-0181906ChicagoB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. M Smith vs G H Wolbrecht  1-0531906Western Championship (Playoff)C77 Ruy Lopez
10. G H Wolbrecht vs M Smith  1-0391906Western Championship (Playoff)D63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. H Fowler Lee vs G H Wolbrecht  0-1471906Western Championship (Playoff)D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. G H Wolbrecht vs M Smith  1-0861906Western Championship (Playoff)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. H H Holmes vs G H Wolbrecht ½-½4419079th Anglo-American Cable MatchD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. A T Bigelow vs G H Wolbrecht 0-1271907Western ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
15. C W Blake vs G H Wolbrecht  1-0291907Western ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
16. G H Wolbrecht vs R J Spencer 0-1251907Western ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. G H Wolbrecht vs R P Michell  1-041190810th Anglo-American Cable MatchC38 King's Gambit Accepted
18. G H Wolbrecht vs E P Elliott  1-0351909Western ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. C W Blake vs G H Wolbrecht  1-0301909Western ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
20. J F Cross vs G H Wolbrecht  0-1171909Western ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
21. L Uedemann vs G H Wolbrecht  1-0571909Western ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
22. Capablanca vs G H Wolbrecht 1-0291909Casual gameC42 Petrov Defense
23. G H Wolbrecht vs Yates 0-156191012th Anglo-American Cable MatchC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. G H Wolbrecht vs O Chajes  1-0781910Western ChampionshipC30 King's Gambit Declined
25. G H Wolbrecht vs H Fowler Lee  0-1491910Western ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
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May-10-05  WorldChampeen: I just sat through a net lecture, the little known game between Capablanca (White) Vs. Wolbrecht (Black) in St. Louis; a friendly game;

Now, some exteraneous moves are tossed in at the end; so I got the pgn and as close as possible; I separate the last ending move; because it looks lost if you are involved in it; the psychological impact of a sacrifice;

[Event "Friendly game"]
[Site "St. Louis"]
[Date "1909"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Capa"]
[Black "Wolbrecht"]
[ECO "C42"]

Actually, took place in St. Louis in 1909: Petroff's Defence

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.O-O Bg4 8.Re1 f5 9.c4 c6 10.Nc3 O-O 11.cxd5 Bxh2+ 12.Kxh2 Nxf2 13.Qe2 Nxd3 14.Qxd3 Bxf3 15.Bg5 Qxg5 16.Qxf3 Qh4+ 17.Qh3 Qxd4 18.Rad1 Qf4+ 19.Kg1 Qd6 20.Re6 Qc5+ 21.Kh1 cxd5 22.Rxd5 Qf2 23.Re7 Qf1+ 24.Kh2 Qf4+ 25.Qg3 Qh6+ 26.Kg1 Nc6 27.Rxb7 Rae8 28.Rdd7 g6 29.Qg5

Now, with move 29: Black resigns (see http://www.gtryfon.demon.co.uk/bcc/... for the same game), you can see, one suspects, Black would move 29...Qxg5 and then 30. Rg7+ leading up to mate; but....not part of the actual game but showing how Black could have survived...

29. ...Re1+ 30.Kf2 Rh1 31.Qxh6 Rxh6 32.Rg7+

Hope that's clear enough...

Nov-17-09
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  Phony Benoni: http://books.google.com/books?id=3C...
Nov-29-10
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  GrahamClayton: 1906 US Open champion.
Jun-29-12
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  Phony Benoni: And 1910 US Open Champion ... well, technically the Western Championship. A contemporary photo can be found at http://www.chessarch.com/excavation...
Nov-05-12
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  GrahamClayton: Wolbrecht passed away on October 21, 1930 in McComb, MI. Wolbrecht was a civil engineer by profession, so was his trip to Panama possibly related to the building of the Panama Canal?
Dec-29-13
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  Stonehenge: <Wolbrecht passed away on October 21, 1930>

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...

Is this the chess player? All chess sources say he was born in August 1870.

Dec-29-13
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  Phony Benoni: <Stonehence> <GrahamClayton> The link I game on <Jun-29-12> gives some details about Wolbrech'ts work on the Panama Canal.

Just to add to the birth date confusion, that article gives Wolbrecht's age as "39" in 1910, while the "American Chess Bulletin", 1907, p.50, gives his year of birth as 1872.

Dec-29-13
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  Stonehenge: I hate this :) But thanks for the information.
Dec-29-14
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  Stonehenge: See https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903..., https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903... and http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...
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