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US Open 1944, Boston
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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<45th US Open
Boston, Massachusetts
July 29-August 10, 1944>

Samuel Reshevsky showed up on a whim. Seventeen other players wished he hadn't been so whimsical.

He won the tournament by three full points, clinching first well before the last round in which Reshevsky, for once in his life, decided to enjoy himself and channel his inner Morphy. The result was Reshevsky vs A Vasconcellos, 1944, which left future opponents worried that he might grow to like this enjoyment thing.

There seems to be some confusion about Reshevsky's participation in this event. In <My Best Games of Chess>, this passage appears:

...during the summer of 1944, I happened to be in Boston on a vacation just at the time the U.S.C.F Open Championship was being held. There didn't seem to be any harm in competing in this one tournament so, after a brief argument with my conscience concerning the wisdom of spending a vacation playing chess, I entered."

Contemporary reports in the <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> first had him considering the vacation tournament, but then this appeared on July 27, two days before the start:

"Because of the death of Jacob Reshevsky, father of the former United States champion, the latter will not be able to play."

And yet veni vidi, vici, and all that.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 Samuel Reshevsky X 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 15.5 2 Anthony Santasiere X 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.5 3 Edward Schuyler Jackson 0 0 X 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 4 Robert Henry Steinmeyer 0 X 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 5 Roger B Johnson 0 1 1 1 X 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 6 Weaver Warren Adams 0 0 1 0 1 X 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.5 7 Walter Bradford Suesman 1 0 0 1 1 X 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 10.5 8 Marcel Barzin 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 9 Harlow Bussey Daly 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 10 Morton Hamermesh 0 0 1 1 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 11 Arnaldo Vasconcellos 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 X 1 1 1 1 0 1 10.0 12 Milton Kagan 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 1 1 9.5 13 Neil Bernstein 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 0 1 1 6.0 14 Llewellyn Walter Stephens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 4.0 15 Arthur J Bellaire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 3.5 16 Ward Mayhew Parker Mitchell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 1 3.5 17 Peter Magri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 2.5 18 James Bennett McCord 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 0.0

Daily reports in the "New York Times" and "Brooklyn Daily Eagle" provide most of the results. The few remaining have been reconstructed using a model based on the Berger Table of pairings. This reconstruction matches all known information.

Round 1 (Saturday, July 29); Steinmeyer 1/2 Mitchell*; McCord 0 Magri; Vasconcellos 1/2 Santasiere; Bernstein 0 Reshevsky postponed to 7/30*; Johnson 1 Kagan; Barzin 1 Suesman ; Hamermesh 0 Daly; Jackson 1 Stephens; Bellaire 0 Adams*

Round 2 (Sunday, July 30):Mitchell 0 Adams, Stephens 1 Bellaire, Daly 0 Jackson, Suesman 1/2 Hamermesh, Kagan 1/2 Barzin, Reshevsky 1 Johnson*, Santasiere 1 Bernstein*, Magri 1 Vasconcellos, Steinmeyer 1 McCord

Round 3 (Monday, July 31): McCord 0 Mitchell, Vasconcellos 0 Steinmeyer, Bernstein 1 Magri, Johnson 1 Santasiere*, Barzin 0 Reshevsky*, Hamermesh 1 Kagan, Jackson 1 Suesman*, Bellaire 0 Daly, Adams 1 Stephens

Round 4 (Monday, July 31): Mitchell 0 Stephens, Daly 0 Adams, Suesman 1 Bellaire, Kagan 0 Jackson, Reshevsky 1 Hamermesh, Santasiere 1 Barzin, Magri 0 Johnson, Steinmeyer 1 Bernstein, McCord 0 Vasconcellos

Round 5 (TUesday, August 1): Vasconcellos 1 Mitchell, Bernstein 1 McCord, Johnson 1 Steinmeyer*, Barzin 1 Magri, Hamermesh 1/2 Santasiere, Jackson 0 Reshevsky*, Bellaire 0 Kagan, Adams 0 Suesman*, Stephens 0 Daly

Round 6 (Wednesday, August 2): Mitchell 0 Daly, Suesman 1 Stephens, Kagan 1/2 Adams, Reshevsky 1 Bellaire, Santasiere 1 Jackson, Magri 1/2 Hamermesh, Steinmeyer 1/2 Barzin, McCord 0 Johnson, Vasconcellos 1 Bernstein

Round 7 (Wednesday, August 2): Bernstein 0 Mitchell, Johnson 0 Vasconcellos, Barzin 1 McCord, Hamermesh 0 Steinmeyer, Jackson 1 Magri, Bellaire 0 Santasiere, Adams 0 Reshevsky*, Stephens 0 Kagan, Daly 1/2 Suesman

Round 8 (Thursday, August 3): Mitchell 0 Suesman, Kagan 0 Daly*, Reshevsky 1 Stephens, Santasiere 1 Adams, Magri 0 Bellaire, Steinmeyer 1/2 Jackson, McCord 0 Hamermesh, Vasconcellos 0 Barzin*, Bernstein 1 Johnson

Round 9 (Friday, August 4): Johnson 1 Mitchell, Barzin 1 Bernstein, Hamermesh 1/2 Vasconcellos, Jackson 1 McCord, Bellaire 1/2 Steinmeyer, Adams 1 Magri, Stephens 0 Santasiere, Daly 0 Reshevsky*, Suesman 0 Kagan

Round 10 (Friday, August 4): Mitchell 0 Kagan, Reshevsky 0 Suesman postponed to 8/7*, Santasiere 1/2 Daly, Magri 0 Stephens, Steinmeyer 1 Adams, McCord 0 Bellaire, Vasconcellos 0 Jackson*, Bernstein 1/2 Hamermesh, Johnson 1 Barzin

Round 11 (Sunday, August 6): Barzin 1 Mitchell, Hamermesh 1 Johnson, Jackson 1 Bernstein, Bellaire 0 Vasconcellos, Adams 1 McCord, Stephens 0 Steinmeyer, Daly 1 Magri, Suesman 0 Santasiere, Kagan 0 Reshevsky

Round 12 (Monday, August 7): Mitchell 0 Reshevsky*, Santasiere 0 Kagan*, Magri 0 Suesman, Steinmeyer 1 Daly, McCord 0 Stephens, Vasconcellos 1 Adams, Bernstein 1 Bellaire, Johnson 1 Jackson, Barzin 1 Hamermesh

Round 13 (Tuesday, August 8): Hamermesh 1 Mitchell, Jackson 1 Barzin, Bellaire 0 Johnson, Adams 1 Bernstein, Stephens 0 Vasconcellos, Daly 1 McCord, Suesman 1/2 Steinmeyer, Kagan 1 Magri, Reshevsky 1/2 Santasiere*

Round 14 (Tuesday, August 8): Mitchell 0 Santasiere, Magri 0 Reshevsky*, Steinmeyer 1 Kagan, McCord 0 Suesman, Vasconcellos 1 Daly*, Bernstein 1 Stephens, Johnson 0 Adams, Barzin 1 Bellaire, Hamermesh 1/2 Jackson

Round 15 (Wednesday, August 9): Jackson 1 Mitchell, Bellaire 0 Hamermesh, Adams 1 Barzin, Stephens 0 Johnson, Daly 1 Bernstein*, Suesman 1/2 Vasconcellos, Kagan 1 McCord, Reshevsky 1 Steinmeyer*, Santasiere 1 Magri

Round 16 (Wedesday, August 9): Mitchell 1 Magri, Steinmeyer 1/2 Santasiere*, McCord 0 Reshevsky*, Vasconcellos 1/2 Kagan, Bernstein 1/2 Suesman, Johnson 1 Daly, Barzin 1 Stephens, Hamermesh 1 Adams, Jackson 1 Bellaire

Round 17 (Thursday, August 10): Bellaire 1 Mitchell, Adams 1 Jackson*, Stephens 0 Hamermesh, Daly 1 Barzin, Suesman 1 Johnson, Kagan 1 Bernstein, Reshevsky 1 Vasconcellos*, Santasiere 1 McCord, Magri 0 Steinmeyer

A couple of side notes: the 1945 Open was again scheduled for California, which now had the most USCF members of any state. Whether this is because one of their USCF directors happened to be <Humphrey Bogart> is uncertain.

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Sources:

American Chess Bulletin, July/August 1944, p.73-74; September/October 1944, p.105-113. ACB

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, daily reports August 1 - August 11; also, columns of August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, September 7, September 21, 1944. BDE

Chess Results 1941-1946 / Gino di Felice, p.136.

Chess Review, October 1944, p.10-14. CR

>Los Angeles Times>, August 13, 20, 27, September 17, 24, October 22, 1944; January 28, 1945

New York Times, daily reports, July 30-August 11, 1944

Reshevsky, Samuel. "Reshevsky's best games of chess". New York: Dover, 1948. See collection by <suenteus po 147>, Game Collection: Reshevsky's Best Games of Chess, Vol. I.

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Round 1 (Saturday, July 29): ACB 1944:112
R H Steinmeyer vs W P M Mitchell, 1944
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1 (postponed to Sunday, J,uly 30): BDE 08/03; LAT 09/27
N Bernstein vs Reshevsky, 1944 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

Round 1 (Saturday, July 29): LA Times 1944.09.24
Arthur J Bellaire vs W Adams, 1944
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 37 moves, 0-1

Round 2 (Sunday, July 30): BDE 1944.08.03
Reshevsky vs R B Johnson, 1944
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday,July 30): ACB 1944:110; CR 1944:10.12
Santasiere vs N Bernstein, 1944
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Monday, July 31): ACB 1944:109
R B Johnson vs Santasiere, 1944
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 76 moves, 1-0

Round 3 (Monday, July 31): ACB 1944:108
M Barzin vs Reshevsky, 1944
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 52 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Monday,July 31): ACB 1944:113; LAT 1944.08.13
E S Jackson vs W Suesman, 1944
(E17) Queen's Indian, 47 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Monday, July 31): ACB 1944:111; CR 1944:10.13;
H Daly vs W Adams, 1944 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

Round 4 (Monday, July 31: ACB 1944:106
M Kagan vs E S Jackson, 1944
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 28 moves, 0-1

Round 4 (Monday, July 31): Reshevsky, game no. 97
Reshevsky vs M Hamermesh, 1944
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 34 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Monday, July 31) ACB 1944:111
Santasiere vs M Barzin, 1944
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Monday, July 31): BDE 8/24; ACB 112; CR 1944:10.14
R H Steinmeyer vs N Bernstein, 1944 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Tuesday, August 1): ACB 1944:112; CR 1944:10.13
R B Johnson vs R H Steinmeyer, 1944
(C11) French, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 5 (Tuesday, August 1): CR 1944.10:11
E S Jackson vs Reshevsky, 1944 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 46 moves, 0-1

Round 5 (Tuesday, August 1): CR 1944.10:11
W Adams vs W Suesman, 1944
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 25 moves, 0-1

Round 7 9Wednesday, August 2):BDE 1944.09.07; ACB 1944:106
W Adams vs Reshevsky, 1944
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 21 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Thursday, August 3): 75 years, #114
M Kagan vs H Daly, 1944
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 44 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (THursday, August 3): BDE 1944.09.21
A Vasconcellos vs M Barzin, 1944
(A22) English, 35 moves, 0-1

Round 9 (Friday, August 4): CR 1944:10:12
H Daly vs Reshevsky, 1944 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

Round 10 (Played Monday, 8/7: BDE 8/10; ACB 107; CR 1944.10.12
Reshevsky vs W Suesman, 1944 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 62 moves, 0-1

Round 10 (Friday, August 4): ACB 1944:111
A Vasconcellos vs E S Jackson, 1944
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 0-1

Round 11 (Sunday, August 6): 75 years, #115
H Daly vs P Magri, 1944
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Round 11 (Sunday, August 6): ACB 1944:105
M Kagan vs Reshevsky, 1944
(D85) Grunfeld, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 12 (Monday, August 7): LA Times 1944.08.27
W P M Mitchell vs Reshevsky, 1944
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 46 moves, 0-1

Round 12 (Monday, August 7): LA Time 1944.08.27
Santasiere vs M Kagan, 1944
(B72) Sicilian, Dragon, 34 moves, 0-1

Round 13 (Tuesday,A ugust 8): BDE 1944.08.10; ACB 1944:108
Reshevsky vs Santasiere, 1944
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14 (Tuesday, August 8): Reshevsky #98
P Magri vs Reshevsky, 1944 
(A22) English, 32 moves, 0-1

Round 14 (Tuesday, August 8): 75 years #116
A Vasconcellos vs H Daly, 1944
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 1-0

Round 15 (Wednesday, August 9): 75 years, #117
H Daly vs N Bernstein, 1944
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1-0

Round 15 (Wendesday, August 9): ACB 1944:105
Reshevsky vs R H Steinmeyer, 1944
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 65 moves, 1-0

Round 16 (Wednesday, August 9): ACB 1944:108
R H Steinmeyer vs Santasiere, 1944
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 16 (Wendesday, August 9): ACB 1944:107
J McCord vs Reshevsky, 1944 
(B83) Sicilian, 23 moves, 0-1

Round 17 (Thursday, August 10): ACB 1944:113
W Adams vs E S Jackson, 1944
(C28) Vienna Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Round 17 (Thursday, August 10): BDE 8/17; ACB 106; CR 10:14
Reshevsky vs A Vasconcellos, 1944 
(C02) French, Advance, 26 moves, 1-0

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