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US Championship Tournament

Walter Browne9.5/13(+6 -0 =7)[games]
Pal C 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 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 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 1; 17 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J A Grefe vs Browne 0-1411974US ChampionshipB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
2. L Gilden vs Saidy 0-1551974US ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
3. K Commons vs Larry Evans 0-1431974US ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. N Weinstein vs K Commons  0-1351974US ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. B Zuckerman vs L Gilden  0-1611974US ChampionshipC19 French, Winawer, Advance
6. Rogoff vs Larry Evans  0-1461974US ChampionshipB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. Reshevsky vs Browne 0-1421974US ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
8. K Commons vs J A Grefe 0-1531974US ChampionshipE97 King's Indian
9. L Gilden vs Bisguier  0-1611974US ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. Soltis vs Browne 0-1431974US ChampionshipB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
11. Reshevsky vs N Weinstein 0-1701974US ChampionshipE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
12. A Karklins vs B Zuckerman  0-1321974US ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
13. Saidy vs Rogoff 0-1361974US ChampionshipA15 English
14. A Karklins vs Saidy  0-1361974US ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
15. Rogoff vs Reshevsky 0-1281974US ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
16. K Commons vs Soltis 0-1391974US ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. L Gilden vs Rogoff  0-1421974US ChampionshipC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
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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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