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Glenn E Hartleb
Number of games in database: 72
Years covered: 1946 to 1961
Overall record: +26 -35 =11 (43.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Feb-25-1912, died Aug-31-1961, 49 years old) United States of America

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Glenn Hartleb, a USCF Expert player, was killed in an automobile accident near Birta, Arkansas while traveling with Norman Tweed Whitaker.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 72  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Katz vs G Hartleb  1-041194647th US OpenD69 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical,
2. G Hartleb vs R Byrne 0-120194647th US OpenA53 Old Indian
3. F Yerhoff vs G Hartleb  1-035194647th US OpenC22 Center Game
4. A Mengarini vs G Hartleb  1-036194849th US OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
5. Evans vs G Hartleb 1-046194849th US OpenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. G Hartleb vs E Nash  1-042194849th US OpenE90 King's Indian
7. P Le Cornu vs G Hartleb  ½-½55194849th US OpenD68 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Classical
8. O Shapiro vs G Hartleb  1-030194849th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
9. H Steiner vs G Hartleb  ½-½50194849th US OpenD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
10. G Hartleb vs L Isaacs  1-029194849th US OpenE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. O Bain vs G Hartleb  0-138194849th US OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. G Hartleb vs D Ackerman  1-034194950th US OpenD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
13. G Hartleb vs Bisguier  ½-½52194950th US OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
14. G Hartleb vs A Sandrin ½-½76194950th US OpenE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
15. G Hartleb vs E McCormick  1-042194950th US OpenD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
16. C Hesse vs G Hartleb  0-158195051st US OpenC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. G Hartleb vs C Brasket  ½-½56195051st US OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. C A Renton vs G Hartleb  0-144195152nd US OpenD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
19. G Hartleb vs H Fajans  0-136195152nd US OpenD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. G Hartleb vs A Sandrin  0-150195152nd US OpenE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
21. G Hartleb vs J T Westbrock  ½-½51195152nd US OpenE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
22. C F Tears vs G Hartleb  1-050195152nd US OpenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. G Hartleb vs C Brasket  0-120195152nd US OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
24. R Harrell vs G Hartleb  ½-½60195152nd US OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
25. G Eastman vs G Hartleb  1-041195354th US OpenC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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  GrahamClayton: Hartleb and Whittaker co-authored "365 Selected Chess Endings One for Each Day of the Year"

Here is a brief report about Hartleb's fatal accident.

"... Man Killed In Wreck Near Ola

A Florida man was killed in a one-car accident on Highway 10 about six miles east of Ola last Thursday afternoon. State Trooper Richard Powell identified the victim as Glenn E. Hartleb, 45, Tampa, Florida, a passenger in the car.

The driver of the car, a Volkswagen, was Norman Whittaker, about 70, of Washington, D. C. He was taken to the hospital at Russellville with head injuries.

Powell said the driver of the car apparently lost control of it [and] hit a bridge abutment and over turned.

(Yell County Record Newspaper, Danville, Arkansas, pub. Sep 7, 1961)

Feb-25-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Glenn Hartleb.
Sep-15-20  login:


'USCF Member Glenn Hartleb of Washington, D.C., was killed in an auto accident in Russelville, Arkansas returning home from the U.S. Open at San Francisco and enroute to the Tennessee Open at Nashville, last month. Originally from Erie, Pa., he resided in Washington, D.C., where he was employed as an accountant.

Known for many years for his devotion to the game, Glenn was a former USCF Membership Secretary - in the days when there were no salaries paid but plenty of hard work to perform. He competed in every U.S. Open Championship since Pittsburgh, 1946 and his 16 consecutive years of play had no equal in American chess. He was co-author of a highly authoritative end-game book and was considered one of the leading authorities in this country on that aspect of the game. His many titles won throughout the years are too many to enumerate here but his most recent victory included the capturing of the first U.S. Team Championship in Raleigh, N.C., in July.

One of his "trademarks" was his greeting to every player: "MASTER!" whether the player was actually a Master or just a woodpusher. He himself maintained a high Expert's rating throughout all of the years that he played and waivered very close to the Master's title but never quite made it. Calculating his rating from his past two performances, the U.S. Team Championship and the U.S. Open, the USCF Rating Statistician has informed us of a sadly ironic occurance. Hartleb's rating jumped to 2196 from his performance at Raleigh and his 7½-4½ at San Francisco gave him exactly what he needed to earn the magic number of 2200. After all these years Glenn is a Master but he'll never know it.'

'Glenn Hartleb Killed', Chess Life Nr.10, Oct 1961

For more see

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  MissScarlett: Shady Side: The Life and Crimes of Norman Tweed Whitaker, Chessmaster by John S. Hilbert (Yorklyn, 2000), pp.265-266:

<Two weeks later, Whitaker, Hartleb, and a young man preregistered for Nashville's Tennessee Open, making the long drive back from San Francisco. They drove back, but only as far as Arkansas, just outside of Memphis. There, the young man driving Whitaker's Volkswagen crashed the car into a concrete bridge abutment. Hartleb, only forty-nine-years-old, and sitting in the front passenger's seat, was killed instantly. Whitaker's injuries would plague him for the remainder of his days.

Many years later, in 1969 while writing for <Chess Life & Review>, Whitaker would summarize the accident that had taken the life of Glenn Hartleb. "Then tragedy struck," he wrote. "Returning from San Francisco, in Arkansas, the young driver of my car decided to knock down a concrete bridge! He was only slightly injured; Hartleb, sitting next to him, was instantly killed. I have been permanently crippled ever since. After the accident, I had to give up simultaneous chess as I was unable to do the necessary walking. I also ended many hours of teaching high school students."

Not surprisingly, Whitaker eventually found someone to sue. Legal papers stated Whitaker had suffered a "simple fracture of the middle third of the right femur," and hence was admitted to St. Mary's Hospital in Russellville, Arkansas, a facility owned and operated by Dr. Martin F. Heidgen. Whitaker would sue Dr. Heidgen claiming he did not properly set the fracture. The result of the medical malpractice, according to Whitaker's legal papers, was that he sustained a malunion of the fracture leading to further damage and suffering. By the time of his suit, Whitaker claimed to have a "dropped right foot in which the toes of the said foot will not raise or lift themselves. If plaintiff attempts to walk with bare feet, his right foot will not go flat. All of the weight of plaintiff must then rest on the outer or right edge of the right foot, causing excruciating pain." Whitaker concluded that because of the negligence committed he was "now a hopeless cripple." He was seeking $250,000 in damages. Whitaker would write others, later, that "my foot, a monstrosity, gives me constant pain.">

Hilbert reports Whitaker not only lost his case, but that Heidgen won his counterclaim for the unpaid balance of Whitaker's hospital treatment (he had only paid about half his bill). Costs were also awarded against Whitaker but there's no record of him ever paying up.

Tampa Tribune, September 2nd 1961, p.2:

<Ola, Ark. Sept. 1 (AP) - A 49-year-old Tampa man was killed in a one-car accident on State Highway 10 near here yesterday and two passengers were hospitalized with broken arms.

State police identified the victim as Glenn E. Hartleb, the driver.

Hospitalized at Russellville were Norman Whitaker, 71, and Charles Stevens, 12. Neither was in serious condition.

Officers said Hartleb apparently lost control of the car and it overturned.

He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Irma Schomacher, Erie, Pennsylvania.>

So where are we? The <Yell County Record>, quoted by <GrahamClayton> says Whitaker was the driver; <Shady Side> has the 'young man', apparently, Charles Stevens; the <Tampa Tribune> says Hartleb was at the wheel.

Hmmm, in the normal course of events one would defer to Whitaker and assume the other reports were mistaken in the initial confusion, but, hey, this is Whitaker we're talking about. I demand some form of corroboration! Did Hilbert have any?

And this Charles Stevens...who he? If Whitaker is to be believed, a 12-year-old wouldn't have been driving. And would a 12-year-old be allowed to travel to a tournament across country with unrelated adults? Chances are its a simply an error, possibly a typo. Maybe <Phony Benoni> can find a record of such a player.

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  Phony Benoni: <MissScarlett> The "young man" appears to be <Charles B Stevens> of Maryland, who played at San Francisco (Game Collection: US Open 1961, San Francisco, player, #157). Stevens' full name and state are confirmed in the 1962 National Rating List (<Chess Life, 1962, p. 293).

Unfortunately, I could find no mention of his age. Twelve seems awfully young for such an adventure, but things were more relaxed in those days. Perhaps he was one of the "high school students" Whitaker mentioned. Or maybe he was 22 and all this is much ado about nothing.

I wonder why WHitaker didn't play in San Francisco. Too busy visiting old friends?

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  perfidious: There was a nice <shady> spot, just a hop, skip and jump from San Francisco, whence Whitaker might have decided to renew some old friendships.
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  MissScarlett: Hard to believe that Whitaker would falsely accuse Stevens - albeit not by name - of being the driver, and effectively being responsible for Hartleb's death, in a national chess magazine.
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  MissScarlett: The (Baltimore) Sun, February 20th 1961, p.11, reports on the outcome of the Maryland State Junior championship.

<In the 13-16 age group the winner was Ray Matthaei, 16, of the 3000 block Moreland avenue. Charles Stevens, 13, of the 7800 block of Ardmore avenue, and David Williams, 16, of the 2300 block of N. Howard street, took second and third place respectively.>

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  Phony Benoni: Well, Whitaker was hardly the kind of guy to take the rap, and Hartleb was his friend. Stevens appears to have dropped out of chess soon afterwards. Eight years later, few people would remember him or his youth, nor is he likely to have seen Whiaker's article himself.

By the way, Russellville is in northwestern Arkansas, about 200 miles from Memphis and 400 miles from Nashville. It was the last leg of a 2300 mile journey, which began after the US Open ended on August 26. That means five days of driving through the summer heat of the American Southwest. They has to be exhausted.

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  FSR: Hard to believe that IM Whittaker, the Prince of Shady Side, Maryland, would have lied about this tragic accident. Next thing you'll be accusing him of trying to extort ransom by claiming to have the Lindbergh baby.

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