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Alexander Kevitz
Number of games in database: 45
Years covered: 1924 to 1971
Overall record: +15 -15 =12 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (8) 
    A13 A12 A15 A16 A10
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 D05 A45 E10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Capablanca vs Kevitz, 1924 0-1
   Fine vs Kevitz, 1936 1/2-1/2
   Denker vs Kevitz, 1936 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bradley Beach (1929)
   US Championship (1936)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1936 US Championship by crawfb5

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(born Sep-01-1902, died Oct-24-1981, 79 years old) United States of America

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Alexander Kevitz, born in Brooklyn, New York, was the Manhattan Chess Club Champion in 1928-29, 1932-33, 1934-35, 1936, 1946, 1947, and 1954-55.

In 1924, Kevitz defeated world champion Jose Raul Capablanca in a simultaneous display at New York (see Capablanca vs Kevitz, 1924), and defeated former world champion Emanuel Lasker (see Kevitz vs Lasker, 1928) in a simultaneous, also in New York.

He placed 3rd in the New York 1931 international tournament, and 8th in the first US Championship tournament at New York, 1936. Kevitz represented the United States several times in international team matches, his most noted result being his 1.5-0.5 score against Igor Bondarevsky at the USSR-USA match in Moscow, 1946.

On the first rating list issued by the United States Chess Federation (as of July 31, 1950), he was ranked third in the United States, behind only Reuben Fine and Samuel Reshevsky.

The Black Knights' Tango (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6) is sometimes called the Kevitz-Trajkovic Defense after Kevitz and Mihailo Trajkovic.

sources: Chess Results 1921-1930, 1931-1935, 1936-1940, 1941-1946, 1947-1950, by Gino Di Felice

Wikipedia article: Alexander Kevitz

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Capablanca vs Kevitz 0-113 1924 Brooklyn simulA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Kevitz vs E Tholfsen  ½-½25 1925 New York Metropolitan ttA13 English
3. Kevitz vs Lasker 1-036 1928 New York simA27 English, Three Knights System
4. H R Bigelow vs Kevitz  ½-½32 1929 Bradley BeachB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. Kupchik vs Kevitz  1-068 1929 Bradley BeachC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
6. Marshall vs Kevitz 0-147 1929 Bradley BeachA52 Budapest Gambit
7. H Steiner vs Kevitz  ½-½76 1929 Bradley BeachB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. Kevitz vs Alekhine 0-148 1929 Bradley BeachE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
9. Kevitz vs I S Turover  1-025 1929 Bradley BeachD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
10. Kevitz vs L Steiner  0-175 1929 Bradley BeachA13 English
11. Kevitz vs M Fox  0-130 1929 Bradley BeachA12 English with b3
12. R Cintron vs Kevitz  0-142 1929 Bradley BeachE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
13. Kevitz vs Kashdan 0-134 1931 New YorkA13 English
14. Kevitz vs Capablanca 0-140 1931 New YorkA12 English with b3
15. I A Horowitz vs Kevitz 1-022 1931 New YorkA15 English
16. Kevitz vs Marshall 1-069 1931 Masters TournamentE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
17. Santasiere vs Kevitz  0-150 1931 New YorkA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Kupchik vs Kevitz 0-136 1931 New York InternationalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
19. Kevitz vs Fine 1-038 1932 Metropolitan LeagueA90 Dutch
20. Fine vs Kevitz 1-032 1932 New York, USAE10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Kevitz vs A Simonson  1-033 1932 Marshall Chess Club ChampionshipA16 English
22. Kevitz vs F Reinfeld  1-026 1933 Marshall CC ChampionshipA10 English
23. Dake vs Kevitz  ½-½39 1933 Metropolitan Chess League of NYE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
24. Kevitz vs I A Horowitz  1-041 1936 US ChampionshipD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
25. Fine vs Kevitz  ½-½55 1936 US ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
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Sep-01-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Kevitz

KEVITZ, Alexander

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  whiteshark: Bios: (English) (German)

(It's always interesting to read both)

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  Calli: <interesting to read both>

I noticed schachlichen which is chess as an adjective. No good english word for it? chessic, chessy, chessly...

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  whiteshark: <Calli> Without rear cover it's User: Chessical for me like chemical or musical... :D

But imo you can use it (chess) fine as noun here, it wouldn't lower the content. What is <chess> as adjective (in quality, character, property)? I have no idea...


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  GrahamClayton: The Kevitz variation of the English Opening is 1. c4 ♘f6 2. ♘c3 e6 3. e4 ♘c6

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "Oxford Companion to Chess", OUP, 1992

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  wordfunph: Only few kibitz for Master Alexander Kevitz? He's got wins over Capa, Lsker, Marshall, Santasiere, Horowitz, seems a strong IM in today's standard..
Jul-11-10  Lobster: Unfortunately because the database has so few games of Kevitz it does not reflect his strength at all. Hans Kmoch was of the opinion that Kevitz was a grandmaster with the White pieces, lowering his playing strength seriously by playing his very strange variations with Black.
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  wordfunph: Alexander Kevitz was a pharmacist by profession..
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  FSR: Kevitz was strong like bull. He was ranked third in the country on the first rating list issued by the United States Chess Federation in 1950, behind only Fine and Reshevsky. As of July 31, 1950, the top ratings were Fine (2817), Reshevsky (2770), Kevitz (2610), Dake (2598), Albert Simonson (2596), Fred Reinfeld (2593), Arnold Denker (2575), Isaac Kashdan (2574), I. A. Horowitz (2558), and Abraham Kupchik (2538). "The United States Chess Federation National Chess Ratings (as of July 31, 1950)", Chess Life, November 20, 1950, p. 3. Also available on DVD (p. 93 in "Chess Life 1950" PDF file). FIDE later awarded the GM title to Dake, Denker, and Kashdan, and the IM title to Horowitz - all of whom were rated below Kevitz.
Dec-26-11  mojonera: FSR can you explain why the first tournament, AMERICAN CONGRES 1921 was rated at 2398 ?
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  FSR: <mojonera: FSR can you explain why the first tournament, AMERICAN CONGRES 1921 was rated at 2398 ?>

I'm not sure what you mean - can you explain?

Dec-26-11  mojonera: FSR : DVD ( p.95 in " Chess Life 1950 PDF file ) 8th American Chess Congress 1921 .
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  whiteshark: <GrahamClayton: The Kevitz variation> of the Nimzowitsch-Defence

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