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Alexander Kevitz
A Kevitz 

Number of games in database: 79
Years covered: 1920 to 1979
Overall record: +24 -29 =21 (46.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (10) 
    A13 A12 A14 A15 A16
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 A45 D05 A50
 Bogo Indian (4) 
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C60 C77 C72
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Capablanca vs A Kevitz, 1924 0-1
   A Kevitz vs Marshall, 1931 1-0
   Fine vs A Kevitz, 1936 1/2-1/2
   A Kevitz vs Fine, 1932 1-0
   A Kevitz vs Kashdan, 1936 1/2-1/2
   H Morton vs A Kevitz, 1936 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Bradley Beach (1929)
   US Championship (1936)
   54th US Open (1953)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1936 US Championship by crawfb5
   New York International,1931 by Phony Benoni
   000 New York 1931 by crawfb5

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(born Sep-01-1902, died Oct-24-1981, 79 years old) United States of America

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Alexander Kevitz, born in Brooklyn, New York, was the Manhattan Chess Club Champion in 1928-29, 1932-33, 1934-35, 1936, 1946, 1947, and 1954-55.

In simultaneous exhibitions, Kevitz defeated future world champion Alexander Alekhine at the Brooklyn Chess Club on December 13, 1923 (score unavailable), reigning world champion Jose Raul Capablanca (Capablanca vs A Kevitz, 1924), and former world champion Emanuel Lasker, the last two of these in New York (A Kevitz vs Lasker, 1928).

He placed 3rd in the New York 1931 international tournament, and 8th in the first US Championship tournament at New York, 1936. Kevitz represented the United States several times in international team matches, his most notable result being his 1.5-0.5 score against Igor Bondarevsky at the USSR-USA match in Moscow, 1946.

On the first rating list issued by the United States Chess Federation (as of July 31, 1950), he was ranked third in the United States, behind only Reuben Fine and Samuel Reshevsky.

The Black Knights' Tango (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6) is sometimes called the Kevitz-Trajkovic Defense after Kevitz and Mihailo Trajkovic.

sources: Chess Results 1921-1930, 1931-1935, 1936-1940, 1941-1946, 1947-1950, by Gino Di Felice

Wikipedia article: Alexander Kevitz

Last updated: 2022-12-29 03:26:31

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 79  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. JH Lavigne vs A Kevitz 1-0181920corrC60 Ruy Lopez
2. A Kevitz vs C S Howell  0-1261924Double blindfold gameC11 French
3. Capablanca vs A Kevitz 0-1131924Simul, 33bA00 Uncommon Opening
4. F J Le Count vs A Kevitz  1-0171925Brooklyn CC chB83 Sicilian
5. A Kevitz vs E Tholfsen ½-½251925New York Metropolitan ttA13 English
6. A Kevitz vs Kashdan  0-1441927Manhattan CC-chD85 Grunfeld
7. A Kevitz vs Lasker 1-0361928Clock simul, 10bA27 English, Three Knights System
8. A Kevitz vs Kashdan  1-0241929Manhattan CC-chD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Kupchik vs A Kevitz  1-0431929Manhattan CC Championship 1928/29B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
10. H Steiner vs A Kevitz  ½-½761929Bradley BeachB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. A Kevitz vs L Steiner  0-1751929Bradley BeachA13 English
12. R Cintron vs A Kevitz  0-1421929Bradley BeachE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
13. A Kevitz vs Alekhine 0-1481929Bradley BeachE17 Queen's Indian
14. H R Bigelow vs A Kevitz ½-½321929Bradley BeachB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. Kupchik vs A Kevitz 1-0681929Bradley BeachC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
16. A Kevitz vs I S Turover  1-0251929Bradley BeachD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
17. A Kevitz vs M Fox  0-1301929Bradley BeachA12 English with b3
18. Marshall vs A Kevitz 0-1471929Bradley BeachA52 Budapest Gambit
19. Kashdan vs A Kevitz  1-0461930Manhattan CC-chA55 Old Indian, Main line
20. A Kevitz vs Marshall 1-0691931Masters TournamentA14 English
21. A Kevitz vs Capablanca 0-1401931New YorkA12 English with b3
22. I S Turover vs A Kevitz  ½-½441931New York InternationalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. Kupchik vs A Kevitz 0-1361931New York InternationalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. A Kevitz vs Ed. Lasker  1-0601931New York InternationalA09 Reti Opening
25. H Steiner vs A Kevitz  ½-½541931New York InternationalE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-01-06  BIDMONFA: Alexander Kevitz

KEVITZ, Alexander

Sep-01-08  whiteshark: Bios: (English) (German)

(It's always interesting to read both)

Sep-01-08  Calli: <interesting to read both>

I noticed schachlichen which is chess as an adjective. No good english word for it? chessic, chessy, chessly...

Sep-01-08  whiteshark: <Calli> Without rear cover it's User: Chessical for me like chemical or musical... :D

But imo you can use it (chess) fine as noun here, it wouldn't lower the content. What is <chess> as adjective (in quality, character, property)? I have no idea...


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  GrahamClayton: The Kevitz variation of the English Opening is 1. c4 ♘f6 2. ♘c3 e6 3. e4 ♘c6

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "Oxford Companion to Chess", OUP, 1992

May-09-09  wordfunph: Only few kibitz for Master Alexander Kevitz? He's got wins over Capa, Lsker, Marshall, Santasiere, Horowitz, seems a strong IM in today's standard..
Jul-11-10  Lobster: Unfortunately because the database has so few games of Kevitz it does not reflect his strength at all. Hans Kmoch was of the opinion that Kevitz was a grandmaster with the White pieces, lowering his playing strength seriously by playing his very strange variations with Black.
Sep-01-10  wordfunph: Alexander Kevitz was a pharmacist by profession..
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  FSR: Kevitz was strong like bull. He was ranked third in the country on the first rating list issued by the United States Chess Federation in 1950, behind only Fine and Reshevsky. As of July 31, 1950, the top ratings were Fine (2817), Reshevsky (2770), Kevitz (2610), Dake (2598), Albert Simonson (2596), Fred Reinfeld (2593), Arnold Denker (2575), Isaac Kashdan (2574), I. A. Horowitz (2558), and Abraham Kupchik (2538). "The United States Chess Federation National Chess Ratings (as of July 31, 1950)", Chess Life, November 20, 1950, p. 3. Also available on DVD (p. 93 in "Chess Life 1950" PDF file). FIDE later awarded the GM title to Dake, Denker, and Kashdan, and the IM title to Horowitz - all of whom were rated below Kevitz.
Dec-26-11  mojonera: FSR can you explain why the first tournament, AMERICAN CONGRES 1921 was rated at 2398 ?
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  FSR: <mojonera: FSR can you explain why the first tournament, AMERICAN CONGRES 1921 was rated at 2398 ?>

I'm not sure what you mean - can you explain?

Dec-26-11  mojonera: FSR : DVD ( p.95 in " Chess Life 1950 PDF file ) 8th American Chess Congress 1921 .
Sep-01-12  whiteshark: <GrahamClayton: The Kevitz variation> of the Nimzowitsch-Defence

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  MissScarlett: I suggested that Sydney T Sharp must be the only player to have collectively beaten Lasker, Capa and Alekhine in simuls, but I was wrong. Kevitz beat Alekhine at a Brooklyn Chess Club simul on the 13th December, 1923. The game score isn't known.
Sep-01-15  Abdel Irada: <FSR: Kevitz was strong like bull.>

Reminds me of a favorite comment of an old friend in Santa Cruz: "Is strong like bull! Is smart like tractor!"

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  MissScarlett: I tend to mix up Kevitz with Abraham Kupchik in the way others have trouble distinguishing between Charles Jaffe and Oscar Chajes. Not surprising considering they won the Manhattan Chess Club championship sixteen times between them. There are only three head-to-head games in our DB, but there must be many more.
Oct-24-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Alexander Kevitz.
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  FSR: Kevitz created a scandal when it was discovered that he won a postal tournament playing under the pseudonym "Potter Pharm." That was an allusion to his workplace, Potter Pharmacy. His defeated opponents were unhappy to learn that Kevitz, one of the strongest players in the country, had misled them by masquerading as an unknown.

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