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Albert Hodges
A Hodges 
Number of games in database: 146
Years covered: 1885 to 1923

Overall record: +50 -62 =29 (45.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C77 C65 C60 C63 C61
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    D05 D02 D00 A46
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D52 D55 D50 D51 D60
 Sicilian (7) 
    B73 B40 B23 B32 B45
 French Defense (6) 
    C14 C13 C10 C11 C01
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D30 D37
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C65 C77 C62 C83 C66
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D60 D63 D61 D51
 Ruy Lopez, Open (7) 
    C83 C82 C80
 Sicilian (7) 
    B32 B73 B40 B25 B23
 French Defense (4) 
    C13 C00 C01
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Hodges vs A E Blackmar, 1892 1-0
   T F Lawrence vs A Hodges, 1904 0-1
   E Michelsen vs A Hodges, 1915 0-1
   Lasker vs A Hodges, 1892 0-1
   A Hodges vs W Ward, 1909 1-0
   Chigorin vs A Hodges, 1904 0-1
   A Hodges vs Pillsbury, 1893 1-0
   A Hodges vs Showalter, 1904 1/2-1/2
   A W Fox vs A Hodges, 1904 0-1
   Pillsbury vs A Hodges, 1904 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Showalter - Hodges US Championship Rematch (1894)
   Showalter - Hodges US Championship (1894)
   1st City Chess Club Tournament (1893)
   New York Masters (1911)
   Rice Memorial (1916)
   Cambridge Springs (1904)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   000 -- 1900 Manhattan CC by crawfb5
   New York 1893 Masters Tournament by crawfb5
   Showalter - Hodges 1894 rematch by crawfb5

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(born Jul-21-1861, died Feb-03-1944, 82 years old) United States of America

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Albert Beauregard Hodges was Champion of the Manhattan Chess Club in 1893 and 1899. He played in thirteen USA vs Great Britain Cable Matches without losing a game and defeated Jackson Whipps Showalter in a match in 1894 in New York. Immediately after this he announced his retirement from active tournament play because of business commitments, though he continued to participate occasionally for many years.

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 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 146  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Hodges vs Samuel Lewis McCalla  0-1351885MatchC01 French, Exchange
2. Steinitz vs A Hodges 1-0171891Blindfold simul, 2bC25 Vienna
3. A Hodges vs A E Blackmar 1-0331892Brooklyn CC chC14 French, Classical
4. A Hodges vs J M Hanham  1-0381892New York NYSCAC11 French
5. E Delmar vs A Hodges 0-1731892MatchC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
6. A Hodges vs E Delmar  1-0381892MatchD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. E Delmar vs A Hodges  0-1521892MatchA03 Bird's Opening
8. A Hodges vs E Delmar  1-0371892MatchD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. E Delmar vs A Hodges  0-1381892MatchC53 Giuoco Piano
10. Lasker vs A Hodges 0-1431892Match seriesC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
11. A Hodges vs Lasker 0-1591892Match seriesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. A Hodges vs Lasker 0-1461892Match seriesD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Lasker vs A Hodges 1-0421892Simul, 14bB32 Sicilian
14. Albin vs A Hodges  1-0161893New York matchC27 Vienna Game
15. A Hodges vs Albin 0-1311893New York matchC77 Ruy Lopez
16. J M Hanham vs A Hodges  1-06118931st City Chess Club TournamentC55 Two Knights Defense
17. A Hodges vs J C Halpern 1-05118931st City Chess Club TournamentD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. A Ettlinger vs A Hodges  0-14718931st City Chess Club TournamentC13 French
19. A Hodges vs Showalter  0-14318931st City Chess Club TournamentD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. J W Baird vs A Hodges  0-12618931st City Chess Club TournamentC45 Scotch Game
21. A Hodges vs E Delmar  1-03418931st City Chess Club TournamentC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
22. A Hodges vs Pillsbury 1-04218931st City Chess Club TournamentC60 Ruy Lopez
23. A Hodges vs Albin  1-05918931st City Chess Club TournamentD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. D G Baird vs A Hodges  1-06718931st City Chess Club TournamentC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
25. Showalter vs A Hodges 1-0361894Showalter - Hodges US ChampionshipC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
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  Calli: Happy birthday Beau. An important figure in American chess and the subject of an upcoming biography by John Hilbert
Jul-21-08  brankat: Just like master Weiss, born on the same day 4 years earlier, a very talented and promising master, who gave up chess to pursue a career in business. What were these old-timers thinking? ;-)

R.I.P. Master Hodges.

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a link to a game played by Hodges in an 1897 Philadelphia v New York telegraphic match:

Jul-21-10  BIDMONFA: Albert Hodges

HODGES, Albert

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  GrahamClayton: The "Tennessee Morphy".
Jan-01-12  Petrosianic: An interesting story about Hodges, from Chess Review, 6-7/41:

<Hodges is also an expert checker player. On his vacation trips he always looks up the local checker champ. Once he met the champion of New England, played him five agames and won the majority. The checker player asked him who he was. When Hodges told him, the New Englander said:

"No, your name isn't Hodges. I know all the good checker players in the United States but I don't know that name."

"That's quite possible," Hodges replied. "I quit playing checkers before you were born.">

Feb-06-14  Karpova: On page 159 of the May-June 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung' is a nice chart of the USA vs Great Britain Cable matches from 1896 to 1911 (no matches from 1904 to 1906). 13 matches with 6 wins for America and 6 wins for Great Britain, additionally a draw in 1901. Both had acquired 64 points in total.

Hodges participated in all 13 matches and scored 9 points!

The chart is useful for anyone wanting to go deeper intoit, as it provides the exact dates and number of games.

May-21-14  zanzibar: A review of the Hodges book by Hilbert (with a measure of, er, criticism) can be found here:

The newspapers of the day mentioned him as a potential entrant in the 1893 NY Impromptu it, but the hours of play couldn't be rearranged to accomodate him:

<The hours of play for Mr. Delmar, Mr. Ryan and E. N. Olly have been changed in the afternoon to commence at 4 instead of 2 o'clock. [...]

A. B. Hodges wrote to the committee that he desired to enter if the hours could be arranged to suit him; the same hours that have been offered to Mr. Delmar and Mr. Rynam were suggested, but he decided not to enter.>

Sat BDSU-09-30

It's a bit too bad because Hodges was "peaking" in 1893:

May-21-14  zanzibar: Also, apparently Hodges wrote the introduction to the, er, infamous book on chess by Franklin Knowles Young:

<Field Book of Chess Generalship>

Young had a rather, shall we say, "unique" viewpoint of the battle on the chess board - a viewpoint that borrowed int the extreme from military strategy and tactics.

See the Winter's link above to see exactly what I'm talking about - or get it straight from the horse's mouth:

(I can't find any online source with Hodges intro - would be interesting to see what he had to say)

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  perfidious: <zanzibar> Remember going to a bookstore some forty years ago and spotting a work by Young; it is a good thing that was not the first book on chess I ever read, for it may well have been my last: turgid, nasty stuff.
May-21-14  zanzibar: Agreed on that score, definitely not beginner material. Now it's notable as a curio.

A bit surprising that bookstores were carrying it.

Jul-03-14  ljfyffe: <zanzibar>The criticism of Hilbert's book has to be taken with some salt as the critic wrote for children.
Jul-03-14  ljfyffe: Here's how the Montreal Gazette of 1836 instructs the reader as black to set up a board with his P on a3:< place your pawn on the third square of the queen' rook of your adversary.> Algebraic notation, it's not!
Jul-04-14  zanzibar: <<ljfyffe> <Algebraic notation, it's not!>>

Up with which, I will not put!

* * * * *

<ljfyffe> I take it your comment is a critique of Petersen's critique?

Is take it then that this is the same Glenn Petersen who was a former editor of USCF's CL&R and current editor of <Chess Life for Kids>?

FWI- Bobby Fischer once wrote for kids too -

Of course, editors are a different kettle of fish!

Jul-04-14  zanzibar: Is take it then that this is the same Glenn Petersen ... ==>

I take it then that this is the same...

(Looks like somebody does need an editor round here!)

Jul-04-14  ljfyffe: <zanzibar> "Bobby Fischer wrote for kids too...." I rest my case! Seriously though, I'm not being that serious.
Jul-05-14  ljfyffe: By the way, my comment is not to be construed in any manner to be a personal attack upon the critic, but rather it's on the suitabiliy of <writing style> pertaining to the subject at hand, ie whether to simplify or delve into detail.
Jul-05-14  zanzibar: <ljfyffe> it's been awhile since I read that review. Think I'll give it a re-read.

I'm not entirely clear what your point is though - I'm guessing you think Petersen over-simplified.

I do appreciate your comment - I entirely glossed over the identity of the critic when I referenced the piece. It was interesting to learn a little about the man.

One of the first rules of, er, "informed reading" is to know a little about the writer. I was lazy and just relied on the status of ChessCafe.

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Returning to the subject of this forum - Albert Hodges - comes this info about a 2nd career he apparently had:

<C.N. 2221 raised the subject of the first chess master to act in a film. We suggested A.B. Hodges (1861-1944), on the basis of the following ‘Hodges in the Movies’ item on page 47 of the February 1918 American Chess Bulletin:

‘Albert B. Hodges, ex-United States chess champion, has made a number of appearances on the screen, notably as a member of the Russian Duma in War Brides, the Police Inspector in The Auction Block, the Coroner in Empty Pockets and the Butler in the new Brenon picture False Faces.’

Can any reader discover information about Hodges’ acting career?

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As regards Albert B. Hodges’ alleged involvement in films in the second decade of the twentieth century, David Picken (Greasby, England) writes:

‘I have searched in the Internet Movie Database and the All Movie Guide database but have found nothing on Hodges, although the four films you mentioned are covered and cast-lists are given. It may be that Hodges was an “extra” or a very small bit part player who would not normally be credited. The films are:

War Brides. Released in 1916 as a short (eight minutes) by Selznick Pictures Corporation and directed by Herbert Brenon. The cast included Alla Nazimova and Richard Barthelmess.

The Auction Block. Released in 1917 and directed by Laurence Trimble.

Empty Pockets. Released in 1918 and directed by Herbert Brenon.

The False Faces. Released in 1919 and directed by Irvin Willat. Brenon appears not to have had a connection with this film.’


<Although many of the key details remain elusive, all available information on this aspect of the master’s life is presented on pages 314-315 of an <admirable> new book, Albert Beauregard Hodges (subtitle: The Man Chess Made) by John S. Hilbert and Peter P. Lahde (Jefferson, 2008).>>

Apparently opinion on Hilbert's work differ.

Jul-05-14  ljfyffe: <zanzibar> First of all, thanks for pointing out the Petersen review. No, what I am suggesting is that writing or editing for children is an art in and of itself that requires judicious simplication. On the other hand, writing about historical events is a different-coloured horse, or perhaps a horse of many colours. De horse has many de tails. What to leave out and what not to. Petersen is annoyed by footnotes. But historical context is important.
Jul-05-14  zanzibar: <ljfyffe> Ah, well I'll be a horse's "tail", now I understand.
Jul-06-14  ljfyffe: John Elburg calls Hilbert and Labhde's book a "classic masterpiece".
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Albert Hodges.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Albert Hodges.
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  MissScarlett: <The False Faces. Released in 1919 and directed by Irvin Willat. Brenon appears not to have had a connection with this film.>

I discovered that he did, at least initially. Hilbert & Lahde even float the possibility, given the time gap, that this film is not the one referred to by the February 1918 <ACB>, but again that isn't case.

The film is available on YouTube:

The film's just under 100 minutes long, and I've skipped through it, but, alas, with no sign of Hodges. Although the film quality isn't bad for the time, it's hardly HD, and <the Butler> isn't the most well-defined role; there's one character who appears to be playing some sort of secretary or attendant but he looks nothing like Hodges. It may be, of course, that Hodges's part ended up on the cutting-room floor.

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