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E F Wendell
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Years covered: 1903

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Last updated: 2019-11-03 03:02:08

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E F Wendell vs Dr. Lindos 1-091903Offhand GameC40 King's Knight Opening

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Nov-02-19  jnpope: The following game is cited as coming from The Golden Treasury of Chess, but it doesn't exist in the 1969 edition. Was it published in the 1943 edition and later removed?

<Today's miniature, taken from The Golden Treasury of Chess, is presented merely to record the 150-year-old Legal. Blackburne sprang it time and again during his annual tours.

White: E. F. Wendell
Black: Judge Robert Kerr
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nc6 4.d3 Bg4 5.h3 Bh5 6.Nc3 Nd4 7.Nxe5 Bxd1 (# in 2) 1-0 source: Louisville Courier-Journal, 1947.07.27, Section 4, p5>

Winter has shown that the following game is actually Steinitz-NN (Ra1 odds), 1874:

<White: H. N. Pillsbury
Black: E. F. Wendell
1.e4 e5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.fxe5 Nxe4 5.d3 Nc5 6.d4 Na6 7.Bc4 Qe7 8.Nc3 h6 9.0-0 g5 10.Nd5 Qd8 11.Nf6+ Ke7 12.Nxg5 hxg5 13.Qh5 Rxh5 14.Ng8+ Ke8 15.Bxf7# 1-0 source: Louisville Courier-Journal, 1963.10.20, Section 2, p10>

I find no record of any E. F. Wendell in the chess columns of the Chicago Tribune. He doesn't show up as an opponent in any exhibitions, matches or tournaments sponsored by the club. Are all of E. F. Wendell's games spurious creations he submitted to Chess Review/Al Horowitz to gain fame?

Nov-03-19  jnpope: Re: The Pillsbury-Wendell game. It turns up in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1943.09.26, Section Two, p9.

The 1943 date suggests that it may have also appeared in the first edition of <The Golden Treasury of Chess> by Horowitz and Harkness. Does anyone own a copy of the 1943 edition and can a check be made for these Wendell "games"?

I also suspect that they may have appeared in Chess Review pre-1943, possibly sent in by E. F. Wendell, so a check of that periodical would also be welcomed (although a much more laborious task).

Was Wendell ever considered a master or expert? Why would his games even appear on this website?

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  Phony Benoni: <jnpope> No Wendell games in <Chess Review> from 1333 - 1950, at least according to the annual index (which I believe is generally reliable).
Nov-04-19  jnpope: Thanks for checking. This leaves the Golden Treasury of Chess, 1st ed., to check.
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  chancho: Page 133 - Pillsbury vs Wendell

Page 147 - Wendell vs Judge Robt Kerr

Nov-04-19  jnpope: Thanks!! I guess that settles the questions I had. The Pillsbury and Kerr games appeared in the 1943 edition and were removed by Horowitz in later editions.
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  Tabanus: There was a Dr. John Lindos (a dentist) in Chicago, born 1851 in Norway and immigrated 1883. He was in Chicago as early as 1889 and still there in 1930. There were also several E. Wendell's, including a carpenter (& listed as employer) Ernst F. Wendell b. 1861 in Chicago, d. 1941 in Chicago.
Nov-06-19  EH22: Dear Mr. Pope,

I have great respect to your Pillsbury research. I hope you will receive the following comment well, as I am sort of your competitor.

I have done a significant amount of research on the issue at hand (Wellmuth, etc.). I do not want to disclose all of it, but would like to clarify one thing. In my opinion E.F. Wendell is F.J. Wellmuth, i.e., Wellmuth used the name Wendell as a pseudonym. If you will go carefully through his 1943 edition of "The Golden Treasury of Chess," I believe you will reach the same conclusion. I am not regulary a user of this site and prefer not to comment further. I hope you will understand.


Nov-06-19  jnpope: Dr. H? I first heard of you back in '95 from Dr. Loranth when I first visited the JGW collection while doing research into HNP. I have no reason to doubt that you are correct about Wellmuth=Wendell. Thank you for that tidbit. I'm not sure if I would have spent any more time on this and would have relegated the HNP-Wendell game to the pile of Pillsbury apocrypha instead of treating it as a serendipitous duplicate of the Steinitz game.

I would enjoy corresponding more. I can be reached at the domain via email as npope.

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