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Weaver Warren Adams
Number of games in database: 198
Years covered: 1924 to 1958
Overall record: +72 -96 =26 (43.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (38) 
    C26 C28 C27 C25
 Sicilian (22) 
    B70 B45 B58 B56 B29
 French Defense (21) 
    C18 C14 C15 C10 C11
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B12 B19 B15 B18
 Bishop's Opening (9) 
 French Winawer (9) 
    C18 C15 C17
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    D02 D00
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C98 C86 C91 C97 C68
 Albin Countergambit (15) 
    D08 D09
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
    C98 C86 C91 C84 C85
 English, 1 c4 e5 (12) 
    A29 A28 A27 A21 A25
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Adams vs NN, 1950 1-0
   W Adams vs S Bernstein, 1936 1-0
   W Adams vs H Steiner, 1947 1-0
   W Adams vs M Surgies, 1946 1-0
   Santasiere vs W Adams, 1946 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   49th US Open (1948)
   47th US Open (1946)
   US Championship (1936)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1944 US championship by crawfb5
   US Open 1944, Boston by Phony Benoni

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(born Apr-28-1901, died Jan-06-1963, 61 years old) United States of America

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Weaver Warren Adams was born in Dedham, Massachusetts. An American chess master, he participated in the U.S. Championship in 1936, 1940, 1944, 1946 and 1948. He won the Massachusetts State Championship in 1937, 1938, 1941 and 1945. In 1939, he wrote a book entitled "White to Play and Win." After publication he played in the U.S. Open at Dallas. He did not win a single game as White (3 losses and 1 draw) and won all his games (4 games) as Black! Weaver Adams won the 49th U.S. Open, held in Baltimore, in 1948. He also wrote "Simple Chess", "How to Play Chess", and "Absolute Chess." Adams won the New Jersey championship in 1958 and died in Cedar Grove, New Jersey in 1963.

References: (1) , Wikipedia article: Weaver W. Adams

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 198  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Carlos Torre vs W Adams 1-028 1924 Rochester, USAC60 Ruy Lopez
2. G N Treysman vs W Adams 1-043 1936 US ChampionshipD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
3. Fine vs W Adams  1-034 1936 US ChampionshipA28 English
4. W Adams vs Kevitz  0-139 1936 US ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
5. Kupchik vs W Adams 1-060 1936 US ChampionshipD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
6. W Adams vs Harold Morton 1-029 1936 US ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
7. A Simonson vs W Adams  1-030 1936 US ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
8. W Adams vs S Bernstein 1-024 1936 US ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
9. I A Horowitz vs W Adams  0-178 1936 US ChampionshipC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
10. W Adams vs Denker  0-143 1936 US ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
11. M L Hanauer vs W Adams  1-043 1936 US ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. W Adams vs Factor 0-130 1936 US ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
13. Kashdan vs W Adams  1-042 1936 US ChampionshipD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
14. W Adams vs Reshevsky 0-131 1936 US ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
15. Dake vs W Adams 1-026 1936 US ChampionshipC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
16. W Adams vs H Steiner 0-125 1936 US ChampionshipC26 Vienna
17. Harold Morton vs W Adams 1-032 1937 New England ChA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. B Wolk vs W Adams  1-028 1938 39th ACF Congress. ConsolationC53 Giuoco Piano
19. D S Polland vs W Adams  0-168 1938 ACF CongressA27 English, Three Knights System
20. W Adams vs J Rauch  0-140 1938 39th ACF Congress. Prelim 1B72 Sicilian, Dragon
21. D MacMurray vs W Adams 1-024 1938 U.S. OpenA21 English
22. Reshevsky vs W Adams  1-030 1939 40th ACF Congress. Prelim 1C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
23. W Adams vs O Ulvestad  0-123 1939 ACF CongressB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
24. W Adams vs B Blumin  1-028 1939 40th ACF Congress. ChampionshipC26 Vienna
25. Fine vs W Adams  1-034 1939 ACF CongressD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Apr-28-09  MaxxLange: <CaptainEvans> I absolutely do admire him - I get the idea he was a little crazy, but in a good way
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  DarthStapler: E Z Adams vs Carlos Torre, 1920
Sep-29-09  Raisin Death Ray: Gomez's long lost brother!
Jan-12-10  Nezhmetdinov: 2 things:
1) I thought that Adams believed the Bishop's opening to be a forced win by white - I think I read this in a book on Fisher I no longer own but I may be wrong (Was he also the one who came up with 6.h3 in the Najdorf?). 2) WMD's "poem" is in fact the lyrics to a Morrissey song (after he'd lost it, mind you...)
Jul-02-10  Antiochus: [Event "Des Moines"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1950.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Weaver Adams"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B03"]
[PlyCount "27"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. f4 dxe5 6. fxe5 g6 7. Be3 Bg7 8. Nc3 c5 9. d5 Qc7 10. d6 exd6 11. Nb5 Qe7 12. Nxd6+ Kf8 13. Nxc8 Nxc8 14. Bxc5 1-0

Sep-22-10  myschkin: . . .




"The History of Gay"

(by Raymond Keene)

Random source:

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  perfidious: <Nezhmetdinov: 2 things:
1)......(Was he also the one who came up with 6.h3 in the Najdorf?)>

Indeed he was.

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  HeMateMe: Another Weaver (Dirty Harry studied him):

<The Weaver Stance was developed in 1959 by pistol shooter and deputy sheriff Jack Weaver, a range officer at the L.A. County Sheriff's Mira Loma pistol range. At the time, Weaver was competing in Jeff Cooper's "Leatherslap" matches: quick draw, man-on-man competition in which two shooters vied to pop twelve 18" wide balloons set up 21 feet away, whichever shooter burst all the balloons first winning the bout. Weaver developed his technique as a way to draw a handgun quickly to eye level and use the weapon's sights to aim more accurately, and immediately began winning against opponents predominantly using unsighted "hip shooting" techniques. >

Apr-28-12  LoveThatJoker: Today on the date of your birth, you are remembered, W.W. Adams!


Sep-17-12  Conrad93: "And Black wins...
Of course White can always play differently, in which case he merely loses differently. (Thank you, Weaver Adams!)"

-- A Bust to the King's Gambit

Why is Fischer thanking Weaver?

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  Phony Benoni: <Conrad93> It's a joke. Yes, from Fischer. Weaver Adams made much the same statement about Black in his analysis "proving" that White wins by force.
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  perfidious: < Hanada: ....In 1939 Weaver Adams wrote a book entitled, "White to play and Win". At his next tournament he lost all of his games as White and won all his games as Black....>

This is one for the books-as the saying is, you can't make that s**t up.

<....His thesis, as expounded in this and other books by Adams, was that White has a winning position on the very first move....Adams would often publish collections of his games....and of them he would say: "There are no annotations, because every move is crystal clear."....>

The reconciliation of Adams' dogma and cold reality had to be a Sisyphean burden for him.

<....Adams won 49th US Open, in Baltimore.>

In the late 1970s, a friend gave me some back numbers of Chess Review. One of the earliest was the August 1948 issue with Adams on the cover. The title was 'Apostle of Aggression'.

That issue also had a piece on the first Massachusetts championship won by John A Curdo. There would be not a few others in his career, and it could hardly have happened to a nicer man, or more ferocious opponent. The Chess Review cover title above was certainly appropriate for John as well.

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  Phony Benoni: <perfidious> The Weaver story is just about true. The tournament in question was the Championship Section of the 1940 US Open in Dallas. Adams did squeak out one draw with White while going 4/4 as Black.

Game Collection: US Open 1940, Dallas

Unfortunately, only the game W Adams vs Fine, 1940 is available.

The original source is a tournament report appearing in the October 1940 Chess Review, p. 146. It was written by USCF President George Sturgis, and if you can't believe a chess politician, who can you believe?

Dec-18-12  waustad: In looking at the posts here, it seems that some strange stuff got posted before, but the topic of the Vienna game came up often. I've been looking into present day Austrian chess and I haven't seen anybody there using it, perhaps except for as a way into a KIA setup. My exploration is in no way exhaustive, but Dutch players are much more likely to play the Dutch, and English are much more likely to start with c4. Just saying.
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  GrahamClayton: Adams would often perform at chess clubs in the United States exhibition games known as the "System Demonstration". He would play two games simultaneously, and describe to the players and spectators how to use his "System" to analyse a position. He would describe his general plans and strategy, along with any upcoming tactical threats or combinations.
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  offramp: <Please observe our posting guidelines: No Secret, Profane or Sugarcane language.>

♫ We'll never know what Harry was Wirth

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  dorsnikov: I have an original copy of Weaver's "Simple Chess." It was given to me by an old timer who bought it at one of Weaver's demonstrations in the late 1940's.
Apr-28-15  andrewjsacks: Makes one wonder what noted player had the lowest percentage of drawn games...
Apr-28-15  Karposian: <andrewjsacks: Makes one wonder what noted player had the lowest percentage of drawn games...>

Historically, I have no idea. But this Swedish GM may have the lowest drawing percentage(29%) of Grandmasters that are still active today:

Jonny Hector

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  Phony Benoni: Leaving aside trivial cases like Gioachino Greco (+79 -0 =0), Colonel Moreau, (+0 -26 =0), and NN (2.5% draws), then Adolf Anderssen at 8.1% and Paul Morphy at 9.8% look like reasonable choices. However, the problem with players like them is that so many of their games were informal rather than serious tournament / match games. An offhand game that ends in a draw is rarely preserved, thus skewing the numbers.

Adams is at 13.2%, but he was strictly a national-level player. If we want an international player with mostly "serious" games, <Karposian>'s selection of Jonny Hector with 23% might not be tood bad. Even a wild and crazy guy like Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov was all the way up to 24% draws.

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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Weaver Adams.
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  Phony Benoni: The following game was published in the <American Chess Bulletin>, July/August 1951, p. 77

Adams - Quillen

<1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Na4 Bb6 7.d3 Qe7 8.Nxb6 axb6 9.0-0 f6 10.f5 0-0-0 11.c4 g6 12.g4 h5 13.Nh4 gxf5 14.gxf5 Be8 15.Kh1 Qh7 16.Qa4 Nge7 17.Be3 Rg8 18.Qa8+ Nb8 19.a4 Rg4 20.Ng2 Nec6 21.a5 Nb4 22.axb6 c6 23.Ra7 Nc2 24.Ba4 Nb4 25.Ra1 N4a6 26.Bd1 Rg7 27.b4 h4 28.b5 cxb5 29.cxb5 Bxb5 30.Rc1+ Nc5 31.Bxc5 dxc5 32.Rxc5+ Bc6 33.Rxb7 Rxb7 34.Rxc6+> 1-0

The game follows the results table for the 1951 US Open in FOrt Worth, and precedes several pages of games from the tournament. In his notes, Sanatsiere explicitly states that White was Weaver Adams.

The problem is that Weaver Adams -- or, for that matter, any player named Adams -- played at Fort Worth. (Paul Quillen did. And we have the scores of all his losses, none of which resemble this game except the one Vienna he lost as White.)

Since Adams was from Massachusetts and Quillen from California it is not likely they had many chances to face each other. Both were at the 1950 US Open in Detroit, but did not olay in the tournament.

If you have any insights about the background of this game, I'd appreciate hearing them.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Weaver Adams.
Dec-27-16  knightmare51: I am the Chess great grandson of Weaver Adams! He was the king of the Log Cabin and Independent CC in New Jersey. Fischer occasionally played there and was influenced by him - the great debate was where the KB goes in the Sicilian - Fischer opted for the 'dangerous' Bc4, whereas Weaver wanted h3, g4, Bg2. But Fischer did play h3 a few times. My chess teacher played at those clubs and got me a copy of 'White to Play and Win' which I used effectively for many years. Other notable disciples of those clubs are Leroy Dubeck and Mike Valvo. The attraction in his system is that it was a system of thought. As Hans Berliner said in his book 'The System' Weaver was on the right path but 1.d4 is the way>
Dec-27-16  knightmare51: Weaver vacillated between the Bishop's Opening and the Vienna. His main problem was the 3. ...Ne4 against the Vienna. This became known as the 'Frankenstein-Dracula' Variation. Weaver went back to the Vienna when he discovered the Adams Gambit - 4. Qh5 Nd6 5. Bb3 Nc6 6. d4?!?. It is thought to be insufficient but newer analysis is needed beyond M.C.O.
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