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Reshevsky - Bisguier Match

Samuel Reshevsky6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Arthur Bisguier4/10(+2 -4 =4)[games] Chess Event Description
Reshevsky - Bisguier (1957)

This match was played in New York from July 9-30.

Reshevsky 1 1 1 0 0 = = = 1 = 6 Bisguier 0 0 0 1 1 = = = 0 = 4

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Reshevsky vs Bisguier 1-0411957Reshevsky - BisguierE46 Nimzo-Indian
2. Bisguier vs Reshevsky 0-1291957Reshevsky - BisguierB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. Reshevsky vs Bisguier  1-0341957Reshevsky - BisguierE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
4. Bisguier vs Reshevsky 1-0411957Reshevsky - BisguierC78 Ruy Lopez
5. Reshevsky vs Bisguier 0-1371957Reshevsky - BisguierE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
6. Bisguier vs Reshevsky  ½-½391957Reshevsky - BisguierC77 Ruy Lopez
7. Reshevsky vs Bisguier  ½-½371957Reshevsky - BisguierA17 English
8. Bisguier vs Reshevsky  ½-½351957Reshevsky - BisguierC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
9. Reshevsky vs Bisguier 1-0441957Reshevsky - BisguierE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
10. Bisguier vs Reshevsky  ½-½251957Reshevsky - BisguierC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
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  Tabanus: From the Bistro, by <Retireborn>:

<Soltis in his book says the match was one of three for Reshevsky (the other two versus Donald Byrne and Lombardy) organised by a group of wealthy Manhattan Chess Club members, who called themselves the American Chess Foundation.

These men also organised the 10th USA championship (and zonal) in New York for December 1957. It was won by Bobby Fischer, after Lombardy upset Reshevsky in the last round.

Bisguier had won the previous US ch in 1954 and presumably was still formally US champion at the time of his July 1957 match with Reshevsky, but Soltis doesn't indicate they were playing for the title.>

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  Tabanus: Isaac Kashdan in Los Angeles Times, Jun. 30, 1957, p. B6:

<International Grandmaster Samuel Reshevsky, who last year had sought a match against one of the leading Russian masters (ed-Bronstein(?)), will find his competition at home this summer. He is starting a 10-game match with U.S. Champion Arthur Bisguier on July 9.

The match will be contested at the rate of three games a week at the Manhattan Chess Club, which has recently moved to new and larger quarters at the Hotel Woodrow, 64th St., near Broadway in New York. Hans Kmoch will be the referee. A similar match is being arranged for August between Reshevsky and Larry Evans. In his last previous competition Reshevsky took first prize in the third annual Rosenwald Tournament. Bisguier was second in that event.>

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  zanzibar: <A 10-game match between Arthur Bisguier and Samuel Reshevsky is being sponsored by the American Chess Foundation. The playing dates scheduled at the Manhattan Chess Club, 35 West 64th St., NY, are July 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 30>

Chess: Connecticut Wins
By Frederick R. Chevalier
Christian Science Monitor
Jul 13, 1957;
pg. 14

Feb-13-18  Howard: The latest issue of New in Chess erroneously claims that Reshevsky "won" the title in 1957...but the title was not on the line in this match!
Feb-13-18  Petrosianic: Bad luck for Reshevsky. He won no less than two matches against sitting US Champions (Bisguier and Fischer) without winning their titles.

It's not clear though, WHY the title wasn't on the line in either case. It was on the line in the Reshevsky-Horowitz match, the Denker-Steiner match, and the Evans-Steiner match.

Feb-13-18  Howard: In response to your inquiry, my guess would be that if the title was "on the line", then a reigning champion could pad-his-resume (figuratively speaking) by playing matches against opponents whom he judged to be weaker than he was.

It goes back to that issue that you and I have posted on recently regarding the Evans-Steiner match. I still say that though Evans won it, that should NOT count as a successful win of the title.

Feb-14-18  RookFile: It may have been a training type match. The goal would be for Bisguier to play principal openings, not the off the wall nonsense that he would sometimes play. Bisguier would still be trying his hardest but Reshevsky would be getting practice with openings he would likely see later. This is just pure speculation on my part, maybe it wasn't like this.
Feb-14-18  Petrosianic: <In response to your inquiry, my guess would be that if the title was "on the line", then a reigning champion could pad-his-resume (figuratively speaking) by playing matches against opponents whom he judged to be weaker than he was.>

Yet, as far as I know, Reshevsky-Bisguier is the first time a US Champion ever played a non-title match with a fellow American. All previous ones had the title on the line.

There might be an exception in the 1890's. That was a pretty murky time. But I don't know about it if there is.

To this day, there hasn't been a US Championship match since Evans-Steiner. They'd probably draw a good amount of interest.

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