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Gustaf Adolf Gustafson
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Years covered: 1924

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(born Mar-20-1889, died Oct-16-1976, 87 years old) Sweden (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Gustaf Gustafson came from Sweden to New York before World War I, and established himself in Brooklyn as a carpenter (cabinet maker). He was champion of the Swedish Chess Club (1922), champion of the Scandinavian Chess Club (several times), individual champion of the Brooklyn Chess League (1935), West Side champion (1937), Hawthorne Chess Club co-champion (1942), USCF Amateur Championship vice champion (1944), and champion of the Sunset Park Chess Club (1951). In 1936, he was elected president of the Brooklyn Chess League, and in 1946, vice-president of the Brooklyn Chess Club.

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1. G A Gustafson vs Marshall  0-1211924Dimock themeC29 Vienna Gambit

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  Tabanus: From "Desert Knight" (the official publication of the New Mexico Chess Organization), vol. 28 no. 3 (Oct 2009):

<The Chess Warrior & His Son. An interview with Lloyd Gustafson. By Art Byers

Lloyd Gustafson has been the leader of the Bear Canyon Senior Center Chess club for many years. One day last June, Lloyd brought in some mementos of Gustaf’s, (his father, -Gustaf, means warrior in Swedish) chess accomplishments. Newspaper clippings, old photographs and tournament cross tables were evidence that Gustaf Gustafson was a very strong player with a distinguished list of accomplishments. In 1923, Gustaf won a “Klass 1” chess tournament in his native Sweden, not only undefeated but also by a full two points clear of the field.

After moving to Brooklyn in the United States, Gustaf was an active chess player, winning the 1935 Championship of Brooklyn and several times, the championship of the Scandinavian Chess club. Perhaps his best American result - against a very strong field - was finishing second in the third official USCF Amateur Championship that took place in 1944. (DK verified this using the Toby DVD of Chess Review Back Issues, See December 1944 for the Cross Table.)>

The Brooklyn man is our man here, Gustaf Gustafson. But it's a little unclear whether he is also same as G Gustafson.

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  Tabanus: He's probably not. But it's hard to be 100% sure if he's not the "G. Gustafson" in Gothenburg C (1920), since he travelled back to Sweden after Word War I.

1889: March 20, <Gustaf Adolf> (copy of orig. birth book for Hällestad, Sweden (small place about 50 km from Norrköping) (parents name hard to read but looks like <Gustafssen>)

1917: <Gustaf Gustafson>, 341 Greenwich Ave., Fairfield Connecticut, 28, Alien, born March 20th 1889 in Norrköping, Sweden, Cabinet maker at A. G. Morris & Co. in 67 Arch Street, single, tall, slender, brown eyes, brown hair (WW I Draft Reg. card, signed June 5th, 1917))

1919: The Swedish Chess Union 3rd congress .... 2nd Class Group VI ... 4.<G. Gustafsson, Norrköping> 4 points ... (transl. from Tidskrift för Schack, July-Aug. 1919, p. 108) (only mention in TfS)

1921-1922: The Swedish chess club in New York has moved into its own 83 Rockwell place, corner of Fulton St., Brooklyn .... and has about 40 members. In the club championship participated 8 players, i. e. current champion Bruno Forsberg, Gustaf Christianson and Carl Carlson from Gothenburg, Axel Johnson and Chas. Anderson from Stockholm, Albin Nelson from Malmö, <Gust. Gustafson from Norrköping> and C. A. Larson from Eskilstuna. The club has even this year signed up for The Metropolitan Chess League, ... (transl. from TfS, Jan.-Feb. 1922, p. 25)

1922: Brooklyn CC vs. Swedish CC, ... O. Jacoby - <G. Gustafson> 1/2 (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 23 March 1922, p. A3) (first mention in BDE)

1922-23: The Swedish chess club in New York held its yearly meetig 9 January, ... and was elected ... <G. Gustafson>, treasurer. The club championship is finished and the winner was <G. Gustavson> without losing a single game, his result was 9-1 (transl. from TfS, March 1923, p. 34)

1924: In the first round Marshall, playing the black pieces, defeated <G. Gustafson> after 22 moves (BDE, 21 Dec 1924, p. 12A) (2nd mention in BDE)

1925: H. R. Bigelow yesterday defeated <G. Gustafson> (BDE, 4 Jan 1925, p. 2D)

1926: Dr. Lasker of Germany played against 20 opponents simultaneously at the rooms of the Marshall Chess Club last night, making a score of 24 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses ... complete list of those who played against him ... <G. Gustafson> (BDE, 9 Feb 1926, p. 4A)

1930: Berkley Place 152: <Gustave Gustavison>, 41, born in Sweden, Head, Cabinet-maker Wood factory, immigrated in 1910, Sigrid, 33, Wife, b. in Sweden, immigrated in 1922, Lloyd, Son, 1 (US Census for Brooklyn, Districts 0001-0250, ED 81)

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  Tabanus: (cont.)

1934: Lester Samuels ... owed to his neglect to exchange queens whe the chance offered. Subsequently his opponent, <G. Gustafson> of the Scandinavian Chess Club played sterling chess and well merited the victory (BDE, 7 June 1934, p. 24)

1935: At the closing meeting of the Brooklyn Chess League, held at the Scandinavian Chess Club, prized were awarded to the winners in the recent individual tournament by F. Norris Monsert, president of the League. The new champion, <G. Gustafson> of the Scandinavians, received first prize and the most applause (BDE, 16 May 1935, p. 26) (total score was 7-1)

1936: ... the annual meeting of the Brooklyn Chess League, when the following officers were elected: <G. Gustafson>, Scandinavian C. C., president; O. Hofstrand, Edison C. C., treasurer; ... (BDE, 29 Oct 1936, p. 26)

1937: Two prominent Brooklyn players, <G. Gustafsen> and Sidney Bernstein, met in the West Side championship tournament, the result being in favor of the former. The score: (game follows) (BDE, 25 Nov 1937, p. 17)

1940: Berkeley Place 192: <Gustav Gustafson>, 51, Head, born in Sweden, Carpenter Cabinet making, Sigrid Gustafson, 43, Wife, born in Sweden, Lloyd Gustafson, 11. Same house in 1935 (US Census for Kings, NY) (Berkeley Place is in Flatbush, Brooklyn)

1942: <Gustaf Gustafson>, 192 Berkeley Pl Bklyn, 53, b. in Horrkoping Sweden, March 20, 1889 (WW II Draf Reg. card)

1942: Defeating his rival in the last scheduled game in the Fall tournament of the Hawthorne Chess Club of Flatbush, Jack W. Collins, club champion, yesterday tied <Gustaf Gustafson> for first place. Each finished with a score of 61/2-1/2. Collins is prepared to play off the tie at the convenience of Gustafson ... Other competitors were F. Wallach, <Lloyd Gustafson>, A. Kaplan, ... (BDE, 10 Dec 1942, p. 14)

1944: The third annual amateur championship tournament of the United States Chess Federation ... <Gustaf Gustafson> of Brooklyn, second price winner, received one of two medals (BDE, 12 Nov 1944, p. 28)

1946: At the annual business meeting of the Brooklyn Chess Club ... Philip L. Gold was elected president, with <Gustav Gustafson> as vice president (BDE, 5 Dec 1946, p. 24)

1949: Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Cushman of 1713 Beverly Road announce the betrothal of their daughter, Miss Lucielle Jeannette Cushman, to Lloyd G. Gustafson, son of Mr. and Mrs. <Gustaf A. Gustafson> of <152> \Berkeley Place (BDE, 14 June 1949 p. 11)

1951: The tournament for the championship of the Sunset Park Chess Club ended in a victory for <Gustav Gustafson> with a score of 13-2 (BDE, 20 Sep 1951, p. 20)

1953: <G. Gustafson> plays in the Sunset Park Chess Club (BDE, 23 April 1953, p. 20) (last mention of chess player Gustafson in BDE)

1976: <Gusta Gustafson>, married to Sigr, b. ca. 1889, Residence: East Hartford, Connecticut, d. 16 Oct 1976 (Connecticut Death Index 1949-2012)

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Gustaf Gustafson.
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