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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 1 of 1; 17 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fine vs Euwe 1-0491948New York 1948/49D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. G Kramer vs Denker  1-0411948New York 1948/49B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Najdorf vs Pilnik 1-0401948New York 1948/49C48 Four Knights
4. Pilnik vs Kashdan 1-0281948New York 1948/49B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
5. Euwe vs Bisguier  1-0401948New York 1948/49D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Kashdan vs Denker  1-0551948New York 1948/49A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
7. Najdorf vs H Steiner  1-0301948New York 1948/49E28 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Fine vs H Steiner 1-0411948New York 1948/49D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Najdorf vs Kashdan  1-0351948New York 1948/49D74 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O
10. Euwe vs G Kramer  1-0411948New York 1948/49D28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
11. Bisguier vs H Steiner  1-0411948New York 1948/49C77 Ruy Lopez
12. Kashdan vs I A Horowitz  1-0311948New York 1948/49E10 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Fine vs Najdorf 1-0441948New York 1948/49B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
14. I A Horowitz vs Denker 1-0401949New York 1948/49B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
15. G Kramer vs Bisguier  1-0511949New York 1948/49D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Fine vs I A Horowitz 1-0291949New York 1948/49D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Pilnik vs G Kramer  1-0461949New York 1948/49A27 English, Three Knights System
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-23-21
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  FSR: Kramer is the last survivor of this tournament.

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