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Rudolph L Sze
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1910 to 1913
Overall record: +3 -0 =1 (87.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-20-1890, died Jun-14-1938, 47 years old) China

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Wikipedia article: Rudolph Sze

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs R L Sze 0-1271910Simul, 29bC40 King's Knight Opening
2. L D Rosowsky vs R L Sze  0-1211910CCNY - UPenn mD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. Lasker vs R L Sze 0-1261911Simul, 21bA02 Bird's Opening
4. R L Sze vs N S Perkins  ½-½47191315th Triangular League tC42 Petrov Defense
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Dec-24-05  ughaibu: I'm not super convinced by this character. 100% against Lasker and in both Lasker plays like an entranced peyote shaman.
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  tamar: Super Sze!
Dec-24-05  Akavall: <ughaibu> Both games were played in simuls.
Dec-24-05  ughaibu: Akavall: I know, but look at the games, white's style is very unlike Lasker. Compare his other Bird's opening simul games: Lasker vs M Steffelaar, 1908 Lasker vs R Rey-Ardid, 1921 and keep in mind that Lasker often took black in simuls.
Dec-24-05  Akavall: <ughaibu> Yes, but he did play bird and it was Sze who played 1...e5, sending the game a totally different route; it is up to black to make a decision on what kind of position to play. And in your first game Lasker didn't play great either, he was down a queen for two minors at one point.
Dec-24-05  ughaibu: Akavall: Sure, he gave up the queen for two pieces but he played actively, white played very pasively in both Sze games. 1....e5 was Lasker's standard against Bird's:
Dec-24-05  Akavall: <ughaibu> Lasker could've been more active against Latvian, 3. Bc4 and 3. Nxe5 are better than 3.exf5, after this I think black gets good counter play and they are not in big danger, unlike the 3. Bc4 and 3. Nxe5 .

However, I am not sure how could one play more active against 1.f4 e5, (except for 2.e4, leading to King's Gambit). I don't know any active lines for white here, it seems that all they can do is defend and force exchanges.

Dec-24-05  ughaibu: Lasker often played the king's gambit in simuls, 2.e4 would've been the response I'd expect from him. Capturing the Latvian on f5 also looks stylistically aberrant to me.
Dec-24-05  Akavall: <ughaibu> I think it is possible that Lasker played two games little strangely, after all it only was a simul and he might've tried something different. What else are you suggesting?
Dec-24-05  ughaibu: The style is very un-Lasker so I'm mooting the possibility that the names have been reversed. Chessbase gives the names as here too.
Dec-24-05  Akavall: Ok, that makes sense. It is possible, maybe even likely that and got the games from the same source. But I guess we'll never find out for sure whether the names were reversed :(.
May-08-06  notyetagm: Sze beat Lasker both times he play him in simuls! Damn impressive.
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  offramp: Rudolph L Sze was a strong Chinese player who did indeed beat Lasker 2-0.

There is a very good article by Olimpiu G. Urcan currently here:
And so that it can be found later when it is archived here is a short quote:

"Rudolph L. Sze was born around 1890 in Shanghai, China. He was sent by the Chinese government to study in America in the late 1890s, most probably with another group of Chinese students. The roots of Rudolph’s family remain unclear. It is very possible that he was related with two brothers who shared the same surname: Henry Sze and Alfred Sze. They came from a “high caste” and their father was the head of a large family and the superintendent of the China Merchants Steam Navigation Company."

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  GrahamClayton: <offramp>Rudolph L. Sze was born around 1890 in Shanghai, China. He was sent by the Chinese government to study in America in the late 1890s, most probably with another group of Chinese students.

Sze was a member of the University of Pennsylvania team that competed against other universities in the immediate period just before World War 1.

Jan-28-16  zanzibar: According to the UPenn alumni registries, he was in the US as a high school student. They record that he won a scholarship to attend UPenn, which suggests a moderation to the typical story told.

Alumni Register v14 (1911) p99

Sze succeeded Norman T. Whittaker as president of the UPenn CC.

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