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Anthony Santasiere
Number of games in database: 329
Years covered: 1922 to 1969
Overall record: +160 -84 =85 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (26) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D00 D02 A45 D04 A46
 King's Gambit Accepted (14) 
    C35 C36 C34 C38
 English, 1 c4 e5 (12) 
    A22 A21 A20 A27 A28
 King's Gambit Declined (11) 
    C32 C30
 English (10) 
    A12 A15 A17 A16 A10
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (29) 
    D95 D96 D81 D75 D85
 Caro-Kann (26) 
    B14 B18 B12 B13 B10
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E43 E33 E22 E44 E21
 Sicilian (13) 
    B29 B84 B74 B58 B72
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C86 C62 C99 C74 C91
 Alekhine's Defense (8) 
    B03 B05 B02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Santasiere vs E B Adams, 1926 1-0
   Santasiere vs B Blumin, 1939 1-0
   Larry Evans vs Santasiere, 1946 0-1
   Santasiere vs S E Almgren, 1942 1-0
   Santasiere vs F Reinfeld, 1937 1-0
   Santasiere vs R Draxl, 1960 1-0
   Santasiere vs R Byrne, 1946 1-0
   R Smirka vs Santasiere, 1924 0-1
   Santasiere vs Fischer, 1957 1-0
   Santasiere vs Marshall, 1931 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   55th US Open (1954)
   50th US Open (1949)
   57th US Open (1956)
   58th US Open (1957)
   47th US Open (1946)
   49th US Open (1948)
   Syracuse (1934)
   56th US Open (1955)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Santasiere's Follies by Resignation Trap
   6th USA Championship Tournament, New York 1946 by Resignation Trap
   US Open 1945, Peoria by Phony Benoni
   1946 US Open, Pittsburgh, PA by RonB52734
   US Open 1935, Milwaukee = 36th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni
   Good Santasiere games by Paul Frigge
   US Open 1939, New York = 40th ACF Congress by Phony Benoni

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(born Dec-09-1904, died Jan-13-1977, 72 years old) United States of America

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Anthony Edward Santasiere was born in New York City. He was US Open Champion in 1945 and was three times New York State Champion. He contested two games in the 1945 US versus USSR radio match on 10th board against David Bronstein but lost both games.

He is well remembered for the Opening Santasiere's Folly 1.Nf3 and 2.b4, first essayed when Anthony accidentally touched his b-pawn instead of the intended c-pawn.

Wikipedia article: Anthony Santasiere

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 329  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Santasiere vs E Michelsen  1-066 1922 New York Metropolitan ttD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. M Levine vs Santasiere  0-121 1922 New York Metropolitan ttB12 Caro-Kann Defense
3. Capablanca vs Santasiere 1-033 1922 New York (USA)A33 English, Symmetrical
4. J S Morrison vs Santasiere  1-058 1923 9th American Chess CongressB15 Caro-Kann
5. Santasiere vs Kupchik 0-182 1923 9th American Chess CongressC41 Philidor Defense
6. Santasiere vs R T Black  0-150 1923 9th American Chess CongressA45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Santasiere vs O Tenner  0-130 1923 9th American Chess CongressA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Santasiere vs M A Schapiro  0-140 1923 9th American Chess CongressC66 Ruy Lopez
9. Santasiere vs O Chajes  0-138 1923 9th American Chess CongressA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Ed. Lasker vs Santasiere  ½-½50 1923 9th American Chess CongressC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
11. Marshall vs Santasiere  ½-½23 1923 9th American Chess CongressD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
12. Carlos Torre vs Santasiere 1-049 1924 New York Dimock theme, USAC24 Bishop's Opening
13. R Smirka vs Santasiere 0-143 1924 Dimock Theme Tournament, 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4C24 Bishop's Opening
14. Santasiere vs Carlos Torre  ½-½48 1924 Dimock ThemeC24 Bishop's Opening
15. Santasiere vs Marshall  0-157 1924 Dimock themeC55 Two Knights Defense
16. Santasiere vs E Tholfsen 0-146 1924 Dimock Theme 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4C56 Two Knights
17. Santasiere vs Pinkus  0-124 1925 Dimock Theme TournamentC54 Giuoco Piano
18. Santasiere vs H Kabatsky  ½-½46 1925 New York Intercollegiate ChampA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Kupchik vs Santasiere 0-142 1926 Metropolitan Chess LeagueB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Santasiere vs Marshall ½-½23 1926 Dimock themeC52 Evans Gambit
21. Santasiere vs E B Adams 1-019 1926 ?D00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Pinkus vs Santasiere 1-030 1926 Dimock themeB20 Sicilian
23. Santasiere vs Kupchik  ½-½44 1928 Metropolitan Chess LeagueD00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. F Reinfeld vs Santasiere  1-030 1930 Marshall CC ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. I A Horowitz vs Santasiere 0-157 1931 New YorkB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 329  PGN Download
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Dec-25-10  YoungEd: Clever choice for Christmas' POTD! :)
Dec-25-10  Monoceros: <TheFocus: Santasiere did not invent this opening called Santasiere's Folly.>

Ruy Lopez de Segura didn't invent the Ruy Lopez. Horatio Caro didn't invent the Caro-Kann. Henry Bird didn't invent Bird's Opening. And so on. What's your point?

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  Caissanist: Calling it Santasiere's Folly probably make more sense than "Reti Opening" or "Polish Opening, Zukertort System". That's how chessgames generally classifies those game, though there don't seem to be any games where either Reti or Zukertort using that system.
Mar-23-11  TheFocus: Absolutely one of the worst annotators of all time.

Garbage annotations in one game and good ones in the next one.

The man was certainly in love with the sound of his words.

And such awful poetry.

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  Caissanist: Edward Winter has a good photo of Santasiere, and adds some of his patented over-the-top outrage:
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  Penguincw: Happy 107th birthday to Player of the Day.
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  SteinitzLives: I heard he had a love affair with Chigorin, even wrote about it. Back in my day such was frowned upon. Shameless!
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  keypusher: <SteinitzLives: I heard he had a love affair with Chigorin, even wrote about it. Back in my day such was frowned upon. Shameless!>

Necrophilia is unfashionable even today.

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  Caissanist: Santasiere's love affair with Chigorin was of course purely figurative, but he really was the first American master to live a more-or-less openly gay lifestyle, after he retired to Florida. This is the subject of a funny and touching chapter in Arnold Denker's <The Bobby Fischer I Knew and Other Stories>.
Dec-09-11  TheFocus: The worse thing about later years of American Chess Bulletin was the awful annotations and horrible poetry of Santasiere!
Dec-25-12  Kikoman: Rest In Peace Anthony Santasiere.
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  Phony Benoni: I recommend the following game for lovers of the ironic:

Santasiere vs R Welch, 1943

Welch later went on to form the John Birch Society.

May-05-13  HeMateMe: I loved her in <Kansas City Bomber>.
Aug-19-13  jerseybob: Phony Benoni: What exactly is "ironic" about Robert Welch playing chess? Players come in all shapes, sizes, and hues. And speaking of hues(to piggyback on cassianist), back in the late 90's one night I encountered, at the Manhattan CC, (then on 46th Street), two young Santasiere admirers handing out a demo of a new magazine devoted to gay chess players. The star of said mag, which had a pink cover, was A.E.S., and all the games featured b4 on either the first or second move. True story.
Aug-19-13  HeMateMe: Is this Raquel playing chess?


It looks phony. The board is set up wrong, she isn't facing the pieces, and black's King is nowhere near his pawns.

Nonetheless, we DO want Raquel facing the camera, don't we?

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  Phony Benoni: Wait a minute. A picture of Raquel Welch and you're studying the chess board?

Hopeless case, hopeless case.

But of course it's a staged photo. Quite possibly the majority of photos with actual chess players are staged.

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  Phony Benoni: <jerseybob> Perhaps "ironic" was not a good word. It just struck me as a unusual pairing between two players with diametircially opposed personal and political views.

ANd perhaps says something good about chess.

Aug-19-13  TheFocus: Wait... there was a chessboard in that Raquel Welch photo?
Aug-19-13  HeMateMe: The important thing is that EVERYTHING in the Raquel photo^^ is real, except the chess position. One can't have everything...
Aug-20-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Wow, she ain't no dumb blond after all !! :-)))
Aug-20-13  HeMateMe: Moving along to our next thread, Raquel gets patriotic:


This is a girl you can take home, to meet Mom.

Aug-20-13  JoergWalter: <Phony Benoni: Wait a minute. A picture of Raquel Welch and you're studying the chess board? Hopeless case, hopeless case.

But of course it's a staged photo. Quite possibly the majority of photos with actual chess players are staged.>

actual chess player? the guy looks like tom jones.(the young one!)

Aug-21-13  jerseybob: JoergWalter: Of course it's Tom Jones. God, I feel old having to point that out!
Mar-10-14  iscu two: Boo... what's that pawn doing still on b2 in his profile pic???
Jan-09-15  jerseybob: iscu two: Yes, that's funny! Obviously a body switch; that's NOT A.E.S.
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