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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
New York 1948/49 Tournament

Reuben Fine8/9(+7 -0 =2)[games]
Miguel Najdorf6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Max Euwe5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Herman Pilnik5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Israel Albert Horowitz4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
George Kramer4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Arthur Bisguier4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Isaac Kashdan4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Arnold Denker2/9(+0 -5 =4)[games]
Herman Steiner1.5/9(+0 -6 =3)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
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:

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

*This collection would not have been possible without the efforts of this website: http://www.rookhouse.com/events/ny1...

 page 2 of 2; games 26-45 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. I A Horowitz vs Pilnik  ½-½651948New York 1948/49D74 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O
27. G Kramer vs Fine 0-1291948New York 1948/49A09 Reti Opening
28. Denker vs Bisguier ½-½481948New York 1948/49D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
29. Najdorf vs Kashdan  1-0351948New York 1948/49D74 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O
30. H Steiner vs Euwe ½-½501948New York 1948/49D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
31. Kashdan vs I A Horowitz  1-0311948New York 1948/49E10 Queen's Pawn Game
32. Bisguier vs H Steiner  1-0411948New York 1948/49C77 Ruy Lopez
33. Pilnik vs Denker ½-½501948New York 1948/49B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
34. Euwe vs G Kramer  1-0411948New York 1948/49D28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
35. Fine vs Najdorf 1-0441948New York 1948/49B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
36. Najdorf vs Euwe  ½-½261949New York 1948/49D06 Queen's Gambit Declined
37. H Steiner vs Pilnik  ½-½551949New York 1948/49C55 Two Knights Defense
38. Kashdan vs Fine 0-1401949New York 1948/49D25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
39. G Kramer vs Bisguier  1-0511949New York 1948/49D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
40. I A Horowitz vs Denker 1-0401949New York 1948/49B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
41. Pilnik vs G Kramer  1-0461949New York 1948/49A27 English, Three Knights System
42. Denker vs H Steiner  ½-½411949New York 1948/49E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
43. Bisguier vs Najdorf  ½-½361949New York 1948/49B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
44. Euwe vs Kashdan ½-½431949New York 1948/49E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
45. Fine vs I A Horowitz 1-0291949New York 1948/49D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 2 of 2; games 26-45 of 45  PGN Download
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  FSR: Kramer is the last survivor of this tournament.

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