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Norman Tweed Whitaker
N Whitaker 
Number of games in database: 221
Years covered: 1907 to 1974

Overall record: +110 -77 =29 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C68 C79 C70 C84 C77
 Sicilian (17) 
    B32 B90 B56 B70 B40
 French Defense (14) 
    C14 C11 C01 C15 C00
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (9) 
 Two Knights (7) 
    C58 C57
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B10 B18 B13 B16 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (20) 
    D63 D60 D51 D52 D50
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C62 C88 C66 C80 C77
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    D02 D05 D00 D04 E10
 Philidor's Defense (7) 
 Vienna Opening (6) 
    C29 C27 C26
 King's Pawn Game (6) 
    C40 C44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E M Edwards vs N Whitaker, 1921 0-1
   Lasker vs N Whitaker, 1907 0-1
   N Whitaker vs I Heitner, 1948 1-0
   Marshall vs N Whitaker, 1909 1/2-1/2
   N Whitaker vs Showalter, 1915 1-0
   N Whitaker vs O Chajes, 1913 1-0
   N Whitaker vs H H Ryan, 1916 1-0
   N Whitaker vs R Lob, 1908 1-0
   N Whitaker vs W G Hine, 1916 1-0
   S Factor vs N Whitaker, 1921 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   American National (1913)
   54th US Open (1953)
   55th US Open (1954)
   52nd US Open (1951)
   United States Championship (1948)
   49th US Open (1948)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Open 1916, Chicago = 17th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1915, Excelsior = 16th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1927 Kalamazoo = 28th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1929, St. Louis = 30th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1924, Detroit = 25th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1922, Louisville = 23rd Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1923, San Francisco = 24th Western Champ by Phony Benoni

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(born Apr-09-1890, died May-20-1975, 85 years old) United States of America

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Norman Tweed Whitaker was born in Philadelphia. He was taught to play chess by his father at age 14, and rapidly became one of America's brightest new talents. He was scheduled to play a match for the U.S. Chess Championship with Frank Marshall, but failed to appear. He won the 1st National Chess Federation Congress in 1927 at Kalamazoo, Michigan, ahead of teenage prodigy Samuel Reshevsky, and tied for first in the Western Championships at San Francisco, 1923 (with Stasch Mlotkowski) and Chicago, 1930 (with Samuel D Factor).

Whitaker gained notoriety during the 1932 kidnapping of aviator Charles Lindbergh's baby. He was involved in a scheme to swindle $104,000 from a wealthy heiress by claiming to be in contact with the kidnappers. Whitaker and his partner were arrested and convicted.

After his parole, Whitaker again became a full time chess player. For several years he was one of the most active players in America and Europe. He played in many US Opens with good results. FIDE awarded him the title of International Master in 1965.

Wikipedia article: Norman T. Whitaker

Last updated: 2021-10-20 00:26:07

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 221  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C F Bauder vs N Whitaker  0-1191907Columbia CC chC45 Scotch Game
2. Lasker vs N Whitaker 0-1421907Simul, 20bB01 Scandinavian
3. J Finn vs N Whitaker  0-1231908Rice Gambit thematic simul, 15bC39 King's Gambit Accepted
4. S Bampton vs N Whitaker 1-0241908Pennsylvania State chC46 Three Knights
5. A P Waterfield vs N Whitaker  0-1171908Oxford Univ - UPenn mC22 Center Game
6. N Whitaker vs A P Waterfield  1-0231908Oxford Univ - UPenn mC10 French
7. N Whitaker vs N J Roughton  1-0351908Oxford Univ - UPenn mC58 Two Knights
8. N Whitaker vs R Lob 1-0401908Oxford Univ - UPenn mD05 Queen's Pawn Game
9. R Lob vs N Whitaker  0-1361908Oxford Univ - UPenn mC29 Vienna Gambit
10. N Whitaker vs F K Perkins  1-0231908Triangular College Chess League tB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. N Whitaker vs L Tolins  0-1801908Triangular College Chess League tB32 Sicilian
12. W A Ruth vs N Whitaker  0-1281909Mercantile Library CC chC14 French, Classical
13. N Whitaker vs W Humphreys  1-02919099th Anglo-American universities cable mC58 Two Knights
14. Capablanca vs N Whitaker 0-1531909Simul, 22bC78 Ruy Lopez
15. G Simonson vs N Whitaker  0-1411909Manhattan CC - Franklin CC mC53 Giuoco Piano
16. Marshall vs N Whitaker ½-½421909Casual gameC38 King's Gambit Accepted
17. N Whitaker vs L Tolins  1-0311909Triangular College Chess League tC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. W J Emmons vs N Whitaker  0-1181909Triangular College Chess League tC42 Petrov Defense
19. N Whitaker vs E Simonson  1-0201909Triangular College Chess League tC30 King's Gambit Declined
20. N Whitaker vs F H Guild  1-0271909Triangular College Chess League tC14 French, Classical
21. W E Rudolph vs N Whitaker  0-1431909NYU - UPenn mC44 King's Pawn Game
22. N Whitaker vs E W Walch 1-0261910UPenn - Univ of Amsterdam mB44 Sicilian
23. S Mlotkowski vs N Whitaker  1-0381910Pennsylvania State chC01 French, Exchange
24. S Mlotkowski vs N Whitaker  1-0271910Franklin CC chC51 Evans Gambit
25. N Whitaker vs R Lob  ½-½48191010th Anglo-American universities cable mC42 Petrov Defense
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  perfidious: <wordfunph> An interesting pendant to the late Alex Kevitz conducting correspondence games under the pseudonym Palmer Phar so as not to give away anything.
Apr-05-11  Caissanist: <HeMateMe: That book is expensive. $45,hard to believe, just an obscure hustler. No used copies around.>

Wow, less than two years later, it's selling for $115 used. Forget stocks, I'm going to invest in obscure chess books.

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  HeMateMe: Ya never know what to save, till its too late.......
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  Phony Benoni: Another extraordinary incident from the life of Norman Tweed Whitaker, from a report on the Western Championship in the November 1921 "American Chess Bulletin". The narrator is tournament referee Hermann Helms:

<"The time limit, which was that in vogue at most of the leading clubs, namely 20 moves an hour straight, was found, every now and then, to be a bit too fast for some of the competitors and, on a number of occasions, the referee was busy watching the final seconds of the hour being ticked off by the clock. There was a number of very narrow escapes and notably that of Hahlbohm in his game with Whitaker in the second round. This was one of the most interesting incidents of the tournament. Very much like a runner making for the plate in a baseball game, Hahlbohm was declared "safe" at the end of the first hour. Whitaker, under the impression that the hour had been exceeded, demurred, but his claim was diallowed.

"Undismayed by the adverse decision, however, he induced his opponent the following day to consent to a replay of the game from the 21st move--somewhat unusual, to say the least, but agreed to by the officials only after the unanimous consent of all the players had been obtained in the interests of harmony. The ending was played a second time at the first opportunity with the result that Hahlbohm, extricating himself cleverly from what appeared to be dangerous complications, won even more quickly.

After this, Whitaker had no reason to dispute that he had been doubly and fairly beaten, and this he acknowledged manfully. In view of the fact that he thus scored losses in the first two rounds, his feat of finishing in fourth place must be regarded as one of the best performances of the congress.">

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  Joshka: Norman spent time with Fischer during the famous Log Cabin tour thru the South and eventually thru to Cuba. Brady talks about Norman being the only one from the club to hold an even score with Bobby! Does Hilbert give any account from Norman during his time playing Bobby and spending time with him traveling? thanks in advance!!
Sep-08-14  ljfyffe: F.P. Pinsonneault(Trois Rivieres)-Norman Whitaker(Philadelphia) 1910 correspondence 1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nf6 3Nxe5 d6 4Nf3 Nxe4 5d4 d5 6Bd3 Be7 70-0 Nc6 8Re1 Bg4 9c3 f5 10Bf4 0-0 11Be2 Bd6 12Bxd6 Qxd6 13Nbd2 Rf6 14Nh4 Raf8 15Nxe4 dxe4 16f3 exf3 17Nxf3 Rh6 18g3 f4 19Ne5 Nxe5 20dxe5 Qb6+ 21Qd4 Qxb2 22Rab1 Qc2 23Rbc1 Qg6 24Bxg4 Qxg4 25Qd5+ Kh8 26Rf1 Qe2 27Rf2 Qe3 28Qd2 Qxe5 29Rxf4 Rhf6 30Re1 Qc5+ 31Kg2 g5 32Rxf6 Rxf6 33Qd8+ Rf8 34Qd4+ Qxd4 35cxd4 Kg7 36g4 Rf4 37Re7+ Rf7 38Re4 Kf6 39Kf3 Rd7 40Ke3 c6 0-1. Canadian Chess Correspondence Bureau.
Nov-05-14  ljfyffe: <"In January 1974 Whitaker traveled to Augusta, Georgia, and managed to find a way to attend the opening banquet of thr Korchnoi - Mecking Quarter Final Candidates match for the right to play then-world championship Bobby Fischer. Whitaker had known Fischer in the 1950's, even traveling with Fischer to Cuba, where at Havana and other stops Whitaker played board one to Fischer's board two for the Log Cabin chess club team. Bill Parrish, a friend who attended the Korchnoi-Mecking match with Whitaker, was surprised that Whitaker had finagled front row seats for the contest."> JohnHilbert, Writings In Chess History, 2012.
Jan-13-15  offramp: Try to track down an episode of Dragnet called The Big Grifter.

I am certain that the lead character, the con man Wallace, is based on Whitaker.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <offramp>, Dragnet was originally a radio show. I might have found the episode as part of a quartet at
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  MissScarlett: Granted mug shots aren't meant to be flattering, and accuse me of confirmation bias, but one look at this shifty and dissolute visage and I'd immediately be on my guard:
Apr-06-15  offramp: <An Englishman: Good Evening: <offramp>, Dragnet was originally a radio show. I might have found the episode as part of a quartet at

I've heard the episode a few times and grown in my certainty that the villain in that episode is Whitaker. But, as a chess player I've probably lost my objectivity!

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  MissScarlett: <He was scheduled to play a match for the U.S. Chess Championship with Frank James Marshall, but failed to appear.>

When and why?

May-25-15  wrap99: I recall from the tremendous bio Shady Side that NTW once played a game vs a young Jon Frankel in which he was busted but refused to move and just left the board for the clock to run down. Am I remembering rightly (I gave away a first edition of Shady Side) and can we get the game here?
Jun-21-17  zanzibar: John Henry Smythe (kibitz #12)
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  MissScarlett: < Am I remembering rightly (I gave away a first edition of Shady Side) and can we get the game here?>

Not exactly (he left the board to eat lunch (and, no doubt, aggravate his opponent) but did come back though he ultimately lost on time) and yes: N Whitaker vs J Frankle, 1974

Sep-15-20  Nosnibor: Was this man responsible for the death of Hartleb?
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  MissScarlett: Why do you ask?
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  perfidious: Have never seen evidence that Whitaker was charged with negligence by Arkansas authorities in the accident.

Arkansas state roads and even Interstates are not wonderful now--I have had the dubious pleasure of driving them--and my belief is that they were even worse in 1961, well before my first experience in that state.

Sep-15-20  Nosnibor: Well Whitaker was the driver of the car that carried Glenn Hartleb. Apparently he lost control of the vehicle whilst driving close to a bridge. He was not charged with negligent driving and did not suffer any serious injuries. He must have been well known to the police following events from 30 years previously.
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  MissScarlett: So it was a rhetorical question?
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  MissScarlett: <Well Whitaker was the driver of the car that carried Glenn Hartleb [...] and did not suffer any serious injuries.>

Having finally tracked down my copy of <Shady Side> - it was under the bed - neither statement is correct. There was a third occupant of the car, of whom more later..

Sep-16-20  Nosnibor: You appear to be the super sleuth in cases like this .So I await with baited breath from your findings!
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  perfidious: Most interesting--I have not read <Shady Side> and had never heard of a third person in the vehicle.
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  HeMateMe: I'm just glad that none of this guy's contacts with Bobby seem to involve any Boy Scout Troop Leader sex, if you know what I mean...
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  Everett: Re: molestation of little boys, the whole boy scout pedo thing evaporated quicker than lizard pee in the desert, yet #metoo persists. Why?
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