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Roy Turnbull Black
Number of games in database: 70
Years covered: 1909 to 1950

Overall record: +23 -33 =13 (42.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C77 C84 C80 C73 C72
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D63 D52 D67 D61
 Petrov (7) 
    C42 C43
 Sicilian (5) 
    B73 B30 B20 B58
 French (4) 
    C10 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A46 A45 D05
 French Defense (4) 
    C10 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Capablanca vs R T Black, 1911 0-1
   R T Black vs J Bernstein, 1913 1-0
   R T Black vs Kostic, 1918 1/2-1/2
   G F Adair vs R T Black, 1913 0-1
   R T Black vs Kostic, 1916 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   New York (1918)
   9th American Chess Congress (1923)
   New York Masters (1911)
   Rice Memorial (1916)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Lake Hopatcong 1923 (9th American Chess Congress by Phony Benoni
   Rice CC Summer Masters Tourn. (New York 1913) by Phony Benoni

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(born Feb-14-1888, died Jul-27-1962, 74 years old) United States of America

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Roy T. Black, winner of the championship of Brooklyn seven times, was born in that borough of New York City. His local successes were supplemented by his winning the N. Y. State championship in 1914 and participation in the last two cable matches of the series of thirteen between America and Great Britain, wherein he won both of his games. He tied with Chajes for second and third prizes in the Metropolitan League masters' tournament in 1915, finishing with a score of 11½-3½, The title of Brooklyn champion came to him in 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1915, 1917 and 1918. Placed just below the prize winners in the New York tournament of 1911. Black was the only one to win a game from Capablanca, a reverse that cost the Cuban master the first prize. The Brooklyn champion's finest performance in international chess was his winning of the third prize in the Rice Chess Club's masters' tournament in 1913, when he made a score of 10-3, his two defeats being at the hands of Capablanca and Duras, who alone were ahead of him. In 1909 Black accomplished the seemingly impossible by scoring a match against Charles Nugent without winning a single game; in fact, he lost the only game contested, his opponent forfeiting the rest, which gave Black the match by 5-1. In 1917 Black defeated Howell by 3-1, with 1 draw, and in 1918 he won from A. Schroeder by 5-3, with 2 draws.

Source: Book of the 1918 International Masters' Tournament of the Manhattan Chess Club

In 1920-1921, he tied for 1st at the Manhattan Chess Club championship, but lost the playoff to David Janowski.

Wikipedia article: Roy Turnbull Black

Last updated: 2019-02-14 04:57:46

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 70  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R T Black vs B H Ritter  0-1161909Brooklyn CC chC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. J H Blake vs R T Black 0-159191012th Anglo-American Cable MatchC26 Vienna
3. R T Black vs M Smith  1-0411911New York MastersD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. D G Baird vs R T Black 0-1541911New York MastersC50 Giuoco Piano
5. R T Black vs P Johner  0-1241911New York MastersD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Capablanca vs R T Black 0-1431911New York MastersB20 Sicilian
7. R T Black vs W G Morris  1-0311911New York MastersB01 Scandinavian
8. C Jaffe vs R T Black  1-0491911New York MastersC10 French
9. R T Black vs Marshall 0-1361911New York MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. A Hodges vs R T Black  1-0491911New York MastersC42 Petrov Defense
11. R T Black vs O Chajes  0-1301911New York MastersD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. E Tenenwurzel vs R T Black 1-0181911New York MastersD05 Queen's Pawn Game
13. R T Black vs A Kreymborg  1-0471911New York MastersB10 Caro-Kann
14. G Walcott vs R T Black 1-0231911New York MastersC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
15. R T Black vs G W Richmond  1-038191113th Anglo-American Cable MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
16. Lasker vs R T Black  1-0241911Simul, 25bC10 French
17. A Schroeder vs R T Black 1-071912Brooklyn CC chA06 Reti Opening
18. F Beynon vs R T Black 0-1541913Rice CC MastersC10 French
19. R T Black vs A Marder  ½-½551913Rice CC MastersC77 Ruy Lopez
20. H M Phillips vs R T Black 0-1561913Rice CC MastersC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
21. Capablanca vs R T Black 1-0151913Rice CC MastersC42 Petrov Defense
22. R T Black vs J Bernstein 1-0401913Rice CC MastersC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. R T Black vs Kupchik  ½-½751913Rice CC MastersC41 Philidor Defense
24. R T Black vs Duras 0-1521913Rice CC MastersC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
25. J Grommer vs R T Black 0-1331913Rice CC MastersB30 Sicilian
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 70  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-06-04  Knight13: This guy lost a lot of games.
May-27-05  paladin at large: Roy Black looks like a turkey in the database, but he was a very strong player and was one or more times champion of the state of New York. He remained strong for a long time and gave simuls into the 50s, I believe.
Jan-06-06  chessmaster pro: what is he up to now
Jan-06-06  blingice: Probably being dead.
Jan-06-06  chessmaster pro: ah yes
Jan-10-06  Resignation Trap: Some vital statistics:
Roy T. Black was Born in New York City on February 14, 1888 and died in Williamsville, New York on July 27, 1962.
Jan-10-06  Laskerfan82: <Knight13> I'm sure many people would have been happy to lose a lot of games so long as they beat Capablanca in a tournament! Capablanca vs R T Black, 1911
Nov-30-06  Runemaster: Yes, only one win for Black, but it was against Capablanca!
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  alexmagnus: Yes and with Black:-)
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  GrahamClayton: <paladin_at_large>Roy Black looks like a turkey in the database, but he was a very strong player and was one or more times champion of the state of New York.

RT Black was also champion of the Brooklyn Chess Club. He played an unusual match against C Nugent in New York in mid-1909. Nugent won the first game, but then forfeited all of the remaining games, as well as the $100 stakes that he had contributed.

Source: Edward Winter "A Chess Omnibus - A trap and a bizarre match", Russell Enterprises, 2003

Jun-22-09  myschkin: . . .

Audaci favet fortuna:

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  Phony Benoni: <"The elopement of Roy T. Black last week and his absence from the big match Saturday night, seems to have cast a spell upon the team of the Brooklyn Chess Club, which was also short the services of several other good men and true, for the visitors from the Manhattan Chess Club had no difficulty in winning the return round by the score of 11 1/2-4 1/2. Another engrossed and framed score card, therefore, will henceforth adorn the walls of the victorious club in Carnegie Hall."> (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 14, 1914)

A romantic chess player?

Sep-26-14  reztap: IN the early fifties I was on a Cleveland,oh team that played Buffalo,NY in Erie Pa. Buffalo's first board was an elderly gentleman named Roy Black. He won. I don't remember the final result. I drew.

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