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Harlow Bussey Daly
H Daly 
Number of games in database: 86
Years covered: 1903 to 1964
Overall record: +33 -42 =11 (44.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-02-1883, died Jul-08-1979, 95 years old) United States of America

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Harlow Bussey Daly was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA. He won the Maine State Championship nine times, including seven consecutive from 1959 to 1965, then in 1969 and again in 1970 (the last time jointly with Stanley Elowitch). He was New England champion in 1908 (he played in this event every year from 1908 to 1971). He won the Boston chess championship in 1914, 1934, 1937, and 1947. He won the Massachusetts championship in 1940 and 1942.

Daly played many famous players, including Emanuel Lasker, Alexander Alekhine, Harry Nelson Pillsbury, Frank Marshall, Reuben Fine, Geza Maroczy, Carlos Torre Repetto, and Jacques Mieses. He died in Sanford, Maine in 1979.

Last updated: 2022-08-11 21:59:37

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 86  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Mieses vs H Daly 0-1431903Simul, 19bC46 Three Knights
2. E F Schrader vs H Daly  1-03319045th Western ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
3. S Mlotkowski vs H Daly 1-02519045th Western ChampionshipC21 Center Game
4. H Daly vs E Shrader  1-05819045th Western ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. H Daly vs L Uedemann  1-03719045th Western ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
6. Maroczy vs H Daly  1-0561906Simul, 24bD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. H Daly vs F Young 0-139190710th PNCCA Tournament Semi-FinalC29 Vienna Gambit
8. Lasker vs H Daly ½-½391907Simul, 18bC34 King's Gambit Accepted
9. H Daly vs H Keidanski  1-0231907NYSCA Mid-Summer MeetingB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. J Finn vs H Daly 1-0281907NYSCA Mid-Summer MeetingC42 Petrov Defense
11. L Rosen vs H Daly  1-0291907NYSCA Mid-Summer MeetingC29 Vienna Gambit
12. H Daly vs E Delmar 0-1311907NYSCA Mid-Summer MeetingC40 King's Knight Opening
13. H Daly vs C Curt  0-1401907NYSCA Mid-Summer MeetingB27 Sicilian
14. Marshall vs H Daly 1-040190922nd New York State Chess Association ChampionshipC21 Center Game
15. C Jaffe vs H Daly 1-021190922nd New York State Chess Association ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. H Daly vs O Roething 1-028190922nd New York State Chess Association ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
17. W Moorman vs H Daly ½-½53190922nd New York State Chess Association ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
18. H Daly vs H Rosenfeld 0-146190922nd New York State Chess Association ChampionshipC10 French
19. H Daly vs Kupchik 0-1151918Rye Beach Masters tA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Reshevsky vs H Daly  1-0421921Simul, 19bC49 Four Knights
21. Lasker vs H Daly ½-½391924Simul, 29bC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
22. Torre vs H Daly 0-1471925Simul, 19bC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
23. Alekhine vs H Daly 0-1511929Simul, 40bA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. H Daly vs A Mengarini  1-0161937Boston City chA03 Bird's Opening
25. H Daly vs I A Horowitz  0-1471938ACF CongressD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jan-27-07  Resignation Trap: Harlow B. Daly (1883-1979) had a chess career that lasted 75 years. For more information click here: .
Oct-28-07  Resignation Trap: Daly was a terror in simultaneous exhibitions when masters visited Boston.

When Jacques Mieses made a visit in December 1903, he lost to Daly twice in three days.

Here is the second loss, which seems appropriate for this time of year, as it features the line now known as the Halloween Gambit:

Jacques Mieses - Harlow Bussey Daly

Boston Simul, December 12, 1903

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5 Nxe5
5.d4 Nc6 6.d5 Nb8 7.e5 Ng8 8.Bc4 Bb4
9.0-0 Bxc3 10.bxc3 Ne7 11.d6 Ng6 12.Qh5 Qh4
13.Qxh4 Nxh4 14.dxc7 Nc6 15.Ba3 b6 16.f4 Na5
17.Bd5 Bb7 18.Bxb7 Nxb7 19.f5 g6 20.e6 Nxf5
21.exf7+ Kxf7 22.g4 Rac8 23.gxf5 Rxc7 24.Rae1 Nc5
25.c4 Rg8 26.Kh1 Rcc8 27.fxg6+ Kxg6 28.Re3 Ne6
29.Rg3+ Kh5 30.Rf5+ Rg5 31.Rgxg5+ Nxg5 32.c5 Kg4
33.Rd5 Re8 34.Rxd7 Re2 35.Rd4+ Kf3

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White to play

36.h4 Kg3 37.Rd3+ Nf3 38.Rxf3+ Kxf3 39.cxb6 axb6
40.c4 Rxa2 41.Bd6 Rc2 42.Bc7 b5 43.c5 Rxc5 0-1

Dec-03-08  brankat: From Mr.Daly's Biography: <He won the Maine State Championship nine times. From 1959 to 1965 seven times consecutively, then in 1969 and again in 1970>

In '59- '65 he was 76-82 years old. In 1970 master Daly was 87! Wow! Talking about "forever young" :-)

R.I.P. Mr.H.B.Daly.

Feb-06-09  jerseybob: Is the Torre game a one-on-one or simul?
May-19-11  TheTamale: I wonder what this fellow did for his "real" job? He was quite a chess player and got to play all the world's best. As a human being, he was also highly thought of by all, judging from the link left by <Resignation Trap> above. He was a lot like me, except he could play chess well.
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  FSR: I am fortunate to have a pamphlet of Mr. Daly's games, which I bought from someone at a Tacoma, Washington chess tournament in 1977 or so. What an amazing career - before his death in 1979, he may well have been the last living person who had played the great Harry Nelson Pillsbury.
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  FSR: <TheTamale> See the aforementioned
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  perfidious: Long ago, I read a story involving Mr Daly and Karl Burger, in which, during the 1960s, the latter travelled to Maine for easy pickings, as he sought to boost his rating so as to ensure he qualified for that year's US Championship.

As I recall, Burger and Daly met late in the event with the New York master throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Daly, but found himself conceding a draw in the end.

Burger wound up failing to qualify for the championship that year.

Anyone else ever read this?

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  Phony Benoni: <perfidious> I've heard and read that story in various places with varying level of detail about the identities of the players. But it's pretty well understood it was Burger and Daly.
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  Phony Benoni: <perfidious> If that story is true, here's an amusing nugget.

I'm working on the crosstable from the US Open at Milwaukee, 1953. Daly, nearing 70, made a creditable 8-5 score, defeating among others ... Karl Burger.

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  GrahamClayton: <perfidious>Long ago, I read a story involving Mr Daly and Karl Burger, in which, during the 1960s, the latter travelled to Maine for easy pickings, as he sought to boost his rating so as to ensure he qualified for that year's US Championship. As I recall, Burger and Daly met late in the event with the New York master throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Daly, but found himself conceding a draw in the end.

Burger wound up failing to qualify for the championship that year.

Anyone else ever read this?

The tournament in question was the 1963 Downeast Open. The game was drawn after 168 moves and 8.5 hours due to the 50-move rule.

George Cunningham and Gerry Dullea, "Chess", Bangor Daily News, December 6-7, 1986.

The same column also mentions that Daly was Boston Latin School champion 3 years in a row.

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  Phony Benoni: Could somebody with book of Daly's games check on something for me? I have received the score of a game of his from the Boston 1944 US Open, and I'm questioning one of the moves:

Daly,H - Bernstein,N [D00]
US Open Boston, MA, 1944

1.d4 d5 2.e3 c5 3.c3 e6 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.f4 Nc6 6.Nd2 Bd6 7.Nh3 0-0 8.0-0 Rb8 9.Qe1 Ng4 10.Nf3 f6 11.e4 cxd4 12.cxd4 Qb6 13.exd5 Nxd4 14.Kh1 exd5 15.Bd2 Bd7 16.Ba5 Nxf3 17.gxf3 Qe3 18.Qc3 Nh6 19.Bxh7+ Kxh7 20.Qxe3 Bxh3 21.Rg1 b6 22.Qd3+ Bf5 23.Qxd5 Bc5 24.Rgd1 Rbd8 25.Qc4 Rc8 26.Bc3 Rfe8 27.Qf1 Rc7 28.Re1 Rd8 29.Rad1 Bd7 30.Bd4 Bf8 31.Rc1 Bc6 32.Red1 Rdc8 33.Bc3 Bc5 34.Re1 Nf5 35.Qh3+ Kg8 36.Bd2 Nd4 37.Rf1 Ne2 38.Rxc5 bxc5 39.Qe6+ Kh7 40.Qxe2 Rd7 41.Bc3 Rd5 42.Qe6 Ba8 43.Qe7 Rcd8 44.Rg1

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At the point, the score continues <44...R8d7 45.Rxg7+ Kh8 46.Qxd7> 1-0. This seems unlikely because Daly would have missed 46.Qf8#, and I'm wondering if Black actually played <44...R5d7>.

Since the book is in Descriptive, it's possible the move may read 44...QR-Q2. If so, the rook on d5 was the original QR.

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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> It says 44...<R/QQ2>. This is ambiguous. It does not necessarily mean "the queen rook," since Black's previous move was written as 43...<R/BQ1>. Like you, I would think that the more likely interpretation is the one that would mean that Daly did not overlook mate in one.
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  Phony Benoni: <FSR? Thanks. Quite often in older materials -- say up to the 1920s or so -- a move by a player on their first rank would not have a rank number; for example, "14.R-Q".

If that were the case here, <R/QQ2> would indicate "rook on the queen's square [Q1] to queen 2". However, that doesn't seem to have been the practice if the previous move was "R/BQ1", so I'm taking it to be an ambiguous move.

Feb-12-16  zanzibar: Seems to be a detailed write-up about the man here:

(already mention by <FSR> above).

Feb-12-16  zanzibar: (I came across the article while looking for cigars!)
Dec-02-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Harlow Daly.
Oct-10-22  jerseybob: <Resignation Trap: Harlow B. Daly (1883-1979) had a chess career that lasted 75 years.> Reminds me of a chess version of that guy who ran the Boston Marathon faithfully into his 80's, Johnny something.
Oct-10-22  stone free or die: <jerseybob> That's <John A. Kelley> you're thinking of...

He ran the Boston Marathon something like 61 times, finishing 58 (he didn't finish his first two, in 1928 and 1932). He won it for the first time in 1935, and ran his last when he 84, in 1992.

Kelley loved running like Curdo loved chess it seems.

Oct-10-22  jerseybob: <stone free or die: <jerseybob> That's <John A. Kelley> you're thinking of...> Yes, him.
Oct-10-22  stone free or die: While we're here - might as well mention another long time hero of the marathon, Dick Hoyt (32 times as a father-son team):


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