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US Open 1925, Cedar Point = 26th Western Champ.
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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<26th Western Championship Cedar Point, Ohio
August 26-September 3, 1925>

I have to say this. The tournament was a real roller coaster ride.

It was held at the Hotel Breakers, Cedar Point, Ohio. Carlos Torre-Repetto was planning to defend his title, but instead chose to return to Mexico for a series of exhibitions. For the first time, players from New York were welcomed as the Western Chess Association began the process of becoming a national rather than sectional organization.

Two of the New Yorkers, Abraham Kupchik and Charles Jaffe, fought for the title with WCA mainstay Samuel Factor. In the end Kupchik prevailed, thanks to defeating both of his main rivals while closing with seven wins in a row. Further down the list, the name of future champion Herman Steiner appears for the first time.

None of these were the early story, however. Marvin C. Palmer of Detroit, who had played in the Western several times since 1913 without conspicuous success, hit the hot streak of a lifetime and sprinted to a start of 7.5/8, including a fourth-round win over Kupchik. This put him a point ahead of the field, but he had to play most of the other favorites in the last five rounds and losses to Factor and Jaffe dropped him to fourth place.

The following list of pairings was published in "American Chess Bulletin", September/October 1925, p.130-131.

Round 1 (Wednesday, August 26): Kupchik 1 Barron; Factor 1 Scrivener; Maxfield 0 Jaffe; Palmer 1/2 Widmeyer; Winter 1/2 Spero; Palmi 1/2 Margolis; Steiner 1 Goerlich

Round 2 (Thursday, August 27): Steiner 0 Kupchik; Spero 1 Factor; Jaffe 1/2 Winter; Barron 0 Palmer; marolis 1 Maxfield; Widmeyer 1/2 Palmi; Goerlich 0 Scrivener

Round 3 (Thursday, August 27): Kupchik 1 Goerlich; Factor 1 Jaffe; Palmer 1 Steiner; Scrivener 0 Spero; Winter 0 Margolis; Maxfield 1/2 Widmeyer; Palmi 1 Barron

Round 4 (Friday, August 28): Kupchik 0 Palmer; Margolis 0 Factor; Jaffe 1 Scrivener; Goerlich 0 Spero; Steiner 1 Palmi; Widmeyer 0 Winter; Barron 1/2 Maxfield

Round 5 (Saturday, August 29): Palmi 0 Kupchik; Factor 1 Widmeyer; Spero 0 Jaffe; Palmer 1 Goerlich; Scrivener 0 Margolis; Maxfield 0 Steiner; Winter 1 Barron

Round 6 (Saturday, August 29): Kupchik 1/2 Maxfield; Barron 0 Factor; Goerlich 0 Jaffe; Palmer 1 Palmi; Margolis 1/2 Spero; Steiner 1 Winter; Widmeyer 1 Scrivener

Round 7 (Sunday, August 30): Winter 0 Kupchik; Factor 1 Steiner; Jaffe 1 Margolis; Maxfield 0 Palmer; Spero 1 Widmeyer; Falmi 0 Goerlich; Scrivener 1 Barron

Round 8 (Monday August 31): Kupchik 1 Factor; Widmeyer 0 Jaffe; Plamer 1 Winter; Barron 0 Spero; Goerlich 0 Margolis; Steiner 1 Scrivener; Palmi 1 Maxfield

Round 9 (Monday, August 31): Scrivener 0 Kupchik; Factor 1 Palmer; Jaffe 1 Barron; Spero 0 Steiner; Margolis 1/2 Widmeyer; Winter 1 Palmi; Maxfield 1/2 Goerlich

Round 10 (Tuesday, September 1): Kupchik 1 Spero; Palmi 0 Factor; Steiner 0 Jaffe; Palmer 1 Scrivener; Barron 0 Margolis; Maxfield 0 Winter; Goerlich 0 Widmeyer

Round 11 (Wednesday, September 2): Jaffe 0 Kupchik; Factor 1 Maxfield; Spero 1 Palmer; Margolis 1 Steiner; Winter 1 Goerlich; Widmeyer 1 Barron; Scrivener 1 Palmi

Round 12 (Wednesday, September 2): Kupchik 1 Margolis; Winter 0 Factor; Palmer 0 Jaffe; Palmi 0 Spero; Steiner 1 Widmeyer; Maxfield 1 Scrivener; Goerlich 1 Barron

Round 13 (Thursday, September 3): Widmeyer 0 Kupchik;Factor 1 Goerlich; jaffe 1 Palmi; Margolis 1/2 Palmer; Spero 1/2 Maxfield; Barron 0 Steiner; Scrivenr 0 Winter

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 1 Abraham Kupchik X 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 11.5 2 Samuel D Factor 0 X 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 3 Charles Jaffe 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.5 4 Marvin C Palmer 1 0 0 X 0 = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 9.0 5 Irving Spero 0 1 0 1 X = 0 = 1 = 1 1 1 1 8.5 6 Albert Margolis 0 0 0 = = X 1 1 = 1 = 1 1 1 8.0 7 Herman Steiner 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.0 8 John Winter 0 0 = 0 = 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 1 1 7.0 9 William Widmeyer 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 0 X = = 1 1 1 5.0 10 Marshall Joseph Maxfield = 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 = X 0 1 = = 3.5 11 Andrew Hansen Palmi 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 1 X 0 0 1 3.0 12 Robert Scrivener 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 1 3.0 13 Robert Stanley Goerlich 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 0 X 1 2.5 14 Theodore Barron 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 X 0.5

<Abraham Kupchik> (right) and some other random chess player:

http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org/...

The <Hotel Breakers>, should you be in the mood for a pilgrimage:

http://cp.media.cfnslb1.cedarfair.c...

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MILESTONES

10: John Winter

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<Sources>:

American Chess Bulletin, September-October 1925, p. 130-134.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 9, 1925; August 20, 1925; September 10, 1925; October 8, 1925; October 15, 1925.

Chess Results 1921-1930 / Gino di Felice, p.108

New York Times, August 27, 1925

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Round 1 (Wednesday, August 26): Chicago Daily News 1925.08.18/R
H Steiner vs R Goerlich, 1925
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Thursday, August 27): BDE 1925.10.15
I Spero vs Factor, 1925
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 58 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Thursday, August 27): BDE 1925.10.15
C Jaffe vs J Winter, 1925
(C14) French, Classical, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 (Thursday, August 27): BDE 1925:10.08
Factor vs C Jaffe, 1925
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 72 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Thursday, August 27): BDE 1925.10.15
M C Palmer vs H Steiner, 1925
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Friday, August 28): : ACB 1925:133
Kupchik vs M C Palmer, 1925
(A33) English, Symmetrical, 51 moves, 0-1

Round 7 (Sunday, August 30): BDE 1925.10.08
M J Maxfield vs M C Palmer, 1925
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Monday, August 31): ACB 1925:133
Kupchik vs Factor, 1925
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 9 (Monday, August 31): BDE 1925:10.08
Factor vs M C Palmer, 1925
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 59 moves, 1-0

Round 11 (Wednesday, September 2): ACB 1925:132
C Jaffe vs Kupchik, 1925 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 76 moves, 0-1

Round 12 (Wednesday, September 2): BDE 1925.09.10:3
M J Maxfield vs R Scrivener, 1925
(C01) French, Exchange, 32 moves, 1-0

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