|New York 1948/49|
In the winter of 1948, when it came to the attention of the Manhattan Chess Club that four top chess masters would be spending December in New York, a tournament was put together on short notice. The four masters in question were former world champion Max Euwe, American chess master Reuben Fine, Argentinian master Miguel Najdorf, and Swedish champion Gideon Stahlberg. Manhattan Chess Club vice-president Sidney F. Kenton organized the event, and raised $5800 in prize money to lure the players. Ståhlberg was not staying in New York long enough to participate, so he declined. His invitation went next to Samuel Reshevsky, who also declined. Argentinian chess master Herman Pilnik found out about the tournament from Najdorf and offered to fill the empty seat if he were extended an invitation. It was granted and the remaining seats went to American players: Arthur Bisguier, Arnold Denker, Israel Horowitz, Isaac Kashdan, George Kramer, and Herman Steiner. Each player received $250 for attending. The tournament was played from December 23rd, 1948 to January 2nd, 1949, allowing only two rest days, neither of which were holidays. The time control for the event was 40 moves in two hours followed by 20 moves every hour afterwards. Fine won first prize of $1000 for his amazing 8/9 finish, which by Chessmetrics' reckoning was the highest performance rating of his career. Fine defeated the tournament leader Najdorf in their round seven game, relegating him to the second prize of $750. Pilnik and Euwe split the third and fourth prizes, receiving $375 each. Although Fine had declined to participate in the world championship tournament earlier in the year, and would retire from chess in a few more years, he showed in this tournament that he was still one of the world's top players, and one of the best talents America had ever produced.
The final standings and crosstable:
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1 Fine * 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 8
2 Najdorf 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 6½
=3 Euwe 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 5
=3 Pilnik ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 5
=5 Horowitz 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 1 1 4½
=5 Kramer 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1 1 1 1 4½
=7 Bisguier ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 4
=7 Kashdan 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ * 1 1 4
9 Denker 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * ½ 2
10 Steiner 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1½
| page 2 of 2; games 26-45 of 45
|26. I A Horowitz vs Pilnik
|| ||½-½||65||1948||New York 1948/49||D74 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O|
|27. G Kramer vs Fine
||0-1||29||1948||New York 1948/49||A09 Reti Opening|
|28. Denker vs Bisguier
||½-½||48||1948||New York 1948/49||D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation|
|29. Najdorf vs Kashdan
|| ||1-0||35||1948||New York 1948/49||D74 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O|
|30. H Steiner vs Euwe
||½-½||50||1948||New York 1948/49||D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation|
|31. Kashdan vs I A Horowitz
|| ||1-0||31||1948||New York 1948/49||E10 Queen's Pawn Game|
|32. Bisguier vs H Steiner
|| ||1-0||41||1948||New York 1948/49||C77 Ruy Lopez|
|33. Pilnik vs Denker
||½-½||50||1948||New York 1948/49||B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation|
|34. Euwe vs G Kramer
|| ||1-0||41||1948||New York 1948/49||D28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical|
|35. Fine vs Najdorf
||1-0||44||1948||New York 1948/49||B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation|
|36. Najdorf vs Euwe
|| ||½-½||26||1949||New York 1948/49||D06 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|37. H Steiner vs Pilnik
|| ||½-½||55||1949||New York 1948/49||C55 Two Knights Defense|
|38. Kashdan vs Fine
||0-1||40||1949||New York 1948/49||D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted|
|39. G Kramer vs Bisguier
|| ||1-0||51||1949||New York 1948/49||D31 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|40. I A Horowitz vs Denker
||1-0||40||1949||New York 1948/49||B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation|
|41. Pilnik vs G Kramer
|| ||1-0||46||1949||New York 1948/49||A27 English, Three Knights System|
|42. Denker vs H Steiner
|| ||½-½||41||1949||New York 1948/49||E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical|
|43. Bisguier vs Najdorf
|| ||½-½||36||1949||New York 1948/49||B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|44. Euwe vs Kashdan
||½-½||43||1949||New York 1948/49||E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation|
|45. Fine vs I A Horowitz
||1-0||29||1949||New York 1948/49||D30 Queen's Gambit Declined|
| page 2 of 2; games 26-45 of 45
|Jan-23-21|| ||FSR: Kramer is the last survivor of this tournament.|
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