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Alfred Kreymborg
Number of games in database: 20
Years covered: 1909 to 1938
Overall record: +6 -10 =4 (40.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-10-1883, died Aug-14-1966, 82 years old) United States of America

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Schwietzer vs A Kreymborg  ½-½521909Rice CC-Brooklyn CCD05 Queen's Pawn Game
2. W J Perlman vs A Kreymborg  ½-½381909Brooklyn CC-Rice CCC42 Petrov Defense
3. T C McIlwaine vs A Kreymborg  0-1511910NYSCA chC53 Giuoco Piano
4. J M Hanham vs A Kreymborg  0-1581910NYSCA chC20 King's Pawn Game
5. Capablanca vs A Kreymborg 1-0491910NYSCA chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. A Hodges vs A Kreymborg  ½-½501911New York MastersD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. A Kreymborg vs O Chajes 0-1511911New York MastersB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
8. E Tenenwurzel vs A Kreymborg 0-1581911New York MastersD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. A Kreymborg vs G Walcott  0-1321911New York MastersC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. M Smith vs A Kreymborg 1-0491911New York MastersB56 Sicilian
11. A Kreymborg vs D G Baird  0-1351911New York MastersC87 Ruy Lopez
12. P Johner vs A Kreymborg  1-0371911New York MastersC42 Petrov Defense
13. A Kreymborg vs Capablanca 0-1371911New York MastersD00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. W G Morris vs A Kreymborg  0-1381911New York MastersC29 Vienna Gambit
15. A Kreymborg vs C Jaffe  0-1251911New York MastersB40 Sicilian
16. R T Black vs A Kreymborg  1-0471911New York MastersB10 Caro-Kann
17. A Kreymborg vs Marshall  ½-½361911New York MastersC49 Four Knights
18. J Magee vs A Kreymborg  0-1351915Manhattan CC - Franklin CCB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
19. A Kreymborg vs E B Adams  1-0341938Metropolitan Chess LeagueB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. A Cass vs A Kreymborg  1-0331938Metropolitan Chess LeagueE01 Catalan, Closed
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Jul-21-05  Caissanist: Alfred Kreymborg (1883-1966) was a noted American poet, as well as a playwright and novelist. The quote of the day is from his short piece "Chess Reclaims a Devotee", which he wrote as a memoir of his days trying to make it as a chess professional on Manhattan's Lower East Side. He is most famous for two games that he lost: a classic rook and pawn endgame against Capablanca (available here under the misspelling "Kreymbourg") and a horrendous loss to Oscar Chajes, which serves as the dramatic climax to "Chess Reclaims".
Jul-21-05  PivotalAnorak: Capablanca vs A Kreymbourg, 1910
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  keypusher: OK, but I really want to see the Chajes game. There aren't many 18-move combinations out there, and I always suspected the story in "Chess Reclaims" was a little bit too good to be true.
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  tpstar: <keypusher> Gossip vs E E Gilbert, 1879
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  keypusher: <tpstar> Astonishing, thanks! Of course, only a churl would observe that Gossip v. Gilbert was a correspondence game.
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  tpstar: <keypusher> Do you know/What it feels like/For a churl? ;>D
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  keypusher: <O churl! drunk all, and left no friendly drop To help me after?>

Presumably belongs on the <Beer> page

Feb-10-06  lopium: "Maybe I'm wrong, but I think that the people who really enjoy chess are the dubs and the duffers, experts who have resigned their ambitions, those who play only for pastime, and, of course, the great fraternity of the kibbitzers." So is it Kibbitzers or Kibitzers? One or two or three or more than three b to this words? And to Kibizte is the same number of 'b' too? Thanksxz!
Jul-16-08  myschkin: <>
Alfred F. Kreymborg – Edward Bradford Adams
Manhattan Chess Club v Marshall Chess Club,
New York, 12 March 1938
Nimzowitsch Defence

1 e4 Nc6 2 d4 e5 3 d5 Nce7 4 c4 d6 5 Nc3 f5 6 Bd3 g6 7 h4 h5 8 Bg5 Bh6 9 Qd2 f4 10 Nf3 Bg4 11 Bxh6 Bxf3 12 gxf3 Nxh6 13 O-O-O O-O 14 Bf1 Rf6 15 Bh3 c5 16 Be6+ Kh7 17 Rhg1 a6 18 Qd3 Qe8 19 a4 Nc6 20 dxc6 Rxe6 21 c7 Rc8 22 Nd5 Ng8 23 Rg5 Ne7 24 Rdg1 Nc6 25 b3 Qf7 26 Kb2 Nd4 27 Ka2 Rf8 28 Ka3 Qd7 29 a5 Nc6 30 Qf1 Nxa5 31 Qh3 Re7 32 Qg2 Ref7 33 Rxg6 (33 Rxh5+ would have been the natural finish.) 33...Qe8 34 Rh6+ Resigns.

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  whiteshark: biography:
Oct-22-09  Resignation Trap: This is from <BLOOOD OF THINGS: A Second Book of Free Forms> (1920) by Alfred Kreymborg:


Chess players live in old damp basements,
fifty or a hundred to the basement:
old damp basements are chess players' homes,
fifty or a hundred to the home.
They play there, eat there, smoke there, sleep there- don't sleep on divans, setees, ottomans-
sleep on the tables, or just underneath,
or half the body on a chair, the other on the floor.
(If you fancy me a raconteur,
try Grand Street off the Bowery!)

Never a proprietor of old chess dungeons
shoos away a neophyte of Caissa's:
lodging-house etiquette is fully deserved
by a masonry as venerable as Job's.
Or set aside Caissa, patron saint of chess,
and analyze the problem with your New York eye:
first of all, these denizens have no other home;
secondly, they're stolid and so dead a weight at night, one and two and three o'clock A.M. the time they're through, he'd need a dozen wheelbarrows to cart them away;
and where would he dump them?-down an alley or a sewer?- devotees are lost if they ever touch the world;
he'd grow a silly bankrupt if he even aired them out; last of all, they're old, older than patriarchs,
older than the bible and as old as Israel;
turn them out of doors, he'd be turning out his race; a gentile "goy" might do it, but you'll never see a Jew! (If you care to test a creed,
try Grand Street off the Bowery!)

Oct-22-09  Resignation Trap: <CHESS PLAYERS> ...continued

Chess players squeeze out a mite of livelihood,
squeeze each other for the stake, a nickel a game:
twelve or thirteen hours buy one's coffee, one's doughnuts; satiety this against the hunger chessdom breeds:
you've got to be adroit enough and shrewd enough;
scholarship won't do; you must have imagination;
and then you'll need the third and hardest, only age can forge, courage to make the move you've felt your conceive:
if you haven't got the brain to beat him, do it with your tongue; scare him from the winning coup, sneak his thought elsewhere: call him "potzer," "niebich," "kibitz";
if that trio don't confound him,
sneer him "goy"; the weird vernacular
has always this to addle Jews:
if you haven't got the tongue to thwart him, do it with your beard; unless your beard is long enough though, wait until it grows; then let it wave across the field like a willow in the wind, then hover near a corner like a broom that's done its day; and when he blares "schachmatt" at you, you raise the elfin growth, disclose a rook he couldn't see which makes off with his queen, and twists the mate against him like a dagger in the dark! (You sneer me, historian?-
try Grand Street off the Bowery!)

Oct-22-09  Resignation Trap: <CHESS PLAYERS> ...continued

Chess players vie in old damp basements,
till some of them have nickels and some of them have none: as long as some are still alive and only some are dead, old damp basements are chess players' homes.
When chess players die, they lay down their kings,
do it with a noble touch, if they've learned the game at all:
for "a move's a move, you can never retract,"
the mystic law from first to last, beginner up to peer! Consider cross-eyed Spielmann who resigned two dawns ago; Spielmann knew Caissa's word; he'd played her eighty years: played her as a boy when he won from Lilienkron,
played her at the close when he lost to Lilienthal;
played her through the way between from
Rosenzweig to Ziegenschwarz, Kalinski to Rabinowitz;
and more than played her on that crag, the night he beat lame Steinitz, little squatty champion for five and twenty years,
Goliath of chessdom, till David Lasker brought him down! It may have been an accident, Goliath fast asleep
from defeating all the masters and the tyros of this world- but "Spielmann once beat Steinitz!" was the epitaph that dawn as they stretched him on two tables for the first move to the grave: "a doddering duffer like Lilienthal beat Spielmann?-
Caissa, our Caissa, it was who queened that pawn!"
They dug their clinking nickels out of vests and up from trousers to dig a checkered plot for Spielmann who beat Steinitz! (No Potter's Field takes king or pawn
from Grand Street off the Bowery!)

Oct-22-09  Resignation Trap: It seems to me that neither Andre Lilienthal nor Rudolf Spielmann were the players mentioned by name in this bit of free verse. Spielmann was 37 (not 80), while Lilienthal was nine! Oddly enough, they share May 5 as a birthday (in 1883 and 1911, respectively)!
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  Phony Benoni:

Picture of a young Alfred Kreymborg, from the 1904 American Chess Bulletin. He's in the back row, fourth from the left, and looking very clean shaven. If I can read sideways correctly, that's J. M. Hanham seated third from the left.

Oct-22-09  vonKrolock: Steinitz playing Spielmann is simply anachronistic, while the names were already very well known related to Chess in 1920, and where included with poetical license, so to say - But the reference to a player named Lilienthal is really very enigmatic... Reminds to Canetti's invention of a player named Fischer, who would build a house in the shape of a Chess piece when he arrive to become World Champion - in a novel published in 1936!
Apr-25-12  Caissanist: "Chess Reclaims a Devotee" is now finally online, and well worth reading. A wonderful portrait of the chess scene from a very different place and time, now gone forever:
Sep-20-20  login:


from Poetry (Vol.11, No.4, Jan 1918)


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