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Daly, Harlow B.

Harlow Bussey Daly was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on December 2, 1883,  He is perhaps the oldest person to win a state chess championship.  In 1959 and 1960, he won the Maine championship.  In 1968 he won the Championship of Maine at age 85.  He tied for 1st in 1970 and was 2nd in 1971 and 1972.  He had previously won in 1961 at the age of 77 and in 1965 at the age of 81.  He played in the New England Open every year from 1908 (when he won it) to 1971.  He won the Massachusetts State Championship in 1940 and 1942.   He was still playing chess in his late 80s and early 90s.  At 90, in 1973, he won a New Hampshire Open tournament with a perfect 5-0 score.  In 1975, he was designated Master Emeritus by the USCF.  He died on July 8, 1979 in Framington, Massachusetts at the age of 95.  He played chess for 75 years (1900 to 1974).  He won the championships of Massachusetts, New Hampshire (1962), Vermont, and Maine (9 times).  He competed in 280 tournaments and matches, not counting correspondence events.


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