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US Open 1941, St. Louis
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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<42nd US Open
St. Louis, Missouri
July 17-27, 1941>

With only 16 players, this was the smallest turnout of the open era. Some big names and regulars came, but there was very little local representation. In fact, you have to wonder why they even bothered having preliminary sections at all, since everyone wound up playing 14 or 15 games anyway. By the way, the tournament director was L. Walter Stephens.

Preliminary Section 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Reuben Fine X 1 1 1 4.0 Championship 2 Joseph Lyon Rauch 0 X 1 1 1 3.5 Championship 3 Bruno Schmidt 0 X 1 1 1 3.5 Championship 4 Llelwellyn Walter Stephens 0 X 0 1 2.0 Championship 5 Mrs. D A Williams 0 0 0 1 X 1 2.0 6 Kirk D Holland 0 0 0 0 0 X 0.0 Class A

It appears that the top three finishers in each preliminary, plus the best 4th place finisher, were promoted to the Championship. Stephens and Williams tied for that last place, but I do not know how the tie was broken or why Williams did not finish the tournament.

Preliminary Section 2

1 2 3 4 5 1 Herman Steiner X 1 1 1 1 4.0 Championship 2 Boris Blumin 0 X 1 1 1 3.0 Championship 3 Frederic S Anderson 0 0 X 1 1 2.0 Championship 4 Ward Mayhew Parker Mitchell 0 0 0 X 1 1.0 Class A 5 C W McClure 0 0 0 0 X 0.0 Class A

Draw?

Preliminary Section 3

1 2 3 4 5 1 Weaver Warren Adams X 1 1 3.0 Championship 2 Erich Watkinson Marchand X 1 2.5 Championship 3 George Sturgis X 1 2.5 Championship 4 Charles M Burton 0 X 1.5 Class A 5 David Ehrlich 0 0 0 X 0.5 Class A

Making up for Preliminary 2.

Championship

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Reuben Fine X 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.0 2 Herman Steiner 0 X 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6.5 3 Weaver Warren Adams 0 1 X 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 6.0 4 Boris Blumin 1 X 0 1 0 1 1 5.5 5 Frederic S Anderson 0 1 1 X 0 0 1 1 5.0 6 Erich Watkinson Marchand 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 1 1 1 5.0 7 Bruno Schmidt 0 0 0 1 1 0 X 0 1 1 4.0 8 Joseph Lyon Rauch 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 3.5 9 Llelwellyn Walter Stephens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 1.0 10 George Sturgis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 0.5

Fine cruised in the preliminary, and also had an easy time in the Finals to win his 7th title in 7 attempts. It would be his last, since he would soon be involved in war work before prematurely retiring from tournament chess. Herman Steiner, by contrast, had his fifth second place finish; he would finally break through the next year.

Class A

1 Charles Burton 6.5/10 2 Ward Mayhew Parker Mitchell 6.5/10 3 David Ehrlich 6.0/10 4 Byron B Price 5.0/10 5 Kirk D Holland 3.5/10 6 C W McClure 2.5/10

Played as a double round-robin. Price replaced Williams.

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A class picture with partial key from Edward Winter's "Chess Notes", July 2013, no.8094:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

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Sources:

American Chess Bulletin, July/August 1941, p. 82-85.

Chess Results 1941-1945 / Gino di Felice, p. 45.

Reuben Fine : a comprehensive record of an American Chess Career, 1929-1951 / Aidan Woodger. Jefferson, NC : McFarland, 2004.

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Championship, Round 2 (Sunday, July 20)
Fine vs H Steiner, 1941 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1-0

Championship, Round 1 (Sunday, July 20)
W Adams vs Fine, 1941
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 44 moves, 0-1

Championship
W Adams vs H Steiner, 1941
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 45 moves, 1-0

Championship. Round 7 (Thursday, July 24)
Fine vs E W Marchand, 1941 
(C18) French, Winawer, 22 moves, 1-0

Championship
H Steiner vs E W Marchand, 1941
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 38 moves, 1-0

Championship
E W Marchand vs J Rauch, 1941
(A04) Reti Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

B Schmidt vs H Steiner, 1941
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 52 moves, 0-1

E W Marchand vs W Adams, 1941
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 25 moves, 0-1

Championship, Round 5 (Wednesday, July 23)
Fine vs B Blumin, 1941
(D83) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Brilliancy prize
F S Anderson vs W Adams, 1941
(B06) Robatsch, 17 moves, 1-0

Best-played game prize
B Blumin vs B Schmidt, 1941
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 73 moves, 0-1

H Steiner vs L W Stephens, 1941
(C15) French, Winawer, 13 moves, 1-0

Preliminary 1, Round 5 (Saturday, July 19)
B Schmidt vs Fine, 1941
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

J Rauch vs B Schmidt, 1941
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

Preliminary 1, Round 1 (Thursday, July 17)
Fine vs D Williams, 1941
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 21 moves, 1-0

Preliminary 1, Round 2 (Friday, July 18)
Fine vs J Rauch, 1941
(B54) Sicilian, 52 moves, 1-0

Preliminary 1, Round 3 (Friday, July 18)
K Holland vs Fine, 1941
(A51) Budapest Gambit, 42 moves, 0-1

Preliminary 1, Round 4 (Saturday, July 19)
Fine vs L W Stephens, 1941
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Championship, Round 3 (Tuesday, July 22)
J Rauch vs Fine, 1941
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 46 moves, 0-1

Championship, Round 4 (Tuesday, July 22)
L W Stephens vs Fine, 1941
(A43) Old Benoni, 44 moves, 0-1

Championship, Round 6 (Thursday, July 24)
B Schmidt vs Fine, 1941
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Championship, Round 8 (Friday, July 25)
George Sturgis vs Fine, 1941
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 34 moves, 0-1

Championship, Round 9 (Saturday, July 26)
Fine vs F S Anderson, 1941
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Class A
D Ehrlich vs C M Burton, 1941
(C46) Three Knights, 22 moves, 0-1

Championship
George Sturgis vs H Steiner, 1941
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 23 moves, 0-1

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