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Sylvan Beach Tournament

Frank Marshall6/6(+6 -0 =0)[games]
Otto Roething3/6(+3 -3 =0)[games]
Kenneth Samuel Howard3/6(+3 -3 =0)[games]
Rudolph J Guckemus0/6(+0 -6 =0)[games] Chess Event Description
Sylvan Beach (1904)
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the New York State Chess Association generally held two major tournaments. One was played in the New York City area on Washington's Birthday, usually deciding the official state champion. The other was a summer Congress serving as the organization meeting, held at a resort or outstate city, and featuring various levels of competition and a more relaxed setting.

Sylvan Beach 1904, held August 16-19 at a resort town in Central New York on the shores of Oneida Lake (Wikipedia article: Sylvan Beach, New York) was the midsummer meeting that year. There were two main competitions: a general tournament and a higher-level event for possession of the Rice Trophy.

The chief attraction in the latter was Frank James Marshall, his dominating performance at Cambridge Springs (1904) still on everyone's mind. His opponents included defending Rice Trophy holder Otto Roething, Kenneth Samuel Howard from Rochester and Rudolph J Guckemus from Utica.

Unless you're knowledgable about New York chess in this period you're probably asking, "Who?" And in this case you would be right, as Marshall had little trouble sweeping the double-round robin with a 6-0 score.

1 1 3 4 1 Marshall ** 11 11 11 6.0 2 Roething 00 ** 10 11 3.0 3 Howard 00 01 ** 11 3.0 4 Guckemus 00 00 00 ** 0.0

You might know Howard better as a chess problem composer and writer; his tie with Roething was considered something of an upset. Guckemus obviated the need for a bye.

The tournament was scheduled for a brisk pace of six games in four days (Tuesday to Friday), and wound up going even faster. Marshall got permission to finish early, and Guckemus agreed to play their final round game on Thursday morning. This also affected the schedules of Roething and Howard. The following chart shows when the games were actually played, with the scheduled round numbers in parentheses.

Tuesday, August 16

Guckemus 0 Marshall (1)
Roething 1 Howard (1)

Wednesday, August 17

Marshall 1 Howard (2)
Guckemus 0 Roething (2)

Roething 0 Marshall (3)
Howard 1 Guckemus (3)

Thursday, August 18

Marshall 1 Guckemus (4)

Howard 0 Marshall (5)
Roething 1 Guckemus (5)

Marshall 1 Roething (6)
Guckemus 0 Howard (6)

Friday, August 19

Howard 1 Roething (4)

All the games were published in the American Chess Bulletin for September, 1904, pp. 75-77. Dates were available in contemporary newspaper reports, particularly the New York Tribune.

Based off of the Game Collection: Sylvan Beach 1904 by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 1; 12 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R J Guckemus vs Marshall 0-1291904Sylvan BeachC24 Bishop's Opening
2. O Roething vs K S Howard  1-0491904Sylvan BeachB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. Marshall vs K S Howard  1-0221904Sylvan BeachD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. O Roething vs Marshall  0-1381904Sylvan BeachC44 King's Pawn Game
5. R J Guckemus vs O Roething 0-1311904Sylvan BeachC45 Scotch Game
6. K S Howard vs R J Guckemus  1-0451904Sylvan BeachA00 Uncommon Opening
7. Marshall vs R J Guckemus  1-0341904Sylvan BeachD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. K S Howard vs Marshall 0-1151904Sylvan BeachA00 Uncommon Opening
9. Marshall vs O Roething 1-0311904Sylvan BeachD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. O Roething vs R J Guckemus 1-0561904Sylvan BeachC42 Petrov Defense
11. R J Guckemus vs K S Howard 0-1431904Sylvan BeachB10 Caro-Kann
12. K S Howard vs O Roething 1-0351904Sylvan BeachD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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