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Arthur Bisguier
  
Number of games in database: 1,029
Years covered: 1945 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2170
Highest rating achieved in database: 2507

Overall record: +338 -266 =411 (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 B92 B50 B30
 King's Indian (51) 
    E70 E78 E61 E76 E77
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C77 C86 C71 C78 C64
 Queen's Pawn Game (41) 
    A46 A45 E10 D02 A40
 French Defense (21) 
    C02 C18 C11 C15 C12
 Queen's Indian (21) 
    E12 E14 E13
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (114) 
    C67 C78 C65 C77 C97
 Semi-Slav (50) 
    D43 D46 D45 D48 D44
 Nimzo Indian (40) 
    E46 E52 E57 E34 E27
 English, 1 c4 e5 (29) 
    A28 A29 A22 A20 A25
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (25) 
    C97 C99 C86 C91 C84
 English (22) 
    A15 A14 A12 A13 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Bisguier vs Larsen, 1965 1-0
   Bisguier vs Fischer, 1956 1-0
   Robatsch vs Bisguier, 1961 0-1
   Bisguier vs J Sherwin, 1954 1-0
   Bisguier vs J Penrose, 1950 1-0
   A Mengarini vs Bisguier, 1948 0-1
   Reshevsky vs Bisguier, 1975 1/2-1/2
   Bisguier vs Miles, 1973 1-0
   Bisguier vs Reshevsky, 1957 1/2-1/2
   W Martz vs Bisguier, 1973 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   58th US Open (1957)
   Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956)
   57th US Open (1956)
   55th US Open (1954)
   Rosenwald 1954/55 (1954)
   50th US Open (1949)
   US Championship (1966)
   Bled (1961)
   47th US Open (1946)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   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
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni
   1954 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni
   1962 U.S. Championship by TheFocus

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, 87 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]
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). He played in the interzonals of 1955 and 1962 and was on five US Olympiad squads from 1952 to 1972. In tournaments he has been 2nd= at San Juan 1969 and 1st at Lone Pine in 1973. He is 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


 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,029  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Santasiere vs Bisguier 1-042 1945 USAA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Koltanowski vs Bisguier 1-030 1946 SimulD95 Grunfeld
3. E McCormick vs Bisguier 1-025 1946 47th US OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
4. Bisguier vs J McCord 1-032 1946 47th US OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. H Gordon vs Bisguier  0-169 1946 47th US OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Bisguier vs Eugene Levin  1-039 1946 47th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
7. K Forster vs Bisguier  ½-½31 1946 47th US OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Bisguier vs Larry Evans 1-040 1946 47th US OpenC49 Four Knights
9. Bisguier vs W Adams  1-061 1946 47th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
10. Kupchik vs Bisguier  1-048 1946 47th US OpenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
11. Bisguier vs H Steiner  0-151 1946 47th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
12. H Fajans vs Bisguier  ½-½41 1946 47th US OpenC24 Bishop's Opening
13. Bisguier vs Seidman  0-147 1946 47th US OpenA28 English
14. Bisguier vs W Shipman  ½-½21 1946 47th US OpenA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
15. O Ulvestad vs Bisguier  ½-½41 1946 47th US OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Bisguier vs D Byrne  1-035 1946 47th US OpenC71 Ruy Lopez
17. F Yerhoff vs Bisguier 0-126 1946 47th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
18. Bisguier vs Kupchik ½-½18 1946 47th US OpenA95 Dutch, Stonewall
19. G Katz vs Bisguier 1-043 1946 47th US OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. H Bernstein vs Bisguier 1-046 1946 Intercollegiate TournamentD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. D Byrne vs Bisguier  0-140 1948 New YorkD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. G Kramer vs Bisguier  1-051 1948 New YorkD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Bisguier vs M Stark  0-124 1948 49th US OpenC11 French
24. Bisguier vs A C Ludwig  1-059 1948 49th US OpenC11 French
25. L Kilmer vs Bisguier 0-133 1948 49th US OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,029  PGN Download
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Oct-08-14  NBAFan: Happy birthday Arthur! Best wishes for your health.
Oct-08-14
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  SteinitzLives: GM Bisguier, a great man among sharks most of his life. Happy Birthday Arthur, hope to see you at USATE next year!
Oct-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: I have both volumes of his <Art of Bisguier>. Nice books.
Oct-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: I read that Bisguier is only four degrees of separation from Morphy, (how many living players can say that!) in that he played Tartakover, in 1950 who battled just about everyone, including Blackburne in 1907 who played Anderssen in 1862, who played Morphy shortly before then.

I had the pleasure of playing Bisguier in 2011 so I am just five degrees away. I feel a trip to New Orleans coming on.

Oct-18-14
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  FredGambit: <I read that Bisguier is only four degrees of separation from Morphy, (how many living players can say that!)>

Tim Krabbe: "I once played an official game with Euwe who played Tarrasch, who played Paulsen, who played Morphy."

http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/chess2/...

Oct-19-14
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  Joshka: <SteinitzLives> Hey if simuls count, I'm one degree away from Petrosian!:-) Got to play him in Boston, Ma. in the early 80's.
Oct-19-14
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  perfidious: Met Bisguier four times in serious play so am also a Morphy 5, not to mention in simuls during 1974-75.

In large part due to those games, I am also two degrees from all the FIDE world champions in the period of Botvinnik through Kasparov, except Tal, whom I actually played some blitz games with late in his life.

Oct-19-14
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  RookFile: Bisguier played Reshevsky who played Lasker who played Bird who played Morphy.

Bisguier played Kashdan who played Showalter who played Bird who played Morphy.

Interesting exercise. I'm sure there are other ways.

Oct-19-14
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  RookFile: Us New England guys who played Harry Lyman know that Harry played a simul game against Lasker, who played Bird, who played Morphy.
Oct-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Not, of course, that anyone would have heard about it from Harry in general; despite his considerable strength and aggression at the board, he was a mild, self-effacing man.
Oct-20-14
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  Caissanist: According to the Wikipedia article on the subject (yes, there really is one), playing Bisguier gives you a Morphy number of 4, thanks to our buddy James Mortimer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morphy... http://chesscafe.com/the-skittles-r... .
Nov-25-14
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  Phony Benoni: Coming soon to a database near you from Bisguier - Kenneth Ray Smith, US Open, St. Louis, 1960:


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<20.?>

Yes, 20.Ra1 (and no doubt other moves) win as well, but it only delays the amusing clincher.

Dec-04-14
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  zanzibar: <Oy vey ist mir>, all of Bisguier's 1954 Hollywood games are tagged as Blindfold.

No, they all were from <2nd Pan-American Open, Hollywood (1954)>, and were classic games.

Wow, even ChessTempo seems to make this same mistake.

Jun-16-15  dumbgai: Is Bisguier the lowest rated GM? He's 2170 FIDE now (2200 USCF with rating floor). I imagine that a lot of GMs would be rated similarly if they actively played into their 80s like Bisguier is still doing.
Aug-10-16
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  zanzibar: http://www.intelius.com/people/Arth...

He was manager at Burlington Coat Factory.

I never knew that!

Oct-08-16  Ironmanth: Many happy returns of the day, Arthur! Treasure our meetings at the World Opens in the early 2000s. Live long and prosper, Grandmaster.
Dec-18-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: The U in his surname serves a dramatic linguistic purpose, it prevents yahoos from pronouncing the central G as a J. The French do this in names such as GELFAND, which they spell as GUELFAND so that parvenus and malcontents won't accidentally say his name as JELFAND.

Evidently Bisguier's ancestors came from a town called BIZGI somewhere in Eastern Europe and had the surname BIZGIER to show their origins. Then I reckon they moved to France and were disconcerted that some French nitwits and lunatics said their name as BIZJI. So some wise old ancestor changed the name to include that all-important U, so that the name retained its town-of-origin etymology.

Jan-30-17
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  offramp: <offramp: ...Evidently Bisguier's ancestors came from a town called BIZGI somewhere in Eastern Europe and had the surname BIZGIER to show their origins. ...>

Once again Offramp was proved mostly right. Bisguier's ancestors came from Turkey.

There is a small village called Bizgi in the Erzincan region of that enigmatic country. https://www.worldweatheronline.com/...

They were better off out of it.

Jan-30-17  Retireborn: I have been saying Jelfand for years! Had no idea it was wrong :)
Jan-30-17
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  perfidious: <Retireborn>, I actually know someone whose surname is Gelfand, a Belarusian émigré, which would have saved me even if I had not known better--those Eastern European names can be tough, though.

Without having met Bisguier very early on in my career, I might have butchered his name as well. He was always one of the good guys.

Jan-30-17  Retireborn: <perfidious> I suppose Geller isn't pronounced Jeller either? Jolly embarrassing for me.

I used to have a Polish boss called Jan. Had no idea it was pronounced Yan, so I called him Jan. No wonder he gave me a few funny looks.

Jan-30-17
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  keypusher: <offramp: The U in his surname serves a dramatic linguistic purpose, it prevents yahoos from pronouncing the central G as a J. The French do this in names such as GELFAND, which they spell as GUELFAND so that parvenus and malcontents won't accidentally say his name as JELFAND.>

In the United States Art would have a better chance of having his name pronounced correctly if it was spelled BISGUIRE.

Jan-30-17
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  offramp: <Retireborn: I have been saying Jelfand for years! Had no idea it was wrong :)>

Yes, you would do. That is normal for English-speakers. Almost always a G in front of an I or an E is pronounced like a J except for really old German/Saxon words like GET and FINGER. So you did the natural thing. And that's why the French sometimes alter the name. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris...

Jan-30-17
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  offramp: Another example is the site of Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship (1978), Baguio, pronounced Baggy-o. If there were no U, people might say BAJIO.
Jan-30-17
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  perfidious: Try this one for size: the late Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky, pronounced vore-YET-ski.
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