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I A Horowitz 
Israel Albert Horowitz
Number of games in database: 267
Years covered: 1928 to 1972
Overall record: +105 -71 =88 (56.4%)*
   * 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:
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C83 C77 C86 C82 C98
 Sicilian (23) 
    B72 B74 B58 B91 B22
 Queen's Indian (9) 
    E17 E16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
    C86 C98 C99 C97 C91
 Ruy Lopez, Open (8) 
    C83 C82
 Sicilian Dragon (6) 
    B72 B74 B73
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (14) 
    D63 D51 D52 D62 D64
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C77 C86 C88 C83 C91
 Queen's Pawn Game (12) 
    D02 D04 D00 A50 E10
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D45 D49 D43 D46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D30 D37 D35 D36
 King's Indian (7) 
    E94 E72 E69 E70 E80
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   I A Horowitz vs NN, 1940 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs M Pavey, 1951 1/2-1/2
   I A Horowitz vs Plankart, 1958 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs Flohr, 1945 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs NN, 1939 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs I Gudju, 1931 1-0
   Ed. Lasker vs I A Horowitz, 1946 0-1
   I A Horowitz vs C W Hrissikopoulos, 1941 1-0
   Reshevsky vs I A Horowitz, 1955 0-1
   I A Horowitz vs Chernev, 1944 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   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 US Championship by crawfb5
   1951 Wertheim Memorial by crawfb5
   1945 Hollywood by crawfb5
   New York 1948/49 by suenteus po 147
   1944 US championship by crawfb5
   US Open 1943, Syracuse by Phony Benoni
   Minature by PachelbelMelody
   US Open 1936, Philadelphia = 37th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   PachelbelMelody's Caro-Kann ideas by PachelbelMelody

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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 11; games 1-25 of 267  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Factor vs I A Horowitz 1-026 1928 Bradley Beach (USA)A50 Queen's Pawn Game
2. I A Horowitz vs O Tenner  ½-½64 1928 Bradley BeachA09 Reti Opening
3. I A Horowitz vs Kupchik  1-031 1928 2nd National Chess Federation-chB57 Sicilian
4. Capablanca vs I A Horowitz 1-059 1931 New YorkA12 English with b3
5. I A Horowitz vs Marshall 1-050 1931 Masters TournamentA09 Reti Opening
6. I A Horowitz vs B Kostic  ½-½28 1931 Prague ol (Men)A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
7. I A Horowitz vs Kevitz 1-022 1931 New YorkA15 English
8. I A Horowitz vs N Lie  1-029 1931 Prague ol (Men)A35 English, Symmetrical
9. I A Horowitz vs Santasiere 0-157 1931 New YorkB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. Kashdan vs I A Horowitz 1-058 1931 New YorkA15 English
11. I A Horowitz vs Kupchik  ½-½31 1931 New York InternationalC11 French
12. I A Horowitz vs Przepiorka 1-060 1931 Prague ol (Men)E17 Queen's Indian
13. I A Horowitz vs V Marin y Llovet  1-032 1931 Prague ol (Men)C11 French
14. I A Horowitz vs I Gudju 1-015 1931 Prague ol (Men)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
15. I A Horowitz vs M Hassialis  1-024 1933 New York (USA)A12 English with b3
16. I A Horowitz vs F Hammond 0-137 1933 Charleston SimulD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. E Schwartz vs I A Horowitz  0-141 1933 New York (USA)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. I A Horowitz vs R Levenstein  ½-½46 1933 New York (USA)A04 Reti Opening
19. C Bourbeau vs I A Horowitz  0-134 1933 Metropolitan Chess LeagueA52 Budapest Gambit
20. I A Horowitz vs N Beckhardt 1-030 1933 New York (USA)C13 French
21. F Reinfeld vs I A Horowitz 0-142 1933 New York (USA)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Dake vs I A Horowitz  ½-½40 1933 MatchD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. I A Horowitz vs R Willman  ½-½37 1933 New York (USA)C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
24. I A Horowitz vs Fine 0-126 1933 ?D28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
25. A Simonson vs I A Horowitz  ½-½53 1933 New York (USA)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Nov-15-10  Diagonale du Fou: I cherish the memory of the hours I spent in the early and mid 70s playing over games from his Treasury of Chess compilation.
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  Pawn and Two: Al Horowitz did especially well in his olympiad appearances. In the 1930's the U.S team won 4 of these events,(1931, 1933, 1935 & 1937). Horowitz played in three of these olympiads.

At the Prague Olympiad in 1931, Horowitz played board 4, and he scored +6 =6 -1 for a 69.2% score. He placed 4th for board 4 results. Kashdan, Marshall & Dake were on the top boards for the U.S. team, with Herman Steiner as reserve.

At the Warsaw Olympiad in 1935, Horowitz was the reserve player, with Fine, Marshall, Kupchik & Dake on boards 1-4.

Horowitz's record was +10 =4 -1, for an 80% score, and first place as reserve player.

Horowitz substituted twice for Fine (+1 =1); seven times for Marshall (+5 =1 -1); five times for Kupchik (+3 =2); and once for Dake (+1).

At the Stockholm Olympiad in 1937, Horowitz was again the reserve player. Reshevsky, Fine, Kashdan, and Marshall were on boards 1-4.

Horowitz's score was +11 =4, for an 86.7% score, and first place as reserve player.

Horowitz substituted twice for Reshevsky (+2); three times for Fine (+1 =2); twice for Kashdan (+2); and eight times for Marshall (+6 =2).

At Dubrovik in 1950, The U.S. team placed 4th. Reshevsky, Steiner, Horowitz, and Shainswit were on boards 1-4. George Kramer and Larry Evans were the two reserves. Evans scored 90% (+8 =2), for a first place reserve finish.

At Dubrovnik, Horowitz scored +2 =5 -1, for a score of 56.3%, and a 5th place finish on board 3.

Horowitz's total for the 4 olympiads was +29 =19 -3, for a winning percentage of 75.5%.

Nov-11-11  squaresquat: "Point Count" Chess is very good.
Current writers eagerly sample the way Horowitz instructed.
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  WannaBe: Happy birthday, Israel!
Nov-15-11  brankat: R.I.P. Mr.Horowitz.
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  talisman: happy birthday and R.I.P. and thanks!
Nov-15-11  HeMateMe: Wasn't there also a Horowitz who wrote books on Bridge tactics? Same guy?
Nov-15-11  nok: Not too shabby at the piano, I heard.
Nov-25-11  squaresquat: The title was "Point Count Chess"
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  Phony Benoni: "Point Count Chess" was co-written by Horowiz and Geoffrey Mott-Smith, the latter being the bridge expert. It advocated assigning points to strategical and tactical features as an aid to evaluation of the position.

The book was really an excellent introduction to strategical play, but the point count apparatus was awkward and the book was not taken seriously as a result.

Dec-04-11  squaresquat: idea of using a point count in chess the way it's used in

a point count in chess the way it's used in bridge. Who came up with that? There's no system that's an automatic Master Maker. That's Watson's point in his books on strategy.Principals don't hold up.You have to see it yourself. Moskalenko shrinks the Horowitz list of about a score plus and minus points to five 'touchstones' which can be plus or minus depending on the position.Is that a better try? For me to get better, I need a way to produce ideas. Comes to that place where you come to a problem you can't solve. There's got to be something better than just throwing a bomb.

Dec-04-11  AnalyzeThis: Play the natural move, Capablanca says.
Dec-05-11  squaresquat: In complicated positions there are no natural moves.
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  wordfunph: <Phony Benoni: The book was really an excellent introduction to strategical play, but the point count apparatus was awkward and the book was not taken seriously as a result.>

i concur..

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  wordfunph: "The penguin is mightier than the swordfish."

- IM Israel Albert Horowitz (when pinning an opponent's piece)

Oct-14-12  Conrad93: A relative of Vladimir Horowitz?
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  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.

Nov-15-12  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.

Nov-15-12  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.

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  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.">

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  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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