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New York
New York 
New York City (Herald Square) 1888  
Number of games in database: 9
Years covered: 1840 to 1886
Overall record: +1 -6 =2 (22.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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Games under this entry are part of popular chess clubs in New York state and its major city of 8+ million. The big apple itself includes boroughs such as Queens(47), Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Harlem and Brooklyn. The state has a multitude of colleges, such as Columbia University (15) (the Cuban Jose Raul Capablanca studied there before the Great War started and won a number of state and metropolitan championships before visiting Europe; this school has also been a 5-time winner of the Pan-American Intercollegiate chess championship), NYU (1995 Pan-Am Intercollegiate champions) (16), Cornell (17), Ithaca (18), Utica (19), SUNY (20), CUNY (21), Niagara U (22), Syracuse U (23), Fordham (the Jesuit University of New York were the 1954 Pan-Am Intercollegiate winners) (46), etc. City College of New York (44) had also won the Pan-Am Intercollegiate championship twice. In addition to possessing the Manhattan Applesauce and New York Knights USCL teams (7), readers might also wish to view the New York Bar, New York Athletic Club, Alekhine vs Park Avenue Chess Club, 1932 and New York Chess Club for other games.

One may wish to see events such as: Steinitz - Zukertort World Championship Match (1886) (winter and spring), Steinitz - Gunsberg World Championship Match (1890) (over Christmas and into the new year), 5th American Chess Congress (1880) (Manhattan, January (24)), Lasker - Ettlinger (1893) (September), 1st City Chess Club Tournament (1893) (2 weeks before Christmas), 2nd City Chess Club Tournament (1894) (October-November), Buffalo (1894) (NYSCA, August), Showalter - Hodges (1894) (Manhattan, February-April), Showalter - Hodges Rematch (1894) (Brooklyn, May-June), Showalter - Albin (1894) (September-December), Lasker - Steinitz World Championship (1894) (started in the city in March), 1st Anglo-American Cable Match (1896) (March telegraph), Napier - Marshall (1896) (October-November), 2nd Anglo-American Cable Match (1897) (February telegraph), Pillsbury - Showalter (1897) (Hamilton club in Brooklyn, February-April), 3rd Anglo-American Cable Match (1898) (March telegraph), Pillsbury - Showalter (1898) (February-April), Janowski - Marshall, Match 1 (1899) (January), Janowski Exhibition Series at Manhattan Chess Club (1899) (Manhattan, January-February), Janowski - Showalter Match 1 (1898) (November-January, 1899), Janowski - Showalter Match 2 (1899) (Manhattan, March), Janowski - Showalter Match 3 (1899) (Brooklyn, April), 4th Anglo-American Cable Match (1899) (March telegraph), 5th Anglo-American Cable Match (1900) (March telegraph), 6th Anglo-American Cable Match (1901) (April telegraph), Buffalo (1901) (NYSCA, August), 7th Anglo-American Cable Match (1902) (March telegraph), 8th Anglo-American Cable Match (1903) (April telegraph), Sylvan Beach (1904) (NYSCA, August), Trenton Falls (1906) (NYSCA, July), 9th Anglo-American Cable Match (1907) (February telegraph), Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907) (before continuing on to Philadelphia and Washington, etc), 10th Anglo-American Cable Match (1908) (March telegraph), Marshall - Jaffe (1909) (club of Isaac Leopold Rice, February), 11th Anglo-American Cable Match (1909) (March telegraph), Capablanca - Marshall (1909) (April-June, resuming after intermittent breaks in other cities in May), 22nd New York State Chess Association Championship (1909) (Bath Beach, July), 12th Anglo-American Cable Match (1910) (March telegraph), 13th Anglo-American Cable Match (1911) (April telegraph), New York Masters (1911) (mostly at café Boulevard, but also at the Staten Island, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Rice clubs, January-Febuary), Janowski - Marshall, Match 4 (1912) (September), American National (1913) (Manhattan, January-February), Quadrangular Masters (1913) (Manhattan, August-September), Marshall - Duras (1913) (Manhattan, September-October), New York Masters (1915) (New York city, April-May), Rice Memorial (1916) (January-February), Janowski - Marshall, Match 5 (1916) (Manhattan, June), New York (1918) (October-November), Marshall - Ed Lasker Match (1923) (March, before proceeding to Chicago), New York (1924) (March-April), Lake Hopatcong (1926) (July), New York (1927) (February-March), Bradley Beach (1929) (June) and Syracuse (1934) (NYSCA, August) for some (of many) tournaments/matches.

Shortly after the world wars in Europe settled down, tournaments such as Wertheim Memorial (1951) (Manhattan, June), Reshevsky - Najdorf (1952) (April, before continuing on to Mexico), Reshevsky - Gligoric (1952) (June), Reshevsky - Bisguier (1957) (July), Reshevsky - Byrne, D. (1957) (August-September), Fischer - Cardoso (1957) (September) and Fischer - Reshevsky (1961) (July, as well as Los Angeles) started to gain popularity in the publications again. But the United States entered the Cold War with another generation, gaining momentum before Garry Kasparov arrived on the local stage (who at one time had a New York apartment when he wasn't touring) elsewhere. The Rosenwald (1954/55) (hosted by the Manhattan and Marshall Chess Club (12)), Rosenwald (1955/56) (at the Frank James Marshall club over the holidays) and Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956) (October) series soon became very popular once Robert James Fischer arrived at the local scene (not much unlike Wilhelm Steinitz, who also transferred to international stages), as the 4th sponsored by Lessing Rosenwald became the US Championship (1957/58) host next year. Nowadays, clubs like the Marshall Chess Club Championship (2003) have built a reputation after a century of providing much of the nation's heart of chess talent a comfortable place to play. A Rapid Match 25/10 (2002) between Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990) occurred after the Kasparov - Anand World Championship Match (1995) but before the FIDE Man - Machine WC (2003) encounter, all in the metropolitan area.

Further reading: (1) Wikipedia article: New York ; Wikipedia article: New York City ; (3) Football: (Jets), (Bills); (4) Hockey: (Islanders), (Rangers), (Sabres), (5) Baseball: (former:) NY Giants (moved to San Francisco), NY Dodgers (moved to Los Angeles), (current:) (Yankees), (Mets); (6) Basketball: Harlem Globetrotters, (Knicks), (7) Chess: (Manhattan Applesauce), (New York Knights), (8) New York Marathon, (10) US open (tennis), (11) (Washington Square Park by NYU, etc), (12) , (13) (Village chess shop), (14) (numerous columnists have written about chess in the area in the past), (15) (Columbia U), (16) (New York U), (17) (Cornell), (18) (Ithaca), (19) (Utica), (20) (SUNY), (21) (CUNY), (22) (Niagara U), (23) (Syracuse), (24) New York Times (editors: Israel Albert Horowitz, Robert Eugene Byrne and Dylan McClain - but a column about the 1st American Chess Congress (1857) also appeared), (25) New York World (editing conducted by Isidor Gunsberg in 1891), (26) New York Sun, (27) New Yorker, but Charles Henry Stanley was also the editor of the New York Albion (later on, George Henry Mackenzie became its editor), the Spirit of the Times, Illustrated New York Journal and Harper's Weekly (28) Round Table, (29) Recorder, (30) New York Musical World (here Sam Loyd was the editor), (31) Paul Morphy edited the New York Ledger, (32) New York Evening Post, (33) New York Evening Telegram, (34) New York Daily Tribune, (35) New York Daily Graphic, (36) New York Clipper, (37) Buffalo Globe, (38) Frank Leslie's Illustrated newspaper (and his New York Journal), (39) Napoleon Marache edited Wilkes' Spirit of the Times, (40) George Nelson Cheney edited the Syracuse Daily Standard, (41) Syracuse Sunday Herald, (42) Troy Northern Budget, (43) Wikipedia article: Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship , (44) (CCNY), (45) (BMCC), (46) (Fordham - Jesuit University of New York), (47) (long-running club in Queens).

 page 1 of 1; 9 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Norfolk City vs New York 0-1261840City MatchC20 King's Pawn Game
2. New York vs Philadelphia 0-1411856CorrB40 Sicilian
3. Philadelphia vs New York 1-0321856CorrC44 King's Pawn Game
4. New York vs Philadelphia ½-½571858corrD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
5. Philadelphia vs New York 1-0391858corrC53 Giuoco Piano
6. New York vs Philadelphia 0-1391863CorrC77 Ruy Lopez
7. Newburgh vs New York 1-0281867New York vs. Newburgh matchC52 Evans Gambit
8. New York vs Philadelphia 0-1261886corrC25 Vienna
9. Philadelphia vs New York ½-½601886corrC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-18-04  iron maiden: Let me get this straight...the chess capital of the USA couldn't even beat Philidelphia?
Jul-18-04  Lawrence: Yeah but that was back in 1886, it could never happen again ;-)
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  tamar: It's up to you New York, New York.
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  BishopBerkeley: I wonder if anyone has seen this "New York City" Chess set? The pieces are NYC buildings or monuments, including the World Trade Center Towers as Rooks. The Pawns are Taxi Cabs (!) Curious. It actually looks less unplayable than most non-standard specialty Chess sets:

The King: The Empire State Building
The Queen: The Statue of Liberty
The Bishops: The Chrysler Building
The Knights: Mounted NYC Police
The Rooks: Thw WTC Towers
The Pawns: NYC Taxicabs (!)

(Shouldn't Frank Sinatra have been the King?!)

(: ♗B :)

Nov-20-04  WMD: You're not suggesting 9/11 was a double rook sacrifice, are you?
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  BishopBerkeley: <WMD> Alas, 9/11 was the worst sportsmanship of all, tantamount to sweeping your opponents pieces of the board and the proclaiming victory. Sad, sad events.

Incidentally, those of you who are familiar with the 9/11 "Missile Pod" theory (which I think extremely unlikely), you might find this critique of it interesting (I think it is quite well done):


Nov-20-04  acirce: Some might find in bad taste, but they are being warned.
Nov-20-04  WMD: I long ago fell victim to 9/11 conspiracy fatigue syndrome.
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  BishopBerkeley: A bit on my own nation's foreign policy...

Though I deeply regret the events of 9/11, I do challenge my own nation, the USA, to try to behave more consistently with the standards of human rights it sometimes supports (and nominally, always does): principles such as those embodied in the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

I say with sadness that we have often violated this declaration both in letter and spirit when our so-called "vital interests" have run contrary to it.

Our falling short does not excuse 9/11, but it does help to explain it.

I love my country, and for that reason, I hope it will do much, much better in respecting human rights in the world than it has done up to the present time.

♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗

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  BishopBerkeley: The New York Mets mascot really should take up the Royal Game to keep him out of trouble during the off season (video):

More of his merry pranks will be found here:

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

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  cu8sfan: <BishopBerkeley> For some reasons that movie won't start playing but I think that all of the New York Mets should take up something else than Baseball! (-:
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  BishopBerkeley: <cu8sfan> Of course, I think many would also like to see the Yankees take up something else!

I think the small video requires the Apple Quicktime Player, which may be downloaded for free here:

Hope you've been in good spirits! I did say hello to Wrigley Field for you when I was in Chicago recently!

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

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  cu8sfan: ... and 15 months later, the Yankees are gone and the Mets are THE team in town...
May-02-09  Dredge Rivers: I wanna be a part of it!
Jun-12-10  myschkin: . . .

"The Chess District"

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  BishopBerkeley: "'There is degenerate people that play chess, there is MIT graduates that play chess … people from every walk of life play chess.' ~ Alfred; Lovely short documentary on the subcultures of chess in NYC":

Same video on YouTube, "Chess: New York City's Trendiest Game ":

I hope you are all well & in good spirits....

(: ♗ Bishop Berkeley ♗ :)

P.S. Thanks also to <myschkin> for posting "The Chess District" link above (back in 2010) -- a worthwhile video indeed ....

Also, on a completely unrelated note, an amusing & instructive video on "How to Become Pope":

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Feb-20-19  Mr. President: The <New York Times> reporting is false. They are a true <ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!>
Oct-23-20  login:

Trevor Noah To Produce Film About Chess Prodigy

'.. Tanitoluwa 'Tani' Adewumi garnered national attention earlier this year after becoming the New York State chess champion for his age division. Under the guidance of his school’s chess coach Shawn Martinez, he learned how to play chess within a year and began participating in competitive matches. He went on to win the New York State Chess Championship title for the kindergarten through third-grade division. While in the spotlight for excelling at chess, a focus was put on Adewumi and his family’s living situation. ..'

from Melanin People, by Davie, 2019

'.. “Anybody who is coming from Africa who is in the position we were in, we will help them. I want to release my blessing to others,” Adewumi’s father Kayode told the news outlet. “Anybody who is coming from Africa who is in the position we were in, we will help them.” Tanitoluwa hopes to one day become the youngest chess grandmaster. He has received scholarships from a few prestigious schools and was invited to meet former president Bill Clinton at his office in Harlem. ..'

Written by NewsOne Staff, 2019



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