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Albert Charles Chow
Number of games in database: 63
Years covered: 1979 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2161 (2109 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2263
Overall record: +14 -34 =15 (34.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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A34 English, Symmetrical (6 games)
C34 King's Gambit Accepted (3 games)
B32 Sicilian (3 games)
B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack (2 games)
D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav (2 games)
D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation (2 games)
D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted (2 games)
B44 Sicilian (2 games)

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(born Jan-26-1964, 57 years old) United States of America

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Albert Charles Chow is a FIDE Master, Life Master, and former Senior Master. A Chicagoan, he was the co-winner of the 1994 U.S. Open. He won the Illinois Open outright in 1982, 1984, and 1995, and tied for the title in 1985, 1996, 2002, and 2008.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 63  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A C Chow vs E Karklins 0-17197980th US OpenA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
2. Tom MacCormack vs A C Chow  0-143197980th US OpenA10 English
3. Tim Kras vs A C Chow  ½-½321980Palmer House OpenA15 English
4. D Sprenkle vs A C Chow  1-0241982Chicago FuturityC44 King's Pawn Game
5. E Karklins vs A C Chow 1-03019821st Midwest Masters InvitationalC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
6. A C Chow vs T Q Miller 1-0371983U of Chicago InternationalB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. Gheorghiu vs A C Chow  1-0201984New York International OpenA34 English, Symmetrical
8. A C Chow vs Ljubojevic 0-1271984New York International OpenE15 Queen's Indian
9. A C Chow vs D Sprenkle  ½-½631985Midwest MastersA52 Budapest Gambit
10. Keene vs A C Chow 1-0191985Windy City InternationalA65 Benoni, 6.e4
11. E Schiller vs A C Chow  1-0401986Local TournamentB01 Scandinavian
12. E Schiller vs A C Chow  0-1401986International TournamentC11 French
13. I Ivanov vs A C Chow  1-02519864th Midwest Masters InvitationalA34 English, Symmetrical
14. E Schiller vs A C Chow  0-1381987Tuley ParkA07 King's Indian Attack
15. E Schiller vs A C Chow  0-1851988Illinois ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
16. D Gurevich vs A C Chow  ½-½281988Illinois ClassA34 English, Symmetrical
17. L Day vs A C Chow 1-0361988Oakham HouseC34 King's Gambit Accepted
18. A C Chow vs D Gurevich  ½-½3419886th Midwest Masters InvitationalE10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. D Gurevich vs A C Chow  1-0311989Chicago Chess CenterA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
20. E Schiller vs A C Chow 1-0161989ChicagoC15 French, Winawer
21. A C Chow vs Dlugy 0-15919897th Midwest Masters InvitationalD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. Kudrin vs A C Chow 1-027198990th US OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
23. A C Chow vs Shamkovich  0-1341990USA MastersD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. D Gurevich vs A C Chow  1-0391990Illinois opE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
25. A Witte vs A C Chow  ½-½441990U.S. MastersD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
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Dec-18-04  Lady Annalis: Albert Chow: a Brilliant Teacher and Inpiring Tournament Player right here in Chicago.
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  BishopBerkeley: Chicago, YAY!!

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(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

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  Ron: I have spoken with Albert Chow a couple times, at the (now defunct, alas) Chicago Chess Club. I've always found his chess discussion interesting and helpful. He has a weekly chess problem in the Chicago Sun Times--usually taken from a recent game.
Aug-01-05  Knight13: I've played Chow in a simul and he beat me in 32 moves. I've spoken to him, too. He was argueing with 2 experts after the US G/30 championship tournament. I don't know which guy won. But it was fun watching!!
Aug-02-05  Bent Bexley: I once saw Chow take an hour (or close to it) on his first move. Out in the hall, a few players including GM Goldin, were having a laugh about it. Did he think he was David Bronstein?

I think Chow won that game.

Aug-02-05  jcmoral: Well he should've, or else it would have been just silly. :)
Aug-02-05  who: What's the story about Bronstein, and do you have a reference by any chance?
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  TheAlchemist: <Bent Bexley> Did he calculate the game to the end?
Oct-10-05  Bent Bexley: Bent Bexley: <who> and <TheAlchemist> I am sorry for the great delay in responding to your posts. Bronstein once (more then once?) famously took an hour over his first move. I don't know the game or tounament off hand but with a little research you could probably find out the details.

I recall when Bronstein's name was mentioned, Goldin chuckled and said "Bronstein...a philosopher." I am sure he wasn't being derogatory at all.

I have no idea what was going on in Chow's head. <Did he calculate the game to the end?> That wouldn't be quite possible after just 1.e4. ;-)

Apr-27-06  DP12: It was against Boleslavsky in their match and he knew him very well. In particularr, that he was very strong with white so he debated for an hour which move to make. He ended up selecting 1... Nf6 and in a few moves he was worse anyway I guess.
Oct-15-06  sandmanbrig: I just played Chow in a simul yesterday. I drew him with king's indian. He played the samisch variation. I for one have never even played the king's indian before and am only rated 1370. He ended up sacking the exchange thinking he would come out up a pawn. But then realized that i had a tactic to equalize material with a winning endgame. I ended up drawing because it was 2 pawns and a knight and bishop vs. 2 pawns and a rook and knight with the pawns on the h and g files for both black and white.
Oct-15-06  mack: Well done sir. Please upload the game and notify me on my chessforum when it's up, so it can be added to Game Collection: members in action
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  Ron: Well its good to hear that Albert Chow is still playing chess. Chess activity seems to have declined in Chicago, since the end the Chicago Chess Club.
Apr-20-09  patzer2: At is a nice article mentioning how Albert Chow recently provided a strong and instructive simultaneous exhibition for Illinois High School chess players.

An excerpt: <Master Albert Chow came again this year to challenge all comers to a simul. Master Chow's simuls are more than the simple try to beat the master challenge. He uses the opportunity to instruct his challengers as well. The thirty-three challengers didn't fair too well. Only Ben Chan of Hinsdale Central HS played a game worthy of being offered a draw for his effort. He received the prize for the Best Game against the Master.>

Apr-20-09  Dredge Rivers: Chow time! Come and get it!
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  FSR: Regarding long thinks in chess:
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  andrewjsacks: <FSR> Thanks for the link. Very interesting indeed.
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  Ron: I personally knew Albert Chow in the 1990s--I said as much in a post in 2004. I'd wondered if Albert Chow was still playing chess.

There's evidence that his most recent rated game is from 2017.

Below is one of his games not in this database. Afterwards is analysis by Stockfish showing a petit combination missed by Chow.

The game:

Meduri, Aakaash (2042) vs Chow, Albert (2152)
Date: 2017-04-15
Event: Clark Street Capital GM, Chicago USA
Round: 7
Result: 0-1
Opening: Trompowsky Attack, Classical Defense (A45)

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. e3 c5 4. c3 cxd4 5. exd4 Be7 6. Nf3 b6 7. Nbd2 Bb7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. O-O d6 10. Qe2 Nbd7 11. Rfe1 Re8 12. h3 a6 13. Bc2 Qc7 14. Qd3 b5 15. Nh2 Qc6 16. f3 Nf8 17. a4 Nd5 18. Bxe7 Rxe7 19. axb5 axb5 20. Ng4 Ree8 21. Qf1 Qb6 22. Qf2 Rxa1 23. Rxa1 Nd7 24. Qh4 Nf8 25. Kh1 Ng6 26. Qf2 Ra8 27. Rxa8+ Bxa8 28. Nb3 Bc6 29. Qd2 Qa7 30. h4 Qe7 31. g3 Nf8 32. Kg1 Nb6 33. Qe2 Nc4 34. Bd3 d5 35. Nc5 Nd7 36. Nxd7 Qxd7 37. b3 Nd6 38. Qc2 h6 39. Ne5 Qc7 40. Kf2 Be8 41. Qb2 f6 42. Ng4 Bf7 43. Bb1 Qb6 44. Kg2 b4 45. Qd2 Nb5 46. Qa2 Qa7 47. Qxa7 Nxa7 48. cxb4 Nb5 49. Bd3 Nxd4 50. b5 Kf8 51. b6 Ke7 52. Bb5 Kd8 53. Ba4 Kc8 54. Nf2 Kb7 55. g4 Bg6 56. f4 Bc2 57. g5 hxg5 58. hxg5 fxg5 59. fxg5 Kxb6 60. Ng4 Kc7 61. Ne3 Bxb3 62. Be8 Kd6 63. Kh3 Nc2 64. Ng2 d4 65. Bg6 Nb4 66. Ne1 Bd1 67. Kg3 e5 68. Be4 Bb3 69. Kg4 Be6+ 70. Kh5 Bf7+ 71. Kg4 Nd5 72. Nd3 Ne3+ 73. Kg3 Bd5 74. Bg6 Bc4 75. Nf2 Bd5 76. Bd3 Ke6 77. Kh4 Ng2+ 78. Kg4 Nf4 79. Bb1 Bc4 80. Bf5+ Ke7 81. Kf3 Be2+ 82. Ke4 Kd6 83. Bh7 Bh5 84. Bg8 Bg6+ 85. Kf3 Ne6

Now go back to the position after White's 31st move:

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One of the types of moves I look at is attacking a piece with a pawn. Is f5 worthwhile here? Stockfish 12 says its the best move. Play could go: 31. ... f5 32. Nh2 f4 33. Bxg6 fxg3 34. Qg5 Qxg5 35. hxg5 hxg6 36. Nf1 Nf4 37. Nxg3 Bxf3+ 38. Kh2

Black wins a pawn and Stockfish 12 says: - (2.61) Depth=39/68 0:01:21 94 MN

Oct-18-20  login:

In 1988 a young Albert Chow privides an interesting broad overview of how to tackle chess, life and several obstackles both have had in store for this talented chess master

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'.. "I think the way people play tells you a little bit about their personalities," says Chow (although not all masters agree with him). "Dr. Eugene Martinovsky" (2451)--a perennial rival of Chow's at the pinnacle of Chicagoland chess, and a professional psychiatrist--"you can see from his play that he's refined, not rash, in control. Also, he's super-dangerous to play against because of his knowledge of human beings." On the other hand, Benjamin Finegold (2457), a 19-year-old player Chow encountered in a recent tournament, "is very hyper, always talking. He comes up and asks me lots of questions and leaves me no time to answer. His game is also like that--he throws a lot of stuff at you, and you wonder what he means, but you can't take it for granted." On the other hand, Chow's own shoulder-length black hair and all-black clothing, while unusual for a chess player, is not reflected in any particularly outlandish play over the board.

"I consider chess one of the international languages," says Jules Stein, 72-year-old graphic artist and proprietor of the Chicago Chess Center, the only place in town where you can be sure of finding a game any evening and a tournament almost every weekend. "I've had guys come in here who spoke German, Hebrew, French, Spanish. The one language they all speak is chess." Chess-as-communication is Chow's rationale for refusing to play against computers (except for practice). He doesn't think there's anyone there to communicate with. "I enjoy playing a human being--the exchange of ideas. But a computer is like a streetlight turning from red to yellow. I don't think it's fair to enter them in tournaments. It's like entering a calculator in a math contest. ..'

by Harold Henderson, Chicago Reader

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