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Phillips, Harold

Harold Meyer Phillips (1874-1967) was a lawyer and President of the United States Chess Federation (USCF) from 1950-54, President of the Manhattan Chess Club, former New York State Champion and Manhattan Chess Club Champion (1902).  He was the organizer and director of the great New York 1924 International Tournament.   In 1930, he played 3rd board for the U.S. in the chess Olympiad at Hamburg (drawing one and losing one).  He played in chess tournaments for over 70 years.  In his earlier years, he was known as “Der Kleine Morphy.”  He died at the age of 92.

Harold Phillips was born in Lithuania.In 1887, he arrived in Nw York.  In 1892, he entered City College of New York (CCNY) and was the college chess champion.  In 1896, he entered Columbia University Law School and was its top chess player.  In 1941 he was organizer and president of the Intercollegiate Chess League.

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