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US Championship Tournament

Robert James Fischer8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Arthur Bisguier7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
William G Addison6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Larry Melvyn Evans6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Samuel Reshevsky6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Robert Eugene Byrne6/11(+1 -0 =10)[games]
Hans Berliner5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Edmar J Mednis5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Pal Benko4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Nicolas Rossolimo4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Robert Henry Steinmeyer4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
James T Sherwin2.5/11(+0 -6 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
US Championship (1962)

This was Robert Fischer's fifth win of the title, and this tournament also served as the Zonal Tournament.

Fischer, Reshevsky and Evans all lost their first round games. This was Fischer's first loss in a US Championship. This would require him to play catch-up to Arthur Bisguier, who held the lead until round 9, when they were tied at 6.5 points. They both drew in round 10 and had to face each other in the final round, where Fischer won to take the title, and Bisguier took second place.

Tying for third were Reshevsky, Evans and Addison. This required that they meet in a playoff to decide the third spot in the Amsterdam Interzonal (1964). Reshevsky defeated both opponents 1.5/2 to earn the spot.

Bisguier, having finished second, was entitled to go to the Interzonal. However, he later agreed to play an eight-game match with Benko for the Interzonal spot. Benko won 4.5-1.5, and accordingly went to the Interzonal instead of Bisguier.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Fischer X 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 8 2 Bisguier 0 X 1 1 1 1 7 3 Addison 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 6 4 Evans X 1 1 0 1 6 5 Reshevsky 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 6 6 Byrne X 1 6 7 Berliner 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 5 8 Mednis 1 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 5 9 Benko 0 0 X 0 1 4 10 Rossolimo 0 0 0 1 X 4 11 Steinmeyer 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 1 4 12 Sherwin 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 2

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W G Addison vs Reshevsky 1-0391962US ChampionshipE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
2. J Sherwin vs Berliner 0-1361962US ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
3. R H Steinmeyer vs Larry Evans  1-0521962US ChampionshipE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
4. Fischer vs Mednis 0-1731962US ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
5. Benko vs Bisguier  ½-½401962US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Robert E Byrne vs Rossolimo 1-0471962US ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
7. Berliner vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½231962US ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
8. Larry Evans vs J Sherwin  1-0361962US ChampionshipD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. Rossolimo vs Fischer ½-½411962US ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
10. Reshevsky vs R H Steinmeyer  1-0581962US ChampionshipB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
11. Benko vs W G Addison  ½-½261962US ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Bisguier vs Mednis  1-0591962US ChampionshipB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
13. Robert E Byrne vs Larry Evans  ½-½391962US ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
14. Mednis vs Rossolimo  1-0411962US ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
15. R H Steinmeyer vs Benko  0-1401962US ChampionshipB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
16. W G Addison vs Bisguier  0-1401962US ChampionshipE07 Catalan, Closed
17. J Sherwin vs Reshevsky ½-½731962US ChampionshipE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
18. Fischer vs Berliner 1-0451962US ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
19. W G Addison vs R H Steinmeyer 1-0351962US ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Benko vs J Sherwin  ½-½421962US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Berliner vs Mednis  1-0261962US ChampionshipE79 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
22. Bisguier vs Rossolimo  1-0161962US ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. Larry Evans vs Fischer ½-½331962US ChampionshipD98 Grunfeld, Russian
24. Reshevsky vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½331962US ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
25. Mednis vs Larry Evans  ½-½581962US ChampionshipB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-31-15  zanzibar: Could some editor please change the link to the playoff from a stale collection to the tournament link?
Jan-31-15  zanzibar: Actually, we might need somebody to put together the playoff...
Aug-31-15  Zugzwangovich: If this tournament also served as the Zonal Tournament, how is it that Benko rather than Bisguier made it to the 1964 Amsterdam Interzonal?
Sep-01-15  Zugzwangovich: I found the answer to my question if anybody cares. Bisguier and Benko played a match to decide who'd get the Interzonal slot. Al Horowitz provides details at - battle-for bisguiers-interzonal-spot.html
Sep-02-15  Caissanist: Link got munged somehow, this should be correct: .
Sep-02-15  Howard: Thanks for the info ! Never knew this.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessdreamer: Wrong game here? Reshevsky vs R H Steinmeyer, 1962, should it be Reshevsky vs R H Steinmeyer, 1962.
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