|US Championship 1963/64|
The US Chess Championship (1) played in New York City from December 15th, 1963 to January 2nd, 1964 was the sixth to be attended by American prodigy and world's youngest grandmaster, Bobby Fischer. In addition to Fischer, six other US grandmasters, including former American champions Samuel Reshevsky, Arthur Bisguier, and Larry Evans, three US international masters, and two untitled players competed in a round robin event for the US chess crown. Fischer had won all five of the previous championships he had previously participated in and expectations for performance this time were quite high. Never one to disappoint when it came to chess results, Fischer completely annihilated the competition by earning a perfect score of eleven wins out of eleven games played. Afterwards, Dr. Hans Kmoch jokingly congratulated the runner-up Evans on winning the tournament, then congratulated Fischer on "winning the exhibition."
The final standings and crosstable:
References: (1) Wikipedia article: U.S. Chess Championship. (2) Original Collection: Game Collection: US Championship 1963/64, by User: suenteus po 147 and the efforts of <nescio>, to whom we remain eternally grateful.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 Pts
1 Fischer * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11
2 Evans 0 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 7½
3 Benko 0 0 * ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 7
=4 Reshevsky 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 6½
=4 Saidy 0 ½ 0 0 * ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 6½
6 Byrne, R 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5½
7 Weinstein 0 1 0 1 0 1 * 0 0 0 1 1 5
8 Bisguier 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 * 1 0 ½ 1 4½
=9 Addison 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 0 * ½ ½ 1 3½
=9 Mednis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½ * ½ ½ 3½
11 Steinmeyer 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 3
12 Byrne, D 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 2½
| page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66
|1. Saidy vs Larry Evans
||½-½||19||1963||US Championship 1963/64||A67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation|
|2. W G Addison vs R H Steinmeyer
||½-½||41||1963||US Championship 1963/64||E94 King's Indian, Orthodox|
|3. Mednis vs Fischer
||0-1||62||1963||US Championship 1963/64||C54 Giuoco Piano|
|4. D Byrne vs Bisguier
||0-1||29||1963||US Championship 1963/64||D50 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|5. Robert E Byrne vs Benko
||0-1||101||1963||US Championship 1963/64||D80 Grunfeld|
|6. Reshevsky vs R Weinstein
||0-1||47||1963||US Championship 1963/64||A16 English|
|7. Benko vs Reshevsky
||½-½||59||1963||US Championship 1963/64||E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3|
|8. Bisguier vs Saidy
||0-1||28||1963||US Championship 1963/64||B59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3|
|9. Mednis vs Robert E Byrne
||0-1||34||1963||US Championship 1963/64||C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line|
|10. R H Steinmeyer vs D Byrne
||½-½||26||1963||US Championship 1963/64||D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5|
|11. R Weinstein vs W G Addison
||0-1||42||1963||US Championship 1963/64||C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin|
|12. Fischer vs Larry Evans
||1-0||36||1963||US Championship 1963/64||C33 King's Gambit Accepted|
|13. W G Addison vs Benko
|| ||½-½||49||1963||US Championship 1963/64||A34 English, Symmetrical|
|14. D Byrne vs R Weinstein
||0-1||33||1963||US Championship 1963/64||A17 English|
|15. Reshevsky vs Mednis
||1-0||46||1963||US Championship 1963/64||E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System|
|16. Saidy vs R H Steinmeyer
|| ||½-½||21||1963||US Championship 1963/64||D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5|
|17. Larry Evans vs Bisguier
||1-0||20||1963||US Championship 1963/64||D50 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|18. Robert E Byrne vs Fischer
||0-1||21||1963||US Championship 1963/64||E60 King's Indian Defense|
|19. Benko vs D Byrne
|| ||½-½||61||1963||US Championship 1963/64||D73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3|
|20. Fischer vs Bisguier
||1-0||35||1963||US Championship 1963/64||C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin|
|21. R H Steinmeyer vs Larry Evans
||0-1||45||1963||US Championship 1963/64||A78 Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6|
|22. Robert E Byrne vs Reshevsky
||½-½||40||1963||US Championship 1963/64||E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights|
|23. Mednis vs W G Addison
||½-½||42||1963||US Championship 1963/64||C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack|
|24. R Weinstein vs Saidy
|| ||0-1||43||1963||US Championship 1963/64||E89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line|
|25. D Byrne vs Mednis
|| ||½-½||43||1963||US Championship 1963/64||A15 English|
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|Apr-08-15|| ||Petrosianic: <(otherwise known as 1966/1967 U.S Championship because of beginning in December)>|
It's sometimes called 1966/7, because the championships played between 1957 and 1968 tended to stretch into the New Year. The 1965 and 1966 championships didn't, though. They were played in December, but ended before the New Year.
As you say, the next championship was played in July, so no such question.
<(Fischer didn't participate in this zonal)>
You meant to say "Interzonal". When Fischer dropped, Larry Evans took his place, and played in his only Interzonal. Although Evans won four US Championship tournaments, he always seemed to do poorly or not show up for the Zonals. The only time he actually qualified for an interzonal was 1951, when he gave up his spot to play in the US Open or something.
The 2nd place finisher in the 1962/3 Championship, Bisguier, also didn't play in the Interzonal. He lost his spot to Benko in a match.
|Apr-08-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: Yes, I meant "Interzonal", thank you for the correction! I guess I wrote "zonal" because I used "this" pronoun.|
I figured that due to Sousse Interzonal (1967) leaving only a month, if that, for resting U.S. Championship was moved. Maybe one reason for having U.S. Championship (1968) moved to July was because Fischer (and Byrne and Reshevsky) were wanted to participate there and, organizers may have thought that they could persuade Fischer to play then. (of course one player isn't a reason for hosting a tournament)
I mean, it could've been held between December and January but it wouldn't have been as strong as normally.
|Apr-08-15|| ||Petrosianic: Yeah, I don't know why they abandoned the December tournaments. It might have had something to do with the Interzonal, or it might have just been problems getting funding. The US Championship continued to be the Lessing J. Rosenwald through 1969, but I don't know how much of the money Rosenwald put up.|
|Apr-08-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: Perhaps the introduction of Candidates Matches is one factor? Prolongs the World Championship cycle. And wasn't 1969 one from November - December? I think it was. Then Palma de Mallorca Interzonal was year later, from November - December, 1970.|
|Apr-08-15|| ||Howard: Given the fact that in the post-Fischer era, very few Americans qualified for the Candidates, so I don't think that was a reason for changing the December dates for the U.S. Championship.|
Maybe a factor was that the tournament loosened its "New York moorings", as Andy Soltis put it, after 1969. Up through 1972, it was always held in New York state, and often in NYC itself. But in 1973, it was in El Paso. Chicago had it in 1974, and it was in Ohio in '75 and '77.
There's probably a connection between the calendar change AND the venue changes, but I don't know what it would be. It doesn't sound like a coincidence though.
|Apr-08-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: Good point, I thought that the addition of the Candidates Matches would be a factor because I had in mind that U.S. Championships might've not received as extensive/much coverage as they did prior to the introduction of Candidates Matches due to Candidates cycles overlapping with U.S. Championships.|
Of course that's assuming Soviets wiping the floor with their opponents was more interesting to Americans than their OWN Championship.
Maybe money was an issue after all. I mean, if the Championship started to move from city to city... I guess that, securing the funds for U.S. Championships post-1969 meant that host cities may have had liberties regarding the dates. I mean, why would another city host U.S. Championship, then ask New York about every single detail?
|Apr-08-15|| ||Petrosianic: <Given the fact that in the post-Fischer era, very few Americans qualified for the Candidates, so I don't think that was a reason for changing the December dates for the U.S. Championship.>|
Well, an American DID qualify for the 1968 Candidates, and he also played in the 18968 US Championship, so the idea isn't out of the question.
|Apr-08-15|| ||Petrosianic: <Maybe a factor was that the tournament loosened its "New York moorings", as Andy Soltis put it, after 1969.>|
Well, really after 1972. The 1973 championship, played in El Paso was is what got it started. The only previous championship played outside of New York City had been the 1948 Championship, played in upstate New York. (South Fallsburg). I could be wrong, but I don't think the tournament has ever returned to New York City since 1972.
|Apr-08-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: It could've had to do with the "Fischer Boom"; the membership of U.S. Chess Federation skyrocketed after Fischer became the World Champion. Like, if the amount of chess players increased a lot, it would've been a treat for them and a matter of prestige and such for other cities to host U.S. Championships. Perhaps there was a demand for chess back then as people might have been quite fired up about Fischer.|
And because it's a bloody long distance between New York City and El Paso. :P
|Apr-08-15|| ||Fusilli: Weinstein didn't draw any game either... but no one says anything about that! :)|
|Apr-08-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: Good catch <Fusilli>; too bad he didn't get a plus score! I think Weinstein was third at U.S. Championship (1960/1961) but he became a priest if my memory serves me correctly (he gave his Interzonal spot to Benko or Bisguier).|
|Apr-08-15|| ||perfidious: <A.T> It was Lombardy who entered the priesthood; Weinstein's story took a rather unpleasant turn.|
|Apr-08-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: Oh yes, forgot. And yes, I know of Weinstein's story... (when I'm not busy mixing up Lombardy and Weinstein of course)|
Thank you for saving me <perfidious>! By the way, three Roberts were playing here. Funny detail.
|Apr-09-15|| ||Howard: Yes, Weinstein has probably been living at the same facility for quite, quite some time now. I remember seeing on some website once the name of the facility and the rules they have about visitors who go there.|
|Apr-09-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: It's very sad thing to happen. There are those who can live normal life with their mental problems and others can't. And I wouldn't use the word "luck" here as in "others aren't that lucky" because that would be quite a pathetic word to use in this context.|
|Apr-09-15|| ||Howard: Weinstein and Bisguier, by the way, are cousins.|
|Apr-09-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: That's interesting. Weren't Alekhine and Bogoljubow related as well?|
|Apr-11-15|| ||Howard: Can't believe that ! If they were, I almost certainly would have read about that !|
|Apr-11-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: I remember reading something like that.
Not that everything one reads is necessarily true but still!
|Apr-11-15|| ||Howard: Well, let me just Google that !|
|Apr-11-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: I read about it in relation to Alekhine accepting Bogoljubov as his challenger for the World Championship.|
|Apr-11-15|| ||Howard: By the way, one Spassky game which did NOT make that 399-list, was his draw against Stein at the 1971 Alekhine Memorial.|
Spassky missed a win in that game, though it was deeply hidden. Kasparov
analyzed it in MGP.
You might want to check it out.
|Apr-11-15|| ||A.T PhoneHome: Thanks, you always seem to have something interesting for me! :P|
Appreciated as usual <Howard>.
|Apr-12-15|| ||Howard: Oh, I've been a diehard chess trivia buff for 40 years !|
Just looked up that draw against Stein last night, in fact, in MGP.
|Jan-02-17|| ||Kamagong42: domination!!!|
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