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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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(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. G H Wolbrecht vs H Fowler Lee 0-1291906Western Championship (Final)C30 King's Gambit Declined
2. Magnus Smith vs G H Wolbrecht  1-0281906Western ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
3. G H Wolbrecht vs J C Eppens  1-0461906Western Championship (Final)C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
4. G H Wolbrecht vs E Friederich Schrader  1-0591906Western Championship (Final)C42 Petrov 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. Magnus Smith vs G H Wolbrecht  1-0531906Western Championship (Playoff)C77 Ruy Lopez
10. G H Wolbrecht vs Magnus 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 Magnus 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 0-12719078th Western ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
15. C W Blake vs G H Wolbrecht  1-02919078th Western ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
16. G H Wolbrecht vs R J Spencer 0-12519078th Western 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. J F Cross vs G H Wolbrecht 0-117190910th Western ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
19. G H Wolbrecht vs E P Elliott  1-035190910th Western ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. C W Blake vs G H Wolbrecht  1-030190910th Western ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
21. L Uedemann vs G H Wolbrecht  1-057190910th Western 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  1-078191011th Western ChampionshipC30 King's Gambit Declined
25. G H Wolbrecht vs H Fowler Lee  0-149191011th Western 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 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...

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  Phony Benoni:
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  GrahamClayton: 1906 US Open champion.
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  Phony Benoni: And 1910 US Open Champion ... well, technically the Western Championship. A contemporary photo can be found at
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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?
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  Stonehenge: <Wolbrecht passed away on October 21, 1930>

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

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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.

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  Stonehenge: I hate this :) But thanks for the information.
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  Stonehenge: See, and
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  keypusher: Great bio.

<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?>

Yes indeed, according to the article at Phony's link, he was <engaged in running the precise levels across the canal zone, and in determining the relative elevations of the mean levels of the two oceans. While there, he devoted considerable time to chess, which he was successful in making popular among the employes of the zone, and was frequently called on to make exhibitions in the zone, particularly at Colon, Empire, and Culebra.>

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