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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]
* 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:

 page 1 of 1; 19 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kashdan vs Bisguier  ½-½301948New York 1948/49C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
2. Bisguier vs Fine  ½-½311948New York 1948/49C18 French, Winawer
3. I A Horowitz vs Euwe  ½-½151948New York 1948/49D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Fine vs Pilnik ½-½411948New York 1948/49D81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
5. G Kramer vs I A Horowitz  ½-½811948New York 1948/49D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Pilnik vs Euwe  ½-½271948New York 1948/49B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
7. I A Horowitz vs Bisguier ½-½301948New York 1948/49C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Euwe vs Denker  ½-½261948New York 1948/49D54 Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation
9. Bisguier vs Pilnik  ½-½401948New York 1948/49B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. Najdorf vs I A Horowitz  ½-½421948New York 1948/49D42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
11. Denker vs Bisguier ½-½481948New York 1948/49D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
12. H Steiner vs Euwe ½-½501948New York 1948/49D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
13. I A Horowitz vs Pilnik  ½-½651948New York 1948/49D74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
14. Pilnik vs Denker ½-½501948New York 1948/49B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. Najdorf vs Euwe  ½-½261949New York 1948/49D06 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. H Steiner vs Pilnik  ½-½551949New York 1948/49C55 Two Knights Defense
17. Denker vs H Steiner  ½-½411949New York 1948/49E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. Euwe vs Kashdan ½-½431949New York 1948/49E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
19. Bisguier vs Najdorf  ½-½361949New York 1948/49B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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