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Anthony Santasiere
Number of games in database: 347
Years covered: 1922 to 1969
Overall record: +167 -88 =91 (61.4%)*
   * 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:
 Reti System (28) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D00 D02 A45 D04 A46
 King's Gambit Accepted (15) 
    C34 C35 C36 C38
 English, 1 c4 e5 (13) 
    A22 A21 A20 A27 A28
 King's Gambit Declined (11) 
    C32 C30
 Sicilian (11) 
    B56 B23 B70 B64 B32
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (31) 
    D95 D75 D81 D96 D85
 Caro-Kann (26) 
    B14 B18 B12 B13 B10
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E33 E43 E22 E44 E26
 Sicilian (14) 
    B29 B74 B84 B20 B58
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C86 C99 C62 C74 C91
 Alekhine's Defense (9) 
    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
   Santasiere vs S E Almgren, 1942 1-0
   Larry Evans vs Santasiere, 1946 0-1
   Santasiere vs F Reinfeld, 1937 1-0
   Santasiere vs R Draxl, 1960 1-0
   Santasiere vs Robert E Byrne, 1946 1-0
   Santasiere vs Marshall, 1931 1-0
   R Smirka vs Santasiere, 1924 0-1
   Santasiere vs Fischer, 1957 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   55th US Open (1954)
   50th US Open (1949)
   58th US Open (1957)
   57th US Open (1956)
   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

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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 347  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. M Diamond vs Santasiere  0-131 1922 Metropolitan Chess League tB20 Sicilian
4. Capablanca vs Santasiere 1-033 1922 Simul, 25bA33 English, Symmetrical
5. Marshall vs Santasiere  ½-½23 1923 9th American Chess CongressD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
6. Santasiere vs O Tenner  0-130 1923 9th American Chess CongressA45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Santasiere vs M A Schapiro  0-140 1923 9th American Chess CongressC66 Ruy Lopez
8. Santasiere vs O Chajes  0-138 1923 9th American Chess CongressA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Ed. Lasker vs Santasiere  ½-½50 1923 9th American Chess CongressC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
10. J S Morrison vs Santasiere  1-058 1923 9th American Chess CongressB15 Caro-Kann
11. Santasiere vs Kupchik 0-182 1923 9th American Chess CongressC41 Philidor Defense
12. Santasiere vs R T Black  0-150 1923 9th American Chess CongressA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Santasiere vs E Tholfsen 0-146 1924 Dimock Theme 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4C56 Two Knights
14. Santasiere vs Carlos Torre  ½-½48 1924 Dimock ThemeC24 Bishop's Opening
15. Carlos Torre vs Santasiere 1-049 1924 New York Dimock theme, USAC24 Bishop's Opening
16. Santasiere vs Marshall  0-157 1924 Dimock themeC55 Two Knights Defense
17. R Smirka vs Santasiere 0-143 1924 Dimock Theme Tournament, 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4C24 Bishop's Opening
18. Santasiere vs Pinkus  0-124 1925 Dimock Theme TournamentC54 Giuoco Piano
19. Santasiere vs H Kabatsky  ½-½46 1925 New York Intercollegiate ChampA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Santasiere vs E B Adams  1-015 1926 Metropolitan League matchD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Santasiere vs E B Adams 1-019 1926 ?D00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Santasiere vs Marshall ½-½23 1926 Dimock themeC52 Evans Gambit
23. Pinkus vs Santasiere 1-030 1926 Dimock themeB20 Sicilian
24. Kupchik vs Santasiere 0-142 1926 Metropolitan Chess LeagueB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. Santasiere vs Kupchik  ½-½44 1928 Metropolitan Chess LeagueD00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 347  PGN Download
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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>.
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  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.

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  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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  WannaBe: Once when Blackburne was giving a simultaneous exhibition, his opponent had ordered and just been served a glass of whisky. Instead of making his move, Blackburne drank the whiskey and went on to the next board. How I would have loved to have known him personally! - Tony Santasiere

(Follow up on the quote on Blackburne page.)

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  wordfunph: from Anthony Santasiere's Essay on Chess..

<In the U.S. Open (Rochester, Minn., 1957) the excellent playing room was in the I.B.M. establishment; but for the players there was one difficulty - the men's room was a very long distance from the playing area; and with all the clocks ticking, I saw a many player (including myself) in a trot between first base and home plate; but first prize in this race went without a doubt to the Spanish champion - a charming gentleman by the name of Bilbe - who exploded in a fifty yard dash, and ran the distance both ways like a thoroughbred horse - is chess worth it?>


Aug-28-15  epistle: Kay Lotis na lang kayo magpa-greet. Napaka-showbiz nyo a. Gusto nyo pang magkalat ng kabaduyan sa Sinquefeld. Gusto nyong lalong maging katatawanan dun ang idol nyo. Hawahan nyo pa ng kakengkoyan ng kokote nyo. Anong dating sa inyo, por example, kung si Magnus biglang mag-greet ng mga Norwegians? Sus ginoo. Ano akala nyo sa confessional na yun, radio booth sa DZRH?
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  wordfunph: from Anthony Santasiere's Essay on Chess..

<Two young friends of mine (chess lovers) recently married. Settled down to their housekeeping, they always had two games in progress at the same time - one, real slow, deep, would take days to finish; the other, a very fast one after dinner, so that the loser would have to wash the dishes. But sometimes this game ended in stalemate (they had an allergy for stalemates), so the dirty dishes suffered neglect from day to day.>


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  keypusher: <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.>

Thanks, I had no idea. Welch wasn't terrible.

John Birch is himself portrayed in Langdon Gilkey's remarkable <Shantung Compound>, as is (much more favorably) Eric Liddell, the Scotsman who wouldn't run on Sunday in <Chariots of Fire>. Liddell seems to have been one of the rare types who was better looking than the man who played him in the movie.

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  offramp: As I get older I start to think that there is no such thing as a bad opening move.
Aug-28-15  diceman: <offramp: As I get older I start to think that there is no such thing as a bad opening move.>


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