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Robert Henry Steinmeyer
Number of games in database: 309
Years covered: 1944 to 1981
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445
Overall record: +201 -36 =72 (76.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-10-1927, died Mar-06-1988, 60 years old) United States of America

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Steinmeyer was a lifelong resident of Saint Louis and was dominant in state and local chess from an early age, winning the state championship at 15. He played in two US Closed Championships (US Championship (1962) and US Championship (1963/64)) and had turned down an invitation to the 1961-62 event.
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 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 309  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R H Steinmeyer vs W P M Mitchell  ½-½55194445th US OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
2. R H Steinmeyer vs N Bernstein 1-031194445th US OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. R B Johnson vs R H Steinmeyer  1-030194445th US OpenC11 French
4. R H Steinmeyer vs Santasiere  ½-½49194445th US OpenC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
5. Reshevsky vs R H Steinmeyer  1-065194445th US OpenD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. R H Steinmeyer vs G Drexel  1-046194748th US OpenA28 English
7. R H Steinmeyer vs N Wilder 1-025194849th US OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. Larry Evans vs R H Steinmeyer  0-140194849th US OpenE16 Queen's Indian
9. R H Steinmeyer vs G Kramer  ½-½26194849th US OpenD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. R H Steinmeyer vs Santasiere  ½-½16194849th US OpenE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
11. R H Steinmeyer vs O Ulvestad  0-126194849th US OpenE41 Nimzo-Indian
12. R H Steinmeyer vs Bisguier  0-115194849th US OpenD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
13. J F Donovan vs R H Steinmeyer  ½-½18194849th US OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
14. A Colon vs R H Steinmeyer  0-137194849th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
15. R H Steinmeyer vs C F Rehberg  1-050194849th US OpenA15 English
16. W Shipman vs R H Steinmeyer  0-131194849th US OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
17. R H Steinmeyer vs A Di Camillo 1-049195051st US OpenE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. Larry Evans vs R H Steinmeyer  1-034195051st US OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. R H Steinmeyer vs Pinkus  1-029195051st US OpenD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
20. B Moore vs R H Steinmeyer  0-1281954Golden Knights Preliminary RdC23 Bishop's Opening
21. K Hattle vs R H Steinmeyer  0-1211954Golden Knights Preliminary RdC50 Giuoco Piano
22. R H Steinmeyer vs E Johnson 1-0101954Golden Knights Preliminary RdC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
23. R H Steinmeyer vs L Pena  1-0151954Cr Golden Knights PrelimD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. C Bero vs R H Steinmeyer 0-1181954Golden Knights Preliminary RdC12 French, McCutcheon
25. R H Steinmeyer vs D Stephens  1-0141954Golden Knights Preliminary RdC16 French, Winawer
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  Tabanus: Robert H. Steinmeyer (1927-1988)

From the forties to the seventies, Robert H. Steinmeyer was Missouri’s premier chess player. His domination in that period is awesome. Born in St. Louis in 1927, Steinmeyer took to chess at an early age: he won the Missouri State Open Championship in 1942, shortly after his 15th birthday. Shortly after turning 18, he dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Army, catching the end of WW II. In 1946, on furlough, he again won the State Championship. After his discharge, he enrolled in and graduated [1951] from Washington University . Until the late eighties, the St. Louis District Championship was the most important St. Louis chess event: it was an invitational round robin to which the area’s strongest players [usually 8] were invited. Since games were played once a week and re-scheduling possible, the area’s top players would usually accept invitations and compete. Steinmeyer won this championship in 1944,’45, ’47, ’48, ’49,’50, ’51, ’53, ’60 and ’61, an unparalleled series of triumphs. Invited to the U.S. Closed Championship frequently, he played in at least three [1962-3-4], competing against the likes of Evans [whom he beat] , Benko, Bisguier, R. Byrne [he drew all of these] as well as Reshevsky, Fischer, Denker, Rossolimo and other titans of that era. While his results in the U.S. Championships were less than spectacular, he’s the only Missourian ever invited to the U.S. [closed] Championship. Steinmeyer participated in many other strong tourneys in the ’50’s & ’60’s, winning, among others, the Southwest Open [a strong tournament then held annually in Texas] in 1951 & 1953 and finishing 2nd to H. Steiner in 1952. His bio appeared in all the Who’s Who in America volumes published in the ’70’s.

Achieving the title of Senior Master early, he maintained his rating over 2400 during the sixties and early seventies. Steinmeyer was of course one of the original complement of Life Masters identified when the USCF created that title. Except for his Army stint, Steinmeyer lived all of his life in St. Louis, working most of the time for commercial barge lines including Valley Lines & National Marine Services, Inc. He never married. During the mid/late ’70’s he withdrew from active chess completely. Besides his chess memberships, he was a member of the American Contract Bridge League and the St. Louis Opera Guild. He died in October 1988 at age 61 and is buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

May-21-10  Caissanist: Robert Steinmeyer was the strongest player in the state of Missouri for over thirty years, from the early 1940s through the mid 1970s. He also played in three US championships, in 1961, 1962, and 1963.
May-21-10  Petrosianic: Only twice. He wasn't in the 1961 championship.
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  offramp: Anyone know the umwelt of his 1962 match v Milton Finkelstein?
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