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Arthur Bisguier
Bisguier 
Arthur Bisguier at the 1964 U.S. Open in Boston.
(Robert Byrne seated behind. Photo: Beth Cassidy)
 
Number of games in database: 1,030
Years covered: 1945 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2170
Highest rating achieved in database: 2507

Overall record: +338 -266 =412 (53.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 14 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (102) 
    B21 B31 B50 B92 B30
 King's Indian (51) 
    E70 E78 E61 E76 E79
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C77 C86 C71 C78 C65
 Queen's Pawn Game (41) 
    A46 A45 E10 D02 A40
 Queen's Indian (21) 
    E12 E14 E13
 French Defense (21) 
    C02 C18 C11 C10 C01
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (114) 
    C67 C78 C65 C77 C97
 Semi-Slav (50) 
    D43 D46 D45 D48 D49
 Nimzo Indian (40) 
    E46 E52 E57 E44 E27
 English, 1 c4 e5 (29) 
    A28 A29 A22 A21 A25
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (25) 
    C97 C99 C86 C91 C84
 English (22) 
    A15 A14 A12 A13 A17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bisguier vs Larsen, 1965 1-0
   Bisguier vs Fischer, 1956 1-0
   Bisguier vs J Sherwin, 1954 1-0
   Bisguier vs J Penrose, 1950 1-0
   Robatsch vs Bisguier, 1961 0-1
   A Mengarini vs Bisguier, 1948 0-1
   Reshevsky vs Bisguier, 1975 1/2-1/2
   Bisguier vs Suttles, 1963 1-0
   R H Steinmeyer vs Bisguier, 1948 0-1
   Bisguier vs Miles, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   58th US Open (1957)
   55th US Open (1954)
   Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956)
   57th US Open (1956)
   US Championship (1962)
   Rosenwald 1954/55 (1954)
   50th US Open (1949)
   US Championship (1966)
   Bled (1961)
   47th US Open (1946)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   49th US Open (1948)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The Art of Bisguier by Resignation Trap
   1954 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni

RECENT GAMES:
   Bisguier vs J A Rizzitano (2013) 0-1
   Bisguier vs J M Burke (Feb-19-12) 1/2-1/2
   Bisguier vs H Shrirangnath (2011) 1-0

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ARTHUR BISGUIER
(born Oct-08-1929, died Apr-05-2017, 87 years old) United States of America

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Arthur Bernard Bisguier was born in New York, USA. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1957, he was closed US Champion in 1954* and open US Champion in 1950, 1956 and 1959. He won the Manhattan Chess Club championship in 1948, 1949, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1967-68, and 1968-69).

Bisguier played in the interzonals of 1955 and 1962 and was on five US Olympiad squads from 1952 to 1972. In tournaments he finished equal second at San Juan 1969 and first at Lone Pine in 1973. Towards the end of his life, Bisguier was the world's oldest active GM, having most recently played in the MCC Memorial Swiss in Natick, Massachusetts in September 2014.

*http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp...

Wikipedia article: Arthur Bisguier

Last updated: 2017-04-06 14:54:29

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,030  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Santasiere vs Bisguier 1-0421945USAA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Koltanowski vs Bisguier 1-0301946SimulD95 Grunfeld
3. E McCormick vs Bisguier 1-025194647th US OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
4. H Gordon vs Bisguier  0-169194647th US OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Bisguier vs J McCord 1-032194647th US OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
6. Bisguier vs Eugene Levin  1-039194647th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
7. K Forster vs Bisguier  ½-½31194647th US OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Bisguier vs Larry Evans 1-040194647th US OpenC49 Four Knights
9. Bisguier vs W Adams  1-061194647th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
10. Kupchik vs Bisguier  1-048194647th US OpenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
11. H Fajans vs Bisguier  ½-½41194647th US OpenC24 Bishop's Opening
12. Bisguier vs H Steiner  0-151194647th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
13. Bisguier vs W Shipman  ½-½21194647th US OpenA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
14. Bisguier vs Seidman  0-147194647th US OpenA28 English
15. O Ulvestad vs Bisguier  ½-½41194647th US OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Bisguier vs D Byrne  1-035194647th US OpenC71 Ruy Lopez
17. Bisguier vs Kupchik ½-½18194647th US OpenA95 Dutch, Stonewall
18. F Yerhoff vs Bisguier 0-126194647th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
19. G Katz vs Bisguier 1-043194647th US OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. H Bernstein vs Bisguier 1-0461946Intercollegiate TournamentD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. D Byrne vs Bisguier  0-1401948New YorkD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. G Kramer vs Bisguier  1-0511948New YorkD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Bisguier vs M Stark  0-124194849th US OpenC11 French
24. Bisguier vs A C Ludwig  1-059194849th US OpenC11 French
25. L Kilmer vs Bisguier 0-133194849th US OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,030  PGN Download
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Apr-05-17  Resignation Trap: It is with heavy heart that I am reporting on the death of Arthur Bisguier today at the age of 87. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/...
Apr-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: R.I.P young man
Apr-05-17
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  perfidious: It is most unfortunate that, for many players, Bisguier's reputation rested largely on his record against Bobby Fischer; for he was so much more than that.

When Art was awarded the GM title in 1957, per his obituary, he was the 39th player to be so named.

While Bisguier's taste for the byways of theory and disdain for well-trodden lines in the first half of his career probably was responsible for his coming in for the occasional defeat at the hands of a much weaker player, he could also take off a stronger opponent with such an unorthodox approach.

By the time I came to know Art, his tastes had shifted to fairly rock-solid stuff, he being the only GM to regularly employ the Berlin Wall for a good many years, long before Kramnik's advocacy spurred it to tremendous popularity at the very highest levels.

Art's greatest contribution to the game here in USA was undoubtedly as a roving ambassador for USCF. In this capacity, he visited numerous schools and clubs.

Most of all, by friend and foe alike, Art will be remembered as a decent man, for all his aggression at the board.

Apr-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. Arthur Bisguier.
Apr-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Bolyston CC has a notice with a couple few later photos:

http://boylston-chess-club.blogspot...

The passing of both Dondis and Bisguier marks the end of an era for Boston area chess.

Apr-06-17
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  HeMateMe: art played a simul against my college team years ago. I couldn't play because I had to work that afternoon. He pretty much mowed everyone down, I was told.
Apr-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <Ten Tips to Winning Chess by International Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier (2007)>

https://www.chess.com/article/view/...

Apr-06-17
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  Infohunter: I saw him at the US Open in Pasadena in 1983. R.I.P. GM Bisguier.
Apr-06-17
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  RookFile: <perfidious: By the time I came to know Art, his tastes had shifted to fairly rock-solid stuff, he being the only GM to regularly employ the Berlin Wall for a good many years, long before Kramnik's advocacy spurred it to tremendous popularity at the very highest levels. >

That was my impression as well. I watched him play from a nearby board at a US Open once. He knew his rock solid openings, and banged out the moves like he was on auto pilot. His goal seemed to be to get some random endgame position against his opponent, and then just find a way to win. It seemed to work out for him in the rounds I watched. It's possible he was taking a long term view of the tournament and saving up his creative energies for when he needed to play the tough guys.

Apr-06-17  piltdown man: Farewell to another legend.
Apr-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <RookFile>, sounds about right: the last we met, in New York 1992, I was White in an Exchange QGD, and we both reeled off the first fourteen or so moves in nothing flat.
Apr-06-17
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  Joshka: Met him for the first time in 1987 at The US Open. This might have been my first meeting with a GM other than Yasser. Kind of felt like I did when I was growing up and got to meet real Major League Baseball Players!;-) Big smile on his face warm and gracious, easy going. If first impressions mean something then he was a stand up guy!!
Apr-06-17  Strelets: Rest in peace, Grandmaster Bisguier.
Apr-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: At death he was the third oldest living grandmaster. The new top 3 is Averbakh, Benko, Matanovic.
Apr-06-17
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  LucB: Sad news. Condolences to his loved ones.
Apr-06-17  Eastfrisian: Another sad loss. RIP Master Bisguir.
Apr-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  paulalbert: A great loss to the chess world! Arthur was for many years the judge for the Brilliancy Prizes I gave for the men's and women's U.S. Chess Championship, a job he took very seriously, requiring some significant analysis time in the pre computer era. May he rest in peace.
Apr-06-17  Howard: He was a cousin of Raymond Weinstein's, according to Andrew Soltis. Weinstein is probably still institutionalized I suspect.
Apr-06-17  Gottschalk: We Brazilians will always remember his victory against IM Eugênio German. Bisguier was strong in every phase of play!

E German vs Bisguier, 1962

R.I.P. GM Bisguier

Apr-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: USchess has a nice article on Bisguier, including a Feb 1947 Chess Review cover:

https://new.uschess.org/news/former...

And also this quote from Kenneth Harkness:

<‘As friendly as a puppy, Art Bisguier doesn’t have an enemy in the world. If he cannot say something nice about you, Art doesn’t say anything. He bub­bles over with enthusiasm for chess and chess­players. it is no effort for Art to win friends and influence people. It is a natural gift.”>

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Apr-08-17  Chessinfinite: RIP GM Bisguier.
Apr-09-17
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  zanzibar: His local obituary - mostly for family (from the Boston Globe via legacy.com):

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bo...

(He is listed as living in Wellesley, though he died at a facility in Framingham)

A more chess oriented obit, from the Scotsman:

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-...

.

Apr-09-17
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  keypusher: <zanzibar> Thank you for those links. I have to say, did the Scotsman (actually the New York Times, I guess) really have to spend half the obit talking about Bisguier's record against Bobby Fischer?

I enjoyed the USchess link, and especially the games. <RookFile> said you could checkmate a lot of people following Bisguier's plan in Bisguier vs Larsen, 1965. I suspect the same is true of some of the games at the link.

It's startling to see Tony Miles, even in 1973, with a 2280 rating. Ratings in the 1970s were very different than now...

Apr-12-17
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  wordfunph: rest in peace, GM Bisguier..
Apr-12-17
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  TheFocus: I have both of his games collections.

Good books.

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