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1951 Wertheim Memorial
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Held 3-17 Jun 1951 at the Manhattan Chess Club to honor former Manhattan Chess Club president Maurice Wertheim, who had died the previous year.

There were problems; a number of masters were unavailable for one reason or another, Guimard's plane was held over a day in Puerto Rico, Euwe had to leave on the 18th, Fine, Horowitz, Shainswit, and Kramer (who commuted in daily from Philadelphia!) could only play at night, and Reshevsky had to have several games rescheduled. To cut down on the number of adjournments, the time control was 50 moves in 2 hours, giving some time to play off adjournments for players that finished early in the 5 hour session. This appears to have been successful; only five games were adjourned in the tournament.

Reshevsky played well despite blundering in his game against Euwe (Reshevsky vs Euwe, 1951). Euwe did finish equal second, but his play was too uneven to capture first. Najdorf started slow by drawing his first four games. Had he beaten Reshevsky in the last round, Najdorf would have tied for first, but the game ended in a draw. The remaining grandmaster in the field, Fine, was one of the group carrying on with daily responsibilities in addition to playing in the tournament. Hans Kmoch wrote in <Chess Review>, "Fine's result is more of a miracle than a failure, for he played the entire tournament in a state of exhaustion." This was Fine's last professional tournament.

At the closing ceremonies Al Bisno, new president of the Manhattan Chess Club, announced negotiations had been concluded for a match between Reshevsky and Najdorf, with games to be held in both the US and Argentina. The match, called at the time the championship of the west or of the free (non-Communist) world, was eventually held the next year, but in New York, Mexico City, and San Savaldor.

R N E F E H B G O B K S 1: Reshevsky, Samuel Herman X = 0 = 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 8 2: Najdorf, Miguel = X 1 1 = = = = = 1 = 1 7 3: Euwe, Max 1 0 X 1 0 = 1 1 = = 1 1 7 4: Fine, Reuben = 0 0 X = 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 7 5: Evans, Larry Melvyn 0 = 1 = X 1 1 0 = 0 1 1 6 6: Horowitz, Israel Albert = = = 0 0 X 1 1 = = 1 = 6 7: Byrne, Robert E 0 = 0 = 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 1 6 8: Guimard, Carlos Enrique 0 = 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 1 1 = 5 9: O'Kelly de Galway, Alberic = = = 0 = = 0 0 X = = 1 4 10: Bisguier, Arthur Bernard 0 0 = 0 1 = 0 0 = X = = 3 11: Kramer, George Mortimer 0 = 0 = 0 0 0 0 = = X 1 3 12: Shainswit, George 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 = 0 X 1


Round 1 -- 3 Jun 1951
Fine vs Euwe, 1951 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 37 moves, 0-1

Round 1 -- 3 Jun 1951
Bisguier vs Reshevsky, 1951 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 42 moves, 0-1

Round 1 -- 3 Jun 1951
Larry Evans vs Najdorf, 1951 
(E72) King's Indian, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 -- 6 Jun 1951 -- played late
Robert E Byrne vs Guimard, 1951 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 58 moves, 1-0

Round 1 -- 3 Jun 1951
O'Kelly vs I A Horowitz, 1951
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 -- 3 Jun 1951
G Kramer vs Shainswit, 1951
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 49 moves, 1-0

Round 2 -- 4 Jun 1951
O'Kelly vs Euwe, 1951
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 -- 4 Jun 1951
Guimard vs Najdorf, 1951 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 -- 4 Jun 1951
G Kramer vs Fine, 1951
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2 -- 4 Jun 1951
Bisguier vs Larry Evans, 1951 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

Round 2 -- 4 Jun 1951
Robert E Byrne vs Shainswit, 1951 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 75 moves, 1-0

Round 2 -- 4 Jun 1951
I A Horowitz vs Reshevsky, 1951
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 -- 5 Jun 1951
Euwe vs G Kramer, 1951
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 3 -- 5 Jun 1951
Najdorf vs O'Kelly, 1951
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 -- 5 Jun 1951
Fine vs Bisguier, 1951
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 3 -- 5 Jun 1951
Larry Evans vs Robert E Byrne, 1951
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 35 moves, 1-0

Round 3 -- 5 Jun 1951
Shainswit vs I A Horowitz, 1951
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 -- 5 Jun 1951
Reshevsky vs Guimard, 1951 
(D36) Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 4 -- 7 Jun 1951
Bisguier vs Euwe, 1951
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 -- 7 Jun 1951
G Kramer vs Najdorf, 1951 
(E70) King's Indian, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 -- 7 Jun 1951
Larry Evans vs Fine, 1951
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 -- 7 Jun 1951
Robert E Byrne vs I A Horowitz, 1951 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 4 -- 7 Jun 1951
Guimard vs Shainswit, 1951
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 -- 7 Jun 1951
O'Kelly vs Reshevsky, 1951
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 -- 9 Jun 1951
Euwe vs Larry Evans, 1951 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 39 moves, 0-1

Round 5 -- 9 Jun 1951
Najdorf vs Bisguier, 1951 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 66 moves, 1-0

Round 5 -- 9 Jun 1951
Fine vs Robert E Byrne, 1951
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 -- 9 Jun 1951
Shainswit vs O'Kelly, 1951
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 0-1

Round 5 -- 9 Jun 1951
I A Horowitz vs Guimard, 1951
(A84) Dutch, 64 moves, 1-0

Round 5 -- 9 Jun 1951
Reshevsky vs G Kramer, 1951
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 49 moves, 1-0

Round 6 -- 10 Jun 1951
Euwe vs Guimard, 1951 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 72 moves, 1-0

Round 6 -- played late
Reshevsky vs Shainswit, 1951 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 6 -- 10 Jun 1951
Najdorf vs I A Horowitz, 1951
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 88 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 -- 10 Jun 1951
Fine vs O'Kelly, 1951 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Round 6 -- 10 Jun 1951
Bisguier vs Robert E Byrne, 1951
(A90) Dutch, 42 moves, 0-1

Round 6 -- 10 Jun 1951
Larry Evans vs G Kramer, 1951
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 1-0

Round 7 -- 11 Jun 1951
Euwe vs Robert E Byrne, 1951 
(A81) Dutch, 35 moves, 1-0

Round 7 -- 8 Jun 1951 -- played early
Reshevsky vs Larry Evans, 1951 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Round 7 -- 11 Jun 1951
Najdorf vs Fine, 1951 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 7 -- 11 Jun 1951
I A Horowitz vs G Kramer, 1951
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 55 moves, 1-0

Round 7 -- 11 Jun 1951
Shainswit vs Bisguier, 1951
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7 -- 11 Jun 1951
Guimard vs O'Kelly, 1951
(E17) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 8 -- 12 Jun 1951
Euwe vs Najdorf, 1951 
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 8 -- 12 Jun 1951
Fine vs Reshevsky, 1951 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 -- 12 Jun 1951
Robert E Byrne vs O'Kelly, 1951
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 8 -- 12 Jun 1951
Bisguier vs I A Horowitz, 1951
(A27) English, Three Knights System, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8 -- 12 Jun 1951
Larry Evans vs Shainswit, 1951
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 8 -- 12 Jun 1951
G Kramer vs Guimard, 1951
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 76 moves, 0-1

Round 9 -- 14 Jun 1951
Reshevsky vs Euwe, 1951 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 35 moves, 0-1

Round 9 -- 14 Jun 1951
Najdorf vs Robert E Byrne, 1951
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 -- 14 Jun 1951
Shainswit vs Fine, 1951 
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 9 -- 14 Jun 1951
I A Horowitz vs Larry Evans, 1951
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 9 -- 14 Jun 1951
Guimard vs Bisguier, 1951 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 60 moves, 1-0

Round 9 -- 14 Jun 1951
O'Kelly vs G Kramer, 1951
(D72) Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 -- 16 Jun 1951
I A Horowitz vs Euwe, 1951
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 -- 15 Jun 1951 -- played early
Reshevsky vs Robert E Byrne, 1951 
(A92) Dutch, 44 moves, 1-0

Round 10 -- 16 Jun 1951
Shainswit vs Najdorf, 1951
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

Round 10 -- 16 Jun 1951
Guimard vs Fine, 1951 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 10 -- 16 Jun 1951
G Kramer vs Bisguier, 1951
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 -- 16 Jun 1951
O'Kelly vs Larry Evans, 1951
(D28) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 -- 17 Jun 1951
Euwe vs Shainswit, 1951
(D54) Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation, 70 moves, 1-0

Round 11 -- 17 Jun 1951
Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1951
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 -- 17 Jun 1951
Fine vs I A Horowitz, 1951 
(A09) Reti Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 11 -- 17 Jun 1951
Robert E Byrne vs G Kramer, 1951 
(B20) Sicilian, 56 moves, 1-0

Round 11 -- 17 Jun 1951
Bisguier vs O'Kelly, 1951
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 -- 17 Jun 1951
Larry Evans vs Guimard, 1951 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 47 moves, 0-1

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