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Howard Ohman
Number of games in database: 26
Years covered: 1921 to 1962
Overall record: +4 -17 =5 (25.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jul-17-1899, died Feb-25-1968, 68 years old) United States of America

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Howard Ohman was Omaha's leading player for several decades, and won the Nebraska State Championship a number of times.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W S Gilman vs H Ohman  0-1331921Match Game 1 of 4C01 French, Exchange
2. W S Gilman vs H Ohman 0-1301921Match Game 3 of 4C14 French, Classical
3. Alekhine vs H Ohman ½-½681924Simul, 38bD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
4. H Ohman vs G Buck 1-0151931Omaha NebraskaC34 King's Gambit Accepted
5. H Ohman vs D Saxton  0-1361940Omaha City ChampionshipA03 Bird's Opening
6. D Saxton vs H Ohman  1-0331940Omaha City ChampionshipD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
7. Fine vs H Ohman  1-035194041st US OpenD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. H Steiner vs H Ohman  1-0431940US Open. Championship FinalB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
9. E W Marchand vs H Ohman  1-0621940US Open. Championship FinalA07 King's Indian Attack
10. D Saxton vs H Ohman 1-0151947Omaha Chess Team PlayoffE00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A C Ludwig vs H Ohman  1-0251948Omaha City Championship - prelim gameD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. H Ohman vs A C Ludwig 0-12219492nd Nebraska OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
13. J Spence vs H Ohman  ½-½6419492nd Nebraska OpenA90 Dutch
14. H Ohman vs H Steiner  0-147195051st US OpenA21 English
15. M Fox vs H Ohman  1-033195051st US OpenB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
16. H Ohman vs C C Crittenden  0-127195354th US OpenD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
17. H Ohman vs B E Owens  0-121195960th US OpenA02 Bird's Opening
18. G Ramirez vs H Ohman  0-135195960th US OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
19. H Ohman vs R Ault  0-133195960th US OpenA02 Bird's Opening
20. G Abram vs H Ohman ½-½18195960th US OpenC26 Vienna
21. H Ohman vs P Poschel  0-132196061st US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
22. H Ohman vs J O'Keefe  ½-½31196061st US OpenA02 Bird's Opening
23. H Ohman vs S Lyman  0-125196061st US OpenA02 Bird's Opening
24. A Sandrin vs H Ohman  1-020196061st US OpenB10 Caro-Kann
25. H Ohman vs Zuckerman  0-125196061st US OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
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  GrahamClayton: Here is a link to a game that Ohman played against Alekhine in 1924:

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  Tabanus: Any relation to Olof Öhman, finder of the Kensington stone? ;)
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  Tabanus: Howard Ohman (1899-1963) won the Nebraska State Chess Championship 25 times.

Rev. Howard Ohman - Omaha (1898 - 1968). Nebraska State Champ 1917-1940, 1946! Chess Columnist 1917-1925. Ranked as high as 7th in U.S. Prominent organizer & School Teacher. Perhaps Nebraska's greatest chess player.

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Howard E. Ohman, lawyer and clergyman, was born at Omaha, July 17, 1899, and is perhaps as well known as a chess player as a member of the ministerial profession. He is the son of Albert F. and Emma (Larson) Ohman, both natives of Sweden. He was educated in the Omaha public schools; was graduated from Central High School in 1918, and later attended the University of Omaha, where he was the winner of an award for scholarship. Despite his lack of years he has had an extremely varied and interesting career. For seven years he practiced law with Montgomery, Hall and Young, the law department of the Union Pacific Railroad, with Johnson, Moorhead and Rine, and privately. He was then associate Boy's Work secretary of the Omaha Y. M. C. A. two years. For six years he was editor of the chess department of the Omaha World-Herald. He is pastor's assistant at the First Central Congregational Church, and is associated with the Chelby Colorado Camps for Boys and Girls during the summer months. For the past fourteen years he has been Nebraska State chess champion. In addition he is interested in astronomy, and has given many lectures on the subject. He is a member of the Y. M. C. A., the Red Cross and the Chamber of Commerce. He is president of the Omaha Chess Club, and a member of the University Club. His sports are tennis and handball. Residence: Omaha.

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  Phony Benoni: Lawyer, Clergyman, Chessplayer. That about covers it all.
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  GrahamClayton: The reference to Ohman winning 23 consecutive Nebraska state titles between 1923 and 1940 is incorrect. Due to lack of interest and poor organisation, the Nebraska State championship was not held every year. According to Ohman's own recollections, there were maybe five or six championships held in that 17 year period.
May-26-13  DoctorD: In his review of Brandeth's book on Pasadena 1932, John Watson notes ( :

After the main tournament section, there is a two-page report on the 'Minor tournament', whose participants included strong players from many western states and California. To my delight, I found out that this tournament was won by my [JW's] mentor and childhood friend Reverend Howard Ohman of Omaha, Nebraska.

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