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Henry Blumberg
H Blumberg 
Henry Blumberg in 1914. Photo courtesy 
Number of games in database: 4
Years covered: 1905 to 1909
Overall record: +1 -1 =2 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense (2 games)

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(born May-13-1886, died Jun-28-1950, 64 years old) Lithuania (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Henry Blumberg was born in 1886 in Zhagory, Kovno Governorate, Russian Empire (today Zagare, Lithuania). He moved to the US with his parents in 1891, and graduated from the Columbia University in 1908. He then took a PhD at the University of Göttingen, Germany in 1912, did postdoctoral work at the universities of Chicago, Paris and Zurich, was assistant professor at the University of Nebraska (1913-1918), assistant professor at the University of Illinois (in Urbana) (1918-1925), and professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Ohio State University (1925-1950). Some of his journal articles can be found at He was also a very able chess player.

Last updated: 2018-03-18 19:12:18

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Blumberg vs W C Cogswell 0-1451905CHYP Intercollegiate TournamentC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
2. W Humphreys vs H Blumberg  ½-½4319077th Anglo-American universities cable mC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
3. H Blumberg vs R Lob  ½-½3019088th Anglo-American universities cable mC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
4. H Blumberg vs J G Rennie  1-02319099th Anglo-American universities cable mC27 Vienna Game
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  MissScarlett: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, February 3rd, 1908, p.24:

<At the conclusion of the simultaneous exhibition given by Jose R. Capablanca at the Brooklyn Chess Club Saturday night, the Columbia University crack had won against twenty-four of the twenty-six opponents, drawn one with C. Curt and lost only one to H. Blumberg, who played second board for Columbia in the last intercollegiate tournament. Blumberg is a Brooklyn boy and a graduate of the Boys High School. He forced the victory with Capablanca in brilliant fashion, sacrificing his queen and announcing a mate in three moves.>

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  Tabanus: He was probably abroad in 1900 and 1920 census times.

1910 census 268 Stockton Street Kings Brooklyn NY: Bernhard Blumberg, 49, Russ. Yiddish, immigrated 1888, Real Estate Home office; Yetta Blumberg, 49, Russ. Yiddish, immigrated 1891; Leopold Blumberg, 28, Lawyer, Mayer Blumberg, 25, Lawyer; <Henry Blumberg, 23>, Teacher College

1910: Henry Blumberg, b. <4 July 1886> in Zagar(s)en State, Kovna in Russia, son of Bernhard Blumberg, immigrated July 1891 on board "Augusta Victoria", living in 268 Stockton Street Brooklyn, teacher, intending to go to Germany and return in about 2 years (US passport application dated 10 Sep 1910)

1912: Henry Blumberg, 26, b. <8 July 1886> in Russia , "claims citizenship under Fathers paper", address 268 Stockton Street Brooklyn, arriving in New York 3 Sep 1912 on board "Kronprinzessin Cecilie" sailing from Southampton (NY passenger list)

1913: <Mr Henry Blumberg, A.B. and A.M. (Columbia) and fellow in mathematics 1909-10, continued the study of mathematics in Europe during 1910-12 and last spring passed the public examination for the degree of Ph.D. at Göttingen magna cum laude.> (Columbia University Quarterly, Vol. XV, 1912-13, p. 101)

1914: <The following appointments made by the chancellor were confirmed by the board: ... Henry Blumberg, assistant professor of mathematics> (The Lincoln Daily Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), 7 October 1914, p. 3)

1919: <Taking on nine games of simultaneous chess at 8 o'clock Saturday night at the University club and opening each game with the Queen's pawn, Dr. Henry Blumberg, associate in mathematics, won the entire set in two hours. Dr. Blumberg played all white men. The nine men who were defeated are: R. C. Zuppke, G. A. Huff, A. J. Schuettner, F. L. Stevens, H. S. Grindley, Ernest Bernbaum, H. C. Eckstein, J. B. Shaw and O. H. Moore> (Daily Illini, 6 May 1919, p. 2)

1922: Henry Blumberg, 36, address 810 W. Michigan Ave, Urbaba Ill., arriving in New York 10 Sep 1922 on board SS "Zeeland" from Southampton (NY passenger list)

1930 census 76 Blake Avenue Columbus Ohio: Henry Blumberg, 43, Single, b. in Russia, Yiddish, Immigration year 1891, Professor mathematics State University.

1931: Henry Blumberg, 45, 76 E Blake Ave Columbus Ohio, arriving in New York 11 June 1931 on board SS "Leviathan" from Cherbourg, France (NY passenger list)

1940 census 76 East Blake Avenue Columbus Ohio: Henry Blumberg, 53, Single, b. in Russia, Instructor University; Grace Anderson, 49, Widowed, b. in Ohio, Seamstress at home

1942: Henry Blumberg, 55, 76 E Blake Ave. Columbus Ohio, born <5 - 13 1886> in Zhagori Kovno Russia, Ohio State Univ. Prof. Math., brother of Leopold Blumberg, 32 Broadway NY. (World War 2 Draft Reg. card)

1950: <OSU Professor Dies. Columbus, June 28 - (AP) - Henry Blumberg, 64, professor of mathematics at Ohio State university since 1925, died in his home early today.> (The Lima News, 28 June 1950, p. 3)

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  Tabanus: (Georg Blumberg at

<Henry Blumberg was born on May 13, 1886 in Zhagory, Russia to Bernhard and Yetta (Schochet) Blumberg. He immigrated to the U.S. with his parents in 1891. He attended Columbia University and was awarded an A.B. in 1907, receiving the John Dash Van Buren, Jr. Prize in Mathematics, and an A.M. in 1908. He then studied at the University of Göttingen where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1912, writing a thesis entitled "On the algebraic properties of linear homogeneous differential equations" under the direction of Edmund Landau. He then spent another year doing postdoctoral work at the universities of Chicago, Paris and Zurich. He was then employed as an assistant and later assistant professor at the University of Nebraska 1913-1918. He was then appointed assistant professor at the University of Illinois in 1918, where he remained until 1925. In 1925 he was appointed professor in the Department of Mathematics at Ohio State. Blumberg was very instrumental in establishing a graduate program in mathematics at OSU. He directed eight Ph.D. students at Ohio State. Among his students was the prominent real analyst Casper Goffman. Blumberg was a very active researcher in the fields of real analysis and point set topology. One of his striking results is the following: for any real-valued function defined over the reals, there is is a dense subset of the domain, such that the restriction of the function to this subset is continuous. Blumberg was also very active in the U.S. and international mathematics community. He served as an associate editor of the Annals of Mathematics, the American Mathematical Monthly and Zentralblatt für Mathematik. He also served on the Council of the American Mathematical Society. He died in Columbus on June 28, 1950.>

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