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US Open 1943, Syracuse
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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In the early 1940s, holding the US Open in non-traditional locations made sense for the purpose of expanding the influence of the USCF in new areas. But drawing only about 60 players in three years did not. With wartime conditions still restricting travel, the tournament was brought back to a location where the turnout would be better. Over the years, the US Open would develop an informal rotation between regions; never again would the same city get two Opens in three years like Dallas did in 1940 and 1942.

In addition, the 1943 event was combined with the New York State Chess Association championship at Syracuse. A satisfactory turnout of 40 players showed up, but unfortunately only two top players in Al Horowitz and Anthony Santasiere. They piled up the points, drawing with each other and Dr. Gerald Katz. Horowitz took his second title when Santasiere dropped an extra half-point to August Otten. Obviously, he Otten not have done that.

44th US Open

Site: Hotel Syracuse, Syracuse, New York

Dates: August 14-24, 1943. There is some question about this, ACB saying the tournament continued until the 26th. However, scheduled play ended on the 24th (Chess Review, New York Times) with the possible exception of one adjourned game which was drawn and may nt have been resumed, so I am preferring the earlier date.

PLaying Schedule"

The reports in the New York Times are fragmentary, making it difficult to determine the exact schedule and impossible to break down the pairings round-by-round. What follows is uncertain.

Saturday, August 14: Round 1
Sunday, August 15: Rounds 2-3
Monday, August 16: Rounds 4-5
Tuesday, August 17: Rounds 6-7
Wednesday, August 18: Off day; rapid transit tournament Thursday, August 19: Rounds 8-9
Friday, August 20: Round 10
Saturday, August 21: Round 11
Sunday, August 22: Round 12
Monday, August 23: rounds 13-14
Tuesday, August 24: Round 15

Championship

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Israel Albert Horowitz X = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 14.0 2 Anthony Santasiere = X 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 13.5 3 Benjamin Altman 0 0 X 1 0 0 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.5 4 Harlow Bussey Daly 0 0 0 X = = 1 = 1 1 = = 1 1 1 1 9.5 5 Gerald Katz = = 1 = X 0 0 0 1 = 1 = 1 1 1 1 9.5 6 Edmund Nash 0 0 1 = 1 X = 1 1 = 0 = = 1 1 = 9.0 7 Joseph Lyon Rauch 0 0 = 0 1 = X 1 = 1 = 1 1 1 0 1 9.0 8 Roger B Johnson 0 0 0 = 1 0 0 X 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 8.5 9 Steven J Shaw 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 X 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 7.0 10 Ward Mayhew Parker Mitchell 0 0 0 0 = = 0 0 0 X 1 = 1 = 1 1 6.0 11 Robert H W Welch 0 0 0 = 0 1 = 0 0 0 X 1 = = 1 1 6.0 12 August Otten 0 = 0 = = = 0 1 0 = 0 X = 0 1 1 6.0 13 George Sturgis 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 = 0 = = X = = 1 4.0 14 Byron B Price 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = = 1 = X = 0 3.0 15 Llewellyn Walter Stephens 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 = = X 1 3.0 16 Arthur W Wood 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 1.5

Once again (this seemed to happen quite a bit in those days) the decisive game between Horowitz and Santasiere was played in the final round. According to the report in <Chess Review>, Santasiere, who was a half-point behind Horowitz and with second place assured, made no attempt to win and accepted a draw by repetition of moves.

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Experts

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Gustaf O Christenson X = = 1 = = 1 1 1 1 1 1 9.0 2 Frank Valvo = X 0 = 1 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 8.5 3 Howard D Grossman = 1 X 1 1 1 0 = = = 1 1 8.0 4 John W Barnhart 0 = 0 X = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 7.5 5 Mary Bain = 0 0 = X 1 1 0 1 1 = 1 6.5 6 Paul L Guckemus = 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 0 0 4.5 7 Edna Horowitz 0 0 1 0 0 0 X = = 0 1 1 4.0 8 John Penafeather 0 0 = 0 1 0 = X 1 1 0 0 4.0 9 Donald J Sibbett 0 = = = 0 0 = 0 X 1 0 1 4.0 10 John W House 0 0 = 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 1 3.5 11 Paul E Kruse 0 0 0 0 = 1 0 1 1 0 X 0 3.5 12 Claude Fred Tears 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 X 3.0

Yes, that's Al Horowitz's wife in the middle of the pack, spoiling things for Grossman.

Class A

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Louis Persinger X = 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10.0 2 Morton Siegel = X = 1 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 9.5 3 Joseph Brainin 0 = X 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 7.5 4 B M Smith = 0 1 X 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 7.5 5 Henry Morowski 0 0 0 1 X 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 7.0 6 Frank Chermak 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 = 1 1 1 1 5.5 7 George A Donahue 0 = 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 1 5.5 8 Zenas Leslie Hoover 0 0 1 0 0 = 0 X 1 = 1 1 5.0 9 Mrs. Carl S Nye 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 4.0 10 Donald D Dann 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 X 1 1 2.5 11 P J Jetter 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 2.0 12 Mildred Peters 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 0.0

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Sources:

American Chess Bulletin, September/October 1943, p. 69-81. ACB

Chess Results 1941-1946 / Gino di Felice, p. 125.

Chess Review, October 1943, p. 276-280. CR

Los Angeles Times, December 12, 1943; May 14, 1944.

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Round 1, Wednesday, 8/18 (postponed from 8/14): CR 1943:280]
H Daly vs J Rauch, 1943 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 1-0

Round 1 (Saturday, August 14)
Santasiere vs B Altman, 1943
(E15) Queen's Indian, 21 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday, August 15): BDE 1943.08.19
B Altman vs H Daly, 1943
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 43 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday, August 15)
I A Horowitz vs R Welch, 1943
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 2 (Sunday, August 15)
A Otten vs S J Shaw, 1943
(B73) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 29 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Sunday, August 15)
E Nash vs I A Horowitz, 1943
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 39 moves, 0-1

Round 3 (Sunday, August 15): BDE 1943.08.19
G Sturgis vs B Altman, 1943
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 33 moves, 0-1

Round 4 (Monday, August 16)
I A Horowitz vs S J Shaw, 1943
(A15) English, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 4 (Monday, August 16): LA Times, 1943.12.12
L W Stephens vs H Daly, 1943
(A04) Reti Opening, 23 moves, 0-1

Round 5 (Monday, August 16): CR 1943:280; LAT 1944.05.14
W P M Mitchell vs I A Horowitz, 1943 
(C58) Two Knights, 22 moves, 0-1

Round 5 (Monday, Auugst 16): ACB 1943:76
J Rauch vs B Altman, 1943
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 (Monday, August 16): ACB 1943:75
Santasiere vs A W Wood, 1943 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 51 moves, 1-0

Round 6 (Tuesday, August 17): CR 1943:331; ACB 1943:76
B Altman vs G Katz, 1943 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 13 moves, 0-1

Round 6 (Tuesday, August 17): CR 1943:331; ACB 1943:76
Santasiere vs R Welch, 1943 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 24 moves, 1-0

Round 7 (Tuesday, August 17): CR 1943:280
A Otten vs J Rauch, 1943 
(D94) Grunfeld, 27 moves, 0-1

Round 8 (Thursday, August 19): ACB 1943:77
Santasiere vs S J Shaw, 1943 
(A21) English, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 9 (Thursday, August 19): ACB 1943:78; BDE 1943.09.02
B Altman vs I A Horowitz, 1943 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 10, 8/20: CR 1943:331; ACB 1943:78
I A Horowitz vs G Katz, 1943
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 (Friday, August 20): ACB 1943:79
W P M Mitchell vs G Sturgis, 1943
(B40) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 11 (Saturday, August 21): ACB 1943:76; NYT 8/21
B Altman vs E Nash, 1943
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

Round 11 (Saturday, August 21): ACB 1943:80; LAT 1943.12.12
L W Stephens vs I A Horowitz, 1943
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 0-1

Round 12 (Sunday, August 22)
I A Horowitz vs A Otten, 1943
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 12 (Sunday, August 22): ACB 1943:80
Santasiere vs B Price, 1943
(B01) Scandinavian, 49 moves, 1-0

Round 12 (Sunday, August 22): ACB 1943:80
S J Shaw vs B Altman, 1943
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 0-1

Round 13 (Monday, August 23): ACB 1943:75
J Rauch vs Santasiere, 1943 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 37 moves, 0-1

Round 13 (Monday, August 23) CR 1943:280; ACB 1943:81
A W Wood vs I A Horowitz, 1943 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 0-1

Round 14 (Monday, August 23): ACB 1943:81; LAT 1943.12.12
S J Shaw vs H Daly, 1943
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 45 moves, 0-1

Round 15 (Tuesday, August 24): CR 1943:279
G Katz vs J Rauch, 1943
(D72) Neo-Grunfeld, 5.cd, Main line, 40 moves, 0-1

I A Horowitz vs Santasiere, 1943
(C49) Four Knights, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Santasiere vs W P M Mitchell, 1943
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

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