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Edward Nicolai Olly
Number of games in database: 12
Years covered: 1893
Overall record: +2 -9 =1 (20.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-26-1856, died Feb-27-1933, 76 years old) United States of America

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He was born in Kars*.

*Wikipedia article: Kars

 page 1 of 1; 12 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E N Olly vs E Delmar 0-1491893New York Impromptu TournamentA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
2. Louis Schmidt vs E N Olly  1-0331893New YorkB01 Scandinavian
3. N Jasnogrodsky vs E N Olly 1-0481893New York Impromptu TournamentD00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. E N Olly vs F J Lee 0-1331893New York Impromptu TournamentA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
5. Lasker vs E N Olly 1-0331893New YorkB01 Scandinavian
6. E N Olly vs Pillsbury 0-1451893New YorkA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
7. Taubenhaus vs E N Olly  1-0391893New YorkC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
8. Showalter vs E N Olly  0-1361893New YorkC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
9. E N Olly vs Albin 1-0511893New YorkB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. Gossip vs E N Olly  ½-½251893New York Impromptu TournamentC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
11. E N Olly vs J M Hanham 0-1641893New York Impromptu TournamentC41 Philidor Defense
12. J S Ryan vs E N Olly  1-0331893New York Impromptu TournamentC66 Ruy Lopez
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Aug-21-08  myschkin: . . .

<Edward N. Olly> (1857-1933)

Olly was born in the city of Kars, Turkish Armenia, according to the American Chess Bulletin for January 1909. He came to America while young, and was credited with intoducing the system of continuous tournament play at the Brooklyn Chess Club. Two years after New York 1891, in 1893, he would place second to Albert Hodges at the NYSCA championship, only losing the title to Hodges after a playoff. He was, for a very short time, between September and December 1893, editor of the chess column in the New York Recorder.

In addition to playing, Olly enjoyed the art of problem composition. Here is one of his efforts that appeared in the September 12, 1894, issue of Hermann Helms' Brooklyn Daily Eagle chess column.

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White to play and mate in 3

Later in life Olly made his living in the insurance business in NY City, although by then he was living in Westwood, NJ. He would die in Hackensack, NJ, on February 27, 1933, at the age of seventy-six.


American Chess Bulletin (1909), p.10

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  GrahamClayton: In 1894, Olly won a "Novelty" tournament at the Brooklyn Chess Club, in which the positions of the Knights and Bishops were transposed at the start of the games.
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  TheFocus: His nickname was <Olly Olly Oxen Free>.

He did not like it.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Edward Olly.
Aug-02-17  Eagle41257: Edward Nicolai Olly
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