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US Championship Tournament

Lubomir Kavalek9.5/12(+7 -0 =5)[games]
John Alan Grefe9.5/12(+8 -1 =3)[games]
Walter Shawn Browne8.5/12(+6 -1 =5)[games]
James Tarjan7.5/12(+4 -1 =7)[games]
Larry Melvyn Evans6.5/12(+3 -2 =7)[games]
Pal Benko6.5/12(+2 -1 =9)[games]
Andrew Karklins6/12(+4 -4 =4)[games]
Edmar J Mednis5.5/12(+3 -4 =5)[games]
Arthur Bisguier5/12(+2 -4 =6)[games]
Lawrence C Gilden4/12(+2 -6 =4)[games]
William E Martz3.5/12(+1 -6 =5)[games]
Donald Byrne3/12(+0 -6 =6)[games]
George Francis Kane3/12(+1 -7 =4)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
US Championship (1973)
With the reverberations of the Fischer Boom still resounding in their ears, the Powers That Were in USCF-Land decided it might be time to move the US Closed Championship out of New York where it had been played exclusively since 1936 (except for the small blip of South Fallsburg, 1948). As always, the issue was funding, but the El Paso Chess Club (with the help of the local Jaycees and the Hotel Paso del Norte) got everything together and brought together the following group from September 9-26, 1973, for a little chess and a trip or two across the border to Juarez for the dog races:

Pal Benko; Arthur Bisguier; Walter Shawn Browne; Donald Byrne; Larry Melvyn Evans; Lawrence C Gilden; John A Grefe; George Francis Kane; Andrew Karklins; Lubomir Kavalek; William E Martz; Edmar J Mednis; James Tarjan.

A good bunch of players, but lousy handicappers. Tournament Director Georges Koltanowski recorded that a dog named <Check> won the sixth race, but nobody thought to bet on him. By the way, you might notice only thirteen names. William James Lombardy was compelled to withdraw at the last minute and was not replaced. As a punishment, he was stuck with writing the tournament book.

He had a great story. A new site brought new players to the fore, as the recently-eligible Lubomir Kavalek and little-regarded John Grefe sprinted out in front, Grefe winning six games in a row at one point. When they met in round 10 Grefe actually had a 1.5 point lead, but Kavalek had an extra game to play due to the bye. Kavalek vs J Grefe, 1973 went Kavalek's way, but he was only able to draw in round 11 when Grefe had the bye, leaving the two players tied going into the last two rounds.

Both took quick draws with White in round 12. The last round saw them both playing Black, Kavalek against Karklins and Grefe against Benko. Kavalek seemed to have the easier task, but when the games were adjourned his position was drawn (though difficult) while Grefe had an easy win against Benko.

After adjournment Grefe duly converted his point, and didn't have long to wait. Almost immediately afterward, with a perpetual check in hand, Karklins miscalculated a line he thought was winning for him and handed the game to Kavalek, resulting in co-champions.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 Pts 01 Kavalek * 1 = = = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 9.5 02 Grefe 0 * 1 = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 = 9.5 03 Browne = 0 * = = = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.5 04 Tarjan = = = * 1 = 1 0 1 1 = = = 7.5 05 Evans = = = 0 * = 0 = 1 1 = = 1 6.5 06 Benko = 0 = = = * = = = = 1 = 1 6.5 07 Karklins 0 0 = 0 1 = * = = 0 1 1 1 6.0 08 Mednis 0 0 0 1 = = = * = 0 = 1 1 5.5 09 Bisguier = 0 0 0 0 = = = * = 1 = 1 5.0 10 Gilden 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 1 = * 0 = = 4.0 11 Martz 0 0 0 = = 0 0 = 0 1 * = = 3.5 12 Byrne 0 0 0 = = = 0 0 = = = * 0 3.0 13 Kane 0 = 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 = = 1 * 3.0

SOURCE: U.S. championship chess, with the games of the 1973 tournament by William Lombardy and David Daniels. With a special report by George Koltanowski. New York: McKay, 1975. (Despite the above jest, this is an excellent work.)

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 page 1 of 1; 23 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Browne vs Mednis 1-0481973US ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
2. Tarjan vs L C Gilden 1-0351973US ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. J A Grefe vs A Karklins 1-0301973US ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
4. Kavalek vs G F Kane  1-0451973US ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
5. Mednis vs D Byrne  1-0411973US ChampionshipB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
6. A Karklins vs Larry Evans  1-0271973US ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
7. Larry Evans vs G F Kane  1-0401973US ChampionshipA79 Benoni, Classical, 11.f3
8. J A Grefe vs L C Gilden  1-0251973US ChampionshipB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Browne vs D Byrne 1-0421973US ChampionshipB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
10. J A Grefe vs Mednis 1-0891973US ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
11. Kavalek vs W Martz  1-0411973US ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. Larry Evans vs Bisguier  1-0361973US ChampionshipA20 English
13. A Karklins vs G F Kane  1-0711973US ChampionshipC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
14. L C Gilden vs A Karklins  1-0341973US ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Kavalek vs D Byrne 1-01001973US ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
16. J A Grefe vs Browne 1-0211973US ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Bisguier vs G F Kane 1-0211973US ChampionshipB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
18. A Karklins vs W Martz  1-0411973US ChampionshipB33 Sicilian
19. Tarjan vs Larry Evans 1-0641973US ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
20. Kavalek vs J A Grefe 1-0401973US ChampionshipD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
21. A Karklins vs D Byrne 1-0361973US ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. Tarjan vs A Karklins  1-0411973US ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Browne vs L C Gilden  1-0681973US ChampionshipC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-06-14
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  guenther42: I went to see John on Friday evening 12/20/2013 at the VA hospital. He was on life support. He died on Sunday. I put my hand on his forehead and thanked him for being an empathetic pal & neighbor in'79 when I first got here from MD to attend UCB, living on Channing Way, my first real place to live after living in my car for half a semester. He was tough on some people, but a real sweetie to me. RIP my brother John.
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