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Herbert Seidman
Number of games in database: 173
Years covered: 1939 to 1974
Overall record: +59 -67 =46 (47.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B94 B58 B90 B32 B25
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C86 C78 C80 C77 C64
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
    B94 B90 B97 B92 B98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
 French Defense (8) 
    C01 C10 C14
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E33 E46 E40
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D85 D78 D93 D72 D86
 Sicilian (10) 
    B45 B51 B73 B72 B24
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E17 E18 E15 E14
 Alekhine's Defense (7) 
    B02 B04 B03
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E44 E47 E30 E24 E46
 King's Indian Attack (6) 
    A07 A08
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Seidman vs Santasiere, 1939 1-0
   C Pilnick vs Seidman, 1954 0-1
   Seidman vs Fischer, 1957 1/2-1/2
   Seidman vs W Shipman, 1946 1-0
   Berliner vs Seidman, 1957 1/2-1/2
   Berliner vs Seidman, 1954 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   47th US Open (1946)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1954 US Championship by crawfb5
   1951 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Championship 1959/60 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship (1961/62) by zanzibar

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(born Oct-17-1920, died Aug-30-1995, 74 years old) United States of America

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Born in New York, New York State, USA and once rated in the top 10 US players, Herbert Seidman was a U.S. Senior Master of chess. He played several times in the U.S. Chess Championship.

Seidman participated in the historic USA vs USSR radio chess match in early September 1945. The 10 leading masters of the United States played the 10 leading master of the USSR. Playing on Board 8, Seidman lost both games to Viacheslav Ragozin. Details of this event can be found at

He won the New York State Championship in 1961 (jointly with Benko) and in 1971.

Wikipedia article: Herbert Seidman

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 173  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Bernstein vs Seidman  ½-½44 1939 Marshall CC ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Seidman vs Fine 0-137 1939 North American champD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
3. Seidman vs Fine  ½-½15 1939 ACF Congress (Prelim 2)A34 English, Symmetrical
4. Seidman vs Santasiere 1-024 1939 New YorkB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
5. Seidman vs G Hellman 0-123 1939 ACF CongressD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
6. Seidman vs Reshevsky  0-132 1939 New York ch-ACFA03 Bird's Opening
7. Seidman vs G Littman 1-046 1940 USA ChC14 French, Classical
8. Seidman vs A Simonson  0-136 1940 USA ChC41 Philidor Defense
9. Seidman vs M Green  ½-½28 1940 USA ChE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. Kashdan vs Seidman  1-024 1940 USA ChD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
11. Shainswit vs Seidman  ½-½27 1940 USA ChE17 Queen's Indian
12. Reshevsky vs Seidman  ½-½65 1940 USA-chE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
13. Seidman vs Kupchik  0-124 1940 USA ChB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
14. F Reinfeld vs Seidman  ½-½29 1940 USA ChC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Seidman vs S Bernstein  0-132 1940 Ventnor CityB58 Sicilian
16. Seidman vs Pinkus 0-143 1940 USA-chC53 Giuoco Piano
17. Seidman vs S Bernstein  1-038 1940 USA ChB58 Sicilian
18. Seidman vs W Adams  1-035 1940 USA ChC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
19. Seidman vs D Polland  ½-½20 1940 USA ChC78 Ruy Lopez
20. Denker vs Seidman  1-026 1940 USA ChE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
21. M L Hanauer vs Seidman  ½-½37 1940 USA ChE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
22. P Woliston vs Seidman  0-139 1940 USA ChB72 Sicilian, Dragon
23. Fine vs Seidman  1-037 1940 New York USA ch, USAE17 Queen's Indian
24. Santasiere vs Seidman 1-039 1941 Hamilton New YorkA04 Reti Opening
25. F Reinfeld vs Seidman  0-135 1941 Marshall CC ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-17-08  brankat: No kibitzing here?1 Mr.Seidman deserves better.

Happy Birthday Master Seidman!

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  DarthStapler: Darkseidman
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  belgradegambit: Herb lived in Brookyln near our family and his wife Phoebe was a close friend of my mom. He had impressive billowing curly grey hair. He worked for the American Cancer Society as a statistician. He very much disliked Fischer bacause of Fischer's anti-semitic rants. Unfortunately I never got a chance to play him.
Oct-17-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Rest In Peace Sir Herbert Seidman.

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  Abdel Irada: I note with approval that Seidman was a fellow appreciator of both the Grunfeld and the Alekhine. :-)

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: Herbert Seidman.
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  belgradegambit: Wife and I were just looking at an old videotape of our wedding and I had forgotten Herb was there. RIP Herb Seidman.
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