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Otto Friedmann
Number of games in database: 13
Years covered: 1923 to 1946
Overall record: +3 -10 =0 (23.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1905, died 1978, 73 years old)

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. O Friedmann vs Duras 0-1211923SimulC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. O Friedmann vs J Hasek 1-0251926Prague-chD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. O Bernstein vs O Friedmann  1-0481946London AB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. O Friedmann vs Golombek  0-1361946London AA16 English
5. R Broadbent vs O Friedmann 1-0301946London AB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
6. O Friedmann vs Prins  1-0361946London AD90 Grunfeld
7. P List vs O Friedmann  1-0341946London AA17 English
8. W Fairhurst vs O Friedmann  1-0301946London AE12 Queen's Indian
9. O Friedmann vs Tartakower  0-1481946London AD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. H Steiner vs O Friedmann  1-0591946London AA46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. O Friedmann vs J Stone  0-1371946London AE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Opocensky vs O Friedmann  1-0141946London AE00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. O Friedmann vs Pomar Salamanca  1-0321946London AD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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  Tabanus: Who is this? The name here may be wrong and based on the Dr. O Friedman playing in Southsea 1949. The Evening Telegraph 1946 has both <S. Friedmann> and <W. Friedmann>. Aberdeen Journal 1946 has <Friedman> and <W. Freidmann>, and The Sunday Post 1946 has <S. Friedmann>. But they all agree he is from Czechoslovakia.
Jul-26-13  thomastonk: <Tabanus> "The Times" once more, this time with 'nn'.

Dec 27, 1927: Hastings, foreign competitors: "... Otto Friedmann comes with the recommendation from the president of the Central Chess Federation of Czechoslovakia,.."

London-A 1946: many times only "Friedmann".

Oct 20, 1947: London Chess Championship
"Dr. O. Friedmann" finished shared last.

I guess Dr. O. Friedmann and Dr. O. Friedman are the same, because the latter did not only play in Southsea 1949, but also in a small London tournament shortly thereafter, in a radio match between the London Chess League and an Australian team in August 1949, the Southern Counties Chess Union championship in 1953, in Bognor 1954, in the Britsh championship 1956 (where he is assigned to be from London) and in the major section in Hastings 1958 -- and always he is named Dr.O. or at least Dr.

Friedmann is obviously a name of German origin, and the second 'n' is usually lost in many foreign countries.

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  Tabanus: <thomastonk> Many thanks. Otto seems very likely then, as on this blog: there is <Oscar> Friedmann which Leonard William Barden seems to correct to <Otto> Friedmann playing for Middlesex in 1952. But I'm still worried about the "S." and the "W."
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  Tabanus: If it was Otto Friedmann the London player, one would assume The Times knew this and at least once put an O. in front? I suspect the 1946 player is not Otto Friedmann.
Jul-27-13  thomastonk: <Tabanus:I suspect the 1946 player is not Otto Friedmann.> After careful inspection of all reports in "The Times" in 1946, I think that the missing "O." proves nothing. Here are the details.

All 9 reports are written be a correspondent in the same style. Initials are not given in the first 8 reports, except in the very first round for 'G. Wood' of Section B, the London champion (probably to distinguish him from B.H. Wood).

But for a while I thought that the missing "Dr." could prove something, because the correspondent constantly writes "Dr. Tartakower", "Dr. Euwe" and "Dr. Bernstein", and occasionally "Dr. List".

However, in the final report (January 28) on Section A, and there only in the final standings, one initial is given for almost all players, except of List and Friedmann, but at least these both are "Dr." here!

Only btw, because it proves nothing as well, the correspondent named the countries of all participants in these final standings, and Friedmann has "(Czechoslovakia)".

From the Dutch newspaper "Limburgsch Dagblad", January 16, I learned the following: the organizers expected some players from the USSR. The replacements in Section A were Friedmann, Stone and Prins, and in Section B Winter and Devos.

Jul-27-13  thomastonk: <Tabanus> "The Times", November 8, 1948 on "Dr. O. Friedmann" playing in the London Chess Championship: "Dr. Friedmann was his usual variable self, always attacking, sometimes soundly, ..."

So, maybe we should look at the playing style(s) ... for further certainty or confusion.

Jul-27-13  Calli: The NY Times refers to "Dr. O. Friedman of Czechoslovakia".
Jul-27-13  Calli: And here is his result in 1926 Prague tournament:

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  Tabanus: <Calli: The NY Times refers to "Dr. O. Friedman of Czechoslovakia".>

You mean for London 1946?

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  Tabanus: has an "Avid chess player" as candidate:

<Otto Friedman (1905-1978), born and educated in Prague, emigrated to England in the 1930s where he served the Czechoslovak government-in-exile during the German occupation of his native country. He taught in English universities (London, Oxford, Reading) following graduation from the London School of Economics in 1947 and he worked as a management consultant in London prior to moving to Canada in 1968. In Canada he taught at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, 1968-1971. In the latter year he joined the faculty of York University as a visiting professor in the Division of Social Science and the Faculty of Environmental Studies where he remained until his death in 1978. Friedman was the author of several books, articles, and lectures in the fields of sociology, organizational theory and practise, and psychology, and produced Czech translations of several works of Freud. His own titles included 'The dangers of fascism,' (1931), 'The break-up of Czech democracy,' (1950, 1971), as well as lectures on 'Productivity in retailing and staff management,' (1956), 'Management ideologies and organizational change,' (1967) and others. In addition he was an <avid chess player> and contributed newspaper articles, and television and radio programmes on the game while living in Toronto.>

If The Times has <Dr. Friedmann> for London A 1946 we have a strong case, but is it enough to request for Otto?

Jul-27-13  Calli: <Tabanus> Yes. My guess is that he is Otto Friedmann from Prague. Emigrated to England and then Toronto. See

Also his role in this match:

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  Tabanus: <Calli> Ok, I'll make the request.

The Evening Telegraph 1946 has *both* <S. Friedmann> and <W. Friedmann>, meaning they didn't have a clue.

Jul-27-13  Calli: Well, I said "guess". To be sure, BCM and Chess Magazine should be checked, but I don't have those.
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  Tabanus: The Norwegian magazine "Sjakkliv" no. 1/1946 has an article (3 whole pages) by Leif E. A. Michelsen entitled "Inntrykk fra engelsk sjakkliv under krigen" (= Impressions from English chess life during the war). One of the players in "West London Chess Club" is <Dr. Friedman>.

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  John Saunders: Info published in the London & Midland Chess Bulletin, Vol.1 no.12, 11 June 1949)...


Mr. Otto Friedman is a University Lecturer in Social Psychology. He is a Doctor of Law of Prague and a M.Sc. of London University. He is a writer on social and psychological problems and the Czech translator of Sigmund Freud’s works on psycho-analysis. During the war he was Research Assistant to the Czechoslovak Foreign Minister, Mr. Jan Masaryk.

In 1925, at the age of 20 he became the Champion of the "Aljechin" C.C. then the strongest club in Prague. In 1926, playing for the first time in a Master tournament, he tied for second prize in the Prague Tournament with Chodera, only ½ point behind the winner, Major Hromadka (Opocensky was 4th). His scientific and musical interests induced him to give up tournament play for 17 years. During the war, however, when serving with the Czechoslovak Army in Britain, he revived his old hobby which helped him to overcome the boredom of guard duties, particularly at night. He usually memorised one or two chess problems and attempted to solve them blindfold. As soon as this queer habit of his was noticed by his commanding officer, he was conscripted into the chess team of the Czechoslovak Army, and then into a representative team of the Allied Forces in England.

In 1945 he was third in the London Championship, one point behind the winner, G. Wood, and ahead of Dr. Aitken and Sir George Thomas. In 1948 he tied for first prize in the Middlesex Championship with G. Wood, but lost the play-off. In the last knock-out round of the London Championship he knocked out the present British Champion, Mr. Broadbent. As a lecturer in Citizenship and Current Affairs to H. M. Forces and to the German prisoners of war in this country, he introduced chess as a subsidiary subject and gave many simultaneous displays and lectures on "Chess and Life."

I have posted this as part of the 1949 British Championship page on BritBase here:

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  Tabanus: Maybe now is the time to merge this page with O Friedman, under the name "Otto Friedman" with one n?

Or is it too risky :)

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  John Saunders: I second the motion. They are clearly one and the same guy.
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  roberts partner: That's Otto Friedman for sure at London 1946. I played him many times in blitz and in tournament games. Some reports misspelt his name. Tall, bald, with remnants of ginger hair and a deep booming voice. A bit pedantic but an intelligent and well educated man.

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