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Israel Albert Horowitz
I A Horowitz 
Number of games in database: 293
Years covered: 1928 to 1972

Overall record: +121 -75 =94 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (30) 
    C83 C77 C98 C84 C71
 Sicilian (23) 
    B72 B92 B74 B22 B58
 Queen's Indian (10) 
    E17 E15 E16
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C98 C84 C86 C91 C97
 Ruy Lopez, Open (8) 
    C83 C82
 King's Indian (6) 
    E63 E69 E60 E67 E76
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C77 C83 C86 C88 C63
 Orthodox Defense (14) 
    D51 D63 D52 D64 D62
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D02 D04 D00 E10 A50
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D30 D35 D37 D36
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D45 D43 D49 D46
 King's Indian (8) 
    E94 E72 E70 E69 E80
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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 M Pavey, 1951 1/2-1/2
   I A Horowitz vs NN, 1939 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs Flohr, 1945 1-0
   Ed. Lasker vs I A Horowitz, 1946 0-1
   I A Horowitz vs I Gudju, 1931 1-0
   I A Horowitz vs C W Hrissikopoulos, 1941 1-0
   Reshevsky vs I A Horowitz, 1955 0-1
   J Camarena vs I A Horowitz, 1945 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 US Championship by crawfb5
   New York International,1931 by Phony Benoni
   1951 Wertheim Memorial by crawfb5
   Pan-American Chess Congress, Hollywood,1945 by Phony Benoni
   Horowitz - Kashdan, Play-off by Chessical
   1945 Hollywood by crawfb5
   New York 1948/49 by suenteus po 147
   US Open 1943, Syracuse by Phony Benoni
   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 293  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I A Horowitz vs Kupchik 1-031 1928 2nd National Chess Federation-chB57 Sicilian
2. I A Horowitz vs O Tenner  ½-½64 1928 Bradley BeachA09 Reti Opening
3. Factor vs I A Horowitz 1-026 1928 Bradley Beach (USA)A50 Queen's Pawn Game
4. I A Horowitz vs Przepiorka 1-060 1931 Prague ol (Men)E17 Queen's Indian
5. Capablanca vs I A Horowitz 1-059 1931 New YorkA12 English with b3
6. I A Horowitz vs I S Turover  1-037 1931 New York InternationalD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Ed. Lasker vs I A Horowitz  1-033 1931 New York InternationalD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. M Fox vs I A Horowitz  ½-½18 1931 New York InternationalA33 English, Symmetrical
9. Dake vs I A Horowitz  0-142 1931 New York InternationalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Kashdan vs I A Horowitz 1-058 1931 New YorkA15 English
11. I A Horowitz vs Santasiere 0-157 1931 New YorkB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
12. I A Horowitz vs Kevitz 1-022 1931 New YorkA15 English
13. I A Horowitz vs H Steiner  ½-½28 1931 New York InternationalC71 Ruy Lopez
14. I A Horowitz vs Kupchik  ½-½31 1931 New York InternationalC11 French
15. I A Horowitz vs Marshall 1-050 1931 Masters TournamentA09 Reti Opening
16. I A Horowitz vs I Gudju 1-015 1931 Prague ol (Men)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
17. I A Horowitz vs N Lie  1-029 1931 Prague ol (Men)A35 English, Symmetrical
18. I A Horowitz vs B Kostic  ½-½28 1931 Prague ol (Men)A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
19. I A Horowitz vs V Marin y Llovet  1-032 1931 Prague ol (Men)C11 French
20. Dake vs I A Horowitz  ½-½40 1933 MatchD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. I A Horowitz vs Dake 1-020 1933 MatchE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. C Bourbeau vs I A Horowitz  0-134 1933 Metropolitan Chess LeagueA52 Budapest Gambit
23. E Schwartz vs I A Horowitz  0-141 1933 New York (USA)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. F Reinfeld vs I A Horowitz 0-142 1933 New York (USA)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. I A Horowitz vs N Beckhardt 1-030 1933 New York (USA)C13 French
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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.

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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.

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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.
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  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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  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.
Nov-15-15  thegoodanarchist: <parisattack: Happy Birthday, Al! >

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

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  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).
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  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.
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