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Alexander Rueb
Number of games in database: 30
Years covered: 1904 to 1932
Overall record: +8 -17 =5 (35.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-27-1882, died Feb-02-1959, 76 years old) Netherlands

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Alexander Rueb was a lawyer, chess organiser and one of the founders of FIDE (The World Chess Federation) in 1924. He was also president of the Dutch Chess Federation (1923-1928) and the first president of FIDE (1924-1949). His large chess library was destroyed by bombing in 1945 and Rueb had to rebuild it after the war. It is now part of the Amsterdam University Library. He also wrote a five volume work on endgame studies.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Rueb vs B Beffie  0-1241904LSG-VASD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. A Rueb vs O Wegemund 1-0311908correspondenceD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. A Rueb vs S Renyi 0-12619112nd Corr Int Tt 'Schweizer Schachzeitung'C39 King's Gambit Accepted
4. A Wagner vs A Rueb  0-1301912corrA02 Bird's Opening
5. A Rueb vs J Belinfante  0-1251913DD simulD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. H Strick van Linschoten vs A Rueb  0-1331919SSS CupC54 Giuoco Piano
7. A Rueb vs M Marchand  0-1431919SSS CupB56 Sicilian
8. Euwe vs A Rueb  1-0561920ScheveningenC49 Four Knights
9. A Rueb vs G Oskam 0-1191920DD-NRSVC22 Center Game
10. Euwe vs A Rueb  1-0301922?D34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. A Rueb vs Euwe ½-½331922?C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
12. Euwe vs A Rueb 0-1501922?C13 French
13. A Rueb vs T Hess  ½-½221922GER-NEDC10 French
14. T Hess vs A Rueb  1-0351922GER-NEDD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Euwe vs A Rueb  1-0171923SSS CupA22 English
16. A Rueb vs Euwe  0-1221923SSS CupC44 King's Pawn Game
17. V Sifalda vs A Rueb  0-1191923PragueC29 Vienna Gambit
18. A Rueb vs L Loewenton  1-0371924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC78 Ruy Lopez
19. G Cenni vs A Rueb  1-0371924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC26 Vienna
20. A Rueb vs A Chepurnov 0-1541924Paris Unofficial OlympiadB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
21. A Rueb vs F Lazard  0-1311924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
22. G Davidescu vs A Rueb  1-0281924Paris Unofficial OlympiadD04 Queen's Pawn Game
23. J Kleczynski Jr vs A Rueb 0-1371924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. K Vanek vs A Rueb  ½-½401924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. L Miliani vs A Rueb  ½-½311924Paris Unofficial OlympiadC54 Giuoco Piano
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  Benzol: Is this the man who was an organiser of chess events and one of the founders of FIDE in 1924?
Jul-13-05  sneaky pete: <Benzol> It is. A lawyer by profession, he was also president of the Dutch chess federation 1923-1928 and an active player as far as his other occupations allowed.
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  Benzol: <sneaky pete> Thanks mate. I was aware he was FIDE President but didn't realise he was active as a player.
Dec-27-07  BIDMONFA: Alexander Rueb

RUEB, Alexander

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  GrahamClayton: Rueb also played correspondence chess, and along with Max Euwe and Alexander Alekhine, promoted the idea of a world correspondence championship in the 1930's, which did not come to fruition until after World War 2. Rueb was also awarded the International Arbiter title by FIDE in 1951.

Source: Tim Harding "50 Golden Chess Games - More Masterpieces of Correspondence Chess", Chess Mail, 2004

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  offramp: I always visualise him wearing a straw hat and a plaid shirt.
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  offramp: ...shuffling his pieces around to the tune of a Hank Williams song. Punching his trailer when he leaves his queen en prise...
Aug-11-14  diagonal: Dutch biography of Alexander Rueb, taken from the Max Euwe Centrum:
Feb-11-18  Retireborn: Gillam's 1918 booklet offers four games and a fragment by Rueb from the Scheveningen Silver Cup (won by Loman, no dates given.)

Interestingly he insists on calling him Rub (with an umlaut.) I have never seen that before, nor can I recall seeing other Dutch names umlauted.

One wonders if he changed the spelling of his name post-1918 for what one might call political reasons.

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  MissScarlett: <His large chess library was destroyed by bombing in 1945 and Rueb had to rebuild it after the war.>

Ah, so Rueb was also a stone worker.

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  Telemus: <Retireborn: calling him Rub (with an umlaut.)> You mean Rüb?! With due respect to Gillam, I'd like to see a proof before I believe this. There are numerous chess reports in Dutch newspapers, before and after 1918, where his name was written as usual. For example at the beginning of the century, Rueb played for a chess club in Leiden.

<One wonders if he changed the spelling of his name post-1918 for hat one might call political reasons.> That's wild speculation, isn't it?

Rueb became an advocate in 1908 and worked then at the Hoge Raad ( From 1917 to 1920 he was secretary of the central administration of the Dutch Red Cross, and from 1917 to 1938 he was deputy president of the board of appeal for the accident law. At some point he was also consul of Luxembourg.

There is a very interesting book on the chess life in the Netherlands in the 19th century: "Het loopt ongenadiglijk mat" by H.J.G.M. Scholten (1999, 635(!) pages). Therein the father Chr. Rueb and his son Alexander Rueb are named founder and re-founder, respectively, of the students chess club "Morphy" in Leiden. Nowhere I saw something other than Rueb.

Feb-11-18  Retireborn: <Telemus> <You mean Rüb?!>

Yes indeed. Gillam says that a booklet with 29 games was published and a few other games were found in Dutch chess magazines and newspapers. I assume his umlauted spelling derives from one of these sources, which is not to say that the source is correct, of course. And I suppose it's possible that it's a different person and the initial A is just a coincidence.

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  Telemus: <Retireborn> Thanks.

I have just checked the Dutch newspapers of 1918. There are many reports on the "Schevenigsche bekerwedstrijt" (indeed a silver goblet), and again the name is always Rueb or A. Rueb. Seems not to be a different person.

The tournament was played over a period of several months, and the number of games per player variied during this period, which possibly explains the missing dates.

Feb-11-18  Retireborn: <Telemus> Thanks for that, very interesting. I did suspect that it was (more or less) a club tournament played over a period of time.

Perhaps the umlauted spelling derives from the 29-game booklet then, and may just be a misunderstanding by whoever compiled it. Gillam gives no details about it, other than to say a similar one had been produced for Scheveningen 1917.

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  Telemus: For some time I visit almost daily the page of ARVES, the <A>lexander <R>ueb Vereniging voor Schaak<E>indspel<S>tudie.

Feb-05-22  TheBirdman33: <Telemus> Thanks a lot for that link -- as can be read from Max Euwe's eulogy, <Rueb> is always spelled like this, not with U-umlaut < ü >.
Oct-15-22  Olavi: Bent Larsen writes in his book on the 1978 WC match "In 1939, when the war had started in Europe, the FIDE congress in Buenos Aires elected an Argentine presiden, but FIDE's founder and president Alexander Rueb simply ignored this election, and the Argentine president is not mentioned in the official books!!"

That's news to me. I wonder if anything tangible is to be found.

Oct-16-22  Olavi: There's this, published this week. Complete coincidence, I hadn't noticed the story on the FIDE page.

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