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Wertheim Memorial Tournament

Samuel Reshevsky8/11(+6 -1 =4)[games]
Miguel Najdorf7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Max Euwe7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Reuben Fine7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Larry Melvyn Evans6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Israel Albert Horowitz6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Robert Eugene Byrne6/11(+5 -4 =2)[games]
Carlos Enrique Guimard5/11(+4 -5 =2)[games]
Alberic O'Kelly de Galway4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Arthur Bisguier3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
George Mortimer Kramer3/11(+1 -6 =4)[games]
George Shainswit1.5/11(+0 -8 =3)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Wertheim Memorial (1951)
This event was held from June 3-17, 1951 at the Manhattan Chess Club to honor former Manhattan Chess Club president Maurice Wertheim, who had died the previous year.

There were problems; a number of masters were unavailable for one reason or another, Guimard's plane was held over a day in Puerto Rico, Euwe had to leave on the 18th, Fine, Horowitz, Shainswit, and Kramer (who commuted in daily from Philadelphia!) could only play at night, and Reshevsky had to have several games rescheduled. To cut down on the number of adjournments, the time control was 50 moves in 2 hours, giving some time to play off adjournments for players who finished early in the five-hour session. This appears to have been successful; only five games were adjourned in the tournament.

Reshevsky played well despite blundering in his game against Euwe (Reshevsky vs Euwe, 1951). Euwe finished equal second, but his play was too uneven to capture first. Najdorf started slowly by drawing his first four games. Had he beaten Reshevsky in the last round, Najdorf would have come first, but the game ended in a draw. The remaining grandmaster in the field, Fine, was one of the group carrying on with daily responsibilities in addition to playing in the tournament. Hans Kmoch wrote in Chess Review, "Fine's result is more of a miracle than a failure, for he played the entire tournament in a state of exhaustion." This was Fine's last professional tournament.

At the closing ceremonies Al Bisno, new president of the Manhattan Chess Club, announced negotiations had been concluded for a match between Reshevsky and Najdorf, with games to be held in both the US and Argentina. The match, called at the time the championship of the west or of the free (non-Communist) world, was eventually held the next year, but in New York, Mexico City and San Salvador.

R N E F E H B G O B K S 1 Reshevsky X = 0 = 1 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 8 2 Najdorf = X 1 1 = = = = = 1 = 1 7 3 Euwe 1 0 X 1 0 = 1 1 = = 1 1 7 4 Fine = 0 0 X = 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 7 5 Evans 0 = 1 = X 1 1 0 = 0 1 1 6 6 Horowitz = = = 0 0 X 1 1 = = 1 = 6 7 Byrne 0 = 0 = 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 1 6 8 Guimard 0 = 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 1 1 = 5 9 O'Kelly = = = 0 = = 0 0 X = = 1 4 10 Bisguier 0 0 = 0 1 = 0 0 = X = = 3 11 Kramer 0 = 0 = 0 0 0 0 = = X 1 3 12 Shainswit 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 = 0 X 1

Original collection: Game Collection: 1951 Wertheim Memorial by User: crawfb5.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bisguier vs Reshevsky 0-1421951Wertheim MemorialD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
2. G Kramer vs Shainswit  1-0491951Wertheim MemorialD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Larry Evans vs Najdorf ½-½531951Wertheim MemorialE72 King's Indian
4. Fine vs Euwe 0-1371951Wertheim MemorialE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. O'Kelly vs I A Horowitz  ½-½181951Wertheim MemorialB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
6. I A Horowitz vs Reshevsky  ½-½241951Wertheim MemorialB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. G Kramer vs Fine  ½-½271951Wertheim MemorialE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
8. Guimard vs Najdorf ½-½541951Wertheim MemorialD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. O'Kelly vs Euwe  ½-½191951Wertheim MemorialE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
10. Bisguier vs Larry Evans 1-0251951Wertheim MemorialE12 Queen's Indian
11. Robert E Byrne vs Shainswit 1-0751951Wertheim MemorialB10 Caro-Kann
12. Euwe vs G Kramer  1-0311951Wertheim MemorialE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
13. Reshevsky vs Guimard 1-0271951Wertheim MemorialD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
14. Larry Evans vs Robert E Byrne  1-0351951Wertheim MemorialD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
15. Najdorf vs O'Kelly  ½-½291951Wertheim MemorialD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Shainswit vs I A Horowitz  ½-½241951Wertheim MemorialE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
17. Fine vs Bisguier 1-0321951Wertheim MemorialD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Robert E Byrne vs Guimard 1-0581951Wertheim MemorialC34 King's Gambit Accepted
19. Robert E Byrne vs I A Horowitz 0-1411951Wertheim MemorialB72 Sicilian, Dragon
20. Larry Evans vs Fine  ½-½301951Wertheim MemorialE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
21. Guimard vs Shainswit  ½-½351951Wertheim MemorialD04 Queen's Pawn Game
22. O'Kelly vs Reshevsky  ½-½341951Wertheim MemorialE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
23. G Kramer vs Najdorf ½-½271951Wertheim MemorialE70 King's Indian
24. Bisguier vs Euwe  ½-½221951Wertheim MemorialC44 King's Pawn Game
25. Reshevsky vs Larry Evans 1-0351951Wertheim MemorialE60 King's Indian Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  zydeco: Good games from this tournament:

Bisguier vs Reshevsky, 1951
Reshevsky vs R Byrne, 1951
Najdorf vs Bisguier, 1951
Najdorf vs Fine, 1951
Euwe vs Guimard, 1951
Guimard vs Fine, 1951
Larry Evans vs Guimard, 1951

The tournament was a workout for the Queen's Gambit Accepted, Semi-Slav, and the aggressive lines in the Queen's Gambit Declined where white castles queenside.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: Wertheim deserves some more attention:

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