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Israel Albert Horowitz
I A Horowitz 
Number of games in database: 297
Years covered: 1928 to 1972

Overall record: +122 -75 =96 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C83 C77 C84 C86 C71
 Sicilian (23) 
    B72 B22 B92 B91 B58
 Queen's Indian (10) 
    E17 E16 E15
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C84 C86 C98 C97 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Open (8) 
    C83 C82
 English (6) 
    A15 A12 A13
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (15) 
    D52 D63 D51 D62 D61
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C77 C83 C86 C69 C67
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 D04 D00 E10
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D45 D49 D44 D46 D43
 Queen's Gambit Declined (8) 
    D30 D35 D37 D36
 King's Indian (8) 
    E94 E72 E80 E69 E70
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I A Horowitz vs NN, 1940 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs Plankart, 1958 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs NN, 1939 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs M Pavey, 1951 1/2-1/2
   Ed. Lasker vs I A Horowitz, 1946 0-1
   I A Horowitz vs I Gudju, 1931 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs Flohr, 1945 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs F Kibbermann, 1935 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs C W Hrissikopoulos, 1941 1-0
   Reshevsky vs I A Horowitz, 1955 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Horowitz - Kashdan Playoff (1938)
   Rosenwald 1955/56 (1955)
   Wertheim Memorial (1951)
   Syracuse (1934)
   US Championship (1936)
   US Championship (1972)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Open 1938, Boston = 39th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   1951 Wertheim Memorial by crawfb5
   1951 US Championship by crawfb5
   New York International,1931 by Phony Benoni
   Pan-American Chess Congress, Hollywood,1945 by Phony Benoni
   Horowitz - Kashdan, Play-off by Chessical
   1945 Hollywood by crawfb5
   US Open 1943, Syracuse by Phony Benoni
   New York 1948/49 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1936, Philadelphia = 37th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni

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(born Nov-15-1907, died Jan-18-1973, 65 years old) United States of America

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Israel Albert (Al) Horowitz was awarded the IM title in 1950 and the IA title in 1951. He was a leading player in the US during the 1930's and was US Open Champion in 1936, 1938 and 1943. In 1941 he lost a hard fought match (+0, =13, -3) with Samuel Reshevsky for the US Closed Championship (1) and he was at his best when he played for the US in the Olympiads in 1931, 1935, 1937 and 1950, scoring (+29, =19, -3). He also authored a number of books (2) and was the editor from 1933 of Chess Review and when it merged with Chess Life, Chess Life and Review - (3) until 1969. Jose Raul Capablanca originally proposed a chess column to the Sunday Times editor Lester Markel in November 1934, and he eventually became their first columnist (GM Robert Eugene Byrne succeeded him at the apex of Fischer's 1972 run to the top) of the late World Champion's proposal (4) for 10 years after 1962.

References: Wikipedia article: Israel Albert Horowitz, (1), (2) Point Count Chess, (3) Chess Life & Review, (4) (the New York Times), (5) (the New York Times).

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 297  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Factor vs I A Horowitz 1-02619282nd NCF CongressA53 Old Indian
2. I A Horowitz vs Kupchik 1-03119282nd NCF CongressB57 Sicilian
3. I A Horowitz vs O Tenner  ½-½6419282nd NCF CongressA09 Reti Opening
4. I A Horowitz vs D MacMurray  1-0101931Simul, 12bC41 Philidor Defense
5. Capablanca vs I A Horowitz 1-0591931New YorkA12 English with b3
6. I A Horowitz vs I S Turover  1-0371931New York InternationalD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Ed. Lasker vs I A Horowitz  1-0331931New York InternationalD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. M Fox vs I A Horowitz  ½-½181931New York InternationalA33 English, Symmetrical
9. Dake vs I A Horowitz  0-1421931New York InternationalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Kashdan vs I A Horowitz 1-0581931New YorkA15 English
11. I A Horowitz vs Santasiere 0-1571931New YorkB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
12. I A Horowitz vs Kevitz 1-0221931New YorkA15 English
13. I A Horowitz vs H Steiner  ½-½281931New York InternationalC71 Ruy Lopez
14. I A Horowitz vs Kupchik  ½-½311931New York InternationalC11 French
15. I A Horowitz vs Marshall 1-0501931Masters TournamentA15 English
16. I A Horowitz vs N Lie  1-0291931Prague ol (Men)A35 English, Symmetrical
17. I A Horowitz vs B Kostic  ½-½281931Prague ol (Men)A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
18. I A Horowitz vs V Marin y Llovet  1-0321931Prague ol (Men)C11 French
19. I A Horowitz vs I Gudju 1-0151931Prague ol (Men)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
20. I A Horowitz vs Przepiorka 1-0601931Prague ol (Men)E17 Queen's Indian
21. I A Horowitz vs Dake 1-0201933MatchE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. Dake vs I A Horowitz  ½-½401933MatchD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. C Bourbeau vs I A Horowitz  0-1341933Metropolitan Chess LeagueA52 Budapest Gambit
24. E Schwartz vs I A Horowitz  0-1411933New York (USA)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. F Reinfeld vs I A Horowitz 0-1421933New York (USA)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Nov-15-12  parisattack: Happy Birthday, Al!

Thanks for the wonderful memories I have of your great chess magazine, Chess Review. The hours I spent with each issue were pure joy to this (then) young fellow. I still pull a volume now-and-then, take a walk down Memory Lane.

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  TheFocus: <parisattack> YOU were young once?

I believe it though. I still run into Korean Mama-sans that talk fondly of the youthful Paris that stole so many hearts of the ladies of Waikiki and Kalakaua Avenue.

I can't even begin to fill your shoes.

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  TheFocus: My last post was number 6464.

Very chessy.

If I was giving a simultaneous exhibition that would be 101 boards with 808 White Pawns. And my area code is 808.

That's it. I'm done for the day. It's Beer-thirty o'clock here anyway.

Cheers! Hang on hang-over! I'm on my way. Don't drink without me.

Nov-16-12  parisattack: <TheFocus: <parisattack> YOU were young once? I believe it though. I still run into Korean Mama-sans that talk fondly of the youthful Paris that stole so many hearts of the ladies of Waikiki and Kalakaua Avenue.

I can't even begin to fill your shoes.>

LOL! Yessir, those were the days... Butterfly, Broadway, Green Castle, Misty II. Of course the lust of my life, Angie the Lotion Lady. Speak, memory!

Good thing you don't play Go - the magic number would be 361361.

Apr-18-13  SeanAzarin: I still have several excellent chess books by I. A. Horowitz. Incredibly instructional.
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  PhilFeeley: I first learned chess seriously from his "Chess Made Simple". Unfortunately, the title is a lie: chess is not simple, as amply illustrated in the book.
Jun-15-13  RookFile: Depends upon what your goals are. If you want to be champ, it's hard. If you want to be an expert, it's doable.
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  Phony Benoni: Al Horowitz, describing the beginning of his 1938 match with Isaac Kashdan ("Chess Review", November 1938, p.256):

<"The peculiar feature of the match to date, (at least to this observer), has been the inability of White to win a single game. In some quarters, this would be accepted as verification of the theory that having White is a disadvantage. Our readers are doubtless familiar with the basic reason underlying this theory--that White having the first move, will probably make the first blunder. We mention this merely in passing.">

Nov-15-14  parisattack: Happy Birthday, Al!

One of my fondest chess memories is the delight in seeing a fresh Chess Review at the local Newsstand. They only received a few copies, I made a point to check for it over the course of a week so as not to miss a single issue. I spent many happy hours reading and studying each Chess Review. Several of your alliterated column titles still stick with me, "Sochi in the Swing." I recall your gentle intrusions to Hans Kmoch's annotations when he was getting get a tad 'rusty.' Of course, you also played some fine chess. Here you are dismantling Flohr's beloved Caro-Kann:

I A Horowitz vs Flohr, 1945

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  TheFocus: <Chess is a great game. No matter how good one is, there is always someone better. No matter how bad one is, there is always somebody worse> - Horowitz, I.A.
May-02-15  Petrosianic: Isn't that true of pretty much any game?
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  offramp: <Petrosianic: Isn't that true of pretty much any game?> What about noughts & crosses?
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  TheFocus: <One bad move nullifies forty good ones> - Israel Horowitz.
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  thegoodanarchist: <parisattack: Happy Birthday, Al! >

He went by "Al"? I just assumed he went by "Izzy".

Nov-15-15  parisattack: Happy Birthday, Big Al!

Fifty years on I still enjoy reading the best chess magazine ever, “Chess Review – The Picture Chess Magazine.”

I don’t know anything I more looked forward to each month as a teen than your fine periodical, especially the instructive ‘Spotlight on Openings’ and Gligoric’s awesome ‘Game of the Month.’ Thank you for bringing so much joy and entertainment to so many of us.

Alas, my moniker, from a Chess Review Spotlight on Openings, may have to go soon but I will always be greatful.

Nov-15-15  Petrosianic: Chess Life was also a pretty good magazine in those days (incredible as that seems now).
Nov-15-15  parisattack: Yes, indeed it was <Petrosianic>. Half the pages, twice (or more) the content. The old CL newspapers were excellent also - although mine are in such poor shape the pages crumble as you read them.
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  TheFocus: You can get those old <Chess Life>, <Chess Review> and <Chess Life & Review> on CD now.
Nov-21-15  Howard: I still have the 1975, 1976, and 1977 issues of Chess Life and Review---and browse through them quite, quite regularly ! Those were the golden years for that magazine.
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Israel Albert Horowitz!!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Israel Horowitz.
Dec-09-17  reztap: Had a simul draw against him in 51or52. He was tall over six feet. A nice guys.
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  GrahamClayton: Nice portrait here:
Nov-15-18  saturn2: mulitalent
good chessplayer
good mathematican
good pianist

like armstrong
good trumpet player
winner of tour de france
first man on the moon

Nov-16-18  Granny O Doul: <like armstrong
good trumpet player
winner of tour de france
first man on the moon>

As for (b), no longer. But you can add "all-American boy" and "religious founder" (and not just ANY religion!).

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