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Weaver Warren Adams
Number of games in database: 192
Years covered: 1924 to 1958
Overall record: +71 -92 =25 (44.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Vienna Opening (38) 
    C26 C28 C27 C25
 French Defense (20) 
    C18 C14 C11 C13 C10
 Sicilian (20) 
    B45 B70 B58 B29 B56
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B12 B15 B19 B18
 Bishop's Opening (9) 
 French (8) 
    C11 C13 C10 C12
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    D02 D00
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C98 C86 C91 C68 C97
 Albin Countergambit (14) 
    D08 D09
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
    C98 C86 C91 C97 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 S Bernstein, 1936 1-0
   Santasiere vs W Adams, 1946 1/2-1/2
   Santasiere vs W Adams, 1940 1/2-1/2
   R Byrne 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
   US Open 1941, St. Louis 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." He passed away in Cedar Grove, New Jersey in 1963 after winning its state championship of 1958.

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

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 192  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Carlos Torre vs W Adams  1-028 1924 Rochester, USAC60 Ruy Lopez
2. W Adams vs Factor 0-130 1936 US ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
3. W Adams vs H Morton 1-029 1936 US ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
4. W Adams vs H Steiner 0-125 1936 US ChampionshipC26 Vienna
5. M L Hanauer vs W Adams  1-043 1936 US ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
6. Fine vs W Adams  1-034 1936 US ChampionshipA28 English
7. G Treysman vs W Adams 1-043 1936 US ChampionshipD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
8. Kupchik vs W Adams 1-060 1936 US ChampionshipD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
9. Dake vs W Adams 1-026 1936 US ChampionshipC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
10. W Adams vs Denker  0-143 1936 US ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
11. I A Horowitz vs W Adams  0-178 1936 US ChampionshipC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. W Adams vs Kevitz  0-139 1936 US ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
13. W Adams vs Reshevsky 0-131 1936 US ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
14. W Adams vs S Bernstein 1-024 1936 US ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
15. Kashdan vs W Adams  1-042 1936 US ChampionshipD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
16. A Simonson vs W Adams  1-030 1936 US ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
17. H Morton vs W Adams 1-032 1937 New England ChA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. D Polland vs W Adams  0-168 1938 ACF CongressA27 English, Three Knights System
19. D MacMurray vs W Adams 1-024 1938 U.S. OpenA21 English
20. W Adams vs B Blumin  1-028 1939 40th ACF Congress. ChampionshipC26 Vienna
21. Reshevsky vs W Adams  1-030 1939 40th ACF Congress. Prelim 1C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
22. W Adams vs O Ulvestad  0-123 1939 ACF CongressB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
23. Fine vs W Adams  1-034 1939 ACF CongressD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. W Adams vs Pinkus  0-140 1939 USA-chB15 Caro-Kann
25. Reshevsky vs W Adams 1-041 1939 New York ch-ACFD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jul-02-06  RookFile: Well, you managed to include the word "I" ten times in the above poem. Silly me - I came here to read about Weaver Adams, or his book "White to Play and Win", or the latest developments in the Frankenstein - Dracula variation.
Jul-02-06  WMD: Silly you.
Nov-30-06  Resignation Trap: In the late 1940's, Adams ran some ads in Chess Review, promoting his book, <Simple Chess> in his own unique manner:




11 pages of closely typed analysis
showing more than one hundred win-
ning variations for White against all
standard Black defenses. Also win-
ning lines for Black against innacurate
opening play by White and a two page
summary of the Adams Chess System.

<Do not expect your friend who owns a copy of this book to tell you about it. He
won't, but he'll play it against you!>

U. S. Open Chess Champion
Dedham, Mass.

Please send me a copy of your
analysis "Simple Chess." After five
days free examination I will send you
$ 1.00 or return the book at your ex-

City____________ State __________

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  Phony Benoni: An autobiographical essay by Adams, from 1949: http://boylston-chess-club.blogspot...

Jul-01-07  CaptainEvans: You've got to admire this chap for his undiminished belief in the invinciblity of the Vienna Opening - in spite of his results with it.
Apr-28-09  DarthStapler: I always get this guy confused with the guy who played that crazy back rank queen sacrifice game against Torre
Apr-28-09  Raisin Death Ray: The Notorious WWA!
Apr-28-09  WhiteRook48: <DarthStapler> do you mean Carlos Torre Adams?
Apr-28-09  MaxxLange: <CaptainEvans> I absolutely do admire him - I get the idea he was a little crazy, but in a good way
Apr-29-09  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.

Sep-22-11  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?

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  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.
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