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Herbert Seidman
Number of games in database: 174
Years covered: 1939 to 1974

Overall record: +60 -67 =46 (48.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (28) 
    B94 B71 B25 B90 B32
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C86 C78 C80 C77 C64
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
    B94 B90 B97 B98 B93
 French Defense (8) 
    C01 C10 C14
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (8) 
 King's Indian Attack (5) 
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D72 D93 D78 D85 D92
 Sicilian (10) 
    B45 B73 B77 B76 B51
 Alekhine's Defense (7) 
    B02 B04 B03
 King's Indian Attack (7) 
 Queen's Indian (7) 
    E17 E18 E14 E15
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E44 E24 E23 E46 E30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Seidman vs Santasiere, 1939 1-0
   Seidman vs Fischer, 1957 1/2-1/2
   Seidman vs A Mengarini, 1951 1-0
   C Pilnick vs Seidman, 1954 0-1
   Seidman vs Reshevsky, 1960 1/2-1/2
   Berliner vs Seidman, 1957 1/2-1/2
   Seidman vs W Shipman, 1946 1-0
   Berliner vs Seidman, 1954 0-1
   Seidman vs G Kramer, 1946 1-0
   Seidman vs Bisguier, 1957 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   47th US Open (1946)
   US Championship 1961/62 (1961)
   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 Phony Benoni

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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 174  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Seidman vs Santasiere 1-0241939New YorkB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
2. S Bernstein vs Seidman  ½-½441939Marshall CC ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Yanofsky vs Seidman  0-145193940th ACF Congress. Prelim 2B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. Seidman vs Fine  ½-½151939ACF Congress (Prelim 2)A34 English, Symmetrical
5. Seidman vs Fine 0-1371939North American champD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
6. Seidman vs G Hellman 0-1231939ACF CongressD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. Seidman vs Reshevsky  0-1321939New York ch-ACFA03 Bird's Opening
8. Seidman vs S Bernstein  0-1321940Ventnor CityB58 Sicilian
9. Reshevsky vs Seidman  ½-½651940USA-chE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
10. Seidman vs W Adams  1-0351940USA ChC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
11. Kashdan vs Seidman  1-0241940USA ChD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
12. Seidman vs Pinkus 0-1431940USA-chC53 Giuoco Piano
13. F Reinfeld vs Seidman  ½-½291940USA ChC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. Seidman vs Kupchik  0-1241940USA ChB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
15. Fine vs Seidman  1-0371940USA-chE17 Queen's Indian
16. Seidman vs A Simonson  0-1361940USA ChC41 Philidor Defense
17. P Woliston vs Seidman  0-1391940USA ChB72 Sicilian, Dragon
18. Seidman vs M Green  ½-½281940USA ChE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. Denker vs Seidman  1-0261940USA ChE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
20. Seidman vs S Bernstein  1-0381940USA ChB58 Sicilian
21. Shainswit vs Seidman  ½-½271940USA ChE17 Queen's Indian
22. Seidman vs G Littman 1-0461940USA ChC14 French, Classical
23. M L Hanauer vs Seidman  ½-½371940USA ChE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
24. Seidman vs D S Polland  ½-½201940USA ChC78 Ruy Lopez
25. F Reinfeld vs Seidman 0-1351941Marshall CC ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: No kibitzing here?1 Mr.Seidman deserves better.

Happy Birthday Master Seidman!

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  DarthStapler: Darkseidman
Aug-21-13  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.

Oct-17-13  Abdel Irada: I note with approval that Seidman was a fellow appreciator of both the Grunfeld and the Alekhine. :-)

Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: Herbert Seidman.
Oct-17-14  belgradegambit: Wife and I were just looking at an old videotape of our wedding and I had forgotten Herb was there. RIP Herb Seidman.
Oct-17-17  belgradegambit: RIP Herb. You are missed.
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