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  1. Chess Review 1933
    Missing games to be submitted:

    22) Bornholz, Robert L - Schwartz, Edward [B72]
    Manhattan CC Championship New York, NY, 01.1933
    [Chess Rewview, 1933:Feb.15 (horowitz)]

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be2 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.Qd2 0-0 9.f3 d5 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.c3 Bb7 14.h4 Qc7 15.h5 Rfd8 16.hxg6 hxg6 17.Bh6 Bf6 18.0-0-0 d4 19.c4 a5 20.Kb1 Ba6 21.Qc2 Rac8 22.Rc1 d3 23.Bxd3 Rb8 24.Bxg6 Rxb2+ 25.Qxb2 Bxb2 26.Bh7+ Kh8 27.Kxb2 Rb8+ 28.Kc2 Qxc4+ 0-1


    24 games, 1932-1933

  2. Chicago International 1979
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    <Sources>

    "Chess Life & Review, October 1979, p.554.

    4 games, 1979

  3. Chicago Masters Tournament, 1926
    <27th Western Championship Chicago, Illinois
    August 21-September 2, 1926>

    Throughout its first quarter century, the Western Chess Association had officially restricted its annual championship to "Western" players. The definition of "Western" was always quite broad; originally it had meant the US and Canada west of Pennsylvania, then evolved into most anybody except New Yorkers. In 1925, all such restrictions removed and the WCA welcomed its first players and champions from New York as it made plans to become a fully national organization.

    Originally, the plan was to be an association of individual members as outlined by a letter sent out by WCA Secretary Samuel D Factor and published in the <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> of October 22, 1925:

    <"Dear Sir:

    "For the past 26 years, the Western Chess Association has been a leading factor in maintaining and increasing a lively interest in chess throughout the West and Middle West.

    "Its annual tournaments, where the championship of the association is decided, have invariably brought out an exceptionally high class of players.

    "At the 26th annual meeting, held at Cedar Point, Ohio, Sept. 3, 1925, it was unanimously voted to increase the field and scope of the association by making it a national organization in place of a sectional.

    "The Western Chess Association has therefore reorganized as a national institution with membership open to all chess players in the United States and Canada.

    "It is the duty of every chess player to give to this organization both his moral and finanical support.

    "Dues are $1 per year.

    "As a member of the Western Chess Association, you will be entitled to vote, either in person or by proxy, on all questions pertaining to the policy of the association, and in addition you will receive each year the Western Chess Association Year Book, which will contain scores of the games played in the championship tournaments.

    "Our slogan is 10,000 members.

    "This can be reached if you and your friends, chess players, will fill out enclosed applications and mail in now.

    "Fraternally yours,

    "SAMUEL D. FACTOR, Secretary/Treasurer">

    However, this must have proved unwieldy, since by the time of the 1926 Western Championship a new proposal was on the table. This would establish the "National Chess Association of the U. S. A.", which was to take over governance on the national level. The Western Chess Association was to remain a "division" of the larger organization, continuing its programs on a regional basis. In addition, administrative layers to the NCA by involving local clubs or "chapters" and establishing the office of "Regional Vice President" to represent the national association on a local basis.

    Obviously, the WCA would remain an important part of the national federation, as its President, Maurice Kuhns of Chicago, was also organizing the larger group. What soon became The National Chess Federation would endure, but eventually did little more than strictly national duties such as selecting teams for the Olympiad. The Western Chess Association operated on a smaller scope until the early 1930s, when a new generation of young masters began coming to the Western Championship in search of competition and the WCA began thinking nationally again.

    For this year, however, the Western Chess Association was able to host an important Masters Tournament in addition to the Western Championship, both held at the Hotel LaSalle in Chicago from August 21-September 2, 1926.

    The Masters Tournament included a number of major national figures, including six former Western champions, the current US Champion, and a stray foreign grandmaster in Geze Maroczy who was working the U.S. circuit that year. The turnout for the Western Championship was of course considerably weakened, but included a number of faithful attendees and a future star in Herman Steiner.

    Technically, the Masters tournament does not belong in a US Open historical collection. But it was a major US event with an exciting finish, and almost all the games are available as opposed to nearly none from the Western itself. I have to talk about something. Besides, this will provide a chance to specify which games were from which tournament.

    <Masters Tournament> table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 1 Frank James Marshall X 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 8.5 2 Geza Maroczy 0 X 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.0 3 Carlos Torre-Repetto 1 1 X 0 1 0 1 1 1 8.0 4 Charles Jaffe 1 X 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 7.5 5 Abraham Kupchik 0 1 X 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 7.5 6 Isaac Kashdan 0 0 X 1 1 0 1 1 1 7.0 7 Samuel D Factor 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 6.5 8 Edward Lasker 1 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 0 1 6.0 9 Adolf Jay Fink 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 1 5.0 10 Newell William Banks 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 4.5 11 Oscar Chajes 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 4.0 12 Jackson Whipps Showalter 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 X 0 3.0 13 Lewis J Isaacs 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 2.5 ]table

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    <Sources>

    <American Chess Bulletin>, September/October 1926, p. 109-112.

    <Brooklyn Daily Eagle>, June 3, 1926; July 29, 1926; October 22, 1925; September 16, 1926

    <Chess Results 1921-1930> / Gino di Felice, p. 136-138.

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    <PREVIOUS>: Game Collection: US Open 1925, Cedar Point = 26th Western Champ.

    <NEXT>: Game Collection: US Open 1927 Kalamazoo = 28th Western Champ.

    <SEE ALSO>: Game Collection: US Open Tournament Index


    74 games, 1926

  4. City Club Invitational (London, 1900)
    City Club Masters/Amateurs
    London, England
    April 5-May 5, 1900

    They don't make clubs like that any more. The City Club of London was used to holding tournaments, and in 1900 came up with the idea of inviting several leading British masters and prominent amateur players to see how the lesser lights would hold up.

    The Masters: Joseph Henry Blackburne, Isidor Gunsberg, Francis Joseph Lee, James Mason, Richard Teichmann, Louis van Vliet

    The Amateurs: [bad player ID], Thomas Francis Lawrence, Rudolf Johannes Loman, Samuel Passmore, Thomas Physick, Arthur Ernest Tietjen, William Ward

    Blackburne started well by winning his first four games, but stumbled badly with only two draws in his next five. Teichmann then took a comfortable lead, but Mason made up ground until he was only a half-point behind going into their last round game. However, this turned into a relatively short draw, while Gunsberg closed fast to catch Mason for a share of second place.

    table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3
    1 Teichmann * = 1 1 = 0 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 9.5
    2 Mason = * 1 = 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 9.0
    3 Gunsberg 0 0 * 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 9.0
    4 Ward 0 = 0 * = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 8.5
    5 Van Vliet = 1 0 = * 1 = = 1 = 1 = 1 8.0
    6 Blackburne 1 0 = 0 0 * = = 1 1 1 1 1 7.5
    7 Lawrence 0 0 0 0 = = * 1 1 1 0 1 1 6.0
    8 Lee 0 0 0 = = = 0 * 0 = 1 1 1 5.0
    9 Loman = 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 4.5
    10 Tietjen 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 1 * 0 1 1 4.0
    11 Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 1 = 3.5
    12 Physick 0 0 = 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 2.0
    13 Passmore 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 * 1.5
    ]table

    An excellent showing for Ward, while Blackburne had to be somewhat disappointed with his result.

    <PRIZES>:
    table[
    1st: Teichmann 20
    2nd-3rd: Mason, Gunsberg 12
    4th: Ward 8
    5th: Van Vliet 6
    6th: Blackburne 4
    7th: Lawrence 2
    ]table

    78 games, 1900

  5. Coburg 1904
    For well over half a century, Germany held a position in the chess world similar to that later occupied by the Soviet Union. Germany, along with Austria-Hungary and other German-speaking areas, had the deepest roster of great players, the greatest theoreticians, and German was the language of the learned chess world. Other countries could produce top chess talent, but none could match Germany's strength from top to bottom.

    A highlight of the German chess scene were the biannual Congresses of the German Chess Federation. These featured a <Meisterturnier>, open only to recognized Masters from Germany and around the world, and a grueling <Hauptturnier>, a kind of Candidates tournament whose victor would win the right to play in future <Meisterturniers> and become recognized as a Master not just in Germany, but the entire world.

    The 14th Congress of the German Chess Federation was held in Coburg from July 18-August 1, 1904. The Master Tournament featured a strong sample of players from various parts of the Empire and beyond:

    Curt von Bardeleben Johann Nepomuk Berger Ossip Bernstein Miklos Brody Horatio Caro Leo Fleischmann Forgacs Hermann von Gottschall Walter John Georg Marco Jacques Mieses Carl Schlechter Hugo Suechting Rudolf Swiderski Heinrich Wolf.

    Berger jumped out to a quick lead, being the only player to win his first two games. In round 3, however, he was beaten by Swiderski (who had been a point behind), and the favored Schlechter drove to the top.

    After Round 5, Schlecter had a half-point lead on the field, with Swiderski a point behind. Once again, Swiderski knocked off the leader, and when Schlechter's bye (due to the withdrawal of Brody after round 3) came up in the next round, he drifted down in the scoretable and it was Bardeleben's turn to surge to the top.

    Are you discerning a trend here? After Round 8, Bardeleben was a half-point ahead of the field with Swiderski a point behind. Yep. Lightning struck for the third time, and now Swiderski decided to end all this foolishness by winning two more in a row and establishing his own lead.

    So after round 11 Swiderski had 7.5, Bardeleben 6.5, and Bernstein, Marco, Mieses and Schlechter stood at 6.0. At this point, there was good news and bad news for Swiderski. The bad news was that he had only one game left, since his bye would come up in the 13th and final round. The good news was that the game was against Walter John, who was sitting comforably in last place. A win would almost surely clinch things, since Bardeleben could only catch him by beating Schlechter with Black, which didn't seem likely.

    Well, you can look at the game and decide whether Swiderski beat himself or John had something to do with it, but at any rate the upset did occur. Schlechter defeated Bardeleben, leaving this situation:

    Swiderski 7.5 (bye)
    Schlechter 7.0 (Black vs. Berger)
    Bardeleben 6.5 (White vs. Caro)
    Marco 6.5 (Black vs. Suechting)
    Mieses 6.5 (Black vs. Bernstein)

    When Berger traded queens in a symmetrical position you could be pretty sure that Schlechter would do no more than draw, and he didn't. Of the others, only Bardeleben was able to come through with a win and tie for first. table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3
    1 Swiderski * 1 1 0 = 1 1 0 = 1 1 0 = 7.5
    2 Schlechter 0 * 1 = = = = 1 1 = = = 1 7.5
    3 Bardeleben 0 0 * = = = 1 1 = = 1 1 1 7.5
    4 Bernstein 1 = = * = 1 = = = = 0 1 = 7.0
    5 Marco = = = = * = = = = = = 1 1 7.0
    6 Mieses 0 = = 0 = * 1 = = = 1 = 1 6.5
    7 Berger 0 = 0 = = 0 * 1 1 = = 1 1 6.5
    8 Suechting 1 0 0 = = = 0 * 1 = = 1 = 6.0
    9 Wolf = 0 = = = = 0 0 * = 1 1 1 6.0
    10 Forgacs 0 = = = = = = = = * 0 = = 5.0
    11 Caro 0 = 0 1 = 0 = = 0 1 * 0 0 4.0
    12 John 1 = 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 = 1 * = 4.0
    13 Gottschall = 0 0 = 0 0 0 = 0 = 1 = * 3.5
    Brody 0 - - 0 - - - - - 0 - - - *Cancelled" ]table

    Hauptturnier A featured many young players who would become major grandmasters in years to come:

    <Hauptturnier A> table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 Augustin Neumann X 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13.5 2 Milan Vidmar 0 X 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13.5 3 Oldrich Duras 0 0 X 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.5 4 Rudolf Spielmann 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 5 Dr Max Lange 0 0 0 X 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 6 Aron Nimzowitsch 0 1 0 1 X 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 10.5 7 Bernhard Gregory 0 0 0 0 1 X 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9.5 8 Alfred Ehrhardt Post 0 0 0 1 X 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 9.5 9 Alfred Moewig 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.5 10 Erich Cohn 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 0 1 1 1 7.5 11 Zoltan Von Balla 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 0 1 1 1 1 6.5 12 Wilhelm Hilse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 0 1 1 1 5.0 13 Paul F Johner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 0 5.0 14 Gustaf Nyholm 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 X 0 1 1 4.5 15 Paul Kaegbein 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 3.5 16 Robert Schneider 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 1 2.5 17 Martin Rausch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1.0 ]table
    I told you it was gruelling. Topping the field were Augustin Neumann and Milan Vidmar, with Neumann winning a short play-off match: table[
    1 2 3 4 5
    Neumann 1 = = 0 1 3.0
    Vidmar 0 = = 1 0 2.0
    ]table
    No, you've never heard of him; he was another promising young talent cut short by illness, and would die 18 months later at the age of 26.

    The tournament book provided a number of games from this and other sections of the Congress, so I might as well fill you in on the details. Plenty of room for all!

    <Hauppturnier B> table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 1 Hans Fahrni X 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9.0 2 Moisei Zakharovich Elyashov 0 X 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.0 3 Moritz Lewitt X 0 1 1 1 1 0 6.0 4 F W Pelzer 0 1 X 1 1 0 0 1 1 6.0 5 Gottlieb Schlossarek 0 0 0 0 X 0 1 1 1 1 4.5 6 E Lindner 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 0 4.0 7 H Brinkmann 0 0 1 X 0 0 1 4.0 8 Otto Wegemund 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 X 1 4.0 9 H Stang 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 3.5 10 E Farago 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 3.5 11 H Appunn 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 2.5 ]table
    A game <E Farago 1 A Hild> is available, but Hild apparently withdrew early and had his score cancelled.

    <Hauptturnier C> table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 1 David Przepiorka X 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 7.5 2 H Weiss 0 X 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 7.0 3 Moishe Leopoldowicz Lowcki 1 0 X 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 7.0 4 D M Schapiro 0 1 0 X 1 1 0 1 1 1 6.5 5 Janos Gajdos 1 0 0 X 1 1 0 1 1 6.0 6 Nathan Mannheimer 0 0 1 0 X 1 0 1 1 5.0 7 Franz Gutmayer 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 1 1 4.5 8 D Kerwel 1 0 0 0 1 0 X 0 1 4.0 9 Hering 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 X 1 3.5 10 Motzko 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 1 3.0 11 Heppe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1.0 ]table
    The games <H Hoflein 0 H Weiss> and <David Przepiorka 0 H Hoflein> are available, but Hoflein apparently withdrew early and had his score cancelled.

    <Nebenturnier, Group 1> table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6
    1 P Spanig X = = 1 1 1 4.0
    2 A Carstens = X 1 = 1 = 3.5
    3 Davis = 0 X = 0 1 2.0
    4 G Fein 0 = = X = = 2.0
    5 E Grossmann 0 0 1 = X = 2.0
    6 H Reimers 0 = 0 = = X 1.5
    ]table
    Fein won a play-off to advance to the finals.

    <Nebenturnier, Group 2> table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6
    1 R Roeder X 1 = 1 = 1 4.0
    2 Schmuck 0 X 1 1 = 1 3.5
    3 H Possner = 0 X = 1 1 3.0
    4 E Schneider 0 0 = X 1 1 2.5
    5 J Von Patay = = 0 0 X 1 2.0
    6 S Garso 0 0 0 0 0 X 0.0
    ]table
    Perhaps it's just as well we don't have any of Schmuck's games. Too many bad jokes.

    <Nebenturnier, Final> table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6
    1 A Carstens X = 1 1 1 1 4.5
    2 P Spanig = X 1 1 1 1 4.5
    3 R Roeder 0 0 X = = 1 2.0
    4 Schmuck 0 0 = X 0 1 1.5
    5 H Possner 0 0 = 1 X 0 1.5
    6 G Fein 0 0 0 0 1 X 1.0
    ]table
    By the way, Nebenturnier appears to mean something like "Near Master Tournament". Very encouraging.

    <Drei-Master Wettkampf> table[
    1 2 3
    1 Alexander Fritz XX 11 == 3.0
    2 Emil Schallopp 00 XX 11 2.0
    3 Arnold Schottlaender == 00 XX 1.0
    ]table

    An informal event between three veteran masters and founding members of the German Chess Federation.

    <Source>: "Der Vierzehnte Kongress des Deutschen Schachbundes, E.V., Coburg, 1904 / herausgegeben von Paul Schellenberg, Carl Schlechter undGeorg Marco. Leipzig : Verlag Von Veit & Comp., 1905. (Available through Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?id=Wm...

    112 games, 1904

  6. Dead Man Walking
    Everybody enjoys a good King Hunt. Except for maybe one person -- and even the loser often seems to play it out just to see what happens. It's an aesthetic thing, you know.

    Criteria for this collection include:

    1) The losing king must have reached the eight ranks at some point, though not necessarily be mate there.

    2) Generally, there is a limit of 50 moves. This collection is limited to opening an middle game king hunts, not endgames.

    Of course, I reserve the right to include amy game that tickles my fancy. And, just incase anybody wonders, the title refers to the chess king, not to the player.

    94 games, 1834-2016

  7. Debrecen 1925
    The tournament was held in Debrecen, Hungary from August 9-24, 1925, with the following players.

    Lajos Asztalos, Ernst Gruenfeld, Kornel Havasi, Paul F Johner, Hans Kmoch, Hermanis Karlovich Mattison, Geza Nagy, Ladislav Prokes, David Przepiorka, Jakob Adolf Seitz, Lajos Steiner, Savielly Tartakower, Arpad Vajda, Vladimir Vukovic

    Chessmetrics estimates this as a Category 11 tournament with an average rating of 2508.

    Hans Kmoch had one of his finest results, winning with a margin of 1 1/2 points. He and Geza Nagy were the front-runners at the halfway mark with 4.5/6. Both lost in round 7, and drew in round 13. In between, Kmoch won five in a row while Nagy lost an additional five in a row!

    And Kmoch needed those wins. Johner had taken the lead in round 7, and stayed ahead until a draw with Gruenfeld and loss to Tartakower allowed Kmoch to coast home in the last round.

    A noteworthy happening was the congestion in the lower ranks, as only five of the 14 players could finish over 50%. table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4
    1 Kmoch * = 0 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 10.0
    2 Tartakower = * 1 0 1 = = 1 1 = = = 1 = 8.5
    3 Johner 1 0 * = = 0 1 1 1 1 = 1 0 1 8.5
    4 Gruenfeld 0 1 = * = = = 0 = 1 = 1 1 = 7.5
    5 Vukovic 0 0 = = * = = 1 = 0 1 1 1 1 7.5
    6 Steiner 0 = 1 = = * 0 0 1 1 = 0 0 1 6.0
    7 Seitz = = 0 = = 1 * 0 0 = 1 1 0 = 6.0
    8 Przepiorka 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 * = = 1 0 0 1 6.0
    9 Prokes 0 0 0 = = 0 1 = * 1 = 1 1 0 6.0
    10 Havasi 0 = 0 0 1 0 = = 0 * 1 1 1 = 6.0
    11 Vajda 1 = = = 0 = 0 0 = 0 * 0 1 = 5.0
    12 Nagy 0 = 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 * 1 = 5.0
    13 Mattison 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 * = 4.5
    14 Asztalos 0 = 0 = 0 0 = 0 1 = = = = * 4.5 ]table

    91 games, 1925

  8. DIRP!
    Augustus J. Dirp (1841-1907), generally considered the Father of Anti-Positional Play, holds an unique and otherwise unwanted spot in the history of chess theory.

    While his unfortunate aphorisms such as <Never move a piece twice before you have moved it once> and <Keep your pieces out of the center--they could get hurt there!> still guide legions of aspiring N.N. wannabes to this day, his true colors shown most dimly as a theorist of the pawn formation which bears his name, the Doubled Isolated Rook Pawn.


    click for larger view

    A lifetime of study and hard drinking led to the formulation of Dirp's Credo: <Except in positions where it is neutral, the DIRP is an advantage unless it is a disadvantage.> Though the Credo has never been refuted, its practical application has generally proved disastrous.

    Dirp also has two opening systems named after him, mainly by default: The Dirp Attack (White plays Na3 and Nh3) and the Dirp Defense (Black plays ...Na6 and ...Nh6). The idea, of course, is that capturing the knights will set up immediate fianchettos of the bishops and provide half-open files for the rooks. Meanwhile, the king is sheltered behind the unmoved center pawns and the queen can fend for herself. The two systems are considered so devastating that there are no known examples of them being used.

    Indeed, none of Dirp's game scores have survived, probably due to the Geneva Convention. However, as this collection will show, his ideas continue to infect chess players everywhere, providing a fitting legacy for the man appropriately eulogized as "...quite possibly the weakest player never to become world champion."

    130 games, 1834-2016

  9. Dresden 1956
    I probably would have never noticed this tournament if Olof Sterner hadn't been player of the day. A glance at his record showed we had all his games from Dresden, 1956, which meant we probably had all the games from the tournament. And so we did. So why not do a collection?

    It was held in the East German city of Dresden from February 26-March 21, 1956, and featured this cast of characters:

    Borge Andersen, Yuri Averbakh, Istvan Bilek, Victor Ciocaltea, Sieghart Dittmann, Reinhart Fuchs, Werner Golz, Ratmir Kholmov, Siegfried Muehlberg, Ludek Pachman, Nikola Padevsky, Jan Sefc, Bogdan Sliwa, Olof Sterner, Mihailo Trajkovic, Wolfgang Uhlmann

    The tournament gave some promising new faces from behind the Iron Curtain a chance at some first-class competition. Averbakh and Kholmov, taking a little break from the rigors of playing in the Soviet Union, celebrated their vacation by dominating the tournament. Ciocaltea stayed in the running much of the way, but fell behind by drawing his last four games.

    Using the estimated ratings from Chessmetrics, the tournament had an average rating of 2466 (Category 9). table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
    1 Averbakh * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 2 Kholmov * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 3 Ciocaltea 1 * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 10.5 4 Pachman * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 9.0 5 Uhlmann 0 1 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 8.5 6 Padevsky 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 8.0 7 Bilek 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 8.0 8 Sliwa 0 1 1 1 * 0 0 1 0 0 1 7.5 9 Fuchs 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 7.5 10 Dittmann 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 0 1 1 1 7.5 11 Muehlberg 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 6.5 12 Sefc 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 6.0 13 Sterner 0 0 0 0 0 * 0 4.5 14 Golz 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 * 0 4.5 15 Andersen 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 * 0 4.0 16 Trajkovic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 4.0 ]table

    120 games, 1956

  10. Fine - Steiner, 1947
    Reuben Fine and Herman Steiner contested An informal six-game match. The first three game were played at the homes of local chess patrons Alex Bisno and E erett Freeman, cosponsors of the match, and the final three at the newly renovated Hollywood Chess Club. . Games were played on Tuesday evenings from October 14 - December 9, with no game in three of the weeks.

    Steiner presented brief reports in his weekly Sunday chess column in the "Los Angeles Times."

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    <GAME ONE (Tuesday, October 14)>

    "Reuben Fine dre2w first blook in his informal six-game match with Herman Steinerlast Tuesday at the home of ALex Bisno, chess patron. The second game will be played Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the home of Everett Freeman, cosponsor of the match." -- Los Angeles Times, October 19, 1947, p. 10.

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    <GAME TWO (Tuesday, October 28)>

    "In A wide open game in which first one side had a pawn advantage and then the other, Reuben Fine defeated Herman Steiner last Tuesday in the second game of their informal six-game match. The encounter took place at the home of Everett Freeman, cinema writer, who with Alex Bisno is sponsoring the match. The third game will be played Tuesday." -- Los Angeles Times, November 2, 1947,p. 13.

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    <GAME THREE (Tuesday, November 4)>

    "Reuben Fine kept his record clean by winning the third game of his six-game informal match with Herman Steiner last Tuesday. The game was played at the home of Everett Freeman, motion picture writer, and cosponsor with Alex Bisno of the match. The fourth game will be played Tuesday in the newly decorated clubrooms of the Hhollywood Chess Group, 108 N. Formosa Ave. .." -- Los Angeles Times, November 9, 1947, p. 15.

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    <GAME FOUR (Tuesday, November 11)>

    "The fourth game in the informal six-game match between Herman Steiner and Reuben Fine, played last Tuesday, resulted in a draw. The fifth game will be played Dec. 2." -- Los Angeles Times, November 16, 1947, p. 11.

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    <GAME FIVE (Tuesday, December 2>

    }Fireworks marked the fifth game of the informal match between Reuben Fine and Herman Steiner last Tuesday. Several times refusing Fine's offer of a draw, you editor, fighting for a win, wqs the exchange ahead but ran into time trouble, and blinded by excitement over his material advantage , stumbled--and lost.

    "The sixth and final round in this match, which is a tune-up for Fine's participation in a world's championship tournament next year in Europe, will by played Tuesday at the Hollywood Chess Group's headquarters, 108 N. Formosa Ave." -- Los Angeles Times, December 7, 1947.

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    <GAME SIX (Tuesday, December 9)>

    "A draw was agreed on in the final game between Herman Steiner and Reuben Fine last Tuesday. This match, a tune-up for Fine's forthcoming participation in a world's championship tournament next year, was sponsored by Alex Bisno and E erett Freeman. Fine won four and two were drawn." -- Los Angeles Times, December 14, 1947, p. 26.

    table[
    1 2 3 4 5 6
    Reuben Fine 1 1 1 = 1 = 5.0
    Herman Steiner 0 0 0 = 0 = 1.0
    ]table

    Steiner had White in the odd-numbered games.

    6 games, 1947

  11. Friday Puzzles, 2004-2010
    <Difficult>. However, some puzzles from early 2004 do not follow the now traditional difficulty pattern.

    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    A game may appear only once in a collection, so if one is repeazted during the time span covered by a collction, only the first instance will appear. In this collection, the following game is affected:

    K Aseev vs V Nevostrujev, 2002 (Jan-14-05, May-14-10)


    365 games, 1839-2010

  12. Friday Puzzles, 2011-2017
    <Difficult>

    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    (May-[Note: No puzzle is given for May-17-13, 2013. That day's puzzle had already been used on Friday, July 8, 2011, and a game can appear only once in a collection.]

    A game may appear only once in a collection, so if one is repeazted during the time span covered by a collction, only the first instance will appear. In this collection, the following games are affected:

    Fischer vs W Beach, 1963 (Jul-08-11, May-13-13)

    Mamedyarov vs A Timofeev, 2004 (Mar-11-11, Mar-31-17)


    363 games, 1884-2017

  13. Friday Puzzles, 2018
    <Difficult>

    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    28 games, 1936-2017

  14. Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections
    These are my collections, User: chessgames.com also maintains archives of recent games and puzzles:

    Game of the Day Archive contains the previous year.

    Tactics Archive contains recent puzzless with diagrams:

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    <Game Of The Day Collections>

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2004

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2005

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2006

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2007

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2008

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2009

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2010

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2011

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2012

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2013

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2014

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2015

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2016

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2017

    Game Collection: Game of the Day 2018

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    <Game of the Day Pun Indexes>

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (A-B)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (C-E)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (F-H)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (I-L)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (M)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (N-Q)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (R-S)

    Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (T-Z)

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    <Puzzle of the Day Collections, by Year>

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2004

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2005

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2006

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2007

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2008

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2009

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2010

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2011

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2012

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2013

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2014

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2015

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2016

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2017

    Game Collection: Puzzle of the Day 2018

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    <Puzzle of the Day Collections. by day of the week>

    Game Collection: Sunday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Sunday Puzzles, 2011-2017

    Game Collection: Monday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Monday Puzzles, 2011-2017 Game Collection: Monday Puzzles, 2018

    Game Collection: Tuesday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Tuesday Puzzles, 2011-2017 Game Collection: Tuesday Puzzles, 2018

    Game Collection: Wednesday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Wednesday Puzzles, 2011-2017 Game Collection: Wednesday Puzzles, 2018

    Game Collection: Thursday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Thursday Puzzles, 2011-2017 Game Collection: Thursday Puzzles, 2018

    Game Collection: Friday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Friday Puzzles, 2011-2017

    Game Collection: Saturday Puzzles, 2004-2010 Game Collection: Saturday Puzzles, 2011-2017


    198 games, 1850-2016

  15. Game of the Day 2004
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    A game may appear only once in a collection, so if one is repeazted during the time span covered by a collction, only the first instance will appear. In this collection, the following games are affected::

    K Richter vs Gruenfeld, 1928 (Oct-08-04, Dec-27-04)

    In addition, I was unable to find most of the games before May 1, or the game for May 8. If you can help, please leave a note at my forum.


    248 games, 1620-2004

  16. Game of the Day 2005
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    The game for April 30 is missing. Also, there was no GOTD for October 25 because the site was down due to weather conditions.

    363 games, 1625-2005

  17. Game of the Day 2006
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.
    365 games, 1824-2006

  18. Game of the Day 2007
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.
    365 games, 1515-2007

  19. Game of the Day 2008
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.

    <Missing Entries>

    A game may appear only once in a collection, so if one is repeazted during the time span covered by a collction, only the first instance will appear. In this collection, the following games are affected:

    Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 (Feb-22-08, Nov-11-08)


    365 games, 1620-2008

  20. Game of the Day 2009
    See Game Collection: Game of the Day & Puzzle of the Day Collections for complete lists of my Game of the Day and Puzzle of the Day collections.
    365 games, 1770-2009

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