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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 3 of 3; games 51-66 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
51. Bisguier vs Shainswit 1-0301956Third Rosenwald TrophyB12 Caro-Kann Defense
52. E Hearst vs A Turner 0-1301956Third Rosenwald TrophyC47 Four Knights
53. A Feuerstein vs Mednis 0-1431956Third Rosenwald TrophyA05 Reti Opening
54. H Seidman vs Reshevsky  ½-½311956Third Rosenwald TrophyB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
55. Shainswit vs Fischer ½-½271956Third Rosenwald TrophyE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
56. E Hearst vs Bisguier  ½-½371956Third Rosenwald TrophyC77 Ruy Lopez
57. D Byrne vs A Feuerstein 1-0401956Third Rosenwald TrophyE61 King's Indian
58. Mednis vs H Seidman  ½-½401956Third Rosenwald TrophyB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
59. A Turner vs Reshevsky 0-1431956Third Rosenwald TrophyE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
60. M Pavey vs S Bernstein 0-1401956Third Rosenwald TrophyD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
61. Fischer vs E Hearst 0-1401956Third Rosenwald TrophyC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
62. A Feuerstein vs M Pavey  1-0441956Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
63. H Seidman vs D Byrne 1-0501956Third Rosenwald TrophyB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
64. Reshevsky vs Mednis 1-0351956Third Rosenwald TrophyA28 English
65. S Bernstein vs Shainswit  ½-½401956Third Rosenwald TrophyB20 Sicilian
66. Bisguier vs A Turner  1-0461956Third Rosenwald TrophyE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
 page 3 of 3; games 51-66 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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