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US Championship 1958/59 Tournament

Robert James Fischer8.5/11(+6 -0 =5)[games]
Samuel Reshevsky7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
James T Sherwin6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Donald Byrne6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
William James Lombardy6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Arthur Bisguier6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Larry Melvyn Evans6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Pal Benko5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Robert Eugene Byrne4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Charles I Kalme4/11(+0 -3 =8)[games]
Edmar J Mednis3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]
Raymond Allen Weinstein3/11(+0 -5 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
US Championship 1958/59

The 11th United States Chess Championship tournament was held in New York City at the end of the year 1958. Twelve of the US's best masters and grandmasters were invited to compete. Among the participants was a veritable who's who of former American champions, including Bobby Fischer, Samuel Reshevsky, Arthur Bisguier, and Larry Evans. It was Fischer's second consecutive US championship and his second consecutive American crown as he once again dominated, this time going undefeated with a final score of 8/11.

The final standings and crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Fischer * 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 2 Reshevsky 0 * 1 1 1 1 1 7 3 Sherwin 0 0 * 1 1 1 1 6 =4 Byrne, D 0 * 1 0 1 1 6 =4 Lombardy 0 0 * 1 1 1 6 =4 Bisguier 0 1 * 0 1 1 6 =4 Evans 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1 6 8 Benko 0 0 0 * 1 1 1 5 =9 Byrne, R 0 0 0 0 * 1 4 =9 Kalme 0 0 0 * 4 =11 Mednis 0 0 0 0 0 * 3 =11 Weinstein 0 0 0 0 0 * 3

The US Championship (1957/58) was the 10th championship for this crown.

Original collection: Game Collection: US Championship 1958/59, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 65  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Fischer vs Reshevsky 1-0421958US Championship 1958/59B32 Sicilian
2. Robert E Byrne vs Bisguier  ½-½161958US Championship 1958/59D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. D Byrne vs J Sherwin  0-1371958US Championship 1958/59A23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
4. Reshevsky vs C Kalme  1-0341958US Championship 1958/59E66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
5. Lombardy vs D Byrne 0-1561958US Championship 1958/59B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. Larry Evans vs Robert E Byrne  1-0361958US Championship 1958/59D97 Grunfeld, Russian
7. Bisguier vs Mednis  1-0881958US Championship 1958/59E70 King's Indian
8. Mednis vs Larry Evans  0-1291958US Championship 1958/59B95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
9. C Kalme vs R Weinstein  ½-½671958US Championship 1958/59A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
10. Robert E Byrne vs Reshevsky  ½-½271958US Championship 1958/59E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
11. Benko vs Lombardy 0-1411958US Championship 1958/59D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. C Kalme vs Larry Evans  ½-½511958US Championship 1958/59A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
13. Mednis vs Lombardy  ½-½161958US Championship 1958/59B32 Sicilian
14. J Sherwin vs Mednis  ½-½411958US Championship 1958/59A84 Dutch
15. Lombardy vs Robert E Byrne  ½-½371958US Championship 1958/59B56 Sicilian
16. Larry Evans vs R Weinstein  1-0381958US Championship 1958/59D24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. Fischer vs R Weinstein 1-0581958US Championship 1958/59B88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
18. Benko vs Fischer ½-½291958US Championship 1958/59E60 King's Indian Defense
19. Bisguier vs C Kalme  1-0491958US Championship 1958/59C49 Four Knights
20. Benko vs D Byrne ½-½731958US Championship 1958/59D82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
21. J Sherwin vs Benko  1-0331958US Championship 1958/59B62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
22. R Weinstein vs Reshevsky 0-1271958US Championship 1958/59E60 King's Indian Defense
23. J Sherwin vs Fischer 0-1721958US Championship 1958/59E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
24. D Byrne vs Bisguier  0-1591958US Championship 1958/59A14 English
25. Lombardy vs Fischer ½-½471958US Championship 1958/59B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  FSR: The only player still living is Raymond Weinstein, who has been institutionalized since he killed a man in 1964.
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  Retireborn: Sherwin is still alive, according recent posts on his page.
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  FSR: <Retireborn> Thanks for the correction. I thought I had read some time back that Sherwin had died. Glad to hear that I was apparently mistaken about that. There are very players from that generation still around. Anthony Saidy is another.
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