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Richard Chess
Number of games in database: 8
Years covered: 1974 to 1977
Overall record: +4 -1 =3 (68.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Chess vs R Wachtel  1-0301974Pan-American IntercollegiateB03 Alekhine's Defense
2. R Chess vs R Anderson  1-0351975Charlie Graham Buick InvitationalB03 Alekhine's Defense
3. M Blankenau vs R Chess  ½-½291975Charlie Graham Buick InvitationalB89 Sicilian
4. B Grande vs R Chess  ½-½521975Charlie Graham Buick InvitationalE91 King's Indian
5. J Milton vs R Chess  ½-½261975Charlie Graham Buick InvitationalB08 Pirc, Classical
6. R Chess vs R Perry  1-0281975Charlie Graham Buick InvitationalC02 French, Advance
7. R Chess vs P Brandts 1-057197576th US OpenC27 Vienna Game
8. J Hanken vs R Chess 1-044197778th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
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Dec-15-07  DarthStapler: Good name
Dec-15-07  xeroxmachine: cute.
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  whiteshark: R Chess vs B Mate
Feb-08-08  wrap99: This is almost certainly Richard Chess, brother of Mike Chess. Two football and chess players from Nebraska, both of master strength in the 1970s.
Feb-08-08  Prugno: It would be nice to arrange a match between this chap and Mauro Scacco .
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  whiteshark: <Not without reason is it the one game that, since its invention around A. D. 600, has been played in most of the world, has captivated the imagination and interest of millions, and has been the source of great sorrows and great pleasures.>

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Nov-27-11  JohnBoy: <wrap99: This is almost certainly Richard Chess, brother of Mike Chess.> - hard to imagine, given his collection of opponents. There was a Richard Chess in So Cal in the mid 70s who is probably this guy. Skinny, blond, maybe hit 2100 but I kind of doubt it. Have no idea why his games are here.
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  Phony Benoni: <JohnBoy> I just checked the 1974 and 1975 USCF rating lists. There is a <Robert> Chess from California, rated in the 1600s. <Richard> and <Mike> are listed as being from Nebraska, both around 2000.

I can personally vouch for Richard Chess being at the US Opens in 1975 (Lincoln, Nebraska) and 1977 (Columbus, Ohio). The "Charlie Graham Buick Invitational" was held in Omaha, Nebraska. As for the Pan American Intercollegiate, the Nebraska Chess brothers were college age at the time, and the tournament was held in Louisville.

It seems to me all but certain that these are all games of Richard Chess from Nebraska.

Nov-27-11  King Death: <Phony Benoni> I remember a picture of the Nebraska team in Chess Life and Review with the Chess brothers and two others (I think one of them was Loren Schmidt). It's been so many years since I saw that that I'm probably wrong though.
Nov-27-11  JohnBoy: I surrender - the guy in SoCal must have been Robert Chess. Thanks!
Nov-27-11  JohnBoy: BTW, Phony - where did you go to find 1975 ratings? Do you hove the old publications?
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  Phony Benoni: <JohnBoy> Issues of <Chess Life> and <Chess Review> from 1933-1975 are available in a DVD format published by the USCF. I don't have it myself, but <crawfb5> was good enough to provide me with some information, including rating lists, to help with the US Open project I'm working on.
Dec-09-11  BigShot: This is Richard Chess from Omaha Nebraska. I have played him many times and recognize some of his opponents as Omaha players too. And yes his brother is Mike Chess also a strong player. I believe they won a bughouse tournament at the North American Open one year.
Dec-09-11  ccmCACollister: King Death ... No you are right. FM Loren Schmidt & FM Mike Blankenau(a game above)& brother Mike Chess were on the strong Univ Nebraska team with Rich Chess. Chess won many Nebr tournaments, State Champ, & runner-up for the trophy in the Region 7 (Mid-west)Championship. I don't know about out of area (being 12 during the Pan Am, I cannot recall but suspect he was BD 1 maybe 2). Schmidt became Champion of Japan. ♗lankenau won 1st Expert at the ♘ational Open on his way up. Including ♔arrrushing Hi-Tech who later defeated GM Lautier, who defeated ♔asparov. This of course gives both Mike♗ & ♖ich, per Draw above, a claim to being World Champion ...were they not so humble. Um sort of ... 8-D
Dec-11-15  wrap99: The Chess brothers were mentioned as being rare combination of collegiate football and chess players. I walked on the streets of Phoenix at midnight (still hot in August) at the 1978 US Open with Rich -- he was a physically formidable guy and I remember the expression of one street thuggish-looking guy which seemed to say to me, You are lucky you are with this person. What a fun US Open that was! The hotel was populated pretty much exclusively with chess players and airline stewardesses in the days when they were still legally chosen for looks -- I spent every morning in the pool chatting them up and playing backgammon. I was just 19. Those were the days. I remember a conversation in that pool with an East Coast player who discussed Norman Whittaker, years before the biography by Hilbert came out.
Aug-08-18  wrap99: <BigShot> Just noticed your remark about bughouse -- Mike taught me that you can in fact sometimes safely castle in BH -- I can't believe I arrogantly questioned such a strong player, having learned the game from in isolation in a small town. Getting out into the wide world taught me a lot about life in general.

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