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Asa Hoffmann
A Hoffmann 
Number of games in database: 24
Years covered: 1963 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2185 (2142 rapid, 2117 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2421
Overall record: +10 -11 =3 (47.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-25-1943, 78 years old) United States of America

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FIDE master from New York City. In 1962, he won the New York City Junior Championship. His autobiography is Chess Gladiator. He once served as vice-president of the Manhattan Chess Club.

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 page 1 of 1; 24 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Hoffmann vs Fischer 1-0171963blitzC52 Evans Gambit
2. A Hoffmann vs R H Steinmeyer  ½-½231963Manhattan Chess Club ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
3. R H Steinmeyer vs A Hoffmann  1-0251964Manhattan Chess Club ChampionshipA73 Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O
4. A Hoffmann vs R H Steinmeyer  ½-½361965Manhattan Chess Club ChampionshipB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. A Hoffmann vs R Byrne 0-122196566th US OpenB57 Sicilian
6. A Hoffmann vs L A Suarez  1-020196566th US OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. A Hoffmann vs L Day 0-1421967Atlantic OpenB56 Sicilian
8. A Hoffmann vs J Grefe 1-0401978USAA07 King's Indian Attack
9. C Van Tilbury vs A Hoffmann 1-0551978GHI International OpenA56 Benoni Defense
10. A Hoffmann vs Koss 1-0311983USAC00 French Defense
11. A Hoffmann vs Shipman  1-0351983USAC00 French Defense
12. A Hoffmann vs J Bonin 1-0731989Ch Manhattan Chess ClubC00 French Defense
13. A Hoffmann vs Wojtkiewicz 1-0341989New York ManhattanA00 Uncommon Opening
14. A Hoffmann vs Ashley 1-0321989Manhattan CCA07 King's Indian Attack
15. V Zaltsman vs A Hoffmann  1-0401991Manhattan opA55 Old Indian, Main line
16. A Hoffmann vs I Ivanov 1-0431992New York opA07 King's Indian Attack
17. J Bonin vs A Hoffmann 1-0551993New York op 93\03A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
18. A Hoffmann vs M Fernandez  0-1541993New York opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. A Hoffmann vs J J Hastings  1-026199321st World OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
20. A Hoffmann vs I Ivanov  0-1431994New York opB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. Dzindzichashvili vs A Hoffmann 1-0291994New York opB10 Caro-Kann
22. A Hoffmann vs Yudasin  ½-½45200376th NY MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
23. A Hoffmann vs Nakamura 0-1572004New York Masters 117thB30 Sicilian
24. A Hoffmann vs G Patella  0-1372009Marshall CC Sunday G/30 RapidA80 Dutch
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Nov-06-13  Granny O Doul: 19 games is too many at that, as the Antoshin and Kanefsck games are both certainly not Asa's.
Nov-06-13  Wyatt Gwyon: How would somebody go about getting more of his games on the database?
Nov-07-13  Caissanist: You can try the PGN upload page at PGN Upload Utility . Games can take a long time to get in though, or did the last time I tried several years ago.
Nov-07-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Yeah, I've submitted games through the PGN Upload. I'm not sure anyone actually reads them. What I meant was, how would somebody acquire Asa's games? There must be thousands floating around out there. He's published a book, but other than that, I don't know. I guess from larger databases that I'm too cheap to buy access to.
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  Stonehenge: You can use or
Nov-07-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Cool. Maybe I'll upload some of those and see how long it takes for nothing to happen.
Nov-15-13  Granny O Doul: At a glance, I'd say that 365 database are all legit Asa games, with the exception of the three from "planernaya", which are probably Alejandro Hoffman's.
Jan-09-14  N0B0DY: <JoergWalter: <offramp> that is ok and useful insight. nobody injured.> I don't really know whether it is possible to say so.
Apr-01-14  Moszkowski012273: Saw Asa just the other day.
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  perfidious: <Saw Asa just the other day.>

A momentous event in chess history.

Apr-03-14  Moszkowski012273: "I-need-to-get-outta-the-house-more...."(FYP)
Apr-03-14  ChemMac: Of course Asa and I have a long chess history. I was the Manhattan Club President when he got elected Vice-President. I always seemed to finish ahead of him in tournaments, but never could win from him in regular games. Whether fairly or unfairly, Asa always was thought by many to have a rather shady reputation. As far as I know, his only income for some time was from playing against all comers for money; later, he earned money from teaching.

Perhaps; a personal tragedy: a passion for Chess, yet never able to equal the best.That's not bad when one is an amateur, if at USCF Master level, with a profession. Another NY player, who did get his IM title, but never a GM, is Bernard Zuckerman. Chess can be a cruel occupation.

Apr-03-14  Moszkowski012273: I've gotten to know him pretty well over the last few years. Very recently he married a lovely lady he dated almost 40 years ago (with of course a huge party at the Marshall afterwards). Yes his rating is slowly fading away, but the man has never seemed happier.
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  perfidious: <ChemMac> Never heard anything one way or another regarding Asa's reputation.

Recall the first time we met, summer 1985: a friend introduced us at the Manhattan Club and we spent the better part of a Sunday afternoon playing blitz. Believe one of us won the odd game more than the other.

Just reading back <Granny>'s kibitz, mentioning the games which have evidently been correctly attributed to the Argentine GM Hoffman: my guess would be that there are not a great number of people, other than Nakamura and myself, who have met both Alejandro Hoffman and Asa Hoffmann at the board.

Apr-03-14  ChemMac: <Moszkowski012273> I can only wish Asa all happiness! I probably know the name of Asa's wife, but I have been out of the NY chess scene for nearly 30 years.

I DID actually play one game for the Marshall Chess Club in the then Metropolitan Chess League in 1954. I'd recently arrived in the US, and visited the Marshall. Their first board hadn't shown up for a match against the NJ team: would I like to play? OK...I won fairly quickly against Clinton Parmelee who apparently had won the US Amateur Championship...but then explained that on $92 a month, which was what Columbia U. was paying me as a graduate assistant after taxes, I couldn't see paying even a small membership fee. So: no serious Chess for another six years.

Asa was known as a chess hustler, but in fairness to him, he had to live somehow! There are usually two sides to every story.

Apr-03-14  Moszkowski012273: Well put! Her name is Virginia and she's a WONDERFUL lady. The both of them (along with Bonin) are still at the Marshall almost every single day.
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  stoy: I remember Dr. Karl Burger telling Asa in the early 1960s that he could get Asa out of the draft. I also recall Asa being Armed Forces Chess Champion somewhere in the 60s. Such is life.
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  perfidious: <stoy: I remember Dr. Karl Burger telling Asa in the early 1960s that he could get Asa out of the draft....>

Nothing like friends in low places.

Dec-16-14  Moszkowski012273: A new book is out by Asa....
Dec-18-14  Moszkowski012273: Also... Asa is featured in November Chess Life as being the #1 blitz player over the age of 65!
Dec-18-14  john barleycorn: Is it my imagination or are there physical similarities to Robert Huebner?

Robert Huebner

Dec-18-14  Moszkowski012273: Hmmmmmm..... Methinks you are correct sir...
Dec-19-14  domradave: I think Asa is a good guy. Every encounter I had with him was fine.
Dec-19-14  Moszkowski012273: I used to see Asa quite a bit, but not so much now that he's married... He's a good guy.
Dec-19-14  Moszkowski012273: <domradave> are you in NYC?
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