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Milton Loeb Hanauer
M L Hanauer 
Photograph courtesy of Alex Levy  

Number of games in database: 110
Years covered: 1928 to 1953
Overall record: +30 -38 =42 (46.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 English, 1 c4 e5 (19) 
    A22 A25 A28 A27 A29
 English (7) 
    A15 A13 A16 A14 A10
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E40 E23 E33 E28
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C91 C97 C78 C86
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D68 D64 D51
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (6) 
    D24 D23 D26 D27 D22
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D50 D57 D51 D64 D55
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B14 B11 B18
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E43 E44 E33
 Slav (4) 
    D10 D13 D18 D15
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C66 C97 C65 C86
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   F B Arnold vs M L Hanauer, 1936 0-1
   Chernev vs M L Hanauer, 1938 0-1
   M L Hanauer vs Santasiere, 1939 1-0
   M L Hanauer vs G N Treysman, 1936 1-0
   F Reinfeld vs M L Hanauer, 1937 0-1
   Kashdan vs M L Hanauer, 1936 0-1
   M L Hanauer vs D S Polland, 1936 1-0
   M L Hanauer vs Fine, 1938 1-0
   M L Hanauer vs W Adams, 1936 1-0
   M L Hanauer vs Schoenberg, 1938 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Ventnor City (1939)
   Ventnor City (1940)
   US Championship (1936)
   United States Championship (1940)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Ventnor City 1940 by Phony Benoni
   Ventnor City 1939 by Phony Benoni
   American Chess Bulletin 1943 by Phony Benoni
   Ventnor City 1943 by Phony Benoni

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(born Aug-05-1908, died Apr-16-1988, 79 years old) United States of America

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Milton Loeb Hanauer was a public school principal, chess master and Marshall Chess Club official. He is best known for running the New York school competition that became known as the Hanauer League and for writing the book Chess Made Simple. He played on the silver medal winning US team in the The Hague Olympiad (1928), qualified for four US Championships, won games from Reuben Fine and Isaac Kashdan, and was Marshall Chess Club champion in 1950-51. He won Ventnor City (1939) and tied for first at Ventnor City (1940).

Wikipedia article: Milton Hanauer

Last updated: 2021-04-22 21:37:15

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 110  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Nagy vs M L Hanauer ½-½591928The Hague OlympiadC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. R Crepeaux vs M L Hanauer  ½-½241928The Hague OlympiadA55 Old Indian, Main line
3. M L Hanauer vs P Frydman  1-0361928The Hague OlympiadD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
4. D Marotti vs M L Hanauer  1-0491928The Hague OlympiadC66 Ruy Lopez
5. M L Hanauer vs A Ribera Arnal  0-1381928The Hague OlympiadA52 Budapest Gambit
6. M L Hanauer vs F Reinfeld 1-0231928Marshall CC ChampionshipE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
7. M L Hanauer vs I A Horowitz 0-1301936US ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
8. Denker vs M L Hanauer 1-0421936US ChampionshipD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
9. M L Hanauer vs Fine 0-1571936US ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
10. M L Hanauer vs S Factor  0-1561936US ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
11. Kashdan vs M L Hanauer 0-1601936US ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
12. M L Hanauer vs Reshevsky 0-1651936US ChampionshipA28 English
13. Dake vs M L Hanauer  1-0381936US ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. M L Hanauer vs H Steiner  ½-½401936US ChampionshipA27 English, Three Knights System
15. G N Treysman vs M L Hanauer  1-0441936US ChampionshipD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
16. M L Hanauer vs W Adams  1-0431936US ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
17. A Kevitz vs M L Hanauer  ½-½811936US ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
18. M L Hanauer vs Kupchik  ½-½361936US ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. M L Hanauer vs A Simonson  0-1511936US ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
20. S Bernstein vs M L Hanauer  ½-½311936US ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
21. D Mugridge vs M L Hanauer  1-0291936ACF CongressD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. M L Hanauer vs G N Treysman 1-029193637th ACF Congress. Prelim 3D05 Queen's Pawn Game
23. M L Hanauer vs D S Polland 1-0141936ACF CongressA34 English, Symmetrical
24. F B Arnold vs M L Hanauer 0-151936PhiladelphiaA51 Budapest Gambit
25. Kupchik vs M L Hanauer  ½-½43193637th ACF Congress. FinalA09 Reti Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-08-06  SCapp123: He was a cultured and kindly
New York City school principal and generously ran citywide chess competitions for students c. the early 1960s.
Feb-03-09  YoungEd: I used to have his Chess Made Simple book; it wasn't bad.
Sep-22-09  Marvy: He was co-principal of my junior high school JHS 52 in manhattan. A very nice guy. He brought Arthur Bisguier to the school for a simul. That is how I got hooked. RIP Mr. Hanauer
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  HeMateMe: We had Bisguier at Baruch College too, in the 80s.
May-02-10  soulpower74: One of my first chess tournaments I played in was run by Dr. Hanauer when the Manhattan CC was in the Henry Hudson Hotel. Liked a poster above Arthur Bisguier was the first GM I met . Played him in a simul with one of my Wade Chessmen (JHS 117 BX.)teammates Frank Hom.Turns out to be my first experience with the Ruy Lopez.

Ernie Johnson

Dec-09-10  wordfunph: In December 1974, a group of boys and girls from Milan, Italy arrived in New York and expressed a desire to play chess. As a well-known organizer of school chess events, Milton Hanauer arranged an 8-board match, pitting a group of New York students against the Italians. What Mr. Hanauer did not realize until it was too late was that the Italian group had won a trip to the United States by winning the chess championship of Milan! The score was 7-1 for the Italians.

Source: Chess Life & Review 1975

Dec-09-10  Petrosianic: That's pretty amazing, that a mere City Championship would offer an overseas trip for 8 as the first prize. I wonder if CL&R didn't get it wrong, and it was something bigger than that.
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  technical draw: His "Chess Made Simple" was one of my first books.
May-08-13  Bengambit: The book Chess Made Simple is the best book by far for any beginner to learn the game. I love that book.
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Milton Loeb Hanauer.
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  HFlew: neat. chess made simple was my first chess book!
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  Gottschalk: Arnold's compass
Hanauer vs Schoenberg, 1938
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Chess Made Simple is a great book for new players and deserves a place among the classics.
Nov-14-15  zanzibar: He's also notable for winning one of the shortest games on record:

W C Arnold vs M L Hanauer, 1936

I also have <New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962); Mar 29, 1936; pC5> listing him playing in group D for the US Ch, playing taking place at

<Queen's Chess Club, Steuben House, 58-11 39th Ave, Woodside>

Aug-05-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Milton Hanauer.
Apr-04-20  stevn1: Dr. Hanauer was our JHS 52 Principal. He was an erudite and kind gentleman who introduced many Inwood neighborhood students to chess. I played in a tournament sponsored by Dr. Hanauer at the Marshall Chess Club downtown and managed to win $100 in the JHS tournament--this was a small fortune for a kid in those days!

I have fond memories of Dr. Hanauer and his positive influence in our lives.

Apr-04-20  Granny O Doul: In NYC at least, the school principal is often a kindly sort. It's the assistant principals that you have to watch out for.
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  Bishoprick: I taught at JHS52 for several years in the early '60s, and assisted Dr. Hanauer running a couple of high school chess tournaments, at least one of them at John Fischer's NY Chess and Checker Club, on 42 St., the club often derided as "the Flea House" . It was a fun place, where you could find a chess game day or night at 15 cents an hour. It also had some very strong players, including a Mr. Richman, who gave rook odds to all comers at 25 cents a game, and won most of them. Grany O Doul made a remark about the assistant principal. In this case it was Dr. Milton Finkelstein, who would give demonstrations of a Knight's tour blindfolded. We (Hanauer, Finkelstein and I ) shared some wonderful lunch hours, in which I was by far the weakest player, until we disagreed on the Vietnam War (they for, I against) and stopped playing or talking to one another. Incidentally, Dr. Hanauer gave up chess to become an avid Bridge player, a game at which you could find him any afternoon on the second floor of the Marshall Chess Club, which was home to several Bridge players. I assumed that Hanauer was dead, but didn't know it happened in 2009. RIP Dr. Hanauer.

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