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Arthur R Spiller
Number of games in database: 48
Years covered: 1951 to 1989
Overall record: +19 -25 =4 (43.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-14-1919, died Jun-11-1993, 74 years old) United States of America

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Spiller vs A Wuelfing  1-021195152nd US OpenC00 French Defense
2. W M Byland vs A Spiller  ½-½37195152nd US OpenB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
3. A Spiller vs E Mednis 1-025195152nd US OpenE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
4. E Hearst vs A Spiller  1-073195152nd US OpenA28 English
5. A Spiller vs J R Florido  1-053195152nd US OpenC13 French
6. A Spiller vs J F Donovan  0-131195152nd US OpenD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. A Spiller vs A C Ludwig  ½-½33195152nd US OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. C Brasket vs A Spiller 1-023195152nd US OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
9. A Spiller vs A C Ludwig  0-140195253rd US OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. A Spiller vs C Sharp  1-023195253rd US OpenC13 French
11. E Hearst vs A Spiller  1-022195253rd US OpenA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
12. A Spiller vs J R Florido  1-042195253rd US OpenC13 French
13. C Brasket vs A Spiller  ½-½36195253rd US OpenB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
14. A Spiller vs Santasiere  0-133195253rd US OpenD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
15. A Spiller vs D Byrne  0-150195556th US OpenE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
16. A Spiller vs J R Schroeder  0-131195556th US OpenE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
17. G Drexel vs A Spiller  1-030195556th US OpenA22 English
18. A Spiller vs S E Almgren  1-032195556th US OpenE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
19. L Rosselson vs A Spiller  1-0221957Stevenson MemorialE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
20. P Poschel vs A Spiller  0-137196061st US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
21. A Spiller vs C Brasket  0-111196061st US OpenD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
22. M Rohland vs A Spiller  0-133196061st US OpenB72 Sicilian, Dragon
23. A Spiller vs L Gilden  ½-½41196061st US OpenE70 King's Indian
24. A Spiller vs J G Sullivan  0-128196061st US OpenD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. R Kause vs A Spiller  0-131196061st US OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
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Sep-15-09  wrap99: Spiller was a very active tournament player, rated 2000+ from Los Angeles.
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  GrahamClayton: 1950 California Open champion and 1951 Californian State champion.
Apr-23-12  wrap99: I would add that I believe he was employed by the US Postal Service.
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  yiotta: <wrap99> Spiller did retire from the US Postal Service.
Feb-22-14  wrap99: I recently read the Fritz Lieber the sci-fi/fantasy writer was also CA champ around the same time.

I always got a tremendous kick out of the chess connections that indirectly link us all to all sorts of people inside and outside of chess.

(Consider just this one thing: Em. Lasker's doctoral adviser was Hilbert -- talk about linkages!

Thank you, Chess!)

Apr-07-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Spiller was my chess tutor for a while in the very early 1970s. Very nice and down to earth man. As such things go, we were paired in a Santa Monica Bay Chess Club tournament. He actually blundered a pawn away to me before buckling down and winning.

Yes, he worked for the postal service. Specifically, he was one of the guys who memorized the ZIP codes for each address in the area, so if an envelope came through without a ZIP code, he could add it. He covered a signficant franction of LA County that way; there were better payigng jobs covering even wider areas in the region (I didn't understand the details of the distinction), which he was thinking of testing for. I don't know what ever came of that plan.

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  perfidious: In bygone days, that was known as scheme training, which was mandatory for certain jobs. Sounds nefarious as all get out, but there you have it. For LA, that must be a whale of a lot of zips to know for even someone with a fantastic memory.
Mar-28-21  Z4all: ~1953 photo of him and Ray Martin:

Apr-19-21  wrap99: thanks for the photo, Z4all -- spiller looked quite different in 1977 when i first met him although younger than i am now.

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