|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 2½ 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.
Original collection: Game Collection: 1951 Wertheim Memorial by User: crawfb5.
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 7½
3 Euwe 1 0 X 1 0 = 1 1 = = 1 1 7½
4 Fine = 0 0 X = 1 = 1 1 1 = 1 7
5 Evans 0 = 1 = X 1 1 0 = 0 1 1 6½
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 4½
10 Bisguier 0 0 = 0 1 = 0 0 = X = = 3½
11 Kramer 0 = 0 = 0 0 0 0 = = X 1 3
12 Shainswit 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 = 0 X 1½
| page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66
|1. Bisguier vs Reshevsky
||0-1||42||1951||Wertheim Memorial||D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch|
|2. G Kramer vs Shainswit
|| ||1-0||49||1951||Wertheim Memorial||D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|3. Larry Evans vs Najdorf
||½-½||53||1951||Wertheim Memorial||E72 King's Indian|
|4. Fine vs Euwe
||0-1||37||1951||Wertheim Memorial||E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3|
|5. O'Kelly vs I A Horowitz
|| ||½-½||18||1951||Wertheim Memorial||B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical|
|6. I A Horowitz vs Reshevsky
|| ||½-½||24||1951||Wertheim Memorial||B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical|
|7. G Kramer vs Fine
|| ||½-½||27||1951||Wertheim Memorial||E43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation|
|8. Guimard vs Najdorf
||½-½||54||1951||Wertheim Memorial||D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|9. O'Kelly vs Euwe
|| ||½-½||19||1951||Wertheim Memorial||E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3|
|10. Bisguier vs Larry Evans
||1-0||25||1951||Wertheim Memorial||E12 Queen's Indian|
|11. Robert E Byrne vs Shainswit
||1-0||75||1951||Wertheim Memorial||B10 Caro-Kann|
|12. Euwe vs G Kramer
|| ||1-0||31||1951||Wertheim Memorial||E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5|
|13. Reshevsky vs Guimard
||1-0||27||1951||Wertheim Memorial||D36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2|
|14. Larry Evans vs Robert E Byrne
|| ||1-0||35||1951||Wertheim Memorial||D29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical|
|15. Najdorf vs O'Kelly
|| ||½-½||29||1951||Wertheim Memorial||D06 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|16. Shainswit vs I A Horowitz
|| ||½-½||24||1951||Wertheim Memorial||E94 King's Indian, Orthodox|
|17. Fine vs Bisguier
||1-0||32||1951||Wertheim Memorial||D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav|
|18. Robert E Byrne vs Guimard
||1-0||58||1951||Wertheim Memorial||C34 King's Gambit Accepted|
|19. Robert E Byrne vs I A Horowitz
||0-1||41||1951||Wertheim Memorial||B72 Sicilian, Dragon|
|20. Larry Evans vs Fine
|| ||½-½||30||1951||Wertheim Memorial||E45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation|
|21. Guimard vs Shainswit
|| ||½-½||35||1951||Wertheim Memorial||D04 Queen's Pawn Game|
|22. O'Kelly vs Reshevsky
|| ||½-½||34||1951||Wertheim Memorial||E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical|
|23. G Kramer vs Najdorf
||½-½||27||1951||Wertheim Memorial||E70 King's Indian|
|24. Bisguier vs Euwe
|| ||½-½||22||1951||Wertheim Memorial||C44 King's Pawn Game|
|25. Reshevsky vs Larry Evans
||1-0||35||1951||Wertheim Memorial||E60 King's Indian Defense|
| page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66
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