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Harold Morton
Number of games in database: 46
Years covered: 1933 to 1938
Overall record: +14 -25 =7 (38.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jan-10-1906, died Feb-17-1940, 34 years old) United States of America

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Harold Morton was New England Chess Champion in 1937, beating Weaver Warren Adams in a title match by the score of 5:2:3.(1)

The several times New England Chess Champion died in a car accident on February 17, 1940, in Iowa. His fellow passenger Israel Albert Horowitz survived seriously injured. Both were partners in publishing Chess Review.(2)


(1) Fred Reinfeld on page 55 of the February 1938 Wiener Schach-Zeitung. Provided in ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

(2) Hermann Helms in the January-February 1940 American Chess Bulletin. Retrieved from John S. Hilbert, Learning the Trade: Simuls, Skittles, and Rapid Transit from the Mengarini Papers,

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Morton vs J Levin  1-0321933Boston vs. PhiladelphiaC29 Vienna Gambit
2. W A Ruth vs H Morton  1-038193536th ACF Congress. Prelim AC01 French, Exchange
3. H Morton vs Fine  0-120193536th ACF Congress. Prelim AC01 French, Exchange
4. A N Towsen vs H Morton  0-125193536th ACF Congress. Prelim AD95 Grunfeld
5. H Morton vs Santasiere  ½-½40193536th ACF Congress. Championship FInalA45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. W A Ruth vs H Morton  0-145193536th ACF Congress. Championship FInalC00 French Defense
7. S Factor vs H Morton  1-021193536th ACF Congress. Championship FInalD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
8. Dake vs H Morton  1-049193536th ACF Congress. Championship FInalD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
9. Reshevsky vs H Morton 1-0491936US ChampionshipD95 Grunfeld
10. H Morton vs Dake 0-1281936US ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. H Steiner vs H Morton 1-01121936US ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
12. H Morton vs G N Treysman  0-1381936US ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. W Adams vs H Morton 1-0291936US ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. H Morton vs A Kevitz 0-1211936US ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Kupchik vs H Morton  1-0411936US ChampionshipE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
16. Fine vs H Morton  1-0341936US ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
17. H Morton vs A Simonson 0-1321936US ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
18. S Bernstein vs H Morton  0-1441936US ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
19. H Morton vs I A Horowitz ½-½491936US ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
20. Denker vs H Morton  ½-½391936US ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
21. S Factor vs H Morton  ½-½241936US ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. H Morton vs Kashdan 0-1281936US ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
23. H Morton vs D G Weiner  1-0401936ACF CongressD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
24. Dake vs H Morton  ½-½52193637th ACF Congress. FinalD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
25. J Winter vs H Morton  0-140193738th ACF Congress. Preliminary 5D94 Grunfeld
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Sep-20-05  Resignation Trap: New England Champion. Born Providence, Rhode Island on January 10, 1906, died Arcadia, Iowa on February 17, 1940.

A participant in the 1936 and 1938 US Championship tournaments.

Sadly, Morton's life came to an abrupt end when he was killed in an automobile accident in rural Iowa. He and Israel Albert Horowitz were making a tour of the American Midwest together at that time, doing lectures and exhibitions. Horowitz survived the crash.

Oct-06-08  Karpova: Since they were good friends the following article contains interesting information on Harold Morton also:

A very interesting article about Dr. Mengarini written by John S. Hilbert: "Learning the Trade: Simuls, Skittles, and Rapid Transit from the Mengarini Papers". Link:

A more detailed account on the accident:

John S. Hilbert: <Sadly enough, forty-two days after Mengarini faced both Horowitz and Morton in Washington, DC, the latter two were in a car accident that took the life of Harold Morton and left Horowitz with serious injuries. Hermann Helms’ American Chess Bulletin for January-February 1940 gave a relatively detailed account of the tragedy. As the account is rarely remembered today, it is presented here in its entirety.

According to the Bulletin, “rarely have the sympathies of the chess playing community been aroused to such an extent as by the news that came out of Iowa, on February 17, that Israel A. Horowitz of Brooklyn, a member of the Manhattan Chess Club and U.S. internationalist, and Harold Morton, of Providence, R.I., former New England champion, were the victims of a serious car accident while crossing that state on the return journey after a tour of the south and far west. Morton, driving their car, was killed outright in a collision with a truck and Horowitz, suffering concussion of the brain and other injuries, was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Carroll, Iowa.”

“The many friends of Horowitz, one of the four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Horowitz of Brooklyn, will be relieved to learn that the famous expert, whose tall figure has become so familiar at important chess gatherings, is resting comfortably at the hospital in Carroll and, with careful treatment, is showing gradual improvement. His brother, Irving, is with him and sending home daily reports of his condition.”

“Horowitz, who acquired his skill at Brooklyn Boys High School and New York University, was twice champion of the former American Chess Federation and a member of three of the champion United States teams in the tournaments of the International Chess Federation. He is on the seeded list for the congress to be held in New York during April” [As it happened, Horowitz had not recovered sufficiently to play at New York 1940 JSH].

“Morton, the latest partner of Horowitz in publishing the Chess Review, for which they were touring the country, was long the outstanding player in Providence, R.I., where he conducted a weekly chess column. Several times he held the New England championship. For the past year he had been residing in New York, to be closer to his new work. Aggressive and ambitious, Morton made friends easily and he and Horowitz seemed to harmonize well as a team.”

“According to the Des Moines Register, the accident happened on highway 30, about seven miles west of Carroll, when a motor van, driven by Frank S. Robbins of Denver, Colorado, collided with the car in which Horowitz and Morton were traveling eastward.

Deputy Sheriff Arnold R. Witt of Carroll County said that Morton was thrown out of the car and was killed instantly. Horowitz was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where he was able to give his name.”

“For several days thereafter, the utmost quiet was imposed but, under the best possible treatment and with constant attention, he responded favorably and made satisfactory, if gradual progress.”

“The pair were en route to Minneapolis when the accident cut short their trip. Morton’s death is said to be the first traffic fatality of 1940 in Carroll County.” So ended the life of Horowitz’s new partner and one of the strongest players in New England.>

Nov-05-12  wordfunph: 1937 Paul Morphy Centennial Tournament:

Ardent admirer (rushing up to Morton): "You just can't lose today, Harold!"

Harold Morton (gravely): "You are right. Today I have a bye."


rest in peace, master Morton..

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  GrahamClayton: Glenn E Hartleb was another US player who lost his life in a car crash.
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  MissScarlett: The <ACB>, December 1922, p.182, on Capablanca's simul display in Providence, Rhode Island, November 20:

<Capablanca made a score of 43 wins and 5 draws. The list of those who escaped defeat included Harold Morton, a 16-year-old Technical High School student and champion school player of Providence...>

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  Phony Benoni: The <Harold Morton> in the 1975 game played in Australia must obviously be a different person from the U.S. player who died in 1940. Anybody know something about him?
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Horowitz mentions the tragic car accident in his 'All About Chess' 1958.

He relates that a Miss Sullivan told the Manhattan Chess Club that both he and Harold Morton had been killed.

When it was discovered Horowitz had survived the crash she reported;

"I am sorry, Horowitz is still alive."


Sep-17-20  TheBish: <Sally Simpson: When it was discovered Horowitz had survived the crash she reported;

"I am sorry, Horowitz is still alive.">

Well, at least she said that with a pause after "sorry". It would have a slightly different meaning without the comma!

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