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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
US Championship Tournament

Robert Eugene Byrne9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Lubomir Kavalek9/13(+5 -0 =8)[games]
Samuel Reshevsky9/13(+7 -2 =4)[games]
Larry Melvyn Evans8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Pal Benko8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Gregory S DeFotis7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
William James Lombardy7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Edmar J Mednis7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Arthur Bisguier6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
William E Martz6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Larry Kaufman5/13(+3 -6 =4)[games]
Arthur Feuerstein3/13(+1 -8 =4)[games]
Israel Albert Horowitz2.5/13(+2 -10 =1)[games]
Orest Popovych2/13(+0 -9 =4)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
US Championship (1972)
1972 US Championship
New York, NY
April 23-May 14, 1972

The 1972 US Championship was attractive on two counts. With Fischer no longer playing in these events, everybody else had a better chance to win. More importantly this was a Zonal year, so the top two finishers would qualify for the Interzonals beginning in 1973. These fellows took advantage of the opportunity:

Pal Benko; Arthur Bisguier; Robert Eugene Byrne; Gregory S De Fotis; Larry Melvyn Evans; Arthur Feuerstein; Israel Albert Horowitz; Larry Kaufman; Lubomir Kavalek; William James Lombardy; William E Martz; Edmar J Mednis; Orest Popovych; Samuel Reshevsky

Featured were former champions in Reshevsky, Evans, and Bisguier, plus perpetual contenders Benko, Lombardy, and Robert Byrne who had always fallen just a bit short. There was also the usual mixture of also-rans and young contenders, plus a sentimental choice in Al Horowitz, a near-champion back in the 1930s and 1940s who was actually older than Reshevsky.

Finally, there was GM Lubomir Kavalek, recently arrived from Czechoslovakia and playing in his first US Championship.

Reshevsky took the early lead with 5.5/6, but a round 7 loss to Kavalek left them tied, a point ahead of Byrne, Kaufman, and Lombardy. Reshevsky went out in front again, but a round 9 loss to Byrne left them tied for second place a half-point behind Kavalek. Lombardy continued to shadow the leaders, while Kaufman sank without a trace after meeting Reshevsky, Kavalek and Byrne in successive rounds.

By the end of round 12 Byrne, Kavalek and Reshevsky sat at the top, a full point ahead of Benko, Evans, and Lombardy. Lombardy should have been only a half-point behind, but had thrown away a simple perpetual check against Evans in round 11 due to time pressure, which he later blamed on not being told his clock was running while he was away from the board.

The three leaders all had Black in the last round, and all drew with neither danger nor serious chances to win.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts 1 Byrne * = 1 = = = = 1 = = 1 1 1 = 9.0 2 Kavalek = * 1 = = = = 1 = = 1 = 1 1 9.0 3 Reshevsky 0 0 * = = = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 9.0 4 Evans = = = * = = 1 = 0 1 = 1 1 1 8.5 5 Benko = = = = * = = = = = 1 = 1 1 8.0 6 DeFotis = = = = = * = 0 1 = 1 = 1 = 7.5 7 Lombardy = = 0 0 = = * = 1 1 1 1 0 1 7.5 8 Mednis 0 0 0 = = 1 = * = 1 = 1 = 1 7.0 9 Bisguier = = 0 1 = 0 0 = * = = 1 1 = 6.5 10 Martz = = = 0 = = 0 0 = * = 1 1 1 6.5 11 Kaufman 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 = = = * 1 1 1 5.0 12 Feuerstein 0 = 0 0 = = 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 = 3.0 13 Horowitz 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 = 0 0 0 0 * 1 2.5 14 Popovych = 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 0 0 = 0 * 2.0

The playoff for the two Interzonal spots was held in early 1973. Kavalek was eliminated, sending Byrne to Leningrad Interzonal (1973) (from which he qualified for the Candidates) and Reshevsky to Petropolis Interzonal (1973) (where he gave Vladimir Savon the surprise of his life).

Prizes

1st-3rd: Byrne, Kavalek, Reshevsky $1316.67 4th: Evans $ 650.00 5th: Benko $ 500.00 6th-7th: DeFotis, Lombardy $ 350.00 8th: Mednis $ 200.00 9th-10th: Bisguier, Martz $ 142.50 11th: Kaufman $ 115.00 12th: Feuerstein $ 100.00 13th: Horowitz $ 100.00 14th: Popovych $ 100.00

The US Championship (1973) followed the next year.

SOURCE: Title Chess: an account of the 1972 United States Chess Championship and Zonal Qualifier, by Burt Hochberg.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Feuerstein vs Larry Evans 0-1331972US ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
2. Benko vs G S DeFotis  ½-½181972US ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
3. Kaufman vs W Martz  ½-½271972US ChampionshipB36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
4. Reshevsky vs Bisguier  1-0401972US ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
5. Robert E Byrne vs Mednis  1-0601972US ChampionshipB68 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 9...Be7
6. Popovych vs Lombardy  0-1521972US ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. I A Horowitz vs Kavalek 0-1241972US ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
8. Lombardy vs Feuerstein  1-0361972US ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Larry Evans vs Reshevsky ½-½241972US ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. Bisguier vs Kaufman  ½-½211972US ChampionshipD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
11. Mednis vs Benko  ½-½291972US ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
12. Kavalek vs G S DeFotis  ½-½271972US ChampionshipA10 English
13. I A Horowitz vs Popovych  1-0371972US ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. W Martz vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½271972US ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
15. Popovych vs Kavalek  0-1401972US ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
16. Feuerstein vs I A Horowitz 1-0251972US ChampionshipD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
17. Kaufman vs Larry Evans  ½-½561972US ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
18. Robert E Byrne vs Bisguier  ½-½271972US ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
19. G S DeFotis vs Mednis  0-1421972US ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
20. Benko vs W Martz  ½-½171972US ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
21. I A Horowitz vs Reshevsky 0-1351972US ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
22. Popovych vs Feuerstein  ½-½241972US ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
23. W Martz vs G S DeFotis  ½-½181972US ChampionshipA10 English
24. Lombardy vs Kaufman  1-0451972US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Bisguier vs Benko  ½-½161972US ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
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