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US Championship 1957/58 Tournament

Robert James Fischer10.5/13(+8 -0 =5)[games]
Samuel Reshevsky9.5/13(+8 -2 =3)[games]
James T Sherwin9/13(+7 -2 =4)[games]
William James Lombardy7.5/13(+5 -3 =5)[games]
Hans Berliner7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Arthur Feuerstein6.5/13(+4 -4 =5)[games]
Arnold Denker6.5/13(+5 -5 =3)[games]
Edmar J Mednis6.5/13(+3 -3 =7)[games]
Herbert Seidman6/13(+4 -5 =4)[games]
Sidney Norman Bernstein5/13(+4 -7 =2)[games]
Arthur Bisguier5/13(+4 -7 =2)[games]
Abe Turner4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Attilio Di Camillo4.5/13(+3 -7 =3)[games]
George Mortimer Kramer3/13(+2 -9 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
US Championship 1957/58

The 10th United States Chess Championship tournament was held in New York City at the end of the year 1957. Fourteen of the US' strongest masters and grandmasters were invited to compete. Among the participants was a veritable who's who of former American champions, including Samuel Reshevsky, Arthur Bisguier, and Arnold Denker. Filling out the rest of the field was a number of players from the prestigious Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956), including a fourteen year old prodigy named Bobby Fischer. Fischer was already gaining recognition from several brilliant wins as the next generation of American chess grandmastery. However, the next generation had already arrived as Fischer dominated this, his inaugural championship, scoring wins against over half the field and finishing with 10/13, a full point over seven-time former American champion Reshevsky. He became the youngest person ever to win the US crown, and the following year would become the youngest person to become a grandmaster. It was the beginning of a career that would culminate in Fischer becoming world champion and earning a place as one of the greatest players in history.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1st Fischer * 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 2nd Reshevsky * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 3rd Sherwin 0 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 4th Lombardy 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 7 5th Berliner 0 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 7 =6th Feuerstein 0 0 1 1 * 1 1 0 0 6 =6th Denker 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 1 0 1 6 =6th Mednis 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 6 9th Seidman 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 1 0 0 6 =10th Bernstein 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 * 0 1 0 5 =10th Bisguier 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 1 5 =12th Turner 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 4 =12th Di Camillo 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 * 1 4 14th Kramer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 * 3

The US Championship (1958/59) was the 11th championship for this crown.

Original collection: Game Collection: US Championship 1957/58, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs Feuerstein 1-0441957US Championship 1957/58A07 King's Indian Attack
2. Mednis vs Bisguier ½-½401957US Championship 1957/58C59 Two Knights
3. Denker vs Seidman ½-½441957US Championship 1957/58E46 Nimzo-Indian
4. Lombardy vs S Bernstein 1-0351957US Championship 1957/58A56 Benoni Defense
5. A Di Camillo vs Reshevsky 0-1401957US Championship 1957/58B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
6. G Kramer vs Berliner  0-1361957US Championship 1957/58B33 Sicilian
7. J Sherwin vs A Turner  1-0411957US Championship 1957/58C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
8. S Bernstein vs A Di Camillo  1-0561957US Championship 1957/58C47 Four Knights
9. Bisguier vs Lombardy 1-0211957US Championship 1957/58A46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Berliner vs Mednis  ½-½201957US Championship 1957/58E81 King's Indian, Samisch
11. J Sherwin vs G Kramer  1-0611957US Championship 1957/58C79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
12. Reshevsky vs Denker 1-0431957US Championship 1957/58A04 Reti Opening
13. A Turner vs Feuerstein  ½-½531957US Championship 1957/58A15 English
14. Seidman vs Fischer ½-½281957US Championship 1957/58B98 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Denker vs S Bernstein  0-1221957US Championship 1957/58A15 English
16. Mednis vs J Sherwin  ½-½171957US Championship 1957/58B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
17. Feuerstein vs Seidman  1-0281957US Championship 1957/58A07 King's Indian Attack
18. A Di Camillo vs Bisguier  ½-½201957US Championship 1957/58B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
19. G Kramer vs A Turner  ½-½261957US Championship 1957/58C30 King's Gambit Declined
20. Fischer vs Reshevsky ½-½571957US Championship 1957/58B41 Sicilian, Kan
21. Lombardy vs Berliner  ½-½271957US Championship 1957/58E70 King's Indian
22. A Turner vs Seidman  0-1481957US Championship 1957/58E18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
23. Bisguier vs Denker  0-1321957US Championship 1957/58E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
24. Reshevsky vs Feuerstein 1-0261957US Championship 1957/58A05 Reti Opening
25. G Kramer vs Mednis 0-1221957US Championship 1957/58C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-14-16  chessgamer2000: just noticed something.Fischer's. game with Feuerstein (a sicilian) with Bobby playing white took 44 moves.his game with Bernstein (a sicilian)with Bobby as black took 44 moves.they were different variations though
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  TheFocus: Wow! I once played a Sicilian and it drew in 44 moves.
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  FSR: <TheFocus> That's how it is with Sicilians. 44 moves - no more, no less.
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  thegoodanarchist: Note that Fischer was NOT a GM when he won this tournament.

Can you imagine a non-GM winning a US Championship today?

Of course, the GM title is more common nowadays. In this tournament, maybe Samuel Reshevsky was the only GM? Let's see...

According to, here are the players' titles:

James T Sherwin unknown (IM in 1958)
William James Lombardy IM 1957
Hans Berliner unknown (IM in 1968)
Arthur Feuerstein none
Arnold Denker IM 1950
Edmar J Mednis unknown (GM in 1980)
Herbert Seidman U.S. Senior Master
Sidney Norman Bernstein none
Arthur Bisguier GM 1957
Abe Turner none
Attilio Di Camillo none
George Mortimer Kramer none

So, two GMs, two future GMs, two IMs, and two future IMs, and one SM

Not bad, but weak by today's standard.

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  TheFocus: <tga> <So, two GMs, two future GMs, two IMs, and two future IMs, and one SM>

And not to be overlooked, but William Lombardy was the Junior World Champion at the time.

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