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Charles L Bagby
Number of games in database: 9
Years covered: 1929 to 1955
Overall record: +4 -3 =2 (55.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-05-1903, died Sep-30-1975, 72 years old) United States of America

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Charles L. Bagby was a chess master and San Francisco lawyer. His victories included the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club championship in 1923, the Northern California Championship in 1949 and 1950, and the California championship in 1958.

He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Mechanics’ Institute (Chess Club) in 1940, and served longer than any Trustee in the history of the Institute.

Clock Consultation Alekhine vs Gross H/Bagley C/Cla, 1929


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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alekhine vs C L Bagby 0-1471929Simul, 43bD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. H Borochow vs C L Bagby  1-0271929Californian State ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
3. C L Bagby vs A J Fink  1-0391939MatchD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
4. C L Bagby vs Koltanowski  ½-½411939San FranciscoD95 Grunfeld
5. J R Schroeder vs C L Bagby  0-142195556th US OpenE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
6. C L Bagby vs Berliner  1-053195556th US OpenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. D Byrne vs C L Bagby  1-041195556th US OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. W A Bills vs C L Bagby  ½-½42195556th US OpenE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
9. Eugene Levin vs C L Bagby  1-043195556th US OpenC27 Vienna Game
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Aug-01-07  sneaky pete: Clarence B. "Pops" Bagley. Washington State champion 1862-1875. Author of < History of King County, Washington>, 1929. Died 1932.
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  Calli: <sneaky pete> source? Skinner & Verhoeven have "C. Bagby" for this game. Almost certainly Charles L. Bagby, a well-known San Fran. player of the period.
Aug-02-07  sneaky pete: <Calli> Too bad, I guess I'm completely wrong here. If there was a "well-known" (not to me) Charles Bagby around in San Francisco in 1929, that's much more likely the culprit. He may be related to the old man of course. I found a short mention of "Pops" Bagley in an Ulvestad biography by John Donaldson and was attracted by the idea that he would, in his 90ies, travel from Seattle to San Francisco to deal so efficiently with the upstart Alekhine.
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  Calli: <sneaky pete> CG database has the wrong name, so its not really your error. Bagby never played in a big tournament, but he played simultaneous exhibitions of ten blindfold games which added to his local fame.

"Charles L. Bagby, a member of the Institute since 1938 and a Trustee, died in San Francisco on September 30, 1975,[born 1903] survived by his widow June Phelps Bagby. Mr. Bagby was a native of Charleston, South Carolina, a graduate of the University of Washington, and practiced law in San Francisco for nearly 40 years. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of Mechanics' Institute in 1940 and served continuously until his death, longer than any Trustee in the history of the Institute"

THE CALIFORNIA CHESS REPORTER (Vol. XXV No. 2) September-October 1975

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  Calli: Here's your man "Pops"

Apr-27-14  Petrosianic: Same name as Jack Benny's long-time piano player. Except that this Charlie Bagby sent people to Alcatraz, while Jack's band was always spending time there.
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  offramp: Baggers will live on in our hearts.
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  perfidious: So long, perhaps, as they are not tea-baggers....
Apr-28-14  Petrosianic: If talking about Jack Benny's piano player reminds people of politics, it might be time to take a step back from politics for a while.
Apr-29-14  GoldenKnight: Hmm, I knew Charles Bagby. Introduced to him by Paul Vayssie at the Mechanics' Institute and played a game with him. This had to be around 1967. He was very old then, but he beat me very quickly -- now I understand why. I didn't know he was that good. Later I read about him in a book by Reuben Fine, something to the effect that he was the only player he knew who remembered positions in blindfold chess by memorizing all the moves. He referred to him as, Charles Bagsby, San Francisco attorney -- same man.
Apr-29-14  Petrosianic: So, to the best of your knowledge, did he ever go by "Charlie", even for a laugh?
May-04-14  GoldenKnight: As far as I know, no. But remember he was very old when I met him, and anyone who did call him Charlie was probably dead by then. We all knew him as "Mr. Bagby." Maybe some of his fellow trustees at the Institute called him Charlie. But I'm sure they're all gone now too.

Incidentally, I also played a tournament game against William Bills, also listed above. He was a well-known Master from Texas who played quite a bit up here in Northern California.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Charles Bagby.

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