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Helms, Hermann

Hermann Helms (1870-1963) was the first dean of American chess.  In 1904, at the Cambridge Springs International, he was the first person to issue daily chess bulletins.  He wrote a chess column for 62 years, from 1893 to 1955 in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.  This is the record for the longest-running uninterrupted chess column under the same authorship.  He published the American Chess  Bulletin from 1904 to 1963, a period of 59 years.  He also wrote weekly chess columns in the New York World Telegram, the New York Evening Sun, and the New York Times.  He died in Brooklyn, one day after he reached his 93rd birthday.  He was instrumental in directing Bobby Fischer to the Brooklyn Chess Club.  He won the New York State championship in 1906 and 1925.  In 1936, at age 66, he took 2nd place in the New York State championship, behind Isaac Kashdan.  He was the first to broadcast chess games over the radio (WNYC).   In 1943, he was voted as Dean of American Chess.  In 1954, he was awarded the International Arbiter title at the age of 84.  He edited the book of the 1924 New York International.

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