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Charles Henry Wheeler
C H Wheeler 
Number of games in database: 1
Years covered: 1903

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(born Jul-22-1846, died Oct-15-1927, 81 years old) United States of America

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Charles Henry Wheeler wrote Two Move Chess Problems in 1887. He composed direct mates, selfmates and other types of problems. As mentioned by Edward Winter in his Chess Notes, who quotes William A Shinkman, Wheeler was ‘exceedingly modest of his own powers’. He was the actual inventor of the shortest game without capture that ends with stalemate: 1.a4 c5 2.d4 d6 3.Qd2 e5 4.Qf4 e4 5.h3 Be7 6.Qh2 Bh4 7.Ra3 Be6 8.Rg3 Bb3 9.Nd2 Qa5 10.d5 e3 11.c4 f5 12.f3 f4, as published in Sunny South in 1887. The game was later appropriated by Sam Loyd, who added parodic comments and scooped the credit for it. Charles was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He married in 1881, was the owner of a drug store in Chicago, and had four children.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Saunders vs C H Wheeler 0-1281903corrC39 King's Gambit Accepted

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Apr-18-16  ljfyffe: The St. John Globe, Sept. 11, 1903, CF Stubbs chess column: <Game played in the Rice Gambit Tournament of the Pillsbury N.C.C.A. Tournanent between E.
Saunders of Toronto, and C.H. Wheeler of Chicago.

Mr. E. Saunders, who played White in the foregoing correspondence game, is of Toronto's first class players, who played in a simultaneous
contest here in St. John a few years ago*, losing only one game. Mr. Wheeler is a well known problem composer, and an old contributer to the Globe chess column. Composers sometimes condescend to play the game, and often do it well.>

*Stubbs beat Saunders in that 1899 St.John simul.

The game, a Rice Gambit, is cited as Chicago - Toronto correspondence elsewhere; perhaps, it be not an official entry in the Pillsbury gambit tournament.

Apr-18-16  ljfyffe: *N.C.C.A. Tournament (my error).

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