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Weaver Adams
W Adams 

Number of games in database: 223
Years covered: 1936 to 1958
Overall record: +89 -97 =32 (48.2%)*
   * 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:
 Vienna Opening (41) 
    C26 C28 C27 C25
 Sicilian (26) 
    B70 B45 B72 B58 B29
 French Defense (24) 
    C18 C14 C12 C15 C10
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B12 B18 B15 B10
 French Winawer (11) 
    C18 C15
 French (9) 
    C12 C10 C13 C11
With the Black pieces:
 Albin Countergambit (19) 
    D08 D09
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C98 C86 C91 C77 C84
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    D02 D00
 English, 1 c4 e5 (16) 
    A28 A29 A25 A21 A27
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (15) 
    C98 C91 C86 C84 C97
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Adams vs H Steiner, 1947 1-0
   W Adams vs NN, 1950 1-0
   W Adams vs S Bernstein, 1936 1-0
   W Adams vs Kashdan, 1940 1-0
   W Adams vs W Shipman, 1948 1-0
   Santasiere vs W Adams, 1945 0-1
   Rossetto vs W Adams, 1945 0-1
   W Janes vs W Adams, 1948 0-1
   S Weinstock vs W Adams, 1944 0-1
   P R Geffe vs W Adams, 1940 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ventnor City (1945)
   Ventnor City (1940)
   Ventnor City (1943)
   49th US Open (1948)
   Ventnor City (1941)
   United States Championship (1948)
   Hastings 1950/51 (1950)
   47th US Open (1946)
   United States Championship (1940)
   United States Championship (1946)
   US Championship (1936)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Ventnor City 1940 by Phony Benoni
   Ventnor City 1945 by Phony Benoni
   Ventnor City 1941 by Phony Benoni

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(born Apr-28-1901, died Jan-06-1963, 61 years old) United States of America

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Weaver Warren Adams was born in Dedham, Massachusetts. An American chess master, he participated in the U.S. Championship in 1936, 1940, 1944, 1946 and 1948. He won the Massachusetts State Championship in 1937, 1938, 1941 and 1945.

In 1939, Adams wrote a book entitled "White to Play and Win." After publication he played in the U.S. Open at Dallas. He did not win a single game as White (3 losses and 1 draw) and won all his games (4 games) as Black! Adams also wrote "Simple Chess", "How to Play Chess", and "Absolute Chess."

Adams won Ventnor City (1945) and the 49th US Open (1948), his greatest triumph. He won the New Jersey championship in 1958.

Grandmaster Arnold Denker related of Weaver that he was "a master who inherited a chicken farm and who was – so to speak – a White man clear through. He wrote a book, White to Play and Win, lived in a White house on White Street, chewed antacid pills that left the inside of his mouth perpetually White, and raised only white chickens that laid white eggs. Predictably, Adams' business was soon no more than a shell." Harry Golombek wrote in 1977 that Adams, whom he described as "author of White to Play and Win and a sodium bicarbonate addict", was on Golombek's "reserves" list for "the ten most interesting personages" from the past 100 years.

He died in Cedar Grove, New Jersey in 1963.

The Adams Attack against the Najdorf Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3) is named for him.

References: (1) , Wikipedia article: Weaver W. Adams ,

Last updated: 2023-06-22 14:28:31

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 223  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G N Treysman vs W Adams 1-0431936US ChampionshipD09 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 5.g3
2. Fine vs W Adams 1-0341936US ChampionshipA28 English
3. W Adams vs A Kevitz  0-1391936US ChampionshipB83 Sicilian
4. Kupchik vs W Adams 1-0601936US ChampionshipD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
5. W Adams vs H Morton 1-0291936US ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
6. A Simonson vs W Adams  1-0301936US ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
7. W Adams vs S Bernstein 1-0241936US ChampionshipB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
8. I A Horowitz vs W Adams  0-1781936US ChampionshipC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
9. W Adams vs Denker 0-1431936US ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
10. M L Hanauer vs W Adams  1-0431936US ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
11. W Adams vs S Factor 0-1301936US ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
12. Kashdan vs W Adams  1-0421936US ChampionshipD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
13. W Adams vs Reshevsky 0-1311936US ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
14. Dake vs W Adams 1-0261936US ChampionshipC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
15. W Adams vs H Steiner 0-1251936US ChampionshipC26 Vienna
16. H Morton vs W Adams 1-0321937New England ChA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
17. B Wolk vs W Adams  1-028193839th ACF Congress. ConsolationC53 Giuoco Piano
18. D S Polland vs W Adams  0-1681938ACF CongressA27 English, Three Knights System
19. W Adams vs J Rauch  0-140193839th ACF Congress. Prelim 1B72 Sicilian, Dragon
20. D MacMurray vs W Adams 1-0241938U.S. OpenA21 English
21. Reshevsky vs W Adams 1-030193940th ACF Congress. Prelim 1C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
22. W Adams vs O Ulvestad  0-1231939ACF CongressB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
23. Fine vs W Adams  1-0341939ACF CongressD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. W Adams vs B Blumin 1-028193940th ACF Congress. ChampionshipC26 Vienna
25. G Hellman vs W Adams  1-044193940th ACF Congress. FinalC51 Evans Gambit
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Jul-02-10  Antiochus: [Event "Des Moines"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1950.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Weaver Adams"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B03"]
[PlyCount "27"]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. f4 dxe5 6. fxe5 g6 7. Be3 Bg7 8. Nc3 c5 9. d5 Qc7 10. d6 exd6 11. Nb5 Qe7 12. Nxd6+ Kf8 13. Nxc8 Nxc8 14. Bxc5 1-0

Sep-22-10  myschkin: . . .




"The History of Gay"

(by Raymond Keene)

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  perfidious: <Nezhmetdinov: 2 things:
1)......(Was he also the one who came up with 6.h3 in the Najdorf?)>

Indeed he was.

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  HeMateMe: Another Weaver (Dirty Harry studied him):

<The Weaver Stance was developed in 1959 by pistol shooter and deputy sheriff Jack Weaver, a range officer at the L.A. County Sheriff's Mira Loma pistol range. At the time, Weaver was competing in Jeff Cooper's "Leatherslap" matches: quick draw, man-on-man competition in which two shooters vied to pop twelve 18" wide balloons set up 21 feet away, whichever shooter burst all the balloons first winning the bout. Weaver developed his technique as a way to draw a handgun quickly to eye level and use the weapon's sights to aim more accurately, and immediately began winning against opponents predominantly using unsighted "hip shooting" techniques. >

Apr-28-12  LoveThatJoker: Today on the date of your birth, you are remembered, W.W. Adams!


Sep-17-12  Conrad93: "And Black wins...
Of course White can always play differently, in which case he merely loses differently. (Thank you, Weaver Adams!)"

-- A Bust to the King's Gambit

Why is Fischer thanking Weaver?

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  Phony Benoni: <Conrad93> It's a joke. Yes, from Fischer. Weaver Adams made much the same statement about Black in his analysis "proving" that White wins by force.
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  perfidious: < Hanada: ....In 1939 Weaver Adams wrote a book entitled, "White to play and Win". At his next tournament he lost all of his games as White and won all his games as Black....>

This is one for the books-as the saying is, you can't make that s**t up.

<....His thesis, as expounded in this and other books by Adams, was that White has a winning position on the very first move....Adams would often publish collections of his games....and of them he would say: "There are no annotations, because every move is crystal clear."....>

The reconciliation of Adams' dogma and cold reality had to be a Sisyphean burden for him.

<....Adams won 49th US Open, in Baltimore.>

In the late 1970s, a friend gave me some back numbers of Chess Review. One of the earliest was the August 1948 issue with Adams on the cover. The title was 'Apostle of Aggression'.

That issue also had a piece on the first Massachusetts championship won by John A Curdo. There would be not a few others in his career, and it could hardly have happened to a nicer man, or more ferocious opponent. The Chess Review cover title above was certainly appropriate for John as well.

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  Phony Benoni: <perfidious> The Weaver story is just about true. The tournament in question was the Championship Section of the 1940 US Open in Dallas. Adams did squeak out one draw with White while going 4/4 as Black.

Game Collection: US Open 1940, Dallas

Unfortunately, only the game W Adams vs Fine, 1940 is available.

The original source is a tournament report appearing in the October 1940 Chess Review, p. 146. It was written by USCF President George Sturgis, and if you can't believe a chess politician, who can you believe?

Dec-18-12  waustad: In looking at the posts here, it seems that some strange stuff got posted before, but the topic of the Vienna game came up often. I've been looking into present day Austrian chess and I haven't seen anybody there using it, perhaps except for as a way into a KIA setup. My exploration is in no way exhaustive, but Dutch players are much more likely to play the Dutch, and English are much more likely to start with c4. Just saying.
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  GrahamClayton: Adams would often perform at chess clubs in the United States exhibition games known as the "System Demonstration". He would play two games simultaneously, and describe to the players and spectators how to use his "System" to analyse a position. He would describe his general plans and strategy, along with any upcoming tactical threats or combinations.
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  offramp: <Please observe our posting guidelines: No Secret, Profane or Sugarcane language.>

♫ We'll never know what Harry was Wirth

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  dorsnikov: I have an original copy of Weaver's "Simple Chess." It was given to me by an old timer who bought it at one of Weaver's demonstrations in the late 1940's.
Apr-28-15  andrewjsacks: Makes one wonder what noted player had the lowest percentage of drawn games...
Apr-28-15  Karposian: <andrewjsacks: Makes one wonder what noted player had the lowest percentage of drawn games...>

Historically, I have no idea. But this Swedish GM may have the lowest drawing percentage(29%) of Grandmasters that are still active today:

Jonny Hector

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  Phony Benoni: Leaving aside trivial cases like Gioachino Greco (+79 -0 =0), Colonel Moreau, (+0 -26 =0), and NN (2.5% draws), then Adolf Anderssen at 8.1% and Paul Morphy at 9.8% look like reasonable choices. However, the problem with players like them is that so many of their games were informal rather than serious tournament / match games. An offhand game that ends in a draw is rarely preserved, thus skewing the numbers.

Adams is at 13.2%, but he was strictly a national-level player. If we want an international player with mostly "serious" games, <Karposian>'s selection of Jonny Hector with 23% might not be tood bad. Even a wild and crazy guy like Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov was all the way up to 24% draws.

Jan-06-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Weaver Adams.
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  Phony Benoni: The following game was published in the <American Chess Bulletin>, July/August 1951, p. 77

Adams - Quillen

<1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Na4 Bb6 7.d3 Qe7 8.Nxb6 axb6 9.0-0 f6 10.f5 0-0-0 11.c4 g6 12.g4 h5 13.Nh4 gxf5 14.gxf5 Be8 15.Kh1 Qh7 16.Qa4 Nge7 17.Be3 Rg8 18.Qa8+ Nb8 19.a4 Rg4 20.Ng2 Nec6 21.a5 Nb4 22.axb6 c6 23.Ra7 Nc2 24.Ba4 Nb4 25.Ra1 N4a6 26.Bd1 Rg7 27.b4 h4 28.b5 cxb5 29.cxb5 Bxb5 30.Rc1+ Nc5 31.Bxc5 dxc5 32.Rxc5+ Bc6 33.Rxb7 Rxb7 34.Rxc6+> 1-0

The game follows the results table for the 1951 US Open in FOrt Worth, and precedes several pages of games from the tournament. In his notes, Sanatsiere explicitly states that White was Weaver Adams.

The problem is that Weaver Adams -- or, for that matter, any player named Adams -- played at Fort Worth. (Paul Quillen did. And we have the scores of all his losses, none of which resemble this game except the one Vienna he lost as White.)

Since Adams was from Massachusetts and Quillen from California it is not likely they had many chances to face each other. Both were at the 1950 US Open in Detroit, but did not olay in the tournament.

If you have any insights about the background of this game, I'd appreciate hearing them.

Apr-28-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Weaver Adams.
Dec-27-16  knightmare51: I am the Chess great grandson of Weaver Adams! He was the king of the Log Cabin and Independent CC in New Jersey. Fischer occasionally played there and was influenced by him - the great debate was where the KB goes in the Sicilian - Fischer opted for the 'dangerous' Bc4, whereas Weaver wanted h3, g4, Bg2. But Fischer did play h3 a few times. My chess teacher played at those clubs and got me a copy of 'White to Play and Win' which I used effectively for many years. Other notable disciples of those clubs are Leroy Dubeck and Mike Valvo. The attraction in his system is that it was a system of thought. As Hans Berliner said in his book 'The System' Weaver was on the right path but 1.d4 is the way>
Dec-27-16  knightmare51: Weaver vacillated between the Bishop's Opening and the Vienna. His main problem was the 3. ...Ne4 against the Vienna. This became known as the 'Frankenstein-Dracula' Variation. Weaver went back to the Vienna when he discovered the Adams Gambit - 4. Qh5 Nd6 5. Bb3 Nc6 6. d4?!?. It is thought to be insufficient but newer analysis is needed beyond M.C.O.
Apr-28-20  Caissanist: Batgirl (aka User: sbc) has dug up the Chess Life column that Larry Evans wrote about Adams, along with a couple of the pieces that Adams wrote which Evans was responding to. Evans was, shall we say, less than kind: .
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  FSR: Adams didn't do too well in attempting to prove his <White to Play and Win> thesis: Repertoire Explorer: Weaver Warren Adams (white)
Aug-14-21  Bartleby: 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Qh5 Nd6 5.Bb3 Nc6 6.d4!? is the "Adam's Gambit" of the Vienna, as <knightmare51> mentioned. It is not looked at as sound as 6. Nb5, the start of the highly theoretical Frankenstein-Dracula. IM Andrew Martin, chess scribe and contributor to probably more opening videos than any player alive, penned an article on it years ago on the now defunct years ago, which I'm glad I saved, called "Vienna Backwaters."

Martin dusted off the old Adam's Gambit and thought it had some merit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Qh5 Nd6 5.Bb3 Nc6 6.d4!? Nxd5 7. Nd5! With nasty threats of both Qxe5 and Bg5.

A) 7. ...Be7 8. Qxe5 Ne6 9. Bh6! As played in Santasiere-Pekhneck USA 1955 (a game apparently not in the chessgames database). Martin says: "Many a Black player would crumble from the shock effect alone. Objectively it may be that White is not winning but he certainly holds the psychological initiative." He also recommended 9. Nf3! (instead of 9. Bh6) 0-0 10.0-0 b6 11.Re1 Bb7 12.Qh5, and thought white, with active piece play and king-side pressure vs. black's cramped morass of pieces, had compensation for the pawn.

B. 7. ...Ne6 8. Qxe5 c6 9. Nf4! Qe7 10.Be3 f6 (10...Nxf4 11.Qxf4 and Black's pieces are very awkward. Just Nf3 0-0-0 and Rhe1 is the upcoming plan.) 11.Qh5+ Nf7 12.Nxe6 dxe6 13.0-0-0 g6 14.Qh4! e5 15.Nf3 Bf5 16.Rhe1 g5 17.Qc4 with compensation for the material.

He also covers 6. ...g6 and 6. ...exd4, the later which he considered dubious and lets white open up the game too much. i.e. 7.Nd5! Be7 (7...b5 8.Bg5 Ne7 9.0-0-0 c5 10.c3) 8.Bf4 0-0 9.0-0-0 Ne8 10.Nf3 Nf6 11.Nxf6+ Bxf6 12.Ng5 Bxg5 13.Bxg5 Qe8 14.Rhe1+-

By the way, if you want to treat yourself to an amusing rare exhibition Fischer loss that happens to be in the Adam's Gambit (on the white side that is) you can see it here: Fischer vs H Dondis, 1964 Where Bobby played 9. Nc3 (instead of Martin's recommended 9. Nf4)

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  perfidious: <offramp: <Please observe our posting guidelines: No Secret, Profane or Sugarcane language.>>

Dang it, there goes the neighbourhood!

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