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Years covered: 1931

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1. Reshevsky vs Wilber 1-019193132nd Western ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack

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  Phony Benoni: Name given as "Wilber" in "American Chess Bullein", 1931, p.170. However, the "Brooklyn Daily Eagle", October 15, 1931, uses <Wilbur>. Both were edited by Hermann Helms.

Also there was a member of the Brooklyn Chess Club at the time named <N B Wilber> (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 12, 1931). I rather doubt he was the player at Tulsa, though, for Helms (a tireless promoted of Brooklyn chess) would have surely mentioned the fact. On the other hand, Wilber / Wilbur did go 0-9.

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  Tabanus: I made a vane attempt, it looks hopeless. But is there any chance that Wilbur Lyttleton Moorman was meant? Else there is a Nathan Burgess Wilber b. 1863 in Massachusetts who moved to Manhattan apparently some time between 1900 and 1910.
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  Phony Benoni: I can't see it being Wilbur Lyttleton Moorman; outside of his age and inactivity, he was too well for such a mistake to be made. Of course, Helms was working with reports from Tulsa rather than being there, but it still seems impossible.

Nathan Burgess Wilber may possibly be the person Helms mentioned in BDE, but at age 68 it's even less likely he would have made the trip to Tulsa without notice.

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  Phony Benoni: <Tabanus> Another possible clue: Dr. P. G. Keeney's column in the "Cincinnati, Enquirer", October 18, 1931, gives <W. D. Wilber, of Michigan.>

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