Occupations of Chess Players
By Bill Wall
Here are some occupations of some chess masters and well-known chess players.
Accountants and chess masters include Henry Bird (1830-1908), Samuel Reshevsky (1911-1992), and Frederick Yates (1834-1932).† Bird also wrote a book entitled An Analysis of Railways in the
Chess players who knew how to fly airplanes include Ed Edmundson (1920-1982), Max Euwe (1901-1981), Harry Golombek (1911-1995), and Carol Jarecki (1935- ).† Edmondson was an air Force Lieutenant Colonel and a navigator on tanker aircraft.
Samuel Boden (1826-1882) was an art critic and amateur landscape painter.† He was also the chess editor of the Field from 1858 until 1873.† He started as a railway clerk.
Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) was a renowned artist and one of the founders of Dadaism, surrealism, and cubism.
Dr. Nathan Divinksy (1925- ) served as
assistant dean of science at the
Gosta Stoltz (1904-1963) was an automobile mechanic as well as Swedish chess grandmaster.
Elliot Winslow (1952) gave up serious chess (he was an International Master) to become a professional backgammon player and poker player.† Bill Robertie is another chess player who became a professional backgammon player.† Robertie graduated from Harvard and is a systems analyst.
Sir George Thomas (1881-1972) was a professional badminton and tennis
player (he once played at
Max Harmonist (1864-1907) was a ballet dancer for the Royal Ballet in
Bankers and chess masters include Bill Addison (1933-2008), Ossip Bernstein (1882-1962), Ignatz
Kolisch (1837-1889), Ken Rogoff
(1953- ), and Max Weiss (1857-1927).†
Addison gave up chess (he was an International Master) to work at the
Bank of America in
Esther Epstein is a Systems Manager for the Bio-Molecular Engineering
Research Center (BMERC) at
Larry Evans (1932- ) is considered the best blackjack player of any Grandmaster.† He is also a journalist.† He has written over 50 chess books.
Lothar Schmid (1928- ) is a book publisher.† He is the owner of the largest known private chess library and a chess collector.
Boxers include Arnold Denker (1914-2005) †and Max Euwe (1901-1981).† Denker was a† Golden Gloves boxing quarterfinalist
Irina Levitina (1954- ) gave up serious chess and became a professional bridge player.† In chess, she was a world championship Candidate and was a Woman Grandmaster.† In contract bridge, she has been World champion four times.† She ranks 2nd among World Bridge Federation Women Grand Masters in terms of master points.† Alekhine was a bridge player, but not a very good one.† Emanuel Lasker was also a bridge player and wrote a book on bridge.
Arthur Dake (1910-2000) was director of the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).† He started out as a merchant seaman.† He then sold insurance and telephone directories.
Amos Burn (1848-1925) was a cotton broker and sugar broker from
Viacheslav Ragozin (1908-1962) was a civil engineer and had a career in the construction industry.
Arnold Denker was a businessman in the meat packing industry and became a millionaire.
Theo Van Scheltinga (1914-1994) worked as a carpenter at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
Jonathan Tisdall (1958- ) is a chef and works as a freelance journalist.
Edmar Mednis (1937-2002) was a chemical engineer, then a stock broker.
British civil servants and chess masters include Oldrich Duras (1882-1957), Wilhelm Hanstein (1811-1850), Stuart Milner-Barry (1906-1995), and Edward Sergeant (1881-1961).
Members of the clergy include Bill Lombardy (1937- ), George MacDonnell
(1830-1899), Ruy Lopez (1540-1580), John Owen
(1827-1901), Domenico Ponziani
(1719-1796), Charles Ranken (1828-1905), Arthur Skipworth (1830-1898), and William Wayte
In his earlier years, Arthur Bisguier was a computer programmer at IBM and gave that up to become a professional chess player.
Klaus Darga works as a computer programmer.
Diane Savereide retired from chess to become
a computer programmer for NASA. She is now a software developer in
Cryptographers included C.H.O'D Alexander, Reuben Fine, Harry Golombek, and Stuart Milner-Barry.
Vincenzo Castaldi was a dentist.
George Koltanowski was a diamond cutter.
Diplomats include Jose Capablanca (
worked for the diplomatic service in
Nikola Karaklajic was a disc jockey for
Louis Paulsen established a distillery and was a tobacco farmer.
Elijah Williams worked as a druggist.
Economists and chess masters include Igor Bondarevsky, Ivan Farago, Gyozo Forintos, Aivars Gipslis, Yair Kraidman, and Ken Rogoff (chief economist at the world bank).
Electrical engineers and masters include Mikhail Botvinnik and Vladimir Liberzon. John Watson has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
Donald Byrne was an associate professor of English at
Grigory Levenfish (1889-1961) was an engineer in the glass industry.† He had a degree in chemical engineering.
Julio Granda-Zuniga is a farmer in
Alexy Troitsky was
a forester in
Bukhuti Gurgenidze is a geologist.
Johann Berger was an Austrian high school administrator.
Henry Buckle was a British historian and writer.
Insurance salesmen include Al Horowitz, Issac Kashdan, Miguel Najdorf, and William Napier (vice-president of Scranton Life Insurance).
Journalists and chess masters include Lajos Asztalos, Robert Byrne, Emil Diemer, Isaac Kashdan, Lubomir Kavalek, George Koltanowski, Mario Monticelli, Andy Soltis, and Boris Spassky.
Richard Teichmann was a language teacher.
Lawyers and chess masters include Gerald Abrahams, Alexander Alekhine, Rosendo Balinas, Curt von Bardeleben, Ossip Bernstein, Miroslav Filip, Johann Hjartarson, Paul Lipke, Paul Morphy (never practiced), Bill Martz (never practiced and became a car salesman instead), Meindert Niemeijer, Fredrik Olafsson, Julius Perlis, Harold Phillips, Domenico Ponziani, Folke Rogard, Alexander Rueb, James Sherwin, Saviely Tartakower, Karel Treybal (judge), Mijo Udovcic, and Daniel Yanofsky (mayor of a suburb of Winnipeg).
James Tarjan gave up chess to become a librarian.
Carl Ahlhausen was a librarian for the Berlin Chess Association.
I.S. Turover founded a lumber and millwork company and became a millionaire.
Paul Keres was once a professor of
Mathematicians and chess players include C.H.O'D Alexander, Adolf Anderssen, Magdy Assem, George Atwood, Christoph Bandelow, John Beasley, Otto Blathy, Hans Boumeester, Nathan Divinsky, Noam Elkies, Arpad Elo, Max Euwe, Ed Formanek, William Hartston, Paul Keres, Martin Kreuzer, Emanuel Lasker, Anatoly Lein, Lev Loshinksi, Vladimir Makogonov, Geza Maroczy, Vania Mascioni, J. Mauldon, Jonathan Mestel, Walter Morris, John Nunn, Nick Patterson, Miodrag Petkovic, Ken Regan, Hans-Peter Rehm, Ken Rogoff, and Duncan Suttles.
Mechanical engineers and chess masters include Kotov and Edward Lasker.
Medical doctors and chess masters include Jana Bellin, Fedor Bogatirchuk (also professor of radiological anatomy), Karl Burger, Ricardo Calvo, Yona Kosashvili, Ariel Mengarini (psychiatrist), Joseph Platz, Helmut Pfleger, Christine Rosenfeld, Anthony Saidy (specializing in tuberculosis), Siegbert Tarrasch, and Johannes Zukertort.
Milan Vukcevich was a professor of metallurgy and Chief Engineer at General Electric. He was nominated for the Nobel prize in chemistry.
Lev Aronin was a meteorologist.
Some served in the military. C.H. O'D Alexander was a British Colonel
and code breaker. Tartakower was a Lieutenant in the
French Underground during World War II. Johann Allgaier
was a quartermaster in the Austrian army. Jose Araiza
was the Mexican Champion from 1924 to 1949 and was a Lt. Colonel in the Mexican
army. Paul Rudolf von Bilguer was an Army
Lieutenant. John Cochrane was a lieutenant in the British navy. Alexander
Deschapelles lost his right arm fighting the
Prussians. Oldrich Duras
served in the Austrio-Hungarian army during World War
I. Svetozar Gligoric was
considered one of
Musicians and chess masters include Armand Blackmar (music professor and music publisher), Hans Johner (director of the Zurich Philharmonic Orchestra), Philidor, Mark Taimanov (concert pianist), Eileen Tranmer, and Eugene Znosko-Borovsky (music critic).
Jean Dufresne was a newspaper editor in
Painters include Samuel Boden, Marcel Duchamp, Henry Grob, Bernhard Horwitz.
Irving Chernev was employed in the paper industry.
Several chess masters have Ph.D. (doctorate) degrees. These include Lev Alburt (physics), Alexander Alekhine (law), Lajos Azstalos (philosophy), Gedeon Barcza (mathematics),Friedrich Baumbach (chemistry), Hans Berliner (computer science), Ludwig Bledow (mathematics), Viorel Bologan (physical culture?), Mikhail Botvinnik (electrical engineering), Leroy Dubeck (physics) Arpad Elo (physics), Max Euwe (mathematics), Miroslav Filip (jurisprudence), Reuben Fine (psychology), Robert Huebner (papyrology), Charles Kalme (mathematics), Danny Kopec (Machine Intelligence), Edward Lasker, Emanuel Lasker (mathematics), Neil McKelvie (chemistry), John Nunn (mathematics), Victor Palciauskas (physics), Jonathan Penrose (psychology), Ken Regan (mathematics), Ken Rogoff (economics), Alessandro Salvio, Eric Schiller (linguistics), Paul Schmidt (science), Tartakower (law), Milan Vidmar (electrical engineering), and Milan Vukcevich (chemistry).
Robert Huebner worked as a papyrologist.
was a member of parliament in
Alexander Kevitz was a pharmacist.
Nick de Firmian (1957- ) has a degree in
physics from the
Albert Sandrin was one of the world's best blind chess players. He was also a piano tuner.
Miguel Najdorf was a porcelain importer.
Josef Klinger gave up chess to become a professional poker player.
Ken Smith was a professional poker player.
Martin From was a prisoner inspector.
Reuben Fine, during World War II, was a translator. He gave up chess to become a psychoanalyst.
Nikolai Krogius was a sports psychologist.
Henry Atkins, who won the British championship 9 times was a British schoolmaster.
Howard Staunton was a Shakespeare scholar.
Seaman included Arthur Dake and William Evans (ship captain).
For a time, Grandmaster Simen Agdestein was also a professional soccer player. He now
teaches soccer and chess at a sports gymnasium in
Emil Schallopp was a stenographer.
Ilya Gurevich became a stock exchange options trader.
Ron Henley became a member of the American stock exchange.
Larry Kaufman became a successful stock broker and trader.
John Roycroft was a systems engineer for IBM for 26 years.
Taxi drivers include Victor Frias and Nicolas
Teachers and chess masters include Adolf Anderssen (math), Gedeon Barcza (math), Ludwig Bledow (math), Donald Byrne (English), Robert Byrne (philosophy), Arpad Elo (physics and astronomy), Max Euwe (math), Paul Keres (math), Lionel Kieseritzky (math), Danny Kopec (computer science), Geza Maroczy (math), Stuart Rachels, Ken Regan (computer science), Ken Rogoff (economics), and Anthony Santasiere.
Vlastimil Hort worked for a general-interest magazine as a translator.
Walter Korn directed the U.N. Relief and Rehabilitation Administration after World War II, helping relocate concentration camp survivors.
Sir Philip Milner-Barry became Under-Secretary of the Treasury in
Geza Maroczy was a waterworks engineer.
Fred Reinfeld was a prolific writer.