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Third Rosenwald Trophy Tournament

Samuel Reshevsky9/11(+8 -1 =2)[games]
Arthur Bisguier7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Edmar Mednis6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Arthur Feuerstein6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Donald Byrne5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Sidney Norman Bernstein5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Abe Turner5.5/11(+5 -5 =1)[games]
Herbert Seidman4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
Robert James Fischer4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Eliot Hearst4.5/11(+3 -5 =3)[games]
Max Pavey4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
George Shainswit3/11(+1 -6 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956)

This was the third tournament of a series which was made possible through a philanthropic contribution by Lessing Julius Rosenwald.

Rosenwald was Chairman of Sears from 1932-1939 and later became a collector of rare books and art. Rosenwald's father, Julius Rosenwald, was instrumental in the education and chess career of Samuel Reshevsky.

The Rosenwald Trophy tournaments later officially became the U.S. Championship events.

Despite a first-round loss to Donald Byrne, Reshevsky clinched first place with one round to spare.

This tournament was also the first true test of skill for the 13-year old U.S. Junior Champion, Bobby Fischer. In spite of his lukewarm performance, Bobby attracted attention with his famous brilliancy D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956, "The Game of the Century".

The game E Hearst vs Mednis, 1956 witnessed a double forfeit because Hearst's time ran out and Mednis was disqualified for failure to keep up his scoresheet.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Reshevsky * 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 9 2 Bisguier 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 7 3 Feuerstein * 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 6 4 Mednis 0 1 * 1 1 1 0 0 6 5 Bernstein 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 5 6 Byrne 1 1 0 0 * 1 0 0 1 0 1 5 7 Turner 0 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 1 5 8 Fischer 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 4 9 Seidman 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 0 1 4 10 Hearst 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 4 11 Pavey 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 * 4 12 Shainswit 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 * 3

Original collection: Game Collection: Third L. J. Rosenwald Trophy Tournament, 1956, by User: Resignation Trap.

 page 2 of 3; games 26-50 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. M Pavey vs A Turner  0-1411956Third Rosenwald TrophyD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
27. Shainswit vs D Byrne  0-1381956Third Rosenwald TrophyB72 Sicilian, Dragon
28. E Hearst vs Mednis ½-½411956Third Rosenwald TrophyB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
29. Fischer vs Seidman 1-0391956Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
30. S Bernstein vs A Feuerstein  0-1561956Third Rosenwald TrophyB20 Sicilian
31. Reshevsky vs Fischer 1-0311956Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
32. M Pavey vs Shainswit  ½-½251956Third Rosenwald TrophyC11 French
33. D Byrne vs E Hearst  1-0371956Third Rosenwald TrophyA15 English
34. A Turner vs A Feuerstein  1-0251956Third Rosenwald TrophyE92 King's Indian
35. Mednis vs Bisguier  ½-½381956Third Rosenwald TrophyB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
36. Seidman vs S Bernstein 0-1211956Third Rosenwald TrophyB01 Scandinavian
37. Shainswit vs A Turner  ½-½251956Third Rosenwald TrophyD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
38. E Hearst vs M Pavey  0-1561956Third Rosenwald TrophyB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
39. A Feuerstein vs Seidman  1-0721956Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
40. Bisguier vs D Byrne  ½-½391956Third Rosenwald TrophyB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
41. S Bernstein vs Reshevsky  0-1351956Third Rosenwald TrophyB20 Sicilian
42. Fischer vs Mednis ½-½401956Third Rosenwald TrophyB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
43. Reshevsky vs A Feuerstein  ½-½251956Third Rosenwald TrophyA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
44. D Byrne vs Fischer 0-1411956Third Rosenwald TrophyD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
45. Mednis vs S Bernstein  1-0361956Third Rosenwald TrophyA21 English
46. Shainswit vs E Hearst  0-1721956Third Rosenwald TrophyE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
47. A Turner vs Seidman 0-1441956Third Rosenwald TrophyA15 English
48. M Pavey vs Bisguier 0-1291956Third Rosenwald TrophyE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
49. Fischer vs M Pavey ½-½351956Third Rosenwald TrophyB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
50. S Bernstein vs D Byrne  1-0571956Third Rosenwald TrophyB20 Sicilian
 page 2 of 3; games 26-50 of 66  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: From reading "End Game", by Brady, I never realize/knew that the <Game of the Century> was 'merely' a local tournament.
Jun-14-13  PhilFeeley: <WannaBe> Not only that, but one of his only two wins!
Jun-14-13  syracrophy: <PhilFeeley> And it's only this kind of extraordinary events that make this sort of tournaments worth remembering!
Sep-21-14  Mudphudder: Was this tournament played at the Marshall Chess Club, NYC?
Jan-27-15  Susan 707: I love the ending moves
Apr-09-16  Captain Hindsight: <1956: "America Peaked Back Then And We've Been In Decline Ever Since">

Nov-04-19  chessrookstwo: Was a classic game, booby style 👍
Nov-04-19  ughaibu: <Was a classic game, booby style>

As far as your one-liners go, this is easily the best, but which game are you referring to?

Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <WannaBe: From reading "End Game", by Brady, I never realize/knew that the <Game of the Century> was 'merely' a local tournament.>

In <Profile of a Prodigy>, Brady describes it (IIRC) as the unofficial U.S. championship, which looks about right when you see who was playing.

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: I'm going to amend the crosstable to reflect the double forfeit in E Hearst vs Mednis, 1956.

As that drops Mednis down a place, it'll require a little more surgery.

I note that the crosstable in Brady's <Profile of a Prodigy> errs, not with this game, but in wrongly scoring Mednis-Shainswit as drawn instead of 0-1

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