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US Championship Tournament

Walter Shawn Browne9.5/13(+6 -0 =7)[games]
Pal Benko8/13(+3 -0 =10)[games]
Larry Melvyn Evans8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
Anthony Saidy7.5/13(+3 -1 =9)[games]
Samuel Reshevsky7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Arthur Bisguier7/13(+2 -1 =10)[games]
John Alan Grefe7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Kenneth S Rogoff7/13(+4 -3 =6)[games]
Norman Weinstein6/13(+2 -3 =8)[games]
Bernard Zuckerman5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Andrew Soltis5.5/13(+1 -3 =9)[games]
Kim S Commons5/13(+4 -7 =2)[games]
Andrew Karklins4.5/13(+2 -6 =5)[games]
Lawrence C Gilden3.5/13(+3 -9 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
US Championship (1974)
The US Championship came to the City of the Big Shoulders in 1974, continuing the Any Place But New York trend which began at El Paso the previous year. In the absence of Bobby Fischer, the players represented the usual mix of Old Guard and Impudent Youngsters, to wit:

Pal Benko, Arthur Bisguier, Walter Shawn Browne, Kim S Commons, Larry Melvyn Evans, Lawrence C Gilden, John Alan Grefe, Andrew Karklins, Samuel Reshevsky, Kenneth Rogoff, Anthony Saidy, Andrew Soltis, Norman Weinstein, Bernard Zuckerman.

The story here was Old Six-Time, Walter Browne, winning his first US Championship in commanding fashion. He led from the start, never even sharing the top spot after the first round. The famous game Browne vs Bisguier, 1974 in round 9 gave him a 1.5 point lead with four rounds to go, and when nobody showed an inclination to make up ground he coasted home with four draws.

Benko tied Evans for second place by beating him in the last round. Saidy had a chance to join them, but took a short draw instead. That tendency was endemic throughout the tournament. While having 55% of the games winding up drawn wasn't that bad, having nearly half of the draws go only 20 moves or less shows a certain lack of enterprise, or perhaps boredom. Some of these guys had been playing against each other in the US Championship for fifteen or twenty years. Thing was, the youngsters caught Draw Fever as well.

The Fischer boom was bringing in some new blood, but can close with a quick mention of the old blood of Samuel Reshevsky. Aged sixty-two, he showed there was still a little fire in the tank. He started +1 -1 =6, then lost two in a row. Instead of limping home, he won his last three games to finish with a plus score.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Pts 1 Browne * 1 1 1 1 1 1 9.5 2 Benko * 1 1 1 8.0 3 Evans 0 * 1 1 1 1 8.0 4 Saidy * 0 1 1 1 7.5 5 Reshevsky 0 * 1 1 0 0 1 1 7.0 6 Bisguier 0 * 1 1 7.0 7 Grefe 0 0 * 1 1 1 7.0 8 Rogoff 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 7.0 9 Weinstein 1 0 * 0 0 1 6.0 10 Zuckerman 0 * 0 1 0 5.5 11 Soltis 0 0 * 1 0 5.5 12 Commons 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 * 1 0 5.0 13 Karklins 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 4.5 14 Gilden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 * 3.5

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The US Championship (1973) was the previous tournament.

Original collection: Game Collection: US Championship 1974 by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Weinstein vs Benko  ½-½161974US ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
2. K Rogoff vs Soltis  ½-½141974US ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. Saidy vs Reshevsky  ½-½91974US ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
4. Larry Evans vs Zuckerman  ½-½641974US ChampionshipE46 Nimzo-Indian
5. A Karklins vs L C Gilden  1-0321974US ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
6. J A Grefe vs Browne 0-1411974US ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
7. K Commons vs Bisguier ½-½191974US ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
8. Larry Evans vs N Weinstein  ½-½681974US ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
9. L C Gilden vs Saidy 0-1551974US ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
10. Benko vs K Commons 1-0601974US ChampionshipE08 Catalan, Closed
11. Bisguier vs J A Grefe  ½-½301974US ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
12. Browne vs K Rogoff 1-0411974US ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
13. Zuckerman vs Reshevsky  ½-½211974US ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
14. Soltis vs A Karklins  ½-½151974US ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. Reshevsky vs L C Gilden 1-0431974US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
16. A Karklins vs Browne  ½-½401974US ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
17. K Rogoff vs Bisguier  ½-½771974US ChampionshipE08 Catalan, Closed
18. Saidy vs Soltis  ½-½221974US ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
19. J A Grefe vs Benko  ½-½131974US ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
20. N Weinstein vs Zuckerman  ½-½121974US ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. K Commons vs Larry Evans 0-1431974US ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. N Weinstein vs K Commons  0-1351974US ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. Larry Evans vs J A Grefe  ½-½291974US ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
24. Soltis vs Reshevsky  ½-½121974US ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
25. Benko vs K Rogoff ½-½301974US ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-25-14  optimal play: <<<<Chess title to Browne>

CHICAGO, Sunday (AAP). >

Walter Browne, 25, an international grandmaster and twice Australian champion, won the title of US Chess Champion on Friday when he finished with a draw in his 13th and final round of the national tournament, Associated Press reported.

He was competing against the 13 top players in the nation, excluding Bobby Fischer who declined to enter.

Browne's attitude about beating Fischer?

"I wouldn't beat him right now", he said. "I think I could beat him in an odd match, but he's better".>

- The Canberra Times (ACT) issue Monday 5 August 1974>

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