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Arthur Bisguier
A Bisguier 
Arthur Bisguier at the 1964 U.S. Open in Boston.
(Robert Byrne seated behind. Photo: Beth Cassidy)

Number of games in database: 1,234
Years covered: 1945 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2170
Highest rating achieved in database: 2507
Overall record: +422 -303 =504 (54.8%)*
   * 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:
 Sicilian (118) 
    B21 B92 B31 B30 B50
 King's Indian (64) 
    E70 E78 E61 E76 E77
 Queen's Pawn Game (57) 
    A46 D02 A45 E10 A40
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C77 C86 C72 C71 C78
 Queen's Indian (24) 
    E12 E14 E13 E19
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E54 E59 E51 E58 E21
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (135) 
    C67 C78 C65 C77 C97
 Semi-Slav (58) 
    D43 D46 D45 D48 D44
 Nimzo Indian (51) 
    E46 E43 E52 E44 E54
 English, 1 c4 e5 (36) 
    A28 A29 A22 A25 A20
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (28) 
    C97 C99 C86 C91 C84
 Queen's Gambit Declined (28) 
    D30 D35 D06 D37 D38
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Bisguier vs Larsen, 1965 1-0
   A Bisguier vs Fischer, 1956 1-0
   Robatsch vs A Bisguier, 1961 0-1
   A Bisguier vs J Penrose, 1950 1-0
   A Bisguier vs Lombardy, 1957 1-0
   Evans vs A Bisguier, 1950 0-1
   A Bisguier vs J Sherwin, 1954 1-0
   A Bisguier vs Suttles, 1963 1-0
   Andersson vs A Bisguier, 1971 0-1
   J F Donovan vs A Bisguier, 1950 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   United States Championship (1954)
   Vienna 1952/53 (1952)
   58th US Open (1957)
   55th US Open (1954)
   60th US Open (1959)
   57th US Open (1956)
   70th US Open (1969)
   61st US Open (1960)
   62nd US Open (1961)
   63rd US Open (1962)
   Pan-American Championship (1958)
   Bled (1961)
   93rd US Open (1992)
   47th US Open (1946)
   72nd US Open (1971)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   The Art of Bisguier by Resignation Trap
   Chess in the USA 1945-72, Part 1 (Leach) by Chessdreamer
   GellerStones & Bisguiers Collection by fredthebear
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni
   1954 US Championship by crawfb5
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni

   🏆 MCC Holiday Cheer Swiss
   A Bisguier vs J A Rizzitano (2013) 0-1
   A Bisguier vs J Burke (Feb-19-12) 1/2-1/2

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(born Oct-08-1929, died Apr-05-2017, 87 years old) United States of America

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Arthur Bernard Bisguier was born in New York, USA. Awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1957, he was closed US Champion in 1954* and open US Champion in 1950, 1956 and 1959. He narrowly lost first place on tiebreak to Robert James Fischer at the 58th US Open (1957). He won the Manhattan Chess Club championship in 1948, 1949, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1967-68, and 1968-69.

Bisguier played in the interzonals of 1955 and 1962 and was on five US Olympiad squads from 1952 to 1972. In tournaments he finished equal first with Savielly Tartakower at Southsea (1950), first at Vienna (1952/53), equal first at Rosenwald (1955/56), equal second at San Juan 1969, and first at Lone Pine (1973). He got an even score at the very strong Bled (1961) tournament, including wins over Keres and Geller.

Toward the end of his life, Bisguier was the world's oldest active grandmaster, his last tournament being the MCC Memorial Swiss in Natick, Massachusetts in September 2014.


Wikipedia article: Arthur Bisguier

Last updated: 2023-06-13 07:27:28

 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,235  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Santasiere vs A Bisguier 1-0421945USAA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Koltanowski vs A Bisguier 1-0301946Blindfold simul, 8bD95 Grunfeld
3. E McCormick vs A Bisguier 1-025194647th US OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
4. A Bisguier vs J McCord 1-032194647th US OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
5. H Gordon vs A Bisguier 0-169194647th US OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. A Bisguier vs E Levin  1-039194647th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
7. K Forster vs A Bisguier  ½-½31194647th US OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. A Bisguier vs Evans 1-040194647th US OpenC49 Four Knights
9. A Bisguier vs W Adams  1-061194647th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
10. Kupchik vs A Bisguier 1-048194647th US OpenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
11. H Fajans vs A Bisguier  ½-½41194647th US OpenC24 Bishop's Opening
12. A Bisguier vs H Steiner  0-151194647th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
13. A Bisguier vs W Shipman  ½-½21194647th US OpenA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
14. A Bisguier vs H Seidman  0-147194647th US OpenA28 English
15. A Bisguier vs D Byrne 1-035194647th US OpenC71 Ruy Lopez
16. O Ulvestad vs A Bisguier  ½-½41194647th US OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. A Bisguier vs Kupchik ½-½18194647th US OpenA95 Dutch, Stonewall
18. F Yerhoff vs A Bisguier 0-126194647th US OpenC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
19. G Katz vs A Bisguier 1-043194647th US OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. H Bernstein vs A Bisguier 1-0461946Intercollegiate TournamentD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. D Byrne vs A Bisguier  0-1401948New YorkD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. A Bisguier vs M Stark  0-124194849th US OpenC11 French
23. A Bisguier vs A C Ludwig  1-059194849th US OpenC11 French
24. L Kilmer vs A Bisguier 0-133194849th US OpenC50 Giuoco Piano
25. A Bisguier vs M Pavey  0-138194849th US OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
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  HeMateMe: art played a simul against my college team years ago. I couldn't play because I had to work that afternoon. He pretty much mowed everyone down, I was told.
Apr-06-17  zanzibar: <Ten Tips to Winning Chess by International Grandmaster Arthur Bisguier (2007)>

Apr-06-17  Infohunter: I saw him at the US Open in Pasadena in 1983. R.I.P. GM Bisguier.
Apr-06-17  RookFile: <perfidious: By the time I came to know Art, his tastes had shifted to fairly rock-solid stuff, he being the only GM to regularly employ the Berlin Wall for a good many years, long before Kramnik's advocacy spurred it to tremendous popularity at the very highest levels. >

That was my impression as well. I watched him play from a nearby board at a US Open once. He knew his rock solid openings, and banged out the moves like he was on auto pilot. His goal seemed to be to get some random endgame position against his opponent, and then just find a way to win. It seemed to work out for him in the rounds I watched. It's possible he was taking a long term view of the tournament and saving up his creative energies for when he needed to play the tough guys.

Apr-06-17  piltdown man: Farewell to another legend.
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  perfidious: <RookFile>, sounds about right: the last we met, in New York 1992, I was White in an Exchange QGD, and we both reeled off the first fourteen or so moves in nothing flat.
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  Joshka: Met him for the first time in 1987 at The US Open. This might have been my first meeting with a GM other than Yasser. Kind of felt like I did when I was growing up and got to meet real Major League Baseball Players!;-) Big smile on his face warm and gracious, easy going. If first impressions mean something then he was a stand up guy!!
Apr-06-17  Strelets: Rest in peace, Grandmaster Bisguier.
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  alexmagnus: At death he was the third oldest living grandmaster. The new top 3 is Averbakh, Benko, Matanovic.
Apr-06-17  LucB: Sad news. Condolences to his loved ones.
Apr-06-17  Eastfrisian: Another sad loss. RIP Master Bisguir.
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  paulalbert: A great loss to the chess world! Arthur was for many years the judge for the Brilliancy Prizes I gave for the men's and women's U.S. Chess Championship, a job he took very seriously, requiring some significant analysis time in the pre computer era. May he rest in peace.
Apr-06-17  Howard: He was a cousin of Raymond Weinstein's, according to Andrew Soltis. Weinstein is probably still institutionalized I suspect.
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  Gottschalk: We Brazilians will always remember his victory against IM Eugênio German. Bisguier was strong in every phase of play!

E German vs Bisguier, 1962

R.I.P. GM Bisguier

Apr-07-17  zanzibar: USchess has a nice article on Bisguier, including a Feb 1947 Chess Review cover:

And also this quote from Kenneth Harkness:

<‘As friendly as a puppy, Art Bisguier doesn’t have an enemy in the world. If he cannot say something nice about you, Art doesn’t say anything. He bub­bles over with enthusiasm for chess and chess­players. it is no effort for Art to win friends and influence people. It is a natural gift.”>


Apr-08-17  Chessinfinite: RIP GM Bisguier.
Apr-09-17  zanzibar: His local obituary - mostly for family (from the Boston Globe via

(He is listed as living in Wellesley, though he died at a facility in Framingham)

A more chess oriented obit, from the Scotsman:


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  keypusher: <zanzibar> Thank you for those links. I have to say, did the Scotsman (actually the New York Times, I guess) really have to spend half the obit talking about Bisguier's record against Bobby Fischer?

I enjoyed the USchess link, and especially the games. <RookFile> said you could checkmate a lot of people following Bisguier's plan in Bisguier vs Larsen, 1965. I suspect the same is true of some of the games at the link.

It's startling to see Tony Miles, even in 1973, with a 2280 rating. Ratings in the 1970s were very different than now...

Apr-12-17  wordfunph: rest in peace, GM Bisguier..
Apr-12-17  TheFocus: I have both of his games collections.

Good books.

Jul-03-17  bubuli55: REst In Peace, GM Bisguier
Jul-03-17  Howard: One rather interesting tidbit of trivia about Bisguier was that he was the only player to draw ALL of his games in a U.S. championship---1975.
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Oct-08-19  Ironmanth: Happy birthday in chess heaven, Arthur. You are ever missed, what with your jocular and singular NY accent and wit at endless World Opens. RIP, sir.
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  SteinitzLives: Have always been grateful for the opportunity to play against the great chess King Arthur in the USATE some years ago.

It gave me just two degrees of playing separation from King RJF (who Bisguier played many times) and only five degrees of separation from another chess king, Paul Morphy: Me vs. Bisguier vs. Reshevsky vs Lasker vs. Bird vs. Morphy.

No doubt there are other living players who have just four degrees of separation from Morphy but hard pressed to think of any who have three.

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