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Manhattan Chess Club

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Founded on November 24, 1877 at the Café Logeling in New York City.   Dues were $4 a year.  On December 7, 1877 the members voted for the name of the chess club to be the Manhattan Chess Club (the other choices were Morphy Chess Club and Metropolitan Chess Club).  Its first tournament was held on January 7, 1878.  In 1882, world champion (1866-1894) William Steinitz joined the Manhattan Chess Club.  The Manhattan Chess Club hosted the world championship in 1886 (Steinitz-Zukertort) and 1889 (Steinitz-Gunsberg).  In 1894 the club hosted the first 8 games of the Lasker-Steinitz World Championship Match.  After the match, Lasker joined the Manhattan Chess Club.  In 1901 Frank Marshall won the Manhattan Chess Club Championship.  In 1909 Jose Capablanca joined the Manhattan Chess Club.  Women were not allowed to join the club until 1938.  In 1942, Capablanca fell from a stroke while watching a game at the Club and died the next day.  In 1955 Bobby Fischer joined the Manhattan Chess Club.  In 1973 there were over 400 members in the Manhattan Chess Club.  From 1877 to 2002, it was the oldest chess club in America in continuous existence.  It was once located at Carnegie Hall.  The Manhattan Chess Club was evicted from a building owned by the American Chess Foundation.  The club closed in January, 2002.  Winners have included Benjamin (the youngest at 14), Benko, Bisguier, Bonin, Denker, Hanham, Hodges, Janowski, Kashdan, Kastner, Kevitz (7 times), Kupchik, Maroczy, Marshall, McKelvie, Phillips, Reinfeld, Sherwin, Zaltsman, and Zuckerman

Year  WINNER

1879  not known

1880  not known

1881  Frank Melville Teed (1856-1929) (informal)

1882  David Graham Baird (1854-1913)  (informal)

1883  Dr. Gustave Simonson (1864-1935)  (informal)

1884  John S. Ryan (1849-1914)

1885  Eugene Delmar (1841-1909)

1886  James Hanham (1840-1923)

1887  Samuel (Simon) Lipschuetz (1863-1905)

1888  David Graham Baird

1889  Samuel Lipschuetz

1890  D. G. Baird

1891  James Moore Hanham

1892  James Moore Hanham

1893  Albert Beauregard Hodges (1861-1944)

1894  club championship cancelled

1895  D. G. Baird

1896  Louis Schmidt, Jr. (1855-1938)

1897  not known

1898  D.G. Baird and Gustave H. Koehler

1898-1899  Albert B. Hodges

1899  James Hanham

1900  Samuel Lipschuetz

1900-1901  Frank J. Marshall (1877-1944)

1901  Frank Marshall

1903  J.M. Hanham, Jacob Halper, Harold Phillips (1874-1967)

1904  D.G. Baird

1905  Gustave Koehler

1905-1906  Albert W. Fox (1881-1964)

1907  Paul F. Johner (1887-1938)

1908  Albert Pulvermacher

1909  Manuel Ayala, Otto Roething (1865-1915), Leon Rosen (1869-1942)

1909-1910  Frank J. Marshall

1911  Jacob Rosenthal (1881-1954)

1912  Magnus Smith (1869-1934)

1913  Magnus Smith

1913-1914  Abraham Kupchik (1892-1970) [1]

1914-1915  Abraham Kupchik [2]

1915-1916  Abraham Kupchik [3]

1916-1917  Abraham Kupchik [4]

1917-1918  Oscar Chajes (1873-1928) [1]

1918-1919  Abraham Kupchik [5]

1919-1920  Abraham Kupchik [6], Oscar Chajes [2]

1920-1921  David Janowski (1868-1927) in play-off over Roy T. Black (1888-1962)

1921-1922  Morris A. Schapiro (1903-1996)

1922  Morris A. Schapiro

1923-1924  Oscar Chajes and Kupchik [7]

1924-1925  Abraham Kupchik [8]

1925-1926  Abraham Kupchik [9]

1926-1927  Geza Maroczy (1870-1951)

1927-1928  Abraham Kupchik [10]

1928-1929  Alexander Kevitz (1902-1981)

1929-1930  Isaac Kashdan (1905-1985)

1930-1931 Alexander Kevitz [11]

1931-1932 Isaac Kashdan

1932-1933  Alexander Kupchik [12] on tiebreak over Robert Willman (1908-1977).

1933-1934  Robert Willman

1934-1935  A. Kupchik [13] after playoff with Isaac Kashdan

1935-1936  Alexander Kevitz on tiebreak over Albert C. Simonson (1914-1965)

1937-1938  Isaac Kashdan after playoff with Albert C. Simonson

1938-1939  Jack Moskowitz (1912-2004)

1939-1940  Arnold Denker (1914-1978)

1940-1941  Albert S. Pinkus (1903-1984)

1041-1942  Fred Reinfeld (1910-1964) and Sidney N. Bernstein (1911-1992) tie

1943  not known

1944  Arnold Denker after playoff with Willman

1945  Albert Pinkus

1946  Alexander Kevitz

1947  Alexander Kevitz (another source says Arnold Denker)

1948  Arthur B. Bisguier (1929- )

1949  Arthur B. Bisguier

1950  Arnold Denker, George Shainswit (1918-1997).

1950-1951  Arnold Denker

1951-1952  George Kramer (1929- )

1952-1953  Max Pavey (1918-1957)

1954  Arnold Denker

1954-1955  Alexander Kevitz and James Sherwin (1933- )

1955-1956  Max Pavey

1956-1957  Abe Turner (1924-1962)

1957-1958  Arthur B. Bisguier

1958-1959  Arthur B. Bisguier

1959-1960  Pal C. Benko (1928- )

1961  Pal C. Benko

1961-1962  Paul Brandts

1963  Bernard Zuckerman

1964  Bernard Zuckerman

1965  Pal C. Benko

1966  Pal C. Benko

1967  Pal C. Benko

1967-1968  Arthur B. Bisguier

1968-1969  Arthur B. Bisguier

1969  Arthur Bisguier

1969-1970  Arnold Denker

1971  Arthur Feurstein

1972  Walter Shipman

1973  George Kramer

1974  Alexander Kevitz, George Kramer, Walter Shipman

1975  Neil McKelvie

1976  Milorad Boskovic

1977  Alexander Kevitz

1978  Joel Benjamin

1979  Jorge Massana, Neil McKelvie

1980  Jeffrey Kastner

1981  John Fedorowicz

1982  Joel Benjamin, Vitaly Zaltsman

1983  Joel Benjamin

1984  Walter Shipman

1985  Walter Shipman

1986  Jonathan Schroer

1987  Ronald M. Young, Bernard Zuckerman

1988  Mark Ginsburg

1989  Michael Rohde

1990  Mark Ginsburg

1991  Kamran Shirazi and Zaltsman win the 114th annual Manhattan CC Ch.

1992  Joel Benjamin

1993  Jay Bonin

1994  Jay Bonin, Walter Shipman

1995  Walter Shipman

1996  John Fedorowicz, Alexander Wojtkiewiez

1997  Jay Bonin

1998  Joel Benjamin

1999  Joel Benjamin (wins for the 6th time)

2000  Eric Cooke

2001  Leonid Yudasin

 

Addresses:

1877 - Cafe Logeling, 49 Bowery Street

1882 - 110 East 14th Street

1885 - 22 East 17th Street

1889 - 22 West 27th Street

1893 - 105 East 22nd Street, 7th floor (United Charities Building)

1898 - 105 East 22nd Street, 9th floor (United Charities Building)

1903 - 56th Street and 7th Avenue, Carnegie Hall (881 7th Avenue)

1918 - Sherman Square Hotel at Broadway and 71st Street (201 West 70th Street)

1930 – Hotel Beacon, Broadway and 75th Street, 17th floor (2130 Broadway)

1932 – Pythian Temple, 135 W. 70th St

1932 - Hotel Alamac, Broadway and 72nd Street (Japanese Room); 160 West 71st Street

1940 - Mecca Temple (later, the New York City Center), 135 West 55th Street

1940 - Maurice Wertheim’s penthouse apartment, 33 E 70th Street

1941 - 100 Central Park South

1957 - Hotel Woodrow, 35 West 64th Street

1962 - Henry Hudson Hotel, West 57th St. (at 9th Avenue). 

1971 - 14 East 60th St

1974 - 155 E. 55th St

1984 - Carnegie Recital Hall at 154 West 57th Street and 7th Avenue (881 7th Avenue, 10th floor)

1992 - 343 West 46th Street

2000 - New Yorker Hotel, Suite 1521, 481 8th Avenue (34th Street and 8th Avenue)

2002 – The Manhattan Chess Club closed

 

Club Presidents

1878 - Leopold H. Hellwitz

1879 - Frederick Perrin

1880 - Leopold H. Hellwitz

1884 - George T. Green

1888 - S.B. Schlesinger

1889 - William E.T. Westerfield

1890 - Isaac Rice

1893 - A. Foster Higgins

1895- Wesley Bigelow

1897 - Charles A. Gilberg

1899 - Aristides Martinez

1919 - Herbert R. Limburg

1929 - Leonard B. Meyer

1932 - Charles B. Saxon

1934 - Harold Meyer Phillips

1941 - Maurice Wertheim

1951 - Al Bisno

1953 - Maurice J. Kasper (1900-1972)

1960 - Jacques Coe (1894-1997)

1971 - Rosser Reeves (1910-1984)

1978 - Moses Mitchell

1984 - Stanley Grayson (1918-2000)

           Neil McKelvie

1988 - Douglas Bellizzi

2000 - Jeffrey Kossak

Comments


  • 7 years ago · Quote · #1

    AClotfelter

    Why did it close? Seems like such a loss for the chess community!
  • 7 years ago · Quote · #2

    rdrescher

    Some of this information is inaccurate. I have a copy of a 21 July 1895 article from the New-York Daily Tribune on the Metropolitan Chess Club. Additionally, I have an original letter signed by my great-great-grandfather on Metropolitan Chess Club letterhead, dated August 2nd, 1897. He signed it as Otto Drescher, Pres. In that letter, he is soliciting the participation of club members in a dinner honoring Steinitz at the Central Opera House, which was the home of the chess club at that time.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #3

    soulpower74

    I played one of my first tournaments at the Manhattan Chess Club when it was located at the Henry Hudson Hotel back in the 1969-1970 era. The tournament was run by Milton Hanauer. My first Chess Team Wade JHS 117 Bx. finished 2nd in the City behind I believe Wagner JHS of Manhattan...

    Ernie Johnson

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #4

    BobM

    To answer ACltfelter's question on how it came to close, I think the person sponsoring the club financially passed away, his children/heirs didn't share his chess enthusiasm, and there was nopone to take his place.

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