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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.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Byrne vs Reshevsky 1-0401956Third Rosenwald TrophyA65 Benoni, 6.e4
2. Bisguier vs Fischer 1-0331956Third Rosenwald TrophyE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
3. Mednis vs A Turner 1-0791956Third Rosenwald TrophyC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
4. S Bernstein vs Bisguier  1-0421956Third Rosenwald TrophyB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. Mednis vs D Byrne 1-0271956Third Rosenwald TrophyB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. Reshevsky vs M Pavey 1-0261956Third Rosenwald TrophyA08 King's Indian Attack
7. Seidman vs Shainswit 1-0141956Third Rosenwald TrophyC01 French, Exchange
8. A Feuerstein vs E Hearst  1-0391956Third Rosenwald TrophyD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. A Turner vs Fischer 1-0501956Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
10. E Hearst vs Seidman  1-0571956Third Rosenwald TrophyC42 Petrov Defense
11. D Byrne vs A Turner  1-0461956Third Rosenwald TrophyD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. A Turner vs S Bernstein  1-0771956Third Rosenwald TrophyD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Reshevsky vs E Hearst  1-0371956Third Rosenwald TrophyE29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. Fischer vs Seidman 1-0391956Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
15. D Byrne vs E Hearst  1-0371956Third Rosenwald TrophyA15 English
16. A Turner vs A Feuerstein  1-0251956Third Rosenwald TrophyE92 King's Indian
17. Reshevsky vs Fischer 1-0311956Third Rosenwald TrophyE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
18. A Feuerstein vs Seidman  1-0721956Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Mednis vs S Bernstein  1-0361956Third Rosenwald TrophyA21 English
20. Bisguier vs Shainswit 1-0301956Third Rosenwald TrophyB12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. S Bernstein vs D Byrne  1-0571956Third Rosenwald TrophyB20 Sicilian
22. D Byrne vs A Feuerstein 1-0401956Third Rosenwald TrophyE61 King's Indian
23. Bisguier vs A Turner  1-0461956Third Rosenwald TrophyE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
24. A Feuerstein vs M Pavey  1-0441956Third Rosenwald TrophyA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Seidman vs D Byrne 1-0501956Third Rosenwald TrophyB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
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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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