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James R Schroeder
Number of games in database: 19
Years covered: 1950 to 1987
Highest rating achieved in database: 2220
Overall record: +7 -10 =2 (42.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-30-1927, died Jul-08-2017, 89 years old) United States of America

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He was Ohio State champion in 1950 and 1985.

Last updated: 2017-07-23 05:29:04

 page 1 of 1; 19 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W M Byland vs J R Schroeder  1-0231950Casual gameB06 Robatsch
2. J F Donovan vs J R Schroeder  1-018195354th US OpenE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
3. J R Schroeder vs A Kaufman  1-039195455th US OpenA55 Old Indian, Main line
4. Santasiere vs J R Schroeder  1-038195455th US OpenB56 Sicilian
5. B Greenwald vs J R Schroeder 0-116195455th US OpenB32 Sicilian
6. O Popovych vs J R Schroeder  0-125195455th US OpenC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
7. J R Schroeder vs V Berzzarins  1-051195455th US OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
8. John B Payne vs J R Schroeder  ½-½30195455th US OpenA28 English
9. J R Schroeder vs C L Bagby  0-142195556th US OpenE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
10. A Spiller vs J R Schroeder  0-131195556th US OpenE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
11. J R Schroeder vs E McCormick  0-132195556th US OpenD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. J R Schroeder vs B Rozsa  1-050195556th US OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
13. A Sandrin vs J R Schroeder  1-060195556th US OpenD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
14. J R Schroeder vs R H Steinmeyer  0-130195556th US OpenA34 English, Symmetrical
15. S Yarmak vs J R Schroeder  ½-½58195556th US OpenA04 Reti Opening
16. E Hearst vs J R Schroeder  1-027195556th US OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. Graf-Stevenson vs J R Schroeder  0-126195758th US OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. J R Schroeder vs P Brandts 0-130195758th US OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
19. J R Schroeder vs J Kulbacki 0-1551987Cardinal OpenC11 French
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Jun-23-08  Marmot PFL: "James Schroeder is a renown chess author, editor, critic, master, historian and constant student of the game. He is the Ohio Chess Champion of 1950 and 1985, and the winner of fifty consecutive U.S.C.F. rated games. Schroeder founded and continues to operate The Prison Chess Fund."
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  keypusher: <Marmot PFL> What's he in for?
Jun-23-08  Marmot PFL: <Pusher> <g>
Feb-24-11  wordfunph: "There are now over 450 grandmasters and if they don't win, they don't eat." (in 1998)

- James Schroeder

May-31-11  parisattack: Met him once. Edited the Cleveland Chess Club publication for some years. The most horrific production values you've ever seen - but Schroeder's annotations were always excellent. Did a nice book - HTF - on Boris Spassky.
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  FSR: <parisattack> Yes, no one makes uglier books than Schroeder. It's not even close. It's as though he goes out of his way to make hideous-looking books. The antonym of DeLucia.
May-29-13  TheFocus: Yes, DeLucia's books are classics of production.

Do you men keep yours in a safe like I do?? Or have an armed guard posted?

Steal whatever you like in my library, but leave the DeLucias and autographed books alone.

Sep-22-13  DoctorD: The January 20, 1957 issue of Chess Life contends that Schroeder may have played the first double blindfold game shown on TV (WOSU-TV, Ohio State University's educational station) against Daniel Fidlow.
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  GrahamClayton: "And there was the eccentric James R. Schroeder of Cleveland, Ohio, who would visit the James G. White collection at the Cleveland Public Library and hand copy games from their collection then painstakingly type and mimeograph them then sell them for fifty cents or a dollar at tournaments."

Jul-23-17  Scuvy: Sad news: IM John Donaldson reports on the death of James Schroeder in his US Chess online column:

Jul-23-17  Scuvy: My first contact with James Schroeder came through his writings when a high-school chess friend loaned me copies of his books on Boris Spassky and the 1967 Moscow grandmasters’ tournament.

I remember being impressed enough to order books from Jim, especially his book on the 1895-96 St. Petersburg four masters’ tournament and a small pamphlet on the Ponziani by Ludek Pachman. (Jim edited this one and added original analysis not included by the grandmaster.)

Jim admired players and writers with classical, clear styles, such as Gerald Abrahams, Siegbert Tarrasch, Max Euwe and Edmar Mednis. I often thought of him as “America’s Tarrasch” as I read his acerbic, entertaining, dogmatic and often-controversial “Confidential Chess Lessons.” Like Bobby Fischer, who Jim met on the famous 1964 nationwide tour, he firmly believed in 1 P-K4 as the best opening move in chess. (And, like Fischer, he preferred descriptive notation and detested playing against the French Defense.)

I first met Jim in person at a book table he was running at the 1991 Oregon Class Championships. He was totally approachable and affable. We chatted a bit and I bought a copy of Abrahams’ The Chess Mind from him.

When Jim moved from Cleveland to Portland, Oregon in 1987-88, he was still strong enough to be invited to play in an Oregon state championship. Jim retained his strength even at an advanced age, as demonstrated by his defeat of GM Roman Dzindzichashvili in a 50-board simultaneous display given in Portland in 2000.

In those days, I went to Jim’s apartment many times to play 5-minute chess games with him (and buy more books!). He won about 90 to 95 percent of those encounters and his typically blunt assessment of my play (“your attacking skills are woeful”) spurred me to play in a more aggressive style.

In spite of his self-admitted irascibility, Jim was a friend and coach to players well below his own strength (such as I am, a lifetime USCF Class B player). He was generous with advice and insights on how to improve, and also gave away many of his books to other players. I especially treasure his signed copy of his book on AVRO 1938, for which Dr. Euwe wrote the Foreword and in which he complimented Jim’s analytical work.

Jim founded the Prison Chess Project, and devoted much time, money and resources in helping chess-playing prison inmates across the United States with advice, books and equipment.

I will miss Jim.

-- Roger Gregory
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Dec-16-17  zanzibar: <IN MEMORIAM -- JAMES SCHROEDER Even though Jim took an imperial and insulting stance toward nearly every one he dealt with, he did sometimes score against some people-- the shotgun effect. He also loved chess. He raked me over the coals on a continuing basis... sometimes maybe with justification, but he sometimes forgot that most of us are not having everything all that easy either. Maybe it would'nt hurt if all of us would try to remember sometimes to give each other a break and try kindness at least once in a while. He is beyond that now, but I forgive him and remember some of his humor.

It also should be noted that he was a strong player, especially when he was teen -ager.>

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  Diocletian: I saw Jim frequently at the Cleveland Chess Club on the 3rd or 4th floor of the Masonic Temple. He was usually there, there for most every tournament, and he was always friendly. He also loved those stubby cigars and was most always clenching one in his teeth in that era when people were allowed to smoke. It was clear to me that he was one of the strongest players in Cleveland, and that he had dedicated his life to chess chess chess. For all these qualities I can only admire him.

I heard a young player ask Jim one weekend how to become a good chess player. Jim replied: You get the Golden Treasury of Chess. It has 500 master games. Play through each game. Study every move. When you're done you'll be a strong player.

I moved from the area in '72 so lost touch with his chess activities. I liked Jim, and I'm happy to read today that he won the Ohio Championship in 1985. I'm going to look for these games and study every move.

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  Joshka: <Diocietian> Do you know what kind of record Calvin Blocker had against Jim? I moved back into the Ohio area during the mid 80's, attended a chess club in the Parma area, where Calvin used to play. Think Jim might have been playing in a tourney I was playing in, but don't recall him. Thanks for posting!
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  Diocletian: I don't recall seeing any Blocker-Schroeder games.

I was a mostly East side guy, and the best part was the display of the '72 World Championship games, called in move by move, in a public area of the East Ohio Gas Co, I think, at E 9th. Everybody except d. a. levy was there.

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  Joshka: <Diocletian> Thanks for responding, Blocker was and still is an East sider to the best of my knowledge anyway. I was working at TRW at the Replacement Division in Independence during the '72 match. Seeing those games on the front page of the Plain Dealer move by move really surprised me. I was so astonished that one could actually go over the game from start to finish that an actual record was kept!! Didn't even start buying books until the late 79's. Anyone know where Bobby's 1964 simul was held?? thanks in advance Maybe near the John G. White collection by the Cleveland Public Library?
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  Joshka: <Diocletian> Ever have a chance to get to know the late GM Lein?
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  Diocletian: At 50:18 in this film (Bobby Fischer Against the World) an unidentified player is interviewed during the '72 title match. I think this person is Schroeder. Correct?
Apr-29-18  InspiredByMorphy: That sure sounds like him at 50:18. I think it is.
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  GrahamClayton: Three page obituary featuring games:

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