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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.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Kramer vs Berliner  0-1361957US Championship 1957/58B33 Sicilian
2. A Di Camillo vs Reshevsky 0-1401957US Championship 1957/58B70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
3. Denker vs S Bernstein  0-1221957US Championship 1957/58A15 English
4. S Bernstein vs Fischer 0-1441957US Championship 1957/58B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
5. Bisguier vs Denker  0-1321957US Championship 1957/58E47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
6. A Turner vs Seidman  0-1481957US Championship 1957/58E18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
7. G Kramer vs Mednis 0-1221957US Championship 1957/58C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
8. Seidman vs Reshevsky  0-1671957US Championship 1957/58A07 King's Indian Attack
9. Feuerstein vs S Bernstein  0-1511957US Championship 1957/58A07 King's Indian Attack
10. A Di Camillo vs J Sherwin  0-1391957US Championship 1957/58B67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
11. A Turner vs Reshevsky  0-1371957US Championship 1957/58E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. G Kramer vs A Di Camillo  0-1401957US Championship 1957/58A65 Benoni, 6.e4
13. Mednis vs Denker  0-1501957US Championship 1957/58B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
14. J Sherwin vs Feuerstein 0-1571957US Championship 1957/58B41 Sicilian, Kan
15. G Kramer vs Fischer 0-1321957US Championship 1957/58A07 King's Indian Attack
16. Bisguier vs Reshevsky 0-1351957US Championship 1957/58B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. S Bernstein vs Bisguier  0-1411957US Championship 1957/58C55 Two Knights Defense
18. A Di Camillo vs A Turner  0-1431957US Championship 1957/58C98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
19. Lombardy vs Fischer 0-1531958US Championship 1957/58E60 King's Indian Defense
20. Bisguier vs Berliner 0-1401958US Championship 1957/58A48 King's Indian
21. S Bernstein vs J Sherwin  0-1411958US Championship 1957/58B40 Sicilian
22. Lombardy vs Seidman 0-1531958US Championship 1957/58A05 Reti Opening
23. S Bernstein vs Mednis 0-1411958US Championship 1957/58B30 Sicilian
24. Reshevsky vs Lombardy 0-1401958US Championship 1957/58E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
25. Seidman vs A Di Camillo  0-1411958US Championship 1957/58C45 Scotch Game
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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
Jan-14-16  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.

Sep-22-18  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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