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Hermann Liebenstein
Number of games in database: 16
Years covered: 1902 to 1924
Overall record: +3 -13 =0 (18.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1870) Germany (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Hermann Liebenstein was born in Germany and lived as a bookkeeper in Cologne (Köln, Keulen). In 1903 he emigrated (by own means) to USA (with ‘Zeeland’ from Antwerp), and went to Baltimore, where his sister Sophie was married to Emanuel Rothschild (1850-1911). He worked as a bookkeeper also there. In 1913 he moved to Manhattan, New York and worked as a clerk for R. L. Polk & Co. Later (in 1930) he was a bookkeeper again, in a New York mail-order house. He apparently never married or had any children.

He played chess in Berlin (according to a 1928 newspaper), and in London (1896), Cologne (1898, 1901) and Hannover (1902). In the US, he was Maryland state champion in 1905, 1906 and 1913. He also played in the American National (1913) tournament. This year he was elected Corresponding Secretary of the Rice Progressive Chess Club, and from now he played in the New York state championships (never with any great success), in club events and in the Metropolitan league. First for Rice (1913-1923), then for the Stuyvesant Chess Club (1924-1931) where he was once club champion, then for Rice again (1932-1938). About 2200-rated, he met most of the best players. A lover of faster time controls, he helped organize the Stuyvesant Rapid Transit* Chess Association.

Main sources: British Chess Magazine vol. 16 (1896), Het Niews van den Dag 5 Aug. 1898, Wiener Schachzeitung vol. 4 (1901),, New York passenger lists 1903,, New York newspapers, United States censuses 1910 and 1930. *

 page 1 of 1; 16 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Liebenstein vs O Piotrowski  1-0531902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC67 Ruy Lopez
2. H Liebenstein vs S F Smith  0-1251902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC11 French
3. H Liebenstein vs H Fahrni 0-1371902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. B Kagan vs H Liebenstein  1-0251902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. H Liebenstein vs G Exner  0-1361902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
6. H Liebenstein vs A Edelheim  1-0351902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC78 Ruy Lopez
7. E Cohn vs H Liebenstein  0-1411902DSB-13.Kongress Hauptturnier AC54 Giuoco Piano
8. Capablanca vs H Liebenstein 1-0261913American NationalC46 Three Knights
9. C Jaffe vs H Liebenstein  1-0441913American NationalC48 Four Knights
10. H Liebenstein vs O Chajes  0-1791913American NationalC78 Ruy Lopez
11. Marshall vs H Liebenstein  1-0331913American NationalC21 Center Game
12. H Liebenstein vs N Whitaker 0-1511913American NationalC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
13. Janowski vs H Liebenstein  1-0411913American NationalC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. H Liebenstein vs J S Morrison  0-1491913American NationalC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. H Liebenstein vs Kupchik  0-1481913American NationalB40 Sicilian
16. Pinkus vs H Liebenstein  1-0461924New York-ch Stuyvesant CCC66 Ruy Lopez
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  GrahamClayton: 1905 Baltimore Chess Association champion.
May-30-13  Karpova: Liebenstein won the 1906 Maryland Chess Championship over AW Schofield with +7 =1 -0

Source: Page 164 of the 1906 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

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  Stonehenge: Here's a H Liebenstein from Mühlheim who played in 1898 in Cologne:

British Chess Magazine mentions a H and a W Liebenstein here:

Perhaps they went from Germany to the US via England?

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  Stonehenge: Hermann Liebenstein:

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  Tabanus: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 28 March 1928:

<Tenner Trounces Teacher.
Many years ago, in Berlin, during the old days long before the war, H. Liebenstein and Oscar Tenner played together at chess. The latter was a pupil of the former and received odds. Much water has gone through the mill since that time.>

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  Tabanus: The sources on his personal life seem meager: no birth and death data (except 33 years and 4 months in Oct. 1903), no marriage, no children, no naturalization record, no passport application, and not mentioned in 1920 and 1940 censuses. His last mention in newspaper chess columns (that I could find) is in 1938, and possibly he died before 1940. I get the impression of a single, lonely man, forgotten by the coming war.
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  Tabanus: And no World War I record. His sister remarried (with a Brown) and died 1937 in Chicago. She was born in "Steinback, Germany". Possibly this is Steinbach near to Bad Liebenstein in Germany.
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  whiteshark: He played in Hannover 1902, Hauptturnier A, scoring 9.5 points out of 21 games.

Crosstable from Wiener Schachzeitung:

I'll check the Congress book for further infos later.

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  Tabanus: <whiteshark> Excellent :)

<Stonehenge: British Chess Magazine mentions a H and a W Liebenstein> The W must be a digital misreading of (a pdf) H.

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  whiteshark: There are 7 games of Liebenstein in the tournament book:

r2: vs Piotrowski (bl); 1:0
r4: vs Smith (bl); 0:1
r5: vs Fahrni (bl); 0:1
r9: vs Kagan (w); 1:0
r14: vs Exner (bl); 0:1
r16: vs Edelheim (bl); 1:0
r17: vs Cohn (w); 0:1

In the Fahrni game Liebenstein overlooked a #1 swindle, otherwise the game would have been a hot canditate for a beauty price. An <ingenious attack>, as the congress book notes.

I've uploaded the a.m. games...

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