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Sydney Thomas Sharp
Number of games in database: 43
Years covered: 1905 to 1926
Overall record: +20 -15 =8 (55.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-17-1885, died Sep-28-1953, 68 years old) United States of America

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Sydney Sharp won the Pennsylvania chess championship 10 times - 1908, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1921, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1932 & 1937. He was a former president of the Mercantile Library Chess Association, former vice president of the Eastern Chess Federation and an officer of the Franklin Chess Club.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs S T Sharp 0-1431905Simul, 19bC39 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Lasker vs S T Sharp  ½-½311906Simul, 20bC39 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Marshall vs S T Sharp 1-0471906Simul, 20bD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Lasker vs S T Sharp 0-1351906Simul, 20bD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. L Rosen vs S T Sharp  1-0211908NYSCA Mid-Summer Meeting. Trophy SectionC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
6. C S Howell vs S T Sharp  0-1291908NYSCA Mid-Summer Meeting. Trophy SectionC67 Ruy Lopez
7. S T Sharp vs E Delmar ½-½401908NYSCA Mid-Summer Meeting. Trophy SectionB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
8. S T Sharp vs L Rosen ½-½591908NYSCA Mid-Summer Meeting. Trophy SectionB01 Scandinavian
9. S T Sharp vs C S Howell  0-1361908NYSCA Mid-Summer Meeting. Trophy SectionB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
10. E Delmar vs S T Sharp ½-½541908NYSCA Mid-Summer Meeting. Trophy SectionA00 Uncommon Opening
11. S T Sharp vs W P Shipley  0-1291909Pennsylvania State chC12 French, McCutcheon
12. S T Sharp vs G Beihoff  0-1461909Manhattan CC - Franklin CC mC42 Petrov Defense
13. S T Sharp vs S Mlotkowski  1-0471910Philadelphia chC01 French, Exchange
14. Capablanca vs S T Sharp 0-1541910Simul, 19bC42 Petrov Defense
15. Capablanca vs S T Sharp 0-1421911Simul, 20bB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
16. I S Turover vs S T Sharp  0-1301915Pennsylvania st chC27 Vienna Game
17. S T Sharp vs Kupchik  0-1291915Franklin CC - Manhattan CC mC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Capablanca vs S T Sharp 0-1391915Simul, 17bC42 Petrov Defense
19. S T Sharp vs Kostic  0-1581915Casual gameC66 Ruy Lopez
20. S T Sharp vs Capablanca  0-1221916Franklin CC - Manhattan CC mC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
21. S T Sharp vs D P Sailer  1-0341920Franklin CC chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. S T Sharp vs E S Jackson 1-0501920Atlantic CityC60 Ruy Lopez
23. S Mlotkowski vs S T Sharp  ½-½221920Atlantic CityC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
24. S T Sharp vs Marshall  ½-½231920Atlantic CityB01 Scandinavian
25. C Jaffe vs S T Sharp  1-0381920Atlantic CityC41 Philidor Defense
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Jul-17-10  wordfunph: drawing with Reshevsky and winning against Alekhine? he must be sharp.. :)
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  Phony Benoni: Photo of Sydney T. Sharp in action, 1933:

Jun-17-12  brankat: Ten times Pennsylvania state Champion!

Mr.Sharp also won against Dr.Lasker. A simul game, 1904. He drew Reshevsky, also a simul game, when Sammy was about 10 years old. his win against Alekhine must have been a simul, too. Alekhine didn't participate in any tournaments in Philadelphia in 1924.

R.I.P. Mr.S.T.Sharp.

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  MissScarlett: <The Chess News>, vol. 11, no. 111, p6:

<Jose Capablanca, who, next to champion Lasker, is one of the most popular chess entertainers, is making a short tour in the east. At the Franklin Chess Club in Philadelphia, he met seventeen, winning 15, losing one, and drawing one. Former state champion S. T. Sharp was the lucky man.>

So Sharp had simul wins over Lasker, Capa and Alekhine, which has to be a unique achievement. Other players to vanquish this eternal golden braid are Tarrasch, Janowski, Rubinstein, Reshevsky, Fine and Botvinnik.

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  MissScarlett: According to <The Unknown Capablanca>, this simul occurred on the 19th November, 1915.
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  MissScarlett: Oh my gawd...according to the 365chess DB, Sharp beat Capa in no less than 4 simuls, all as Black - in 1910/11/15/22. Maybe Sharp should have been giving the simuls! <The Unknown Capablanca> also has 3 consultation games (in 1922/24); all three were drawn. But in their only head-to-head encounter, a club game in 1916, Sharp was crushed like a bug.
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  HeMateMe: I love the name...seems almost a stage name for an actor.
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  MissScarlett: All Capa-Sharp games uploaded. He fully deserves his victories; he's aggressive in the opening, punishes Capa tactically on several occasions, and, where necessary, outplays him in the endgame. Frankly, he looks like the master and Capa a tyro, and yet in those four simuls, Capa played 96 games, winning 79 and losing just 3 other games.
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  MissScarlett: Two more Sharp games on the way....draw with Lasker, defeat of Lasker, both in 1906. That makes Sharp's simul record +7 =1 over Lasker, Capa and Alekhine.
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  MissScarlett: One more Capa-Sharp game: they drew in a simul in 1909, but the game score is unknown. I don't think many people realise how active Capablanca was before age and responsibility slowed him down. Between 1909 and 1916 (he played no recorded chess during 1917), he gave over 250 simuls, composed of several tours of the USA, three in Europe and two in South America.
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  MissScarlett: <That makes Sharp's simul record +7 =1 over Lasker, Capa and Alekhine.>

Latest reckoning is +8 =2.

Aug-04-15  TheFocus: It must have taken a Sharp style to get a record like that.
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  Tabanus: Picture:
Jan-20-16  offramp: It's an incredible record in simultaneoi, but he also beat players like Kashdan and Whitaker in standard games.
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  yiotta: With the fighting Petrov he won all 4 in the database, 2 vs. Capablanca in simuls, 1 vs. Alekhine (simul), and 1 vs. Marshall in match play.

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