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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Syracuse Tournament

Samuel Reshevsky12/14(+10 -0 =4)[view games]
Reuben Fine8/12(+6 -2 =4)[view games]
Isaac Kashdan6.5/8(+5 -0 =3)[view games]
Arnold Denker4/9(+4 -5 =0)[view games]
Abraham Kupchik4/6(+3 -1 =2)[view games]
Arthur William Dake2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[view games]
Anthony Santasiere2/5(+2 -3 =0)[view games]
Israel Albert Horowitz2/4(+2 -2 =0)[view games]
Jakob Adolf Seitz1.5/5(+1 -3 =1)[view games]
Fred Reinfeld1.5/4(+1 -2 =1)[view games]
Erling Tholfsen1/8(+1 -7 =0)[view games]
Jose Joaquin Araiza Munoz0/2(+0 -2 =0)[view games]
Herman Steiner0/3(+0 -3 =0)[view games]
Robert Elmer Martin0/1(+0 -1 =0)[view games]
Mario Monticelli0/4(+0 -4 =0)[view games]

Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Syracuse (1934)

The tournament, organized as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the New York State Chess Association, was played at the Hotel Onondaga in Syracuse, New York.

In general, the games were begun at 7:00 P.M. with adjournments scheduled for the next day. To fit 15 rounds into a 13 day schedule, extra afternoon rounds were added on August 15 and August 20. The time control was 36 moves in two hours, followed by 18 moves in one hour.

Originally the tournament contained 16 players, but Isador Samuel Turover withdrew after losing to Arthur Dake in round 1 and the game was cancelled.

Hotel Onondaga, Syracuse, New York, 13-25 August 1934

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 1 Reshevsky * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 2 Kashdan * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.5 3 Dake 0 * 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 10.0 4 Fine * 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 10.0 5 Kupchik * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 9.5 6 Horowitz 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 8.5 7 Steiner 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 1 1 8.0 8 Monticelli 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 6.5 9 Reinfeld 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 6.0 10 Santasiere 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 6.0 11 Denker 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 * 0 0 5.0 12 Seitz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 5.0 13 Araiza 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 4.5 14 Tholfsen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 3.0 15 Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 0.5

Since only 45 of the 105 games from this tournament have been located, the following list of pairings and scores is provided to help in following the action. A game that is available will be indicated by an asterisk (*). If you know of any others, please leave a note on my forum.

Round 1 (Monday, August 13): Monticelli 1/2 Steiner; Reinfeld 0 Kupchik*; Denker 0 Santasiere*; Tholfsen 0 Horowitz; Fine 1 Seitz*; Kashdan 1 Araiza*; Martin 0 Reshevsky*; Dake: Bye (win over Turover cancelled)

Round 2 (Tuesday, August 14): Steiner 0 Reshevsky*; Araiza 1 Martin; Seitz 1/2 Kashdan*; Horowitz 1 Fine*; Santasiere 0 Dake*; Kupchik 1 Denker; Monticelli 1/2 Reinfeld; Tholfsen: Bye

Round 3 (Wednesday, August 15): Reinfeld 0 Steiner; Denker 1 Monticelli*; Dake 1/2 Kupchik; Tholfsen 0 Santasiere*; Kashdan 1 Horowitz*; Martin 0 Seitz; Reshevsky 1 Araiza*; Fine: Bye

Round 4 (Wednesday, August 15): Steiner 1/2 Araiza; Seitz 0 Reshevsky*; Horowitz 1 Martin; Santasiere 0 Fine*; Kupchik 1 Tholfsen*; Monticelli 0 Dake; Reinfeld 1 Denker*; Kashdan: Bye

Round 5 (Thursday, August 16): Denker 1 Steiner*; Dake 1 Reinfeld; Tholfsen 0 Monticelli; Fine 1/2 Kupchik*; Kashdan 1/2 Santasiere; Reshevsky 1 Horowitz*; Araiza 0 Seitz; Martin: Bye

Round 6 (Friday, August 17): Steiner 1 Seitz; Horowitz 1/2 Araiza; Santasiere 1 Martin; Kupchik 1/2 Kashdan; Monticelli 0 Fine*; Reinfeld 1/2 Tholfsen; Denker 1 Dake*; Reshevsky: Bye

Round 7 (Saturday, August 18): Dake 1/2 Steiner; Tholfsen 1 Denker*; Fine 1 Reinfeld*; Kashdan 1 Monticelli*; Martin 0 Kupchik; Reshevsky 1 Santasiere*; Seitz 0 Horowitz; Araiza Munoz: Bye

Round 8 (Saturday, August 18): Steiner 1/2 Horowitz ; Santasiere 1/2 Araiza; Kupchik 1/2 Reshevsky*; Monticelli 1 Martin; Reinfeld 0 Kashdan; Denker 1 Fine*; Dake 1 Tholfsen*; Seitz: Bye

Sunday, August 19 reserved for adjournments.

Round 9 (Monday, August 20): Tholfsen 0 Steiner; Fine 1/2 Dake*; Kashdan 1 Denker*; Martin 0 Reinfeld; Reshevsky 1 Monticelli*; Araiza 0 Kupchik; Seitz 0 Santasiere; Horowitz: Bye

Round 10 (Tuesday, August 21): Santasiere 0 Horowitz; Kupchik 1 Seitz*; Monticelli 1/2 Araiza; Reinfeld 1/2 Reshevsky*; Denker 1/2 Martin; Dake 1/2 Kashdan; Tholfsen 0 Fine*; Steiner: Bye

Round 11 (Tuesday, August 21): Fine 1 Steiner*; Kashdan 1 Tholfsen*; Martin 0 Dake; Reshevsky 1 Denker*; Araiza 1/2 Reinfeld; Seitz 1/2 Monticelli; Horowitz 1 Kupchik*; Santasiere: Bye

Round 12 (Wednesday, August 22): Steiner 1 Santasiere; Monticelli 1 Horowitz; Reinfeld 1 Seitz; Denker 1/2 Araiza; Dake 0 Reshevsky*; Tholfsen 1 Martin; Fine 1/2 Kashdan*; Kupchik: Bye

Round 13 (Thursday, August 23): Kashdan 1/2 Steiner; Martin 0 Fine; Reshevsky 1 Tholfsen*; Araiza 0 Dake; Seitz 1 Denker; Horowitz 1/2 Reinfeld; Santasiere 1/2 Kupchik; Monticelli: Bye

Round 14 (Friday, August 24): Steiner 1/2 Kupchik; Monticelli 1 Santasiere; Denker 0 Horowitz; Dake 1 Seitz; Tholfsen 1/2 Araiza; Fine 1/2 Reshevsky*; Kashdan 1 Martin; Reinfeld: Bye

Round 15 (Saturday, August 25): Martin 0 Steiner; Reshevsky 1/2 Kashdan*; Araiza 0 Fine; Seitz 1 Tholfsen*; Horowitz 0 Dake; Santasiere 1/2 Reinfeld; Kupchik 1/2 Monticelli; Denker: Bye

Thanks to <Resignation Trap> and <Calli> for their help in finding these games. Although it's not complete, I hope this collection can serve as a starting point for further research.

Original collection: Game Collection: Syracuse 1934, by User: Phony Benoni.

Round dates provided by daily reports in the "New York Times" (August 14-26).

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R E Martin vs Reshevsky 0-148 1934 SyracuseE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
2. Denker vs Santasiere 0-136 1934 SyracuseA48 King's Indian
3. Kashdan vs J Araiza Munoz  1-046 1934 SyracuseC47 Four Knights
4. F Reinfeld vs Kupchik  0-137 1934 SyracuseB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
5. Fine vs J A Seitz 1-066 1934 SyracuseA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
6. I A Horowitz vs Fine 1-027 1934 SyracuseC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. J A Seitz vs Kashdan  ½-½57 1934 SyracuseC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
8. Santasiere vs Dake  0-142 1934 SyracuseA25 English
9. H Steiner vs Reshevsky 0-136 1934 SyracuseC11 French
10. Reshevsky vs J Araiza Munoz  1-034 1934 SyracuseE16 Queen's Indian
11. J A Seitz vs Reshevsky 0-132 1934 SyracuseD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Kupchik vs E Tholfsen  1-076 1934 SyracuseA15 English
13. F Reinfeld vs Denker 1-032 1934 SyracuseA04 Reti Opening
14. Kashdan vs I A Horowitz  1-041 1934 SyracuseD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Santasiere vs Fine  0-161 1934 SyracuseA12 English with b3
16. E Tholfsen vs Santasiere  0-132 1934 SyracuseA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
17. Denker vs M Monticelli  1-028 1934 SyracuseA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Reshevsky vs I A Horowitz 1-015 1934 SyracuseD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. Denker vs H Steiner 1-026 1934 SyracuseD05 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Fine vs Kupchik  ½-½30 1934 SyracuseC11 French
21. M Monticelli vs Fine 0-123 1934 SyracuseB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
22. Denker vs Dake 1-032 1934 SyracuseA82 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
23. Denker vs Fine 1-063 1934 SyracuseD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
24. Kashdan vs M Monticelli 1-057 1934 SyracuseD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
25. Kupchik vs Reshevsky  ½-½38 1934 SyracuseC42 Petrov Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: In C.N. 10068, Edward Winter asked for the score of the game Monticelli - Horowitz, Syracuse, from which this position came:


click for larger view

Playing Black, Horowitz missed the winning move <28...Qxa1! 29>Rxf4 Qa8+, and went on to lose.

Winter asked if the score of the game was available, and a score culled from a database appears in C.N. 10073:

[Event "Syracuse"]
[Site "Syracuse, NY USA"]
[Date "1934.08.22"]
[EventDate "1934.08.13"]
[Round "12"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Monticelli, Mario"]
[Black "Horowitz, Israel Albert"]
[ECO ""]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Nxe4 7.d4 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Be7 10.Be3 Na5 11.Nd4 Nxb3 12.axb3 Qd7 13.b4 f5 14.f3 Ng5 15.Nd2 0-0 16.f4 Ne4 17.N2b3 Rfc8 18.g4 Rf8 19.Nxe6 Qxe6 20.Nd4 Qg6 21.Nxf5 Rxf5 22.Qxd5+ Kh8 23.Qxa8+ Rf8 24.Rxa6 Qxg4+ 25.Kh1 Qe2 26.Qxe4 Qxf1+ 27.Bg1 Rxf4 28.Ra1 Rxe4 29.Rxf1 Rxe5 30.Bd4 Rg5 31.Re1 Bf8 32.Re8 Rf5 33.Bc5 Kg8 34.Kg2 g5 35.Rc8 Kg7 36.Rxc7+ Kg6 37.Rc6+ Kh5 38.b3 Bg7 39.c4 bxc4 40.bxc4 Rf4 41.Bd6 Rd4 42.b5 Kg4 43.h3+ Kf5 44.b6 Rd2+ 45.Kf1 Ke4 46.b7 Kf3 47.Bb4 Rd1+ 48.Be1 Rb1 49.Rc7 Be5 50.Rf7+ Bf4 51.c5 Ke4 52.Rxf4+ gxf4 53.c6 Ke3 54.c7 1-0

Rightfully, Winter would like to see confirmation from a written source, which will no doubt be forthcoming. There is a description of the game in the "New York Times", August 23, 1934, which fits the score exactly:

<"Monticelli turned back Horowitz in a brilliantly-played twelfth-round match The Italian adopted the Ruy Lopez, or Spanish opening, won a pawn in the middle game, and pushed his advantage to victory in fifty-four moves">

OK, almost exactly.

The blunder was published in "Chess Review" January 1935, page 5, as part of Lester A. Brand's regular column, "Mistakes of the Masters". But it surely came to light almost immediately.

While looking this stuff up, I took the opportunity to check my work on the round dates, and discovered a couple of mistakes. Specifically,

Round 8: Saturday, August 18

Round Round 10: Tuesday, August 21

I've made the necessary corrections to the tournament introductions and game metadata.

Aug-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: C.N. 10076 has the original publication.
Aug-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Winter's network is incredible.
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