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Claude Fred Tears
Number of games in database: 34
Years covered: 1943 to 1965
Overall record: +8 -17 =9 (36.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born May-13-1919, died May-27-1998, 79 years old) United States of America

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In 1947, Claude Fred Tears, Jr won the Correspondence Chess League of America (CCLA) Grand National Championship. In 1950, he won the Texas State Chess Championship.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C F Tears vs J W Barnhart  1-0241943Grand National corrB50 Sicilian
2. C F Tears vs J Battell  0-1161944Marshall CC-ch (/45)C55 Two Knights Defense
3. A Davis vs C F Tears 1-0171944corrC57 Two Knights
4. Fine vs C F Tears 1-0231945Blindfold Rapid Transit ExhibitionC70 Ruy Lopez
5. C F Tears vs A Sandrin 0-142195152nd US OpenC41 Philidor Defense
6. V Dollahite vs C F Tears  0-127195152nd US OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
7. C F Tears vs G Eastman  ½-½36195152nd US OpenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. J Sherwin vs C F Tears  1-040195152nd US OpenA34 English, Symmetrical
9. C F Tears vs G Hartleb  1-050195152nd US OpenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. A Liepnieks vs C F Tears  ½-½38195152nd US OpenD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
11. C F Tears vs R Brieger  0-145195152nd US OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. W M Byland vs C F Tears 1-044195152nd US OpenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
13. C F Tears vs H Steiner  0-1261952Southwest OpenC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
14. C F Tears vs L Schmid  0-1351954Dyckhoff mem-A corr5456C18 French, Winawer
15. C F Tears vs Fischer ½-½45195657th US OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
16. Bisguier vs C F Tears 1-026195657th US OpenA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
17. W A Bills vs C F Tears  1-056195657th US OpenA80 Dutch
18. C F Tears vs R Potter  1-022195657th US OpenA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
19. W M Byland vs C F Tears  0-125195657th US OpenC34 King's Gambit Accepted
20. C F Tears vs J F Donovan  0-145195657th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
21. R F McGregor vs C F Tears  0-144195657th US OpenA80 Dutch
22. C F Tears vs R Martin  0-153195657th US OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
23. I Romanenko vs C F Tears  1-061195657th US OpenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Santasiere vs C F Tears 0-138195758th US OpenC30 King's Gambit Declined
25. C F Tears vs R Llorens Riera ½-½691958W-ch4 sf05 corrC27 Vienna Game
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Aug-30-08  myschkin: . . .

ArtistiC Tears

Dec-14-09  ILikeFruits: cry me...
a juice...
Dec-14-09  Raisin Death Ray: Sadly, I'll be crying lots of tears in the near future.

<<Dredge Rivers is leaving us!!>>

He just announced it on Kibitzer's Cafe!

My old buddy, my old pal. Gone!

Boo! Hoo!

Dec-14-09  ILikeFruits: why...
Dec-15-09  Raisin Death Ray: <ILikeFruits> Check out his post on Kibitzer's Cafe and see for yourself!
Jan-10-10  ILikeFruits: i often...
cried when my...
lady friend...
walked away...
but im...
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  Phony Benoni: Does anybody know the actual name of this person? I've seen him listed in a number of US Open crosstables, usually as <C F Tears, Jr.> or <C Fred Tears, Jr.> from Dallas, Texas. "Cath" just doesn't seem to go with "Fred".
Jun-05-11  I play the Fred: I seem to remember the "C" standing for "Claude" from an old Chess Life, but I can't get to my archives to check.
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  Phony Benoni: <I play the Fred> Touchdown! I should have known to ask you about any chess player named Fred.

From Alex Dunne's Column "The Check is in the Mail" for October 1998:

<C.F. TEARS (1907-1998)

Claude Fred Tears, Jr. died May 27 of cancer. He was 90.

His son, C.F. "Rick" Tears III, said his father was visited several times by "men in dark suits" because his chess correspondence with Russians during the 1950s resembled what the FBI thought was code. When he died, he was competing in the World Correspondence Chess Championship. Tears also fought on third board for the USA in the V Olympiad, tying for first place on his board and being instrumental in qualifying the U.S. for the finals. He also won CCLA's 1947 Grand National. He was scheduled to become a postal IM at the ICCF Congress in September of this year.

Ken Smith said of Fred, "His dedication to correspondence was nearly unbelievable. He spent days and the midnight oil over a move." An example of Fred's play can be found at the end of the column.>

I also found a Texas chess website that listed some of his OTB achivements, so all these games are clearly by the same person.

One small problem: the Social Security Death Index gives his dates as May 13, 1919-May 27, 1998. But at least I can request we get rid of "Cath".

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  perfidious: <Phony Benoni> Then there's this player, but the whole truth will never be known: G R Mitchell.
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  perfidious: One would think there were but few other non-grandmasters who faced off with Fine and Fischer.
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  Phony Benoni: <perfidious> Another non-GM Fischer/Fine opponent that comes quickly to mind is Edmund Nash, who also faced--among many others--Kashdan, Larsen, and me. That's what happens when you play in many US Opens over a 63-year period (1934-1997).

By the way, don't ask. it was embarrassing.

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