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Albert Roberts
Number of games in database: 15
Years covered: 1876
Overall record: +4 -6 =5 (43.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-30-1857, died Sep-13-1913, 56 years old) United States of America

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 page 1 of 1; 15 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bird vs A Roberts 0-1421876PhiladelphiaA03 Bird's Opening
2. L D Barbour vs A Roberts  0-14018764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC78 Ruy Lopez
3. A Roberts vs L D Barbour  1-02618764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC42 Petrov Defense
4. J Elson vs A Roberts  ½-½3818764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC77 Ruy Lopez
5. A Roberts vs J Elson  ½-½3818764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC01 French, Exchange
6. Bird vs A Roberts 1-03818764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC45 Scotch Game
7. A Roberts vs Bird 0-12018764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. J Mason vs A Roberts 1-02818764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC77 Ruy Lopez
9. A Roberts vs J Mason  ½-½2118764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
10. A Roberts vs H Davidson  0-13618764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC33 King's Gambit Accepted
11. P Ware vs A Roberts  ½-½5018764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaA80 Dutch
12. H Davidson vs A Roberts  ½-½2418764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC60 Ruy Lopez
13. A Roberts vs P Ware  1-05118764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaB01 Scandinavian
14. M Judd vs A Roberts 1-01318764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC45 Scotch Game
15. A Roberts vs M Judd 0-13718764th American Chess Congress, PhiladelphiaC30 King's Gambit Declined
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  Tabanus: The Daily Graphic (New York), August 25, 1876:

<Mr. A. Roberts is a young Philadelphian, who first gave indications of remarkable powers of play during the visits of Mackenzie and Bird to this city in February last, and played two of the most remarkable games of the series then contested. He is a most agreeable and amiable adversary and may speedily rise to the first rank among chess players.>

Jul-06-17  zanzibar: Possibly related (brother?) to James Roberts:

James Roberts (kibitz #1)


Jul-06-17  zanzibar: Likely (?) notice of his passing:

<ROBERTS. On August 1. 190O. Albert Roberts, aged 47 years. Funeral services on Saturday morning, at 10 o'clock, at 2538 North Sixth street. Interment private.>

Philadelphia Inquirer - 1900-08-04 p12

Someone more qualified should look into this.

It's curious that so young and talented a player turned away from the game.

Jul-06-17  zanzibar: Renette's Bird book has a footnote with a quote from A. Roberts, where he comments on Bird's play while in the USA (1876):

<12. Bird's results revitalized the discussion about the change of power between British and American chess. Albert Roberts, one of the strongest Philadelphian players, gave his view on the matter:

"While on this subject we may state that the English papers appear surprised at Mr. Bird's score in America, and express the belief that the American players would have no chance with Mr. Bird were he in good form. This is quite natural when we consider that the American players have tremendously increased in strength during the past ten years, and it was not until Mr. Bird's visit that they had the opportunity of measuring their strength across the board with a celebrated European, the result astonishing them as much as it did Messrs. Wisker and Zukertort."

Sunday Republic, 27 February 1876.

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  Tabanus: He is hard to find, and more clues would be welcome:

1875: A. Roberts, in Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 Feb 1875 (first mention (that I can find))

1876: <a young Philadelphian ... a most agreeable and amiable adversary and may speedily rise to the first rank among chess players> (The Daily Graphic, 25 Aug 1876)

1876 directory Philadelphia: Albert C., Grocer (his son Albert C. Jr. is not mentioned), and Albert M., jeweller).

1884: <The final entree of today's epicurean chess feast is a 7x5 three move dainty, delicately prepared by Mr. Albert Roberts, of Philadelphia> (The Times (Phil.), 16 Nov 1884, p. 8) (read from digital version only)

1898: <Mr. Albert Roberts was a strong player of this period. Still living in Philadelphia, but has abandoned the practice of the game.> (Chess in Philadelphia, by Gustavus Charles Reichhelm (1898), p. 85)

1898 Philadelphia city directory, Roberts’s (with my comments in parenthesis):

Albert, carpenter, h 2453 N 11th
Albert, machinist, h 2503 E Norris (1900 census: two: born 1839 and 1880)
Albert, paperhgr, h 1212 Parrish (1900 census: born 1846)
Albert, porter, h 2240 Reed
Albert C., Jr., manager, 627 Arch, h 1609 N (1900 census: Manager (Brass W), born 1858)
Albert J., clerk, h Argyle n Levick, Lawndale
Albert L., sawmkr, h 1521 Oakdale (1900 census: Foreman, born 1860?)
Albert M., bricklyr, h 517 York (1900 census: born 1837)
Albert M., Jr., fireman, h 517 York (1899: Albert M. Jr., Brakeman, h 517 York, and Albert H., fireman, h 2548 N Napa)

The carpenter and the porter are not in 1897 and 1899 directories. My favorite candidate is Albert C. Jr.:

1913: Albert C. Roberts, Manager, b. abt. 1857 in Penn., d. 13 Sep 1913 in Atlantic City NJ at age 56 years 3 months 3 days, buried 17 Sep 1913 in Philadelphia at West Laurel Hill Cemetary (Phil. Death Cert. Index) (and see (Penn & NJ town records: b. 30 May 1857).

If this is our man, he would be 19 years old in 1876. In 1880 he was 23, Clerk in Store, son of tax collector (and grocer in 1870) Albert C. Roberts, 60. He married 14 April 1884 to Elizabeth Louisa Perkes. His father was a dealer in fine food groceries in the 1870s and 1880s, which could explain the «dainty» in 1884. In the 1884 directory we find Albert C., grocer, and Albert C. Jr., salesman (plus the bricklayer, the paperhanger, and Albert L.).

1890 census is missing. In 1900 census (Phil.) he is Manager (Brass W) and living with his wife in her parents house, In 1910 census (April) (Phil.) Albert C. Roberts is 52, superintendent of brass works.

All in all, I think it must be Albert C. Roberts (1857-1913).

Jul-13-17  zanzibar: Thanks to <Paderamo> (and <Tab>) we have this problem by him:

(White to move and mate in 3)

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4k1K1 /3p1p2/p5p1/3P2BP/P6P/8/2B5/8 w - - 0 1

From <The Times (Phil.) 1884-11-16 (Sun) p8>

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