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Alexander Sellman

Number of games in database: 61
Years covered: 1880 to 1885
Overall record: +16 -26 =18 (41.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C77 C70 C65 C60 C67
 French Defense (7) 
    C01 C10 C00
 Sicilian (4) 
    B45 B88 B40
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (19) 
    C13 C11 C01 C00 C14
 French (13) 
    C13 C11 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D05 A40 D00 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Sellman vs J Grundy, 1880 1-0
   Zukertort vs A Sellman, 1883 0-1
   A Sellman vs E Delmar, 1880 1-0
   A Sellman vs Zukertort, 1883 1-0
   A Sellman vs A Cohnfeld, 1880 1-0
   Blackburne vs A Sellman, 1883 1/2-1/2
   A Sellman vs J Mortimer, 1883 1-0
   A Sellman vs Mackenzie, 1883 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   5th American Chess Congress (1880)
   London (1883)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   New York 1880 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jan-15-1856, died Oct-07-1888, 32 years old) United States of America

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Alexander Gould Sellman finished fourth at the 5th American Chess Congress (1880), a point behind the top finishers. He also played at the great London (1883) tournament, finishing third from the bottom.

Sellman wrote "Games of the Vienna (1882) tournament, a selection of the best and most brilliant games, with critical analysis by Alex. G. Sellman, together with a short account of the Tournament". It was the only contemporary book about the tournament. He also served as the chess editor of the Baltimore - News American (1) between 1880-86 and later for the Baltimore Sunday Herald between 1886-87 (2).

References: (1) Wikipedia article: Baltimore American (Baltimore American), (2) (selected Herald archives).

Last updated: 2023-01-15 10:01:52

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Sellman vs E Delmar 1-04918805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC77 Ruy Lopez
2. E Delmar vs A Sellman  ½-½6618805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC13 French
3. A Sellman vs J Congdon 1-06718805th American Chess Congress, New YorkB01 Scandinavian
4. J Congdon vs A Sellman  0-12518805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC01 French, Exchange
5. A Sellman vs C Moehle  1-05018805th American Chess Congress, New YorkB40 Sicilian
6. C Moehle vs A Sellman  ½-½6618805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC14 French, Classical
7. Mackenzie vs A Sellman ½-½6118805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC00 French Defense
8. A Sellman vs Mackenzie  ½-½2918805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC77 Ruy Lopez
9. A Sellman vs P Ware  0-13318805th American Chess Congress, New YorkB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. P Ware vs A Sellman  ½-½5218805th American Chess Congress, New YorkD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A Sellman vs M Judd 1-04118805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC01 French, Exchange
12. M Judd vs A Sellman 1-05418805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC11 French
13. J Grundy vs A Sellman  1-06518805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC01 French, Exchange
14. A Sellman vs J Grundy 1-03718805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC10 French
15. A Sellman vs A Cohnfeld  1-02318805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC41 Philidor Defense
16. A Cohnfeld vs A Sellman  0-14918805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC42 Petrov Defense
17. J S Ryan vs A Sellman  0-13318805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC42 Petrov Defense
18. A Sellman vs J S Ryan  1-05118805th American Chess Congress, New YorkC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Steinitz vs A Sellman  ½-½471882MatchC00 French Defense
20. Steinitz vs A Sellman  1-0751882MatchC00 French Defense
21. A Sellman vs Steinitz  ½-½411882MatchC70 Ruy Lopez
22. Blackburne vs A Sellman ½-½291883LondonC11 French
23. A Sellman vs S Rosenthal  ½-½341883LondonC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
24. S Rosenthal vs A Sellman  0-1471883LondonC42 Petrov Defense
25. Winawer vs A Sellman  1-0381883LondonC49 Four Knights
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Apr-03-13  Nosnibor: Sellman played a short match against Zukertort in December 1883 at the Baltimore Chess Club. The game shown in the db is the first game in the match.Zukertort went on to win the remaining two games thus taking the contest by two games to one.I will shortly submit one of these games if there is a demand for it.
Apr-02-14  dernier thylacine: TO NOSNIBOR:

Thank you for your offer, and as there are only three games, maybe it would even be possible to submit the match in his globality? Excuse me to be greedy, but even I do not post many kibitzes because my level is not high enough to make them instructive, I am a fan of Zukertort (and of Mackenzie) and I love the games of their time especially when they are commented or annotated!!

Excuse too my poor english, I am a Frenchman...

Apr-02-14  Ken MacGillivray: <dernier thylacine> <Excuse too my poor english, I am a Frenchman...> No need to apologise monsiuer, au contraire, my french is crap and I am envious of people who are multilingual.
Jan-20-15  paderamo: I am currently clipping and downloading chess columns from the Wilkes-Barre Record. A number of columns were about Sellman when he decided to relocate to that city.

Here is a copy of the Baltimore News from October 14, 1888 as republished in the Wilkes-Barre Record:

Also, a remembrance of his short time in Wilkes-Barre from the October 25, 1888 newspaper:

Discusses the bizarre announcement he made during a chess lecture and the follow-up. Very sad.

Jan-20-15  zanzibar: <paderamo> Did he take his own life in Baltimore then?

The newspaper accounts are unclear on this, as far as I can tell.

Feb-01-15  paderamo: I could not find anything definitive.
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  perfidious: To buy or Sell: that is the question.
Dec-27-15  zanzibar: Mentioned, fondly, on p122 of <The Knights and Kings of Chess> by George Alcock MacDonnell:

Dec-29-15  zanzibar: Played two serious games, both draws, with Capt McKenzie during the latter's visit to Baltimore in 1885.

Saturday 19 February 1881, Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney).

The 2nd game is noted as a Ruy Lopez.

Dec-29-15  zanzibar: Was he a mute? I found this very interesting mention:

<I have just learned from a gentle- man that the best chess player in
Baltimore is a mate. His name is
Alex G. Sellman, and he keeps a cigar
store in that city. He can bear, but
cannot speak. He has been playing
with the champion of the world — Mr.
Steinitz, not a mute.>

(The Deaf Mutes Journal - 1883-01-25 p4)

Dec-29-15  zanzibar: I also found mention of him giving a blindfold simul in Wilkes-Barre, in I believe 1887. No real particulars though.
Apr-11-16  paderamo:

A simul by Sellman in 1887 and his decision to move to Wilkes-Barre.

Apr-11-16  paderamo:

A second game from the silmul.

Apr-11-16  paderamo:

A game prior to his simul. Wendel was the President of the Wilkes-Barre Chess Club.

Apr-11-16  paderamo:

Another game with Wendel.

Apr-11-16  paderamo:

Another game from the simul.

Apr-11-16  paderamo:

He was not a mute.

Jul-09-17  zanzibar: Thank you <paderamo>.

Can any photograph of Sellman be found?


Jul-10-17  WorstPlayerEver: <z>

Jul-10-17  zanzibar: Thanks <wpe>, that's a good lead.

I forgot to check CPL, which the photo reminded me of, so I'll go recheck there too.

PS- always thought you'd look different.

Jul-10-17  WorstPlayerEver: <z>

I had to go for second best.

Jul-10-17  zanzibar: <wpe> would that be second best of the worst?

Anyways, CPL did indeed have a nice hi-res copy.

Jul-10-17  WorstPlayerEver: <z> I couldn't find my pic.
Jan-06-20  cameosis: wilkes-barre simul: 21 boards, 16 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses
Dec-10-20  cameosis: middle name is gould:

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